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February 2016
$29 - $49

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

February 18 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Now in their 14th year, Spanish Harlem Orchestra has become a driving force in preserving and furthering authentic, New York style, hard core salsa music.  A group of 13 members including both vocalists and instrumentalists, their live performances have been known to astound and keep audiences mesmerized with their energy on stage.  They have been nominated for four Grammy®-Awards and won two of them. One for Best Salsa/Merengue Album and the other for Best Tropical Latin Album. Under band leader, Oscar Hernandez, the band strives to create an unparalleled musical experience that is steeped in “hard salsa” tradition. “They make you get up and dance, tap into the good-natured, communal spirit characteristic of salsa at its timeless best.” – Los Angeles Times spanishharlemorchestra.com

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$20 - $25

Sonny Fortune Quartet – 7pm

February 18 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Sonny Fortune’s legacy is one that has to be compared to legends such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Charlie Parker.  At 18, Fortune decided to pursue his career in jazz and moved to New York from Philadelphia.  After a quick stint with Elvin Jones, Fortune began playing with McCoy Tyner which is where he started to reinforce his superiority as a soprano sax innovator and visionary.  Fortune has been able to play with greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley and Oliver Jones just to name a few as well as releasing multiple albums as a leader.  This occasion will mark Fortune’s festival debut as leader and paired as special guest soloist with Azar Lawrence celebrating their tenure with Elvin Jones. “Sonny Fortune is one of those relentless, tireless saxophone improvisers who fell under the spell of Trane early and has manifested that spirit throughout his career.” – JazzTimes www.sonnyfortune.com

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$18 - $20

Sullivan Fortner (solo piano)

February 18 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Sullivan Fortner is an American jazz pianist and composer, and a quickly rising young star on the American jazz circuit. Born in New Orleans, he started playing the piano from the age of four. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Fortner is the pianist in trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s quintet, plus he has studied and performed with the Marsalis family, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz, Irvin Mayfield, Dave Liebman and a host of others. In 2015, Fortner was the winner of the American Pianist’s Association Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, a prize that also consisted of the opportunity to record for Mack Avenue Records. Early 2015 saw Fortner’s first release as a bandleader leader with the Aria full-length for impulse! Records that has received acclaim from critics and fans alike.   www.sullivanfortnermusic.com

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$15 - $20

Sonny Fortune Quartet – 9:30pm

February 18 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Sonny Fortune’s legacy is one that has to be compared to legends such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Charlie Parker.  At 18, Fortune decided to pursue his career in jazz and moved to New York from Philadelphia.  After a quick stint with Elvin Jones, Fortune began playing with McCoy Tyner which is where he started to reinforce his superiority as a soprano sax innovator and visionary.  Fortune has been able to play with greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley and Oliver Jones just to name a few as well as releasing multiple albums as a leader.  This occasion will mark Fortune’s festival debut as leader and paired as special guest soloist with Azar Lawrence celebrating their tenure with Elvin Jones. “Sonny Fortune is one of those relentless, tireless saxophone improvisers who fell under the spell of Trane early and has manifested that spirit throughout his career.” – JazzTimes www.sonnyfortune.com

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Charles Lloyd Quartet

February 19 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Charles Lloyd found himself in a rich culture of music that included blues, gospel and jazz including a legendary early in life encounter with Howlin’ Wolf.  He later educated himself in the LA jazz scene by watching and playing with legends like Ornette Coleman, Billy Higgins, and Charlie Haden. It wasn’t long until Lloyd became the musical director of Chico Hamilton’s group.  After joining the Cannonball Adderley Sextet in 1964, he began to record as a leader, which gained him recognition from DownBeat, and was voted “New Star.” Since this illustrious beginning to his career, and the formation of his first groundbreaking quartet featuring Keith Jarrett, and Jack DeJohnette, the 2015 NEA Jazz Master continues to challenge and re-invent musical norms with various collaborations. His return to Blue Note Records with Wild Man Dance, features an all-star ensemble playing a long-form six movement suite live that…

