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8:00 am
Free

Thomas Barber Quintet: Barber Does Dizzy

February 23 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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12:00 pm
Free

PCJE’s Student Composers Showcase

February 23 | 12:00 pm
Portland City Hall Atrium,
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble performs works by three student composers in a special free concert at Portland City Hall Atrium. The student composers, or “grasshoppers,” involved in this ambitious project come from two Portland metro area high schools, and from Portland Community College. With their professional mentors— PSU Jazz professor emeritus Charley Gray, Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Co-Director Michelle Medler, and Mt. Hood Community College jazz instructor Ryan Meagher—each student has composed a new piece for the PJCE. All of these students have composed before, but not for a large professional ensemble, and the opportunity to do so represents a unique and monumental education opportunity. It’s a rare opportunity for the composers and listeners alike. www.pjce.org Find out more »
7:00 pm
$20 - $25

Bill Mays: Front Row Seat

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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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 Seat, a collection of intricate and sparkling interpretations of […] Buy Tickets | Find out more »
$10

PSU Faculty, Students & Alumni Jazz Concert

February 23 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PSU’s Lincoln Hall,
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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7:30 pm
$29 - $59

Roy Ayers: The Godfather of Neo-Soul

February 23 | 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, jazz composer and vibraphone player as well as 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 […] Buy Tickets | Find out more »
$25 - $30

Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso

February 23 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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NOTE: Show is now a single general admission performance at The Old Church. All tickets previously purchased for both the early and late shows will be honored.  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 musical styles, most significantly by recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn has released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland.  In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard […] Buy Tickets | Find out more »
8:30 pm
Free

David Kim Trio

February 23 | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Altabira at The Eastlund,
1021 NE Grand Avenue #600
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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Pianist David Kim was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  At 16, he was featured as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony. Since then, Jazz became his passion which subsequently led to performance opportunities with Noel Jewkes, Charles McPherson and Ron Steen among others. David continues perform around the Portland area with David Watson’s Re-Birthing The Cool: Bebop & Beyond. Find out more »
9:00 pm
Free

Michael Raynor Quartet

February 23 | 9:00 pm - February 24 | 12:00 am
The 1905,
830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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Drummer Michael Raynor splits his time between Portland and Chicago, where he spent more than twenty years playing with tenor sax icon and NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman. Raynor has toured with vocalist Kurt Elling and can be heard on two of his Grammy nominated recordings, including “Live in Chicago,” featuring Jon Hendricks. He has also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Eric Alexander, Johnny Griffin, Jon Faddis, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Steve Coleman, and Bob Sheppard, among others. In addition to playing festivals throughout Europe and North America, Raynor has co-led tours in both Asia and Africa as a United States Jazz Ambassador. He can be heard around Portland with his own groups as well as with Dan Balmer, Chuck Israels, George Colligan, and vocalist Nancy King. Find out more »
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