Metolius Jazz Quintet to perform


Last updated 8/1/2023 at 10:24am

Saxophone artist Tom Bergeron brings a unique quintet of jazz artists to the Sisters Depot stage on Saturday, August 5.

Bergeron is a master of Brazilian music, and was a professor of music at Western Oregon University for 28 years. His wealth of experience and virtuoso saxophone skills will be on display as part of the Jazz at the Depot jazz series.

This Metolius Quintet is vastly different from Bergeron’s Brazilian band. Except for vocalist Rosi Bergeron, every player in this band is new and each brings a considerable jazz resumé. Foremost is guitarist Don Latarski, a University of Oregon professor of jazz guitar, a prodigious author of jazz guitar theory, and a legendary Eugene performer. His many albums and bands speak of a wide range of styles and tastes, and guitar enthusiasts will revel in Latarski’s prowess.

On standup bass is Andrew Lion, the Bay Area native now living in Bend. He is fresh off several successful dates here, and he has made a dent in the jazz landscape here in Central Oregon with his broad scope of performance options, and his connections to other world-class talent.

Bay Area drummer Zach Mondlick makes his first appearance in Central Oregon, bringing big-city grooves and an urban stamp on the band’s sound. Singer Rosi Bergeron, a native of Rio de Janeiro, brightens the sound-space with her rich bossa grooves.

Music is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations are strongly advised, as previous events have sold out.


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