Like Rebecca Kilgore, Ellen Vanderslice is a pillar of the Portland jazz community. Though an architect by trade, Vanderslice is also an accomplished (and remarkably prolific) composer, occasional singer and leader of a local quartet. The Cherry Pie Music label was created to showcase her output, including a series of three EPs built around her songs as performed by Kilgore and fellow vocalists Marilyn Keller and Amandah Jantzen. In 2014, Kilgore and Vanderslice united with another Oregonian, songwriter, vibraphonist and pianist Mike Horsfall, to launch the Moonshadow Project, with each contributing melodies, harmonies and lyrics. Months later, the collaboration resulted in the Christmas EP It’s Getting to Be That Time of Year. Now, with Moonshadow Dance, the project reaches full fruition.
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