PDX Jazz Events

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Wayne Shorter Quartet generously sponsored by Recumbent PDX – SOLD OUT

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

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

Wednesday December 9, 2015

The Spirit of John Coltrane: From Birmingham to Alabama

7:30 pm | Location: Alberta Abbey | $20

PDX Jazz Presents: The Spirit of John Coltrane: From Birmingham to Alabama
Wednesday December 9 | 7:30pm
Alberta Abbey

Devin Phillips / saxophone
Darrell Grant / piano
Jonathan Lakey / bass
Alan Jones / drums