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September 2018

$25 – $30

Kneebody & Donny McCaslin

Presented by PDX Jazz and Soul'D Out

September 25 | 8:30 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

“One of the smarter bands blenderizing postbop, indie rock, hip-hop and classical music” – The New York Times Kneebody‘s sound is… explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of their sound this way, “Personally, I think calling Kneebody “jazz” or “electric jazz” is fantastic because then we can move on from that hang-up and play our music — and alter expectations of what ‘jazz’ is.” Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. The band has no leader or…

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$25 – $30

Tord Gustavsen Trio

September 30 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

“This band is in the vanguard of the quiet revolution, the rise of European jazz, with influences from classical, indigenous music. The space between the notes say as much as the sounds themselves. Here jazz is deconstructed and then reconstructed into a beautiful new sound. Magical.” – Richard Hollingum, Jazz Review, The Oxford Times (UK) With the release of his first recording in 2003 entitled Changing Places, Norway’s Tord Gustavsen came forth with a new and unique sound that has commanded worldwide attention, an extraordinary achievement given the rich and well-developed history of jazz piano that preceded him. He focuses on lyricism within a stripped-down approach to music, where playing is gentle, yet robust; expression of melody is simple, yet sophisticated; and beauty and emotional intensity are united.…

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October 2018

$25 – $30

Tigran Hamasyan

Presented by PDX Jazz and Soul'D Out

October 10 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

“Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient Armenian sacred music with jazz piano.” — New York Times “With a firm yet delicate touch, Tigran lets the melody sing” — NPR With pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia.  His captivating trio performance at the 2018 PDX Jazz Festival, playing to a capacity audience at the Mission Theater, showed why he’s among the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. A piano virtuoso with groove power, Tigran’s latest adventurous project is 2017’s An Ancient Observer, his second solo album, his eighth overall as a sole leader, and his sophomore recording for Nonesuch. (Overall, this is his eighth recording as a sole leader.) Conceptually, An Ancient Observer is a poignant album…

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$25 – $30

Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner

Temporary Kings

October 14 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

The initial musical connection between saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson was made in 1990s jam sessions in New York City, with both going on to individual success – Iverson in hit trio The Bad Plus and Turner as a solo leader and in such groups as the trio Fly (recording in both capacities for ECM). A decade after their first meeting, the saxophonist and pianist began an association in the Billy Hart Quartet, the two players featuring sympathetically on two widely lauded ECM albums by that band. Now with Temporary Kings – their debut on record as a duo – Turner and Iverson explore aesthetic common ground that encompasses the cool-toned intricacies of the Lennie Tristano/Warne Marsh jazz school, as well as the heightened intimacy…

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$35 – $40

John Scofield’s Combo 66

with Vicente Archer, Gerald Clayton & Bill Stewart

October 16 | 7:30 pm
Lewis & Clark College’s Evans Auditorium, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219 United States

Scofield’s exercise of unconventional playing embraces the kind of musical exploration that drives jazz forward with optimism. –All About Jazz John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. Scofield has brought a myriad of highly interactive and entertaining projects to PDX Jazz over the past several years including the GRAMMY® Award-winning Country For Old Men and the two time GRAMMY® nominated Past Present featuring Joe Lovano. Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues…

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$25 – $30

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Early Show

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

Six years have passed since Live, the last release from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, the long gap bridged in 2015 with Continuum, an album from Mobile, Bärtsch’s all-acoustic project. “I wanted to give Ronin the peace and space it needed to develop,” says the Swiss composer-pianist. “Not to put it under pressure, and to take all the steps necessary before the next recording.” Awase, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, updates us on the progress of one of the most original bands around, as well as the present-day status of ritual groove music, Bärtsch’s all-purpose term for his self-invented idiom equidistant from jazz and funk and contemporary composition. Bartsch’s Ronin is a PDX jazz favorite…

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$25 – $30

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Late Show

October 20 | 10:30 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Six years have passed since Live, the last release from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, the long gap bridged in 2015 with Continuum, an album from Mobile, Bärtsch’s all-acoustic project. “I wanted to give Ronin the peace and space it needed to develop,” says the Swiss composer-pianist. “Not to put it under pressure, and to take all the steps necessary before the next recording.” Awase, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, updates us on the progress of one of the most original bands around, as well as the present-day status of ritual groove music, Bärtsch’s all-purpose term for his self-invented idiom equidistant from jazz and funk and contemporary composition. Bartsch’s Ronin is a PDX jazz…

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$25 – $30

Jazzmeia Horn

October 24 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

Not only a vocalist, but a musician with big ears, and wisdom beyond her years. – Al Jarreau Jazzmeia Horn IS the future of Jazz! – Larry Rosen Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from Dallas, Texas Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music . It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Vincent…

