PDX Jazz @ The Mission Presents A New Monthly Thursday Night Series To Showcase National and International ArtistsApril 1, 2011
PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with the Mission Theater is set to unveil monthly programing beginning Thursday, May 19 with the San Francisco based quartet Tin Hat (formerly the Tin Hat Trio). The series will continue June 23 with the Norwegian based In The Country who previously played to a sold out audience at Norse Hall during the 2010 festival.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance through Cascade Tickets
or at the Crystal box office.
A limited number of premium reserved seats will be available
to PDX Jazz members.
Additional ticketing information is listed at the bottom of this release.
“The Mission Theatre is an optimum venue for our organization to expand towards year around national and international programming,” states PDX Jazz Artistic Director, Bill Royston. “Portland Jazz Festival audiences should have the opportunity to continue experiencing the type of programming they have come to expect but on a continual year around basis. Touring artists will now have an additional performance option in the Northwest, linking Vancouver/Seattle, the Bay Area and Southern California.”
“We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Portland Jazz Festival since they became a presenting partner for numerous shows at the Crystal Ballroom,” states McMenamin’s Director of Programming, Cory Wynne. “This new venture is a natural extension for us and we welcome this world class jazz series into our historic space. The Mission Theater in NW Portland was built as a church, with acoustics in mind, so hosting a nationally-focused jazz series is a harmonious fit and we’re very excited about the partnership.”
Since its formation in 1997, the original Tin Hat Trio has often expanded its trio format by inviting other musicians to record and perform including: Mike Patton, Tom Waits and Willie Nelson, as well as clarinetist Ben Goldberg and harpist Zeena Parkins. When founding member Rob Burger (the trio’s accordionist and pianist) left the trio in late 2004, Mark Orton and Carla Kihlstedt replaced him with both Goldberg and Parkins, presenting a new, though closely related quartet ensemble through April, 2005.
Equally at home playing jazz or classical, both musicians fit easily into the Tin Hat mold as evocative performers who blur the line between improvisation and composition. While on tour in recent years, they invited Ara Anderson (known as one of Tom Waits’ favorite sidemen) to perform under their hat. Like the departed Burger, Anderson plays myriad keyed instruments as well as trumpet and glockenspiel, thus adding new textures to Tin Hat’s already large canvas.
The THT recently played the Sundance Film Festival with Lou Reed and concluded a European tour, prepping material for a forthcoming album that is largely vocal with a handful of instrumental tracks based on the the wonderfully concise, bold and whimsical poetry of E. E. Cummings.
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