PDX Jazz Events

Wednesday September 24, 2014

The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved (7pm) | $18 ga / $22 reserved (9:30pm)

Ethan Iverson / piano
Reid Anderson / bass
Dave King / drums

“It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.” - Rolling Stone

The Bad Plus (Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King) came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning over a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. An enduring favorite amongst Portlanders, The Bad Plus will feature new material from the band’s upcoming 10th studio recording, Inevitable Western, due to be released this September.

Wednesday October 1, 2014

The Cookers

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved (7pm) | $18 ga / $22 reserved (9:30pm)

Billy Harper / saxophone
Eddie Henderson / trumpet
David Weiss / trumpet
Donald Harrison / saxophone
George Cables / piano
Cecil McBee / bass
Billy Hart / drums

“Rich with a mix of classic elegance and exploration, the group might reference
the past by name, but it never sounds less than current.” - Los Angeles Times

The Cookers draws it’s inspiration from the seminal Blue Note Records release, The Night of the Cookers, by combining some of the greatest musicians from that era with some of this generations more fiery players. While giants in their own right, the members of this ensemble have performed and/or recorded with essentially every jazz great of the past half century including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, and Roy Haynes, to name just a few. Welcome The Cookers with open arms for their first ever performance in Portland.

* If you have purchased tickets for the 7:00PM show,
you may purchase advanced 9:30pm tickets for $15 GA / $18 Reserved.
The system will automatically recognize your 7:00pm purchase.
NO FOOD OR DRINK minimum for 2nd show

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Joshua Redman Trio feat. Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $25 ga / $35 reserved

Photo Credit: Jay Blakesberg

Joshua Redman / saxophone
Reuben Rogers / bass
Gregory Hutchinson / drums

“Mr. Redman is a supremely affable and flowing improviser, at times
a borderline brilliant one, working in a glow of clarity.” - The New York Times

The celebrated saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most imposing and charismatic jazz musicians to have emerged in the 1990s. The son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 1991 and has since recorded and performed with musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, Brian Blade, Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, Geoff Keezer, Dave Brubeck, Bill Frisell, Quincy Jones, The Dave Matthews Band, John Scofield, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder among others. Redman, who’s longstanding band recalls the Sonny Rollins Trio, returns to the Rose City after last performing at the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival in support of his latest release, Trios Live.

Tuesday October 14, 2014

Eric Vloeimans Trio: Oliver’s Cinema

7:00 pm | Location: The Old Church | $15 members / $20 non-members

Eric Vloeimans / trumpet
Jörg Brinkmann / cello
Tuur Florizoone / accordion

“…prolific and evocative…” – NPR Music

Dutch jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans has been active in a wide variety of ensembles over the years, from his acoustic chamber jazz trio Fugimundi to his electric Gatecrash quartet.  Having studied under Donald Byrd in the late ‘80s, he was regarded as a member of the younger generation of musicians who combine bebop with influences from rock and free improvisation.  His sound can be linked to past greats, Tomasz Stanko, Mark Isham and Nils Petter Molvaer.  With the uncommon instrumentation of accordion and cello, Vloeimans brings his new trio Oliver’s Cinema to Portland featuring trained cellist Jörg Brinkmann and accordionist Tuur Florizoone for a journey of compositions that celebrates how film music can transport listeners into lost spaces of memory and emotion. The group interprets real film scores, such as Ennio Moriccone’s theme to 1988’s Cinema Paradiso, as well as original compositions for films which exist only in their imaginations.

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Jacky Terrasson Trio

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved (7pm) | $18 ga / $22 reserved (9:30pm)

Jacky Terrasson / piano
Burniss Earl Travis / bass
Justin Faulkner / drums

“…one of the most talented pianists of his generation.” - JazzTimes

French-American pianist Jacky Terrasson’s relationship to the piano has been compared to “Lebron James’ relationship to a 10 foot high basket…they could dunk in their sleep (JazzTimes).” After winning the prestigious 1993 Thelonious Monk Competition, he went through the venerable jazz university of Betty Carter and collaborated with vocalists such as Jimmy Scott, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson. He is equally at home in the trio setting, where he continues Betty Carter’s tradition of discerning and employing only the finest young talent on the scene. Terrasson’s music draws on the vast influences of himself and his band members, ranging from the swing music of the early ‘30s to the hard driving funk of the ‘70s.  The European bandleader makes a rare West Coast appearance; he last played here at the 2009 jazz festival.

