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June 2017
$30 - $35

SOLD OUT: Joe Lovano Classic Quartet (Early Show)

June 8 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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The burly tone of Grammy® Award-winning multi-reedist Joe Lovano is one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. As a decorated sideman, he’s been heard with everyone from Woody Herman, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith and countless others. But most notably he’s been recognized as a high profile collaborator from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, and projects with Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Elvin Jones. However, his role as a leader since signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement even after almost two dozen releases with the legendary label.  In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat Magazine. He was last heard in Portland at…

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Joe Lovano Classic Quartet (Late Show)

June 8 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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The burly tone of Grammy® Award-winning multi-reedist Joe Lovano is one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. As a decorated sideman, he’s been heard with everyone from Woody Herman, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith and countless others. But most notably he’s been recognized as a high profile collaborator from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, and projects with Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Elvin Jones. However, his role as a leader since signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement even after almost two dozen releases with the legendary label.  In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat Magazine. He was last heard in Portland at…

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$25 - $35

Donny McCaslin Group

June 16 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Donny McCaslin is a celebrated, Grammy® Award-nominated saxophonist and composer from Santa Clara, California. As a child he joined his father’s band at the age of 12, and as a teenager he made his debut at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival before embarking on tours of Europe and Japan. Subsequently, McCaslin received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, and in 1991 he moved to New York City which led him to performing with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, Uri Craine, Antonio Sanchez , Dave Douglas and many others before becoming a bandleader in his own right with 11 albums to date under his name. After moving his music in a more electric direction in the 2000’s, McCaslin began collaborating with David Bowie in 2014, which later led McCaslin to become Bowie’s saxophonist for the rock icon’s 2016 album, Blackstar. In honor of his passing, the…

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$20 - $30

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

June 17 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Born and raised in Oakland, California, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire was a member of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble when he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman. Akinmusire was asked to join Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire went on to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles, where he studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. In 2007 Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his debut album Prelude…To Cora on the Fresh Sound label later that year. He subsequently moved back to New York and began performing with Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran. Akinmusire was then signed to the…

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The Relationship Between Literature and Music of the Harlem Renaissance

June 21 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts,
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
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PDX Jazz is proud to present the fourth program in its Discover Jazz adult education series entitled “The Relationship Between the Literature and Music of the Harlem Renaissance.” Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host the evening’s event that includes lecture, recorded music, and discussion. In this presentation, Mr. Savery will discuss the Harlem Renaissance. What was it? When did it begin and when did it end? What was the relationship between the literature produced and the music of the time? Did it really represent a “renaissance” in African American artistic production, or was it actually controlled by white patrons? This event is free to the public on a first-come, first-served seating basis. Due to the popularity of these events, we advise an early arrival. “Nothing great or enduring, especially in music, has ever sprung full-fledged and unprecedented from the brain of any master; the best…

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$25 - $30

The Legendary Murray/El’Zabar Duo

June 29 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Multi-reedist David Murray and drummer/percussionist Kahil El’Zabar have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity for over four decades, and both are recognized by their peers as top tier virtuosos and innovators. This Portland appearance will mark a rare stateside performance by both men in a truly special occasion. Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. He has worked with an array of musical luminaries such as Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, James Blood Ulmer, Lester Bowie and Amiri Baraka, plus he is currently performing with Macy Gray as part of the David Murray Big Band. Murray has won numerous awards over his vast career including a Grammy® Award in 1989 in the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance category for his Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to…

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July 2017
$25 - $30

David Goldblatt Sextet: Jazz Goes to the Movies

July 11 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
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ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Three decades as a consummate professional have kept David Goldblatt consistently in demand as a contributing artist to top names in jazz such as Tribal Tech, Mark Isham, Gino Vannelli, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ernie Watts, Stanley Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Tom Scott, Madeleine Peyroux, Flora Purim and Airto Moriera. His skills as a composer and arranger have been featured on numerous films and TV shows including the CBS series, “EZ Streets,” Showtime’s “The Defenders,” and the “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He has toured as musical director with Diana Ross and was the composer and bandleader on “The Dennis Miller Show”. “Jazz Goes To The Movies” will be a movie theme based performance that will re-adapt thematic material from motion pictures for a jazz sextet setting. Each theme will get a fresh treatment and will be familiar in a…

