Artists 2018


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8th Annual Jazz in the Canyon – September 27 – 30, 2019 Line up
 Last updated 7/18/2019


Allison Scull and Victor Martin + The Midnight Band

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Creating a sonic stew of jazz, blues, and folk with European and Latin spices. Guitar, vocals, and saxophone, these two have made a splash in the vineyards, festivals, listening rooms and National Parks of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Voted as the “Music Pick” for the Spring Southern Oregon Magazine 2015, these two also performed at the prestigious Oregon Coast Music Festival, the NorCal Jazz Festival and the Napa Artisans Festival.  They have most recently shared the stage Delbert Bump and drummer Akira Tana, as well as blues legend Lazy Lester.  While their original song “Esperanza” was nominated in Top 10 by the International Association of Independent Recording Artists, their music can also be heard across the country on the Touch  StefTunes? Digital music scene. Stefan Schittko will be joining them on keyboard. Originally from Germany, Stefan has had a lifelong love affair with jazz and has been inspired by artists such as Herbie Hancock and Weather Report.  Mitch Ross, who spent much of his childhood in Dunsmuir and majored in Jazz Performance at Fresno State University will join the group on drum kit especially for Jazz in the Canyon.

For Jazz in the Canyon, this group will feature some bossa novas in French, English and Portuguese, some classic jazz and some original material.

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Charles Valona Trio with Kenji Kato and Bruce CalinCharles Valona Trio

Originally from the Los Angeles area, music and art has been guitarist Charles Valona’s passion and life work for over 50 years. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1979 and then relocated again in 2000 to Shasta County.

Performing with Bruce Calin on acoustic bass and Kenji Kato on drums and percussion, the trio performs a variety of Jazz, Pop and Blues classics with a distinct blend of musical genres and styles. Originally from Hibbing, MN, Bruce has worked as a professional bassist for over 50 years. Bruce has performed with the Minnesota Symphony and some of the most popular musical acts ever, to name a few…Bob Hope Orchestra, legendary guitarist Tal Farlow, Peggy Lee and more. Bruce was also the bassist for Garrison Keeler’s “Lake Wobegon” radio show for four years. Mr. Calin located to Shasta County roughly 17 years ago from MN and has been a very integral part of the live music scene in Shasta County since. Bruce is a member of the North State Symphony and has performed with many groups here in Shasta County.

Charles Guy & Linda Powers of Sonido Allegre

mailtribune-youtubeSince the release of their CD, “Sonido Alegre” in December 2014, Charles Guy and Linda Powers have been content with their growing popularity in the Rogue Valley, playing several wineries and clubs during the spring, summer and fall, and in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, when they can in the winter.

The Ed Dunsavage Trio

Ed-Dunsavage2-1024x683Voted Favorite Jazz Group in the Ashland 2017 Sneak Preview Readers Poll, The Ed Dunsavage Trio features Joe Cohoon on upright bass and Gary “Chicken” Hirsh on the drums. The trio has be playing music together for over 25 years. They will present an evening of straight ahead jazz guitar trio music at Pops, performing music from their latest recording “Homage” which is a tribute to many of the jazz guitar greats including, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd andothers.

Originally from the east coast, guitarist Ed Dunsavage has been performing regularly around the Pacific Northwest for 2 years. He has performed at many venues and festivals in the area including the Upper Sacramento River Jazz Festival, The Umpqua Jazz & Wine Festival, The Medford Jazz Jubille, The Newport Oregon Jazz Festival, The Britt Festival, The Craterian Theatre, The Jazz Project in Bellingham Washington, the Blue Note jazz club and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ed has shared the stage with many wonderful artists including Bernadette Peters, Greta Matassa, Craig Chaquico, & Mimi Fox & Howard Alden, Dmitri Matheny and Ken Peplowski among others. Ed also is the guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University and works as artistic and education director for the Siskiyou Music Project, a non-profit, arts and education organization based in Ashland, Oregon.

