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December 27, 2018
Gerald Veasley and Grover Washington Jr

Q&A: Gerald Veasley

Artistic Director Don Lucoff conducted this interview with Gerald Veasley recognizing the music of Grover Washington Jr. Q: When Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell eulogized Grover at his funeral, he referred to him as Philadelphia’s global ambassador. You and I were present on North Broad St. near Temple University just prior to Christmas, 1999 along with many of the 76ers and Philadelphia musical royalty. Can you expound on the mayor’s feelings about Grover? Grover had a deep affinity for Philadelphia, its cultural scene, its sports teams and of course its place in the jazz world. It was a place that nurtured his musicianship and launched his professional career. No matter where he traveled he was proud of spreading the word about Philadelphia. Q: Set the band […]
December 27, 2018
Darrell Grant

Q&A: Darrell Grant

Artistic Director Don Lucoff conducted this interview with Darrell Grant. Q: Taking a moment to reflect on your colleagues who previously were honored as Portland Jazz Masters — Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Dave Frishberg, Nancy King, Charley Gray, Wayne Thompson, the band Oregon and Art Abrams — what is most apparent? I would say that these musicians embody the essence of Portland as a jazz town. Individually and collectively they are emblematic of the artistry, individuality, and generosity that make our musical community so special. I’m sure I am not alone in being inspired by their musical gifts – the erudite songwriting and sparkling piano-playing of Dave Frishberg, Nancy King’s stratospheric flights of improvisation, and Oregon’s pioneering blend of musical cultures. Each of them have […]
December 27, 2018
Gil Goldstein

Q&A: Gil Goldstein

Artistic Director Don Lucoff conducted this interview with Gil Goldstein recognizing the music of Michael Brecker. Q: Take us back to the time when you transitioned from Berklee to NYC and soon after found yourself working with Gil Evans in his Monday Night Orchestra at Sweet Basil and then meeting Randy and Michael Brecker during the Seventh Avenue South era? My life changed quickly in l981 while working with Billy Cobham in a quartet format. We did a series of concerts in Lugano Switzerland that also included Gil Evans as well as Mike and Randy Brecker. It was there that my connection to Gil’s work and my first experience with Mike and Randy started. I also met my wife on that trip and moved to Switzerland […]
December 27, 2018
Steve Turre

Q&A: Steve Turre

Interview by Artistic Director Don Lucoff Q: When did you first enter Rahsaan’s orbit? A: In the fall of 1966 I went to see Roland Kirk at the Jazz Workshop in SF on a Sat night. I went to say hello after the set as I was really moved by his performance. He invited me to come and play with him at the kiddie matinee the next day (Sun). After that, he asked me to stay and play that evening. We exchanged numbers and after that, when he would come through town, he’d ask me to come and play with him in the local clubs. Q: Being from the Bay Area, you had a lot of time with him in and around the Keystone Korner, what […]
April 18, 2018

Appreciating Jazz This Spring

Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart informed us 80 years ago on Broadway that “Spring is Here,” and we have enjoyed this reminder ever since through the timeless renditions by Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, and Chet Baker. We also appreciate live jazz in the Spring and are about to globally celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Recognized by UNESCO, this auspicious day culminates Jazz Appreciation Month and PDX Jazz is sharing their appreciation with you, the audience who also appreciates this great art form that began in America but is now embraced globally. The snow is now behind us and there is lots to explore during the second half of April. Our partners at the Soul’D Out Music Festival […]
April 3, 2018

John Nastos Group at The 1905

So much going on in April, jazz appreciation month, at PDX Jazz including a performance by reeds man, and Portland native, John Nastos. He has an impressive bio, but it’s his energy and seductive sound that speaks louder than any words. I’ve heard him many times, yet I know the next time he’ll play, there will be no ennui and the audience will not be disappointed. He’s that good, and that adept, at giving jazz a good name. One of those “next times” is offered by PDX Jazz. April 10th the John Nastos Group will perform 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at The 1905. See y’all there! –DEBORAH DEMOSS SMITH
March 5, 2018

Jazz Conversation With Marcus Roberts

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.     
February 14, 2018

2018 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival Digital Program

2018 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival Program Digital Download HERE    
January 17, 2018

Interview with Charnett Moffett

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
December 6, 2017

2018 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival Guide

2018 PDX Jazz Festival Guide CLICK HERE