• Swatkins and the Positive Agenda w/ Sarah Clarke

    Stage 722, 722 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event. Current CDC recommendations state that events such as these are only safe for fully vaccinated people. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.

     

    Tickets & Artist Information:

    https://www.showclix.com/event/swatkins_08_05_2021

    Doors: 7:00pm // Show: 8:00pm // Ages: 21+ 

     


    Swatkins and the Positive Agenda

    Steve Watkins (Swatkins) is a ginger-bearded smiley keyboard guy. His music generally sounds like a good time. This exceedingly positive individual is a songwriter, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx and a vinyl tube to shape the sound of his keyboard.   

     

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke is a Portland, OR native, best known for fronting high energy funk ensembles (Dirty Revival, Outer Orbit). She’s performed with numerous acts throughout the years, sharing stages with groups like Ghost-Note, Blossom, Moorea Masa and the Mood, Yak Attack, March 4th Marching Band, and many more. She has had the opportunity to dive into artist advocacy work, founding the non-profit Musicians in Solidarity as well as joining DJ O.G One as the co-director of MusicPortland LEAP, an advocacy project focused on supporting the Portland BIPOC music scene. Diving back into the life of a full time musician, she is thrilled to join the stage with one of Portland’s most sought after bands, greaterkind. Comprised of some of Portland’s top players, Charlie Brown III (Brown Branch, Tahirah Memory), Peter Knudsen (Ghost-Note, Outer Orbit) and Cory Limuaco (Amine, Jarrod Lawson) greaterkind is known for electrifying stages all throughout Portland, bringing a unique, tasteful and musically conscious soundscape to every show they play. A strong stand alone act, they have also backed musical acts such as, The Hamiltones, Judith Hill and Brian Jackson.

     

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  • Driveway Jazz Series: Brazilian Guitar Duo

    Online / Contact for in-person tickets

    The Driveway Jazz Series is a socially distanced, live-streamed outdoor jazz series held in front of a SE Portland bungalow. If you’re interested in attending in person, send a message at drivewayjazz.com/contact – space is limited. Most shows (with a few exceptions) take place on Fridays at 4pm; watch live and archived shows at https://www.facebook.com/drivewayjazz/live/

  • Pablo Rivarola

    The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event. Current CDC recommendations state that events such as these are only safe for fully vaccinated people. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.
     
    Seattle born trumpet player, composer, pianist and bandleader, Pablo Rivarola has been playing music for as long as he can remember. Arriving in Portland in 2018, Pablo quickly made a name for himself as one of Portland's premier musicians to hear. With a combination of blinding ability on his horn and a warm, sensitive sound Pablo's playing has caught the attention of Portland's jazz and neo-soul heavyweights. His compositions range from somber, thoughtful melodies with rich harmony, to burning swing, to infectious grooves. Whether he's playing trumpet and piano at the same time, or taking an acrobatic solo, Pablo always brings a unique sound that you don't want to miss. Currently he is gearing up to release his debut record featuring a carefully curated selection of his best compositions.

  • Mookie and the Jazz Cats

    Afrodaddy’s Jazz, 1383 NE 181st Ave, Portland, OR 97230, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event. Current CDC recommendations state that events such as these are only safe for fully vaccinated people. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.
     
    Mookie & the Jazz Cats is the combo of sultry vocals from Donna "Mookie" Jones, virtuoso piano from Joshua Hegg, cool percussion chops from Madison DeSantis, and on the acoustic bass, James Latham, performing the most beloved classic jazz tunes.

  • All Day

    Vanport Jazz Festival

    Colwood Golf Center, 7313 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97218, USA

    During World War II, Portland launched a national recruitment campaign that brought 100,000 workers to the city’s shipyards. Existing private housing was already scarce, and even more troubling, Oregon’s so-called real estate code of ethics restricted the thousands of newly arrived African Americans to only one neighborhood.

    So a makeshift community was quickly built on a newly purchased floodplain just outside city limits: the city of Vanport.

    At its height, nearly 40,000 people lived in Vanport, including 6,000 African Americans. Vanport was then the nation’s largest public housing project and the second-largest city in Oregon.


