2012 Portland Jazz Festival February 17-26 Announces Schedule

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 2012 US Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines

February 17-26, 2012

 9th Annual Event Headline Artists and Shows


Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo, Roy Haynes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell, Thara Memory, Charlie Hunter, Vijay Iyer with Prasanna and Nitin Mitt, Enrico Rava, The Jazz Passengers, Garth Fagan Dance, and Mardi Gras @ The Mission

The 2012 US Bank Portland Jazz Festival presented by Alaska Airlines will be held Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 26 at venues throughout Portland. The 9th annual 11 day festival will include jazz education and outreach along with a series of concerts featuring an eclectic mix of internationally recognized and local musicians playing a wide-range of jazz styles.

Among this year’s headliners are esteemed saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the prolific pianistJoey Calderazzo, playing songs off their latest album, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy; legendary drummer and NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes, who has played with some of the most decorated names in jazz over the past 60 years and continues to “Snap Crackle at 86″ and GRAMMY® Award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, who will return to Portland (she last played the festival in 2006) performing the timeless songs of Billie Holiday.

The revered Seattle based guitarist Bill Frisell, in a two-night program titled “For Portland Only,” will perform in four divergent settings, the first evening, paying tribute to the works of pedal steel guitarist,Wesley Webb ”Speedy” West and guitarist, fiddle player and producer, Jimmy Bryant as well as pop icon John Lennon. Frisell’s second evening will turn to the ethereal, boasting his classically sublime 858 Quartet and a captivating solo opening set. Seminal Portland trumpeter and educatorThara Memory will be honored as this year’s Portland Jazz Master and will open the festival with ambitious large scale ensembles inspired by the music of Miles Davis.

Guitar phenom Charlie Hunter will perform a program titled Solo Jam as part of the Portland JamBand Marathon, an evening devoted to regionally based jam bands. The celebrated New York Times“jazz album of the year” composer-pianist Vijay Iyer will be joined by India based guitar-composer Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta. They comprise Tirtha in an east meets west program titled “From New York to Tamil Nadu.” Additionally, the influential Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava and his quintet Tribes will feature a program of  introspective-tinged songs spanning Rava’s celebrated ECM recording legacy in a show entitled A Jazz Pilgrim. New York downtown compatriots of actor/musician John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards, The Jazz Passengers, will play songs off their first album in 12 years, Reunion. 

White Bird Dance will present Griot New York in partnership with the Festival. This is a highley anticipated and legendary collaboration between the Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wynton Marsalis and celebrated sculptor Martin Puryear.The pre-recorded three-part composition uses jazz to render the history and feeling of a city, and the emotional references connected to styles and rhythmic grooves.The preceding evening on February 21 on Fat Tuesday, the festival will celebrate Mardi Gras @ The Mission with a PDX flavored roux.

“From India to Italy and returning home to PDX via New York City, this year’s festival maintains a longstanding tradition of embracing jazz as an evolving and fast changing global art form,” states managing director Don Lucoff. This year’s festival was programmed by Lucoff after the retirement of founding artistic director Bill Royston last spring.  Lucoff concludes, “Royston re-wrote the rules for programming in the U.S. by giving audiences unsurpassed thematic presentations that resonated around the world.” This year’s festival will put a strong focus on local artists interacting with the arriving headliners through various outreach and educational programs, along with surprises to be announced in the future.

Complete concert schedule:

  • Friday            February 17, 7:30pm, Winningstad Theater     Thara Memory
  • Saturday        February 18, 7:30pm, Winningstad Theater     Enrico  Rava’s Tribe
  • Sunday          February 19, 7:00pm, Winningstad Theater     The Jazz Passengers
  • Tuesday         February 21, 7:30pm, Mission Theater            Mardi Gras @ The Mission
  • Wednesday    February 22, 7:30pm, Arlene Schnitzer Hall    Garth Fagan Dance
  • Thursday        February 23, 7:00pm, Newmark Theatre         Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Friday             February 24, 7:00pm, Newmark Theatre         Roy Haynes Quartet
  • Friday             February 24, 9:30pm, Crystal Ballroom            Bill Frisell -Tribute to John Lennon “Speedy” West and Jimmy Bryant
  • Saturday      February 25, 3:00pm, Crystal Ballroom          Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, Nitin Mitta
  • Saturday      February 25, 7:00pm, Newmark Theatre       Bill Frisell solo & the 858 Quartet
  • Saturday      February 25, 9:30pm, Crystal Ballroom          Charlie Hunter solo and the Portland Jam Band Marathon
  • Sunday        February 26, 3:00, Newmark Theater              BranfordMarsalis/Joey Calderazzo Duo


Portland Jazz Festival Box Office

Hours of Operation: 2PM – 6PM, Monday – Friday

Order by Phone: 503-228-5299

Walk Up: 133 SW 2nd Ave, Ste 420 Portland OR 97204

Email:  abarker@pdxjazz.com   Online: www.pdxjazz.com

Members can waive ticketing fees by ordering in person at the Portland Jazz Festival Box Office

PCPA Main Box Office (For shows at the Newmark and The Winningstad Only)

1111 SW Broadway

Open 10AM – 5PM, Monday – Saturday

Walk Up Sales Only


Crystal Ballroom Box Office (For shows at the Crystal Ballroom and Mission Theater shows only)

Walk Up: 1332 W Burnside 11:30 AM – 6PM Daily

By Phone: 855-CAS-TIXX

Online: www.cascadetickets.com (For shows at the Crystal Ballroom and Mission Theater shows only)

PDX Jazz Members have the advantage of reserving the best seats during the exclusive pre-sale period from September 29 – October 9. On Monday, October 10, Portland Jazz Festival tickets will become available to the general public, by calling 503-228-JAZZ (5299), or online at pdxjazz.com.

Ticketing Pricing:   Tickets range from $22 – $58 (Some fees may apply)

Ticket Packages are available for a discounted price exclusively through the Portland Jazz Festival Box Office. Call the PDX Jazz office for more details.

Mission Statement: 

PDX Jazz, a non-profit cultural arts organization founded in 2003 in partnership with Travel Portland, produces the annual Portland Jazz Festival. The organization’s mission is to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come.

The Portland Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians.  A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.

PDX Jazz is dedicated to curating performances at various Portland venues throughout the year such as the current monthly PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series and programming at Tony Starlight’s Supper Club and Lounge.

For media inquires please contact:

Kate Heim –   kheim@pdxjazz.com  Don Lucoff - dlucoff@pdxjazz.com     503-228-5299

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