Upcoming Events

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.
February 23, 2018

Under The Lake

Composer, keyboard-player and founder, Jayson Tipp refers to Under The Lake’s sound as "jazz, with groove and attitude." Over the past 20 years, Tipp and crew have released three internationally-distributed albums: “Dive In” (1993), “Up For Air” (1996) which received a four-star rating from the All Music Guide, and their Top 50 charting release "People Together".
February 22, 2018

George Colligan Trio & Ethan Iverson

George Colligan Trio w/ Buster Williams and Lenny White will be accompanied by an exciting Double Bill with Ethan Iverson. Iverson is best known as one-third of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.”
February 22, 2018

Carrington-Coltrane-Spalding: Celebrating the Legacy of Geri Allen SOLD OUT

The loss of Geri Allen this summer was emotionally hard sending shock waves through the jazz community as she touched so many of us in a very meaningful way. She also left an indelible mark on the festival with her stirring performance in tribute to Alice Coltrane in 2015 and as the centrifugal force in the trio collective, ACS which debuted here in 2013. It was her wish that Ravi plays for her in Portland and we are humbled by this auspicious occasion. Darrell Grant who worked with her a decade ago at Reed College speaks of Allen in reverential terms as his singular most important influence.