It's a fairly seamless transition, The Shedd's artistic director Jim Ralph said, because Cloninger is no stranger either to The Shedd or OFAM.
Whenever there is a major change in leadership of something of the size, age and complexity of OFAM, there's always a lot of concern over how the new leadership will play out against what folks have come to love about the old," Ralph said.
So during OFAM (Oregon Festival of American Music), for example, I've got a hundred people here for whom we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week.
Our program is very focused on just doing OFAM, and there's so much that is already built into that.
After that, Peplowski will convene a reunion of sorts with the rest of this year's OFAM band members - Jesse Cloninger on reeds, bassist Doug Miller, Chuck Redd on percussion and guitarist Frank Vignola - most of whom have played with him for years.
We could probably do five or six years' worth of OFAM on movie music," Peplowski said.
As Eugene's self-declared champion of all-American music styles, OFAM
should be expanding its musical community beyond social and ethnic boundaries.
Tickets: Evening concerts are $20 to $36 (today's jazz party, $36 to $48); afternoon concerts $16 to $30; lectures and films are free; 541-434-7000 and OFAM
This is about classic literature and how it has affected music - and vice versa," explains OFAM
jazz director Ken Peplowski, a New York jazz clarinetist who once played with the Benny Goodman Orchestra.
came out, says Jim Ralph, executive director of the Shedd Institute, which produces OFAM
He was first brought to OFAM
more than 10 years ago by then-music director Dick Hyman.
Shirley and (music director) Vicki (Brabham) have been playing and singing them for 14 years together with the Jazz Kings and at OFAM