Last week, we presented a PDX Jazz “For Members Only” house party concert featuring Grammy Award winning pianist Bill Charlap. It was a very special evening of incredible jazz, food, beverage, friendship and conversation.
Mr. Charlap has the ability to reach into the “old world” and play the music of great composers like Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, and Ellington in a way few can – sensitive, respectful and innovative. Prior to the musical performance, local radio legend George Fendel talked with Bill about his childhood memories in New York – we learned that Bill grew up in a musical household, and his father wrote much of the music to the musical “Peter Pan”!
The event was performed in a beautiful inner southeast Portland residence, and featured food by noted local chef (and PDX Jazz board member/past president) David Machado, and beverage by Argyle Wines and North Coast Brewing.
This event is an example of the kind of PDX Jazz Member’s experience we hope to create more of in the future. For information on how you can become a member of PDX Jazz – which helps support our mission to present jazz music in the northwest, and to educate and develop future audiences for it – please click here
Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our gracious hosts!
– PDX Jazz Board President, Joe Maita