PDX Jazz Events

Tuesday September 1, 2015

Terence Blanchard E-Collective

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $30-$20

PDX Jazz Presents: Terence Blanchard E-Collective
Tuesday, September 1 | 7:00pm & 9:30pm (two ticketed shows)
Jimmy Mak’s

New Orleans born and multiple Grammy®-Award winning trumpeter, Terence Blanchard has released over 30 albums as leader and co-leader during his illustrious career. Beginning his solo recording career with Columbia in 1991, he has gone to make some of the most adventurous and thought-provoking music that the jazz scene has ever seen, including his own original work, over 50 soundtracks, and even composing an opera tilted, “Champion, An Opera in Jazz.” His latest project, the jazz quintet E-Collective, fuses elements of funk, R&B, and blues roots to create powerful sound to enter the jazz realm.

” Among the boldest and most successful inheritors of Armstrong’s trumpet tradition.” – The Wall Street Journal

“A trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision.” – The New York Times

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Les McCann & Javon Jackson

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20-$25

PDX Jazz Presents: Les McCann & Javon Jackson w/ Reinhardt Melz, Damian Erskine, Dan Balmer
Celebrating McCann’s 80th Birthday and John Coltrane’s 89th Birthday
Wednesday, September 23 | 7:00pm & 9:30pm (two ticketed shows)
Jimmy Mak’s

Les McCann / piano,vocals
Javon Jackson / saxophone
Reinhardt Melz / drums
Damian Erskine / bass
Dan Balmer / guitar

Les McCann started his musical career by winning a Navy talent competition for singing. Since then he has become an integral force both on piano and with his voice. He gained notoriety and success when he recorded with his trio for Pacific Jazz Records and soon with Atlantic Records when he put out Swiss Movement, which was a quintessential soul jazz live album that furthered this style. With the success of this album, McCann became an innovator in the style and became one of the first jazz musicians to include electric piano and synthesizer in his music.

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Allan Harris with the Mel Brown Quartet

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

PDX Jazz Presents: Allan Harris with the Mel Brown Quartet
“John Coltrane Songbook”
Wednesday, September 30 | 7:30pm
Jimmy Mak’s

Allan Harris is a vocalist, guitarist, arranger, writer, and producer and has been described as “an extremely relaxed and tasteful crooner” by Stephen Holden of the New York Times. Amidst a serious shortage of great male jazz singers, Allan Harris’s voice and demeanor “project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole.” Harris’ romantically appealing voice reaches out with the heartbreaking depth that caresses a song, giving each it’s fullest respect by combining the best of the past with his unique gifts to create something fresh and distinctive. The Harlem-based vocalist, guitarist, bandleader and composer routinely headlines destinations internationally from the Umbria and Istanbul Jazz Festival’s to SF Jazz and Jazz @ Lincoln Center. For this For Portland Only program, Harris will make his long overdue PDX debut in celebration of Coltrane’s 89th birthday putting his uncanny lyrics and phrasing to the Hartman, Ellington, Strayhorn, and Eckstine collaborations.

His latest release, Black Bar Jukebox, displays Harris’ impressive and soulful vocal presence as well as his writing ability, with many being penned himself. His soulful, silken bari-tenor voice dances and trances throughout an eclectic spectrum of moods and grooves and proves that Harris can sing any style expressively and make it fully his own.

“The heir apparent to Nat King Cole” – The New York Times



Friday October 9, 2015


7:30 pm | Location: Alberta Abbey | $24/$20/$16/$10

PDX Jazz Presents: Somi
Friday, October 9 | 7:30pm
Alberta Abbey

East African vocalist and songwriter, Somi, has begun to make an indelible mark on the jazz vocal scene. After moving from New York to Nigeria for an 18-month stay in search on new inspiration and direction, Somi released her Sony/Okeh debut album, The Lagos Music Salon, which topped the jazz charts in the U.S. The socially informed and adventurous vocalist sings with a soulful beauty about her experiences in Lagos and the album covers a broad swath of styles including fast-paced grooves combined with Afro-pop sensibilities. Somi returns to Portland after stunning a sold-out crowd, opening up for Bebel Gilberto at the past Portland Jazz Festival.

