PDX Jazz @ Hotel Modera Presents

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PDX Jazz @ Hotel Modera Presents

A Tribute to Jim Hall

featuring Dan Balmer, John Stowell and Mike Pardew

Three of Portland’s finest guitarists will comprise the Portland Guitar Summit and pay tribute to living jazz icon and NEA Jazz Master, Jim Hall on Sunday, April 17 at Hotel Modera in downtown Portland at 3PM. Tickets are $20 each and available in advance and day of show at Nel Centro or  http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

“Dan Balmer, John Stowell and Mike Pardew are not easy to get in one room — let alone one city — at the same time,” states event producer Matt Miner. “But the idea of building a show around the music of the New York based Jim Hall was irresistible to these three Portland-based guitarists.”Hall, at 80, is the living link between the real inventors of jazz guitar like Django Reinhart and Charlie Christian, and its modern interpreters like Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Bill Frisell who look to Hall as a mentor and major influence.

When Dan Balmer isn’t touring with Diane Schuur, you’ll find him teaching at Lewis and Clark College or gigging at Jimmy Mak’s. States Balmer, “Jim’s style is so clear, recognizable, and original and he among the most fearless guitarists of all time.”

John Stowell states, “Jim Hall has been an original and important voice on the guitar for 50 years, influencing countless guitarists. His sense of melody, sound, and use of space were really useful to me when I was trying to find my own musical identity. Jim is still making vital music at age 80, and the jazz guitar world is grateful for it.” Down Beat magazine said Stowell “…plays his amplified guitar as if he were surrounded by fine crystal… the type of slow burning, sustained energy that you hear in players that practice all the time.”

Mike Pardew doesn’t have the name recognition of Dan or John as yet, but they recognize his talent: John, by teaming up for the 2007 album “Transgressions,” and Dan by recommending him for a faculty position in the Jazz Guitar Department at Lewis and Clark. States Pardew, “With so many great qualities in every note, Jim’s intelligent accompaniment, dynamic balance, and harmonic individualism are apparent to me each time I listen to him.”

Bassist Scott Steed will provide rhythm accompaniment for the trio. Scott is Diane Schuur’s touring musical director, and has been a first-call bassist on the West Coast for such jazz luminaries as Horace Silver, Joe Williams, Joe Pass and Joe Henderson.

The performance will consist of two 45 minute sets with a 30 minute intermission. Food and beverage will be served by Nel Centro.

The producer would like to thank David Machado for the idea and arranging the venue at Hotel Modera adjacent to his wonderful Nel Centro Restaurant.

Hotel Modera is located at 515 SW Clay Street

Sunday, April 17 @ 3PM.

Tickets: $20 at


or at Nel Centro Restaurant

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