PDX Jazz Events

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.

Wednesday February 18, 2015

2015 Portland Jazz Festival: Bebel Gilberto w/ opening performance by Somi

7:00 pm | Location: Newmark Theatre | $30 / $34 / $38

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Multi-Grammy® award-nominated vocalist Bebel Gilberto may have been born in New York City, but her Brazilian heritage is strongly rooted in her musical education during her childhood in Brazil. Surrounded by extended family including her uncle, Chico Buarque, and friends like Milton Nacimento, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and João Donato, she was exposed to all types of Brazilian musical styles as a child. Bebel most recently released her first studio album in five years, Tudo,which features her sultry tonality and combines the warm and playful Brazilian rhythms that include the berimbau, wood bongos and shakes with gorgeous melodies shaped by touches of electronica.

“…signature breezy Brazilian rhythms and ethereal vocals.” – Vanity Fair

Thursday February 19, 2015

2015 Portland Jazz Festival: “My Town Is Motown” – Freda Payne w/ Mel Brown B3 Organ Band

7:00 pm | Location: Jimmy Mak's | $20 ga / $30 reserved (7pm) | $15 ga / $25 reserved (9:30pm)

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Freda Payne may be known in the R&B world for 1970 crossover hit “Band of Gold,” but her roots began in jazz recording her debut for the famed Impulse! Records. Her newest Mack Avenue release, Come Back To Me Love brings the famed singer full circle. She is just as iconic in 2014 as she was when starting her career at the age of 14, and knows nothing else but performing and excelling at it with performances alongside Billy Eckstine, Quincy Jones and His Orchestra, and Duke Ellington. Her vocal ability and exquisite sound come off as effortless in the like of her idols Billie Holiday and Elle Fitzgerald.  She makes her long overdue Portland debut in the company of royalty with the tireless drummer Mel Brown who toured with the Supremes, and is well acquainted with the ‘Motown Sound.’

“She had the Motown sound before Motown was Motown.” - NPR

Thursday February 19, 2015

2015 Portland Jazz Festival: Taylor Eigsti Trio & Joel Harrison’s Free Country Ensemble

7:00 pm | Location: First Congregational Church | $30 ga w/ reserved member section / $15 for students

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Taylor Eigsti:

Labeled a piano prodigy at the age of 4, Taylor Eigsti has already had an extensive and fulfilling career that ranges from movie scoring to touring internationally.  Eigsti has released seven records as a leader and received two Grammy nominations in 2006 for his record, “Lucky To Be Me.” Having played venues, festivals, in orchestral settings and television spots, Eigsti has amassed an impressive resumé of appearances with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Esperanza Spalding and Ambrose Akinmusire among many others. Eigsti makes his Festival debut as a leader, soloist, adjudicator and collaborator.

“Eigsti plays piano with the mastery of a seasoned veteran.” – Boston Globe

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Joel Harrison:

Supremely gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter, Joel Harrison has been a mainstay in jazz since the 1990’s and has released 16 records as a leader since ’95.  His combination of western classical ideas and improvised jazz has become a hallmark for him throughout his career and blurring these boundaries has become crucial to his inventiveness and innovativeness as a musician. His extended list of collaborations including Norah Jones, Brian Blade, Foday Musa Suso, Nguyen Le, David Binney, Miguel Zenon, Christian Howes, Donny McCaslin, Nels Cline, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Jamey Haddad, Oliver Lake, and Dewey Redman can attest that his sound is uniquely original and eclectic.

“Harrison has melded the disparate genres of country and jazz,
and he’s arranged them beautifully with reharmonized chords
and unfolding organic grooves…” – Jazziz