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Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey. Saxophonist Javon Jackson initially comprised Jazz By 5 in an effort to perform, tour and collaborate with his close friends, all of whom have made an indelible mark on the jazz genre.

Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson is one of the world’s premiere contemporary tenor saxophonists, purveying a mix of hard bop with elements of funk and soul. Jackson has 14 albums to his credit as a bandleader and has appeared on nearly 150 records by other artists. He played in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and has also performed or recorded with Jimmy Cobb, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bobby Hutcherson, Stanley Turrentine, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Kenny Garrett, John Medeski, and Ben E. King, among others.

“There’s no disputing his improvisational agility or his abilities to deliver magnetic melodies and emotional heft.” – DownBeat


Domo Branch

Domo Branch has been playing the drums since middle school and has played drums with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra since 2015, a competitive jazz band that performs locally and all around the country. He’s also in his high school jazz ensemble at Grant high school. In addition, Domo Branch plays in several groups including The Innovation Project, Devin Phillips Quartet
And George Colligan Trio

Domo has performed at Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club in Portland, Oregon, Arrividerci’s Dinner/Jazz Club, The Portland Blues Festival (2015, 2016, and 2017) the Montavilla Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Forward Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz, Portland Art Museum, Port Townsend Jazz Festival as well as with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Schnitzer Auditorium opening up for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band.

He study’s drums and jazz theory with Alan Jones and did with Dr. Thara Memory. In the summers he has attended the Centrum Jazz Camp in Port Townsend (3 years) the Mel Brown Summer Workshop (2 years), and the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp.

His drumming has been recognized with soloist awards at the Next Generation Monterey jazz competition ( 2016, 2017) Clackamas High School Band Competition (2015, 2016), and many more.

February 25, 2018

Jazz by 5

Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey.
February 25, 2018

Yotam Silberstein

Yotam Silberstein 2005 Thelonious Monk Competition Finalist Trio Subtonic with special guest Dan Balmer
February 24, 2018

Charles Tolliver & New Music Inc.

Charles Tolliver, entirely self-taught, is a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. Charles has perfected an extremely individual and distinctive sound which clearly sets him apart from other trumpet players. Characterized by a strong sense of tradition, he said in a recent Downbeat magazine interview about his approach to improvising that, “I like to rumble.
February 24, 2018

Miles Electric Band

Produced by Miles Davis Properties LLC, Miles Electric Band is up to an eleven-member, all-star live set featuring Miles Davis alumni revisiting repertoire from Davis' electric period, which many consider captures Miles at his iconoclastic best. 
February 24, 2018

Rachel Flowers

Multi-talented instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers was born on December 21, 1993. Arriving 15 weeks premature, she lost her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Rachel’s music is informed by her extensive musical background, with jazz, classical, and progressive rock music all playing a part in helping Rachel to forge a style that is uniquely her own.
February 23, 2018

NEA Jazz Master – Dr. Lonnie Smith

NEA Jazz Master - Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
February 23, 2018

Under The Lake

Composer, keyboard-player and founder, Jayson Tipp refers to Under The Lake’s sound as "jazz, with groove and attitude." Over the past 20 years, Tipp and crew have released three internationally-distributed albums: “Dive In” (1993), “Up For Air” (1996) which received a four-star rating from the All Music Guide, and their Top 50 charting release "People Together".
February 22, 2018

George Colligan Trio & Ethan Iverson

George Colligan Trio w/ Buster Williams and Lenny White will be accompanied by an exciting Double Bill with Ethan Iverson. Iverson is best known as one-third of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.”
February 22, 2018

Carrington-Coltrane-Spalding: Celebrating the Legacy of Geri Allen

The loss of Geri Allen this summer was emotionally hard sending shock waves through the jazz community as she touched so many of us in a very meaningful way. She also left an indelible mark on the festival with her stirring performance in tribute to Alice Coltrane in 2015 and as the centrifugal force in the trio collective, ACS which debuted here in 2013. It was her wish that Ravi plays for her in Portland and we are humbled by this auspicious occasion. Darrell Grant who worked with her a decade ago at Reed College speaks of Allen in reverential terms as his singular most important influence.
February 21, 2018

Mostly Other People Do The Killing

Mostly Other People Do the Killing formed in 2003 shortly after bassist/composer/bandleader Moppa Elliott moved to New York City from Ohio.  The original quartet lineup of the band grew into a septet with the 2013 release of "Red Hot", and the group has existed in several different configurations ever since.  2017 saw the release of both a second septet album "Loafer's Hollow" as well as the first album by the piano trio version of the group, "Paint."