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October 2016
Free

Jazz and the Beat Generation

October 7 | 7:30 pm
Literary Arts,
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
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PDX Jazz is proud to present its inaugural program in its brand new adult education series, Discover Jazz, entitled “Jazz and the Beat Generation”, presented by Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery. Discover Jazz is an educational outreach program created by our organization that will focus on the significance of jazz and its influence on American civilization, and also serves as a way for people not intimately familiar with jazz to discover the music and culture for their own personal enjoyment. “Jazz and the Beat Generation” will examine the influence of jazz masters like Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Wardell Gray, Lester Young, and Thelonious Monk on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Bob Kaufman and other “Beat Generation” writers of the 1940s and 1950s. The event will feature a lecture, recorded music, and an ensuing discussion led by Savery, a Professor of…

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$20 - $30

Steve Lehman Trio

October 9 | 7:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” by The New York Times and “one of the transforming figures of 21st-century jazz” by The Guardian, Steve Lehman is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. His 2014 recording, Mise en Abîme was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and The Los Angeles Times, plus his 2009 recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times. The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Lehman is an alto saxophonist who has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Meshell Ndegeocello and many others, plus his own compositions have been performed by groups such as So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the…

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$20 - $30

Catherine Russell

October 11 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell is that rarest of entities – a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full blown feminity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable. Ms. Russell has released five chart topping albums to date, performed on four continents, and has been a hit on major jazz festivals including Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern International, Tanglewood and more. She has been featured on NPR shows such as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Weekend Edition and World Cafe, plus she has appeared on national TV on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC. Her concert repertoire features gems from the 1920’s through the present; vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal…

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$29 - $59

McCoy Tyner

October 18 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner should need no introduction. Tyner’s blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. Tyner rose to fame as the pianist for some of John Coltrane’s most revered albums such as My Favorite Things, Live! at the Village Vanguard, and A Love Supreme before founding his own band in the late 1960’s. Over the years, Tyner has collaborated with jazz giants such as Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Bartz and countless others, and has released nearly 80 albums as a leader. He is the recipient of five Grammy® Awards and in 2002 became an NEA Jazz Master.  To this day, Tyner continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man. He returns to Portland for the…

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$20 - $25

Rudresh Mahanthappa

October 20 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Few musicians share the ability of Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. The saxophonist/composer hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form reflecting his own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. Just as his personal experience is never wholly lived on one side of the hyphenate or the other, his music speaks in a voice dedicated to forging a new path forward. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation,” Mahanthappa has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and numerous commissions. He has been named Alto Saxophonist of the Year four of the past five years in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Polls and for five years running by the Jazz Journalists Association. He will be touring in support of his 2015 disc Bird Calls, which was named…

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$20 - $30

Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies

October 28 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Grammy® Award nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, he has also recorded and performed with Joe Lovano, the SFJAZZ Collective, John Zorn, Chet Doxas, Uri Craine and many others. With his own groups, Douglas has pioneered new settings for the trumpet in contemporary jazz. In more recent years, he has explored collaborations involving modern dance, spoken word, poetry and film, continuing to push the possibilities of jazz music into new forms of performance and expression. For this appearance in Portland, Douglas will collaborate with NYC-based ensemble The Westerlies and Philadelphia drummer extraordinaire…

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November 2016
$30 - $35

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

November 4 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater,
3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Grammy® Award winner Bill Frisell has built a reputation as one of the most eclectic and creative guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s. He has won numerous Jazz Journalists Association Awards and multiple Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. But perhaps Frisell is most famous for the unique array of effects and tones he can summon out of his guitar, placing him in a singularly identifiable musical stratosphere of his own, and many of these such sounds are on ample display in his newest project, When You Wish Upon A Star. For his When You Wish Upon a Star album, released in early 2016 on Sony Masterworks, Frisell draws upon classic film and television music we have heard on screen and explores how it shapes our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel, performs…

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December 2016
$20 - $30

Cool Burnin’: A Tribute to Chet Baker

December 1 | 7:30 pm
Alberta Abbey,
126 Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States
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Chet Baker has become an icon of American jazz. Famous for playing both trumpet and the flugelhorn, Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals such as Chet Baker Sings and It Could Happen to You. Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker’s early career as “James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one.” His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame, but such setbacks did not stop Baker from enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and ’80s. Along the way, Baker played and recorded with jazz heavyweights such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, and Art Pepper. For this program, Washington trumpeter and flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny will pay tribute to Baker with explorations of Baker’s most famous tunes such as “Chetty’s Lullaby”, “Freeway”, “Early Morning Mood”, “Two a Day”, “Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna”, “Skidadidlin’”,…

