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Big Band plays Goodman and Basie

The Blue Skies Big Band plays the Jazz Station, 124 W. Broadway, at 8 p.m. today with a show that features the music of two band leaders of the swing era: Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

Under the direction of saxophonist, composer and arranger David Larson, Blue Skies is expanding its repertoire of dance tunes, and the soloists are loosening up their improvisation chops, a press release says.

Some of the Basie tunes to be played will be "Corner Pocket," "Flight to Nassau," "In a Mellow Tone," "Shiny Stockings" and "April in Paris."

Goodman tunes will include "King Porter Stomp," "Flying Home," "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Don't Be That Way" and "Sing, Sing, Sing."

Tickets are $6, $4 for Jazz Station members.

Happy Otherwise smiles at The Axe

COTTAGE GROVE - Happy Otherwise and LadyBird and the Unknown Universe play at 8:30 p.m. today at The Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main St.

Portland-based Happy Otherwise is a trio led by Minnesota transplant Josie Johnson.

Sound engineer Kendra Lynn and guitarist Adam Justin Raitano help the band deliver "a blend of poignant lyrics and vocals delivered with theatrical style by Johnson, complimented by the heartfelt harmonies and eclectic percussion of Lynn and held together with artistry by the bass guitar of Raitano," a press release says.

The cover charge is $5.

Jeffrey Martin releases 'Dogs in the Daylight'

Eugene native and Portland-based indie folk musician Jeffrey Martin plays a CD release show for "Dogs in the Daylight" at 7 p.m. Saturday at Unity of the Valley church, 3912 Dillard Road.

The new 15-track album is scheduled for release Aug. 19 by Fluff and Gravy Records.

Martin has played all over the Northwest, opening for the likes of Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, Frank Fairfield, Joe Pug, Jeffrey Foucault and David Wilcox.

"While the arrangements at first seem more dense than his previous self-released albums - complete with piano, bass, fiddle, drums and even trumpet - the songs are still carried by Jeffrey's voice and the sincerity of this songwriting: the very qualities that separate him from his peers," a press release says of "Dogs in the Daylight."

Admission is $10 at the door.

It's heavy metal times five at the WOW Hall

It's a heavy metal smorgasbord at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the WOW Hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave., with Omnihility, Dark Confidant, Deiphagis, Cruciation and Lucika all set to play.

Eugene-based Omnihility was formed in 2009 by Dan Rabago (guitars) and Jeremy Leishman (bass), a press release says. The band recorded a self-titled EP, a full-length album called "Abscess of Oblivion," as well as two singles: "Biogenesis" and "Unsommoned."

Dark Confidant is a metal band from Eugene formed in February 2013.

Tickets are $7 in advance and at the door.

Sam Bond's arranges for Americana band

Tucson, Ariz.-based Sweet Ghosts play Americana and folk music at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd.

Roselit Bone and Canada fill out the bill.

Sweet Ghosts is a new band led by Calexico songwriter Ryan Alfred and singer Katherine Byrnes.

Byrnes plays piano, synths and sings. Alfred plays guitars, synths and also sings.

Austin, Texas-based jazz composer Collin Shook is the third member of the trio. He plays upright bass.

The band's debut album is called "Certain Truths."

The cover is $7.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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