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February 2017
$15 - $25

Emmet Cohen (Solo Piano)

February 18, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Emmet Cohen
February 22, 2016
Photography by John Abbott

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Multifaceted American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures. He possesses the innate ability to communicate with audiences at what he calls “the deepest level of humanity and individuality,” and plays with the command and passion of a musician fully devoted to his art. Cohen has performed at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern and Edinburgh jazz festivals among others, plus he has gigged at prestigious music venues such as the Kennedy Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. He was a finalist in both the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in 2011 and the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in 2011 and 2015. Cohen currently collaborates with some of the biggest stars in jazz such as Jimmy Cobb, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Herlin Riley and Christian McBride. This performance marks Cohen’s…

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Amina Claudine Myers: Poems for Piano

February 19, 2017 | 5:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Amina Claudine Myers is a critically acclaimed pianist whose rich and luscious playing style has been informed by blues, jazz and gospel music that is seamless and instantly recognizable. Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Myers started singing, playing the piano and directing choirs at an early age. In the early 1960s, she moved to Chicago, where she worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons and participated in the AACM. In 1969, Myers recorded her first jazz album with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and in 1976 she relocated to New York City where she focused on her own compositions and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions while continuing to perform and record as a pianist and organist. A couple of years later she began touring in Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and his New York Organ Ensemble, and in 1985 she joined…

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Andrei Kitaev (Solo Piano)

February 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Andrei Kitaev is a Russian born jazz pianist who Ahmad Jamal once remarked “deserves to be heard at the best concert halls in the world.” Many musicians and listeners, both local and around the world, consider Kitaev an unsung musical genius with the thirst for the musical expression only jazz can offer with a penchant to explore, develop, and present one’s soul on the ivories of the piano. Kitaev started his formal classical piano training at the early age of six under the tutelage of his aunt, a famous concert pianist in Moscow. However, Andrei’s love affair with jazz led him to cross over from the rigors and commitment of the classical world to the ever-expanding universe of jazz piano which eventually brought him to the US. Kitaev has performed alongside Elvin Jones, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Gomez, John Clayton…

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Bill Mays: Front Row Seat

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! Bill Mays is a jazz pianist hailing from Sacramento, California. From 1969 to the early 1980s, Mays worked as a studio session musician in Los Angeles. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dionne Warwick, and he has also worked with artists such as Don Ellis, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Sonny Stitt, Lalo Schifrin and Frank Zappa among many others. In 1984, he moved to New York City and began to do more work as a bandleader, composer, and arranger. He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name, and has been heard on hundreds more by others. Mays will be appearing at the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in support of his new solo piano double-CD set, Front Row…

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Hector Martignon: Mambo Para Colombia

February 25, 2017 | 4:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm! While Colombian-born pianist Hector Martignon is famous for melding Latin culture into jazz, he has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres including classical, rock, pop and world music. He cut his teeth in the studio recording at age 18, playing on Mikis Theodorakis’s “Canto General”. His credits include numerous albums as a bandleader, two as co-leader, and work as a sideman on over a 100 albums as well as scores for three Broadway musicals and five feature films including arranging and performing on parts of Ang Lee’s Oscar Award-nominated movie Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. After several nominations as a sideman, two of his solo albums were nominated for Grammy® Awards in 2008 and 2010.  Along the way, Martignon has toured, recorded and/or collaborated with an array of stars in the music world including Max Roach, Paul Simon, Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, Randy…

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Marianne Trudel: Open, to Love

February 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 12pm Marianne Trudel is a French-Canadian, internationally renowned pianist, composer, improviser, and arranger. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of genres and styles. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to large ensembles. She has shared the stage with, among many others, Chucho Valdes, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, and Ingrid Jensen. Throughout her career, Trudel has played in Canada, United States, France, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and China, and 2017 will mark her debut appearance at the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival. In this For Portland Only performance, Trudel will perform original compositions as well as pay homage to the late Canadian solo piano innovator Paul Bley and his most famous opus, 1972’s Open, to Love, an album that was subsequently selected as part of the ECM Touchstones series as one of the label’s…

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