• DJ Action Slacks Presents: Sugar Town Illuminated

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

    *Please note this venue will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry to this show. 

    Join KMHD's own DJ Action Slacks for a full week of vintage holiday music on a large, outdoor patio lounge filled with uplifting, dazzling, illuminated, candy-themed holiday decorations! 


    Each evening of Sugar Town Illuminated will feature festive music carefully curated by a different vintage vinyl DJ specializing pre-1980s music. 


    TREATS! There will also be holiday treats and special season drinks available for purchase.
    Surprises! This event is still in the planning process, so there will likely other exciting surprises as well. 


    This multi-day event is produced by DJ Action Slacks who will also be designing the space and creating the decorations. Don't miss this one, folks!

    Dress up, or dress warmly, or both! Event will have some heaters, some amount of tent space, and a whole lotta heart!
     
    To find out more about the Sugar Town Illuminated Event check out djactionslacks.com
    21+
    $10 to $20 at the door (pay what you choose)
    Mask & Vax required.

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  • DJ Action Slacks Presents: Sugar Town Illuminated

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

    *Please note this venue will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry to this show. 

    Join KMHD's own DJ Action Slacks for a full week of vintage holiday music on a large, outdoor patio lounge filled with uplifting, dazzling, illuminated, candy-themed holiday decorations! 


    Each evening of Sugar Town Illuminated will feature festive music carefully curated by a different vintage vinyl DJ specializing pre-1980s music. 


    TREATS! There will also be holiday treats and special season drinks available for purchase.
    Surprises! This event is still in the planning process, so there will likely other exciting surprises as well. 


    This multi-day event is produced by DJ Action Slacks who will also be designing the space and creating the decorations. Don't miss this one, folks!

    Dress up, or dress warmly, or both! Event will have some heaters, some amount of tent space, and a whole lotta heart!
     
    To find out more about the Sugar Town Illuminated Event check out djactionslacks.com
    21+
    $10 to $20 at the door (pay what you choose)
    Mask & Vax required.

  • PDX Jazz Presents: Jazzmeia Horn

    The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks both indoors & outdoors when not seated or eating/drinking, even if they are vaccinated. 
     
    Award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn announces her ever-expanding talents with the release of her new album and first big-band effort, Dear Love, a recording that brims with the combination of her assured delivery and spoken world segments, deft arrangements and fiery musical ideas. While the album functions as a platform for Horn to showcase both her perception of the world and her endlessly unfolding talents, it also granted the composer a setting to expound on personal experiences, shuttling them through a sui generis musical prism.

    “‘Where We Are’ really speaks on my history – where my ancestors have been and where we are now,” Horn said about a track filigreed with strings from the new album, which is set for release Sept. 10 on the vocalist’s own Empress Legacy Records. “All of our actions now will determine our future, and all of our actions in the past have determined our present. We know that. Based on what we do now, that’s how we create a better future for our children and for future generations. It’s important because not a lot of people think about that. We’ve got global warming and all these other problems because people want to do what they want to do without thinking about the repercussions.”

    Elsewhere on Dear Love, Horn swings on an interpretation of classics “He’s My Guy” and “Lover Come Back to Me”; displays her vocal range and ability to summon the emotional content of her writing on the slinky “Let Us”; contemplates purpose on the subtle and intriguing “NIA”; and closes the album with “Where is Freedom!?,” a tune deeply rooted in a vamp that would have suited Nina Simone.

    Horn said the Noble Force ensemble she put together for Dear Love revolved around her regular rhythm section – pianist Keith Brown, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Anwar Marshall – which had played the tunes collected here in different arrangements while on the road. Saxophonist Bruce Williams’ leadership in the alto section also was indispensable to the album’s full realization.

    “Strive,” a stately composition from the record focused upon Horn’s soaring vocal and her ensemble’s plangent horns, finds the bandleader proclaiming determination and power atop a recondite arrangement, expertly navigated by the Noble Force.

