PDX Jazz Blog

February 10, 2017

KMHD interview with Jimmy Heath

KMHD Jazz Radio recently posted an interview with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath by OPB contributor and PDX Jazz Board Member Deborah DeMoss Smith in anticipation of his performance with his brother Albert “Tootie” Heath at the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 18 with Javon Jackson’s Sax Appeal! Great seats are still available and you can get yours by clicking here. “Jimmy Heath is the crème de la crème of jazz. He’s written more than 125 compositions and has been on 100-plus albums. At the age of 90, the jazz legend and beloved saxophonist and big band leader continues, indeed, to keep the music alive. He’ll perform at the PDX Jazz Festival February 18 at the Newmark Theatre. Part I of II If you could travel back in time, what era would you go to? Before me, it was the swing era and that held over into the bebop generation. Bebop […]
February 7, 2017

Our Artistic Director Interviews Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown

In anticipation of the world premiere of the 2017 Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown’s Big Band w/ Jon Faddis & the Jimmy Mak All Stars in just two weeks on Wednesday, February 22, PDX Jazz Executive Artistic Director Don Lucoff had a Q&A with Brown about this special show, the passing of our dear friend Jimmy Makarounis, and more. Feel free to read on… What is your recollection of Washington High School and the auditorium where you performed as a high school student? Did you ever think that what was then would now be Revolution Hall? I never thought Washington High School would ever close, let alone become a performance center. PDX Jazz is honored to have you as our Portland Jazz Master and we were pleasantly surprised that having a special big band performance will be your first time ever assembling one. We’re you surprised by the request? Any […]
February 7, 2017

ResortsAndLodges.com Q&A with Executive Artistic Director Don Lucoff

Thomas Schultz of ResortsAndLodges.com recently conducted an interview with our Executive Artistic Director Don Lucoff about the upcoming Biamp PDX Jazz Festival that should add some behind the scenes insight into what makes our annual celebration of jazz unique and of potential interest to those who live outside the Portland city limits. ResortsAndLodges.com is an online travel directory that specializes in highlighting unique properties around the world, reaching nearly 10 million travelers every year. Last year we reached over 633,000 travelers in Oregon alone. You can read the Q&A by clicking the link below. http://www.resortsandlodges.com/travelblog/b/pdx-jazz-festival/
February 1, 2017

Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Title Sponsor CEO Talks Jazz!

PDX Jazz benefits from the generous support of Biamp, who not only serves as our title sponsor for the annual PDX Jazz Festival, but also as a year round sponsor supporting not just our concerts but our education and outreach initiatives as well. For 40 years, Biamp has been making the best audio hardware and software for the professional AV market. If you’re waiting for a flight in Hyderabad, attending a convention in New York, or shopping in a mall in Beijing, Biamp technology is there. In spaces large and small, from everyday conference rooms to complex enterprise applications for universities and beyond, they manufacture products designed to optimize your audio landscape. Recently, Biamp CEO Matt Czyzewski wrote a nice, heartfelt blog about his personal affinity for jazz and his company’s commitment to supporting what we do. You can read it at the link below. http://blog.biamp.com/the-musical-side-of-pro-av/
February 1, 2017

Next Tuesday!: Jazz in the Schools Art Exhibition at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel

Our annual Jazz in the Schools art exhibition will take place this coming Tuesday, February 7 at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th St. in downtown Portland from 10am-8pm. Jazz in the Schools is an education outreach program PDX Jazz presented to 1,500 students in Portland area schools this year. During the program, students learn about jazz music’s major contributions to American history and culture and its connection to visual art — particularly the art found on classic jazz record album covers. Through the program, students listened to jazz while creating their own artistic interpretation of what jazz looks and feels like to them. The most outstanding creations will be exhibited for public viewing at the Cleaners on Tuesday February 7, as well as in the City Target windows from February 13 – March 1. A special exhibition will be shown at the Portland Art Museum in April. […]
January 30, 2017

Listen to “Jazz in the Schools” on OPB Radio!

In case you missed it, OPB’s “State of Wonder” aired a segment covering our “Jazz in the Schools” program this past weekend, and if you didn’t catch it live, click on the link below to check it out at the 24:54 mark. Enjoy, and thank you all for supporting everything we do at PDX Jazz! http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/stateofwonder/segment/chloe-eudaly-portland-winter-lights-festival-tony-furtado-sallie-tilsdale/
January 27, 2017

PDX Jazz Executive Artistic Director’s Q&A with Maria Schneider

By Don Lucoff, PDX Jazz Executive Artistic Director This year the BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival will feature a number of large ensembles and big bands including Maria Schneider Orchestra, MONK’estra, The Ezra Weiss Monday Night Big Band, and The Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis in tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.  Ezra’s band which will feature Portland’s top section players and soloists perform all original compositions. We have billed this performance to honor the rich tradition of Monday Night big bands that enjoyed important longstanding residences in New York over the past 30 years, the most famous being the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  I have many personal fond memories, especially hearing on a regular basis Gil Evans’ band at Sweet Basil as well as the Mingus Big Band at Time Cafe.  I caught up with Maria Schneider as she prepares for her debut Portland performance on Friday, February 17. What years […]
January 25, 2017

Jazz in the Schools on OPB Radio This Saturday!

PDX Jazz is pleased to inform you that OPB Radio will be running a segment on our “Jazz in the Schools” education program this coming Saturday during OPB’s “State of Wonder” show. The program airs on Saturday at noon and repeats on Sunday at 10am. We highly encourage you to tune in and check it out! OPB radio can be found at 91.5 on your FM dial. In the meantime, feel free to check out the JitS promotional trailer below.
January 10, 2017

UPDATED 2017 biamp PDX Jazz Festival Mailer

Hello citizens of Jazzlandia! The newly updated 2017 BIAMP PDX Jazz festival guide is here! This guide has all the latest information. We have added new shows, added exciting venues, and updated the schedule. We have provided a downloadable link. Physical copies are sent to your door or can be found across the Portland metro area. Downloadable PDF file HERE The 2017 PDX Jazz Festival begins February 16 – 26. Hope to see you there!
January 6, 2017

In Review: Mary Sue Tobin & the Rebirth of the Cool Big Band at Fremont Theater

By former PDX Jazz President Tom Smith Good news for jazz in Portland! My fellow board member Joe Maita and I had a great night on Thursday enjoying a killer large ensemble at the Fremont Theater on 24th and NE Fremont, with Mary Sue Tobin and the Rebirth of the Cool Big Band. Songs of Gil Evans, Mingus and Horace Silver, among others. Really cool venue with great acoustics. I plan to attend the Quadraphones show here next Thursday!  We are having several shows at this venue during the Festival in February.  Check out our calendar for details!