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July 2018

Dayramir Gonzalez

Jazz in The Garden

July 24 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States

With a decade of experience and success in the international jazz community, Havana native Dayramir Gonzalez is ready to take New York City by storm. His innovative style, energetic performances, and impressive musical scholarship have gained him recognition and awards many artists only dream of. But Gonzalez is looking forward, to his next decade, and is prepared to make it even better than the last. Gonzalez was born in the humble Havana neighborhood of Cerro, during what is referred to in Cuba as “the special period” and known as one of the toughest economic times in Cuba’s history. Although the island severely lacked many of the basic necessities, it continued to support and promote musical education on the island. Gonzalez’s young life centered on music.…

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Deva Mahal

Jazz in The Garden

July 31 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States

She is defiant in voice as well as in person, bravely putting herself forward as an exemplar of positive body image and overcoming the travails of bullying and discrimination. She’s also lent her support and talents to organizations like “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” which are working to cast the light of truth on racial inequality, gender stereotypes, and bias as well as issues surrounding poverty.   “It’s incredibly important to me to not succumb to pressure to conform to any standard of beauty or body type,” Deva asserts. “I believe that beauty has no size or skin color and I want to smash down those preconceptions.”   Raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Deva discovered her passion for music at a very…

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August 2018

YISSY & Bandancha

Jazz in The Garden

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

Yissy Garcia–a composer and drummer- is one of the most powerful artists of this new generation of Cuban musicians. There is a lot of groove in her drumsticks, and a lot of creative impulse in her. At the age of 30, the important things for her are rhythm and the way emotions are trapped by the sound language, as if the drums were just an extension of her body. The important things are ambiguity, the fusion between tradition and avant-garde, her ways of blurring the boundaries of Latin jazz, electronics, funk, R & B, Afro-Cuban music. Yissy –a daughter of percussionist Bernardo García, founder of Irakere and Arturo Sandoval’s band- was born on May 29th, 1987 in Cayo Hueso, a slum in Havana that has…

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Sarah McKenzie

Jazz in The Garden

August 14 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States

After enchanting jazz fans with her 2015 Impulse! Records debut, We Could Be Lovers, Sarah McKenzie returns with the sensational follow-up, Paris in the Rain. Like before, the 28-year-old, Melbourne, Australia-born singer, pianist, composer and arranger teams with the acclaimed Brian Bacchus – who has produced classics for such stars as Norah Jones, Lizz Wright, and Gregory Porter – to deliver a gripping program of jazz classics and originals – all of which present McKenzie’s incredible musicality in glamorous glory. McKenzie moved to Paris last year after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The album’s snazzy title track is her love letter to the City of Light. The fanciful lyrics find her alternating effortlessly between French and English as she rejoices in the city’s…

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September 2018
$25 - $30

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present: Kneebody & Donny McCaslin

September 25 | 8:30 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

One of the smarter bands blenderizing postbop, indie rock, hip-hop and classical music -The New York Times Kneebody‘s sound is… explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of their sound this way, “Personally, I think calling Kneebody “jazz” or “electric jazz” is fantastic because then we can move on from that hang up and play our music — and alter expectations of what ‘jazz’ is.” Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. The band has no leader…

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$25 - $30

Tord Gustavsen Trio

September 30 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Pianist Tord Gustavsen has released seven albums on ECM Records with his ensemble and trio; “Changing Places” (2003), “The Ground” (2005), “Being There” (2007), “Restored, Returned” (2009/2010), “The Well” (2012); “Extended Circle” (2014); and “What was said” (2016). His music has been met by a huge volume of critical approval around the world (cf. Critics). He has won the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannsprisen) and numerous other awards and prizes (cf. extended CV). After playing primarily in trio format for several years, Tord launched his new project, Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, in 2008 with a commissioned work for the Vossajazz Festival in Norway, followed by a new recording in 2009. Since 2011, the quartet has been Tord’s major touring ensemble formation. But Tord also still plays in duo and trio formats with the musicians in the…

