Friday, October 11
Dave Douglas Quintet @ Jimmy Mak’s
7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga/$25 reserved
Dave Douglas / trumpet
Jon Irabagon / saxophone
Bobby Avey / piano
Linda Oh / bass
Rudy Royston / drums
His body of work reflects an inveterate engagement with the world,
taking inspiration from literature, politics, dance and film, as well as jazz
and new-music traditions.” - The New York Times
Dave Douglas returns to Portland, and for this engagement he will feature his working quintet; bassist Linda Oh, drummer Rudy Royston, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and pianist Bobby Avey. Dave will celebrating multiple milestones on Friday, October 11 @ Jimmy Mak’s with two shows at 7:00 & 9:30PM. While Douglas has performed in Portland before, this marks his quintet’s debut here.
The trumpeter’s latest release, Time Travel, documents his 40th solo recording, while the Los Angeles Times boasted, “a lush collection of hymnals and elegies reworked into widescreen jazz.” To Douglas, the Time Travel Quintet is more than just a new chapter in his own story. The strength of the quintet, he argues, is a testament to the health of the current jazz scene. “It’s turning into a really rich environment of growth and inspiration in the music.” Douglas, who recently turned 50, is also recognizing the occasion with an ambitious long-term project of performing in all 50 states. His Portland show is his first area performance since leading Brass Ecstasy to close the 2010 Portland Jazz Festival.
Known as a forward thinking composer, bandleader and improviser, Douglas uses his own imprint Greenleaf to advance his mission. Douglas also co-leads Sound Prints, a co-billed special project with Joe Lovano, and is fondly remembered as a pivotal player in John Zorn’s Masada. With a style that channels Stravinsky and Stevie Wonder as much as Coltrane and Lester Bowie, Douglas’s performances explode in a veritable riot of colors, moods, and rhythms. With his quintet, Douglas takes audiences on a soulful, visceral exploration that pushes beyond the usual boundary lines of modern jazz.
“Dave’s been long overdue for a Portland show and hopefully he’ll give us a good plug as we announce our festival lineup,” states Managing Director, Don Lucoff. “We’ll also offer our members tickets first as our pre-sale begins that evening and concludes Sunday, October 20 at John Medeski’s solo concert at the Mission Theater. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, October 21. The 2014 Festival dates are February 20 through March 2.”