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Portland Jazz Festival: SF JAZZ Collective – interpreting Stevie Wonder…a constellation of soloists

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If you are lucky enough to hear and see the SF JAZZ Collective 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Portland’s Newmark Theatre, you will experience some of the hottest instrumentalists and elegant composers in the jazz biz.

As part of Portland Jazz Festival’s “Bridges and Boundaries: Jewish and African-Americans Playing Jazz” theme, these eight guys – yes, all guys at them moment – will be blowing you away with their takes of Stevie Wonder compositions. Each year, the group focuses on a significant jazz composer, though genre-bending Wonder’s work will be featured in both 2011 and 2012

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Jazz Conversations

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The Portland Jazz Festival is giving you a chance to see the SOLD OUT Esperanza Spalding, 2011 Grammy Winner, on Friday 2/25 at the Newmark Theater. This show has been sold out since January, this is a special opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation and win two concert tickets to see Portland’s own 2011 Grammy winner! Click read more for bidding information. Continue reading

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The 2011 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival Presented by US Bank has received two NEA grants

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) created the Jazz Masters Live grant to help bring outstanding jazz musicians, writers, producers, and scholars to communities across the nation through NEA Jazz Masters Live. In cooperation with Arts Midwest, these NEA Jazz Masters Live grants support performance and educational activities featuring NEA Jazz Masters, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz. The program celebrates these living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz and offers audiences the unique opportunity to share the artists’ expertise in performances, master classes, clinics, lectures, and short term residencies. “Live interactions between musicians and audiences are essential to jazz,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

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Archive of the Beat

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Past Bill’s Beat Articles: Bill’s Guide to the Festival The Jazz Conversation Sing Out! Thinking about McCoy

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