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February 2016
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The David Brothers Combo

February 26 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Cafe,
1201 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$29 - $49

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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Anson Wright Trio

February 26 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascades Station,
9920 NE Cascades Pkwy
Portland, OR 97220 United States
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Anson Wright is a master guitarist, composer, writer, and educator.  Anson has composed and performed music for finger-style guitar and engaged in early jazz studies with the legendary jazz guitarist Howard Roberts. Anson has performed throughout the United States and has worked with numerous jazz luminaries, including vocalist Nancy King and bassist Glen Moore. With a style often compared to Jim Hall’s, his playing has been lauded as combining “unbridled passion and elegant restraint,” demonstrating what one reviewer calls a “finely honed harmonic intelligence.” The Anson Wright Trio will feature pianist/vibraphonist Mike Horsfall and Chris Higgins on bass. www.ansonwright.com    

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Dear Lord: The John Gross Trio

February 26 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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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 , and will be performing the National Anthem at the Portland Trailblazers’ game the night prior to his concert at the Festival. 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…

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Premiere MotorSports International Presents MaFondue Jazztet featuring Nayibe Rojas on vocals

February 26 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine and Jazz,
17025 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267 United States
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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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PDX Jazz Festival Jam Session

February 26 | 10:30 pm - February 27 | 1:00 am
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Alto saxophonist and drummer Christopher Brown hails from Portland but has performed all over the globe with a who’s who of artists including Esperanza Spualding, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ray Charles, Orrin Evans, Javon Jackson, Chuck Israels and more. In addition to pianist David Goldblatt (who you can read more about here), Brown will also team up with bassist Dylan Sundstrom. Dylan began playing bass at age twelve and studied for six years with Northwest guitar legend Jho Blenis. He also has gigged extensively in the Portland area, and was called on for many sessions at the renowned recording studio known as the “Kung Fu Bakery”. www.coutureofmusic.com  

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2nd Annual PDX Jazz Forward Competition

February 27 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Mike Horsfall and Dave Captein

February 27 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Westin,
750 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Pianist and vibraphonist Mike Horsfall is in demand as a composer, arranger, recording artist, concert soloist and educator.  He has performed with Chuck Redd, Leroy Vinegar, Rebecca Kilgore and Gary Hobbs, and has recorded with Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra and with Tall Jazz, a trio he co-founded in 1989 which was voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s 2010 Hall of Fame.  Joining him is Dave Captein, an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar and has worked as a professional musician for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. www.mikehorsfall.com www.davecaptein.com  

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Richard Arnold and Joe Millward

February 27 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hotel Rose,
50 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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Vocalist Richard Arnold has performed various styles from Jazz to classic Standards, Swing, Blues and classic R & B. Arnold’s rich and powerful bass and baritone vocals are reminiscent of such greats as Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein, Joe Williams, and Barry White. He will be singing along to the smooth jazz piano stylings of Joe Millward, who cites playing influence from luminaries such as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and many others. richardarnold  

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John Stowell

February 27 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Spencer,
409 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Guitarist John Stowell has had a thirty five year career performing and teaching in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. He has played and recorded with Dave Liebman, Paul Horn, Lionel Hampton, and many others. Lalo Schifrin praised his “taste and sensitivity’ and Herb Ellis said that “more guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.” www.johnstowell.com

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Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea

February 27 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Cafe,
1201 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$29 - $59

Universal Consciousness

February 27 | 7:00 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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Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aquariva Restaurant at River’s Edge Hotel,
0470 SW Hamilton Ct
Portland, OR 97239 United States
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Heather Keizur is emerging as one of the most unique and gifted singers on the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene. Shades of Dalida, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Edith Piaf, Blossom Dearie and Billie Holliday color her vocal style whether she’s singing classic ballads, jazz standards or authentic French chansons. Joining her will be pianist Steve Christofferson who has played the piano in nightclubs and jazz festivals around the world with Nancy King, toured Europe with the Alan Jones Sextet, and performed at the PDX Jazz Fest with Kurt Elling. Raised in Canada, Keizur – who sings in both French and English – stands out from the crowd in a refreshing and powerful way. “Heather sings like there’s no tomorrow” says Christofferson, whose piano, melodica, and vocals add remarkable depth and surprise to their one-heart, one-mind presentations. “We’re compelled to reach you”. http://heatherkeizur.com/  

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The Vanguard: Eric Dolphy Meets John Coltrane

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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While Eric Dolphy’s tenure with John Coltrane was harshly criticized, their art has stood the test of time to embody a vanguard of expression and collaboration. Rob Davis, Mark Taylor, Dave Captein and Matt Jorgensen will revisit Dolphy’s classic recordings with Coltrane.  

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The Vanguard: Eric Dolphy Meets John Coltrane

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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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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The Mike Horsfall Trio

February 27 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine and Jazz,
17025 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267 United States
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Mike Horsfall: a composer, arranger, recording artist, concert soloist and educator, in demand on both vibraphone and piano. He has performed with Chuck Redd, Darrell Grant, Rebecca Kilgore, and Gary Hobbs, among others, and has recorded with Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra and with Tall Jazz, a trio he co-founded in 1989 which was voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s 2010 Hall of Fame.

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Gordon Lee and Phil Baker

February 27 | 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Benson at The Palm Court,
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Gordon Lee is a composer, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor and music educator who is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lee has composed numerous small group jazz pieces, big band jazz arrangements and arrangements for vocalists. Lee believes that jazz has given him a musical language in which he can express himself. For this occasion Lee will be joined by Pink Martini bassist Phil Baker who has also worked in music education and was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2011. www.gleefulmusic.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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Jazz Brunch w/ The Tom Sandahl Trio

February 28 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Nel Centro at The Hotel Modera,
1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Guitarist Tom Sandahl has performed in several different styles of music including jazz, classical, blues, rock, fusion, traditional jazz, bluegrass, R&B, Latin, and a little country. Tom has performed in master classes for many world-class jazz musicians including Terrence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller, Howard Alden, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz and Carl Allen, and has studied with Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, Christian McBride and Lewis Nash.  

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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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$18 - $20

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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Alan Jones Academy of Music student duos

February 28 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ace Hotel,
1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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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 Paris Butler on piano and Nate Francis on bass.

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$19 - $49

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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June 2016
$25 - $35

Tiempo Libre

June 3 | 7:30 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The three-time Grammy-nominated music group TIEMPO LIBRE is one of the hottest Latin bands today. The Afro-Caribbean combo is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. Throughout the past 14 years, the band has appeared around the globe and has been featured on television shows including The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center, and Dancing with the Stars as well as many entertainment programs on Univision and Telemundo. Since the group’s formation in Miami 2001, its members have been on a mission to share their Afro-Caribbean heritage with as wide an audience as possible, reinterpreting and reinvigorating music born from the meeting of their musical origins with their new American experience. Tiempo Libre’s 2015-16 season finds the band promoting the new album in places as far afield as Beijing, China, on a two week tour of Spain,…

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$25 - $30

Fred Hersch & Anat Cohen

June 12 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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