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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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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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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Idit Shner Group — FREE

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Idit Shner

Note: this event is 21+

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$10

Wilfs presents Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson

February 27 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson are of one heart, one mind when it comes to making music. Heather who sings in English and French, “is a wonderfully talented jazz singer… mindful, or respectful of the lyrics, making them her own personal story.” (Michael Elliot) Christofferson’s piano, melodica, and vocals add a powerful depth to the duo’s presentation. “Steve Christofferson gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste… He’s one of my favorite piano players.” — Dave Frishberg

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$30

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kat Edmonson and Halie Loren

February 27 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 United States

With a sweetly mellifluous soprano echoing Blossom Dearie’s lighter-than-air approach as well as her gift for evocative songwriting, Kat Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant.  Her unusually charming and seamless blend of old and new has garnered attention on “NPR Tiny Desk Concerts”, “Austin City Limits”, and “A Prairie Home Companion”. The vintage pop and jazz vocalist’s new album Dreamers Do is out February 7, 2020 with a forty-city, U.S. tour to follow.  The album blends original compositions and reimagined mid 20th century classic Disney songs, and tells a story which takes place over the course of one sleepless night. Dreamers Do follows the release of 2018’s Old Fashioned Gal, which Billboard calls “an…

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$15 – $25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Miguel Zenón Quartet

February 27 | 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
Miguel Zenón Quartet

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.   Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released twelve recordings as a leader, including the Grammy Nominated Yo Soy La Tradición (2018) and Típico (2017), as well as his latest Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (2019). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos,…

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$35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Eric Gales and Ron Artis II & The Truth

February 27 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Growing up in a religious household, Eric Gales‘ brothers Eugene and Manuel used to blast out Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Muddy Waters, Blue Cheer, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, King’s X and Stevie Ray Vaughan. While their mother was at church and little Eric was aged just 4 , he was soaking it all up and this is where he had his incredible grounding of blues, hard rock and psychedelia. Naturally right handed, Eric learned his distinctive left handed upside down playing from his older brothers Eugene, his ‘mentor’ and Little Jimmy King, who was later adopted as Albert King’s godson. His talents caught the eye of Elektra Records, who released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 when he was only 16 years…

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$15

Jack London Revue presents Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group with special guest Michalangela

February 27 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group

This event is 21+ The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature band” by The Oregonian, performed at the famed Pearl District jazz venue on Thursday nights for the club’s entire twenty-year run.  When George Benson heard the group, he said, “If this band played in New York City, they’d be a sensation!”  The Oregonian’s Kyle O’Brien described the band’s unique style as, “the sound of spontaneity.” Sadly, Jimmy Mak’s is no more due to Jimmy’s untimely death from cancer on January 1, 2017 — one day following the club’s final show.  But following a 5-month hiatus, the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group started up again on Thursday nights at a beautiful, newly-renovated venue, the Jack London Revue on June 1, 2016.  The large, downstairs room has the feel…

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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Michael Raynor Quintet

February 27 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Michael Raynor

All ages until 11 pm. Drummer Michael Raynor splits his time between Portland and Chicago, where he spent more than 20 years playing with tenor saxophone icon and NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman. Raynor has toured with legendary jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and can be heard on two of his GRAMMY-nominated recordings, including Live in Chicago, featuring vocalese master Jon Hendricks. Michael has worked with luminaries including Freddie Hubbard, Eric Alexander, Tia Fuller, Steve Coleman, Gary Bartz, Johnny Griffin, Ira Sullivan, Jon Faddis, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Israels, Nancy King and Bob Dorough, among others. In addition to playing festivals and smaller venues throughout Europe, North America and Australia, Raynor has twice toured as a US Jazz Ambassador.…

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Aaron Goldberg: Q&A and Masterclass — FREE

February 28 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States

Join us for a Q&A and Masterclass with top-tier pianist Aaron Goldberg! Presented in partnership with Portland State University, this event is free and open to the public. And don’t miss Aaron in performance at Lincoln Recital Hall. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Maeve Dahlen and Patrick Golichnik — FREE

February 28 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites – Pearl District, 354 NW 9th Ave
Portland, 97209 United States
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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Anson Wright Quartet

February 28 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Often called a Renaissance man, jazz guitarist, composer, novelist, poet and educator Anson Wright has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including India. A graduate of Princeton, he left his graduate studies at Columbia to pursue both music and literary careers. In addition to his jazz albums, including the recently released Only Love, he has authored three books. His poetry was set to music by guitarist John Stowell in a 2008 spoken-word album, The Sky At Our Feet. Anson has taught at New York University, Pacific University and Portland Community College. “Wright is an obvious disciple of the Jim Hall school… playing rooted in his urbane sensibility… a deep love for sound.” — All About Jazz “Finely honed musical intelligence.” — The Oregonian Anson…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Rebecca Kilgore Trio — FREE

with Randy Porter and John Lakey

February 28 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Rebecca Kilgore

Note: this event is 21+

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$13

Wilfs presents Tony Pacini Trio

February 28 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Tony Pacini

The jazz piano artistry of Tony Pacini has been enthusiastically enjoyed by nightclub and festival audiences throughout the West coast as well as in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. In addition to leading the Tony Pacini Trio, he is the pianist and musical director of the Mel Brown Quartet, an owner of Saphu Records.

