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February 2020

Wilfs presents Zsofia Tardy & Friends

February 22 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Born in a musical family, daughter of a conductor father and classical soprano mother, Zsofia Tardy‘s path was obvious. Tardy has performed various styles, including jazz, pop, rock, gospel, musical and classical, for more than 30 years.

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$8

White Eagle Saloon presents SheHaw + Gerle Haggard Band

February 22 | 9:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States

This is a 21+ partner event, PDX Jazz member discount not available. SheHaw: 9 – 10:15pm.  Gerle Haggard: 10:45 – midnight. SheHaw is a countrified ensemble featuring Belinda Underwood, Lindsie Feathers, Aarun Carter and Nancy King. Belinda is a lifelong musician and dancer who brings elements of the world’s folk art traditions together with her own Western training and luscious soul-creation. Lindsie has roots that go back to Illinois, where she grew up, and Chicago, where she cut her teeth playing live music. She’s gone from playing rock ‘n roll to roots and Americana influences. Lindsie’s latest album Neon Renaissance was recorded with Adam Selzer at Type Foundry (Ural Thomas & The Pain, Peter Buck, Sallie Ford). Aarun is a 2019 fiddle champion and has…

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Dan Faehnle with Phil Baker and Mel Brown — FREE

February 22 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States

There is little doubt that jazz guitar has entered a new and exciting realm when Dan Faehnle takes the stage. With the technical prowess of a jazz giant, Ohio native Faehnle has made an indelible mark upon the music world, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. From an up-tempo bebop anthem to a languid, emotional reading of a ballad, Faehnle’s nimble fingers caress his guitar. Whether captivating his jazz club audiences or adding the perfect support to a recording project, this young jazz artist is destined to put his name alongside the other guitar greats. Beginning in 2000, Faehnle stepped into the guitar chair with Diana Krall, performing on numerous world tours, television shows, radio and media events. As an integral part of…

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$10

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Galen Clark Trio featuring Sarah Clarke

February 22 | 9:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

9 pm – midnight, all ages until 11 pm. Galen Clark is a Portland-based keyboardist and composer who leads the genre-bending soul jazz group Trio Subtonic and the funk collective Outer Orbit. Clark’s music explores a range of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries. Galen has been teaching piano and composition for over 12 years in the Portland area. He received a BA in Music Composition from Lewis & Clark College, where he studied with Randy Porter and Forrest Pierce. Galen also studied with jazz greats John Medeski and Jeff Gardner, as well as spending months in Bahia, immersed in Brazilian music. Clark is a frequent collaborator with many notable Northwest musicians including Dan Balmer, D’Vonne…

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$10

Jack London Revue presents The True Loves — Late Night Jam

February 22 | 11:55 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
The True Loves

This event is 21+. Community partner event, PDX Jazz member discount not available. Listening to the abundant sounds of the Seattle-based funk & soul group, The True Loves, is like walking down a favorite neighborhood street, slapping-five with friends, checking up with clerks in their stores, admiring your own dark sun-glassed face in their windows, ducking under flowerpots and smelling the familiar smells of your most cherished locale. The band is its own block party. What began in 2014 as a jam session between three of the city’s best — pocket-perfect drummer David McGraw, intoxicating bassist Bryant Moore and otherworldly guitarist Jimmy James — has since blossomed into a global force that now features percussionist Iván Galvez and four horn players: trombonists Jason Cressey and Greg…

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Laurent Nickel and Friends — FREE

February 23 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Scandals, 1125 SW Harvey Milk Street
Portland, OR 97205 United States

This event is 21+ Twice monthly, local bassist Laurent Nickel presents live jazz performances at Scandals PDX. The historic LGBTQ+ oriented bar has a variety of events and shows each week, but converts to a “pop-up” jazz venue on last Sundays and second Wednesdays. For the PDX Jazz Festival 2020, we proudly present an all-star local quintet: Laura Cunard singing in front of Dan Balmer, Mike Horsfall, Brent Follis, and Laurent Nickel. Everyone over 21 is welcome.

