PDX Jazz Events

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.  

Friday January 30, 2015

Bill Frisell: “Guitar In The Space Age!”

7:00 pm | Location: Aladdin Theater | $35

“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 American original shakes things up with an unexpected glimpse into those layers of consciousness which inform his rootsy, inclusive, oh so personal style of musical outreach.

With his new album, GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!, Frisell goes back to the music that first sparked his imagination. “There’s something about being the age I’m at now,” reflects this iconic guitar hero. “I turned 63 this past spring, and after playing for more than 50 years, it just feels right to once again play some of the music which shaped my consciousness during my formative years, even to play some of it for the first time…and maybe get it right. GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! isn’t really an exercise in nostalgia, but about a re-commitment to keep learning, to firm up the foundation.