Upcoming Events

Allan Harris

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York’s Lincoln Center and D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award,” and the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Vocalist.” Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better (Black Bar Jukebox Redux) will continue to build his legacy as another milestone in the extraordinary artistic aesthetic of Allan Harris.


Richie Cole 

Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his hometown of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations.  Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England.

Cole was appointed to the Board of the National Jazz Service Organization and the Board for the National Endowment for the Arts where he served as chairman for one year. He is also a charter member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In 2005 he was awarded the State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz on behalf of the Temecula Jazz Society. Richie Cole is recognized worldwide for the sweet sounds of his alto saxophone and the creativity behind his Alto Madness Orchestra.

February 20, 2018

Allan Harris

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition.
February 20, 2018

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Ms. Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton first set out on tour in 2014, with no product to sell, no recordings or video to help book or promote shows, no t-shirts. Despite all that, based on Lisa’s reputation alone, they were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and — always – invitations to return, soon.
February 18, 2018

Amina Figarova

Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as a child studied to be a classical concert pianist. In the late 1980s, she entered Rotterdam Conservatory to pursue jazz, coming to the United State in 1989 to complete her formal education at Boston's Berklee College of Music.
February 17, 2018

Julian Lage Trio

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in NYC. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms. He was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary “Jules at Eight”.
February 17, 2018

Luciana Souza & The Dave King Trio

Grammy winner, Brazilian Jazz singer, and composer Luciana Souza returns to the stage with Word Strings, her new project on words and poetry, featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.
February 17, 2018

Charnett Moffett

Whether as the leader or in a supportive role, Charnett Moffett’s intense and energetic solos inspire audience ovations around the world.  Whether touring with his band or with his show-stopping solo bass project, Solo Bass Works, Charnett’s astounding virtuosity and heartfelt approach to performing have made him a favorite at jazz festivals worldwide.
February 16, 2018

David Sánchez

GRAMMY® award-winner David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is undeniable and his sound unmistakable. Combine that with Sánchez's deep-seated knowledge of both Jazz and Latin music, and the traditions that mold them, and the results are extraordinary.
February 16, 2018

Kurt Elling & Friends

For Portland Only  Kurt Elling lives and breathes Jon Hendricks.  Check out Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and Al Jarreau with the Metropole Orkest perform at the North Sea Jazz in 2011 below. They have recorded, scatted, and soulfully swung audiences worldwide with a hipness factor of unparalleled heights. And what better way to thank his mentor by having his two daughters on stage. Nancy King who last appeared at the festival with Kurt a decade ago will be reunited on two songs. The PSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sherry Alves will perform a segment of Hendricks songs expressly arranged for this program.
February 15, 2018

An Evening with Scott Amendola

Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker, and Paul Bryan all met nearly 30 years ago at Berklee College of Music. Musically minded in symmetry, Scott, Jeff, and Paul knows how to make 3 sound like one. The trio will embark on music composed by Amendola, some choice covers, and venture into the unknown.
February 1, 2018

Ralph Ellison & The Blues People

PDX Jazz is proud to present Discover Jazz – an adult education series with Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery. Mr. Savery will host the evening’s event that includes lecture and discussion. In this presentation, Savery will discuss Ralph Ellison & The Blues People. Savery will present an analysis of Ellison’s Invisible Man and its relationship to the blues. Is the blues a form of music, a sad feeling, an existential attitude toward life, or all of the above? What does a 1952 novel have to tell us about what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century? Come to Literary Arts and find out. Savery will attempt to answer these questions and more! This event is free to the public on […]