Oregon’s homegrown jazz sensation Halie Loren will return to the Oregon Coast on Wednesday, Dec. 6, for a festive performance entitled “Holidays with Halie.”
“Every time I get to return to the coast, it feels like I’m returning home again,” Loren said, “and into the wonderful company of some of the warmest and kindest people on Earth.”
Fed by the hyperborean beauty of her childhood Alaska home, Loren’s gift for discovering the playfulness, pizazz and sensuality inherent in a lyric appeared early on. But it was her talent for turning those feelings into genre-defying original compositions — songs at once universal and deeply personal — that captured wider attention.
Loren’s debut release of 11 original songs, “Full Circle” (2006), was hailed for exhibiting “a power and grace that are nearly unheard of in popular music.” Her sophomore album, “They Oughta Write a Song” (2008), brought to light her life-long love of jazz standards, and subsequently won a national independent music award for best vocal jazz album.
Loren’s music has proven well suited to concert halls, and she has performed alongside the Jazz Orchestra of Sicily, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony in Louisiana. She has traveled the world with the members of her original band, including to Canada, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Loren will appear on the cultural center stage alongside longtime collaborator and pianist Matt Treder along with Sean Peterson on upright bass and Brian West on drums.
“Holidays with Halie” will offer two sets with one intermission, inside the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, with limited table seating first-come, first-served, and the show scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Refreshments will be available to buy before the show and during intermission.
Tickets, $22 in advance or $24 on the door, are available online at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.