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$20 - $25

Puttin’ it Together: A Tribute to Elvin Jones – 7pm

February 19 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Perhaps with the exception of John Stowell, no other Portland jazz artist in the last several decades has logged more miles to Europe than Alan Jones.  His reunion at last year’s Jazz Festival with Lee Konitz was initiated by a tour there in 2008. Jones has taught and presented master classes worldwide from Paris and Vienna to Boston and New York. Jones has been at the forefront for jazz education in Portland through his AJAM program.  For the past several years he has played as a sideman on several PDX Jazz programs celebrating the music of John Coltrane. The 2016 Festival will present Alan as a leader recasting the music of Elvin Jones with Azar Lawrence, Sonny Fortune and Jonathan Lakey. “Elvin showed me drumming techniques with a terrifying directness. He always called me “Brother Jones”, and in that simple way made me feel un-terrifiedly connected, not only to him, but to…

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Gary Peacock Trio

February 19 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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80-year-old bass virtuoso Gary Peacock has played with legends like Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and Keith Jarrett including the “Standards Trio” which toured and recorded for more than 25 years. He has also released selective albums as a leader.  His newest ECM release, Now This, continues Peacock’s innovation and prowess on the instrument. Marc Copland, pianist and longtime collaborator, states “In 1960 and ’61, Gary Peacock was arguably one of the tiny handful of a vanguard of innovators on his instrument. In 2015, you can make the same argument.” The trio that includes Copland and Joey Baron on drums revisits classic Peacock tunes, reinvigorates them, and makes them completely new. “Mr. Peacock is an intuitive musician drawn to sonorous melody.” – The New York Times

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$15 - $20

Puttin’ it Together: A Tribute to Elvin Jones – 9:30pm

February 19 | 9:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Perhaps with the exception of John Stowell, no other Portland jazz artist in the last several decades has logged more miles to Europe than Alan Jones.  His reunion at last year’s Jazz Festival with Lee Konitz was initiated by a tour there in 2008. Jones has taught and presented master classes worldwide from Paris and Vienna to Boston and New York. Jones has been at the forefront for jazz education in Portland through his AJAM program.  For the past several years he has played as a sideman on several PDX Jazz programs celebrating the music of John Coltrane. The 2016 Festival will present Alan as a leader recasting the music of Elvin Jones with Azar Lawrence, Sonny Fortune and Jonathan Lakey. “Elvin showed me drumming techniques with a terrifying directness. He always called me “Brother Jones”, and in that simple way made me feel un-terrifiedly connected, not only to him, but to…

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$30 - $55

Pat Martino Trio & Kenny Barron Trio (double bill)

February 20 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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At the age of 20, Pat Martino was signed to Prestige Records and had already become an important figure in both the Philadelphia and New York jazz scenes playing in all of the major name organ trios.  He has performed with a diverse group of artists including Chick Corea, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons and Richard Grove Holmes to name a few and has toured as a leader since 1967.  He currently teaches jazz guitar at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, furthering the legacy of his style and bringing others to the instrument.  Martino last played the festival in 2009, and on this occasion he’ll be joined by his working trio featuring organist Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre. “Martino’s blazing technique, his swinging pulse and the deep, dark sound he gets from his guitar, ingredients that have been part of his distinct sound since he burst on the…

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$20 - $25

Olé Coltrane: Bobby Torres Ensemble – 7:30pm

February 20 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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The most important post-Coltrane saxophonist to emerge from the LA scene since Dexter Gordon, Lawrence served important apprenticeships with Trane’s drummer and pianist Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner.  Lawrence has also worked over the years with Frank Zappa, Horace Tapscott and Woody Shaw, but ultimately heeded the call for New York to join Elvin’s Jazz Machine. While there he participated on a legendary album (Dark Magus) for Miles Davis.  Lawrence, who last played in Portland on two successive memorable programs in 2013 (Coltrane ’64 and ’65) with Devin Phillips, will be re-united with Alan Jones and Elvin’s other saxophonist Sonny Fortune. He’ll also be featured with Bobby Torres on Ole Coltrane. “Bobby Torres Ensemble – Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic harmony.” – The Oregonian www.azarlawrence.com

