Jake Oken-Berg and his band's live shows are full of improvisational suprises. - Photo by Inger Klekacz

Jake Oken-Berg at Alex's

Jazz and pop pianist Jake Oken-Berg and his band will perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Alex's Plaza Restaurant, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. The Portland-based musician has played piano since the tender age of 5. His debut EP, "Find Love," released in 2009, features jazz drummer Jeff Anthony and violinist Jason Barlow. His sophomore EP, "Out the Door," released this year, features music ranging from blues to straight ahead pop-rock. His work has been noted in several nationally recognized publications, including Spin Magazine, The Oregonian, West Coast Performer Magazine, Palo Alto Weekly, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, Oregon Music Magazine and the Statesman Journal. When not performing solo, Oken-Berg is joined by his band, comprising guitarist Robert PeArt, guitarist Jeff Koch, drummer Brud Giles, bassist Sean Hudson and violinist Anna Tivel. Cover to Oken-Berg's show at Alex's is $2. For more information, call 541-482-8818.

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