    “‘Strive’ is my mantra right now, because there’s so much going on in the world,” Horn said. “For me personally, I’m a mom, I’m buying a new house, my children are starting school, there’s paperwork for everything. The pressure is pressing, and I’m like, ‘OK, strive.’ So many people relate to that idea. When I shared the song with a friend who lives in Texas, she was like, ‘I have bills piled up. I just finished college and my student loans are hanging over my head, and my job is not really doing anything for me.’ She said that listening to that song really helped her to get through the day. And that’s what I want for everybody.”

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    PDX Jazz follows all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines issued by public authorities and the venues that host our events. Mandatory mask wearing, proof of vaccination, and seating limitations may apply to performances. If any of these health and safety measures has been enacted, compliance will be rquired by all show attendees. If an event cancels due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, refund will be available at at the point of ticket purchase.

  • Celebrating the Life and Music of David Frishberg

    The 1905, 830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry, as well as mask-wearing when not actively eating or drinking.

    TWO SHOWS - 5pm and 8pm

    At the request of the family, proceeds from tonight’s performances will be donated to musicares.org.

    Rebecca Kilgore, Vocals
    Randy Porter, Piano
    Tom Wakeling, Bass
    Charlie Doggett, Drums

    Dave Frishberg (b. March 23, 1933) enjoyed a career remarkable for both its quality and its diversity. Long known as one of the outstanding pianists in jazz, Frishberg also established himself as an internationally recognized composer and lyricist as well as a solo performer with a loyal following.

    Early in his career, during the 1960s, he was a busy pianist in New York City, playing regularly with the major jazz artists of the time, including Ben Webster, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Carmen McRae, and Gene Krupa. In 1971 he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician and stayed active in jazz circles. He has recorded with a diverse array of artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Jimmy Rushing, Bud Freeman, Bill Berry’s L.A. Band, Susannah McCorkle, Kenny Davern, and Rebecca Kilgore.

    Frishberg became best known for writing and recording his own songs and performing them in prominent jazz and cabaret venues. His song credits include cult classics My Attorney Bernie, Van Lingle Mungo, Peel Me A Grape and You Are There. Four Frishberg albums have earned Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Susannah McCorkle, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie, Carol Sloane, John Pizzarelli, Bob Dorough, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, and Mel Torme. His songs, including the well-known I’m Just A Bill, appeared regularly on ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock series.

    Frishberg’s latest recordings are on the Arbors Jazz label. Latest Arbors CD is Retromania: Dave Frishberg at The Jazz Bakery. His earlier recordings are available on the Concord, Blue Note, and Fantasy labels.

    Dave Frishberg passed Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

  • DJ Action Slacks Presents: Sugar Town Illuminated

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

    *Please note this venue will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry to this show. 

    Join KMHD's own DJ Action Slacks for a full week of vintage holiday music on a large, outdoor patio lounge filled with uplifting, dazzling, illuminated, candy-themed holiday decorations! 


    Each evening of Sugar Town Illuminated will feature festive music carefully curated by a different vintage vinyl DJ specializing pre-1980s music. 


    TREATS! There will also be holiday treats and special season drinks available for purchase.
    Surprises! This event is still in the planning process, so there will likely other exciting surprises as well. 


    This multi-day event is produced by DJ Action Slacks who will also be designing the space and creating the decorations. Don't miss this one, folks!

    Dress up, or dress warmly, or both! Event will have some heaters, some amount of tent space, and a whole lotta heart!
     
    To find out more about the Sugar Town Illuminated Event check out djactionslacks.com
    21+
    $10 to $20 at the door (pay what you choose)
    Mask & Vax required.

  • A Mel Brown Christmas

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

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks both indoors & outdoors when not seated or eating/drinking, even if they are vaccinated.

