Upcoming Events

Loading Events
Find Events

Event Views Navigation

Upcoming Events

Events List Navigation

February 2016
$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
+ Google Map
Bobby Torres P1110638_1600x600

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

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

Ramsey Embick-Renato Caranto Quartet

February 20 | 11:30 pm - February 21 | 1:00 am
Art Bar,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
ztmpnfrjoqkyu1akmeqa

OPB once said that Ramsey Embick “may be the most talented and least appreciated jazz pianist in Oregon” where he has performed for years with his trio and his Latin big band. On this evening we’ll see the quartet that he co-leads along with decorated local saxophonist Renato Caranto and rounded out by bassist Dave Captein who has worked as a professional musician for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest and drummer Dennis Bradford who has performed with The Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kenny G, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark. www.ramseyembick.com/  

Find out more »
Free

Jazz Brunch: Coltrane Jazz w/The Ryan Meagher Trio

February 21 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Nel Centro at The Hotel Modera,
1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201 United States
+ Google Map
Ryan-Meagher

Though Ryan Meagher has lived in Portland only three short years, Oregon Music News declared that he is “now a fixture on guitar in the PDX jazz world.” He made his name in New York City with music he dubbed “modern jazz for the indie rocker” and has four internationally distributed albums. For this special “jazz brunch” performance he will be joined by bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Michael Raynor. www.ryanmeagher.com/  

Find out more »
$32 - $42

WE FOUR

February 21 | 3:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
Javon_Jackson_1600x600

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.

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

St. James Jazz Vespers w/The Mike Horsfall Trio

February 21 | 4:50 pm - 6:50 pm
St. James Lutheran Church,
1315 SW Park
Portland, OR 97201 United States
+ Google Map

Featuring Farnell Newton on trumpet.

Find out more »
$20 - $25

Aaron Goldberg (solo piano)

February 21 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
+ Google Map
aaron-goldberg_1600x600

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

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

David Watson’s Re-birthing The Cool

February 21 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Art Bar,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
12299332_10207305118402723_1926951760835572440_n

David Watson’s Re-Birthing The Cool: Bebop N Beyond, plays the original music of ‘The Birth Of The Cool’ written by Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis/Gil Evans, Chet Baker, Dave Pell and Bill Holman plus the hip arrangements of Pete Petersen and originals by David Watson. DavidWatson  

Find out more »
Free

Alan Jones Academy of Music student duos

February 21 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ace Hotel,
1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
tab2L

Alan’s love and understanding of music and his ability to communicate, both as a player and a teacher led him to the creation of The Alan Jones Academy of Music. AJAM is an innovative education system focused on personal and collective improvisation from grade school through retirement, and prompted the city of Portland to honor him with an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Jazz”. Students have been involved in projects ranging from collaborating with Michael Curry on multimedia stage presentations to balancing on tightropes to playing in International Jazz Festivals. This AJAM performance will feature Laz Glickman on Piano and Finn Jones on Bass.

Find out more »
Free

Coltrane & Cannonball Revisited

February 21 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map

Tom Pereira – tenor saxophone David Valdez – alto saxophone Alan Jones – drums Chris Higgins – bass

Find out more »
$29 - $49

Dianne Reeves

February 21 | 7:30 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
reeves_dianne_cr_jerris_madison_1375f_1_1600x600

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.” –…

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

David Watson’s Re-birthing The Cool

February 21 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Art Bar,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
12299332_10207305118402723_1926951760835572440_n

David Watson’s Re-Birthing The Cool: Bebop N Beyond, plays the original music of ‘The Birth Of The Cool’ written by Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis/Gil Evans, Chet Baker, Dave Pell and Bill Holman plus the hip arrangements of Pete Petersen and originals by David Watson. DavidWatson  

Find out more »
$18 - $20

David Goldblatt (solo piano)

February 22 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
+ Google Map
David G_1600x600

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.

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

The Joe Manis Trio plays John Coltrane Ballads

February 22 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
141214_2447

The Joe Manis Trio, featuring SteepleChase Records recording artist Joe Manis (tenor saxophone), Dave Captein (bass), and Alan Jones (drums), play John Coltrane’s Impulse! album Ballads, plus many more 1960’s Coltrane tunes. joemanis.com

Find out more »
$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
+ Google Map
DanBalmer_1600x600

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

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

Grant Richards Duo

February 23 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marriott Waterfront,
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201 United States
+ Google Map
GrantRichards_2

Portland-based pianist and composer Grant Richards is an award-winning performer, composer, and teacher whose accolades include three Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards and the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship from Berklee College of Music. His latest self-released album, Numinous, is an eclectic blend of jazz and hip-hop with universal appeal. http://grantrichardsjazz.com/

Find out more »
Free

PSU Student duos directed by Jeff Baker

February 23 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Prime at The Embassy Suites Hotel,
319 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204 United States
+ Google Map
Find out more »
$20 - $25

Chano Domínguez (solo piano)

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
+ Google Map
CD_1600x600

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/

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

Chasin’ The Trane: Coltrane at The Village Vanguard

February 23 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map

featuring The Rob Scheps Trio

Find out more »
$20 - $25

Nicole Glover Quartet

February 23 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
+ Google Map
8094136_orig_1600x600

