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Fri, Apr 14


Mood Indigo Club - Speakeasy


Creative jazz interpretations of 90s pop/rock songs!

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Apr 14, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Mood Indigo Club - Speakeasy, 61400 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97702, USA

About The Event

We cannot wait to have drummer Adam Carlson return to his hometown for another show with his magnificent trio, which features Todd Marston on piano and Andrew Jones on bass. For this appearance, the trio will be showcasing original music and some creative interpretations of 90s pop/rock songs.

ADAM CARLSON is a native of Bend, Oregon and is a drummer in Portland.  He began playing drums at the age of 13 when he joined the middle school jazz band. From there, his interest in jazz grew exponentially and eventually become an addiction. Inspired by local Bend jazz educators, such as Andy Armer and Jody Henderson, he immersed himself in the Bend jazz scene. Whether he was taking classes at the Cascades School of Music, playing in local musical productions, like Caberet, or playing gigs at Bebop Coffee House, Adam was playing the drums. He began attending summer jazz workshops -- like the Mel Brown Summer Jazz Workshop and the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp -- and sought out the best drum instruction he could. Among his many teachers are Portland drummers Gary Hobbs, Mel Brown, Todd Strait, Charlie Doggett, Jason Palmer, and Carlton Jackson. In 2008 & 2010, he was selected to drum for the OMEA All State groups, and in 2009 he was chosen as the drummer for the MENC All Northwest Jazz Choir. He was also awarded an Outstanding Musician Award at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2009 & 2010, and then again in college in 2011 & 2012.

Adam graduated cum laude from the Jazz Studies program at the University of Oregon with a Bachelors Degree in music in Spring 2014. Upon graduation he was awarded the Most Outstanding Performer Award in the area of Jazz Studies. During his time in the program, Adam studied with drummer Gary Hobbs, and played drum set in the University's top jazz combo. He also played drum set with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, the premiere UO big band under the direction of Steve Owen. In the summer of 2014, Adam traveled to Europe to play with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble at four renowned, international Jazz festivals: The Montreux Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, and Festival Internazionale del Jazz della Spezia. Adam grew extremely involved in the Eugene music scene, and became a first-call drummer in the area. He worked regularly with regionally acclaimed musicians like Mike Denny, Carl Woideck, Steve Owen, Olem Alves, Tim McLaughlin, Don Latarski, Tony Glausi, Torrey Newhart, Michael Radliff, Paul Biondi, and Siri Vik. Adam has also played drums on numerous debut albums including that of Paul Krueger, Torrey Newhart, Tony Glausi, Nick Hamel, and the Olem Alves led funk/jazz fusion band called Inner Limits.

In April, 2017, Adam moved to Brooklyn, New York to absorb the extremely high level of musicianship that is abundant in New York City. He frequented jam sessions and shows of all genres around the city, and became involved with a variety of different New York bands. While playing with these New York bands, Adam honed his ability to play many different genres, including jazz, soul, fusion, latin, funk, rock, and pop. He gained a unique perspective on the many musical styles, and developed a broad musical taste, craving to play “any genre that grooves.” Adam also enjoys playing experimental music that draws bits and pieces from all genres.

In June, 2018, Adam relocated to Portland, Oregon where he works as a freelance musician. Since then, he has become involved with a handful of Portland bands including CJ Mickens & The Powerhouse, Red Bird Soul, EBoneX, Amber Sweeney, Starship Infinity, and Nicole Portley. He plans to continue to refine his musicianship, and collaborate with as many different musicians as possible. 

TODD MARSTON is a Portland Pianist and has pursued a diverse music career ever since his days playing in punk bands and jazz combos as a teenager. His love of music has guided him to receive a jazz piano education at Berklee College of Music, tour nationally as a sideman with singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell and indie folk-pop band The Grownup Noise, and perform extensively in Asia with the Sam Hooper Band and Mike Null’s Soulcasters. In 2011, he underwent a 200-hour yoga teacher training through Open Hearts Yoga. This helped to fortify the connection between music and wellness for Todd, as he found that wellness-based practices such as yoga helped him to unlock creative energy as well as immerse himself in musical activities with less discomfort. Todd’s main passion has always been composing and songwriting. In 2012, his Boston-based instrumental quartet Choose to Find, released their 2nd album titled Songs Without Words. Todd’s composition, Above Water (featured on Songs Without Words) won 5th place in the 2013 Indie International Songwriting Contest. In 2017, Todd earned a master’s degree in jazz studies with a focus in musicians’ wellness under the mentorship of Lisa Marsh at Portland State University.

ANDREW JONES is an improviser, composer, and bassist in Portland. Since arriving in 2009, he’s been involved with the music community in a myriad of contexts: contributing bass and compositions to jazz projects as well as performing and recording with a laundry list of Portland songwriters, bands and producers as well as artists from New York and Los Angeles. In 2019 he finished a fourteen-month international touring stint with acclaimed songwriter/composer Julia Holter. The multifarious bassist has also formed a long association with Portland’s experimental music community and Creative Music Guild, making multiple appearances at the Improvisation Summit of Portland and TBA performing with visiting musicians, collaborating with local dancers and comedians, accompanying theater and presenting his own music. His main creative vehicle, The Crenshaw, sets Jones’ poetry to electronic music. Those beat-pieces are then recreated with Andrew’s upright bass and voice, a collaborator on drums and warped synth samples which haunt the stage like an invisible third band member. During the pandemic, Jones has turned to more session and audio production work; writing arrangements, contributing bass tracks, and mixing new releases. In 2022, he plans to record The Crenshaw’s second full length album.



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