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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Mark de Clive-Lowe with Jaimie Branch

February 19, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Mark de Clive-Lowe

Note: this event is 21+ Pianist, producer, DJ and all round musical maverick Mark de Clive-Lowe blends cutting-edge electronics, live beat-making, classic funk, and global influences with a distinctly jazz-inspired approach.  ‘Heritage is a legacy we receive from our ancestors to pass on to future generations. It’s the thread that holds us together in lineage and cultural identity.ʼ This is the intention with which Mark de Clive-Lowe creates and share this music.  Heritage is about identity and oneʼs place in the world. It sees the half-Japanese half-New Zealander, sharing new compositions inspired by childhood folk stories, the mythology of his motherland and his own personal experiences in japan, all wrapped up in his blend of jazz and sample culture influences. In addition to his own…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Ghost-Note with Liv Warfield

February 20, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Ghost-Note

Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound. With an expansive roster of next-level musicians—representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more—the band is pushing funk music into the future, building on the uplifting, pioneering foundations laid out by the likes of James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone and infusing their fresh take with tastes of afrobeat, hip-hop, psychedelia, world folklore, and more. With the release of 2018’s Swagism, Ghost-Note has made their mission clear. The album puts rhythm at the forefront, with irresistible, heavy-hitting beats underlying the group’s wild, rich music. Featuring numerous guest collaborators, including Kamasi Washington, Karl Denson, Bobby Sparks, Nigel Hall, Taz, and others,…

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$15

Jack London Revue presents Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group — Portland’s Mel Brown Day with special guest Bobby Torres

February 20, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mel Brown

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 of classic jazz…

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$35 – $55

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Larry Carlton with Stanley Jordan

February 21, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Larry Carlton

Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups such as Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi-platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 38 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades. Additionally Larry received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine at the historical Ryman Auditorium; was presented the “Titan…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC

February 21, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mark Guiliana

This event is 21+ Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll. JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: “Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Along with leading his own groups…

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$39.50 – $49.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Beloved presents Terry Riley with Gyan Riley: Live at 85!

February 21, 2020 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Gyan and Terry Riley

Terry Riley (composer, pianist, vocalist) launched the minimalist movement with his classic IN C, composed in 1964, a seminal work, which was to have an enormous impact on the course of western music. His music has been played in the great concert halls throughout the world and his discography includes 60 recordings on labels such as Columbia Masterworks, Wergo and Nonesuch. He attended San Francisco State University and the University of California, graduating with a masters degree in music. He studied composition with Robert Erickson and piano with Adolf Baller. He was professor of composition 1971–1981 at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland California. Besides concertizing, he has given lectures and seminars in the USA, Europe and Australia. He is a recipient of 2 NEA…

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$39.50 – $69.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Archie Shepp Quartet with Blue Cranes

February 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Archie Shepp

Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, politically committed poet, playwright, Archie Shepp is a legend. Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown. He went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets (among them, Leroy Jones), and wrote “The Communist,” an allegorical play about the situation of black Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical musicians of the time: Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Jimmy Garrisson, Ted Curson, Beaver Harris… his political consciousness found an expression in plays and theatrical productions which barely allowed him to make a living. In the beginning sixties he met Cecil Taylor and did two recordings…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Soul’d Out present Antibalas with The True Loves

February 22, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Stage 722, 722 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Note: this show is not seated The musical collective known as Antibalas (Spanish for bullet-proof or anti-bullets) was conceived of in Mexico City and formed in Brooklyn New York. The early nucleus of the group was composed of the band’s founder Martín Perna and later included several other members (Gabriel Roth, Michael Wagner, Del Stribling aka Binky Griptite, Victor Axelrod, Fernando Bugaloo Velez, Anda Szilagyi) from the Soul Providers / Dap Kings band, performing their first show in May 1998 at St. Nick’s Pub in Harlem NY. A few months into the group’s existence, Perna and Roth, on a walk through their southside Williamsburg neighborhood, met Amayo, who at the time owned a boutique / kung fu studio / arts space where he sold his own…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Douyé

February 22, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Douyé

This event is 21+ Ever since its creation nearly 60 years ago, bossa nova has been celebrated as a lyrical fusion of American jazz and Brazilian samba. The family tree of both of those musics, however, can be followed back to their African roots. With her gorgeous new album Quatro (Bossa Nova Deluxe), the Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based vocalist Douyé brings the conversation full circle, instilling an extra helping of African rhythm and electricity into the tropical cool of bossa classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim along with reimagined jazz standards. For Quatro (Bossa Nova Deluxe), released April 2019 via Rhombus Records, Douyé enlisted the talents of several renowned arranger/musicians, each of whom provided unique but equally stunning settings to showcase her entrancing voice. All of them converge through the singer’s unique…

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$39.50 – $69.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents An Evening with Branford Marsalis

February 23, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Branford Marsalis

