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GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she’s taking another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers, her third album for Mack Avenue Records. McLorin Salvant first made waves in the jazz world when, at the urging of her mother, she entered the most prestigious jazz vocal competition in the world. Having nearly missed the submission deadline, she made it to the finals as their youngest performer and was selected by an illustrious panel of judges – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Patti Austin, and Al Jarreau – as the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition winner. While she had bypassed the traditional U.S. conservatories and jazz schools, McLorin Salvant studied at France’s Aix-en-Provence before returning for the competition’s semi-finals, the judges noted her remarkable voice and striking ability to inhabit the emotional space of every song she heard and turn it into a compelling statement.

In 2013, McLorin Salvant made her Mack Avenue Records debut with WomanChild, garnering a GRAMMY® Award-nomination, NPR Music’s pick for “Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year,” and three placements in DownBeat’s critic’s poll as “Jazz Album of the Year,” “Top Female Vocalist,” and “Best Female Jazz Up and Coming Artist of the Year,” among many other accolades. Her 2015 follow up release, For One To Love, won the GRAMMY® Award for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.”

McLorin Salvant’s music has been featured in multiple Chanel “Chance” campaigns and is included in the soundtrack for HBO’s acclaimed film, Bessie. New York Times Magazine included her recording of “Trolley Song” as one of “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” The New Yorker profiled her at age 27, Vanity Fair featured her in their “Millennials That Are Shaking Up The Jazz World” piece, Essence Magazine noted her as one of “13 Emerging Black Women in Music,” and Gilles Peterson included her as an “Artist to Watch” in The Atlantic. Learn more about McLorin Salvant on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air,” New York Times’ “Close at Hand,” or watch her perform on BBC’s “Later… with Jools Holland” and PBS’ “The Tavis Smiley Show.”

“She is wry and unflinching, stating the songs so boldly that their male chauvinism, untenable romanticism or high morality start to form a genre of dark humor.”

– The New York Times

April 21, 2018

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Soul'd Out Festival & PDX Jazz Proudly Present Cécile McLorin Salvant - 2018 GRAMMY® award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Dreams & Daggers.
April 20, 2018

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

PDX Jazz in partnership with the Soul'd Out Music Festival happening April 18 - 22, 2018 presents Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Scott Robinson, Jorge Roeder, Eric Doob
April 18, 2018

Roberto Fonseca Trio

PDX Jazz in partnership with the Soul'd Out Music Festival presents Direct from Havana - Roberto Fonseca Quartet.
March 14, 2018

Like a Finger Pointing to the Moon: The History of Jazz Criticism

PDX Jazz is proud to present Discover Jazz – an adult education series with Author, Rick Mitchell.  Rick Mitchell is the author of Jazz In the New Millennium: Live and Well, published in 2014 by Dharma Moon Press. He has been writing professionally about all types of music for more than forty years. In the 1970s and Eighties, he was a music critic for Willamette Week, The Oregon Journal, and The Oregonian. From 1983 to 1987, he led the avant-garde funk-jazz band Le Bon. In the 1990s, Rick was music editor at the Houston Chronicle and the jazz columnist for Request Magazine. His articles and reviews have been published in dozens of national and regional publications. Since returning to Portland in 2017, Rick has been a frequent […]
February 25, 2018

Jazz by 5 ft. Javon Jackson, Randy Brecker, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Cobb

Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey.
February 25, 2018

Yotam Silberstein

Yotam Silberstein 2005 Thelonious Monk Competition Finalist Trio Subtonic with special guest Dan Balmer
February 24, 2018

Charles Tolliver & New Music Inc.

Charles Tolliver, entirely self-taught, is a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. Charles has perfected an extremely individual and distinctive sound which clearly sets him apart from other trumpet players. Characterized by a strong sense of tradition, he said in a recent Downbeat magazine interview about his approach to improvising that, “I like to rumble.
February 24, 2018

Miles Electric Band

Produced by Miles Davis Properties LLC, Miles Electric Band is up to an eleven-member, all-star live set featuring Miles Davis alumni revisiting repertoire from Davis' electric period, which many consider captures Miles at his iconoclastic best. 
February 24, 2018

Rachel Flowers

Multi-talented instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers was born on December 21, 1993. Arriving 15 weeks premature, she lost her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Rachel’s music is informed by her extensive musical background, with jazz, classical, and progressive rock music all playing a part in helping Rachel to forge a style that is uniquely her own.
February 23, 2018

NEA Jazz Master, Dr. Lonnie Smith – SOLD OUT

NEA Jazz Master - Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.