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Nicole McCabe Quartet — FREE

February 23 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ArtBar, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Nicole McCabe is a Portland-based alto saxophonist who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of Portland State University where she was mentored by George Colligan, with whom she now works regularly in the band Theoretical Planets. Nicole’s influences date back to Johnny Hodges and Lester Young, as well as bebop influences like Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins. Post-bop players John Coltrane and Gary Bartz also loom large for Nicole. Her musical goals are to understand the tradition of jazz and move it forward with newer styles of composing and improvising. McCabe has shared the stage with Nicole Glover, Carmen Lundy, Steve Wilson, Alan Jones, Randy Porter, Chuck Israels, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, the…

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$39.50 – $69.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents An Evening with Branford Marsalis

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

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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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Cherry Blossom Hot 4 — FREE

February 23 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Note: this event is 21+. The Cherry Blossom Hot 4 celebrates the “Church Of Louis Armstrong” with performances at venues and festivals throughout the Portland area. The group believes this is not purely dance music — think the Charleston, Swing and so on — but in the right hands, it is remarkably rewarding music for listening and it commands the appropriate attention, admiration and respect. And the right hands are David Evans on reeds, John Moak on trombone, Tom Sandahl on guitar, Ken Anoe on bass and Richard Basi on percussion. All band members either have career experience in the traditions of early jazz, or were educated in the city of New Orleans, or both. They have worked with some of the great names in…

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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Chance Hayden Trio

February 23 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Since the release of his latest album, Get Somethin’ (Ropeadope), guitarist, composer and producer Chance Hayden has garnered international acclaim as “a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of tone and color out of his instrument” (Dusty Groove). In 2019, he toured extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest in a variety of outfits from solo guitar to all-star collaborations with Andy Coe, Saeeda Wright and Sarah Clarke. While spending most of the last decade as a devout sideman, Hayden supported many of Portland’s renowned artists including Jarrod Lawson, Farnell Newton, Shelly Rudolph, Darrell Grant and Mel Brown, along with national touring acts such as The Coasters and The Platters. As a PSU Jazz Studies graduate, Hayden’s guitar stylings are well-informed through the jazz tradition while…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kandace Springs and Jimmie Herrod

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

Note: This show is 21+ and is not seated. The new album from world renowned Blue Note / Capitol recording artist Kandace Springs, scheduled for a February release, 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…

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$15

Jack London Revue presents Salami Rose Joe Louis + Soul Cypher

February 23 | 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 Brainfeeder debut, Zdenka 2080, a conceptual sci-fi album that has been described as “stunning inter-dimensional travel” by Gigwise. She also had the amazing honor of joining Flying Lotus’s 35 show, Flamagra Tour this summer. 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 with other bands and collaborating with groups…

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Tim Willcox Super Jazzers — FREE

February 24 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Note: This event is 21+

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$25

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

February 24 | 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 | 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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$5

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Ron Steen Festival Jam

February 24 | 8:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

8 pm – midnight, all ages until 11 pm. Veteran drummer and bandleader Ron Steen is one of the Northwest’s top rhythm keepers and is a leader of the Portland jazz scene. He has performed with a host of iconic jazz artists such as Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Eddie Harris and Sonny Stitt among many others. He is also the “Godfather of Jazz Jams” in Portland, having hosted ongoing jam sessions since 1980. Notable international jazz stars who come through town stop into Steen’s jams for impromptu encounters led by one of the best in the business. In addition to hosting jams, Steen is also a sought-after bandleader and session musician, who peers hold in high regard for his solid and versatile rhythms.…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Mardi Gras

February 25 | 12:00 am
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Tuesday, February 25 Mardi Gras The 1905 | TBA

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents David Evans with Steve Christofferson — FREE

February 25 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Rachel Brashear – FREE

February 25 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Doubletree Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Joe Manis Trio — FREE

Joe Manis, George Colligan, Charlie Doggett

February 25 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Joe Manis

Note: This event is 21+

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$28

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Tuck & Patti

February 25 | 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 Quartet

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

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

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

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Jonathan Smith and Steve Hall — FREE

