• Fred Stickley & KiNG BETA

    Arrivederci Wine & Jazz, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267, USA


    Arrivederci Wine & Jazz
    Milwaukie OR


  • Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

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

    6:00 and 8:00 pm shows

    Renato Caranto, Tenor SaxophoneDan Balmer, GuitarLouis "King Louis" Pain, Hammond B3Mel Brown, Drums"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate-- George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group back in 2003.In fact, this true all-star band has been a sensation going back to 1997, when they began a 20-year run on Thursdays at Portland’s legendary “Jimmy Mak’s” music venue (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”). With a collective resume that reads like a "Who's Who" of NW jazz, blues, and soul, this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous--from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues. No wonder they've thrilled audiences wherever they've played.Count among the band’s fans jazz great Christian McBride, host of National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night In America.” In an October 2021 broadcast, McBride played several excerpts from a Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group festival set. During one of the interview segments with Mel, McBride exclaimed, “My mind is blown!”

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    Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212, USA

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  • Biamp Portland Jazz Festival: BILL FRISELL FOUR feat. Johnathan Blake, Gerald Clayton, Gregory Tardy presented by PDX Jazz

    12625 SW Crescent St, Beaverton, OR 97005, USA

    BillFrisell’s careeras a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebratedrecordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recordedoutput of the decade”.

    Twoyears after issuing his acclaimed trio album Valentine, GRAMMYAward-winning guitarist and composer Bill Frisell returnswith Four, a stunning meditation on loss, renewal, and thosemysterious inventions of friendship. Frisell’s third album for Blue NoteRecords proffers new interpretations of previously recorded originals as wellas nine new tunes. The session brings together artists of independent spiritsand like minds: Blue Note stablemates Gerald Clayton on pianoand Johnathan Blake on drums, and longtime collaborator GregTardy on saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet.

    Four presents this sideof his artistry at its most intuitive.

    Aspectsof Four reflect Frisell’s affection for Americana, and skilledsaturation of blues. But what’s poised to give the record its staying is lesstangible. “The album is capturing this first moment in time when we were, allfour, together, playing these songs,” he says. “Music is incredible that waybecause we’ll never play these songs this way again. Once we start playing themlive, they’ll change.”

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  • Biamp Portland Jazz Festival: GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO feat. Eric Gruber bass & Michael Raynor drums presented by PDX Jazz

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

    “Pianist George Colligan stole the set with a displayof technique that inspired a standing ovation.”- Harvey Siders, JazzTimes, in a review of a Ravi Coltrane concert.


    George Colligan is not onlyone of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned aninternational reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ,keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader, as well as popularblogger. Winner of the 2015 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), he hashad a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette.


    His latest album, “King’s Dream” (PJCE Records 2022) ishis 36th as a bandleader, and features PSU faculty andalumni.  Colligan, a New York resident for 15 years, now resides inPortland, Oregon where he is a Full Professor at Portland State University. 


    He has also recently toured the U.S. and Canada as aleader with his trio featuring legends Buster Williams and Lenny White. Withover 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long listof jazz greats, including John Scofield,  Buster Williams, CassandraWilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti, and many others. 

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  • Biamp Portland Jazz Festival ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO’S REMAIN IN LIGHT + DJ NICKODEMUS presented by PDX Jazz

    Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA

    African Global Superstar, 5 time GRAMMY winner and cultural ambassadorAngélique Kidjo takes the Classic ‘Remain in Light’ to new heights LIVE atRoseland + DJ Nickodemus to set it off just right!


    “As‘Remain In Light’ was influenced by the music of my continent, I want to payback the homage and create my own African take on Talking Heads’ songs”


    DJNickodemus is a dance music pioneer with a global twist from his legendaryTurntables on The Hudson on virtually every known river around the globe, tohis own  WonderwheelRecordings. A perfect warm up to the passion and fire of Angélique Kidjo 

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  • Biamp Portland Jazz Festival: SCATTER THE ATOMS THAT REMAIN presented by PDX Jazz

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

    FranklinKiermyer –drums + leader
    Davis Whitfield – piano + music director
    Ben Solomon – saxophone
    Giulio Xavier Cetto – double bass

    Scatter The Atoms That Remain
     redefines transformative spiritual music.

    “The function of our music – its true purpose – is fulfilled when every onefeels strong, free and unafraid to jump into the unknown, leaving behind whatholds us back. That experience is what Scatter The Atoms That Remain is allabout. Our music changes people.”

    You can hear for yourselves and feel it too – this music is new – not likeanything else. What it does is palpable. That’s the point – what it DOES – howit makes you feel. It causes an opening to occur. Like faithful prayer, seanceand ritual, but not religious. Spiritual. Those in the know see where it’scoming from, those that are brave see where it’s going. The spirited are movedbeyond thought. That’s its purpose. Fearless and uncompromising, this music isdeeply rooted in our shared ancestry.

    Think of how you felt the first time you heard Jimi Hendrix play the StarSpangled Banner, or the first time you heard Sun Ship, Transition or FirstMeditations. That’s what people feel when they hear Scatter The Atoms.

