Fortunate for Sonny Fortune

“Last night at Jimmy Mak’s I was fortunate to witness the great Sonny Fortune play with his quartet.  He was an absolute favorite of mine during the 1970’s and this was my first experience ever seeing him play live.  He didn’t disappoint — in fact he amazed!  His 10 minute version of “Caravan” will be a highlight of the Festival.  It was also wonderful to see our new Board member Pancho Savery introduce the band in his own unique style.  During his introduction he let anyone concerned about being deported by “The Donald” that they could avoid such a fate by becoming a “Citizen of Jazzlandia!”  He then proceeded to recite a short poem from Toni Morrison’s novel “Jazz” in honor of her 83rd birthday.  Charles Lloyd tonight!”

Sonny

Joe Maita
Joe Maita

Joe’s passion for jazz music started as a teenager when first exposed to Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” in a Berkeley record store, ultimately leading to the discovery of Bird, Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Duke, Dizzy and far beyond. This interest in music led to a career in the entertainment software distribution business, where he has been an executive since moving to Portland in 1978. In the ensuing years, Maita Marketing Group has been an important link for creators and distributors of independent music and film to the country’s leading retailers. As publisher of the award-winning website Jerry Jazz Musician, Joe has been a longtime advocate for jazz education on a national level. As PDX Jazz Board President, he has worked to expand the educational initiatives the organization presents, creating the “Jazz in the Schools” program whose goal is to educate Portland-area students about jazz history and the art jazz music influenced, and to ultimately provide them with artistic inspiration.

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