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Steve Christofferson

The InHouse Jazz series of house concerts will conclude its 2019 season with a Newport performance by pianist Steve Christofferson accompanied by vocalists Zofia Csikos-Tardy and Annie Averre.

These vetrans of the jazz scene put together a unique concert with a focus on improvisation. Their unusual combination of two voices and piano create playful musical conversations. To further the musical possibilities, special guest guitarist Attila Csikos will join in the conversation.

Steve Christofferson is a freelance musician living in Washington state. He started out as a garage band guitarist and singer who picked up the keyboard after hearing the Beatles’ “White Album.” He has played the piano in nightclubs and jazz festivals internationally with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nancy King, toured with the Alan Jones Sextet, and performed at the PDX Jazz Fest with Kurt Elling. He has taught workshops and masterclasses at home and abroad, and worked with Jim Pepper, Karrin Allyson and many others.

Zsofia Csikos-Tardy was born in Budapest, Hungary, into a musical family with a conductor father and soprano mother. Her multi-genre repertoire encompasses jazz standards and originals, classical oratorios, gospel, pop and rock songs. She has been the lead soloist of classical and gospel choirs, big bands, pop and jazz groups, performing at many jazz concerts and festivals around the US and in Europe. Soon after her arrival in the Pacific Northwest, she started gigging out with her voice-guitar jazz duo “2-in-1” and jazz quartet. Soon she gained recognition in the Portland jazz music scene as a deeply passionate and skilled jazz singer.

Vocalist Annie Averre grew up in Oregon before moving to the Big Island of Hawaii and eventually to the East Coast with her husband, jazz drummer Dave Averre. Once married, she set her musical career aside for family, returning to singing professionally after relocating to the Pacific Northwest 25 years ago. Currently residing in the Portland metro area, Averre sings with some of the region’s most notable musicians, performing as a featured artist in clubs, concerts and festivals. Her repertoire is a montage of originals and standards crossing musical eras and genres, distinguishing her as an appealing performer and a most expressive vocalist. Six years ago, she began coordinating the InHouse Jazz series, arranging intimate performances in private homes along the Oregon Coast.

Sunday’s concert will run from 2:30 to 5:30 pm in a private home in Newport, with admission by suggested donation of $15 to $30. For reservations and directions, call 360-606-7136 or email aaverre@hotmail.com. Profits from InHouse Jazz concerts are donated in support of music education for young people.

For more information, go to inhousejazz.org.

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