Upcoming Events

Multi-reedist David Murray and drummer/percussionist Kahil El’Zabar have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity for over four decades, and both are recognized by their peers as top tier virtuosos and innovators. This Portland appearance will mark a rare stateside performance by both men in a truly special occasion.

Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. He has worked with an array of musical luminaries such as Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, James Blood Ulmer, Lester Bowie and Amiri Baraka, plus he is currently performing with Macy Gray as part of the David Murray Big Band. Murray has won numerous awards over his vast career including a Grammy® Award in 1989 in the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance category for his Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane album and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship award.

El’Zabar is revered globally as a visionary music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 critically acclaimed projects as leader, composer and arranger. El’Zabar has worked with musical icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharaoh Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Kurt Elling, Eddie Harris and Roy Ayers. In 2014, El’Zabar was Knighted by the Council General of France.

Together, Murray and El’Zabar are the miracle of profound sound who can brilliantly express the epiphany to be free, with body and soul plus the hope and desire that comes from blowing musical fire.

 

June 29, 2017

The Legendary Murray/El’Zabar Duo

Multi-reedist David Murray and drummer/percussionist Kahil El’Zabar have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity for over four decades, and both are recognized by their peers as top tier virtuosos and innovators. This Portland appearance will mark a rare stateside performance by both men in a truly special occasion. Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. He has worked with an array of musical luminaries such as Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, James Blood Ulmer, Lester Bowie and Amiri Baraka, plus he is currently performing with Macy Gray as part of the David Murray Big Band. Murray has won numerous awards over his vast career including a Grammy® Award in 1989 in the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance category for his Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to […]
June 21, 2017

The Relationship Between Literature and Music of the Harlem Renaissance

PDX Jazz is proud to present the fourth program in its Discover Jazz adult education series entitled “The Relationship Between the Literature and Music of the Harlem Renaissance.” Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host the evening’s event that includes lecture, recorded music, and discussion. In this presentation, Mr. Savery will discuss the Harlem Renaissance. What was it? When did it begin and when did it end? What was the relationship between the literature produced and the music of the time? Did it really represent a “renaissance” in African American artistic production, or was it actually controlled by white patrons? This event is free to the public on a first-come, first-served seating basis. Due to the popularity of these events, we advise an early arrival. “Nothing great or enduring, especially in music, has ever sprung full-fledged and unprecedented from the brain of any master; the best […]
June 17, 2017

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Born and raised in Oakland, California, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire was a member of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble when he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman. Akinmusire was asked to join Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire went on to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles, where he studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. In 2007 Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his debut album Prelude…To Cora on the Fresh Sound label later that year. He subsequently moved back to New York and began performing with Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran. Akinmusire was then signed to the […]
June 16, 2017

Donny McCaslin Group

Donny McCaslin is a celebrated, Grammy® Award-nominated saxophonist and composer from Santa Clara, California. As a child he joined his father’s band at the age of 12, and as a teenager he made his debut at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival before embarking on tours of Europe and Japan. Subsequently, McCaslin received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, and in 1991 he moved to New York City which led him to performing with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, Uri Craine, Antonio Sanchez , Dave Douglas and many others before becoming a bandleader in his own right with 11 albums to date under his name. After moving his music in a more electric direction in the 2000’s, McCaslin began collaborating with David Bowie in 2014, which later led McCaslin to become Bowie’s saxophonist for the rock icon’s 2016 album, Blackstar. In honor of his passing, the […]
June 8, 2017

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet (Late Show)

The burly tone of Grammy® Award-winning multi-reedist Joe Lovano is one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. As a decorated sideman, he’s been heard with everyone from Woody Herman, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith and countless others. But most notably he’s been recognized as a high profile collaborator from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, and projects with Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Elvin Jones. However, his role as a leader since signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement even after almost two dozen releases with the legendary label.  In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat Magazine. He was last heard in Portland at […]
June 8, 2017

SOLD OUT: Joe Lovano Classic Quartet (Early Show)

The burly tone of Grammy® Award-winning multi-reedist Joe Lovano is one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. As a decorated sideman, he’s been heard with everyone from Woody Herman, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith and countless others. But most notably he’s been recognized as a high profile collaborator from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, and projects with Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Elvin Jones. However, his role as a leader since signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement even after almost two dozen releases with the legendary label.  In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat Magazine. He was last heard in Portland at […]
May 24, 2017

Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs is a four-time Grammy® Award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer from Los Angeles who began his jazz career as a teenager in the JJ Johnson Quintet. Subsequently, Childs spent six years in Freddie Hubbard’s group before embarking on a wildly successful solo career that has produced 12 albums as bandleader, including several chart toppers for the Windham Hill label.  During the course of his career, Childs has performed and/or collaborated with Sting, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé and more. Childs is also the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award, and dozens of other awards and commissions. He is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first recording with JJ Johnson and is touring in support of his newest album, Rebirth, on Mack Avenue Records. “A first-class pianist deeply influenced […]
May 9, 2017

An Evening with Eliane Elias

Grammy®-winning pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 26 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger, and producer as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Elias has sold over 2 million albums during the span of her career, including her 2015 Grammy Award® winning Made In Brazil for Best Latin Jazz Album. With her 7 previous Grammy Award® nominations, four time “Gold Disc Award” receptions, three time winner of “Best Vocal Album” in Japan, #1 artist in sales and radio in France, all of her recordings reaching top five on USA jazz radio charts and Billboard Jazz Charts, and several reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon.com among other accolades, Eliane Elias has taken her place in […]
May 4, 2017

Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

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. Over the past couple of years, Cohen has become a hit with Portland jazz fanatics, and for this appearance she will be collaborating with Trio Brasileiro in what promises to be an amalgamation of jazz and the traditional choro music of Brazil. “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 […]
May 3, 2017

Gerald Clayton Trio

Gerald Clayton is a four-time GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer who formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he studied piano with both Billy Childs at USC and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music, leading Clayton to subsequently take second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy that have led him to perform and record with Charles Lloyd (including his 2016 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival appearance), Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen and many others. Clayton’s discography on Verve and Concord Records as a leader is a reflection […]