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$15 - $20

Camila Meza

December 5 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Chilean-born guitarist and singer Camila Meza has to be considered one of the brightest young stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Since moving from Santiago to the US in 2009, she has created a big impact in the New York jazz scene. Meza belongs to a new generation of jazz musicians that are interested in creating new sounds and allowing diverse influences into their music, and her Latin American roots and profound connection to jazz combined with the fusions of contemporary and popular music give the music she creates an astounding appeal. Meza performs on a regular basis at the best jazz venues in New York such as Jazz Standard, Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, and The Jazz Gallery, plus she has played at festivals and venues all over Europe including Swidnica Jazz Festival in Poland, Hildener Jazz Festival in Germany, Bergamo Jazz Festival in Italy, BMW Jazz Competition in Munich, Bern…

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February 2017
$49 - $70

Branford Marsalis Quartet w/ Special Guest Kurt Elling

February 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Our first concert of the 2017 PDX Jazz Festival, with help from our friends at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, features two contemporary jazz icons on the same stage at the same time –  NEA Jazz Master and saxophonist Branford Marsalis plus Grammy® Award-winning singer Kurt Elling. This incomparable duo, along with Marsalis’s quartet made up of Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass) and Justin Faulkner (drums) will be performing in support of their brand new album on Marsalis Music/Okeh Records, Upward Spiral, that features Elling as special guest vocalist. Upward Spiral is a collection of tunes that blends songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers. Every track they have done confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling, allowing both vocalist and musician ample room to improvise, shine and hold the spotlight. After years of discussion and speculation, Marsalis and Elling have finally joined forces for a performance that…

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$20 - $25

Charenee Wade (Early Show)

February 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who is known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove. She received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride. Charenee performs internationally and graces the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Coca Cola’s, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC. With her 2016 debut album for Motéma Music, Offering, Wade pays tribute to the…

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$15 - $20

Charenee Wade (Late Show)

February 16, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who is known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove. She received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride. Charenee performs internationally and graces the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Coca Cola’s, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC. With her 2016 debut album for Motéma Music, Offering, Wade pays tribute to the…

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$45 - $75

Maria Schneider Orchestra

February 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.”  She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence.  There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group.  The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide.  She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie.  She is among a small few…

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$20 - $25

Ralph Peterson’s TriAngular (Early Show)

February 17, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! American jazz drummer and bandleader Ralph Peterson comes from a family with a history of being the best on the skins. In 1983, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers as the second drummer, playing with him for several years. Over the years, Peterson has also played with jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Michael Brecker, Geri Allen, Gerald Cannon, Betty Carter, George Colligan, Stanley Cowell and Wynton Marsalis. But arguably his most impressive work has been done with his own trio recording under the name Triangular, who put out their first album on Blue Note Records in 1988. In early 2016, Peterson resurrected Triangular for only the third time in nearly 30 years with its new album, Triangular III, and this time being aided by the surefire musical chemistry of brothers…

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$30 - $40

Joey Calderazzo Quintet

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 12pm! While well known as the go-to pianist for Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo is also a bandleader and composer in his own right.  He recorded three albums for Blue Note Records in the early 1990s, In The Door, To Know One, and The Traveler as well as releasing Secrets on Audioquest and Joey Calderazzo on Columbia Records before signing to Branford’s Marsalis Music record label in 2002; working with the company, he released Haiku and Amanecer in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Calderazzo’s co-leader credits include 2011’s duo with Marsalis, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Calderazzo later signed to NYC’s Sunnyside Records, who subsequently released 2013’s Live. His diverse sideman recording credits include the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Vincent Herring, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, and Jerry Bergonzi — as well as Marsalis and Brecker. Calderazzo will be performing in support of his…

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$20 - $25

Ralph Peterson’s TriAngular (Late Show)

February 17, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! American jazz drummer and bandleader Ralph Peterson comes from a family with a history of being the best on the skins. In 1983, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers as the second drummer, playing with him for several years. Over the years, Peterson has also played with jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Gerald Cannon, Betty Carter, George Colligan, Stanley Cowell and Wynton Marsalis. But arguably his most impressive work has been done with his own trio recording under the name Triangular, who put out their first album on Blue Note Records in 1988. In early 2016, Peterson resurrected Triangular for only the third time in nearly 30 years with its new album, Triangular III, and this time being aided by the surefire musical chemistry of brothers Luques and…

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$15 - $25

Emmet Cohen (Solo Piano)

