Upcoming Events

March 2, 2019

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Chris Potter Circuits Trio w/ Eric Harland & James Francies

Mike was, after Coltrane, the most influential saxophonist of the late 20th century. His presence is still being felt today 12 years  after his passing on January 13 2007. Tonight you will hear 4 saxophonists each having their own voice, but Mike is in all of them. As far as playing with him all those years, it was always a wonderful experience, we learned a lot from each other.  We were constantly bouncing ideas and riffs off one another. In fact, the only problem in our musical relationship was me trying to solo right after the great Michael Brecker who could rock the house like no one else! — Randy Brecker 2019 will mark what would have been Michael Brecker’s 70th birthday. The late saxophonist is […]
February 28, 2019
Terence Blanchard, photo by Henry Adebonojo

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Terence Blanchard E-Collective & 2019 Portland Jazz Master Darrell Grant

Since top-tier jazz and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan). As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in […]
February 23, 2019

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Patrice Rushen Trio with special guest Ernie Watts

Multi-Grammy nominated artist Patrice Rushen is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry.  Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the Peoples Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief. […]
February 22, 2019

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents The Creator Has A Master Plan: An Evening with NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders

“I may be a man of few words to some, but the music I’ve produced ‘says it all.’ I am deeply grateful and humbly moved to be acknowledged and honored for the embodiments of my jazz works which has lasted for over more than a half century.”  NEA Jazz Master, Ferrell “Pharoah” Sanders, is a legendary jazz saxophonist who has shown a remarkable facility performing in a variety of styles—from free to mainstream—displaying what has been called “hard-edged lyricism.” Emerging from John Coltrane’s groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders is known for his distinctive sound. His work embodies the spiritual foundation of avant-garde jazz and he has shaped his own sonic world that encompasses the primal wails and fierce energy of late Coltrane and the stomping […]
February 21, 2019
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a multiple Grammy Award-winning 16-piece jazz orchestra, comprised of a Who’s Who of New York City’s finest musicians. The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966. The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever. From the very beginning, […]
December 2, 2018
A New Shade of Blue

A New Shade of Blue – Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land 50th Anniversary Tribute

PDX Jazz customarily closes its annual season in recognition of a significant milestone by members of the Portland jazz community. Each December we have honored legacies ranging from Andrew Hill to The Beatles, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, and Dexter Gordon. On December 2, the classic collaboration between Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land will be celebrated with a performance featuring Mike Horsfall, John Nastos, Gordon Lee, Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones. The concert titled “A New Shade of Blue” is named after one of Harold’s definitive solo albums that also included Buster Williams, Bill Henderson, Billy Hart and James Mtume. Their recorded collaboration began 50 years ago on the obscure yet gorgeous album The Peacemaker,  inspiring PDX Jazz Artistic Director, Don Lucoff to conceive this […]
November 4, 2018
Mark Guiliana

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

Mark Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the last decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation. – JazzTimes Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana’s newest album as a leader – Jersey, released September 2017 via Motéma Music – features his ever-compelling Jazz Quartet. Describing the Jazz Quartet’s concept, Guiliana says: “Many of my releases as a leader have been driven by […]
October 27, 2018

Circuit Rider Trio

Named after the title of its second album, Circuit Rider features the trio’s founder, cornetist Ron Miles, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer Brian Blade. A logical evolution from the debut album Quiver (2012), Circuit Rider (2014) epitomizes Miles’ signature lyricism and spiritually aware compositions. The group’s repertoire spans American folk traditions and vibrant gospel infused with progressive jazz forms. Confident, elegant, and never overstated, Miles hits just the right balance of grace and rhythm as he quietly makes his mark as a cornetist, composer, and storyteller. His unique lustrous timbre and poignant harmonic sensibility make Ron Miles not only a leading light in the Denver jazz scene but a sought-after collaborator by artists such as Frisell, Ginger Baker, Madeleine Peyroux, Don Byron, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, […]
October 24, 2018

Jazzmeia Horn

Not only a vocalist, but a musician with big ears, and wisdom beyond her years. – Al Jarreau Jazzmeia Horn IS the future of Jazz! – Larry Rosen Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from Dallas, Texas Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music . It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Vincent […]
October 16, 2018

John Scofield’s Combo 66

Scofield’s exercise of unconventional playing embraces the kind of musical exploration that drives jazz forward with optimism. –All About Jazz John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. Scofield has brought a myriad of highly interactive and entertaining projects to PDX Jazz over the past several years including the GRAMMY® Award-winning Country For Old Men and the two time GRAMMY® nominated Past Present featuring Joe Lovano. Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues […]