Upcoming Events

PDX Jazz is proud to present Discover Jazz – an adult education series with New Orleans transplant, KMHD Jazz Radio Host, and PDX Jazz Board Member Deborah Demoss Smith. Deborah will host the evening’s event that includes lecture and discussion. In this presentation, Deborah will discuss New Orleans – The Birthplace of Jazz. Deborah will guide this musical journey looking at the historical, cultural and musical origins of American’s indigenous music.

Currently, Deborah is host of Second Line on KMHD jazz radio and also writes the column Notations for the KMHD/OPB Jazz radio website. She has a background as a broadcast and print writer, a TV news reporter/producer and a published book author.

This event is free to the public on a first-come, first-served seating basis. Due to the popularity of these events, we advise an early arrival.

January 10, 2018

New Orleans – The Birthplace of Jazz

PDX Jazz is proud to present Discover Jazz – an adult education series with New Orleans transplant, KMHD Jazz Radio Host, and PDX Jazz Board Member Deborah Demoss Smith. Deborah will host the evening’s event that includes lecture and discussion. In this presentation, Deborah will discuss New Orleans – The Birthplace of Jazz. Deborah will guide this musical journey looking at the historical, cultural and musical origins of American’s indigenous music. Currently, Deborah is host of Second Line on KMHD jazz radio and also writes the column Notations for the KMHD/OPB Jazz radio website. She has a background as a broadcast and print writer, a TV news reporter/producer and a published book author. This event is free to the public on a first-come, first-served seating basis. Due to the popularity […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 14, 2017

The Baylor Project

NOTICE: This performance has been moved to a single show at The Old Church, 7:30 pm. Your previously purchased tickets will be honored at the door night of the 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 its 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 […]
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 […]
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 traveling 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 […]
November 4, 2017

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

Presented by Soul’d Out Productions in conjunction with PDX Jazz. NOTE: Limited seating/standing room late show to ‘caramelize’ the Prince songbook. 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 […]
November 4, 2017

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

Presented by Soul’d Out Productions in conjunction with PDX Jazz. NOTE: Fully seated early show to ‘caramelize’ Max Roach’s We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. 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 diasporan 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 […]
November 3, 2017

Habib Koité & DakhaBrakha

Beloved Festival + Soul’d Out Productions + PDX Jazz proudly present an unexpected pairing of legendary international voices… 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 […]
October 24, 2017

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal

A joint presentation with Beloved Festival. When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo and the elegantly soulful music they made together was unexpected: Sissoko being the Malian master of the traditional kora harp, and Ségal being the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop. The album appeared on numerous best-of lists in both Europe (in 2009) and North America (in 2011). Now, these two sonic voyagers have returned with Musique de Nuit (“Night Music”) – an album that may be even more spellbinding than its predecessor. After years of touring together Sissoko and Ségal have created their own hybrid tradition, one that draws on the ancient well […]