Legendary drummer Roy Haynes has provided the beat on some of the most seminal Jazz recordings of all time. From John Coltrane, to Lester Young to Rahsaan Roland Kirk – he’s worked with everyone. We caught up with Haynes at his home and talked about his legacy, his spirit and his upcoming performance at the Portland Jazz Festival. You can catch Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band on Friday, February 24th at the Newmark Theater.
Dee Dee Bridgewater is one of the most highly regarded Jazz vocalists in the world, and for good reason. Her unique voice and her respect for the tradition of Jazz earned her critical acclaim over her 5 decade career. She’s also one of the most lovely human beings we’ve ever spoken to (hear for yourself in this exclusive interview). Dee Dee performs her tribute to Billie Holiday on Thursday February 23 at the Newmark Theater at 7 PM – part of the Portland Jazz Festival.
Bill Frisell is truly a musical force of nature. His prolific recording career has produced a diverse catalog of music ranging across a myriad of sub-genres. We caught up with Frisell on tour in New England and talked with him about his upcoming performances at the Portland Jazz festival. His tribute to John Lennon and steel guitarist Speedy West will take place on Friday, Feb 24th at 9:30 PM at the Crystal Ballroom and his solo performance + the 858 Quintet takes place at the Newmark Theater on Saturday, Feb 25th at 7:00 PM.
The Jazz Passengers are an eight member ensemble that has been performing a joyful style of jazz for 25 years. Their inventive repertoire includes, hard bop, avant-garde and free bop in a way that mixes the poetic depth of Shakespeare and the of the musical influences of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers–their name is a playful homage. Their compositions reside in the worlds of storytelling and music. Humor, experimentation and an evident love of of jazz have made these guys one of the most lively, innovative, and entertaining jazz bands performing today.
You can check out their latest work on their new album, Reunited. You can also spend an evening with these eclectic jazz merrymen, when they come to the PDX Jazz Festival on February 19, at the Winningstad Theatre at 7pm.
This week, we’ve got a thematic artist spotlight on KMHD – featuring all local musicians. As we work our way toward the beginning of the Portland Jazz Festival (which begins this Friday), we’ll be listening to the sounds that make Portland a special place for Jazz.
Thanks to Oregon Art Beat, who produced this special video slide show of local musicians performing at this years festival.
Navigating the 150+ different performances that make up the Portland Jazz Festival can be a mind-bending challenge. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled this easy rough-guide to the festival. The following are our picks for some noteworthy, and off-the-beaten path performances. Whether you’re a fan of straight-ahead Jazz, funky stuff, vocals, or avant-garde – the festival has something for everyone!
Here are our picks:
-For Straight-ahead Jazz Fans
Mon, 2/20, 7:30 @ Jimmy Mak’s – Charles McPherson
Weds, 2/22, 8:30 @ Ivories – Chuck Israels plays Bill Evans
Fri, 2/24, 7:00 @ Newmark Theater – Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Sat, 2/25, 9:30 @ Art Bar – Upper Left Trio
Sun, 2/26, 3:00 @ Newmark Theater – Branford Marsalis + Joey Calderazzo
-For Fans of Funky Jazz
Fri, 2/17, 9:30 @ Nel Centro – Damian Erskine + Carlton Jackson
Sun, 2/19, 8:00 @ Blue Monk – The Quadraphonnes
Fri, 2/24, 9:30 @ Crystal Ballroom – Bill Frissell plays John Lennon
Sat, 2/25, 9:30 @ Chrystal Ballroom – Charlie Hunter + PDX Afrobeat Breakdown
-For adventurous fans
Sat, 2/18, 7:30 @ Winningstad Theater – Enrico Rava
Sun, 2/19, 7:00 @ Winningstad Theater – The Jazz Passengers
Thurs, 2/23, 8:00 @ Gallery 135 – Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble
Sat, 2/25, 3:00 @ Crystal Ballroom – Vijay Iyer + Tirtha
-For fans of Vocal Jazz
Thurs, 2/23, 7:00 @ Newmark Theater – Dee Dee Bridgewater
Sat, 2/25, 8:30 @ Touche – Kelley Shannon feat. Dick Birk
Sat, 2/18, 9:30 @ Art Bar – Better Homes and Gardens
Thurs, 2/23, 9:00 @ Rogue Brewery – Go by Train
Thurs, 2/23, 9:30 @ Art Bar – Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Frishberg