Andrew Oliver’s Kora Band performs with the Willamette Jazz Collective

The Willamette Jazz Collective is joining forces with Andrew Oliver’s Kora Band to perform in concert Oct. 25.

The event, sponsored by Willamette University’s music department, takes place 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Rehearsal Hall of the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door and cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Admission for music majors is free.

“These are world-class musicians who promise to put on an extraordinary show unlike anything you've ever heard,” says James Miley, director of the Willamette Jazz Collective.

“The music is a fascinating combination of African folk music and elements of traditional jazz improvisation and harmony, blurring the lines between folk, world and jazz genres. I think anyone attending will be hard pressed not to want to get up and dance at some point during the concert.”

Pianist, composer and bandleader Andrew Oliver is a rising young musician on the Northwest jazz scene who directs a number of diverse groups in Portland and Seattle. Oliver’s Kora Band features Kane Mathis on the 21-string kora, a traditional harp from West Africa.

Comprising a rhythm section with four to six horns and a classical string trio, the Willamette Jazz Collective consists of 10 to 14 students. The musicians perform a full spectrum of jazz compositions and arrangements, frequently premiering original works by emerging jazz composers, unique re-imaginings of popular songs from other genres and student compositions and arrangements.

For ticket information, contact the Willamette University Music Department at 503-370-6255.