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$15 – $25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Aaron Goldberg

February 28 | 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75), PSU, 1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States

Hailed by DownBeat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his most recent release The Now, Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words, “in the dynamic plane of the present.” Goldberg…

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$25

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Stanton Moore Trio and Nolatet

February 28 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Over the course of his 20-year career, drummer Stanton Moore has become known as one of the premier funk musicians of his generation. On his latest album, Conversations, he moves in a slightly different direction, returning to his roots while reinventing his trademark sound. The result is a lively and combustible jazz piano trio outing that reveals unexpected new dimensions to Moore’s always-engaging virtuosity. Anyone who’s ever heard the interplay between the drummer and his band-mates in the Stanton Moore Trio, Galactic, Garage a Trois or Dragon Smoke is no doubt aware of his intense improvisational chops. But with Conversations, Moore unveils his profound sense of swing and the fluency of his jazz vocabulary in its purest form for the first time. “I’ve played a…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kassa Overall

February 28 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

This event is 21+ Seattle-raised, Brooklyn-based Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer. One of the fastest rising stars of NYC’s legendary jazz scene and a self-described “backpack jazz” artist, he melds the praxis of avant-garde improvisation with hip-hop production techniques on his forthcoming album, I Think I’m Good, due out on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings on February 28. The album tilts the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in new directions that reflect his panoramic, multi-racial background, from Joan Baez to West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of New York’s avant-garde scene. Since the 2019 release of his critically acclaimed debut album Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz, NYC and global audiences have had the opportunity to experience Overall’s…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kerry Politzer and Ben Graves — FREE

February 28 | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Benson at The Palm Court, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Kerry Politzer is a Portland-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. Since 2013, she has served on the music faculty at Portland State University, and as of Winter 2020, she will also be on the faculty at University of Portland. Kerry received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with the late jazz guru Charlie Banacos. She continues to be inspired by his teachings. Politzer has released six jazz CDs as a leader, including Blue in Blue, which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin and was termed a “first-rate jazz outing” by AllAboutJazz.com.

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$8

White Eagle Saloon presents ThankUSoMuch + MESS

February 28 | 9:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Daniel Rossi

This event is a 21+ partner event, PDX Jazz member discount not available. Early set (9pm – 10:15pm): ThankUSoMuch. Late set (10:45 – midnight): MESS. Drummer Daniel Rossi spent his early years riffling through his father’s deep record collection, including Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, YES and many others. Listening to music with improvisation and complexity during his formative years became the base from which Daniel gained a deeper interest in music of all genres. And this was the idea behind MESS, to meld and create something with common ground between many types of music, where anything can happen.

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$10

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Tahirah Memory

February 28 | 9:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States

9 pm – midnight, all ages until 11 pm. Soul singer and songwriter Tahirah Memory is a Portland native, described as having “… a beautiful instrument, a truly warm and gorgeous sound.” Audiences come away from her performances as if they’ve experienced an intimate conversation, rather than a crowded venue. Born to a musician father, who would later win a GRAMMY Award, a strong musical influence was present from conception. The 2015 release of Tahirah’s debut album Pride created huge buzz among soul and jazz lovers in Europe, topping the UK Soul Chart and garnering support elsewhere. Chris Wells of Echoes Magazine says her “depth of tone and easy elasticity is glorious to behold.” Miss Memory has toured domestically and internationally as a background vocalist…

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents King Louie Trio — FREE

February 28 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Organist Louis “King Louie Pain” and saxophonist Renato Caranto are well known to Portland area audiences, having performed on Thursday nights with the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group for 23 years and counting (first at Jimmy Mak’s and now at the Jack London Revue). They’ve also played innumerable other gigs together with the area’s top jazz, blues and soul artists, as well as with their own trio. But they only got around to recording an album of their own, featuring bluesy original instrumentals, after Louis’s wife & manager Tracy Turner-Pain got tired of fans asking where they could purchase those catchy tunes! That recording, appropriately titled, It’s About Time, has earned critical raves both in the US and overseas, with DownBeat honoring it as one…

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$10

Jack London Revue presents Mike Dillon Band — Late Night Jam 

February 28 | 11:55 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mike Dillon, photo by Zack Smith

This event is 21+. Community partner event, PDX Jazz member discount not available. How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz  vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, Dean Ween Group and Ani Difranco, and collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now. Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone…

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents John Stowell — FREE

February 29 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Spencer, 409 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States

John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970s in private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul’s son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, 1998…