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  • Biamp Portland Jazz Festival: NICKODEMUS presented by PDX Jazz

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

    Nickodemus is a traveler at heart – aconnecter of worlds, scenes, and people since the late-90s. Over his extensivecareer as a touring DJ and producer, including four albums and canonical tuneslike “My Swing es Tropical” and “Cleopatra in New York”, he’s helped pave theway for an inimitable mix of global fusion and the heavy beats we yearn for inthe club. His music has long thrived on the close relationships and mutualrespect of friends he’s built across the continents, felt through the worldlypotions he cooks up in the studio, and spanning electronic sounds rooted inLatin, African, and Eastern instrumentation.


    Nickodemus’sound is often focused on the connective tissue of his many live collaborationsand the electronic solitude of his studio (or record-filled bubble, as he callsit). Through his much-loved label Wonderwheel Recordings, he’s notonly regularly releasing some of the most soul-shaking, eclectic sounds in thebiz, but focusing deeply on artist development and creating long-lastingmoments that live on far longer than their track length. The music you hear inhis releases from global dynamos Alsarah and the Nubatones, Novalima,The Pimps of Joytime, The Spy from Cairo, Chancha Via Circuito,Sorceress, are filled with expression, reflection, and care; they’reboth open-minded and deeply focused, a rarity at time in today’s overcrowdedmusic industry.


    As aremixer, he’s also lent his remix talents to a wide range of artists includingpioneers like Bob Marley and Nina Simone, aswell as other like minded genre-welders like Thievery Corporation,Quantic, Natasha Atlas and Mr. Scruff.


    Nickodemushas also sustained this energy and momentum for over 20 years with hisbeloved Turntables on the Hudson parties that have popped upfrom New York to London, Havana to Cairo and beyond.


    Theultimate global traveller Nickodemus can be found reaching every corner of theworld as the ambassador of positive good vibes on the dance floor.

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    McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211, USA

    Asubjective view upon the past, present and future of modern jazz.


    INSIDESCOFIELD isthe in-depth portrayal of the life of the acclaimed jazz musician JohnScofield. Entirely narrated by himself, Scofield takes us on an inspiringtrip into the mind and soul of one of today’s greats of contemporary jazz.Shaped and inspired by Scofield‘s work, the film is simultaneously acelebration of his creative impact as of true friendship, free communicationand courage towards human imperfection, an essential element in jazz.


    From thefast-paced life on the road, to the seclusive life at home in Katonah, tomemorable times in his old neighborhood in New York, where Jazz moved on toanother level and where he kicked off his career. Along the way Scofieldprovides answers to the important questions of music: What is improvization?What has changed over the last 40 years of constant touring around the globe asa “Road Dog”, how has this change affected the music and how can one sustainits quality?

    It‘s anincredibly close portrayal about the devotion to maintain a career in music,while appreciating being a human playing together with other humans.


    Thefilm features performers at this years Festival Dave Holland, BillFrisell, and Jon Cleary as well as prior PDX Jazz event and Festivalartists Pat Metheny, Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, Vicente Archer.

    PDXJazz ishonored to have presented the legendary John Scofield multipletimes in Portland with the most recent standout performance at The Reser onApril 23, 2022 with Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd and Josh Dion.


    Over the course of his long and successful musical career, John Scofieldcrossed paths with like minded greats such as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus,Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Chet Baker. With his uniquestyle and sound he became one of today’s most influential master guitarists andcomposers of jazz and fusion music. His œuvre includes jazz, funk, rock andblues music. Reflecting on his long career, he calls himself a roaddog, a jazz term for musicians with a long touring history.

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  • Biamp Portland Jazz Festival: AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE presented by PDX Jazz

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

    Bornand raised in Oakland, California, Ambrose Akinmusire (pronouncedah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) has paradoxically situated himself in both the centerand the periphery of jazz, most recently emerging in classical and hip hopcircles. He’s on a perpetual quest for new paradigms, masterfully weavinginspiration from other genres, arts, and life in general into compositions thatare as poetic and graceful as they are bold and unflinching. His unorthodoxapproach to sound and composition make him a regular on critics polls and haveearned him earned him grants and commissions from the Doris Duke Foundation,the MAP Fund, the Kennedy Center, The Berlin Jazz Festival and the MontereyJazz. 

     WhileAkinmusire continues to garner accolades, his reach is always beyond—himself,his instrument, genre, form, preconceived notions, and anything else imposinglimitations. Motivated primarily by the spiritual and practical value of art,Akinmusire wants to remove the wall of erudition surrounding his music. Heaspires to create richly textured emotional landscapes that tell the stories ofthe community, record the time, and change the standard. While committed to continuingthe lineage of black invention and innovation, he manages to honor traditionwithout being stifled by it.

     Akinmusire’sBlue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was releasedin 2011 to rave reviews. 

     TheLos Angeles Times praisedhis “chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter or soar,” adding that “Akinmusiresounds less like a rising star than one that was already at great heights andjust waiting to be discovered.” 

     DownBeat described hisplaying as “spectacular and not at all shy — muscular, driving, with a forwardsound, pliant phrasing and a penchant for intervallic leaps,” concluding that“clearly something very special and personal is at work here, a vision of jazzthat’s bigger than camps, broader and more intellectually restless than blowingsessions.”

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