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. After the Grammy-nominated Upward Spiral, on which guest vocalist Kurt Elling was seamlessly integrated into the group, the Quartet has followed up with The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, its most emotionally wide-ranging and…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kandace Springs with Jimmie Herrod

February 23, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97210 United States
Kandace Springs

World renowned Blue Note / Capitol recording artist Kandace Springs’ next album, scheduled for release in February 2020, will be her most personal work yet. Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, it is her loving tribute to the great female singers who inspired her to begin her journey towards becoming one of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time. The album will feature her unique interpretations of songs that she first heard growing up in Tennessee, and ranges from such classic icons as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, through ’60s legends Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield, and up to modern masters such as Sade and Lauryn Hill. “My father used to play me records when I was young, and I fell in love right away…

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$15

Jack London Revue presents Salami Rose Joe Louis + Soul Cypher

February 23, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Salami Rose Joe Louis

This event is 21+ Salami Rose Joe Louis is a multi-instrumentalist female producer from California and a recent signee to Flying Lotus’s independent label Brainfeeder. Drawing influences from jazz, soul, hip-hop, Shuggie Otis, Captain Beefheart, Stereolab, and R. Stevie Moore, she creates a blend of experimental dreamy sounds with jazz influenced vocals and piano. She recently released her debut album on Brainfeeder “Zdenka 2080”, a conceptual sci-fi album that has been described as a “stunning interdimensional travel themed new album” by Gigwise. She also had the amazing honor of joining Flying Lotus’ 35 show, Flamagra Tour this summer and earlier in the year she joined Cinematic Orchestra’s European tour and Toro y Moi’s “Outer Peace Tour”. After a couple years of touring as a singer/instrumentalist…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares: Aguas Trio featuring Gustavo Ovalles

February 24, 2020 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States

In October 2018, Omar Sosa and violinist-vocalist Yilian Cañizares released Aguas, a very beautiful and personal album. Featuring their compatriot, percussionist Inor Sotolongo, Aguas reflects the perspectives of two generations of Cuban artists living outside their homeland, interpreting their roots and traditions in subtle and unique ways.  Songs range from the poignant to the exuberant, and are expressive of the exceptional musical chemistry, poetic sensibilities, and originality of the artists. The material on Aguas is an inventive and engaging mix of the artists’ Afro-Cuban roots, Western classical music, and jazz. The album is dedicated to Water, and especially to Oshun, the Goddess of Love and Mistress of Rivers in the Lucumí tradition of Yoruba ancestry known in Cuba as Santería — a spiritual practice important to both artists. As water is…

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$10

Jack London Revue presents Mike Curtis Jazz Project with Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Ensemble

February 24, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mike Curtis Jazz Project

Based in Portland, Oregon, Mike Curtis formed The Mike Curtis Jazz Project out of his love for big band jazz. Influences include Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin, Woody, Miles, Diz, all of the usual suspects! MCJP plays progressive jazz, bebop, fusion, and a host of other styles in addition to the swing band standards. The MYS Jazz Ensemble is composed of advanced level players who play in a big-band style ensemble.  Conducted by composer and jazz guitarist Ryan Meagher, the group performs at events and competitions in the Portland metro area, in addition to appearing on the MYS concert series. The Jazz Ensemble is thrilled to perform with renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter on March 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall…

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$28

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Tuck & Patti

February 25, 2020 | 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 Quintet

February 25, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
David Sanborn

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, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Devin Phillips and Christopher Brown

This event is 21+ Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began 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 made him a popular feature at jazz…

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$35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kenny Barron + John Medeski

February 26, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States
Kenny Barron + John Medeski

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 Moody, after the tenor saxophonist heard…

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$30

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Terrace Martin with Max Ribner + Saeeda Wright

February 26, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Terrace Martin

Note: this show is not seated. This event is 21+ A three-time GRAMMY-nominated artist/producer/multi-instrumentalist from the Crenshaw District, Terrace Martin is renowned as being one of the top jazz musicians in the world and has become a creative engine at the epicenter of LA’s progressive hip-hop scene. His noteworthy production has included major collaborations with Kendrick Lamar (good kid, M.A.A.D. city & the GRAMMY-winning To Pimp a Butterfly), Travis Scott, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Herbie Hancock, and many other influential artists. Among the most versatile musicians and producers of his generation, Terrace’s path is leading him in parallel with the greats including Quincy Jones and Dr. Dre, while also launching his vibrant, progressive, genre-crossing record label, Sounds of Crenshaw. From touring extensively with Nahko & Medicine For The People to lending his skillful sound to the…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Gunhild Carling

February 26, 2020 | 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

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kat Edmonson with Halie Loren

February 27, 2020 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Kat Edmonson

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, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
Miguel Zenón

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 with Ron Artis II and the Truth

February 27, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Eric Gales

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. Whilst 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, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mel Brown

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 of classic jazz…

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$15 – $25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents James Francies + Aaron Goldberg

February 28, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
James Francies and Aaron Goldberg