* If you have purchased tickets for the 7:00PM show,
you may purchase advanced 9:30pm tickets for $15 GA / $18 Reserved.
The system will automatically recognize your 7:00pm purchase.
NO FOOD OR DRINK minimum for 2nd show

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Greg Osby FOUR

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved (7pm) | $18 ga / $22 reserved (9:30pm)

Greg Osby / saxophone
Simona Premazzi / piano
Desmond White / bass
Adam Arruda / drums

“Mr. Osby is now a mentor and a pacesetter,
one of the sturdier bridges between jazz generations.” – The New York Times

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby established himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard.  Osby, who has an uncanny eye and ear for artists, assembled a groundbreaking quartet, giving early exposure to Jason Moran, Tarus Mateen, and Nasheet Waits, who ultimately became known as Bandwagon.  He hails from St. Louis, the gateway city that serves as home base for soulful altoist’s Oliver Lake and David Sanborn.

* If you have purchased tickets for the 7:00PM show,
you may purchase advanced 9:30pm tickets for $15 GA / $18 Reserved.
The system will automatically recognize your 7:00pm purchase.
NO FOOD OR DRINK minimum for 2nd show

Monday November 10, 2014

ECM Recording Artists Dans Les Arbres feat. Christian Wallumrad – Opening Performance by Norwegian Guitarist Kim Myhr @ The Old Church

7:00 pm | Location: The Old Church | $15 members / $20 non-members

Xavier Charles / clarinet, harmonica
Ivar Grydeland / acoustic guitar, banjo, scruti box
Christian Wallumrød / piano
Ingar Zach / percussion, bass drum

“…the music of Dans les arbres leans more heavily towards the influence
of contemporary classicism and of folklorism than anything
resembling the American jazz tradition.” – All About Jazz

ECM recording artists Dans Les Arbres recorded their eponymous debut in 2010 and followed up with 2012’s Canopée. The combination of its unorthodox sound sources, including Charles’ clarinet harmonics, Wallumrød’s prepared piano, Grydeland’s bowed banjo, and Zach’s differentiated gran casa playing has led to free playing and spontaneous group-composing in a class of its own.

Friday November 14, 2014

Miguel Zenón Quartet w/ Henry Cole, Luis Perdomo, and Hans Glawischnig – Opening Performance by Jesse Marquez @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:30 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved

Miguel Zenón / saxophone
Luis Perdomo / piano
Hans Glawischnig / bass
Henry Cole / drums

“The achy precision in alto saxist Miguel Zenón’s tone was apparent from the moment he arrived in New York from Boston in the late ’90s.” – Time Out New York

Grammy® Award-nominee Miguel Zenón, also a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has recorded and toured with a wide variety of musicians including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman and is a founding member of the groundbreaking SFJAZZ Collective. His latest release, Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico features the debut recording of The Rhythm Collective, an ensemble first put together in 2003 for a month long tour of West Africa. Zenón was last featured in Portland as part of PDX Jazz At The Mission in November 2012.

Wednesday December 3, 2014

Steel House featuring Ed Simon, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved (7pm) | $18 ga / $22 reserved (9:30pm)

Ed Simon / Piano
Scott Colley / bass
Brian Blade / drums

Three well-known instrumentalists are building a new band called Steel House. The foundations of this house are deep and strong, the roof sturdy. Inside is one big, light-filled room occupied by the three leaders: Edward Simon on piano, Scott Colley on acoustic bass, and Brian Blade on drums.

Each man is a world-class jazz player with his own robust composing, recording, and performing career. Since meeting in New York in the early 1990s, they have shared stages and studios, playing many different styles of music together. They decided to form (build) Steel House to create a dedicated place for their own musical explorations.

The music of Steel House embraces both silence, and emerging from that stillness, conversation. The communication among Simon, Colley, and Blade stays nimble, focused on moment-to-moment interaction. Musical structure is minimal, poetic, and full of purpose. Walls of genre, category, and style are torn down. Light and space abound.

We can hear them down the street now, Simon, Colley, and Blade building their Steel House. The music is infectious. It is everything you wanted – spirited and serious, caring and carefree.

Wednesday December 10, 2014

A Swingin’ Affair: “Dex @ 90″ @ The Old Church

7:30 pm | Location: The Old Church | $15 ga

Photo Credit: Francis Wolff

David Evans / saxophone
Charlie Porter / trumpet
George Colligan / piano
Tom Wakeling / bass
Alan Jones / drums 

Under the musical direction of David Evans, Charlie Porter, George Colligan, Tom Wakeling, and Alan Jones celebrate the music of Dexter Gordon. A “sophisticated giant” of a tenor man at six-foot-six inches, Gordon was an early pioneer of the Bebop era.  He got his start with Lionel Hampton and Never Looked Back.  Playing with the best bands of the war era, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, and Illinois Jacquet.  Having influences by Lester Young, Gordon played and recorded with Charlie Parker and was an influence on John Coltrane.  He spent considerable time in Europe and documented upwards of 50 solo albums.  His Blue Note sessions are considered his best and define the golden age of mainstream jazz.  His 1986 performance on Round Midnight earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Role and he won a Grammy® for Best Soundtrack.