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Happy Orchestra

February 20 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Goodfoot,
2845 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is a band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Northwest’s most highly regarded jazz, funk, and soul bands including McTuff, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Richie Aldente, and more. The band combines instrumental and compositional firepower with a determined effort at crafting an intensely happy musical experience. Nationally recognized saxophonist Skerik and Earshot Golden Ear Award collector Thomas Marriott join as the horn section, bringing decades-refined improvisational might and intensity. Richie Aldente front man Tim Kennedy and bassist Ian Sheridan fuse effortlessly with McTuff guitarist Andy Coe and drummer Tarik Abouzied, who both “possess Olympian skills on their instruments…” (The Stranger) to create an unshakeable foundation built from years of camaraderie and virtuosic musicianship. This combination of stellar human beings, instrumental mastery, and a grin-inducing compositional palette is what makes Happy Orchestra an unmissable…

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$32 - $42

Gary Bartz Quartet

February 20 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Gary Bartz started his playing career with the prolific Art Blakey at his father’s club in Baltimore, MD. More than 57 years later, a Grammy-Award® with McCoy Tyner in 2005, over 40 solo albums, and 200 as a guest artist, Bartz has now reached a career pinnacle as a leader. He has played with Art Blakey, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Gene Ammons and many more.  His personal project Coltrane Rules, Tao of a Music Warrior honors the iconic saxophonist and features his quartet playing classic Coltrane tunes that would make him proud.  Bartz’s quartet for this special engagement includes guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist James King and drummer Greg Bandy. “A soulful alto and soprano saxophonist whose career has taken him through postbop, jazz-funk and free jazz.” – New York Times www.GaryBartz.com

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$15 - $20

Olé Coltrane: Bobby Torres Ensemble – 10pm

February 20 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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The most important post-Coltrane saxophonist to emerge from the LA scene since Dexter Gordon, Lawrence served important apprenticeships with Trane’s drummer and pianist Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner.  Lawrence has also worked over the years with Frank Zappa, Horace Tapscott and Woody Shaw, but ultimately heeded the call for New York to join Elvin’s Jazz Machine. While there he participated on a legendary album (Dark Magus) for Miles Davis.  Lawrence, who last played in Portland on two successive memorable programs in 2013 (Coltrane ’64 and ’65) with Devin Phillips, will be re-united with Alan Jones and Elvin’s other saxophonist Sonny Fortune. He’ll also be featured with Bobby Torres on Ole Coltrane. “Bobby Torres Ensemble – Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic harmony.” – The Oregonian www.azarlawrence.com

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$32 - $42

WE FOUR

February 21 | 3:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Javon Jackson, tenor saxophone; George Cables, piano; Corcoran Holt, bass & NEA Jazz Master and Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb are FOUR jazz luminaries who join together to lovingly pay tribute to John Coltrane and the music of his time. Coltrane created some of the most innovative and expressive music in jazz history and WE FOUR will explore many of these classic tunes including “Impressions,” “Giant Steps,” “Mr. PC,” “Naima,” “Central Park West,” “Fifth House,” “Like Sonny,” “Blues to Elvin,” and “Countdown” in addition to original material inspired by John Coltrane. Jackson and Cables teamed up at the 2014 Festival in tribute to Art Blakey.

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$20 - $25

Aaron Goldberg (solo piano)

February 21 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Pianist Aaron Goldberg is perhaps best known for stints with Joshua Redman and Kurt Rosenwinkel.  His past couple Portland Jazz Festival performances with Redman were displays of remarkable reverence to both the tradition and where jazz is headed. With six albums of uncanny originality to draw from, Goldberg’s complete virtuosity will be on display as part of the PDX Piano Perspectives series at Classic Pianos. “A post-bop pianist of exemplary taste and range.” – The New York Times www.aarongoldberg.com