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Darrell Grant & All 4 Naught Sextet

July 18 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
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ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Pianist Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, teaching, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection. Through eight albums as a bandleader, numerous recordings as a sideman, a growing body of compositions, and two decades of service as an educator and leader in the arts, Grant’s multi-faceted creative projects and innovative initiatives reflect a belief in the extraordinary power of art to communicate, inspire, provoke, inform, and move others to transform society and themselves. Grant was introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter. He has performed and/or recorded with such notable musicians as Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Esperanza Spalding, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, John Clayton, Nicholas Payton, Kevin…

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$30 - $35

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Havana Homecoming

July 25 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
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ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Jane Bunnett is a Canadian soprano saxophonist, flautist and bandleader best known for performing Afro-Cuban jazz with her band Maqueque. A multi-time Juno Award winner, Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for two Grammy® Awards, numerous Juno Awards, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace  and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson…

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August 2017
$25 - $30

Ryan Meagher & All Across the City

August 1 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
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ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Portland guitarist Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) views this performance as a tribute to one of the most underrated quartets in jazz history. The light and lyrical sound of Paul Desmond had a much deeper output than being a sideman in Dave Brubeck’s Quartet. The quartets Desmond led alongside guitarist Jim Hall and drummer Connie Kay had a revolving door of top-call bassists but always maintained a focused aesthetic with no frills. Meagher’s usual quartet is comprised of some of Portland’s most intellectual, sensitive, and virtuostic improvisers on their respective instruments. Together, they wil play music from the RCA recordings of the Desmond/Hall quartet recorded from 1959-1965, as well as some original music inspired by this group. The Metropolitan Youth Symphony will provide a string section to accompany the quartet as special guests for this unique, one-time only engagement. www.ryanmeagher.com  

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Eugenie Jones: The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook

August 8 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
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ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! A Jazz Week Review top-50 artist and the first vocalist to be awarded Earshot Jazz NW Recording of the Year, Eugenie Jones is described as possessing, “A voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” Seasoned by years of steady work following the release of her first album in 2013, the Seattle-area singer displays the rhythmic authority, emotional insight, and melodic innovation of an artist who can hold her own in any company. For this special Portland appearance, Jones will tackle the Ella Fitzgerald songbook in honor of Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday in her own inimitable style. Sharing tunes popularized by the irrefutable First Lady of Song and Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Jones will sing and scat her way vivaciously through Great American Songbook with selections popularized by Lady Ella while also drawing listeners inside original…

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$30 - $35

Daymé Arocena

August 15 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
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ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! At just 23 years old, Daymé Arocena is a skillful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of Cuban contemporary scene. Since she was a child she performed in several children’s groups, and in 2010 she became a member of Sumsum Corda, a fusion jazz quintet with which she participated in tours for Norway and Nicaragua. After the experience being a member of Joaquin Betancourt’s big band, she was invited by Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett to join to her project Maqueque (with which she continues collaborating today), with which she recorded the album of the same name that won the 2015 Juno Award, in Best Album Jazz category. Her 2015…

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December 2017
$40 - $75

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension + Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip

December 6 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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In a career that spans over five decades, John McLaughlin, one of music’s most influential and prolific guitarists, composers, and bandleaders, will begin his farewell U.S. tour on November 1 in Buffalo, NY. McLaughlin will be joined by Jimmy Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the American rock-jam movement for 25 years. The Meeting of the Spirits tour will hit 23 cities before ending in Los Angeles on December 9. Highlighting this musical adventure will be John McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. In addition, McLaughlin is expected to release a new album just before the tour launches. More details to be announced. McLaughlin’s first extensive U.S. tour in seven years, The Meeting of the Spirits also marks his first extended exploration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra material from seminal albums such as Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Between Nothingness and…

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