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July 2019

Free

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group — Free

July 10 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dawson Park, 2926 N Williams Avenue
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Mel Brown

Part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All. Summer Free For All events are free and everyone is welcome. Plan an evening of music with family and friends — bring chairs and blankets, pack a picnic or purchase something tasty from the local food vendors on site. Learn more about this event here. The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, called “Jimmy Mak’s signature band” by The Oregonian, performed on Thursday nights for 20 years at the noted Pearl District music venue. That’s a remarkably long run, but the band’s roots extend back even further than its September 1997 debut at Jimmy Mak’s. In 1997, most Portland music fans were familiar with Mel Brown as the dean of Portland jazz drummers and for his earlier stint as…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present BKO Quintet

July 16 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States

BKO Quintet is a journey into the heart of contemporary Malian music, combining two of the West African nation’s most well-known traditions, and bringing together four of Mali’s finest veteran musicians: Ibrahima Sarr, Fassara Sacko, Nfali Diakité, and Abdoulaye Kone with French percussionist Aymeric Krol. BKO is a fresh and modern super-quintet from Bamako (BKO=airport code) who performs an electrified and highly danceable set of Malian music. This band is known for their groundbreaking interplay of the guitar of the griots with the lute of Bambara hunters. It is indeed two opposite worlds that BKO have decided to bring up together in order to develop a resolutely urban music style rooted in secular tradition. The project began when Krol travelled to Bamako to study the…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Mike Horsfall and Tjaderade: A Tribute to Cal Tjader

July 23 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
Mike and Haley Horsfall Duo

Join us in celebrating the music of Latin Jazz great Cal Tjader! Mike Horsfall has enjoyed a successful and diverse musical career for over 35 years, serving as a performer, educator, composer, arranger, recording artist and concert soloist on both piano and vibraphone. He has performed and recorded with a large number of world class musicians, including Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Leroy Vinegar, Chuck Redd, Holly Hofman, and Rebecca Kilgore, and has worked with such notable groups as Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 Mike co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which went to perform, record, and educate for over 20 years.  They became the first ensemble to be voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame. …

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Hailey Niswanger presents MAE.SUN

July 30 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
MAE.SUN

MAE.SUN​ is a band formed by saxophonist, vocalist and composer Hailey Niswanger. Their debut album, ​Vol. 1: Inter-be, ​was released on November 3rd, 2017. MAE.SUN’s eclectic sonic palette ranges from contemporary jazz and world music, to soulful funk and neo-soul. Meant to be digested in one sitting, Vol. 1: Inter-be​ takes listeners on an immersive, genre-bending journey rooted in the hope for universal harmony. This music is for the world, honoring and influenced by the interdependent nature of reality. MAE.SUN features Hailey Niswanger on soprano saxophone, vocals, and all compositions, Nikara Warren on vibraphone, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Axel Laugart on keys, Aaron Liao on bass, and David Frazier Jr. on drums. Niswanger has released 3 previous albums as a leader; was featured in the…

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August 2019

Free

PDX Jazz presents Mike Phillips with special guest Saeeda Wright and King Louie & LaRhonda Steele at Washington Park Summer Festival — FREE

August 1 | 6:00 pm
International Rose Test Garden Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Mike Phillips

The Washington Park Summer Festival is always a highlight of summer in Portland, featuring amazing performances among the roses that are free to attend. 6:00 pm: King Louie & LaRhonda Steele 7:15 pm: Mike Phillips with special guest Saeeda Wright Note: Parking is very limited. Guests are encouraged to ride TriMet MAX Red or Blue lines to the Washington Park MAX Station, and then catch TriMet line 63 to SW Rose Garden Blvd and Sherwood Avenue, or the FREE Washington Park Shuttle. Mike Phillips hails from Mount Vernon, NY. He became interested in music at a young age, moving through several different instruments before settling on the saxophone. By the age of 16, he decided to play professionally. He made an impromptu New York debut…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present China Moses

August 6 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
China Moses

“A glass of red wine at hand, dazzling in high-heeled Parisian chic, she commands the stage from the moment she makes her entrance.” — The Times UK China Moses is a high voltage soul/jazz diva with a career as a singer as well as presenter for MTV France, TSF Jazz Radio and more. The daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater and director Gilbert Moses was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paris, France. Her albums brought her work with renowned names like Guru, DJ Mehdi, Karriem Riggins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Anthony Marshall and sound engineer Bob Power. After her the release of her first single “Time” at the age of 16, more successful albums followed and in 2009, she released the album This One’s For Dinah…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Connie Han

August 13 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
Connie Han

Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut Crime Zone. “This record is really meant to be a statement about being rebellious but within the tradition,” Han explains. “Even though jazz is meant to be fearless in its creative limits, I strongly believe in preserving the musical foundation. I want to show that it is possible to create infinite fresh ideas without having to deconstruct the building blocks of the jazz language. To me, that language is universal.“ According to DownBeat Magazine, Han at 23 has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical…

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$30 – $45

Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Bobby Torres Ensemble: Remembering Woodstock, With a Little Help from My Friends

August 20 | 7:30 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St
Portland, 97209 United States
Bobby Torres

Bobby Torres Ensemble presents a look back at Woodstock and some of the iconic music played that weekend with this series ending showcase. Bobby performed with Joe Cocker and The Grease Band at Woodstock — the first and largest three-day outdoor live music festival to date, in the summer of 1969 at Max Yasgur’s Farm in Woodstock NY with more than 500,000 attendees. No festival since has maintained a gathering of one-half million people for an outdoor live music concert without violence. It really was three days of music, peace and love. Some details Bobby remembers of Woodstock… “The only day of rain was Saturday — it started with thunder occurring right after we performed ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’… it felt like…

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