“A potent brew from the first sip to the last drop.” – NPR

“All elegance and awe…utterly captivating!” – Billboard

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Wayne Shorter Quartet

7:30 pm | Location: Revolution Hall | $75/$62/$49/$35

PDX Jazz Presents: Wayne Shorter Quartet
Tuesday, October 13 | 7:30pm
Revolution Hall

Wayne Shorter / saxophone
Danilo Perez / piano
John Patitucci / bass
Brian Blade / drums

Playing with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, and co-founding Weather Report, saxophonist and composer, Wayne Shorter has become a history lesson. This monumental impact on the past, present and future of jazz should not go unlearned. With over 20 albums as a leader, 10 Grammy awards, and many of his compositions becoming jazz standards he influence is far-reaching and does not seem to end soon. The Wayne Shorter Quartet is stacked with stellar musicians including Brian Blade, John Pattitucci, and Danilo Perez and their most recent release Without a Net, garnered rave reviews. Shorter continues to innovate and stretch the boundaries of his creations.

“probably jazz’s greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser.” – New York Times

Friday October 23, 2015

Pedrito Martinez Quartet

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $25/$20

PDX Jazz Presents: Pedrito Martinez Quartet
Friday, October 23 | 7:00 & 9:30pm
Jimmy Mak’s

Beginning his musical career at the age of 11, vocalist and percussionist Pedrito Martinez has been advancing Afro-Cuban music as well as hand drumming in popular music for a long time. In 2000, he took first place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute competition for hand drumming and he has only continued to perform at a high level with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri and many other high profile jazz and popular acts. He is also the founding member of a the extremely successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, which has recorded two albums and toured extensively across the world.

“The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history” – NPR

Friday October 30, 2015

Antonio Sánchez Migration

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $18-$25

PDX Jazz Presents: Antonio Sánchez Migration
Friday, October 30 | 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Jimmy Mak’s

Antonio Sánchez has crafted his way through the jazz scene becoming one of the most sought after drummers. His playing can be heard on over a hundred of albums including the likes of Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Charlie Haden. He has been the drummer of choice for Pat Matheny, recording 8 albums with 3 of those winning Grammys. His most recent accomplishment includes composing the original score for the Academy Award winning movie, Birdman. He is also an educator, performing clinics internationally and taught at New York University for a short but had to stop due to his high-demand as a touring musician.

“It’s easy to see why he’s so busy; five minutes of watching him layer on polyrhythms will suffice.” – NPR

“One of the standout jazz drummers on the contemporary scene, a polyrhythmic ace attuned to the subtlest dynamic fluctuations.” – The New York Times

Wednesday November 11, 2015

Anat Cohen Quartet

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | Cover Charge May Apply

PDX Jazz Presents: Anat Cohen Quartet
Wednesday, November 11 | 7:00pm & 9:30pm (two ticketed shows)
Jimmy Mak’s

Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has been the winner of nine consecutive Jazz Journalist Association awards for Clarinetist of the Year, multiple DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls, and a wealth of other accolades. An established bandleader and prolific composer, Cohen’s music is a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard and at Columbia University’s prestigious Miller Theatre.

“What’s not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love — modern jazz, world music, “hot” New Orleans style jazz — and does it all brilliantly?” -The Wall Street Journal

“A terrific musician, fluid, full-throated, with a knack for creating beautifully crafted, even eloquent solos.” – The New York Times

Saturday November 14, 2015

Brad Mehldau Trio

8:00 pm | Location: Aladdin Theater | $30/$35/$40

PDX Jazz Presents: Somi
Friday, October 9 | 8:00pm
Alberta Abbey

Brad Mehldau’s trio has been his most consistent source of innovation and creation since its formation in 1996. The trio, in one form or another, has managed put out inspired music since its incarnation and at the forefront of this is Mehldau’s combination of understanding the art of improvisation while also having a passion for uniform and structural music. This has allowed him to progress so effortlessly through time, continuously making fresh, inventive music.  His latest project, Mehliana, with drummer Mark Guiliana, demonstrates and furthers Mehldau’s playing as a everlasting creative force in the jazz scene, including the use of synthesizers and electronics.

“Brad Mehldau has always been keen on manipulating musical textures, whether it’s exploring the art of the piano trio, going solo, or melding with the likes of guitarist Pat Matheny, soprano singer Renee Fleming, a chamber ensemble or others” – Relix