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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Cherry Blossom Hot 4 — FREE

February 23 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

- Free
Al’s Den

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Note: this event is 21+.

The Cherry Blossom Hot 4 celebrates the “Church Of Louis Armstrong” with performances at venues and festivals throughout the Portland area. The group believes this is not purely dance music — think the Charleston, Swing and so on — but in the right hands, it is remarkably rewarding music for listening and it commands the appropriate attention, admiration and respect.

And the right hands are David Evans on reeds, John Moak on trombone, Tom Sandahl on guitar, Ken Anoe on bass and Richard Basi on percussion. All band members either have career experience in the traditions of early jazz, or were educated in the city of New Orleans, or both. They have worked with some of the great names in jazz, blues and soul including Ella Fitzgerald, Pete Fountain, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

The Cherry Blossom Hot 4 champions the integrity of the first natural genius of this music: Louis Armstrong. They pay reverence to the original master’s ideas, crafted during the 1920-30s and even earlier — the foundations on which the future of jazz would be built.