Unexpected Amenities

Partners for the PAC is thrilled to bring Astoria audiences an evening of “UNEXPECTED AMENITIES,” a concert of stellar jazz played by world-class musicians. On hand will be David Drury, guitarist, with three Portland musicians–Dave Captein bassist, Charlie Dogget drummer, and Rob Davis saxophonist. “Unexpected Amenities,” refers to the very essence of jazz –improvisation – and to the exciting sounds which come out of that. Each performance is unique, reflecting a onetime-only synergy that promises one memorable night of music.

This seminal event will be Saturday, February 3—the music starts at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Center. As an unexpected amenity, Astoria vocalist, Dinah Urell, will be singing a few tunes.

These four musicians will take the audience along on their musical tour of modern, mainstream and contemporary jazz. Drury will perform some of his own compositions, which reflect his close-to-a-lifetime in music – encompassing jazz, rock, classical, funk and even some R&B (rhythm and blues).

Dave Drury: Immensely talented and a bonafide local legend, Drury began playing guitar professionally in the early 1960s. In 1969, he and his band at the time were under contract with RCA Records, recording the nationally-released album “Myrth,” featuring ten original songs. The single, “Gotta Find A Way” made it’s way up Billboard Magazine’s poll.

Over the course of his music career, Drury has performed around the U.S. at major night clubs, concert halls and theatres. At one point, he performed in two memorable concerts with the Phoenix Symphony, conducted by famous band leaders and arrangers David Rose and Percy Faith respectively! Based in the Astoria area since the early 1980’s, Dave Drury divides his time between performing, writing and recording music and is in his twenty seventh year offering private instruction on guitar and bass guitar at Clatsop Community College! He has performed live and on recordings with Portland Oregon jazz greats like Ron Steen, Dave Captein, Charlie Dogget, Warren Rand, David Evans and John Stowell, among others.

Dave Captein: An accomplished performer on string bass and bass guitar for four decades, Captein’s base of operations is also the Pacific Northwest. In his lifetime as a performer, he’s worked with many well-known jazz legends, including such luminaries as Mose Allison, Ernestine Anderson and Jack Sheldon.

Captein’s a well known part of Portland’s music community, appearing in an abundance of clubs, concert venues, and recording studios. He’s also a favorite among the region’s bandleaders– in demand for “his solid sound, time and feel, and soloing abilities.” Not surprisingly, the man was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Captein taught at the University of Oregon for ten years; he currently teaches privately and at Lewis and Clark

Charlie Doggett: A drummer/percussionist/educator based in Portland, and a native of the Pacific Northwest. His music has taken him all over the U.S. and to Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and he’s been part of Portland’s jazz scene for more than a decade. Doggett plays regularly with such popular purveyors of jazz as David Friesen’s Circle 3 Trio, Tim Willcox’s Superjazzers and Joe Manis—the latter in various configurations, including the much-lauded Hammond B3 Trio. Charlie’s shared the stage with a host of jazz greats: Pancho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Obo Addy and others. He also holds faculty teaching positions at both Lewis and Clark and Clackamas Community Colleges. Wrote John Barron for All About Jazz.com online, “Doggett, a drummer of imagination and curiosity, propels each tune with cunningness and unrelenting swing.”

Rob Davis: Saxophone player Davis has been performing in the Portland area for the last fifteen years, working with many of that city’s finest musicians, including David Friesen, Alan Jones, Bobby Torres, Randy Porter and John Stowell. Originally from Seattle, Davis graduated from University of Washington with degrees in music performance and education. In Seattle he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Jay Thomas, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Matthew Jorgensen. He’s always a draw at assorted festivals and concerts in the region. Over the years, Davis has brought together many influences responsible for his uniquely identifiable sound and style.

Like many of the area’s best musical offerings, this concert will be at Astoria’s Performing Arts Center, which is located at 588 16th Street in Astoria. Admission is $15.00 at the door; children under 12 free with an adult. This concert is supported by a grant from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.