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February 2020

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Tim Willcox Super Jazzers — FREE

February 24 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Mardi Gras

February 25 | 12:00 am
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Tuesday, February 25 Mardi Gras The 1905 | TBA

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents David Evans with Steve Christofferson — FREE

February 25 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Rachel Brashear – FREE

February 25 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Doubletree Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Joe Manis Trio — FREE

Joe Manis, George Colligan, Charlie Doggett

February 25 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Joe Manis

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$28

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Tuck & Patti [SOLD OUT]

February 25 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Tuck & Patti

For 40 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. To understand Tuck & Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 37 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: Minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck’s extraordinary virtuosity and Patti’s rich mezzo soprano. Patti, renowned for her remarkable ability to touch hearts directly with her voice, exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of…

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$39.50 – $59.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents David Sanborn Jazz Quartet

February 25 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

David Sanborn has released 25 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres that typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on…

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$15

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Devin Phillips + Christopher Brown

February 25 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

This event is 21+. Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips began his intense affair with the saxophone at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors. Performing, touring and recording with top jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, musician Lenny Kravitz, and Los Hombres Caliente (with whom he recorded two award-winning albums) soon followed. His reputation as a sax man with intricate and rhythmically innovative sounds has made him a popular feature at…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Jonathan Smith and Steve Hall — FREE

February 26 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AC Portland Downtown, 888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Jonathan Smith is a guitarist, leading the Jonathan Smith Trio since 2011. Smith has worked with a host of local musicians including Marcus Reynolds, Carlton Jackson, Laura Cunard, Bo Ayars and Craig Bidondo. His trio, featuring organist Steve Hall and drummer David Burrow, is known for funky grooves and boogaloo music drawing from various influences, including the music of Grant Green and the legendary 1970s CTI recordings. Organist Steve Hall grew up in Palo Alto, California, and has performed on the West Coast for decades with a wide variety of bands including Willie Bobo’s Latin Jazz Band, The Drifters, saxophonist Bill Harris and other Portland-based groups. He has released five CDs and one vinyl album. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Steve…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Ross, Corey, Kim Trio — FREE

February 26 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jupiter NEXT, 900 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Dustin Hunley — FREE

February 26 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Inn at Northrup Station, 2025 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Bobby Torres Ensemble — FREE

February 26 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Bobby Torres

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$10

Wilfs presents Ron Steen Band, Vocals by Shelly Rudolph

February 26 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

“Shelly Rudolph has the looks, talent and charisma to win over new crowds and a honey-glazed throat to send chills up and down your spine.” — L.A. Weekly  Ron Steen is literally the Godfather of Jazz Jams in Portland, Oregon, and one of the most successful musicians in the area. He has had an ongoing jam session since 1980 and has been hosting Produce Row for about 13 years. Any New York pros who come through town stop in to Produce Row to jam on Monday nights. Additionally Steen hosts five jam sessions in town, including the new Vocalist Session at Wilfs

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$35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kenny Barron + John Medeski [SOLD OUT]

February 26 | 8:00 pm
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States

Note: guests under 21 require guardian Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “the most lyrical piano player of our time.” Kenny was born in Philadelphia in 1943 and while a teenager, started playing professionally with Mel Melvin’s orchestra. This local band also featured Barron’s brother Bill, the late tenor saxophonist. While still in high school, Kenny worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones and at age 19, he moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Gunhild Carling

February 26 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Gunhild Carling

This event is 21+. Gunhild Carling is a Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. She is famous for playing three trumpets at the same time. Gunhild also plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder, string instruments (such as banjo, ukulele and harp), and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics. Carling competed as a celebrity dancer in Let’s Dance 2014 on TV4, placing third. In 2013, she performed with her ‘Carling Big Band’ at the Royal Palace in Stockholm in the celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Ruby Jubilee. In 2016, Carling performed at King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday celebration. She is featured as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in several of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox’s adaptations of…

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$30

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents Ektah: The Unity Project

February 26 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Ektah: The Unity Project

Jasnam Daya Singh plays piano and leads PJCE in a performance of his Ektah: The Unity Project, an evening-length piece dedicated to cultivating a collective sense of belonging. Presented in cooperation with PDX Jazz. Singh’s Ektah, commissioned by PJCE for the Montavilla Jazz Festival in 2017, is a multi-movement suite that incorporates a wide-range of tributaries of the jazz stylistic river—Brazilian choro and samba of Singh’s country of birth, expansive European jazz and classical styles, and high-energy straight-ahead jazz. The piece embodies Singh’s musical interests but also expresses personal truths drawn from his journey as an immigrant and eventual citizen of the United States and his conversion to Sikhism. A CD featuring the studio recording of Ektah: The Unity Project will be available for sale…

