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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Donald Harrison, Mike Clark & Wil Blades Trio and Outer Orbit featuring Sarah Clarke
February 29 | 8:00 pm- $25 – $35
Note: seating is limited for this show. This event is 21+
Donald Harrison Jr. has combined a whirlwind career as a saxophonist with establishing cultural and educational traditions in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for creating nouveau swing, a jazz style that combines R&B, funk, hip-hop, and African dance, Harrison tours all over the world and has many albums and honors to his name. Yet he finds time to be Big Chief of Congo Square Nation in New Orleans for Mardi Gras season as well as being cofounder and artistic director of Tipitina’s Foundation Internship Program to help New Orleans youth, especially the disadvantaged, realize their musical dreams.
Drum virtuoso and jazz musician Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. His versatility led him to a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins. With them he recorded “Do They Hurt?” and “Product.” Mike is a co-leader with several other artists. “The Wolff and Clark Expedition 2,” with pianist Michael Wolff, was considered one of Downbeat’s Top 25 releases in 2016. Along with Delbert Bump, he released “Retro Report,” an organ trio CD, in April 2018. He continues to tour with the Headhunters.
No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades “the future,” anointing him the heir apparent to “carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3.” Over the past fifteen years, Blades has grown to be one of the most in-demand organ players on the Bay Area scene. In addition to leading his own trio, he works regularly in duo situations with drummers Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers); and in trios led by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Stanton Moore. He’s performed and recorded with a host of jazz and blues greats including John Scofield, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Charlie Hunter, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, and many others.
Outer Orbit is a funk/soul collective led by Galen Clark (Trio Subtonic), featuring an all-star line up including Tyrone Hendrix (Prince), Damian Erskine (Skerik Band), Peter Knudsen (Ghost-note), Mike Elson (Swatkins) and a rotating cast of special guests including Sarah Clarke (Dirty Revival), Saeeda Wright, Brian Foxworth and others. Outer Orbit brings original soul and pocket-heavy funk while drawing on a range of influences from Sly Stone to The Meters.