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Mt. Hood festival revives.

Byline: FRED CRAFTS The Register-Guard

If you thought the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival was dead and buried, think again. It's back, though in a much-reduced form and in a new location.

Smooth jazz trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Benny Green are among the first artists announced for the festival, which will take place Aug. 3-4 in Gresham.

That's good news. Jazz fans learned in April that, after years of expansion, the 20-year-old festival had run into financial hard times (mounting debts and declining sponsorships) and would be scrapped.

However, a new nonprofit corporation (the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association) has been formed, and a new festival sponsor (Rogue Ales) has been found to keep the reconfigured festival alive.

The 2002 festival will be held in the 17.5-acre Gresham Main City Park, which festival artistic director Bill Royston believes "lends itself to duos and small ensembles."

Concerts will begin at 2 p.m. each day with the Beacock All-Stars, an ensemble of Pacific Northwest student musicians.

Besides Braun, Lovano, Malone and Green, the lineup so far includes vocalist Melissa Walker and the duo of vocalist Jenna Mammina and pianist Darrell Grant. Other artists are expected to be announced soon.

Admission will be $15 for single-day general admission or $25 for a two-day ticket, with day-of-show tickets at $20 each. Tickets are available at all Safeway/Fastixx ticket centers, (800) 992-8499, or at the Fastixx Web site ( Information: (503) 665-3827.

The Sardonics, a Sacramento band, will play from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Luna, 30 E. Broadway. A $5 cover will be charged.

The band - which plays a mix of straightahead, Latin, free-bop, funk-groove and avant- garde - has Aaron Thurman on tenor saxophone, Ross Hammond on guitar, Todd Temby on drums and Aaron Weiss on bass.

The Sardonics have released three recordings and have been nominated for best jazz group for the 2002 Sammies (Sacramento Area Music Awards).

For more information, call 434-5862.


Jazz pianist Darrell Grant is scheduled to perform with vocalist Jenna Mammina at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. Jazz notes
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Date:Jul 19, 2002
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