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April 2019

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Sullivan Fortner Trio

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

“There’s evidence here of an artist with his own distinct style.” – The New York Times Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards — a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists — Sullivan’s music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation. As a leader, The Sullivan Fortner Trio has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz…

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$20 – $25

PDX Jazz and Soul’d Out present Theo Croker

April 17 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Theo Croker

“Theo Croker has been generating momentum in the jazz world for a while, but 2019 may prove the year he blasts through the stratosphere.” — Jazziz “There isn’t a reason in the world why people who enjoy jazz musicians in other contexts couldn’t find something to embrace dearly in Mr. Croker’s music, which is timeless and of-the-moment. It goes someplace very special in concert.” — Wall Street Journal As the grandson of the late venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker naturally follows an internal need to compose.  Learning to play the trumpet at age 11 after hearing Cheatham play in New York City, by his teens Croker was studying music formally at the Douglas Anderson School…

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Free

Discover Jazz: The Resilience of Jazz

with Marcia Hocker

April 24 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
Marcia Hocker

Join Marcia Hocker for the latest installment of Discover Jazz, our free lecture series presented in partnership with Literary Arts! The Resilience of Jazz will explore why Jazz remains ever-present in an evolving musical landscape and the important impact it continues to have on humanity. Marcia Hocker is a Director on the PDX Jazz Board, serving as the Education-Community Engagement Chair since 2011. In addition to being one of the primary emcees, she is the Coordinator and performs in their premier education performance program, the Incredible Journey Of Jazz, now seen by over 15,000 students. She is the recipient of the PDX Jazz 2018 McClendon/Makarounis for Jazz Advocacy as well as the 2018 Jazz Hero Award for the city of Portland by the nationally recognized Jazz…

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May 2019

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Kendrick Scott Oracle

May 6 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Kendrick Scott

“Kendrick Scott has become the Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams of his generation,” says the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Terence Blanchard of his longtime drummer who makes his own Blue Note debut with the release of a remarkable new album, We Are The Drum. “He’s a brilliant mind bringing innovation to the music at the same time as creating a safe place for young talent to develop and grow.” That kind of musical apprenticeship is key to the development of young jazz artists as Blanchard well knows having himself spent pivotal years with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the decade that Scott occupied the drum throne in Blanchard’s band, he had the opportunity to learn first-hand from an established master who gave Scott…

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June 2019

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Fabian Almazan Trio

with Henry Cole and Linda May Han Oh

June 21 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Fabinan Almazan

The New York-based, Cuban-born jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan is moving quickly, and he’s changing the genre along the way. Founder and director of Biophilia Records, he has worked tirelessly towards ensuring a continued dialogue of awareness concerning music and environmental justice. Almazan has toured his music extensively as well as accompanied artists such as Terence Blanchard, Gretchen Parlato, Linda May Han Oh, Justin Brown, John Hollenbeck, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Chris Dingman, Ben Wendel, Matt Stevens, David Sanchez, Stefon Harris and Ambrose Akinmusire among others. Awards include a Grammy nomination for his work on Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective album, Breathless, the SWR New Jazz Meeting commission, the Copland Fund, the Jerome Fund for Emerging Composers Award, the Jazz Gallery Residency, Cintas Foundation Award in Composition and…

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