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$29 - $49

Dianne Reeves

February 21 | 7:30 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Dianne Reeves Grammy® history tells it all. Reeves has won the Grammy-Award for Best Vocal Jazz Performance for three consecutive recordings and is the first to do this in any vocal category.  Her unmistakable vocal prowess, improvisational virtuosity, and vocal style has led her to record and perform with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and has become the first creative chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Her latest album, Beautiful Life, which was the latest to win a Grammy, only furthers Reeves’ influence on vocal jazz and cements her legacy in the genre.  Reeves, a disciple of Sarah Vaughan, last played in Portland at the 2009 Blue Note @ 70 themed Festival. “Not only does she nail all the things that define great jazz singers, but she also expands the idea of what a jazz vocalist is.” –…

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$18 - $20

David Goldblatt (solo piano)

February 22 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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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, and Madeleine Peyroux. 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. After many years in L.A., David and his family were drawn to Portland by the beautiful natural setting and the forward thinking community.

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$20 - $25

Freight Trane: Kenny Burrell/John Coltrane Collaboration

February 22 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Dan Balmer is a true musical native gem. He is one of only five people to be members of both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame and is the youngest of the honorees. In addition to appearing on over 80 CD’s, Balmer has released eight albums under his own name. Balmer’s notoriety as a musician took off in the 1980s and 1990s, partnering with renowned Portland pianist Tom Grant. He performs weekly with his own band and with drummer Mel Brown at Jimmy Maks, and continues to collaborate with bassist David Friesen. Balmer, who heads the jazz program at Lewis & Clark College, has played the festival in multiple situations, most recently in tribute to Jim Hall and prior with the Jazz Passengers.   This festival edition he’ll perform with Javon Jackson, recasting the album Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane.  www.danbalmer.com

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Chano Domínguez (solo piano)

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Pianist Chano Domínguez’s style is rooted in the Flamenco tradition, which has led him to be one of the most in demand musicians on the European continent. His Andalusian style has also translated in performances with Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano.  Chano performed a series of stirring concerts at New York’s Jazz Standard paying homage to Miles Davis with his Flamenco take on the Kind of Blue classic. His music has also been featured by various big bands and orchestras including the Orquesta Nacional de España, WDR Big Band, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra among others. In solo he’s likely to reference Flamenco Sketches, his latest album for Blue Note Records. “He keeps outside jazz’s normal routes. As recombinant as his music can be, mixing with Cuban son and jazz-fusion and Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk, it remains intensely Spanish…” – New York Times www.chanodominguez.info/

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Nicole Glover Quartet

February 23 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Portland-native Nicole Glover started playing clarinet at the age of 10 but quickly transitioned to tenor saxophone the next year.  Soon she was selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which led her to play with exceptional musicians such as Bobby Watson, Julian Lage and Wynton Marsalis.  Glover has recorded with Esperanza Spalding, most notably on the Grammy®-award winning album Radio Music Society. Her debut album, First Record, establishes her as a skilled technician, recalling the sounds of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.  However she maintains a unique and recognizable tone, avoiding a common flaw in young saxophonists. For her debut album release, Glover will be joined by George Colligan, Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones. “The quality that excites and promises the most from Glover is her simultaneous rejection of tenor saxophone clichés while still celebrating the instrument in its fullest.” – All About Jazz www.nicoleglover.com

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West Coast Blues: Celebrating Wes, Jimmy, and Trane

February 24 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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A musical celebration to Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and John Coltrane.

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$15 - $45

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band | Alicia Olatuja (double bill)

February 25 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Once Alicia Olatuja moved to New York, her reputation as a supreme jazz vocalist began to take shape.  The New York media lauded her performances with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja, as well as her performance at the 2013 presidential inauguration. On her debut album, Timeless, Olatuja was joined by a brilliant ensemble of players including Christian McBride, Jon Cowherd, Christian Sands, Ulysses Owens Jr. and Michael Olatuja, which speaks volumes to her versatile vocal style.  When not performing, she is a voice educator at the Brooklyn Arts Council.  She was featured at the 2015 Festival with Billy Childs and The Laura Nyro project. “Ms. Olatuja is an American singer with a strong, lustrous tone and an amiably regal presence onstage.” – The New York Times www.aliciaolatuja.com Brian Blade is widely acknowledged as one of the most versatile and accomplished drummers in music, performing as a sideman on albums by…

