Touted jazz musician brings saxophone sounds to WOU


lavanoGrammy award-winning saxophonist Joe Lavano will perform with the American Metropole Orchestra Saturday night as part of WOU’s Fine Arts Series. // Photo courtesy of

Statesman Journal
By Kurt Holland
April 10, 2013

MONMOUTH — One of the world’s premiere tenor saxophone players will pay a visit to Monmouth this weekend as part of Western Oregon University’s Smith Fine Arts Series.

Joe Lovano will perform with the American Metropole Orchestra on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in WOU’s Rice Auditorium. Tickets for the performance are still available.

Lovano, 60, has recorded and toured with many of the major jazz musicians of the late 20th century, including Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Brubeck, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, Tom Harrell, McCoy Tyner, Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer, among many others.

Lovano won a Grammy award in 2000 in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category for the album “52nd Street Themes” and is a favorite of National Public Radio.

His most recent album, “Cross Culture,” is his third featuring his Us Five quintet. says of the release: ” … an album of exploratory jazz that is often more about group interplay on various musical themes rather than straightforward improvisation on melodic compositions — though there is that, too.”

“Cross Culture” was released in January.

Lovano’s appearance is the fifth of six shows scheduled during the 2012-13 Smith Fine Arts Series. The final event is a 1960s Soul Celebration featuring Marilyn Keller and Neil Thurston with the Western Hemisphere Orchestra on June 8.


If You Go…

What: Joe Lovano and the American Metropole Orchestra, part of the Smith Fine Arts Series.

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.

Admission: General, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11; WOU students, free.

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