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October 2018
$25 - $30

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present: Tigran Hamasyan

October 10 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

“Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient Armenian sacred music with jazz piano.” — New York Times “With a firm yet delicate touch, Tigran lets the melody sing” — NPR With pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia.  His captivating trio performance at the 2018 PDX Jazz Festival, playing to a capacity audience at the Mission Theater, showed why he’s among 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. (Overall, this is his eighth recording as a sole leader.) Conceptually, An Ancient Observer is a…

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$25 - $30

Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner – Temporary Kings

October 14 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

The initial musical connection between saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson was made in 1990s jam sessions in New York City, with both going on to individual success – Iverson in hit trio The Bad Plus and Turner as a solo leader and in such groups as the trio Fly (recording in both capacities for ECM). A decade after their first meeting, the saxophonist and pianist began an association in the Billy Hart Quartet, the two players featuring sympathetically on two widely lauded ECM albums by that band. Now with Temporary Kings – their debut on record as a duo – Turner and Iverson explore aesthetic common ground that encompasses the cool-toned intricacies of the Lennie Tristano/Warne Marsh jazz school, as well as the heightened intimacy…

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$35 - $40

John Scofield’s Combo 66 w/ Vicente Archer, Gerald Clayton & Bill Stewart

October 16 | 7:30 pm
Lewis & Clark College’s Evans Auditorium, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219 United States

Scofield’s exercise of unconventional playing embraces the kind of musical exploration that drives jazz forward with optimism. –All About Jazz John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s  and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. Scofield has brought a myriad of highly interactive and entertaining projects to PDX Jazz over the past several years including the GRAMMY® Award winning Country For Old Men and the two time GRAMMY® nominated Past Present featuring Joe Lovano. Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and…

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$25 - $30

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Early Show

October 20 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Six years have passed since Live, the last release from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, the long gap bridged in 2015 with Continuum, an album from Mobile, Bärtsch’s all-acoustic project. “I wanted to give Ronin the peace and space it needed to develop,” says the Swiss composer-pianist. “Not to put it under pressure, and to take all the steps necessary before the next recording.” Awase, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, updates us on the progress of one of the most original bands around, as well as the present-day status of ritual groove music, Bärtsch’s all-purpose term for his self-invented idiom equidistant from jazz and funk and contemporary composition. Bartsch’s Ronin is a PDX jazz favorite…

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$25 - $30

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Late Show

October 20 | 10:30 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Six years have passed since Live, the last release from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, the long gap bridged in 2015 with Continuum, an album from Mobile, Bärtsch’s all-acoustic project. “I wanted to give Ronin the peace and space it needed to develop,” says the Swiss composer-pianist. “Not to put it under pressure, and to take all the steps necessary before the next recording.” Awase, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, updates us on the progress of one of the most original bands around, as well as the present-day status of ritual groove music, Bärtsch’s all-purpose term for his self-invented idiom equidistant from jazz and funk and contemporary composition. Bartsch’s Ronin is a PDX jazz…

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$25 - $30

Jazzmeia Horn

October 24 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

Not only a vocalist, but a musician with big ears, and wisdom beyond her years. – Al Jarreau Jazzmeia Horn IS the future of Jazz! -Larry Rosen Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from Dallas, Texas Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music . It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper,…

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$35 - $40

Circuit Rider Trio w/ Ron Miles, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade

October 27 | 8:00 pm
Lewis & Clark College’s Agnes Flanagan Chapel, 0615 SW Palatine Rd
Portland, OR 97219 United States

Named after the title of its second album, Circuit Rider features the trio’s founder, cornetist Ron Miles, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer Brian Blade. A logical evolution from the debut album Quiver (2012), Circuit Rider (2014) epitomizes Miles’ signature lyricism and spiritually aware compositions. The group’s repertoire spans American folk traditions and vibrant gospel infused with progressive jazz forms. Confident, elegant, and never overstated, Miles hits just the right balance of grace and rhythm as he quietly makes his mark as a cornetist, composer, and storyteller. His unique lustrous timbre and poignant harmonic sensibility make Ron Miles not only a leading light in the Denver jazz scene but a sought-after collaborator by artists such as Frisell, Ginger Baker, Madeleine Peyroux, Don Byron, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg,…

