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February 2019

$22 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Soul’d Out Productions present Christian Scott

February 20, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Christian Scott

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16  Two-time Edison Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah—trumpeter, composer, producer, and designer of innovative instruments and interactive media—is set to release three albums to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the very first jazz recordings of 1917. Collectively titled The Centennial Trilogy, the series is at its core a sobering re-evaluation of the social and political realities of the world through sound. It speaks to a litany of issues that continue to plague our collective experiences: slavery in America via the prison–industrial complex, food insecurity, xenophobia, immigration, climate change, sexual orientation, gender equality, fascism, and the return of the demagogue. The first release in the trilogy, Ruler Rebel, vividly depicts Adjuah’s new vision and sound, revealing him to the listener in…

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$29.50 – $59.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

February 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a multiple Grammy Award-winning 16-piece jazz orchestra, comprised of a Who’s Who of New York City’s finest musicians. The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966. The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever.…

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$29.50 – $39.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Aaron Diehl Trio

February 21, 2019 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Aaron Diehl photo by Jaime Kahn

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Widely acknowledged as a modern master in the aftermath of his acclaimed 2012 Mack Avenue debut, The Bespoke Manʼs Narrative, 29-year-old pianist/composer Aaron Diehl ups the ante with the 2015 release: Space Time Continuum. Diehl first documented his inclusive, across-the-timeline conception on the self-released late ʼ00s albums Live At Caramoor, a solo date on which he navigated the stride piano canon with deep assurance, and Live At the Players, on which he applied a broad lexicon of piano trio vocabulary to a program spanning classical music, bebop and the blues. On The Bespoke Manʼs Narrative, Diehl presented original music drawing on antecedent bandleader/composers like John Lewis and Duke Ellington for strategies that facilitated individualistic performances from his unit of A-list peers.…

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$44.50 – $74.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Pharoah Sanders

February 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Pharoah Sanders

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 “I may be a man of few words to some, but the music I’ve produced ‘says it all.’ I am deeply grateful and humbly moved to be acknowledged and honored for the embodiments of my jazz works which has lasted for over more than a half century.”  NEA Jazz Master, Ferrell “Pharoah” Sanders, is a legendary jazz saxophonist who has shown a remarkable facility performing in a variety of styles—from free to mainstream—displaying what has been called “hard-edged lyricism.” Emerging from John Coltrane’s groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders is known for his distinctive sound. His work embodies the spiritual foundation of avant-garde jazz and he has shaped his own sonic world that encompasses the primal wails and fierce energy of late…

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$20 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kendra Shank

with Randy Porter and John Stowell

February 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Kendra Shank

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 “Kendra Shank sounds like sunlight shining through a stained-glass window, her crystalline tone illuminating each song. Working her voice like a horn, she phrases inventively, whether crisp and sizzling or sensuously smoky. She’s definitely an original.” — Patricia Myers,  Jazz Times  “Imaginative and daring.” — Steve Futterman,  The New Yorker  Kendra Shank‘s  seven CDs have won numerous “Best of the Year” citations, a New York Times  “Critic’s Choice,” Downbeat  poll recognition, and accolades for her “delectable voice” (Terry Teachout,  TIME  magazine) and  “breathtakingly original concept based upon open-ended bandstand interaction” (Andrew Gilbert,  Boston Globe).  Born in California to an actress mother and playwright father, she was on stage at age 5 and began her music career at 19, busking in  Parisian cafés  as a folk singer-guitarist.  A decade later her…

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$35.50 – $45.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents The Bad Plus

February 22, 2019 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
The Bad Plus

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call “avant-garde populism”, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio” (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. 2018 heralded a new and exciting chapter for the band consisting of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) — a group…

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$20 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Natalia Smirnova

February 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Natalia Smirnova

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Natalia Smirnova is a piano player, singer, composer, arranger and band leader. Her eccentric manner of playing, described as powerful and energetic, is wonderfully combined with lyrical pianism. Natalie boasts a unique voice and is a truly diverse and creative artist. A talented composer of original music and an arranger of all-time hits, Natalie enchants the audience with her impressive vocal range and her extraordinary mastery of the piano. She finished a musical college in classical piano and then went to St. Petersburg to study at the jazz department of the University of Culture. In 2005, Natalie moved to Moscow and started singing. She collected a quartet including guitar, bass and drums to tour Russian regions and participate in jazz festivals.…

