2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines Artists Win Four GRAMMY® Awards with Eight Nominations in Total

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2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by

Alaska Airlines Artists Win Four GRAMMY® Awards

with Eight Nominations in Total



   Photo Credit: John Shearer, Invision/AP


The 2013 U.S. Bank Jazz Portland Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines congratulates Esperanza Spalding, Thara Memory and Patricia Barber on winning GRAMMY® Awards during the 55th annual ceremony, held on Sunday, February 10. Festival saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Ravi Coltrane were among the field of nominated artists. KOIN Local 6 carried the pre-recorded telecast at 8:00PM PST from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Esperanza Spalding and Thara Memory won in the following categories:

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Label: Heads Up International


Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

“City Of Roses”

Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

Track from: Radio Music Society

Label: Heads Up International


Patricia Barber won in the following category:


Best Surround Sound Album

Modern Cool

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper,

surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)

Label: Premonition Records 

List of nominated artists who will be featured at the festival (and their respective categories):


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“J. Mac”

Kenny Garrett, soloist

Track from: Seeds From The Underground

Label: Mack Avenue Records


“Cross Roads”

Ravi Coltrane, soloist

Track from: Spirit Fiction

Label: Blue Note


Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Seeds From The Underground

Kenny Garrett

Label: Mack Avenue Records


Best Long Form Music Video

Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Pilar Sanz, video director; Esperanza Spalding, video producer

Label: Heads Up International/Montuno Producciones/Esperanza Spalding Productions

Photo Credit: Joe Klamar, AFP/Getty Images

Esperanza Spalding will join pianist Geri Allen and 2012 GRAMMY® Award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington as part of ACS, a cooperative trio that will make its West Coast premiere and close the festival on Sunday, February 24 at 7:00PM in the Newmark Theatre. Spalding last performed at the festival in 2011 after winning the prestigious GRAMMY® Award for “Best New Artist.” This performance has sold out, tickets are no longer available.


Thara Memory will moderate a panel discussion, “Williams Avenue Breakdown” celebrating The Golden Age of Jazz in Portland with Gerald Wilson, Sweet Baby James and Mel Brown on Sunday, February 17 from 6:00 to 7:00PM at Ivories Jazz Lounge. This discussion is free for the public to attend. 


Patricia Barber will perform with guitarist John Kregor, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer Jon Deitmyer on a program titled “Blowin’ in from Chicago” on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00PM in the Winningstad Theatre. Tickets for this performance can be purchased here.


Kenny Garrett, who was nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards, was also featured on the national telecast of the awards ceremony performing with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, in tribute to the late Dave Brubeck. Garrett will perform with his quintet on Thursday, February 21 at 9:30PM in the Winningstad Theatre. Tickets for this performance can be purchased here


Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, who last appeared in Portland on August 8 as part of the ongoing PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s series, will be featured on Saturday, February 23 at 7:00PM in the Newmark Theatre with NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette. Tickets for this performance can be purchased here


The following Portland musicians who appeared on Spalding’s Radio Music Society will appear on Monday, February 18 at Jimmy Mak’s at 7:00PM under the direction of 94 year old NEA Jazz Master and Mack Avenue recording artist Gerald Wilson, as part of the PDX All-Star Student Big Band. They include: Benjamin Seacrist, trumpet; Kiran Bosley, trumpet; John Carey, alto saxophone; Aaron Reihs, tenor saxophone; Noah Conrad, trumpet and Sam Seacrist, alto saxophone. Tickets for this performance can be purchased here.


Ticketing packages are available for the following venues:

Any 3 Winningstad Performances:

$79 for members

$80 for non-members

Any 3 Jimmy Mak’s Performances:

$59 for members/non-members

For this package, call 503-432-9477

Tickets for individual performances can be

purchased from the PDX Jazz ticketing page



For more information, please contact:

Don Lucoff – dlucoff@pdxjazz.com

503-228-JAZZ (5299) – www.PDXJazz.com


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