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2015 Portland Jazz Festival: “My Town Is Motown” – Freda Payne w/ Mel Brown B3 Organ Band

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Freda Payne may be known in the R&B world for 1970 crossover hit “Band of Gold,” but her roots began in jazz recording her debut for the famed Impulse! Records. Her newest Mack Avenue release, Come Back To Me Love brings the … Continue reading

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2015 Portland Jazz Festival: Taylor Eigsti Trio & Joel Harrison’s Free Country Ensemble

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Taylor Eigsti: Labeled a piano prodigy at the age of 4, Taylor Eigsti has already had an extensive and fulfilling career that ranges from movie scoring to touring internationally.  Eigsti has released seven records as a leader and received two Grammy nominations … Continue reading

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2015 Portland Jazz Festival: Bebel Gilberto w/ opening performance by Somi

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Multi-Grammy® award-nominated vocalist Bebel Gilberto may have been born in New York City, but her Brazilian heritage is strongly rooted in her musical education during her childhood in Brazil. Surrounded by extended family including her uncle, Chico Buarque, and friends … Continue reading

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Bill Frisell: Guitar In The Space Age!

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“The album is immensely listenable in that peculiar hybrid genre of jazz/instrumental pop/cocktail/surf/rock, satisfying on the surface level, fascinating for the sonic variations…” - Rolling Stone Just when you think you’ve got guitarist-composer Bill Frisell all figured out, confident in your expectations, this … Continue reading

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Steel House featuring Ed Simon, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

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Ed Simon / Piano Scott Colley / bass Brian Blade / drums Three well-known instrumentalists are building a new band called Steel House. The foundations of this house are deep and strong, the roof sturdy. Inside is one big, light-filled … Continue reading

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