February 18, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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February 22, 2016
Photography by John Abbott
www.johnabbottphoto.com
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Multifaceted American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures. He possesses the innate ability to communicate with audiences at what he calls “the deepest level of humanity and individuality,” and plays with the command and passion of a musician fully devoted to his art. Cohen has performed at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern and Edinburgh jazz festivals among others, plus he has gigged at prestigious music venues such as the Kennedy Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. He was a finalist in both the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in 2011 and the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in 2011 and 2015. Along the way, Cohen has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in jazz such as Jimmy Cobb, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath and Christian McBride. “(Cohen possesses)…

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$29 - $59

The Heath Brothers

February 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 12pm! In celebration of what would have been Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents an exciting double bill of jazz featuring the legendary Heath Brothers and Javon Jackson’s Sax Appeal. Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath have recorded and collaborated with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years. Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spent his formative years working with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, and Coleman Hawkins. Likewise, drummer Tootie Heath has recorded and performed with John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef and many others. While the two brothers recorded together on Jimmy’s solo records in the 1960s, it wasn’t until they formed The Heath Brothers with Percy Heath on bass and Stanley Cowell on piano that the Heaths became household names in…

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$20 - $25

Kneebody (Early Show)

February 18, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Grammy® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody possesses a sound that is an amalgamation of explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre, style, and musical language all its own that allows its musicians to change tempo and key at the drop of a dime. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody came together in Los Angeles in 2001, and since then, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow a dedicated fan base around the world. “There isn’t a handy term or genre for the music…

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$35 - $45

The Cookers

February 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, David Weiss
April 12, 2016
Sear Sound rooftop
353 W. 48th street NYC
Photography by John Abbott, www.johnabbottphoto.com,
212-765-2342

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! The Cookers are an all-star septet that summons an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Core members Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art…

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$20 - $25

Kneebody (Late Show)

February 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Grammy® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody possesses a sound that is an amalgamation of explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre, style, and musical language all its own that allows its musicians to change tempo and key at the drop of a dime. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody came together in Los Angeles in 2001, and since then, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow a dedicated fan base around the world. “There isn’t a handy term or genre for the music…

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$35 - $45

John Abercrombie Quartet

February 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Over a career spanning more than 40 years, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony, and his body of work has explored the realms of jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he became one of New York’s most in-demand session players during the 1960s. In 1974, Abercrombie released his first solo record for ECM Records, Timeless, and has gone on to release nearly 50 albums. Over the years he has recorded and/or performed with top jazz stars such as Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield Gato Barbieri, Chico Hamilton, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Jack DeJohnette, Ralph Towner, Joey Baron and Barry Miles. Abercrombie keeps up a heavy touring schedule and…

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$15 - $25

Amina Claudine Myers: Poems for Piano

February 19, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Amina Claudine Myers is a critically acclaimed pianist whose rich and luscious playing style has been informed by blues, jazz and gospel music that is seamless and instantly recognizable. Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Myers started singing, playing the piano and directing choirs at an early age. In the early 1960s, she moved to Chicago, where she worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. In 1969, Myers recorded her first jazz album with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and in 1976 she relocated to New York City where she focused on her own compositions and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions while continuing to perform and record as a pianist and organist. A couple of years later she began touring in Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and his New York Organ Ensemble, and in 1985 she joined Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.…

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Yellowjackets & Mike Stern

February 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Yellowjackets is a popular, Grammy® Award-winning jazz fusion group that formed in 1977 and eventually signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their self titled debut album made serious waves in jazz radio, garnering public and critical acclaim, and soon the group was toppling the Billboard Jazz charts and selling out festivals and concert venues all over the world. While Yellowjackets is first and foremost an acoustic, instrumental jazz ensemble,  the group isn’t afraid of incorporating world beats, strings, vocals, and densely-populated soundscapes featuring elements of electronica. Yellowjackets’ music has taken many unexpected twists and turns over the years and they have evolved and matured considerably across their 20+ releases. While the band is touring in support of its 2016 release Cohearance on Mack Avenue Records, this special PDX Jazz Festival engagement will also feature choice cuts from Yellowjackets’ Grammy® Award-nominated and critically acclaimed 2008 record Lifecycle where…

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$15 - $25

Andrei Kitaev (Solo Piano)

February 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Andrei Kitaev is a Russian born jazz pianist who Ahmad Jamal once remarked “deserves to be heard at the best concert halls in the world.” Many musicians and listeners, both local and around the world, consider Kitaev an unsung musical genius with the thirst for the musical expression only jazz can offer with a penchant to explore, develop, and present one’s soul on the ivories of the piano. Kitaev started his formal classical piano training at the early age of six under the tutelage of his aunt, a famous concert pianist in Moscow. However, Andrei’s love affair with jazz led him to cross over from the rigors and commitment of the classical world to the ever-expanding universe of jazz piano which eventually brought him to the US. Kitaev has performed alongside Elvin Jones, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Gomez, John Clayton…

