PDX Jazz

February 18, 2015

Four Questions with Somi

Get to know Portland Jazz Festival poster girl, Somi, before her performance tonight at the Newmark Theatre opening for Bebel Gilberto. 1. What jazz song would you play for someone unfamiliar with jazz? Why? Somi: Perhaps “My Favorite Things”. I grew up in love with the film ‘Sound of Music’. Years later, I heard Coltrane’s version of the song and it helped me understand how much jazz has always been a part of popular American culture and the freedom that the genre offers both the artist and the listener. Raindrops on roses! 2. Do you have any pre-show rituals? Somi: Meditation and a prayer. 3. Keep Portland Weird — what’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in Portland? Somi: It will be my first time in Portland, so let the weirdness begin! 4. When did you first fall in love with jazz? Somi: The first time I heard Ella Fitzgerald.  I was 17 and she was singing […]
February 11, 2015
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Five Questions with Frank Catalano

1. What jazz song would you play for someone unfamiliar with jazz? Why? Frank: Eddie Harris – Cold Duck Time. I actually had the opportunity to perform it with Eddie Harris at the Green Mill in Chicago 20 years ago. Not only do I have special personal memories associated with the song but it is impossible for any person with a pulse to not pat their foot and get into it. 2. Do you have any pre-show rituals? Frank: I don’t have any rituals like my OCD friends do, but with flying around a bunch, the key work on the saxophone can get out of wack so I like to make sure I have a chance to play thru my horn a bit before performing as well as play testing reeds. 3. Keep Portland Weird — what’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in Portland? Frank: My wife is a small […]