PDX Jazz benefits from the generous support of Biamp, who not only serves as our title sponsor for the annual PDX Jazz Festival, but also as a year round sponsor supporting not just our concerts but our education and outreach initiatives as well. For 40 years, Biamp has been making the best audio hardware and software for the professional AV market. If you’re waiting for a flight in Hyderabad, attending a convention in New York, or shopping in a mall in Beijing, Biamp technology is there. In spaces large and small, from everyday conference rooms to complex enterprise applications for universities and beyond, they manufacture products designed to optimize your audio landscape. Recently, Biamp CEO Matt Czyzewski wrote a nice, heartfelt blog about his personal affinity […]
Our annual Jazz in the Schools art exhibition will take place this coming Tuesday, February 7 at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th St. in downtown Portland from 10am-8pm. Jazz in the Schools is an education outreach program PDX Jazz presented to 1,500 students in Portland area schools this year. During the program, students learn about jazz music’s major contributions to American history and culture and its connection to visual art — particularly the art found on classic jazz record album covers. Through the program, students listened to jazz while creating their own artistic interpretation of what jazz looks and feels like to them. The most outstanding creations will be exhibited for public viewing at the Cleaners on Tuesday February 7, as well […]
In case you missed it, OPB’s “State of Wonder” aired a segment covering our “Jazz in the Schools” program this past weekend, and if you didn’t catch it live, click on the link below to check it out at the 24:54 mark. Enjoy, and thank you all for supporting everything we do at PDX Jazz! http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/stateofwonder/segment/chloe-eudaly-portland-winter-lights-festival-tony-furtado-sallie-tilsdale/
By Don Lucoff, PDX Jazz Executive Artistic Director This year the BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival will feature a number of large ensembles and big bands including Maria Schneider Orchestra, MONK’estra, The Ezra Weiss Monday Night Big Band, and The Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis in tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Ezra’s band which will feature Portland’s top section players and soloists perform all original compositions. We have billed this performance to honor the rich tradition of Monday Night big bands that enjoyed important longstanding residences in New York over the past 30 years, the most famous being the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. I have many personal fond memories, especially hearing on a regular basis Gil Evans’ band at Sweet Basil as well as the Mingus […]
PDX Jazz is pleased to inform you that OPB Radio will be running a segment on our “Jazz in the Schools” education program this coming Saturday during OPB’s “State of Wonder” show. The program airs on Saturday at noon and repeats on Sunday at 10am. We highly encourage you to tune in and check it out! OPB radio can be found at 91.5 on your FM dial. In the meantime, feel free to check out the JitS promotional trailer below.
By former PDX Jazz President Tom Smith Good news for jazz in Portland! My fellow board member Joe Maita and I had a great night on Thursday enjoying a killer large ensemble at the Fremont Theater on 24th and NE Fremont, with Mary Sue Tobin and the Rebirth of the Cool Big Band. Songs of Gil Evans, Mingus and Horace Silver, among others. Really cool venue with great acoustics. I plan to attend the Quadraphones show here next Thursday! We are having several shows at this venue during the Festival in February. Check out our calendar for details!
PDX Jazz sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Jimmy Makarounis. Your club was our organization’s heartbeat, our staff of life for so many opportunities and experiences. Portland musicians are richer for the opportunities you provided and your brand also transcended the Pacific Northwest as a name jazz lovers knew worldwide. When one goes to New York, its the Village Vanguard, but in PDX, Jimmy Mak’s was de rigueur. I personally can’t thank you enough for your strength and encouragement of support for the way ahead in 2011. I always looked forward to our regular meetings in the quiet morning comfortable club confines or a coffee nearby at the Pearl Street Bakery. Whether it was serious sports talk on the Pac 12 and your […]
By Mark Montesano Last month we listened to tenor players that were influenced by Coleman Hawkins, the first major soloist on the tenor. This month we’ll listen to three of the first major players influenced by Lester Young (often referred to as “The President” or “Pres”, pictured above), the second major soloist on tenor. In contrast with Hawkins, Young’s tone was light and airy and his phrasing laid-back and unpredictable. The use of space was as important as the notes he played. Listen to his version of “Somebody Loves Me” with Nat “King” Cole, piano and Buddy Rich, drums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_wBQe2hiaA Young helped bring jazz from swing to bebop, influencing every instrument. You can hear that influence on these three tenors. Wardell Gray (Feb. 13, 1921-1955) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardell_Gray […]
Listening to the History of Recorded Jazz: The First 50 Years “Second Generation of the Tenor Saxophone” By Mark Montesano Last month we listened to the beginnings of the tenor sax as a solo instrument in jazz. Coleman Hawkins was the first major tenor sax soloist. Later, Lester Young brought a very different approach to the instrument which influenced a whole new generation of musicians. This month we’ll listen to three of the great, Hawkins-influenced tenors. They had very different careers and unique contributions to the way the tenor is played. I will focus on two tenor sax settings: the warm ballad where the musician expresses deep feeling through tone and phrasing, and the uptempo “cooker” where he shows his technical virtuosity and adept rhythmic flow […]
Hello! Oregon Arts Watch just published an interview with saxophonist Kamasi Washington who will be playing at Roseland Theater in Portland tomorrow night and it’s a very good read. You can check it out at the link below. Standing room tickets are still available for the show by clicking here. See you tomorrow night! Kamasi Washington preview: Epic jazz