FESTIVAL, Day 7

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Many jazz fans awoke bleary eyed this morning after a full day of activities and last night’s full tilt jam session at Norse Hall that went until 2:00 AM. It was an all-star lineup with local, national, and Norwegian musicians collaborating in a Darrell Grant hosted session. Artists included Roger Arntzen (In The Country), Craig Handy (Mingus Big Band), David Kikoski (MBB), Justin Faulkner (MBB), Andrew Oliver, Dave Ornette Cherry, Glen Moore, Farnell Newton, and others. At one point Handy and Grant shared the stage together, having last played together in a band 20 years ago. Tonight, who knows what more magic will come. See some photos from this and other events yesterday right here.

Today we’re looking at the first performances by student groups in the PCPA’s Brunish Hall. They run from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM at various times. Check the schedule for details. Also  at noon is the first Jazz Conversation of the day with Dave Holland in the PCPA ArtBar. Pharoah Sanders speaks to Barry Johnson at 6:30. This is a great way to gain some insight into headline artists before their performances.

Tonight features the Dave Holland Quintet (7:30 PM, Newmark), the Christian Wallumrod Ensemble (9:30 PM, Norse Hall), and the aforementioned Midnight Jam Session. There are a ton of other shows throughout the day at downtown venues, many free. Check the schedule for locations and times.

Lastly, in case you are on the fence about attending one of the Norwegian performances read Ryan White’s piece in the Oregonian, Tim Duroche’s piece on Oregon Music News, or ask someone who experienced the genre-bending In The Country last night.

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