If you were lucky enough to catch the soul scorching set by Matthew Shipp Trio at Jimmy Mak's last night, you were also given the inside track on the lineup for the 2013 Portland Jazz Festival. Managing Director Don Lucoff took the stage and rattled off a quite impressive string of players and performers who will be gracing our fair city with their talent from February 15-24.
But, lest we leave you hanging, we're happy to bring you the lineup to the festival here, as well as a schedule of performance dates, times, and places.
The announcement that Lucoff looked most pleased to make was the festival closing performance by a new trio called ACS, featuring pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and your returning local hero, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding.
There's plenty to get excited about in the days before that, of course, including a For Portland Only performance by drummer Jack DeJohnette, who will be joined by Ravi Coltrane, George Colligan, and Matt Garrison; trumpeter/arranger Gerald Wilson leading two groups of local players, including a bunch handpicked from Portland schools; New York icons Sex Mob paying tribute to the film scores of Federico Fellini; the first Portland appearance by Kurt Rosenwinkel and his quartet; and a special appearance by the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.
Below is the full concert schedule as announced by the PDX Jazz Festival. We can only hope it will have you as excited about the fest as we are.
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30pm @ Aladdin Theater - Afro Cuban All-Stars & Alfredo Rodríguez
Friday, Feb. 15, 7 & 9:30pm @ Jimmy Mak's - NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris with Chuck Israels & Todd Strait in partnership w/ Soul Patch Music
Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30pm @ Scottish Rite Auditorium - Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band featuring Rebecca Kilgore in Tribute to Stan Kenton with Shanghai Woolies
Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30pm @ The Mission Theater - Blue Cranes in partnership with Creative Music Guild
Sunday, Feb. 17, 3:00pm @ Classic Piano - Alfredo Rodriguez, solo piano
Monday, Feb. 18, 7:00pm @ Jimmy Mak's - PDX Jazz All-Star Student Big Band under the direction of Gerald Wilson
Monday, Feb. 18, 9:30pm @ Jimmy Mak's - PDX Jazz All-Star Educators Ensemble under the direction of Darrell Grant Play the Music of Gerald Wilson
Tuesday, Feb. 19 7 & 9:30pm @ Jimmy Mak's - Scott Hamilton Quartet
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30pm @ Evans Auditorium - Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet in partnership with Lewis & Clark College
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 & 9:30pm, Jimmy Mak's - Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Patricia Barber Quartet
Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:30pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Kenny Garrett Quartet
Friday, Feb. 22, 7:00pm @ Newmark Theatre - The Jazz Message; Celebrating Art Blakey
Friday, Feb. 22, 9:30pm, Winningstad Theatre - Steve Kuhn Trio w/ special guest Devin Phillips
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:00pm @ Newmark Theatre - NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette featuring Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison & George Colligan
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Sexmob Plays Fellini
Sunday, Feb. 24, 3:00pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Portland Jazz Master Nancy King with Glen Moore and Steve Christofferson
Sunday, Feb. 24, 7:00pm @ Newmark Theatre - ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding