During the recent 2018 PDXJazz Festival, Marcus and KMHD Jazz Radio Host & PDX Jazz Board Member, Deborah DeMoss Smith sat down at the Portland’5 Center for the Arts bar for a Jazz Conversation. One of Deborah’s favorite jazz pianists is Marcus Roberts. Blind since the age of 5 and, with a Gospel musical background, Marcus has never allowed his sightlessness impede his musical acumen and career, including his playing with Wynton Marsalis for six years. As a leader, he’s released 25 albums, plus more as a sideman. If you missed the fun, check out the entire interview here.
Hey, Y’all, PDXJAZZ has some jazzy music headed our way on February 15 – 25 via its annual festival. One such artist is bassist Charnett Moffett, performing Saturday, February 17th at Class Pianos. Who is this artist and what’s his philosophy toward music and life? To find out, check out ‘Notations’, my column on the KMHD Jazz radio website. KMHD is one of PDX Jazz’s partners. Charnett Moffett Interview Here. Also, a reminder to purchase your festival tickets now and enjoy jazz, jazz, and more jazz. Nothing like having the sound of live jazz surround you as you move to the music. You might even feel like second lining! See Y’all there! Deborah DeMoss Smith Charnett Moffett’s PDX Jazz Festival performance More Info | Purchase Tickets
Donald Harrison played at The Jack London Revue Sunday, November 19, 2017, and PDX Jazz Board Member, Deborah DeMoss Smith was in attendance. Read Deborah’s review of the New Orleans Saxophone master’s Portland performance: Sunday night, finally made my way with Board member Marcia Hocker to the new Jack London Revue. Liked the space and undoubtedly the band on stage: NOLA’s (New Orleans, LA) Nouveau Swing creator, alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and mentor Donald Harrison. (Harrison played at the PDX Jazz Festival this year with Javon Jackson – Harrison was Jackson’s mentor in the Art Blakey Band). Joining Harrison on stage Sunday were three young (20s) musicians whose sublime skills and understanding of the music was impressive – and fun: Zecharia Curtis, piano; Jason […]
Last week, we presented a PDX Jazz “For Members Only” house party concert featuring Grammy Award winning pianist Bill Charlap. It was a very special evening of incredible jazz, food, beverage, friendship and conversation. Mr. Charlap has the ability to reach into the “old world” and play the music of great composers like Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, and Ellington in a way few can – sensitive, respectful and innovative. Prior to the musical performance, local radio legend George Fendel talked with Bill about his childhood memories in New York – we learned that Bill grew up in a musical household, and his father wrote much of the music to the musical “Peter Pan”! The event was performed in a beautiful inner southeast Portland residence, and featured […]
IJOJ was presented at four schools this year during the second week of February. Schools included: Woodlawn Elementary, Ivy Montessouri, Duniway Elementary, and Lincoln Highschool. The Incredible Journey of Jazz is a free, 60 – minute history of jazz program designed for students. IJOJ offers students a musical introduction to one of America’s most treasured contribution to world culture. During the program students learn about the roots of jazz, its development in the United States, and its relevance to today’s musical culture. “IJOJ continues to be a most rewarding expierence as I witness the positive impact it has on students and faculty!” – PDX Jazz Board member & Education Chair, Marcia Hocker Below are some photos of the students – IJOJ played to a […]
Hello citizens of Jazzlandia! The newly updated 2017 BIAMP PDX Jazz festival guide is here! This guide has all the latest information. We have added new shows, added exciting venues, and updated the schedule. We have provided a downloadable link. Physical copies are sent to your door or can be found across the Portland metro area. Downloadable PDF file HERE The 2017 PDX Jazz Festival begins February 16 – 26. Hope to see you there!
Name: Jaleel Shaw Residing Location: Paterson, NJ Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Past and present about Jaleel Shaw: Saxophonist born and raised in Philly that grew up loving and listening to all music from Charlie Parker, A Tribe Called Quest, John Coltrane, D’Angelo thus started playing saxophone at age 9 and got serious at age 11… by age 13 decided to be a professional musician. Graduated from Berklee on a scholarship with a dual degree in Music Education & Performance. Attend Manhattan School of Music also on a scholarship to gain a Masters in Performance. Since then has performed w/ Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Roy Hargrove, the Mingus Big Band, Jimmy Cobb, The Count Basie Orchestra, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell. 1. What or who made you […]
Name: Darrell Grant Website Residing location: Portland, OR Musical past and present in one run-on sentence: performer, composer and PSU professor, has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist and versatile musician whose four previous recordings have topped jazz charts. 1. Besides being musically talented, do you have any hidden talents? According to my son I tell really good stories. 2. What has been your greatest artistic success? Making music that connects with people is a success. Having someone tell me that my ‘Spirit’ album got them through a surgery was gratifying. Having my music be the inspiration for a Reconciliation Concert featuring Bishop Desmond Tutu… But being a parent trumps all of those. 3. What or who made you fall in love with […]