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2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Terence Blanchard E-Collective & 2019 Portland Jazz Master Darrell Grant
February 28 | 7:30 pm- $29.50 – $49.50
Since top-tier jazz and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan). As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in his career with fellow Crescent City artist, saxophonist Donald Harrison), Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed. But for his latest Blue Note Records album, Breathless, Blanchard powerfully and playfully journeys into another jazz realm with his quintet The E-Collective — an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors.
Darrell Grant has risen from his introduction to audiences as the pianist in vocalist Betty Carter’s trio to an internationally-recognized performer, composer, and educator who channels the power of music to create community, sustainability, and social justice. Grant has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries including Frank Morgan, Tony Williams, Brian Blade, Esperanza Spalding, and Nicholas Payton.
His 1994 New York Times Top 10 Jazz Album Black Art will be the subject of interest for his festival program Black Art Revisited featuring Eric Gruber and Tyson Stubelek. This 25th anniversary set will focus on the material that Grant first recorded with Christian McBride, Brian Blade and Wallace Roney that led NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff to write in the liner notes, “Darrell Grant is his own category, and this disc illuminates his singularity with particular force and space. That truth stays in the mind long after the music stops.”
Grant who is a tenured professor in music at Portland State where he also directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute. The pianist/composer was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2017, Grant received a Northwest Regional Emmy for his composition in the Oregon Public Broadcasting special “Jazz Town.” He was recently named a Portland Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association for his advocacy of the art form and now joins an illustrious fraternity of Portland Jazz Master’s including: Mel Brown, Charley Gray, Wayne Thompson, the band Oregon, Nancy King, Dave Frishberg and Art Abrams.
States Artistic Director Don Lucoff, “Darrell has given our festival a depth of programming that is always remarkably fresh, collaborative and exceedingly personal. Just last festival his poignant solo tribute to one of his main mentors, Geri Allen gave the audience yet another glimpse into his innovative artistry. We welcome Darrell into the 2019 class of Portland Jazz Master and look forward to many more masterful experiences in the future.”