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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Christopher Brown Quartet

February 26 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

All ages until 11 pm. Portland native Christopher Brown is the 2nd generation of a musical legacy that stems from his father Mel Brown. Having been formally introduced to music at age five with piano lessons, his real interest began to crystalize by age 11 with his introduction to not just the saxophone and drums, but to jazz specifically. And following the many local, state and regional awards that he would garner throughout his teenage years, it would be his enlistment into the Marines, and subsequent move out to the New York area that would fully cement his commitment into the life of a professional musician. Brown has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, John Patitucci, George Colligan, Randy Brecker,…

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Miguel Zenón: Q&A and Masterclass — FREE

February 27 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
Miguel Zenón

Join us for a Q&A and Masterclass with MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient Miguel Zenón! Presented in partnership with Portland State University, this event is free and open to the public. And don’t miss the Miguel Zenón Quartet at Lincoln Recital Hall. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Paul Paresa — FREE

February 27 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Canopy by Hilton Portland, 425 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Ryan Meagher with Sherry Alves — FREE

February 27 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AC Portland Downtown, 888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

This performance will be a duo with vocalist Sherry Alves. As with all the best jazz musicians, guitarist Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) refuses to sit still. The Portland-based composer and player maintains a steady stream of activity, whether that’s teaching at various schools throughout the Northwest, performing regular gigs around his hometown, or writing thoughtful music that spans the vast spectrum of jazz music, from post-bop to Latin to avant-garde. Meagher’s forward momentum was fomented early, during his teen years growing up in San Jose, California, where he split his time between taking baseball practice and working out his guitar chops in a series of youthful garage bands. From there, he began his most serious music studies, both in the classrooms and rehearsal halls of…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Idit Shner Group — FREE

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Idit Shner

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$10

Wilfs presents Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson are of one heart, one mind when it comes to making music. Heather who sings in English and French, “is a wonderfully talented jazz singer… mindful, or respectful of the lyrics, making them her own personal story.” (Michael Elliot) Christofferson’s piano, melodica, and vocals add a powerful depth to the duo’s presentation. “Steve Christofferson gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste… He’s one of my favorite piano players.” — Dave Frishberg

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$30

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kat Edmonson and Halie Loren

February 27 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States

With a sweetly mellifluous soprano echoing Blossom Dearie’s lighter-than-air approach as well as her gift for evocative songwriting, Kat Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant.  Her unusually charming and seamless blend of old and new has garnered attention on “NPR Tiny Desk Concerts”, “Austin City Limits”, and “A Prairie Home Companion”. The vintage pop and jazz vocalist’s new album Dreamers Do is out February 7, 2020 with a forty-city, U.S. tour to follow.  The album blends original compositions and reimagined mid 20th century classic Disney songs, and tells a story which takes place over the course of one sleepless night. Dreamers Do follows the release of 2018’s Old Fashioned Gal, which Billboard calls “an…

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$15 – $25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Miguel Zenón Quartet

February 27 | 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
Miguel Zenón Quartet

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.   Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released twelve recordings as a leader, including the Grammy Nominated Yo Soy La Tradición (2018) and Típico (2017), as well as his latest Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (2019). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos,…

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$35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Eric Gales and Ron Artis II & The Truth

February 27 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Growing up in a religious household, Eric Gales‘ brothers Eugene and Manuel used to blast out Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Muddy Waters, Blue Cheer, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, King’s X and Stevie Ray Vaughan. While their mother was at church and little Eric was aged just 4 , he was soaking it all up and this is where he had his incredible grounding of blues, hard rock and psychedelia. Naturally right handed, Eric learned his distinctive left handed upside down playing from his older brothers Eugene, his ‘mentor’ and Little Jimmy King, who was later adopted as Albert King’s godson. His talents caught the eye of Elektra Records, who released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 when he was only 16 years…

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$15

Jack London Revue presents Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group with special guest Michalangela

