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May 2016
$20 - $25

Sting: The Jazz Remix

May 12 | 7:30 pm
Alberta Abbey,
126 Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States
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As a solo artist and member of the influential rock band The Police, Sting is not only one of the world’s best-selling musicians, but also a songwriter whose work is as ubiquitous in our time as the music of Gershwin or Cole Porter was during their prime. His unique blend of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and world beat also provides fertile ground for the imaginations of creative jazz artists. He has performed in a number of impactful collaborations with notable jazz musicians including Branford Marsalis, Omar Hakim, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Gil Evans, among others. With Sting: The Jazz Remix, pianist Darrell Grant and his trio All 4 Naught, together with the distinctively versatile vocalist Marilyn Keller and special guests explore the jazz possibilities of the prestigious bassist’s songbook, “remixing” harmony, melody and rhythmic elements of classics like “Fragile,” “We’ll Be Together,” “Fields of Gold,” “Every Breath…

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$15 - $20

Jaleel Shaw Quartet

May 16 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jaleel Shaw picked up the alto saxophone at an early age. He immersed himself in the local jazz scene, studying and performing with many of the great musicians and educators that the city has produced. After graduating from high school, he received a full tuition scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music from which he received a dual degree in Music Education and Performance. He then received a scholarship to Manhattan School of Music in New York where he obtained his Masters in Jazz Performance. Shaw released his debut album Perspective in 2005 to rave reviews and has since won multiple DownBeat Readers and Critics Polls. He is also a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and has also performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, the Mingus Big Band, Pat Metheny, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Jimmy Cobb among others.…

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June 2016
$25 - $35

Tiempo Libre

June 3 | 7:30 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The three-time Grammy®-nominated music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today. The Afro-Caribbean combo is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. Throughout the past 14 years, the band has appeared around the globe and has been featured on television shows including The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center, and Dancing with the Stars as well as many entertainment programs on Univision and Telemundo. Since the group’s formation in Miami 2001, its members have been on a mission to share their Afro-Caribbean heritage with as wide an audience as possible, reinterpreting and reinvigorating music born from the meeting of their musical origins with their new American experience. “Dance Music of Sophistication and Abandon.” – The New York Times tiempolibremusic.com  

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$30 - $35

The Bad Plus

June 9 | 7:30 pm
Aladdin Theater,
3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.  They continue to explore myriad musical forms born of jazz along with any sonic source that forwards the music into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses. “The Bad Plus embrace sonic adventure…seething with funky new-millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights.”  – Entertainment Weekly www.thebadplus.com/

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$25 - $30

Fred Hersch & Anat Cohen

June 12 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as a bandleader, collaborator and solo artist. Hersch has over 3 dozen studio recordings to his credit including eight Grammy® Award nominations. Over the years Hersch has been featured on a variety of National Public Radio programs, including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Morning Edition, Studio 360 and Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz., and in 2006 became the first musician in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard jazz club to play a week-long engagement as a solo pianist. “…singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz—a jazz for the 21st century.” — The New York Times www.fredhersch.com Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has been the winner of nine consecutive Jazz Journalist Association…

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$15 - $20

Anthony Strong (UK)

June 14 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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British jazz vocalist and pianist Anthony Strong has caused quite a stir in just his handful of years as a bandleader and solo artist. Anthony’s formative years were spent, on scholarships, at three of England’s leading music schools, first studying classical music before turning to jazz piano. Early obsessions with Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly eventually led to Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and Nat King Cole, so becoming a vocalist was the logical next step. During his final years as a music student, Strong gained a reputation as a sideman and session player, and an out-of-the-blue offer to spend nine months as understudy to Jerry Lee Lewis in a London West End musical shaped his career most noticeably to where it is today, developing a stagecraft and audience rapport that has come to characterize his live show as a front man. Strong’s performance repertoire includes jazz standards, classic soul and self-penned originals that…

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$25 - $35

Joshua Redman Quartet (Early Show)

June 15 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s. In 1991 he was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, and over the years Redman has collaborated with a “who’s who” of jazz elites including Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Christian McBride, Clark Terry and The Bad Plus. Redman has three Grammy® Award nominations to date and regularly performs all over the world to sold out crowds where he continues to present inventive musical ideas that keep his take on jazz lively and contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the context of jazz music history. “…he has stood for a notion of jazz that’s rigorous and porous, edifying and approachable, dying to prove nothing beyond its own quality of expression.” – The New York Times…

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Joshua Redman Quartet (Late Show)

June 15 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s. In 1991 he was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, and over the years Redman has collaborated with a “who’s who” of jazz elites including Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Christian McBride, Clark Terry and The Bad Plus. Redman has three Grammy® Award nominations to date and regularly performs all over the world to sold out crowds where he continues to present inventive musical ideas that keep his take on jazz lively and contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the context of jazz music history. “Joshua Redman is a saxophonist of such intelligence and energy that you could probably place him in any musical setting, and he would find a way to make himself at…

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