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Chuck Israels: Coltrane Time

February 25 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others. He is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981.  He directed the jazz studies program at Western Washington University from 1986 to 2009 when he retired from that position and moved to Portland, OR, to return to full time professional musical life forming the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra. Israels had the good fortune to be included in a recording session with John Coltrane in March of 1958 which this program draws its inspiration from.  States Israels, “John had gained attention in the Miles Davis Quintet and was one of the accomplished tenor players of the period but not yet the iconic idol…

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Africa/Brass Ensemble

February 26 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The Saxophone Summit is unprecedented. It features three of the most influential saxophonists of the past several decades teamed up with a rhythm section of extraordinary experience and skill. Musical situations like this are a rarity.
 
The Summit grew out of a concert in Japan called “Live By The Sea” in 1997, which was a commemoration of a concert done ten years earlier in Tokyo called “Live Under The Sky”. The subsequent DVD and recording of that concert has found its way around the world gaining notoriety in jazz circles.

The Africa/Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Portland Jazz Master and PSU Professor Emeritus Charles Gray with special guest Ravi Coltrane, brings John Coltrane’s first Impulse! album Africa/Brass into focus 55 years after the music was first recorded. All five selections culled from the two recording sessions have been transcribed by Gray for this For Portland Only occasion.  Portland’s finest musicians hand selected by Gray featuring unusual instrumentation of french horn and euphonium will project a big band sound supported by the rhythm section lead by Philadelphia native and McCoy Tyner disciple, Orrin Evans. This concert is one of two centerpiece performances featuring Ravi as part of the festival’s Coltrane @ 90 themed celebration.

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$20 - $25

Marquis Hill

February 26 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Trumpeter, composer and recent Thelonious Monk Competition winner, Marquis Hill will make his Jazz Festival debut on a program tribute to one of his main influences Freddie Hubbard.  Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. Upon finalizing his formal education with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University, Hill began working more frequently both as a sideman and a leader of his own ensemble, the Blacktet. In addition to performance, Mr. Hill has been an active educator. He has held teaching positions at numerous institutions including the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; The NIU Summer Jazz Camp; The University of Illinois at Chicago where he was a faculty member for two years. He currently resides in New York City and has four albums to…

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$15 - $35

RW WORKz w/special guest James Carter

February 26 | 10:00 pm
Alberta Abbey,
126 Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States
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A consummate bassist to the stars-John Coltrane, Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Pharoah Sanders, Thelonious Monk, Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan, Yusef Lateef, and countless others, Workman hails from Philadelphia where many jazz greats began their careers.  His illustrious associations on countless Blue Note Records sessions throughout the era’s golden period positioned him as one of the most in-demand players on the New York scene.  Workman currently serves as a tenured professor at the New School for Jazz and Cotemporary Music, an association that has given rise to one of his most personal projects, RW WORKz, both a concept and a band which he has been steadily building, admittedly in various configurations. For the past three years he considers this his most important vehicle for illustrating his current musical ideas.  Workman is perhaps best known of late for his longstanding collective collaboration with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille as Trio 3.  For…

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Universal Consciousness

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Over the course of his 20 plus year career, Grammy®-Award winning saxophonist, bandleader and composer Ravi Coltrane has worked as a sideman for greats like McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and Flying Lotus. Besides playing with these legends he has also released six albums as a leader.  His latest on Blue Note, Spirit Fiction, featured a strong cast of familiar collaborators including Joe Lovano, Eric Harland, and Geri Allen. Just over a decade ago Ravi lovingly paid tribute to his mom, producing and playing with her on Translinear Light. A number of concerts ensued, which serves as the inspiration for his 2016 festival program titled Universal Consciousness. He’ll also pay tribute to his father as guest soloist with the Africa Brass Ensemble under the direction of Charles Gray and featuring the Orrin Evans Trio.  He also leads the effort to restore the John…

