Just prior to a particularly hot set by trumpeter Dave Douglas and his quintet, Portland Jazz Festival Executive Director Don Lucoff took to the stage at Jimmy Maks this past Friday to announce some of the lineup for the 2014 edition of the Portland Jazz Festival.
Taking place from February 20th to March 2nd of next year, the festival doesn't boast a huge number of jaw-dropping names that even your mom would recognize. But the folks they are bringing to town represent a well-proportioned bunch of players whose work spans the past 60 years of jazz.
The biggest ticket item on the schedule is Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This group pulls together members of Marsalis's usual septet and surviving members of Duke Ellington's Orchestra for amazing large-ensemble arrangements of big band, bop, and modern jazz composition. They will perform on Friday the 28th of February at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For the third year running, the festival brings Portland's most famous native daughter Esperanza Spalding back to town for a performance. This time around, she's playing as part of her new Spring Quartet, which features the amazing Jack DeJohnette on drums, pianist Leo Genovese, and saxophonist Joe Lovano. This show will be going down on Sunday February 24th at the Newmark Theatre.
Another local talent Dave Frishberg will be playing a set with 90-year-old legend Bob Dorough that looks to the pair's 1999 album Who's On First for inspiration. And because of Dorough's longtime association with Schoolhouse Rock, don't be surprised if "Three is the Magic Number" shows up in the setlist. They'll also be here on Sunday the 24th of February at the Winningstad Theatre.
Also on the docket is local jazz hero Darrell Grant, who will be performing alongside a gaggle of Portland players for a second performance of "The Territory," his piece focused on the history of Oregon (scheduled for Friday Feb. 21st at the Winningstad); 83-year-old pianist Ahmad Jamal (at the Newmark on Feb. 21st); bassist Buster Williams with local pianist George Colligan and wife of Carlos, drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana (Saturday, Feb. 22nd at the Newmark); and closing the festival will be a set by pioneering guitarist Pat Metheny and his Unity Group (Newmark on Sunday March 2nd).
Check out the schedule as it stands below, and/or click here to see ticket prices and the time of each show.
Thursday February 20, 2014
Eliane Elias @ Winningstad Theatre
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band @ Winningstad Theatre
Friday February 21, 2014
Ahmad Jamal @ Newmark Theatre
Darrell Grant’s “The Territory” featuring special guest Joe Locke @ Winningstad Theatre
Saturday February 22, 2014
Aaron Diehl (solo piano) @ Classic Pianos
Kenny Werner Trio @ Jimmy Mak's
Buster Williams “Something More” w/ opening performance by Cécile McLorin Salvant @ Newmark Theatre
Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio featuring Lew Tabackin @ Winningstad Theatre
Kenny Werner Trio @ Jimmy Mak's
Sunday February 23, 2014
Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough: “Who’s On First” @ Winningstad Theatre
Toshiko Akiyoshi (solo piano) @ Classic Pianos
Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese @ Newmark Theatre
Monday February 24, 2014
Yellowjackets @ Jimmy Mak's
Oregon featuring Glen Moore, Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Mark Walker @ Lewis and Clark College's Evans Auditorium
Tuesday February 25, 2014
The PDX Jazz All-Star Student Big Band featuring special guest Bob Mintzer @ Jimmy Mak's
Tord Gustavsen Quartet @ Mission Theater & Pub
The PDX Jazz Educators Septet featuring special guest Bob Mintzer @ Jimmy Mak's
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Grace Kelly Quartet @ Jimmy Mak's
Friday February 28, 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ TBD
Saturday March 1, 2014
Bobby Watson & Horizon 30th Anniversary and Christian McBride Trio @ Newmark Theatre
Sunday March 2, 2014
Geoff Keezer (solo piano) @ Classic Pianos
Pat Metheny Unity Group @ Newmark Theatre