Launched in 2005, the Jazz Station is an all-ages community performance space and art gallery located at 124 W. Broadway.
Supported by memberships, contributions and event revenues, the venue offers concerts, visual art and affordable rehearsal space for musicians, artists and fans.
The Jazz Station is a project of the Willamette Jazz Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the art of jazz. The involvement of youth in concerts, jams and audiences is a key strategy. An eight-member volunteer board governs the organization. Bassist Chris Orsinger is currently Board President.
After operating from 2005 to 2010 in a small 700 sq. foot space, the Jazz Station leased and renovated a 2500 sq. foot space at 124 W. Broadway in Eugene, which opens April 1, 2011.
The new Jazz Station features a lobby with beer and wine bar, more than double the audience capacity, a larger elevated stage with new sound system and theatre lighting, a "green" room for performers, a rehearsal/lesson studio, two accessible bathrooms. The renovation was accomplished by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, and financed with a combination of funds raised from the community, member loans and a City of Eugene Downtown Redevelopment Loan. In 2006, we raised $4500 to buy a professional quality Yamaha U-1 piano, a valuable asset for the jazz community.
The Gallery & First Friday Art Walk Receptions
The gallery features work by local artists and enhances the interior ambiance. We host a free opening reception with live jazz from 5:30-7:30 pm during the First Friday Art Walk. Sales of art support both the artists and also The Jazz Station, which earns a commission.
A community-supported, all-ages venue
The Jazz Station is operated entirely by volunteers. A community of 50+ members (musicians and jazz lovers) provide core support through monthly memberships. Members enjoy discounts (20 to 33%) to concerts, workshops and jam sessions. Musician members may book the affordable rehearsal room.
Our Sunday all-ages jazz jam provides a supportive setting for young and developing jazz musicians to improve their improvisational "chops" at the heart of this art form. Our Thursday night jam, with a professional core trio, is for intermediate and advanced players and offers exciting music for audiences and players alike. The Jazz Station is a nexus for jazz musicians, and also functions as an incubator for new jazz "projects" that mature to perform in other area venues.