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$7

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Oregon Jazz Ensemble

February 29 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Oregon Jazz Ensemble

The Oregon Jazz Ensemble (OJE) is the premier large jazz ensemble at the University of Oregon. Under the direction of Steve Owen, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and its students have garnered 15 DownBeat awards as of late, including a 2016 Graduate College Ensemble Outstanding Performance Award. Additionally, OJE has been selected the Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that they have participated over the past 16 years. The OJE is a frequent performer at jazz festivals and educational conferences worldwide including the Vienne Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, La Spezia Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, IAJE Conference, Oregon Music Educators Conference, the Northwest MENC Conference, Western International Band Conference, Kent-Meridian Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and…

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Free

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Aaron Johnson Ensemble — FREE

February 29 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Aaron Johnson is a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist based in New York City. One of the most sought-after young jazz artists, Johnson has led his own group in NYC venues from Smalls to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has also worked as a sideman with notable musicians such as Jon Batiste, Dick Hyman, Chuck Israels, Ken Peplowski, Slide Hampton, Ed Palermo and many others. Johnson is currently an artist-in-residence for the famed Catskill Jazz Factory and 23arts. Through these organizations, he has premiered four commissioned projects since 2017. UK-born and NYC-based guitarist Phil Robson is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who appears in all kinds of settings, as well as being a being a renowned bandleader and composer. Formerly a member of the BBC…

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$13

Wilfs presents Devin Phillips Quartet

February 29 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

The Jazz Society of Oregon presents their 2015 JSO Hall of Fame Concert honoring this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Devin Phillips. Phillips musical talent is immense and he is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in his work. The Jazz Society of Oregon is proud to recognize Devin’s tremendous talent and his contributions to jazz education by honoring him as our 2015 Hall of Fame inductee. Even though he’s relatively young, and has decades of work ahead of him, the addition of Devin Phillips to the JSO Hall of Fame celebrates what he’s accomplished so far as well as the promise of accomplishments to come. The best saxophone in Portland.

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$25 – $35

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Donald Harrison, Mike Clark & Wil Blades Trio and Outer Orbit featuring Sarah Clarke

February 29 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Note: seating is limited for this show. This event is 21+ Donald Harrison Jr. has combined a whirlwind career as a saxophonist with establishing cultural and educational traditions in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for creating nouveau swing, a jazz style that combines R&B, funk, hip-hop, and African dance, Harrison tours all over the world and has many albums and honors to his name. Yet he finds time to be Big Chief of Congo Square Nation in New Orleans for Mardi Gras season as well as being cofounder and artistic director of Tipitina’s Foundation Internship Program to help New Orleans youth, especially the disadvantaged, realize their musical dreams. Drum virtuoso and jazz musician Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz…

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$20

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead

February 29 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Jonathan Barber

This event is 21+. Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead is an ascendant New York jazz quintet led by Modern Drummer magazine’s Best Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018. Only 29 years old, Mr. Barber has already worked with artists such as Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Greene, J.D. Allen, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Steve Davis, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and Erykah Badu. Now, he’s stepping out in full force as a bandleader. DownBeat magazine calls Vision Ahead’s self-titled debut album Barber’s “greatest accomplishment to date,” a distinctive and close-knit group of musicians who have been working toward this moment for years. Featuring Godwin Louis on saxophone, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Matt Dwonszyk on bass and Taber Gable on piano, Vision Ahead offers…

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$48.50

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Soul’d Out present Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow plus Brown Calculus [SOLD OUT]

February 29 | 9:00 pm
Portland Art Museum — Kridel Grand Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Thundercat

Note: this event is 21+ and not seated. Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner spent the last part of the new millennium’s first decade as the go-to bassist for practically every artist in black vanguard music. His nimble, syncopated, groove-heavy basslines were heard on albums by Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra, Flying Lotus, and others. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bruner had the good fortune to be raised in a musical family. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., was an accomplished drummer, working with artists like Diana Ross, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight. Bruner’s older brother, Ronald Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has worked with esteemed artists such as Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke. The Bruner brothers were members of Young Jazz Giants, a quartet with Kamasi Washington and Cameron Graves,…

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$8

White Eagle Saloon presents Ben Fowler’s Jazz Future Collective + Go By Train

February 29 | 9:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States

This event is 21+ and a partner event, PDX Jazz member discount not available. Early set (9pm – 10:15pm): Ben Fowler’s Jazz Future Collective. Late set (10:45 – midnight): Go By Train. Ben Fowler’s Jazz Future Collective performs a diverse soundscape, a musical tour weaving in and out of familiar styles of the past and present within the jazz context. Hearing this group will get you a taste of old-time gospel, New Orleans second-line, hip-hop, hard-swinging Blue Note post-bop, the Nouveau Swing style of the 1990s and beyond. Portland-based Fowler grew up singing hymns in church, as his dad and grandfather were both ministers. “There was a lot of fire and brimstone preaching back then, and it sort of permeated my world as a child,”…

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