    But Vanport wasn’t built to last. On Memorial Day, 1948, the Columbia River broke through the nearby levees, unleashing a historic flood that displaced 18,000 people from their homes—a quarter of whom were African American. The Vanport Flood was, in the words of a former resident, the Hurricane Katrina of its time.

    Newly homeless, looking for work in racially segregated Portland, Vanport’s uprooted black community opened jazz clubs in their designated neighborhood. These clubs attracted the biggest names in jazz, and the vibrant culture soon established Portland as a true jazz city.


    Portland’s jazz scene rose to a crescendo and over time, like the flood that dispersed it, evaporated in fragments. People passed away. Venues closed. But the audience remained, waiting for the music to return.

    Today, the Vanport Jazz Festival intends to carry the torch of those musicians who moved to Oregon for work and filled the air with art.

    We pay homage to this legacy by hosting a jazz experience for the modern day. We invite living members of the Vanport community, national-caliber talent, and jazz aficionados everywhere to discover this legacy and experience the revival.



    2021 Artists



    Sheila E.

    Sheila E. became a touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others. Her producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased throughout the music and film industry with appearances on The Academy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The Summer Olympics, just to name a few. Her current single, “No Line,” with the legendary Snoop Dogg, is her continued contribution to the music industry. The Queen of Percussion plans to release new music later this year.



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    Gerald Albright

    Albright launched his solo career in the infancy of what became the smooth jazz format, with Just Between Us in 1987 and has been a core part of the genre with chart-topping albums, countless radio hits, and as a member of many all-star tours, including Guitars & Saxes and Groovin’ For Grover. In the late 90s, he fronted a big band for and toured with pop star Phil Collins and did a dual recording with vocal great Will Downing called Pleasures of the Night. Between his last two Grammy-nominated solo albums Pushing The Envelope (2010) and Slam Dunk (2014), he enjoyed hit collaborations with “24/7” with guitarist Norman Brown and “Summer Horns” by Dave Koz and Friends, which were also Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Albums. Gerald’s latest effort, 30, released in 2018, is an anniversary project reflecting on some of Albright’s favorite music that he has written over the past three decades.



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    Marion Meadows

    Marion Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with For Lovers Only, and after establishing himself as a staple of the smooth jazz format with his subsequent recordings, Keep It Right Here (1993), Forbidden Fruit (1994) and Body Rhythm (1996), Meadows has recorded or performed with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing among many others. In 1999 Meadows released Another Side of Midnight, considered by critics to be his strongest work to date. His follow-up, Next To You (2000), featured a mix of R&B-influenced jazz coupled with sensual Latin rhythms, and In Deep (2002), a neo-soul blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop, brimmed with sophisticated arrangements. All three discs have been well received by his ever-growing, always loyal fans.

  • Kenton Club Patio Dance Party with DJ Action Slacks

    Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick St, Portland, OR 97217, USA

    A MID-CENTURY SUMMER DELIGHTS DREAM DANCE PARTY

    6 to 9:30 pm
    $10 at the door

    The World Famous Kenton Club -
    2025 N Kilpatrick St, Portland, OR 97217

    EVENT LINK
     

    HOT on the heels of the WILD Sugar Town 10th Anniversary Party, It's another DJ Action Slacks Patio Party!
     

    This is a 1950s & 1960s SUMMER-themed dance party - Dress for the theme (however you want to interpret it) and be ready to twist, shout, and work it all out!
     

    1950s & 1960s dazzling dance records from a variety of genres including but not limited to: R&B, Rockabilly, The Blues, Girl Groups, Soul, Pop, and more!
     

    Familiar favorites and rarities!
     

    She will be joined by DJ Tom Kay (adored guest DJ from the "Dancing is Divine" tribute to John Waters films)
     

     

     

    * ALL OF THE MOST CURRENT SAFETY GUIDELINES WILL BE ADHERED, SO PLEASE BRING YOUR MASK as it may be required for entry. Since guidelines are ever-shifting, I can't predict if there will be capacity limitations at the time of the event, but I'd recommend showing up early to claim a table on the parking lot patio just in case.

  • Mic Crenshaw & Quincy Davis

    The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event. Current CDC recommendations state that events such as these are only safe for fully vaccinated people. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.
     
