CROSS-CONTINENT JAZZ WITH TUNNEL SIX, JUNE 22 AT THE LINCOLN CITY CULTURAL CENTER
LINCOLN CITY – Tunnel Six, a modern jazz band with members from throughout North America, is making an 11-city tour through the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada this month. One of the cities is Lincoln City, where Tunnel Six will be performing on Friday, June 22.
Comprised of several young modern jazz artists, each notable band leaders in their own right, Tunnel Six has grown from a collective group of friends at the Banff Centre into a deeply intertwined musical unit capable of connecting with a wide array of audiences on a deep and emotional level.
This year, the group will capture the spirit of their live performances with a follow-up recording to their internationally-released first album, “Lake Superior.” “Every time we get together, it’s an incredible experience and one I always look forward to,” guitarist Brian Seligman writes. “Each year, with six guys this gifted, and moving in so many directions… there never fails to be some deep musical moments that can only happen when everyone’s on the same page, with the same goals.”
“Lake Superior,” released last March on Seattle-based OA2 Records, was listed on eMusic’s top 100 releases of 2011, “right above the new Britney Spears album,” which the band’s pianist Andrew Oliver is quick to point out. His pride is instantly understandable. One of his compositions (the title track) garnered him an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. Dave Sumner of “All About Jazz” wrote that the album was a “transcendant moment, almost spiritual.” Ken Dryden of the “All Music Guide” was similarly effusive, giving the album four stars, and noting that the “interaction between them sounds as if they’ve been playing together for far longer.”
Seligman is from Toronto, and Oliver is from Portland. The rest of the band is Ben Dietchi (Toronto, saxophone); Chad McCullough (Seattle, trumpet); Ron J (Halifax, bass) bass; and Tyson Stubelek (New York City, drums).
Tunnel Six will play at 7 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. To purchase, call 541-994-9994.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the historic Delake School building. June’s event calendar includes “The Art of the Kite” in conjunction with the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival and the annual visitation by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, June 25-30.