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$29.50 – $49.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Straight from the Heart: Patrice Rushen with special guest Ernie Watts

Steppin' into Tomorrow: Farnell Newton plays Donald Byrd

February 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Patrice Rushen

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Multi-Grammy nominated artist Patrice Rushen is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry.  Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the Peoples Choice Awards…

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$35.50 – $45.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Eric Alexander Quartet featuring Harold Mabern

February 23, 2019 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
PDX Jazz

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist  Eric Alexander  has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson–the legacy left by Bird and…

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$15 – $20

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Greg Goebel

February 24, 2019 | 1:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Greg Goebel

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 From straight ahead jazz, funk and pop, to the avant-garde, Greg Goebel is considered one of the Northwest’s first call pianists. Praised by critics for “manifesting his ideas with the immediacy and sureness of a master craftsman” (Jazz Times) and as “a force that is stretching known boundaries and moving the music into new territory” (Larry Koonse), pianist Greg Goebel shows himself as firmly rooted in tradition while simultaneously proving to be a unique voice among a new generation. Greg Goebel was born in Oregon and began playing piano and composing music from an early age.    “Greg has personally done more to elevate the performance level of our students than any other person, graduate or undergraduate, who has attended the University of Oregon…

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$45.50 – $55.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Freddy Cole: Celebrating Nat King Cole at 100

February 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Freddy Cole

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 “Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” — The New York Times “Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads.”  — People Magazine Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. Though Freddy Cole was born in Chicago, he is a 35-year native son and international celebrity of Atlanta. “I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy remembers. “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel…

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$29.50 – $39.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Double Legacy: Steve Turre and the Eulipeon All Stars Celebrate the Music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The Messenger Legacy Centennial Celebration

featuring James Carter, Vincent Herring, Carl Allen, Matt Clark, and Marcus Shelby (Steve Turre and the Eulipeon All Stars) & Ralph Peterson Jr., Bobby Watson, Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce, Zaccai Curtis, and Essiet Essiet (Messenger Legacy)

February 24, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
PDX Jazz

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 One of the world’s preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre, has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre.  In 1972 Steve Turre’s career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre’s mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and…

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$20 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Matt Savage

February 25, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Matt Savage

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Matt Savage, age 26, has had a 17-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi and Donny McCaslin among others. Along the way, he’s recorded twelve albums as leader and one as collaborator. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist. As a composer, Matt has garnered respect. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. The movie, which premiered in 2014, chronicles the life of…

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$25 – $30

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Sin & Soul: Veronica Swift featuring the Benny Green Trio

February 26, 2019 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Veronica Swift

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 “A master class on space and dynamics… an adept lyrical interpreter… tremendous tonal command” — JazzTimes Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series…

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$30 – $35

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival, Soul’d Out Productions and Beloved Productions present The Soul of Africa: Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyate

February 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate exemplify responsibility and shared experience associated with the historical, cultural, and unifying properties of Malian music. One of Africa’s most recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone. In a collaboration that differs from any in today’s industry, Koité will be performing with fellow Malian Bassekou Kouyate, a master of the olden lute known as the Ngoni. The effortlessly talented, Grammy-nominated “Ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat (Time Out magazine).” Kouyate’s knowledge…

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$25 – $30

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Paris–Montreal–PDX: François Bourassa & Jean-Michel Pilc

Solo and Trio performances featuring Alan Jones and Jonathan Lakey

February 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
François Bourassa and Jean-Michel Pilc

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Composer/pianist François Bourassa, 2007 Oscar Peterson Prize recipient (Montréal International Jazz Festival) leads one of Canada’s most successful jazz ensembles with André Leroux (sax), Guy Boisvert (bass), and Philippe Melanson (drums). The quartet’s recording, Idiosyncrasie (Effendi) – the latest in a catalogue of critically-acclaimed CDs – has received a JUNO Award nomination (Canada) for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.  Rasstones, released in 2007, won the OPUS (Québec) award.  A previous recording, Live at the Top of the Senator, won Canada’s highest recording honour, the JUNO, and his Indefinite Timegarnered him a FÉLIX, Quebec’s equivalent to the Grammy. Numerous tours have taken him all over the world, from festivals and concerts in Europe, to the US and Canada, Russia, India, China, Korea, Japan and Mexico, where he has performed in such prestigious events…