February 27 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group

This event is 21+ The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature band” by The Oregonian, performed at the famed Pearl District jazz venue on Thursday nights for the club’s entire twenty-year run.  When George Benson heard the group, he said, “If this band played in New York City, they’d be a sensation!”  The Oregonian’s Kyle O’Brien described the band’s unique style as, “the sound of spontaneity.” Sadly, Jimmy Mak’s is no more due to Jimmy’s untimely death from cancer on January 1, 2017 — one day following the club’s final show.  But following a 5-month hiatus, the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group started up again on Thursday nights at a beautiful, newly-renovated venue, the Jack London Revue on June 1, 2016.  The large, downstairs room has the feel…

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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Michael Raynor Quintet

February 27 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Michael Raynor

All ages until 11 pm. Drummer Michael Raynor splits his time between Portland and Chicago, where he spent more than 20 years playing with tenor saxophone icon and NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman. Raynor has toured with legendary jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and can be heard on two of his GRAMMY-nominated recordings, including Live in Chicago, featuring vocalese master Jon Hendricks. Michael has worked with luminaries including Freddie Hubbard, Eric Alexander, Tia Fuller, Steve Coleman, Gary Bartz, Johnny Griffin, Ira Sullivan, Jon Faddis, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Israels, Nancy King and Bob Dorough, among others. In addition to playing festivals and smaller venues throughout Europe, North America and Australia, Raynor has twice toured as a US Jazz Ambassador.…

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Aaron Goldberg: Q&A and Masterclass — FREE

February 28 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States

Join us for a Q&A and Masterclass with top-tier pianist Aaron Goldberg! Presented in partnership with Portland State University, this event is free and open to the public. And don’t miss Aaron in performance at Lincoln Recital Hall. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Maeve Dahlen and Patrick Golichnik — FREE

February 28 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites – Pearl District, 354 NW 9th Ave
Portland, 97209 United States
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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Anson Wright Quartet

February 28 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Often called a Renaissance man, jazz guitarist, composer, novelist, poet and educator Anson Wright has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including India. A graduate of Princeton, he left his graduate studies at Columbia to pursue both music and literary careers. In addition to his jazz albums, including the recently released Only Love, he has authored three books. His poetry was set to music by guitarist John Stowell in a 2008 spoken-word album, The Sky At Our Feet. Anson has taught at New York University, Pacific University and Portland Community College. “Wright is an obvious disciple of the Jim Hall school… playing rooted in his urbane sensibility… a deep love for sound.” — All About Jazz “Finely honed musical intelligence.” — The Oregonian Anson…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Rebecca Kilgore Trio — FREE

with Randy Porter and John Lakey

February 28 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Rebecca Kilgore

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$13

Wilfs presents Tony Pacini Trio

February 28 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Tony Pacini

The jazz piano artistry of Tony Pacini has been enthusiastically enjoyed by nightclub and festival audiences throughout the West coast as well as in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. In addition to leading the Tony Pacini Trio, he is the pianist and musical director of the Mel Brown Quartet, an owner of Saphu Records.

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$15 – $25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Aaron Goldberg

February 28 | 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States

Hailed by DownBeat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his most recent release The Now, Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words, “in the dynamic plane of the present.” Goldberg…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Stanton Moore Trio and Nolatet

February 28 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Over the course of his 20-year career, drummer Stanton Moore has become known as one of the premier funk musicians of his generation. On his latest album, Conversations, he moves in a slightly different direction, returning to his roots while reinventing his trademark sound. The result is a lively and combustible jazz piano trio outing that reveals unexpected new dimensions to Moore’s always-engaging virtuosity. Anyone who’s ever heard the interplay between the drummer and his band-mates in the Stanton Moore Trio, Galactic, Garage a Trois or Dragon Smoke is no doubt aware of his intense improvisational chops. But with Conversations, Moore unveils his profound sense of swing and the fluency of his jazz vocabulary in its purest form for the first time. “I’ve played a…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kassa Overall

February 28 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

This event is 21+. Seattle-raised, Brooklyn-based Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer. One of the fastest rising stars of NYC’s legendary jazz scene and a self-described “backpack jazz” artist, he melds the praxis of avant-garde improvisation with hip-hop production techniques on his forthcoming album, I Think I’m Good, due out on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings on February 28. The album tilts the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in new directions that reflect his panoramic, multi-racial background, from Joan Baez to West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of New York’s avant-garde scene. Since the 2019 release of his critically acclaimed debut album Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz, NYC and global audiences have had the opportunity to experience Overall’s…

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