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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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$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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$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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$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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$35 - $45

The Cookers

February 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The Cookers:
Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, David Weiss
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353 W. 48th street NYC
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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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$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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$19

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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$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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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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John Scofield: Country for Old Men

February 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Grammy® Award-winner John Scofield’s influence on jazz guitar has become a mainstay since the mid-70s when he burst on the scene playing with greats like Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham. With his masterful improvisation abilities and diverse sound, Scofield has never lost the skill to continuously push the boundaries of the guitar as he has honed and explored a variety of musical territory with jazz as its core.  He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader and tours over 200 days a year.  Following a sold out performance at the 2016 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano, Scofield returns to Portland in support of his newest album on Impulse! Records, Country for Old Men, wherein the guitarist focuses on jazz interpretations of classic American country and western tunes with astounding results. Joining him onstage for this special occasion will be Steve Swallow (bass), Larry Goldings (piano) and…

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$29 - $59

John Beasley’s Monk’estra & T.S. Monk Sextet: It’s Monk’s Time!

February 25, 2017 | 7:00 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! In celebration of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we are excited to present “It’s Monk’s Time”, a double billed night of music inspired by the legendary pianist and composer. Grammy® Award-nominated musician and conductor John Beasley presents MONK’estra, a smashing 15-piece big band project that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music – the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing – in fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors. Beasley, a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who’s worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, and Steely Dan, is easily one of the busiest and most versatile musicians in jazz. He has led a sparkling career that has balanced work as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer, and arranger for music projects, film and television, along with being Music Director for the Monk…

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