    HIPHOP for Transformative Times
     
    FEATURING
    Mic Crenshaw & Quincy Davis
    AshEL Seasunz
    Talilo Marfil
    Kunu Bearchum
    + Special Guest Swiggle
    w/ DJ Bryson Wallace
     

    As humanity moves faces an ever-changing 
and uncertain world, Rebel Wise is utilizing the power of music & art to uplift our people & our communities with high-caliber production of modern Hip-Hop and world-fusion with conscious lyricism.

    Rebel Wise is a full-length collaboration project of Mic Crenshaw & Quincy Davis featuring 16 top-notch MCs from around the world. Our mission is to bring people together in community and offer an emergent narrative that cuts through the status-quo and breaks the spell of hopelessness.

  • Ryan Meagher Quartet

    Afrodaddy’s Jazz, 1383 NE 181st Ave, Portland, OR 97230, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event. Current CDC recommendations state that events such as these are only safe for fully vaccinated people. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.

    Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who grew up in San Jose, California. Perhaps best-known for his compositional acumen, he is also well-known for his flexibility and range. He is truly in his own space when exploring his thought-provoking original material with exciting and sensitive sidemen, but he has also accompanied a pool of incredibly diverse artists. He can lay down traditional harmonic and rhythmic framework for vocalists like Rebecca Kilgore, trumpeters like Terell Stafford and Randy Brecker, and bassist John Clayton. But he can also stretch and provide color like he has alongside very adventurous artists like trumpeters Cuong Vu and Taylor Ho Bynum, bassist David Friesen, and the poll-winning ensemble Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

    It was during the period that he lived in New York City when launched his debut album Sun Resounding announcing his arrival on the modern jazz scene. Shortly after the success of his second album entitled Atroefy on Fresh Sound New Talent Records he attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to attain his master of music degree in pursuit of a career directing his own college jazz program. His third album Tone was recorded in NYC in between his studies at UNR and it received international critical acclaim. After the completion of his master of music degree Meagher relocated to Portland, Oregon where he quickly became a recognizable force in the creative music community there. Along with releasing his fourth record Tango In the City of Roses he has been instrumental in expanding the scene. He is a co-founder and the Programming Director of the Montavilla Jazz Festival, the Director of Operations of the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble, Director of PJCE Records, was previously Editor of the Jazzscene Magazine, and teaches at a number of institutions in the Portland metropolitan area. His fifth album from 2016 is called Mist. Moss. Home. on the PJCE Records label. The two most recent albums, Lost Days and Evil Twin were both released in 2018.

  • Driveway Jazz Series: Choro da Alegria

    Online / Contact for in-person tickets

    The Driveway Jazz Series is a socially distanced, live-streamed outdoor jazz series held in front of a SE Portland bungalow. If you’re interested in attending in person, send a message at drivewayjazz.com/contact – space is limited. Most shows (with a few exceptions) take place on Fridays at 4pm; watch live and archived shows at https://www.facebook.com/drivewayjazz/live/

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    Choro da Alegria (choro of happiness) is a Portland-based ensemble dedicated to playing the wonderful melodies of Brazil. The group draws much inspiration from the genre choro, which means cry or lament and has been loosely called “Brazilian ragtime.” Choro features samba rhythms, jazzy chords and fast tempos. Beyond choro the group enjoys performing classics tunes from Bossa Nova and MPB. The group released its first CD, “quiosque,” in 2015.

    Choro da Alegria is:
    Tom Pinit, bandolim
    Pam Beaty, 7 string guitar and cavaquinho
    Esteban Diaz, percussion
    Peter Fung, percussion, cavaquinho and guitar

  • Sherik Band

    The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event. Current CDC recommendations state that events such as these are only safe for fully vaccinated people. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.
     
    Skerik Band features the superior Saxophone stylings of Skerik (Bandalabra, Darkwave, Crack Sabbath, Dead Kenny G's, Critter's Buggin), the groovy Guitar gymnastics of Andy Coe (Bandalabra, Tuatara, McTuff, Andy Coe Band), the dynamically dexterous Drumming of Tarik Abouzied (Pocket Change, Hardcoretet, McTuff, Happy Orchestra) and the bold Bass bombardment of Damian Erskine (The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Jeff Lorber). Their experimental mix of original and classic jazz, groovy far out funk, and the occasional cover of Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd is not for the faint of heart.

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