Lincoln Academy musicians playing Dixieland Jazz at the 2015 Jazz Night and Dessert Auction. The 2016 event takes place on Friday, April 8 at 7 pm in the LA Dining Commons. Admission is free, and audience members are encouraged to bid on donated desserts to benefit the LA Band program.

Lincoln Academy musicians playing Dixieland Jazz at the 2015 Jazz Night and Dessert Auction. The 2016 event takes place on Friday, April 8 at 7 pm in the LA Dining Commons. Admission is free, and audience members are encouraged to bid on donated desserts to benefit the LA Band program.

The Jazz Night Dessert Auction has been a Lincoln Academy tradition since music teacher and band director Liz Matta started teaching at LA ten years ago. “April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) sponsored by the National Museum of American History,” explains Matta. “ ‘Jazz Night’ has become our favorite way to celebrate!  The Dessert Auction is a fun creative way to show off non-musical creativity!”  This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 8 in the LA Dining Commons. Doors open for the Dessert Auction at 7 pm, and the music begins at 7:30 pm.

“The event was originally held at Skidompha Library, but we have outgrown that space by the sheer numbers of students, audience members and desserts for bid.  Now we hold the event right in our own backyard, in the LA Dining Commons, and are also able to sell individual desserts for enjoyment during the concert,” said Matta.

All three of LA’s jazz groups: the Jazz Big Band, the 4:00 Jazz Combo, and the 5:00 Jazz Combo will perform during the evening. Selections will include the Big Band playing Horace Silver’s ‘The Preacher’, Terry White’s ‘Birdhouse Blues’ and Craig Skeffington’s arrangement of “Pure Imagination’ White and Skeffington are Portland area composers. The Combos will play a mix of standards from Miles Davis’ ‘Solar’ to Irving Berlin’s ‘Blue Skies’.

The event benefits the LA Band program, most immediately the upcoming Wind Ensemble trip to New York City, which takes place April 1 – 3. Although only the jazz musicians will perform on April 8, all members of Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will pitch in to help the Jazz Night Dessert Auction be a success by baking, moving instruments, and volunteering at the event.

Admission is free, but bidding early and often on the available desserts is encouraged, and donations at the door are gladly accepted. “We give traditional bragging rights to the dessert that sells for the highest price, so don’t be shy!” said Liz Matta.

For more information about the Jazz Night Dessert Auction, check the Facebook Event page, contact event chairperson Maureen Dodge or Band Director Liz Matta (matta@lincolnacademy.org).