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124 West Broadway, Eugene, OR, US
Bio: Launched in 2005, the Jazz Station is an all-ages community performance space and art gallery located at 124 W. Broadway, in Eugene, Oregon. Supported by memberships, contributions and event revenues, the venue offers concerts, visual art and affordable rehearsal space for musicians, artists and fans. The Jazz Station is a project of the Willamette Jazz Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the art of jazz. The involvement of youth in concerts, jams and audiences is a key strategy. A volunteer board governs the organization. Bassist Chris Orsinger is currently Board President. THE NEW JAZZ STATION... In April 2011, the Jazz Station opened in a newly renovated 2500 sq. foot space at 124 W. Broadway in Eugene. The new Jazz Station features a lobby with beer and wine bar, up to 80 seats, a larger elevated stage with new sound system and theatre lighting, a “green” room for performers, a rehearsal/lesson studio, and two accessible bathrooms. The renovation was accomplished by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, and financed with a combination of funds raised from the community, member loans and a City of Eugene Downtown Redevelopment Loan. In 2006, we raised $4500 to buy a professional quality Yamaha U-1 piano, a valuable asset for the jazz community. Gallery & First Friday Art Walk The gallery features work by local artists and enhances the interior ambiance. We host a free opening reception with live jazz from 5:30-7:30 pm during the First Friday Art Walk. Sales of art support both the artists and also The Jazz Station, which earns a commission. ALL AGES VENUE OPERATED BY VOLUNTEERS The Jazz Station is operated entirely by volunteers. A community of 75+ members (musicians and jazz lovers) provide core support through monthly memberships. Members enjoy discounts (20 to 33%) to concerts, workshops and jam sessions. Musician members may book venue for rehearsals. Our Sunday all-ages jazz jam provides a supportive setting for young and developing jazz musicians to improve their improvisational “chops” at the heart of this art form. Our Thursday night jam, with a professional core trio, is for intermediate and advanced players and offers exciting music for audiences and players alike. The Jazz Station is a nexus for jazz musicians, and also functions as an incubator for new jazz “projects” that mature to perform in other area venues. In short, The Jazz Station offers musician and jazz lovers of all ages a unique and comfortable space to present and hear live jazz. Art and jazz on Broadway contribute ambiance and vitality to the heart of Eugene.