Even before moving to New York City in 2013, pianist James Francies had generated a well deserved buzz in the jazz arena. He is the youngest recipient of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) President’s Youth Award, DownBeat Magazine awarded him twice for Composition and Jazz Arrangement, his band opened for the legendary Jazz Crusaders reunion and he performed at Monterey Jazz Festival. GRAMMY nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti describes Francies as, “poised to become a major voice on the instrument. He has the passion, creativity and ability to be a real leader amongst his generation.” At 22, he keeps moving forward. Since he’s been in NYC, James has toured and recorded with the likes of with Eric Harland, The Roots,  Jeff “Tain” Watts, Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Chris Dave and Drumhedz, and fronts his own band, Kinetic.  Francies can often be…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Stanton Moore Trio with NOLATET

February 28, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Stanton Moore

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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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kassa Overall

February 28, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

This event is 21+ “Kassa Overall’s new album…attests to the diverse musical identity of this drummer, producer and rapper. It’s one of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz to surface in recent years.” — The New York Times Drummer Kassa Overall’s work ranges from jazz to hip-hop and indie-pop to avant-garde. Overall has been an integral part of Geri Allen’s Timeline band, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has made an impact on the indie-pop scene, touring with artists such as Francis and The Lights, Gordon Voidwell, TECLA and Mayer Hawthorne and the County. Using laptops and samplers on stage is a key element to Overall’s signature sound. He has toured extensively with his own band, fusing his jazz and…

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$25 – $35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Donald Harrison, Mike Clark & Wil Blades Trio with Outer Orbit

February 29, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Donald Harrison, Mike Clark & Will Blades Trio

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…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead

February 29, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Jonathan Barber

This event is 21+ Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead is an ascendant New York jazz quintet led by Modern Drummer’s “#1 Best Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018,” Jonathan Barber. Only 29 years old, Mr. Barber has already worked with artists such as Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Greene, J.D. Allen, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Steve Davis, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Erykah Badu. Now, he’s stepping out in full force as a bandleader. DownBeat magazine calls Vision Ahead’s self-titled debut album Barber’s “greatest accomplishment to date,” but make no mistake, this group is more than the Jonathan Barber Quintet; this is unmistakably “Vision Ahead,” a distinctive and close-knit group of musicians who have been working toward this moment for years. Featuring…

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$48.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Soul’d Out present Thundercat with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Brown Calculus

February 29, 2020 | 9:00 pm
Portland Art Museum — Kridel Grand Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Thundercat

Note: this event is 21+ Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner spent the last part of the new millennium’s first decade as the go-to bassist for practically every artist in black vanguard music. His nimble, syncopated, groove-heavy basslines were heard on albums by Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra, Flying Lotus, and others. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bruner had the good fortune to be raised in a musical family. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., was an accomplished drummer, working with artists like Diana Ross, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight. Bruner’s older brother, Ronald Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has worked with esteemed artists such as Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke. The Bruner brothers were members of Young Jazz Giants, a quartet with Kamasi Washington and Cameron Graves, who released a…

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March 2020

$30

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and OMSI present Dan Tepfer Natural Machines

March 1, 2020 | 8:00 pm
OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Dan Tepfer Natural Machines

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries…

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$29.50 – $39.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kenny Garrett with María Grand

March 1, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Kenny Garrett

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him…

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$15

Jack London Revue presents Brandon Coleman + Tommaso Cappellato + Soul Cypher

March 1, 2020 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Brandon Coleman

This event is 21+ Bending the future of sound, taking ivory and ebony to destinations unknown, is keyboard maestro, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger and astral traveler Brandon Coleman. A regular fixture with Babyface, Donald Glover, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington’s band, Coleman represents a new chapter in the evolution of jazz and funk fusion. His celebrated sophomore album, Resistance, released in late 2018, brought him ‘All Around The World’ to Japan, South America, and Europe alongside Kamasi and traveling North America to support Flying Lotus, with his future funk band, Brandon Coleman’s SpaceTalker. For those accustomed to Coleman’s role laying the foundation for expansive spiritual-jazz explorations in Kamasi Washington’s band, it’s revelatory to hear him so spry on his feet and down to get down. If…

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April 2020

$45 – $70

PDX Jazz presents An Evening with Maria Schneider Orchestra

April 25, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 90 groups in over 30 countries. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center,…

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June 2020

$25

PDX Jazz presents GoGo Penguin

June 15, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
GoGo Penguin

GoGo Penguin have been hailed as hailed as the “Radiohead of British Jazz,” but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalist influences, alongside the intricacy of Aphex Twin or Four Tet to create their punchy, experimental, but always beautiful music. Their 2014 album v2.0 (Gondwana Records) was named a Mercury Prize album of the year alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle. In 2015 they signed to Blue Note Records and released the albums Man Made Object in 2016 and A Humdrum Star in 2018. Their EP, Ocean in a Drop (Music for Film) was released in October 2019 and they are currently mixing a new album for release in 2020.

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