February 26 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AC Portland Downtown, 888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Jonathan Smith is a guitarist, leading the Jonathan Smith Trio since 2011. Smith has worked with a host of local musicians including Marcus Reynolds, Carlton Jackson, Laura Cunard, Bo Ayars and Craig Bidondo. His trio, featuring organist Steve Hall and drummer David Burrow, is known for funky grooves and boogaloo music drawing from various influences, including the music of Grant Green and the legendary 1970s CTI recordings. Organist Steve Hall grew up in Palo Alto, California, and has performed on the West Coast for decades with a wide variety of bands including Willie Bobo’s Latin Jazz Band, The Drifters, saxophonist Bill Harris and other Portland-based groups. He has released five CDs and one vinyl album. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Steve…

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Ross, Corey, Kim Trio — FREE

February 26 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jupiter NEXT, 900 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Dustin Hunley — FREE

February 26 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Inn at Northrup Station, 2025 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Bobby Torres Ensemble — FREE

February 26 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Bobby Torres

Note: This event is 21+

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$10

Wilfs presents Ron Steen Band, Vocals by Shelly Rudolph

February 26 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

“Shelly Rudolph has the looks, talent and charisma to win over new crowds and a honey-glazed throat to send chills up and down your spine.” — L.A. Weekly  Ron Steen is literally the Godfather of Jazz Jams in Portland, Oregon, and one of the most successful musicians in the area. He has had an ongoing jam session since 1980 and has been hosting Produce Row for about 13 years. Any New York pros who come through town stop in to Produce Row to jam on Monday nights. Additionally Steen hosts five jam sessions in town, including the new Vocalist Session at Wilfs

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$35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kenny Barron + John Medeski

February 26 | 8:00 pm
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States

Note: guests under 21 require guardian 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…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Gunhild Carling

February 26 | 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

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents Ektah: The Unity Project

February 26 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Ektah: The Unity Project

Jasnam Daya Singh plays piano and leads PJCE in a performance of his Ektah: The Unity Project, an evening-length piece dedicated to cultivating a collective sense of belonging. Presented in cooperation with PDX Jazz. Singh’s Ektah, commissioned by PJCE for the Montavilla Jazz Festival in 2017, is a multi-movement suite that incorporates a wide-range of tributaries of the jazz stylistic river—Brazilian choro and samba of Singh’s country of birth, expansive European jazz and classical styles, and high-energy straight-ahead jazz. The piece embodies Singh’s musical interests but also expresses personal truths drawn from his journey as an immigrant and eventual citizen of the United States and his conversion to Sikhism. A CD featuring the studio recording of Ektah: The Unity Project will be available for sale…

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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Christopher Brown Quartet

February 26 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

All ages until 11 pm. Portland native Christopher Brown is the 2nd generation of a musical legacy that stems from his father Mel Brown. Having been formally introduced to music at age five with piano lessons, his real interest began to crystalize by age 11 with his introduction to not just the saxophone and drums, but to jazz specifically. And following the many local, state and regional awards that he would garner throughout his teenage years, it would be his enlistment into the Marines, and subsequent move out to the New York area that would fully cement his commitment into the life of a professional musician. Brown has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, John Patitucci, George Colligan, Randy Brecker,…

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Free

Miguel Zenón: Q&A and Masterclass — FREE

February 27 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
Miguel Zenón

Join us for a Q&A and Masterclass with MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient Miguel Zenón! Presented in partnership with Portland State University, this event is free and open to the public. And don’t miss the Miguel Zenón Quartet at Lincoln Recital Hall. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Paul Paresa — FREE

February 27 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Canopy by Hilton Portland, 425 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Ryan Meagher with Sherry Alves — FREE

February 27 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AC Portland Downtown, 888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

This performance will be a duo with vocalist Sherry Alves. As with all the best jazz musicians, guitarist Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) refuses to sit still. The Portland-based composer and player maintains a steady stream of activity, whether that’s teaching at various schools throughout the Northwest, performing regular gigs around his hometown, or writing thoughtful music that spans the vast spectrum of jazz music, from post-bop to Latin to avant-garde. Meagher’s forward momentum was fomented early, during his teen years growing up in San Jose, California, where he split his time between taking baseball practice and working out his guitar chops in a series of youthful garage bands. From there, he began his most serious music studies, both in the classrooms and rehearsal halls of…

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