[JAZZ FUSION] The Portland Jazz
Composers’ Ensemble’s record label continues to refresh the city’s jazz
discography with a diverse range of monthly releases that usually veer
Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.
Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman
School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001,
the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience
From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy
Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy
Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved
[WORLDLY JAZZ] The title of the Portland
jazz ensemble’s new album is a little misleading. Composer-pianist
Andrew Oliver’s four-movement suite—which adds top classical musicians,
I often listen to parts of concerts with my eyes closed, the better to focus on the sounds rather than the onstage flash. It's not that flash isn't a valid part of the entertainment experience, but it's surprising how you hear a concert differently sans visual distractions.
That's what everyone has to do at the Third Angle New Music concerts this w...
Burbly vintage synth sounds, repeated arpeggios straight out of mid-period Reich/Glass high minimalism, trippy light show, mellow vocals, closed-eyed audience members…for one night, TBA's late-night social hub The Works turned into That '70s Show when singer/composer/keyboardist Nick Hallett presented his multimedia Rainbow Passage</...More
Formed: In 1997 in Guinea’s Kalia refugee camp, near the border of Sierra Leone.
Sounds like: A rough mélange of retro reggae, Afro-funk, tribal chants, Congolese soukous and groovy soul.
Portland jazz bids farewell to one of its leading lights.
How will Portland jazz survive without Andrew
Oliver? Since Hurricane Katrina blew the young pianist back to his
hometown in 2005 after a few years at New Orleans’ Loyola University,
One of Portland’s brightest composers escapes from New York.
[CLASSICAL] Like it is in everything else these days,
Brooklyn is all the rage in classical music. It’s an old story, really:
For a century at least, if you wanted to be at the forefront of
Formed: In 2000 in Minneapolis.
Sounds like: Classically trained piano meets indie-rock drums meets jazz bass.
For fans of: Blondie, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Motian,
Flaming Lips, Abba, Joshua R