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Invitational puts on The Coats.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The Coats, an award-winning a cappella jazz quartet from Seattle, will headline the 27th annual Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival on Saturday.

The Coats have performed at the White House and on network television (`Frasier'), have been nominated for a Grammy Award and won an INDIE Award for Best Seasonal Album. They will sing at 4:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Earlier in the day, the Eugene piano trio Group Therapy, with guest trumpeter Tim Clarke, will play jazz standards at 11:30 a.m. in the junior high gym. Mainstream, an award-winning vocal group from Clackamas Community College, will sing at noon in the high school gym.

About 1,300 middle school and high school musicians, in more than 70 groups, will compete for honors in jazz band, vocal ensemble, instrumental combo and vocal soloist competitions at the Pleasant Hill Schools campus, 36386 Highway 58.

Preliminary competition will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by finals from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Clinics will be led by saxophonist Carl Woideck (10 a.m.) and drummer Jim Douglas (12:15 p.m.).

Admission is by an all-events pass ($9), a day pass for preliminary events only ($5) or a finals competition pass ($7). There are no senior or student prices. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Eugene's Blue Skies Big Band will play dance music from the 1920s to 1950s (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman) this Sunday and again April 28. The band will play for an open house and ice cream social from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eugene Hotel Retirement Center, 222 E. Broadway. Admission is free.

The band and the Jewel Tones, a female vocal trio, will play and sing for a concert/dance from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at the Eugene Hilton, 66 E. Sixth Ave.

Admission will be $6 at the door. For information, call 343-9882.


The Coats, an a cappella quartet from Seattle, will perform Saturday afternoon at the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival. Jazz notes
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Date:Apr 19, 2002
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