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Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has garnered national reviews and has led to collaborations with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Ben Street and many others. Valera is also the leader of his Grammy®-nominated band Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s that mixes elements of jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and funk. In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition including the prestigious Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works plus he has been the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has traveled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest jazz venues and festivals. Valera will be touring in support of his 2015 album on Destiny Records entitled Urban Landscape, his 11th album as a leader.

…postbop and classical romanticism are as integral to his vocabulary as Latin folk forms, and they all find natural expression in his music.” – The New York Times

http://www.manuelvalera.com

July 15, 2017
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Manuel Valera Trio (Late Show)

Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has garnered national reviews and has led to collaborations with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Ben Street and many others. Valera is also the leader of his Grammy®-nominated band Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s that mixes elements of jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and funk. In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition including the prestigious Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works plus he has been the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has traveled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest jazz venues and festivals. Valera will be touring in support of his […]
July 15, 2017
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Manuel Valera Trio (Early Show)

Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has garnered national reviews and has led to collaborations with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Ben Street and many others. Valera is also the leader of his Grammy®-nominated band Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s that mixes elements of jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and funk. In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition including the prestigious Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works plus he has been the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has traveled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest jazz venues and festivals. Valera will be touring in support of his […]
June 17, 2017
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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
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Donny McCaslin Group

Donny McCaslin is a celebrated and 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, […]
June 8, 2017
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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
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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
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Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs is a multi-time Grammy® Award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer from Los Angeles. At the age of 16, he started attending USC’s prestigious Community School of the Performing Arts and began his performing career as a teenager with the J.J. Johnson Quintet. Subsequently, Childs spent six years as a key member of Freddie Hubbard’s group before embarking on a wildly successful solo career that has included dozens of commissions, grants, awards and countless accolades.  During the course of his career, Childs has performed and/or collaborated with Sting, Diane Reeves, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, Michael Bublé and more. Over the years, Childs has continued to develop his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music. He will be touring in support of his newest album, Rebirth, to be released on March 24, 2017 on the […]
May 9, 2017
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Eliane Elias Quartet

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
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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
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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 Diana Krall, Charles Lloyd, 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 of his search for honest expression in every […]