Evan Furrow Quartet plays at the Jazz Station in Eugene
Join drummer Evan Furrow and his quartet for a night of diverse compositions from Phineas Newborn, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Ornette Coleman, and more.
- Olivia Fields saxophone
- Delos Erickson piano
- Robert Lassila bass
- Evan Furrow drums
Drummer Evan Furrow is a unique local and regional talent who is dedicated to his music and the tradition of Jazz. Still only 17 years old, Furrow has become well known locally and regionally making appearances in Eugene and Portland. Over the past few years he has climbed the ranks of the local Jazz scene rapidly, while being the youngest person. Despite his youth he has had a major influence on the scene and those older than him. “All these young kids came on to the scene and they just injected some new energy into the local scene that we didn’t actually have,” says Roger Woods.
Beginning in 2020, before the pandemic, Furrow began playing gigs while still in Junior High, this was soon ended due to the Pandemic though. During the time of the Pandemic Furrow took advantage of the situation and began studying with two New York Legends: Dan Weiss and Ari Hoenig. This experience propelled him forward as a musician and changed the trajectory of his life. By the end of his studies, over the course of 2020-2021, he began inserting himself back into the Eugene music scene. As a result of the time he spent practicing during the Pandemic he improved so much that he had begun to get noticed by the most well respected musicians in Eugene, thus beginning his relationship with Joe Manis and Roger Woods. These two saxophone giants of the Pacific Northwest helped to foster Furrow’s talents on the bandstand. Since then, Furrow has been a part of both the Roger Woods Tentet, which was newly formed this year, The Roger Woods Organ Trio as well as The Joe Manis Trio, which he’s played with for the past three years. He’s also been a part of many other groups, always being the youngest one on the band stand.
Over the past year he has continued to make more connections in New York and Portland. Next year Furrow will move to New York City to pursue music further, with the intent to study at a musical conservatory where he can further his talents as a musician.
Olivia Fields is an up-and-coming saxophonist and composer from Portland, Oregon. A recent graduate of Willamette University and a current Master's student at the University of Oregon, Olivia's sound is rooted in both bebop and contemporary jazz traditions. Her melody-driven compositions draw inspiration from the natural world and reflect its constant state of change.
Pianist Delos Erickson is a current Master’s student in Jazz Studies at the UO, studying under Steve Owen and Paul Krueger. Being a pianist all of his life, Delos strives to create a sonic space for everyone. Using the jazz idiom in many different facets of music, he brings a special blend to audiences, producing an experience for the audience to relate, enjoy, and take in the music. Gaining traction around the local scene, Delos has a lot of experience in front of an audience, regularly performing in his own groups, and others. Composing and playing is his calling in life, and hopes to spread the joy he gets from creating this music!
Bassist Robert Lassila has several accolades from the University of Oregon including “Outstanding Graduate Performer in Jazz Studies 2023,” “Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Jazz Studies 2021,” “Presser Scholar” in 2020, and Herb Merker scholarship recipient as part of the Jazz Arts Oregon ensemble from 2021-‘23. He earned a BMus in Jazz Studies and a MMus in Jazz Studies from the UO. Robert has composed and arranged several large ensemble pieces such as “Waiting For Spring” performed by the University of Oregon Chamber Choir, “Party Time” performed by The Oregon Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Ulysses Owens Jr, and “For All We Know” performed by The Oregon Jazz Ensemble at the 2019 OMEA conference in Eugene, Oregon.
As a director, Robert has spearheaded several projects. His debut album “Seafarer” includes original compositions and arrangements for various ensembles including string quartet with piano, jazz trio, art song for piano and soprano voice, and duo with bass and piano. His Christmas album “We Three Kings” features creative arrangements of timeless tunes, such as “The Christmas Song” performed in a fast 7/4 meter. Robert has taken the stage as a bandleader at The Jazz Station, Kesey Square, Sweet Cheeks Winery, and several university events.
Stick around for the 2nd Set Jam Session hosted by pianist Keith Brown.