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$35 – $40

Circuit Rider Trio

with Ron Miles, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade

October 27 | 8:00 pm
Lewis & Clark College’s Agnes Flanagan Chapel, 0615 SW Palatine Rd
Portland, OR 97219 United States

Named after the title of its second album, Circuit Rider features the trio’s founder, cornetist Ron Miles, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer Brian Blade. A logical evolution from the debut album Quiver (2012), Circuit Rider (2014) epitomizes Miles’ signature lyricism and spiritually aware compositions. The group’s repertoire spans American folk traditions and vibrant gospel infused with progressive jazz forms. Confident, elegant, and never overstated, Miles hits just the right balance of grace and rhythm as he quietly makes his mark as a cornetist, composer, and storyteller. His unique lustrous timbre and poignant harmonic sensibility make Ron Miles not only a leading light in the Denver jazz scene but a sought-after collaborator by artists such as Frisell, Ginger Baker, Madeleine Peyroux, Don Byron, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg,…

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$25 – $30

Jakob Bro Trio

with Thomas Morgan & Joey Baron

October 28 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

Jakob Bro (1978) is a Danish guitar player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jakob Bro is currently leading a trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan. In the fall of 2016 the trio released a highly acclaimed album Streams through ECM Records. Bro is also working with Palle Mikkelborg and with Bro/Knak, a collaboration with the Danish electronica producer Thomas Knak (Opiate).  Bro is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band (Garden of Eden, ECM – 2006) and a current member of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM – 2009). He has released 13 records as a bandleader including musicians like Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, Ben Street, Mark Turner,…

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November 2018

$20 – $25

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present Harriet Tubman – Early Show

with Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs & JT Lewis

November 2 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Harriet Tubman formed in 1998 when drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross, and bassist Melvin Gibbs came together to start a band. Harriet Tubman is named after the heroic African-American slave who risked her life to escape from slavery and helped more than 300 others to do the same. Deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman’s music plumbs the soul’s depths for liberated musical expression. Harriet Tubman’s music is a continuation of the process of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliment-Funkadelic. Recontextualizing musical technology to create innovative compositional and cultural spaces is an important part of the African-American cultural tradition. Harriet Tubman is part of our contribution…

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$20 – $25

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present Harriet Tubman – Late Show

with Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs & JT Lewis

November 2 | 10:30 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Harriet Tubman formed in 1998 when drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross, and bassist Melvin Gibbs came together to start a band. Harriet Tubman is named after the heroic African-American slave who risked her life to escape from slavery and helped more than 300 others to do the same. Deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman’s music plumbs the soul’s depths for liberated musical expression. Harriet Tubman’s music is a continuation of the process of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliment-Funkadelic. Recontextualizing musical technology to create innovative compositional and cultural spaces is an important part of the African-American cultural tradition. Harriet Tubman is part of our contribution…

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$25 – $30

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present: Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited Band -Early Show

November 3 | 9:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Recorded live at The Fillmore East in New York City N.Y. on December 31st, 1969 & January 1st, 1970, the Band of Gypsys debut recording consisted of six tracks released to the public on March 25th, 1970 – close to fifty years ago. That vinyl record established the template for the Funk & Roll genre. The re-releases, with new tracks & multiple versions of the six tracks from the Fillmore shows, illuminated that Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles never played a tune the same way twice, breaking away from the “note-by-note” live renditions prevalent in Pop & Rock hit songs at that time. This “breaking away” also highlighting BOG’s use of improvisational interplay within the Pop/Rock song structure, which up to that time,…

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$25 – $30

PDX Jazz and Soul’D Out Present: Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited Band – Late Show

November 3 | 11:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Recorded live at The Fillmore East in New York City N.Y. on December 31st, 1969 & January 1st, 1970, the Band of Gypsys debut recording consisted of six tracks released to the public on March 25th, 1970 – close to fifty years ago. That vinyl record established the template for the Funk & Roll genre. The re-releases, with new tracks & multiple versions of the six tracks from the Fillmore shows, illuminated that Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles never played a tune the same way twice, breaking away from the “note-by-note” live renditions prevalent in Pop & Rock hit songs at that time. This “breaking away” also highlighting BOG’s use of improvisational interplay within the Pop/Rock song structure, which up to that time,…

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$25 – $30

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

November 4 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street
Portland, 97209

Mark Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the last decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation. – JazzTimes 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’s newest album as a leader – Jersey, released September 2017 via Motéma Music – features his ever-compelling Jazz Quartet. Describing the Jazz Quartet’s concept, Guiliana says: “Many of my releases as a leader have been driven by…

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