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

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

PSU Student duos directed by Jeff Baker

February 24 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Prime at The Embassy Suites Hotel,
319 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204 United States
+ Google Map
Find out more »
$5

The Schmidt Family Trust presents Two Grands Jazz

February 24 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine and Jazz,
17025 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267 United States
+ Google Map

– 2 grand pianos featuring Rich Turnoy and Marcus Harbaugh Dennis Caiazza – bass Carlton Jackson – drums

Find out more »
Free

Tenor Conclave: The Music of Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Hank Mobley & John Coltrane

February 24 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map

featuring Lee Wuthenow, David Evans, Bryan Dickerson & Pete Peterson with guests Mark Simon, Ed Bennett and Tim Rap.

Find out more »
$20 - $25

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
+ Google Map
wesjimtrane_1600x600

A musical celebration to Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and John Coltrane.

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

Jazz Conversation: Alicia Olatuja & Jon Cowherd w/ Jeff Baker

February 25 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Alicia Olatuja 2_600x300

Free talk with vocalist Alicia Olatuja and pianist Jon Cowherd (Alicia Olatuja, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band), moderated by PDX Jazz Forward director Jeff Baker.

Find out more »
Free

David Fleschner & Alan Hager

February 25 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marriott Waterfront,
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201 United States
+ Google Map

Guitarist Alan Hager and pianist Dave Fleschner have known each other for years and since coming together as a duo audiences all over Porltand have been responding enthusiastically to their fluid chemistry together. Both have extensive backgrounds in the local and national blues scene, but pairing the two together was simply a stroke of genius. Whether they are playing blues, ragtime, old time-standards, soul or original tunes, the music they create is exuberant, joyful and refreshingly musical. http://davefleschner.com

Find out more »
$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
+ Google Map
High-Res_Alicia_Olatuja_0937_1600x600b

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…

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

Jessie Marquez and Clay Giberson

February 25 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Cafe,
1201 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201 United States
+ Google Map
ScaleImage.ashx

Latin jazz vocalist Jessie Marquez blends Cuban, Brazilian, jazz and pop sounds for music with lush harmonies and cool grooves. She has recorded with members of the Afro Cuban All-Stars and she has appeared on Cuban television and radio as well as having performed throughout that country. She will be teamed up with pianist, composer and Origin Records’ recording artist Clay Giberson, an innovative voice in the contemporary jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest that is helping redefine jazz. http://www.jessiemarquez.com/

Find out more »
$5

The Dave Gates Foundation for the Arts presents – Mr. Richard Arnold and the Groove Swingers – A tribute to Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Hartman

February 25 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine and Jazz,
17025 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267 United States
+ Google Map
Find out more »

Tim Willcox’s Superjazzers Interpret Coltrane’s Sound

February 25 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
Find out more »
$20 - $25

Chuck Israels: Coltrane Time

February 25 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
+ Google Map
maxresdefault_1600x600

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…

Buy Tickets | Find out more »
Free

Moongriffin

February 25 | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Altabira at The Eastlund,
1021 NE Grand Avenue #600
Portland, OR 97232 United States
+ Google Map
rctngl

A modern quintet led by Cartilage Osseux Records recording artist Elliot Ross. The Oregon native brings together a dark and urban sound after living in Chicago and NYC for over a decade. Deeply rooted in the underground improvised and electronic music communities, Moongriffin’s writing is inspired by the wildly creative musicians he works with, city landscapes, nature and human destruction. “Elliot Ross’s space-jazz ensemble Moongriffin immediately caught our attention upon first listen. Here is an excellently crafted album that rewards the listener who goes the whole way through.” -Matt Fleeger, KMHD Radio http://www.cartilageosseux.com/

Find out more »
Free

2nd Annual Jazz Forward Competition

February 26 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

pdxjazzforward.com

Find out more »

Jazz Conversation: Ravi Coltrane, Orrin Evans & Reggie Workman

February 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ravi1_600x300

Free talk featuring saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (Africa Brass Ensemble, Universal Consciousness), bassist Reggie Workman (RW WORKz, Universal Consciousness) and pianist Orrin Evans.

Find out more »
Free

Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen of The Bylines

February 26 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Porto Terra Lounge at Hilton Portland Executive Tower,
830 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
+ Google Map
99-atlg

Reece is always on the hunt for a great song with vocalist Marianna Thielen for their band The Byline to add to their musical repertoire. Reece has a Jazz Studies degree from Western Washington University where he studied with legendary jazz bassist Chuck Israels.  His musical highlights include accompanying John Raitt, Storm Large, and Tony Starlight, arranging for Oregon Ballet Theatre, and attending the 2011 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with his wife and co-songwriter Marianna Thielen. www.thebylines.com

Find out more »

John Stowell

February 26 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Westin,
750 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205 United States
+ Google Map
johnstowell

John is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart. John continues to tour, record and teach internationally and has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines including “Downbeat” and “Guitar Player”. His solo set here will amply display what audiences across the world have known for over four decades. www.johnstowell.com    

Find out more »
+ Export Listed Events