Gary Chicken Hirsh on drums. Gary is a long-time resident of Ashland but is better known to many people as the original drummer for the 60’s San Francisco rock group, Country Joe and the Fish. During the 60’s he performed at all the major rock concerts in the U.S.A and through-out Europe. He has worked with everyone from Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia, to Pharoh Sanders and Frank Zappa. He came out of retirement twenty five years ago to perform the music that he loves, jazz!

On acoustic bass is Joe Cohoon. Joe and Ed have been playing music together for over 25 years. He worked for many years in the Portland area performing in various rock and blues groups and currently performs with Duke Street and Robbie Dacosta and has shared the stage with Chuck Redd, Ken Peplowski and Dmitri Matheny.


Jefferson Justice

Nick Dennis on guitar and Dave Reynolds on keys and Kim Nile as guest chanteuse.

Jefferson Justice plays Western swing, one of the many styles of country music.  Since this is the Jazz In The Canyon music festival, the question arises: is Western swing jazz?  Charles Townsend, biographer of Bob Wills, the king of Western swing, states: “Without exception, every former member of Wills’s band interviewed for this study concluded, as Wills himself did, that what they were playing was always closer in music, lyrics, and style to jazz and swing than any other genre.”  Put another way, Western swing is swing, and swing is jazz! Western swing emerged from the hard-Jefferson Justicescrabble dust bowl of Texas and Oklahoma during the Great Depression.  That was when the big bands led by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and others broadcast swing from the nation’s urban ballrooms.  Western swing was big band music for primarily rural audiences.  In fact, there wasn’t much music other than Western swing to be heard on the rural California air waves in the 1940s and ‘50s.  Since then, Western swing has held a place in the hearts of music lovers worldwide through the ongoing work of bands such as Asleep at the Wheel, Hot Club of Cowtown, and other terrific groups that regularly tour the Texas dance hall circuit.
Jefferson Justice calls its brand of Western swing “home grown”, because it includes, in addition to the classic repertoires of Bob Wills and his contemporaries, the related styles of swing and honky tonk, which share the theme of good-time dance music.  We will be playing this show with a partial contingent of the Jefferson Justice band to accommodate the confines of the Dunsmuir Brewing Company.

KevinThe Lone Arranger

Hailing from the Santa Cruz area, Kevin McDowell  is known as the “The Lone Arranger.” He studied music with Ray Brown at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. With an eclectic classical jazz style, this guitarist has shared the stage with Elvin Bishop and Mose Allison

According to Kevin, “My main influences are Bach,Beethoven, Leon Redbone, Mose Allison and Robert Johnson.  To fit some bits of all these great artists into jazz and popular standards as arranged for the nylon string guitar is endlessly fulfilling.  My study of this materiel has spawned a bit of composing.  ‘Lemurian Dance’ is my latest piece.”


Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 9.30.22 PMSince she was inspired to sing in junior high choir, Kim Nile has a lifetime of experience with song. Vocal lessons with renowned Broadway performer Wendy James revolutionized her singing. During these lessons, Kim discovered a love for 30’s-50’s jazz standards and that her voice was well-suited for these songs. Kim started working with Dave Reynolds when he accompanied New Frontier Theatre Company’s musical cabaret series. They discovered a shared love for jazz standards & well done popular music. This quickly developed into a working musical relationship where they challenge themselves and each other to expand their musical growth.

In addition to her singing, Kim is also an accomplished actress and heavily involved in the Siskiyou County theatre world. She brings this stage presence and professionalism to her singing. You can learn more about Kim from her website,

Dave Reynolds discovered the piano at 12 years of age, and has been in love since. He played semi-professionally during his 22 year hitch in the military and now plays professionally at the local educational institutions. He plays solo piano in local venues, and occasionally performs with other established musicians. He composes, arranges, and records for himself & area artists.Dave met Kim while performing in a musical cabaret; their shared love of fine jazz and popular music lead to the creation of NightSong. He has made it a point to select material with Kim that really “speaks” to both of them. This ensures the music stays alive and fresh each time it’s performed.

