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April 2019

Free

Discover Jazz: The Resilience of Jazz

with Marcia Hocker

April 24 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
Marcia Hocker

Join Marcia Hocker for the latest installment of Discover Jazz, our free lecture series presented in partnership with Literary Arts! The Resilience of Jazz will explore why Jazz remains ever-present in an evolving musical landscape and the important impact it continues to have on humanity. Marcia Hocker is a Director on the PDX Jazz Board, serving as the Education-Community Engagement Chair since 2011. In addition to being one of the primary emcees, she is the Coordinator and performs in their premier education performance program, the Incredible Journey Of Jazz, now seen by over 15,000 students. She is the recipient of the PDX Jazz 2018 McClendon/Makarounis for Jazz Advocacy as well as the 2018 Jazz Hero Award for the city of Portland by the nationally recognized Jazz…

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May 2019

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Kendrick Scott Oracle

May 6 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Kendrick Scott

“Kendrick Scott has become the Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams of his generation,” says the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Terence Blanchard of his longtime drummer who makes his own Blue Note debut with the release of a remarkable new album, We Are The Drum. “He’s a brilliant mind bringing innovation to the music at the same time as creating a safe place for young talent to develop and grow.” That kind of musical apprenticeship is key to the development of young jazz artists as Blanchard well knows having himself spent pivotal years with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the decade that Scott occupied the drum throne in Blanchard’s band, he had the opportunity to learn first-hand from an established master who gave Scott…

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June 2019

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Fabian Almazan Trio

with Henry Cole and Linda May Han Oh

June 21 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Fabinan Almazan

The New York-based, Cuban-born jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan is moving quickly, and he’s changing the genre along the way. Founder and director of Biophilia Records, he has worked tirelessly towards ensuring a continued dialogue of awareness concerning music and environmental justice. Almazan has toured his music extensively as well as accompanied artists such as Terence Blanchard, Gretchen Parlato, Linda May Han Oh, Justin Brown, John Hollenbeck, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Chris Dingman, Ben Wendel, Matt Stevens, David Sanchez, Stefon Harris and Ambrose Akinmusire among others. Awards include a Grammy nomination for his work on Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective album, Breathless, the SWR New Jazz Meeting commission, the Copland Fund, the Jerome Fund for Emerging Composers Award, the Jazz Gallery Residency, Cintas Foundation Award in Composition and…

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July 2019

$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present BKO Quintet

July 16 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States

BKO Quintet is a journey into the heart of contemporary Malian music, combining two of the West African nation’s most well-known traditions, and bringing together four of Mali’s finest veteran musicians: Ibrahima Sarr, Fassara Sacko, Nfali Diakité, and Abdoulaye Kone with French percussionist Aymeric Krol. BKO is a fresh and modern super-quintet from Bamako (BKO=airport code) who performs an electrified and highly danceable set of Malian music. This band is known for their groundbreaking interplay of the guitar of the griots with the lute of Bambara hunters. It is indeed two opposite worlds that BKO have decided to bring up together in order to develop a resolutely urban music style rooted in secular tradition. The project began when Krol travelled to Bamako to study the…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Mike Horsfall and Tjaderade: A Tribute to Cal Tjader

July 23 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
Mike and Haley Horsfall Duo

Join us in celebrating the music of Latin Jazz great Cal Tjader! Mike Horsfall has enjoyed a successful and diverse musical career for over 35 years, serving as a performer, educator, composer, arranger, recording artist and concert soloist on both piano and vibraphone. He has performed and recorded with a large number of world class musicians, including Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Leroy Vinegar, Chuck Redd, Holly Hofman, and Rebecca Kilgore, and has worked with such notable groups as Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 Mike co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which went to perform, record, and educate for over 20 years.  They became the first ensemble to be voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame. …

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Hailey Niswanger presents MAE.SUN

July 30 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
MAE.SUN

MAE.SUN​ is a band formed by saxophonist, vocalist and composer Hailey Niswanger. Their debut album, ​Vol. 1: Inter-be, ​was released on November 3rd, 2017. MAE.SUN’s eclectic sonic palette ranges from contemporary jazz and world music, to soulful funk and neo-soul. Meant to be digested in one sitting, Vol. 1: Inter-be​ takes listeners on an immersive, genre-bending journey rooted in the hope for universal harmony. This music is for the world, honoring and influenced by the interdependent nature of reality. MAE.SUN features Hailey Niswanger on soprano saxophone, vocals, and all compositions, Nikara Warren on vibraphone, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Axel Laugart on keys, Aaron Liao on bass, and David Frazier Jr. on drums. Niswanger has released 3 previous albums as a leader; was featured in the…

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August 2019

$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present China Moses

August 6 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
China Moses

“A glass of red wine at hand, dazzling in high-heeled Parisian chic, she commands the stage from the moment she makes her entrance.” — The Times UK China Moses is a high voltage soul/jazz diva with a career as a singer as well as presenter for MTV France, TSF Jazz Radio and more. The daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater and director Gilbert Moses was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paris, France. Her albums brought her work with renowned names like Guru, DJ Mehdi, Karriem Riggins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Anthony Marshall and sound engineer Bob Power. After her the release of her first single “Time” at the age of 16, more successful albums followed and in 2009, she released the album This One’s For Dinah…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Connie Han

August 13 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
Connie Han

Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut Crime Zone. “This record is really meant to be a statement about being rebellious but within the tradition,” Han explains. “Even though jazz is meant to be fearless in its creative limits, I strongly believe in preserving the musical foundation. I want to show that it is possible to create infinite fresh ideas without having to deconstruct the building blocks of the jazz language. To me, that language is universal.“ According to DownBeat Magazine, Han at 23 has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Bobby Torres Ensemble: Remembering Woodstock, With a Little Help from My Friends

August 20 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
Bobby Torres

Bobby Torres Ensemble presents a look back at Woodstock and some of the iconic music played that weekend with this series ending showcase. Bobby performed with Joe Cocker and The Grease Band at Woodstock — the first and largest three-day outdoor live music festival to date, in the summer of 1969 at Max Yasgur’s Farm in Woodstock NY with more than 500,000 attendees. No festival since has maintained a gathering of one-half million people for an outdoor live music concert without violence. It really was three days of music, peace and love. Some details Bobby remembers of Woodstock… “The only day of rain was Saturday — it started with thunder occurring right after we performed ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’… it felt like…

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