    MEL BROWN -- An Oregon icon, has been labeled the "Gentleman of Jazz," with a career spanning a half century. The city of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 "Mel Brown Day" in recognition of Mel's achievements as a musician and educator, receiving the Governor's Arts Award in 2002. Mel first made his mark as a Motown staff drummer, recording and touring with the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and many others. He subsequently spent ten years working with Diana Ross and other pop acts before giving up the road in 1991 and returning home to his first love: jazz. Mel has been a fixture in Portland ever since, leading groups six nights a week at Jimmy Mak's and other venues when he isn't backing jazz artists like Joey DeFrancesco and Benny Golson.

    DAN BALMER -- Widely considered the defining sound of contemporary jazz guitar in the Northwest.  Described by the Los Angeles Times as "the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be," Dan is one of the most original and creative artists to come from the fertile Northwest music scene.

    RENATO CARANTO -- described as "one of Portland's most soulful jazz saxophonists" by The Oregonian," Renato is one of the most versatile, accomplished, soulful saxophonists anywhere. Arriving from the Philippines in '81 with only his horn, Renato has built an enviable career in Portland. After gaining a foothold in the local scene, Renato became one of the most sought-after jazzmen in the NW and beyond. In recent years, he’s toured with Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding and late country legend Merle Haggard. Talk about versatility!  

    LOUIS "KING LOUIE" PAIN -- "Portland's boss of the B-3" (The Oregonian) hails from San Francisco, where he played and recorded with a wide variety of top musicians: Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte, Santana saxophonist Jules Broussard, Edwin Hawkins vocalist Dorothy Morrison, and B.B. King saxophonist Bobby Forte. After moving north in '86, Louis continued the trend. His 2016 cd with vocalist LaRhonda Steele, “Rock Me Baby,” was honored by Downbeat as one of the “Best Albums of 2016.”  Louis’ knack for playing exactly what's needed to further the song has made him Portland's "first call" organist. 

  • Trio Subtonic

    The 1905, 830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry, as well as mask-wearing when not actively eating or drinking.
     
    TWO SHOWS - 8pm and 10pm
     
    Galen Clark, Keys
    Bill Athens, Bass
    Tyrone Hendrix, Drums

  • Object Heavy

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

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry. Multnomah County residents are also advised to wear masks both indoors & outdoors when not seated or eating/drinking, even if they are vaccinated.
     
    Object Heavy is Northern California’s hardest hitting Soul sensation. While based in Arcata, this cast of musical characters has made waves up and down the North Coast of California, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the United States, as well as being voted best band in Humboldt, two out of three years nominated.

    Fast forward to where Object Heavy has hit the studio, cooked up a new album produced by Kelly Finnigan(Monophonics), showing off their progressive yet soulful sound. This will be released in the coming months of 2021.

    With powerhouse vocalist Richard Love at the helm, and backed by Brian Swislow(keys), Leo Plummer(gtr), Ian Taylor(bass), Nick Camacho(perc) and Sam Kaplan-Good(drums), the band is fully prepared for whatever’s next, leading into the future in celebration of their new album, “Love & Gravity”.

    Object Heavy’s magnetic blend of classic Cadillac soul, effortlessly contagious dance grooves, vocal harmonies and blazing musicianship is ripe for a live experience you don’t want to miss.

    Important Safety Notice: In accordance with the Multnomah County mask mandate, all Jack London customers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking. As a further measure, no customers will be admitted without proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of negative test taken within 48 hours of admission. Stay safe, Portland!

  • Tezeta Band

    Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require proof of vaccination and mask-wearing when not actively eating or drinking.
     
    Tezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and soulful dance music. It is part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian melodies blended with the R & B music of the 1960’s and 1970’s. It comes from a period when the influential sounds of James Brown, Jackie Mittoo and John Coltrane melted together with Ethiopian tradition in the hot clubs and lounges of Addis Ababa.

  • Jack Radsliff Quartet

    The 1905, 830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227, USA

    *Please note this is an in-person, indoor event and that this venue will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 48 hours for entry, as well as mask-wearing when not actively eating or drinking.
     
    Jack Radsliff, Guitar
    Clay Giberson, Piano
    Bill Athens, Bass
    Jason Palmer, Drums

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