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February 2018
$ 19 - $ 49

Portland Jazz Master Art Abrams & His Swing Machine Big Band

West Coasting

February 15 | 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…

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$25

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble w/ Special Guest Edna Vazquez

February 15 | 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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$22

An Evening with Scott Amendola

February 15 | 8:00 pm
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97210 United States

Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker, and Paul Bryan all met nearly 30 years ago at Berklee College of Music. Musically minded in symmetry, Scott, Jeff, and Paul knows how to make 3 sound like one. The trio will embark on music composed by Amendola, some choice covers, and venture into the unknown.

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$35 - $65

Kurt Elling & Friends

Swing Jon Hendricks

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

For Portland Only  Kurt Elling lives and breathes Jon Hendricks.  Check out Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and Al Jarreau with the Metropole Orkest perform at the North Sea Jazz in 2011 below. 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. 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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$8

PDX Side Hustle

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 16 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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$40

David Sánchez

Carib

February 16 | 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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$8

Euge Organ Trio

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 16 | 11:00 pm - February 17 | 1:30 am
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States

The Euge Organ Trio is a groove oriented, soul-jazz group hailing out of Portland, Oregon. The group is sure to keep audiences both moving to the groove and eagerly anticipating whatever might come next out of their free-spirited improvisational approach.

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$20

Charnett Moffett

The Art Of Improvisation: Solo Bass Works

February 17 | 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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FREE

Mike Gamble

Solo Guitar

February 17 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Spencer, 409 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$29 - $49

Luciana Souza & The Dave King Trio

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 17 | 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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FREE

Ben Graves & Nat Hulskamp

February 17 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascades Station, 9920 NE Cascades Pkwy
Portland, OR 97220 United States

The Brazilian Guitar Duo, Ben Graves, and Nat Hulskamp deliver a variety of styles from their experiences in jazz, flamenco, middle eastern and South American music. They perform sambas, choros, and bossa novas from legendary Brazilian composers such as Luis Bonfa, Djavan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nacscimento and Ivan Lins.  Their performances are full of beautiful melodies, Brazilian rhythms and guitar interplay.

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$25

Ben Allison & Think Free

February 17 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street
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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FREE

Clay Gibseron & Bill Athens

February 17 | 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Benson at The Palm Court, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$8

Heavy Sugar w/ John Mazzocco, Alan Hagar, Carlton Jackson, Satellite Malone

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 17 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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Lettuce

Produced by Soul'd Out Music Productions in partnership with PDX Jazz

February 17 | 9:15 pm
Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Lettuce: Produced by Soul’d Out Music Productions in partnership with PDX Jazz

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$45

Julian Lage Trio

February 17 | 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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$8

Midnight’s Children

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 17 | 11:30 pm - February 18 | 1:30 am
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Midnight’s Children is a new funk/r&b/soul band hailing out of Portland, OR. They play a grooving mix of originals and covers spanning a variety of styles and generations.

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FREE

Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea

Jazz Brunch!

February 18 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Nel Centro at The Hotel Modera, 1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$20

Amina Figarova

Harlem Awakenings

February 18 | 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 | 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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FREE

David L. Watson w/ David Kim, Matthew Holmes, Rivkah Ross

Vocalese & Beyond Series @ Al's Den

February 18 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

David (The Doctor of Bebop) Watson grew up in Philadelphia PA. In elementary school was singing songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, Joe Carroll and Dizzy Gillespie. Some of the tunes Watson will bring to Al’s Den: Little Pony for J Hendricks, The James Moody Story for Eddie Jefferson, Dizzy’s Ooh Shoo Be Do, Moodys Mood For Love by K Pleasure and Watson originals. 

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$29 - $59

Regina Carter: Ella -Accentuate the Positive & Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Duo

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 18 | 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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FREE

Clackamas Student Duos

February 19 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Doubletree Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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FREE

Kathleen Hollingsworth

Vocalese & Beyond Series @ Al's Den

February 19 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Blurring the lines between jazz, songwriting, rock and soul, Kathleen’s trio resonates with your musical palette. Original music and fresh takes on standards performed with east coast drive, and west coast spirit. 

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$20

Bobby Torres Ensemble: Breakin’ Away – Celebrating Al Jarreau

UP Jazz Octet Celebrates Kenny Wheeler & Norma Winstone

February 19 | 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 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street
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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FREE

Greg Goebel Duo

February 20 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites – Portland Pearl District, 354 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Praised by critics for “manifesting his ideas with the immediacy and sureness of a master craftsman” (Jazz Times) pianist Greg Goebel teams up with hall of fame bassist Phil Baker for the art of the duo. Goebel will be joined by bassist Phil Baker.

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FREE

Cameron Morgan & Haley Horsfall

February 20 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AC Hotel, 888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Cameron mixes and merges many traditions of jazz and many forms of music with his 8 string guitar. He is a chameleon of sound and versatility.

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FREE

PSU Student Duets

directed by Sherry Alves

February 20 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Place Hotel, 310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, 97201 United States

Over the past five years, Portland State University has developed a nationally recognized program in Jazz & Contemporary Voice! The young vocalists in the program have been featured in tv commercials, multiple live performances and last year, became the first jazz students in PSU’s history to be named finalists to the Monterey Jazz Festival ‘Next Generation’ Competition. Because of the unique relationship with PDX Jazz, each year a select group of these students are featured at the Portland Jazz Festival in one of musics most compelling and intimate settings, the piano/voice duo.

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$25 - $55

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Tahirah Memory Trio

February 20 | 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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FREE

Shirley Nanette

Vocalese & Beyond Series @ Al's Den

February 20 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$25

Allan Harris

The Genius of Eddie Jefferson with Special Guest Richie Cole

February 20 | 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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FREE

Hitoshi Onizuka

Solo Flamenco Guitar

February 21 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Inn at Northrup Station, 2025 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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FREE

PSU Student Duets

directed by Sherry Alves

February 21 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Place Hotel, 310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, 97201 United States

Over the past five years, Portland State University has developed a nationally recognized program in Jazz & Contemporary Voice! The young vocalists in the program have been featured in tv commercials, multiple live performances and last year, became the first jazz students in PSU’s history to be named finalists to the Monterey Jazz Festival ‘Next Generation’ Competition. Because of the unique relationship with PDX Jazz, each year a select group of these students are featured at the Portland Jazz Festival in one of musics most compelling and intimate settings, the piano/voice duo.

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FREE

Jeremy Joyce

Vocalese & Beyond Series @ Al's Den

February 21 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Jazz Vocalist Jeremy Joyce, is a singer songwriter of contemporary Jazz, rnb and neo soul. His inspirations come from; Nat King Cole, Kevin Mahogany, Donny Hathaway, Johnny Hartman and Brian Mcknight. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2012 to start his music career, Jeremy has collaborated with many local muscians in Portland to write, play and create his own distinct sound. He delivers each tune with his unique phrasing, warm tenor/baritone vocals an lush falsetto range; that captivates each audience with lyric & Song.

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