PDX Jazz Blog

July 12, 2016
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Listening to the History of Recorded Jazz, 1917-1967: Blog #1

We’re excited to announce the arrival of a new monthly blog series that will be featured here on the PDX Jazz website, and we hope you will find informative and fun to read. This series is created and written by Mark Montesano, a friend of the PDX Jazz organization. About the author: Mark Montesano is a retired professor at Arizona State University. While at ASU, he developed a one-credit honors course called “Listening to the History of Jazz: The First 50 Years of Recorded Jazz (1917-1967)”. He began listening to jazz in the early 1960’s starting with his father’s Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson, and Stan Getz albums. A few years later, he was gifted a copy of Miles Davis Live at the Blackhawk and a stack of Downbeat magazines and he was hooked on exploring both the exciting innovations of that time and jazz’s great traditions. While his high school friends were […]
June 30, 2016
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PDX Jazz Fall Concert Lineup Announced Next Week!

Hello Citizens of Jazzlandia, Many of you have probably already heard that PDX Jazz will be welcoming legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner back to Portland for the first time in a decade on October 18. Well, that’s not the only treat we have in store for you this autumn as we will be announcing our full Fall 2016 concert season lineup next week on Wednesday, July 6. We will be having 12 concerts from September through December, many of which feature internationally renowned jazz artists who will making their Portland debuts. Keep an eye out for more information here on the website or through next Wednesday’s email newsletter. If you’ve yet to sign up for our newsletter that provides information on our concerts, education and outreach initiatives as well as events going on in the community, you can do that by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the […]
June 22, 2016
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Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling: Members Only Presale NOW!

Hey everybody! In case you haven’t heard, our special Members Only presale for our first concert of the 2017 PDX Jazz Festival featuring Branford Marsalis Quartet & Kurt Elling together on the same stage at the same time is happening RIGHT NOW through Tuesday, June 28. If you’re already a Member, you can grab tickets here. If you’re not already a Member, you can become one by clicking here. Don’t miss out on your chance to get Best Seats First before the show goes on sale to the general public and avoid having to pay service fees, plus your Membership gets you no service fees on any tickets purchased for a year, discounted tickets to select events, special reserved seating for Members for select events and more depending on Membership level. Thank you very much for your interest and enthusiasm for what we do at PDX Jazz!
June 20, 2016

Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club Finds a New Home

Hello! Some of you may be aware of the rumors that legendary jazz club Jimmy Mak’s (with whom PDX Jazz presents many of our concerts) is being forced out of its longtime home at 221 NW 10th Avenue in Portland later this year. Well, fear not, as the club has found a new home right across the street at 228 NW 10th Avenue and will open the doors at its new location in October or November. For more information on this news, click here to read the full article.  
May 25, 2016
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Universal Consciousness: The Spiritual Awakening of Alice Coltrane

It was just about three months ago that PDX Jazz presented a once-in-a-lifetime concert entitled Universal Consciousness: A Tribute to Alice Coltrane that featured an assemblage of jazz heavyweights including Ravi Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Brandee Younger, Geri Allen, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille performing Alice’s music to a sold out crowd at the Newmark Theatre who roared their approval of said performance with multiple standing ovations. Coincidentally, earlier this month Red Bull Music Academy published an article titled “Universal Consciousness: The Spiritual Awakening of Alice Coltrane” that details Alice’s musical beginnings as a child, her early days playing in the jazz scene, her kinship with husband John Coltrane, her spiritual journeys (literally, figuratively and musically), her daring use of the harp as a jazz instrument, the impact of her music during its time and the ongoing effect felt by contemporary musicians today. It’s extremely well written and researched, and even […]
May 16, 2016

PDX Jazz receives $10,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Hello! We have some exciting news to share with you – PDX Jazz recently received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the annual PDX Jazz Festival. We are very gracious for these funds and it’s support like this to keep live jazz an ongoing thing in Portland. We were recently in the news about this along with several other cultural nonprofit entities in the Pacific Northwest receiving $1.2 million in funds from the NEA. To read the article published in The Oregonian on Friday about who all received these funds (including us), please click here. Enjoy, and thanks!
May 13, 2016
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Six Questions with Jaleel Shaw

Name: Jaleel Shaw Residing Location: Paterson, NJ Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Past and present about Jaleel Shaw: Saxophonist born and raised in Philly that grew up loving and listening to all music from Charlie Parker, A Tribe Called Quest, John Coltrane, D’Angelo thus started playing saxophone at age 9 and got serious at age 11… by age 13 decided to be a professional musician. Graduated from Berklee on a scholarship with a dual degree in Music Education & Performance. Attend Manhattan School of Music also on a scholarship to gain a Masters in Performance. Since then has performed w/ Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Roy Hargrove, the Mingus Big Band, Jimmy Cobb, The Count Basie Orchestra, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell. 1. What or who made you fall in love with jazz? I guess in a way, my mother is the reason why I fell in love with music in general. She […]
May 11, 2016

“Sting: The Jazz Remix”: New look at a past master in Oregon Arts Watch

Hey everyone! In anticipation of tomorrow night’s “Sting: The Jazz Remix” concert featuring Darrell Grant, Marilyn Keller and All 4 Naught here at The Alberta Abbey, music writer Angela Allen conducted an interview with Darrell Grant about the show and gave the show a sweet feature article in Oregon Arts Watch. You can read it by clicking here. Tickets are still available for purchase by clicking here. Enjoy, and we hope to see you tomorrow night! “Sting: The Jazz Remix”: New look at a past master “Sting: The Jazz Remix”: New look at a past master
May 11, 2016
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Six Questions with Darrell Grant

    Name: Darrell Grant Website Residing location: Portland, OR Musical past and present in one run-on sentence: performer, composer and PSU professor, has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist and versatile musician whose four previous recordings have topped jazz charts.   1. Besides being musically talented, do you have any hidden talents? According to my son I tell really good stories. 2. What has been your greatest artistic success? Making music that connects with people is a success. Having someone tell me that my ‘Spirit’ album got them through a surgery was gratifying. Having my music be the inspiration for a Reconciliation Concert featuring Bishop Desmond Tutu… But being a parent trumps all of those. 3. What or who made you fall in love with jazz? I loved being able to play what I heard in my head. I also loved that unlike classical piano, I got to primarily perform […]
May 9, 2016
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The Fader: Why Jazz Will Always Be Relevant

Happy Monday everyone! In the most recent issue of The Fader music magazine, writer Greg Tate wrote this excellent article about why jazz is still relevant in 2016 and why the music world needs jazz more than ever. The author neatly ties together all kinds of historical references and frames it in the scope of the modern musical landscape. Read the article for yourself by clicking the link below, and feel free to tell us what you think by leaving a comment. Thanks, and enjoy! http://www.thefader.com/2016/05/05/jazz-will-always-be-relevant?utm_source=f?utm_source=f&utm_medium=tw&utm_campaign=share