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Classical Jazz: An Oxymoron? No Way.

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The two most widely studied schools of Western music—classical and jazz—are often regarded as two worlds apart. Last night’s performance by the Classical Jazz Quartet was a successful effort to disprove this common misconception. Playing their own admittedly loose adaptations … Continue reading

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Ornette Coleman Delivers a Paradoxical Performance

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Dissonant, yet harmonious… Chaotic, yet moving, beautiful… Explosive, yet tender… Only such vague terms can describe the legendary sound of Ornette Coleman. Brandishing alto sax, trumpet, and violin, Coleman and his band wooed a full house at the Arlene Schnitzer … 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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Anticipation in Pioneer Square

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15 minutes before the kickoff of the 2008 Portland Jazz Festival, a certain feeling of anxiety, excitement, suspense permeates the brisk nearnoon air. Here in the “PDX Jazz Pavilion” at Pioneer Courthouse Square, last-minute preparations are made while the Portland … Continue reading

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