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March 2020

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game

March 18 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly 20 years bending genres, creating new ways of playing, mixing it up. Now they get to groove. Parlour Game was born on tour when Carmen Staaf and Tony Scherr were subbing for the piano and bass player in Allison Miller’s ‘Boom Tic Boom’. There was an immediate chemistry. “Even the edgiest material swung,” says Miller, “and we realized that we had found something really special. It felt so good!”  Scheinman and Miller met in Brooklyn in the early 2000s. Scheinman had come from a rural…

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April 2020

$45 – $70

PDX Jazz presents An Evening with Maria Schneider Orchestra

April 25 | 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 | 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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$22

PDX Jazz presents Shabaka and The Ancestors

June 19 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Shabaka and The Ancestors

Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, including the uniquely spiritual and powerful Shabaka & the Ancestors. The project was formed in early 2016, leading to their debit album later that year Wisdom of Elders; a document of sessions combining Hutchings with a group of South African jazz musicians he’d long admired. His connection to the group was Mandla Mlangeni (bandleader of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble), whom he’d flown there to play with over the past few years. Recorded…

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