PDX Jazz Events

Monday November 10, 2014

ECM Recording Artists Dans Les Arbres feat. Christian Wallumrad – Opening Performance by Norwegian Guitarist Kim Myhr @ The Old Church

7:00 pm | Location: The Old Church | $15 members / $20 non-members

Xavier Charles / clarinet, harmonica
Ivar Grydeland / acoustic guitar, banjo, scruti box
Christian Wallumrød / piano
Ingar Zach / percussion, bass drum

“…the music of Dans les arbres leans more heavily towards the influence
of contemporary classicism and of folklorism than anything
resembling the American jazz tradition.” – All About Jazz

ECM recording artists Dans Les Arbres recorded their eponymous debut in 2010 and followed up with 2012’s Canopée. The combination of its unorthodox sound sources, including Charles’ clarinet harmonics, Wallumrød’s prepared piano, Grydeland’s bowed banjo, and Zach’s differentiated gran casa playing has led to free playing and spontaneous group-composing in a class of its own.

Friday November 14, 2014

Miguel Zenón Quartet w/ Eric Doob, Luis Perdomo, and Hans Glawischnig – Opening Performance by Jesse Marquez @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:30 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved

Miguel Zenón / saxophone
Luis Perdomo / piano
Hans Glawischnig / bass
Eric Doob / drums

“The achy precision in alto saxist Miguel Zenón’s tone was apparent from the moment he arrived in New York from Boston in the late ’90s.” – Time Out New York

Multiple Grammy® Award-nominee Miguel Zenón, also a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, is one of a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered 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 recorded and toured with a wide variety of musicians including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman and is a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Zenón was last featured in Portland as part of PDX Jazz At The Mission in November 2012, and returns to the city in support of his 9th and latest release Identities are Changeable, a groundbreaking project focusing on the cultural identity of the Puerto Rican community in the United States, to be released in November 2014.

Wednesday December 3, 2014

Steel House featuring Ed Simon, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $25 reserved (7pm) | $18 ga / $22 reserved (9:30pm)

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 room occupied by the three leaders: Edward Simon on piano, Scott Colley on acoustic bass, and Brian Blade on drums.

Each man is a world-class jazz player with his own robust composing, recording, and performing career. Since meeting in New York in the early 1990s, they have shared stages and studios, playing many different styles of music together. They decided to form (build) Steel House to create a dedicated place for their own musical explorations.

The music of Steel House embraces both silence, and emerging from that stillness, conversation. The communication among Simon, Colley, and Blade stays nimble, focused on moment-to-moment interaction. Musical structure is minimal, poetic, and full of purpose. Walls of genre, category, and style are torn down. Light and space abound.

We can hear them down the street now, Simon, Colley, and Blade building their Steel House. The music is infectious. It is everything you wanted – spirited and serious, caring and carefree.

Wednesday December 10, 2014

A Swingin’ Affair: “Dex @ 90″ @ The Old Church

7:30 pm | Location: The Old Church | $15 ga

Photo Credit: Francis Wolff

David Evans / saxophone
Charlie Porter / trumpet
George Colligan / piano
Tom Wakeling / bass
Alan Jones / drums 

Under the musical direction of David Evans, Charlie Porter, George Colligan, Tom Wakeling, and Alan Jones celebrate the music of Dexter Gordon. A “sophisticated giant” of a tenor man at six-foot-six inches, Gordon was an early pioneer of the Bebop era.  He got his start with Lionel Hampton and Never Looked Back.  Playing with the best bands of the war era, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, and Illinois Jacquet.  Having influences by Lester Young, Gordon played and recorded with Charlie Parker and was an influence on John Coltrane.  He spent considerable time in Europe and documented upwards of 50 solo albums.  His Blue Note sessions are considered his best and define the golden age of mainstream jazz.  His 1986 performance on Round Midnight earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Role and he won a Grammy® for Best Soundtrack.