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PDX JAZZ MEMBERS PRESALE FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – TUESDAY, JUNE 13. GENERAL PUBLIC SALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY JUNE 14.

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at age 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami.

In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was in Aix-en-Provence, with reedist and teacher Jean-François Bonnel, that she started learning about jazz, and sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album “Cécile”, with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C.

Over the years, she has developed a curiosity for the history of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music. Cécile carefully chooses her repertoire, oftentimes unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs, with strong stories.
She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals. In 2014, her second album, WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records) was nominated for a Grammy. That same year, Salvant won four categories in DownBeat Magazine‘s Critics Poll: Jazz Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Rising Star–Jazz Artist and Rising Star–Female Vocalist.

Her third album, For One To Love (for Mack Avenue Records), was recorded in 2015 and subsequently won the 2016 Grammy® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Furthermore, Salvant is a two time winner of NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll for Female Vocal Album of the Year and winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2015 Female Vocalist of the Year.

“…she sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes, used sparingly […] Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor.” – The New York Times

August 30, 2017

Cécile McLorin Salvant

PDX JAZZ MEMBERS PRESALE FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – TUESDAY, JUNE 13. GENERAL PUBLIC SALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY JUNE 14. Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at age 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami. In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was in Aix-en-Provence, with reedist and teacher Jean-François Bonnel, that she started learning about jazz, and sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album “Cécile”, with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk […]
August 15, 2017

Daymé Arocena

ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! At just 23 years old, Daymé Arocena is a skillful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of Cuban contemporary scene. Since she was a child she performed in several children’s groups, and in 2010 she became a member of Sumsum Corda, a fusion jazz quintet with which she participated in tours for Norway and Nicaragua. After the experience being a member of Joaquin Betancourt’s big band, she was invited by Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett to join to her project Maqueque (with which she continues collaborating today), with which she recorded the album of the same name that won the 2015 Juno Award, in Best Album Jazz category. Her 2015 […]
August 8, 2017

Eugenie Jones

ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! A Jazz Week Review top-50 artist and the first vocalist to be awarded Earshot Jazz NW Recording of the Year, Eugenie Jones is described as possessing, “A voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” Seasoned by years of steady work following the release of her first album in 2013, the Seattle-area singer displays the rhythmic authority, emotional insight, and melodic innovation of an artist who can hold her own in any company. For this special Portland appearance, Jones will tackle the Ella Fitzgerald songbook in honor of Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday in her own inimitable style. Sharing tunes popularized by the irrefutable First Lady of Song and Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Jones will sing and scat her way vivaciously through Great American Songbook with selections popularized by Lady Ella while also drawing listeners inside original […]
August 1, 2017

Ryan Meagher & All Across the City

ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Portland guitarist Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) views this performance as a tribute to one of the most underrated quartets in jazz history. The light and lyrical sound of Paul Desmond had a much deeper output than being a sideman in Dave Brubeck’s Quartet. The quartets Desmond led alongside guitarist Jim Hall and drummer Connie Kay had a revolving door of top-call bassists but always maintained a focused aesthetic with no frills. Meagher’s usual quartet is comprised of some of Portland’s most intellectual, sensitive, and virtuostic improvisers on their respective instruments. Together, they will play music from the RCA recordings of the Desmond/Hall quartet recorded from 1959-1965, as well as some original music inspired by this group. The Metropolitan Youth Symphony will provide a string section to accompany the quartet as special guests for this unique, one-time only engagement. www.ryanmeagher.com […]
July 25, 2017

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Jane Bunnett is a Canadian soprano saxophonist, flautist and bandleader best known for performing Afro-Cuban jazz with her band Maqueque. A multi-time Juno Award winner, Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for two Grammy® Awards, numerous Juno Awards, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace  and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson […]
July 18, 2017

Darrell Grant & All 4 Naught Sextet

ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Pianist Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, teaching, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection. Through eight albums as a bandleader, numerous recordings as a sideman, a growing body of compositions, and two decades of service as an educator and leader in the arts, Grant’s multi-faceted creative projects and innovative initiatives reflect a belief in the extraordinary power of art to communicate, inspire, provoke, inform, and move others to transform society and themselves. Grant was introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter. He has performed and/or recorded with such notable musicians as Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Esperanza Spalding, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, John Clayton, Nicholas Payton, Kevin […]
July 11, 2017

David Goldblatt Sextet

ATTN PDX JAZZ MEMBERS: Please email info@pdxjazz.com for special Member discount code! Three decades as a consummate professional have kept David Goldblatt consistently in demand as a contributing artist to top names in jazz such as Tribal Tech, Mark Isham, Gino Vannelli, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ernie Watts, Stanley Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Tom Scott, Madeleine Peyroux, Flora Purim and Airto Moriera. His skills as a composer and arranger have been featured on numerous films and TV shows including the CBS series, “EZ Streets,” Showtime’s “The Defenders,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He has toured as musical director with Diana Ross and was the composer and bandleader on “The Dennis Miller Show”. “Jazz Goes To The Movies” will be a movie theme based performance that will re-adapt thematic material from motion pictures for a jazz sextet setting. Each theme will get a fresh treatment and will be familiar in a new […]
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

NOTE: Online sales are no longer available. Standing room tickets will be available at the door night of show for a $5 discount.  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 […]