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Langley gets new live jazz venue | NOTABLE

OutCast Productions is celebrating the finale of their successful first season by adding something new to the program: live jazz on Sunday nights.

Performances are scheduled from 7 to 9:15 p.m. every Sunday, starting Oct. 7 with Langley’s powerhouse Latin Jazz ensemble Bahia.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

OutCast’s theater at the Island County Fairgrounds is the ideal showcase for Whidbey Island’s world-class musicians, according to OutCast managing partner Sandy O’Brien.

“Jazz programming is a natural way to serve our community, both the performers and the audience. It’s all ages, all local and all live. We’re using student groups as opening acts, and working to create mentoring relationships with the professionals.”

Bookings for Jazz At OutCast are being handled by Scott Small, owner of the Lakeside Percussion Studio in Langley, and drummer for several of the groups scheduled to perform.

“I approached OutCast about adding a jazz night so our local bands can have a regular gig through the winter. In this business, if you aren’t appearing, you’re disappearing.”

As a teacher, Small expects the new venue to play a key role in developing Whidbey’s next generation of players.

“I want to help my students make the transition from band room to jazz club, from school to the professional stage,” Small said.

The schedule of performers is available at www.outcastproductions.net.

 

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