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. 

Thursday April 17, 2014

Michael Moore Quartet @ The Mission

7:00 pm | Location: Mission Theater & Pub | $15 general admission

Michael Moore
/ saxophone, clarinet
Harmen Fraanje / piano
Clemens van der Feen / bassist
Michael Vatcher / drums


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 pianist Harmen Fraanje, bassist Clemens van der Feen, and drummer Michael Vatcher in a setting for Moore to express his personal sound and vocabulary.

“…He’s established himself as one of the finest jazz musicians working anywhere, either in the mainstream or the avant-garde.” - Chicago Reader


Monday April 28, 2014

Regina Carter’s “Southern Comfort” @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $25 general admission / $30 reserved

Regina Carter / violin
Will Holshouser / accordion
Marvin Sewell / acoustic guitar
Chris Lightcap / bass
Alvester Garnett / drums

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.

“Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into
the future of jazz.” -  Time Magazine

Thursday May 15, 2014

The Headhunters @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $25 general admission / $30 reserved

Bill Summers / percussion
Mike Clark / drums
Donald Harrison / saxophone, vocals
Chris Severin / bass
Stephen Gordon / keyboards

The Headhunters have redefined modern funk, world music and jazz as one of the most innovative groups in history. Their creation in 1973 represented a major turning point in legendary pianist Herbie Hancock’s career, and the group recorded with him for several years before breaking out on their own with their 1975 release, Survival of the Fittest. They have continued recording and performing as The Headhunters with varied incarnations under the leadership of drummer Mike Clark and percussionist Bill Summers. Clark and Summers will be joined by saxophonist and vocalist Donald Harrison, bassist Chris Severin, and keyboardist Stephen Gordon.

Thursday May 29, 2014

Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $25 general admission / $30 reserved

Poncho Sanchez / congas
Francisco Torres / trombone
Ron Blake / trumpet, flugelhorn
Rob Hardt / saxophone, flute
Andy Langham / piano
Rene Camacho / bass
Joey De Leon, Jr. / timbales
Angel Rodriguez / bongos, percussion

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, Grammy® Award-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez has been described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of Latin jazz, swing, bebop and salsa. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, and James Brown. Sanchez, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a Concord Picante artist with the 2012 release Live in Hollywood, returns to Portland for his first performance since his memorable 2011 festival appearance.

“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul,
Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly the congas.” - LA Times

Tuesday June 17, 2014

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio feat. Francisco Mela @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:30 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 general admission only

All tickets are General Admission and do not guarantee seating.
If you would like to guarantee your seat, you can do so by making a dinner reservation. A limited number of seats are available for dinner reservations, and you can make your dinner reservation by contacting Jimmy Mak’s at 503-295-6542. Please note that dinner reservations require a $15 per person food minimum.

Melissa Aldana / saxophone
Pablo Menares / bass
Francisco Mela / drums

Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana caught the attention of pianist Danilo Perez early on in her career, with Perez inviting Aldana to study at Berklee College of Music. During her time at Berklee, Aldana started to develop her own voice as a composer, studying with such heavyweights as Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson, Greg Osby, and George Coleman, and ultimately sharing the stage with Osby, Benny Golson, and Antonio Sanchez.  As the winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition, Aldana is also the first female instrumentalist to take first prize since the events beginning in 1987. Marking her first Portland appearance, Aldana is joined by her acclaimed Crash Trio featuring bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela who also currently performs with Joe Lovano’s ‘Us Five’ and McCoy Tyner.

“Aldana’s dedication to listening, as well as showing up to play as much as she could, has been key to her recent success.” – NPR ‘A Blog Supreme’

Wednesday June 25, 2014

Ambrose Akinmusire with opening performance by Chris Brown Quartet @ Jimmy Mak’s

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $15 general admission / $20 reserved

Ambrose Akinmusire
/ trumpet
Walter Smith III / saxophone
Sam Harris / piano
Harish Raghavan / bass
Justin Brown / drums

Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire first wowed jazz fans with his focused 2011 Blue Note Records debut, When the Heart Emerges Glistening. As the winner of both the 2007 Thelonious Monk Competition and the 2007 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Akinmusire has performed with such greats like Billy Higgins, Sonny Simmons, Joe Henderson as well as Joshua Redman and Steve Coleman. On his latest release, the imagined savior is far easier to paint, the acclaimed trumpeter broadens the palette of his quintet with the additions of Theo Bleckmann, Becca Stevens, and Charles Altura.

“…perhaps the most buzzed-about, award-winning, magazine-cover-posing
trumpet player of his generation.” – NPR “First Listen”

Opening Performance By: Chris Brown Quartet

Chris Brown / drums
John Nastos / saxophone
Greg Goebel / piano
Dylan Sundstrom / bass