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$20 - $25

Ezra Weiss & The Monday Night Big Band

February 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Ezra Weiss is a critically acclaimed Portland-based composer/pianist who has released six CDs as a bandleader. Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others, and has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland. He has led bands in many of the U.S.’s greatest jazz clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, and Tonic in NYC; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, to name a few. Ezra has also composed music and lyrics to three children’s musicals, two of which were honored by TalkinBroadway.com as among the Top 10 Cast Albums in 2009 and 2013, plus he has been the winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times.…

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$30 - $35

Ralph Towner Solo w/ Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier

February 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of the popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than thirty years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble Oregon, Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical excursions with such great modern musicians as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Weather Report. Towner’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his growth as a leader and collaborator with other jazz giants, all while breaking open musical…

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Alan Jones Sextet (Early Show)

February 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! A Portland native, Alan Jones ranks as one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Alan has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Alan isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy teaching jazz music to Portland youth via the Alan Jones Academy of Music, and innovative education system focused on personal…

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Alan Jones Sextet (Late Show)

February 21, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! A Portland native, Alan Jones ranks as one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Alan has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Alan isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy teaching jazz music to Portland youth via the Alan Jones Academy of Music, an innovative education system focused on personal…

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Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis

February 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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This year’s Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown has been called “The Gentleman of Jazz”, “The Fuller Brush Man”, and “The Godfather of Jazz”. Regardless of nicknames, he is a premier drummer whose career has spanned over five decades. Mel’s career on the road began with organist/singer Earl Grant in 1965. Afterwards, he journeyed to Motown Records where he played drums on hit records by Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. He later moved onto jazz, playing with Leroy Vinegar, Teddy Edwards, Richie Cole, Marlena Shaw,  Mary Stallings, Jessica Williams, Gene Harris, “Sweets” Harry Edison, Ray Brown, Joey de Francesco, to name a few. Brown is still one of the best and hardest working musicians in Portland, currently performing in five bands that have been gigging weekly for the last ten years. For this For Portland Only experience, Brown will be debuting his own big band in…

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Bridgetown Sextet

February 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Over the past decade, Portland’s own BRIDGETOWN SEXTET has become a pillar of the Pacific Northwest’s robust vintage hot jazz and blues scene. The ensemble performs authentic, energetic roots jazz from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, with a sound evoking Creole New Orleans, the stomp of prohibition-era Chicago, and the tight swing of depression-era Manhattan. The group recaptures the combustible feel of these early jazz innovations with a unique, original sound that moves beyond the tenets of preservationism. While the band’s most recent disc, 2015’s Stomp Defined, stands as a quintessential representation for the vintage jazz and swing renaissance exploding across the globe, the Sextet’s live show is where they truly glow, full of astounding precision and impeccable musical timing that must be seen to be believed. For this special Festival appearance, the Sextet will be joined by special guest saxophone wizard Devin Phillips for a rip-roaring…

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Bill Mays: Front Row Seat

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Bill Mays is a jazz pianist hailing from Sacramento, California. From 1969 to the early 1980s, Mays worked as a studio session musician in Los Angeles. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dionne Warwick, and he has also worked with artists such as Don Ellis, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Sonny Stitt, Lalo Schifrin and Frank Zappa among many others. In 1984, he moved to New York City and began to do more work as a bandleader, composer, and arranger. He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name, and has been heard on hundreds more by others. Mays will be appearing at the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in support of his new solo piano double-CD set, Front Row…

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Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso (Early Show)

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce.  He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of music, including by the freedom expressed in recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn had released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than eighty as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland.  In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard category, as well as Rising Star in both the Piano and Organ categories. Likewise, JazzTimes…

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Roy Ayers: The Godfather of Neo-Soul

February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player, and one of the most influential living musical artists of our time. A disciple of the late, great Bobby Hutcherson, Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk. Over the years, Ayers has also dabbled in jazz fusion, disco, R&B, and house music, making him a true jack of all musical trades. He is also a key figure in acid jazz movement, a musical movement melding jazz into hip-hop and funk, and he has been dubbed by many as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul”. Along the way, Ayers has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Chico Hamilton, Rick James, Fela Kuti and Talib Kweli. He is most well known for his signature compositions “Everybody Loves…

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Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso (Late Show)

February 23, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce.  He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of music, including by the freedom expressed in recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn had released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than eighty as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland.  In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard category, as well as Rising Star in both the Piano and Organ categories. Likewise, JazzTimes…

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