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Orrin Evans Trio – 7:30pm

February 27 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Celebrating Coltrane’s legacy offers opportunities to explore through-lines to the saxophonist’s Philly roots and his indomitable and enduring pianist, McCoy Tyner.  Orrin Evans (Philly’s jazz mayor at multiple venues over the years including the fabled Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus), will perform with a high caliber trio on three programs; to anchor the Africa Brass Ensemble, perform with special guest JD Allen, and join the Saxophone Supreme Summit with Allen, Jimmy Greene and a surprise guest.  Evans is on a roll with his latest disc featuring Philly kindred spirit Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins, his surging popularity fronting the Captain Black Big Band, and as a longstanding performer in the Sean Jones Quartet.  His former teacher (also from Philadelphia) Kenny Barron will also make his Festival debut. “…he brings a bold intensity to the piano, seemingly informed by McCoy Tyner’s voicings and a heavyweight boxer’s roundhouse punches.” – NPR.org www.orrinevansmusic.com

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$15 - $20

Orrin Evans Trio – 10pm

February 27 | 10:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Celebrating Coltrane’s legacy offers opportunities to explore through-lines to the saxophonist’s Philly roots and his indomitable and enduring pianist, McCoy Tyner.  Orrin Evans (Philly’s jazz mayor at multiple venues over the years including the fabled Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus), will perform with a high caliber trio on three programs; to anchor the Africa Brass Ensemble, perform with special guest JD Allen, and join the Saxophone Supreme Summit with Allen, Jimmy Greene and a surprise guest.  Evans is on a roll with his latest disc featuring Philly kindred spirit Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins, his surging popularity fronting the Captain Black Big Band, and as a longstanding performer in the Sean Jones Quartet.  His former teacher (also from Philadelphia) Kenny Barron will also make his Festival debut. “…he brings a bold intensity to the piano, seemingly informed by McCoy Tyner’s voicings and a heavyweight boxer’s roundhouse punches.” – NPR.org www.orrinevansmusic.com

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$30 - $35

Saxophone Summit Supreme

February 28 | 3:00 pm
Cosmopolitan Ballroom, Top of the Hotel Eastlund,
1021 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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John Coltrane performed and recorded with numerous saxophonists from different time periods over the years, many of whom served as a stylistic influence Including:  Jimmy Heath, Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Rollins, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, Johnny Hodges, Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Gigi Gryce, Frank Wess, and Gene Ammons, among others.  Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman formed the Saxophone Summit in 1999 to explore the various styles of John Coltrane and began recording as a collective in 2004 with Gathering of Spirits. When Brecker passed in 2007, Ravi Coltrane joined the group and they subsequently recorded Sephardic Light and most recently Visitation. Greg Osby recently replaced Ravi and the Collective continues to be seen and heard when schedules permit. The Saxophone Summit Supreme, a For Portland Only experience will bring together three contemporaries including two-time Grammy® Award nominee Jimmy Greene, JD Allen and Devin Phillips backed by the illustrious Orrin…

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Brandee Younger (solo harp)

February 28 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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A disciple of Dorothy Ashby, classically trained Younger is also steeped in the music of Alice Coltrane. She’s Ravi Coltrane’s first call when his mom is musically remembered, and has provided musical serenity on other occasions with Ravi and his mentors Jack DeJohnette and Charlie Haden.  Younger has also worked with pop stars John Legend, Common and recently appeared with Lauryn Hill on Jimmy Fallon.  She recently released her third solo album on theRevive/Blue Note imprint. “Younger’s mixture of virtuosity and creative dexterity has gained her well¬ deserved notoriety over the last several years, performing with a variety of artists from Ravi Coltrane to Drake.” – Wax Poetics www.brandeeyounger.com

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John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet

February 28 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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The burly tone of 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 collaborationist from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, projects with Hank Jones, Gunther Schuller, and Elvin Jones. His role as a leader since first signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement. As a bandleader, the Grammy Award winning Lovano usually has at least three projects running con-current with his US 5 quintet (a formative opportunity for Esperanza Spalding) the most visible and long-running.  He was last heard in Portland at the 2014 Festival as part of the Spring Quartet…

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