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$25 - $30

Jakob Bro Trio w/ Thomas Morgan & Joey Baron

October 28 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

Jakob Bro (1978) is a Danish guitar player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jakob Bro is currently leading a trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan. In the fall of 2016 the trio released a highly acclaimed album Streams through ECM Records. Bro is also working with Palle Mikkelborg and with Bro/Knak, a collaboration with the Danish electronica producer Thomas Knak (Opiate).  Bro is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band (Garden of Eden, ECM – 2006) and a current member of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM – 2009). He has released 13 records as a bandleader including musicians like Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, Ben Street, Mark Turner,…

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November 2018
$20 - $25

PDX Jazz & Soul’D Out Present: Harriet Tubman w/ Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs, JT Lewis – Early Show

November 2 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Harriet Tubman formed in 1998 when drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Melvin Gibbs came together to start a band. Harriet Tubman is named after the heroic African-American slave who risked her life to escape from slavery and helped more than 300 others to do the same. Deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman’s music plumbs the soul’s depths for liberated musical expression. Harriet Tubman’s music is an continuation of the process of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliment-Funkadelic. Recontextualizing musical technology to create innovative compostional and cultural spaces is an important part of the African-American cultural tradition. Harriet Tubman is part of our contribution…

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$20 - $25

PDX Jazz & Soul’D Out Present: Harriet Tubman w/Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs & JT Lewis – Late Show

November 2 | 10:30 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Harriet Tubman formed in 1998 when drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Melvin Gibbs came together to start a band. Harriet Tubman is named after the heroic African-American slave who risked her life to escape from slavery and helped more than 300 others to do the same. Deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman’s music plumbs the soul’s depths for liberated musical expression. Harriet Tubman’s music is an continuation of the process of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliment-Funkadelic. Recontextualizing musical technology to create innovative compostional and cultural spaces is an important part of the African-American cultural tradition. Harriet Tubman is part of our contribution…

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$25 - $30

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present: Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited Band -Early Show

November 3 | 9:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Recorded live at The Fillmore East in New York City N.Y. on December 31st, 1969 & January 1st, 1970, the Band of Gypsys debut recording consisted of six tracks released to the public on March 25th, 1970 – close to fifty years ago. That vinyl record established the template for the Funk & Roll genre. The re-releases, with new tracks & multiple versions of the six tracks from the Fillmore shows, illuminated that Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles never played a tune the same way twice, breaking away from the “note-by-note” live renditions prevalent in Pop & Rock hit songs at that time. This “breaking away” also highlighting BOG’s use of improvisational interplay within the Pop/Rock song structure, which up to that time,…

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$25 - $30

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present: Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited Band – Late Show

November 3 | 11:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Recorded live at The Fillmore East in New York City N.Y. on December 31st, 1969 & January 1st, 1970, the Band of Gypsys debut recording consisted of six tracks released to the public on March 25th, 1970 – close to fifty years ago. That vinyl record established the template for the Funk & Roll genre. The re-releases, with new tracks & multiple versions of the six tracks from the Fillmore shows, illuminated that Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles never played a tune the same way twice, breaking away from the “note-by-note” live renditions prevalent in Pop & Rock hit songs at that time. This “breaking away” also highlighting BOG’s use of improvisational interplay within the Pop/Rock song structure, which up to that time,…

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$25 - $30

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

November 4 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street
Portland, 97209

Mark Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the last decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation. – JazzTimes Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana’s newest album as a leader – Jersey, released September 2017 via Motéma Music – features his ever-compelling Jazz Quartet. Describing the Jazz Quartet’s concept, Guiliana says: “Many of my releases as a leader have been driven by…

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