Rick Garrett

rick-garrettPerforming as a solo act, Rick Garrett will include Latin jazz, ragtime, swing music and original jazzed up versions of Beatles songs. As improvisation and on the spot creativity is an integral part of the jazz idiom, anything can happen here. Garrett has been playing guitar for almost 40 years and studied guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology out of Hollywood, California.

Scott Silber
Scott Silber

Scott Silber came to California in 1979 to sing jazz in Kirby Shaw’s jazz choir. He’s played guitar since he was 12, hacking his way through to the ripe old age of 59. He is a singer songwriter who just plays mostly for fun, occasionally getting off a good one.

Terry RobbTerry Robb

Considered one of the top acoustic blues guitarists on the West Coast, Terry Robb is also an inventive and ever-evolving American primitive master. As an heir to the late, great John Fahey’s musical legacy, Robb is an established icon in a pantheon that includes Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang, and John Renbourn. He has distinguished himself by redefining this complex finger-picking style, using popular and traditional genres to make this approach accessible to the music-loving public.

Robb is that rare talent, a musician’s musician and an enormously popular performer. Onstage, his fleet fingers, wry humor, and intense focus mesmerize audiences. The passionate artistry of a Terry Robb event – whether a solo acoustic performance or a high-energy show with his band – often leaves new and longtime fans with mouths agape.

With the release in 2005 of his critically-acclaimed solo album, Resting Place, recorded for Memphis’ renowned Yellow Dog Records label at Sam Phillips Studios by master engineer Roland Janes, Robb has increasingly gained national attention. In his music-savvy hometown of Portland, Oregon, Robb is a celebrity in high demand as a performing and studio guitarist, and as a bandleader, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher.

Robb began his career in Portland as a hot-shot guitar-slinger who could play any style of music. At an early age, he immersed himself in all the blues, ragtime, folk, jazz, and country music he could lay his fingers on. In college, he studied music theory with the Czechoslovakian modern classical composer Tomas Svoboda; but once classes ended, Robb hit the road with Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart alumnus Ramblin’ Rex Jakabosky, who taught him new theories: the ropes of the Northwest club scene.

In the early 1980s, he struck up a friendship with the legendary Fahey, who soon asked Robb to play on and produce several of his recordings, including the extraordinary Let Go, cited by Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone as one of the top three releases of 1983 – right alongside Prince’s Purple Rain and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. Throughout the decade, Robb and Fahey collaborated on several albums, including Time God Casualty and Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories.

The 1990s found Robb focusing on his own career and collaborating with fellow Oregonian Curtis Salgado on Hit It and Quit It. During this time Robb embarked on a series of national tours with stellar musicians including Buddy Guy and rocker Steve Miller. During this time he recorded both acoustic (Heart Made of Steel and When I Play My Blues Guitar rank as two of his best) and stinging electric blues albums.

As he began cultivating an original style that combined traditional blues elements with more eccentric licks, Robb developed a strong following of fans and protégés. To date he has won the Cascade Blues Association’s prestigious “Muddy Award” a record twenty times as best acoustic guitarist, as well as awards for best traditional act and best record. These awards have led to his induction into the CBA’s Hall of Fame. His prestige has earned him offers to perform with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. His longtime collaboration with Doug Smith and Mark Hanson as the Acoustic Guitar Summit continues to be a favorite among finger-style enthusiasts.

Wild Roots – for kids

Annie Kramer + Jerry Wild Roots“Wild Roots” is a local Siskiyou County duo playing fun and interactive music for children and families. Wild Roots originated in 2000 in Etna, California and through the years has performed for schools, camps, and community programs. Although two of the original members (Rick Perkins and Karen Arruda) are no longer with the band, the music continues with Annie Kramer on guitar and vocals, and Jerry Hamlin on percussion. A Wild Roots concert includes plenty of opportunities for kids and adults to join in the fun of singing, playing, and moving to the music.

This concert is sponsored by First 5 Siskiyou and hosted by the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center. Courtesy of First 5, books about music will be available at no cost for children 0-5. There will also be an opportunity to sign up children 0-5 for the Dolly Imagination Library, gifting a child with a book once per month for an entire year.