Brandon Fields has worked as a sideman, composer, arranger and recording artist.

Raising the bar a bit

Saxophonist Brandon Fields is making another round of appearances at local clubs this week. The Los Angeles-based studio musician and recording artist has worked as a sideman for soul, jazz, blues and R&B heavyweights such as Tower of Power, B. B. King, Al Jarreau, Randy Newman, Earth, Wind & Fire, Elton John and Quincy Jones, among many, many others.

Fields' newest claim to fame is a string of shows set for October and November with Barry Manilow at the Las Vegas Hilton.

But this week, Fields will perform at three venues in the Rogue Valley with a mixed lineup of regional musicians.

He'll start his set of shows Friday, July 25, with The Modern Prometheus Jazz Co., featuring Tom Stamper, Jay Jorgensen and Larry Cavalier, at Alex's Restaurant, 35 N. Main St., Ashland.

"We love it when he decides to come up here to play," says Stamper, drummer and founder of Modern Prometheus. "He raises the bar for all of us, and he's so professional that he can help us reach his level. He's a breath of fresh air."

Fields, Stamper, Jorgensen and David Scoggin will get together Sunday, July 27, for another show at Avalon Bar and Grill, 105 W. Valley View Road, Talent.

Fields sends his new music and different arrangements of older music to Stamper and the others so that they will know what to expect. They also will play the standards that everyone knows and loves at the shows, Stamper says.

On Thursday, July 31, Fields will team up with Rogue Suspects members Greg Frederick, Dirk Price, Dean Angermeier and David Bolen, along with guitarist Jeff Pevar, for a night at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford.

Fields' show at 4 Daughters should be a real crowd pleaser, with the Suspects' fusion of rock, blues and soul and Pevar's guitar genius.

See brandonfields.com for more about Fields. See Page 4 for show times and cover charges. Reservations are suggested for the show at Avalon. Call 512-8864.

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