Saturday, February 22
Buster Williams “Something More” w/ opening performance by Cécile McLorin Salvant
For half a century, legendary bassist Buster Williams has delivered jazz with style. Playing with innumerable greats, such as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Stitt. At last year’s festival he went back-to-back anchoring the Steve Kuhn Trio and the Art Blakey Legacy Band. This time around he assembled Something More, a For Portland Only experience with Seattle icon, the trombonist Julian Priester; multi-reedist Benny Maupin, pianist George Colligan and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana. The reunion of Williams, Priester and Maupin recalls the collective spirit of the 1970 Mwandishi ensemble led by Herbie Hancock. Opening the program is the celebrated Cécile McLorin Salvant, an engrossing singer whose inflections are disarmingly musical with the class of Sarah Vaughan, the instinct of Betty Carter, and the dark lows of Carmen McRae according to Alex Dutilh, Radio France.