Jazz Festival Features Saxophonist Tim Ries

Tim Ries, an acclaimed jazz musician and touring saxophonist with the Rolling Stones, will be a featured guest artist at this year's Willamette University Jazz Festival Concert on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

About Ries, The New York Times writes, "Among jazz musicians, the saxophonist Tim Ries is known as a singular talent, a ‘player's player,' versatile enough to work with artists as disparate as Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Lyle Lovett and the Rolling Stones. ... And his résumé in the jazz world stretches even further."

The Jazz Festival features big bands and small groups from middle school through college. Bands play for a panel of expert musicians who offer feedback following each performance. It culminates in the evening Festival Concert, which is opened by the "judges choice" guest ensemble and is followed by the Willamette Jazz Collective and Ries.
With the exception of the Festival Concert, performances are free and open to the public. Performances begin at 8:30 a.m., continue until 5 p.m. with a mid-day break and are followed by the Festival Concert at 7 p.m.

For nearly 30 years, the Willamette University Jazz Festival has brought the leading names in jazz to the Salem area for a weekend of world-class jazz performance and education. Known for its educational focus and artistic vision, the festival offers Northwest jazz students of all levels of ability and experience the chance to learn from the finest jazz educators from across the country.

Festival Concert ticket information:
General admission seating is $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Music Office in Rogers Music Center, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To charge by phone or for more information, call (503) 370-6255.