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$29.50 – $49.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Terence Blanchard E-Collective & 2019 Portland Jazz Master Darrell Grant & Black Art Revisited

February 28, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Terence Blanchard, photo by Henry Adebonojo

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan).As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in his…

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March 2019

$25.50 – $35.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Eldon “T” Jones & N Touch: Let it Flow for Grover Washington Jr.

featuring Gerald Veasley and Marcus Strickland + Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

March 1, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Eldon "T" Jones

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 As part of a musical family, Eldon “T” Jones developed a love for music at a young age and began playing in his church. He studied music at Thomas Jefferson Performing Arts High School in Portland, Oregon, where he won awards in both classical and jazz. From there, he advanced his education at Mt. Hood Community College, the pinnacle of jazz education in the Pacific Northwest. Saxophonists Grover Washington, Jr., Wilton Felder of the Crusaders, and Kirk Whalum also inspired his playing. In 1995, Eldon started N Touch, which grew to a septet by 1998. In 2001, they released N’Touch which still rings true with fans today. The title track of the album was included on the jazz compilation In Celebration of Life and was ranked…

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$25 – $30

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio

March 1, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217 United States
Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 Stephan Crump brought together Rosetta Trio for the first time in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That “engaging and sublime meeting” of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox, produced the album Rosetta which was released in 2006 and greeted enthusiastically by fans, radio and the press. “Here is a string ensemble for the new century!” raved Donald Elfman in All About Jazz NY. Reclamation is much more than a follow-up effort to its ecstatically-received predecessor, though it was the earlier album that gave the trio its name and its mission: to inhabit the dynamic and rhythmic flexibility of a drumless ensemble and embrace its challenges and expanded responsibilities;…

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$39.50 – $59.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Chris Potter Trio with Eric Harland and James Francies

Wide Angles: Remembering Michael Brecker

March 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Chris Potter

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. DownBeat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.” Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, “one of the best musicians around,” a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll.  A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo…

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$25 – $30

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Dos Solos: Cameron Graves & Gil Goldstein

March 3, 2019 | 2:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Dos Solos: Cameron Graves and Gil Goldstein

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 The release of Kamasi Washington’s The Epic last year marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down. That evolution continues with the release of Planetary Prince, the debut album by visionary pianist, keyboardist, composer and WCGD founding member Cameron Graves.   Upon signing with Mack Avenue Records, Graves’ nearly released four song EP of the same name was expanded to an eight track full length album, all packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked all of the work previously generated by the WCGD – including Kamasi Washington’s universally acclaimed debut The Epic (which prominently featured Graves throughout its three discs). These releases have marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down blending elements of Jazz,…

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$25 – $30

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Between a Smile and a Tear: For Toots — Kenny Werner & Gregoire Maret duo

March 3, 2019 | 5:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 “Between a Smile and a Tear” — a duo Tribute to Toots Thielemans by his longtime pianist Kenny Werner, and Gregoire Maret, Toots’s heir apparent as the most creative harmonica player in Jazz.  Kenny & Gregoire will play tunes long associated with Toots, bringing their own individuality to the repertoire, and share personal stories about the man and how he influenced each of them musically. 

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$39.50 – $59.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents Bass Legend Stanley Clarke

March 3, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Stanley Clark

ON SALE NOVEMBER 16 45 years after his album debut, four-time Grammy® Award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke shows he is still unapproachable on both the electric and acoustic, wielding a vision of fusion and funk, breakbeats and bass-interpreted cello suites with a little help from friends like rapper/beatboxer Doug E. Fresh and trumpeter Mark Isham. Backed by a young versatile band and a collection of tunes written in the midst of a tumultuous tour of Europe, The Message swells with an abundance of strength, soul and astounding musicianship. “I’m very excited about our work on this album. I wanted to include some of my band members’ contributions and the result is an album that is funky, melodic, musical, contemporary and fresh with a rich multi-genre influence,” Clarke commented. “The guys in this band are…

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