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A life of its own

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Just because the roots of jazz go deep in history doesn't mean it can't reach creatively into the future. This year's Portland Jazz Festival was a presentation of the shape of jazz to come highlighted by influential legends of the … Continue reading

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Jazz for the Young and Broke

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The Portland Jazz Festival connects with young members of the community like myself. More specifically, they are building on the work that is already happening in Portland. On Thursday, Portland State University hosted a noon jazz concert with a queartet … Continue reading

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Mi amigo, the Medetron

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One would expect songs like My Friend the Medetron, Giant, and Smells Like Teen Spirit to appear anywhere but at a jazz concert. And one would expect to to be in Latin America when you hear the words “otro, otro”, … Continue reading

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SF JAZZ Collective

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I am pretty sure there is no better way to start the 2008 Portland Jazz Festival. Headlining the opening night were some of the most cutting-edge new and old jazz traditions. Quite frankly, some of these performances just make me … Continue reading

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JAM

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All you players and jazz night owls, the Jazz Festival’s jam sessions are not worth missing. On the corner of 10th and Stark, Portland’s downtown comes alive with the best local players. This is one of the best opportunities to … Continue reading

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