PDX Jazz Events
PDX Jazz @ The Mission and PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s presents Programming to Showcase Regional, National and International Artists!
- PDX Jazz @ The Mission | PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival — in partnership with McMenamins Mission Theater and KMHD Radio — presents this monthly series offering the finest in regional, national and international jazz artists. The Mission Theater features an intimate and acoustically rich environment, with excellent sightlines and a wide selection of food and beverages. PDX Jazz has presented such esteemed artists as Nik Bärstch, The Bad Plus, Omar Sosa’s Afri-Lectric Experience, John Medeski, and Miquel Zenón, among others.
- PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s | After the conclusion of the 2012 festival, PDX Jazz began a partnership with Portland’s most prestigious jazz club, Jimmy Mak’s. PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s presents emerging and established national artists through routing opportunities while artists are touring the west coast. PDX Jazz has presented Thelonious Monk Competition Winner bassist Ben Williams, singer Tierney Sutton, saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Azar Lawrence, pianists Matthew Shipp and Orrin Evans, trumpeter Dave Douglas, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, harmonica player Grégoire Maret, and the famed Clayton Brothers.
Monday April 7, 2014
Donny McCaslin Trio: “Everett Street Breakdown”
7:30 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $17 general admission / $20 reserved
Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin took improvised music to an entirely new level with his 2012 release Casting for Gravity, which earned him a 2014 Grammy® Award-nomination for Best Improved Jazz Solo. Joined by his Recommended Tools Trio featuring bassist Scott Colley and drummerJonathan Blake, McCaslin’s performance will be partially inspired by the famous Sonny Rollins Trio.
Tuesday April 8, 2014
7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 general admission / $25 reserved
Unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide with her powerful interpretations, vocalist René Marie has received critical acclaim since her debut in 1999. Her 10th and most recent release, I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt), a tribute to Eartha Kitt, showcases her incredible range of vocal ability and emotional resonance, making her the perfect artist to take on the late singer’s compositions. Never before has there been a vocal recording tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs.
Wednesday April 9, 2014
8:00 pm | Location: Venue TBA | $17 advanced / $20 day of show
Grammy® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. The band made their Concord Records debut in 2013 with the release of their fourth album, The Line.
Thursday April 17, 2014
Michael Moore Quartet
7:00 pm | Location: Mission Theater & Pub | $15 general admission
Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Michael Moore has a deep understanding of both the American jazz and the Dutch improvised music traditions. Over the course his 30 plus year career, the American-bred, Amsterdam-based reedist has worked with The Clusone Trio, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Misha Mengelberg, and Rogerio Bicudo, among others. Formed in 2007, his generation-spanning quartet features pianistHarmen Fraanje, bassist Clemens van der Feen, and drummer Michael Vatcher in a setting for Moore to express his personal sound and vocabulary.
Monday April 28, 2014
Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort
7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $25 general admission / $30 reserved
Since emerging from the Detroit scene in the late 1980s, premier violinist Regina Carter has performed with Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Max Roach, and Wynton Marsalis for the 1997 production Blood on the Fields, among others. Trading the West African kora for a slide guitar on her upcoming release Southern Comfort, the 2006 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship has collected songs redolent of her father’s roots in Alabama for a celebration of the joyous music that infused her early childhood.