Big Band Jazz
Friday, January 17, 2020
$5 at the door
The Jessika Smith/Roger Woods Big Band is a new and exciting project by Saxophonists and
Composer/Arrangers Jessika Smith and Roger Woods. The band features music composed
and arranged by Jessika and Roger and includes some of the finest musicians from the Eugene
and Portland area.
Jessika and Roger first met in Eugene after performing together with the Eugene Composer’s
Big Band and decided to combine their talents for orchestrating for large ensembles with this
new band. Their music pays tribute to the Big Band Jazz tradition,with new arrangements of
standard Jazz literature, and also dips a toe into newer concepts of orchestrating culminating
with additional textures on top of the aforementioned “Jazz tradition.”
The band includes some of the best players in Oregon, including Saxophonists Joe Manis,
Nicole McCabe, Wes Georgiev and Sam Reid; Trumpeters Paul Krueger, Quinn Walker and
Katrina Lane; Trombonists Matt Hettwer, Joe Freuen, Adriana Wagner and Stephen Young;
Guitarist Kyle Smith; Bassist Garrett Baxter and drummer Ken Mastrogiovanni.