Upcoming Events

PDX Jazz Members: Email info@pdxjazz.com for promo code to receive $5 off per ticket to offset the venue’s ticket fees.

Guitarist, producer, composer and arranger Chance Hayden unveils a carefully crafted tribute celebrating The Beatles iconic, eighth studio album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band at it’s 50th anniversary. While jazz artists have long translated songs of the Fab Four, seldom have such specific recaps been executed. The wildly creative blueprint of Sgt. Pepper’s prevails as both a timeless model of art music and a sturdy platform for further exploration. Hayden stretches the album’s colorful diversity with eclectic jazz rhythms, extended harmony and open improvisation.

For over a decade Chance Hayden has maintained an active presence as a stalwart musician throughout the Rose City. Since graduating from the PSU Jazz Studies program his talents have supported local luminaries including Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton and Devin Phillips along with national artists such as Lindsey Webster, Maimouna Youssef and Mycle Wastman. Hayden garnered international exposure touring throughout fifteen countries alongside Jarrod Lawson with highlights including Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Billboard Live and the incredibly unique opportunity of a birthday celebration for Stevie Wonder. Hayden’s work as a composer has charted through his debut album The Family Tree, from which his songs “Lifetime of Gold” and “Fathers Day” have earned respective placements in Sony Pictures’ #1 Box Office film The Perfect Guy and the critically acclaimed television series Being Mary Jane (BET). Hayden’s second album, Get Somethin’, is currently in post-production and expected for an early 2018 release.

Having turned 30 just moments ago and fluent in multiple genres, Hayden is ready to display the results of many years’ listening, learning, teaching, practicing and performing.” – Tom D’Antoni, Oregon Music News/KMHD Jazz Radio

http://chancehayden.com

December 14, 2017

Chance Hayden: With a Little Help from My Friends

PDX Jazz Members: Email info@pdxjazz.com for promo code to receive $5 off per ticket to offset the venue’s ticket fees. Guitarist, producer, composer and arranger Chance Hayden unveils a carefully crafted tribute celebrating The Beatles iconic, eighth studio album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band at it’s 50th anniversary. While jazz artists have long translated songs of the Fab Four, seldom have such specific recaps been executed. The wildly creative blueprint of Sgt. Pepper’s prevails as both a timeless model of art music and a sturdy platform for further exploration. Hayden stretches the album’s colorful diversity with eclectic jazz rhythms, extended harmony and open improvisation. For over a decade Chance Hayden has maintained an active presence as a stalwart musician throughout the Rose City. Since graduating from the PSU Jazz Studies program his talents have supported local luminaries including Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton and Devin Phillips along with national artists […]
December 5, 2017

Dianne Reeves

PDX Jazz Members: Email info@pdxjazz.com for promo code to receive $5 off per ticket to offset the venue’s ticket fees. Dianne Reeves’ Grammy® history tells it all. Reeves has won the Grammy®-Award for Best Vocal Jazz Performance for three consecutive recordings and is the first to do this in any vocal category.  Her unmistakable vocal prowess, improvisational virtuosity, and vocal style has led her to record and perform with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and has become the first creative chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Her latest album, Beautiful Life, which was the latest to win a Grammy, only furthers Reeves’ influence on vocal jazz and cements her legacy in the genre.  Reeves was a big hit at the 2016 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival, and now she returns for a special holiday music program, reimagining Christmas songs in her own […]
November 14, 2017

The Baylor Project (Late Show)

Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make it’s mark. Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former member and drummer of the 3-time Grammy Award winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets. While studying and graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he performed and recorded with musical icons Cassandra Wilson and Kenny Garrett. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. Jean was a Vocal Performance Major at Temple University, where she was heavily influenced by artists such as Carmen McCrae, Jimmy Scott, and Shirley Horn. Since then, Jean has expanded into […]
November 14, 2017

The Baylor Project (Early Show)

Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make it’s mark. Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former drummer of the 3-time Grammy® Award winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets. While studying and graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he performed and recorded with musical icons Cassandra Wilson and Kenny Garrett. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. Jean was a Vocal Performance Major at Temple University, where she was heavily influenced by artists such as Carmen McCrae, Jimmy Scott, and Shirley Horn. Since then, Jean has expanded into composing, arranging, […]
November 12, 2017

Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. In almost every category that matters – improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation – Moran, and his group The Bandwagon, have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as “the future of jazz.” Moran’s debut recording as a leader, Soundtrack to Human Motion, was released in 1999 to great critical praise. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times named it the best album of the year and the Jazz Journalists Association awarded it “Best Debut Recording.” Since then, he has released 11 more critically acclaimed albums under his name, and has appeared on more than 30 other recordings as a sideman. […]
November 7, 2017

Giulia Valle Trio

Bassist and Composer Giulia Valle was born in San Remo, Italy but raised in Barcelona where she began studying piano at eight years old before discovering jazz just a few short years later via artists such as Charles Mingus and Ahmad Jamal. As a teenager Valle became deeply engaged with the upright bass, studying at the conservatory in Liceu, at the Taller de Músics, and taking private lessons with the renowned Mario Rossy (brother of Jorge Rossy). Beginning in the late 1990s, she started travelling to New York, meeting great musicians and studying with people such as Ben Street and Bruce Barth.  At age 27, she created her first ensemble, the Giulia Valle Group, with a cast of musicians from the Barcelona scene. Shortly thereafter, she recorded an album with American musicians Jason Lindner, Bill McHenry, and John McNeil. Beginning in 2008, her ensemble began touring widely around Europe, performing dynamic sets […]
November 4, 2017

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

Presented by Soul’d Out Productions in conjunction with PDX Jazz. Founded by Village Voice icon Greg Tate and co-led with monster bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum. Burnt Sugar was conceived as a forum for New York area improvisational musicians to compose, record and perform material which reflects the breadth and depth of American diasparan music in the 21st century. Burnt Sugar freely moves between many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids. In this sense the group mission honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music – Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament/Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Melvin Van Peebles, Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, TV On […]
November 4, 2017

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

Presented by Soul’d Out Productions in conjunction with PDX Jazz. Founded by Village Voice icon Greg Tate and co-led with monster bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum. Burnt Sugar was conceived as a forum for New York area improvisational musicians to compose, record and perform material which reflects the breadth and depth of American diasparan music in the 21st century. Burnt Sugar freely moves between many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids. In this sense the group mission honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music – Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament/Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Melvin Van Peebles, Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, […]
November 3, 2017

Habib Koité

Habib Koité is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, who Rolling Stone named “Mali’s biggest pop star.” His band, Bamada, is a supergroup of West African musicians, which included Kélétigui Diabaté. One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal thanks to Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Over the past decade, his artistry and magnetic personality have made him an international star, delighting audiences the world over, and placing him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music. He has performed and recorded with Eric Bibb and Bonnie Raitt, among other Western musicians, and Raitt herself proclaims, “first there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray, and now Habib.” Koité‘s most recent release, Afriki, is further evidence that his art indeed can be mentioned in the same breath as those iconic guitar heroes. “His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining […]
October 27, 2017

Brad Mehldau (Solo Piano)

Brad Mehldau is a five-time Grammy® Award-nominated jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Mehldau studied music at The New School, and toured and recorded while still a student. He was a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in the mid-1990s, and has led his own trio since 1992. His trio have released a dozen albums under the pianist’s name. Aspects of pop, rock, and classical music, including German Romanticism, have been absorbed into Mehldau’s writing and playing. Through his use of some traditional elements of jazz without being restricted by them, simultaneous playing of different melodies in separate hands, and incorporation of pop and rock pieces, Mehldau has influenced musicians in and beyond jazz in their approaches to writing, playing, and choice of repertoire. Mehldau has indeed forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure.  For […]