2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents: Ted Poor feat. Cuong Vu
February 25 | 8:00 pm$5
Thurs Feb 25 2021
8:00 PM (Watch Online 48 hrs)
Jack London Revue
529 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Ted Poor is a Seattle-based drummer whose adventurous, soulful playing has vaulted him to the stages of some of today’s most vital artists. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ted has toured and recorded with such renowned artists as Paul Simon, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Blake Mills, Cuong Vu, Madison Cunningham and Gabriel Kahane.
For this special Duo presentation, Ted will be joined by trumpeter Cuong Vu who has performed with Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson and David Bowie.
“a trustworthy engine in countless modern-jazz settings,” New York Times
His debut album, You Already Know, is out now on the legendary Impulse! Records.
Ted Poor has proven equally brilliant in bands led by the visionary avant-jazz trumpeter Cuong Vu and the lauded indie singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. Whether he’s on a club bandstand alongside a generation-defining improviser like the guitarist Ben Monder, or onstage at New York’s historic Town Hall, backing Paul Simon as part of Chris Thile’s trusted Live From Here band, Poor is a music-first drummer. His tremendous technical abilities behind the kit are inarguable and no doubt serve him well as the Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle but he places color, texture, sound and especially melody atop chops. “The songs that I write, and certainly the songs that appear on this record, are songs you can sing,” Poor says, explaining how his time in the employ of renowned singer-songwriters has informed his own composing. “These are the songs I sing to myself as well.”