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February 2018
$ 19 - $ 49

Portland Jazz Master Art Abrams & His Swing Machine Big Band

West Coasting

February 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
For Portland Only   Portland Jazz Master Art Abrams will harness his life-long passion for the swinging sound of west coast cool with two exemplary Los Angeles based living jazz icons, Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison. They’ll recast arrangements by Lenny Niehaus, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Lou Levy and the Capp Pierce Juggernaut Big Band. Section leaders and long-time Abrams band soloists Paul Mazzio, John Nastos, and Dave Parker who were on hand for the previous Sinatra and Kenton festival programs will be featured. “I heard Ernie sing in 1946 in Los Angeles doing h “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” which was his first hit. Having Barbara and Ernie together recalls a vivid experience when I saw Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald together at… Buy Tickets | Find out more »
$25

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble w/ Special Guest Edna Vazquez

February 15, 2018 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

The Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble is a 12-piece jazz chamber orchestra which commissions and performs original works by its members and by other jazz composers in the Portland music community and beyond.
Edna Vazquez is a Portland-based Latin American singer-songwriter who performs original compositions that pay homage to her international influences with a passion that comes through in every note of her music.

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$35 - $65

Kurt Elling & Friends

Swings Jon Hendricks

February 16, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

For Portland Only  Kurt Elling lives and breathes Jon Hendricks, just check out their masterful 1999 Green Mill performance. They have recorded, scatted, and soulfully swung audiences worldwide with a hipness factor of unparalleled heights. And what better way to thank his mentor by having his two daughters on stage while their 95 year-old dad is in the audience taking it all in. Nancy King who last appeared at the festival with Kurt a decade ago will be reunited on two songs. The PSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sherry Alves will perform a segment of Hendricks songs expressly arranged for this program.

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$40

David Sánchez

Carib

February 16, 2018 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

GRAMMY® award-winner David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is undeniable and his sound unmistakable. Combine that with Sánchez’s deep-seated knowledge of both Jazz and Latin music, and the traditions that mold them, and the results are extraordinary.

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$20

Charnett Moffett

The Art Of Improvisation: Solo Bass Works

February 17, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Whether as the leader or in a supportive role, Charnett Moffett’s intense and energetic solos inspire audience ovations around the world.  Whether touring with his band or with his show-stopping solo bass project, Solo Bass Works, Charnett’s astounding virtuosity and heartfelt approach to performing have made him a favorite at jazz festivals worldwide.

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$29 - $49

Luciana Souza & The Dave King Trio

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 17, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Grammy winner, Brazilian Jazz singer, and composer Luciana Souza returns to the stage with Word Strings, her new project on words and poetry, featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.

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$25

Ben Allison & Think Free

February 17, 2018 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation.

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$45

Julian Lage Trio

February 17, 2018 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in NYC. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms. He was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary “Jules at Eight”.

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$20

Amina Figarova

Harlem Awakenings

February 18, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as a child studied to be a classical concert pianist. In the late 1980s, she entered Rotterdam Conservatory to pursue jazz, coming to the United State in 1989 to complete her formal education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

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$25,35

Randy Porter Plays Cole Porter

w/ Special Guests Nancy King & David Friesen Reunion Trio

February 18, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano.

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$29 - $59

Regina Carter & Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 18, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Regina Carter’s Accentuate the Positive is the end result of Carter’s daily communion with and lifelong devotion to the music of Ella Fitzgerald. In her heartfelt and deeply personal interpretations of these songs we can hear the same degree of warmth, feeling and elegance that imbued the legendary singer’s work as filtered through Carter’s singular voice. And that’s nothing but positive.

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$20

Bobby Torres Ensemble: Breakin’ Away – Celebrating Al Jarreau

UP Jazz Octet Celebrates Kenny Wheeler & Norma Winstone

February 19, 2018 | 7:30 pm
University of Portland’s Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203 United States

Bobby Torres Ensemble has opened for Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez. And, the Ensemble has been host to such stars as Luis Conte, Orestes Vilato, and Alex Acuna. Because of his history, Bobby was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of fame. The Oregonian describes the Bobby Torres Ensemble as “Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic harmony.”

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$30

Tigran Hamasyan trio

2006 Thelonious Monk Competition Winner

February 19, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209

With pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. Turning 30 in 2017, he’s one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. A piano virtuoso with groove power, Tigran’s latest adventurous project is 2017’s An Ancient Observer, his second solo album, his eighth overall as a sole leader, and his sophomore recording for Nonesuch.

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$25 - $55

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Tahirah Memory Trio

February 20, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Ms. Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton first set out on tour in 2014, with no product to sell, no recordings or video to help book or promote shows, no t-shirts. Despite all that, based on Lisa’s reputation alone, they were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and — always – invitations to return, soon.

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$25

Allan Harris

The Genius of Eddie Jefferson with Special Guest Richie Cole

February 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition.

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$25

Mostly Other People Do The Killing

February 21, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209

Mostly Other People Do the Killing formed in 2003 shortly after bassist/composer/bandleader Moppa Elliott moved to New York City from Ohio.  The original quartet lineup of the band grew into a septet with the 2013 release of “Red Hot”, and the group has existed in several different configurations ever since.  2017 saw the release of both a second septet album “Loafer’s Hollow” as well as the first album by the piano trio version of the group, “Paint.” 

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$29 - $59

An Evening with Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya

February 21, 2018 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

The world and Africa, in particular, have changed since the founding of pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim’s Ekaya ensemble in 1983. The septet, whose name means “home,” presented Ibrahim’s most powerful musical statements during an important time of protest against Apartheid in his native South Africa. Founded in 1983, Ekaya enjoyed an enduring and celebrated bi-annual residence at New York’s famed Sweet Basil for nearly two decades. The “Voice of Africa” has an imposing discography that transcends the cosmopolitan and spiritual musical connections between South Africa and New York City.

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$39 - $69

Carrington-Coltrane-Spalding: Celebrating the Legacy of Geri Allen

Darrell Grant – Solo Remembrance

February 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

The loss of Geri Allen this summer was emotionally hard sending shock waves through the jazz community as she touched so many of us in a very meaningful way. She also left an indelible mark on the festival with her stirring performance in tribute to Alice Coltrane in 2015 and as the centrifugal force in the trio collective, ACS which debuted here in 2013. It was her wish that Ravi plays for her in Portland and we are humbled by this auspicious occasion. Darrell Grant who worked with her a decade ago at Reed College speaks of Allen in reverential terms as his singular most important influence.

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$35,45

George Colligan Trio & Ethan Iverson

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 22, 2018 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

George Colligan Trio w/ Buster Williams and Lenny White will be accompanied by an exciting Double Bill with Ethan Iverson. Iverson is best known as one-third of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.”

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$29 - $59

Marcus Roberts Trio & Russell Malone Quartet

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance.  While most jazz trios have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. And they do this with lightning-quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations. The Marcus Roberts Trio will be joined on a special double bill with the impressive Russell Malone Quartet.

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$25

Under The Lake

A Freedom Sound: Celebrating Five Decades of The Jazz Crusaders and Crusaders

February 23, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209

Composer, keyboard-player and founder, Jayson Tipp refers to Under The Lake’s sound as “jazz, with groove and attitude.” Over the past 20 years, Tipp and crew have released three internationally-distributed albums: “Dive In” (1993), “Up For Air” (1996) which received a four-star rating from the All Music Guide, and their Top 50 charting release “People Together”.

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$35,45

NEA Jazz Master – Dr. Lonnie Smith

February 23, 2018 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

NEA Jazz Master – Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.

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$20

Rachel Flowers

Sound Feelings

February 24, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Multi-talented instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers was born on December 21, 1993. Arriving 15 weeks premature, she lost her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Rachel’s music is informed by her extensive musical background, with jazz, classical, and progressive rock music all playing a part in helping Rachel to forge a style that is uniquely her own.

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$20

Charles Gayle

Gayle Force

February 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Charles Gayle was born in Buffalo, New York. Some of his history has been unclear due to his reluctance to talk about his life in interviews. He briefly taught music at the University at Buffalo before relocating to New York City during the early 1970s. Gayle will perform solo piano entitles “Gayle Force”.

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$25 - $55

Miles Electric Band

February 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Produced by Miles Davis Properties LLC, Miles Electric Band is up to an eleven-member, all-star live set featuring Miles Davis alumni revisiting repertoire from Davis’ electric period, which many consider captures Miles at his iconoclastic best. 

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$30,40

Charles Tolliver & New Music Inc.

February 24, 2018 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Charles Tolliver, entirely self-taught, is a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. Charles has perfected an extremely individual and distinctive sound which clearly sets him apart from other trumpet players. Characterized by a strong sense of tradition, he said in a recent Downbeat magazine interview about his approach to improvising that, “I like to rumble.

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$20

Dan Gaynor & Gordon Lee

Two Of A Kind

February 25, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Dan Gaynor and Gordon Lee are both Pacific Northwest natives that will perform a special duet for the 208 Festival entitled “Two of a Kind”.

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$29 - $59

Jazz by 5

Domo's Delight - Domo Branch Quintet

February 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey.

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