November-11th-2008, 03:53 PM
Each Day Is A Gift.
2009 Portland Jazz Festival
Since there's not a new forum for 2009 Jazz Festivals yet, I thought I'd post this here.
It's especially great news since many of us thought that the PDX Festival was likely over for good.
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Last edited by Ron Thorne; November-11th-2008 at 04:02 PM.
November-11th-2008, 04:01 PM
Unfortunately, they seem to have gone back to their old style of in the pocket programming, in comparison to the more exciting line-up earlier this year. No creative element. Maybe there's more to follow.
November-11th-2008, 04:09 PM
Each Day Is A Gift.
I hear what you're saying, Cem, but for me it's decidedly better news than no Portland Jazz Festival ever again. Plus, those aren't exactly shabby in-the-pocket players, either. I'm also reminded that they now have a new major corporate sponsor (Alaska Airlines) so are likely playing it a bit cautiously in the beginning.
I would dig hearing Ellington's interpretation of Nutcracker Suite.
November-15th-2008, 12:30 PM
Am I missing something here? What's *wrong* with this line-up?
Originally Posted by Cem
Aside from 'Sweet Lou" Donaldson, who is gonna' play like he plays, this is not cookie cutter "in the pocket programming" under any circumstances.
2009 Festival Schedule:
A Tale of God’s Will (Requiem for Katrina) Terence Blanchard Quintet with full orchestra plus Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet: Friday, February 13, 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Joe Lovano’s Us5 plus Jacky Terrasson: Saturday, February 14, 2:00 pm, Portland Art Museum Ballroom
John Scofield: Saturday, February 14, 9:30 pm, Portland Art Museum Ballroom
Lionel Loueke plus Judi Silvano: Sunday, February 15, 6:30 pm, Hilton Pavilion Ballroom
Cassandra Wilson plus Jason Moran & The Bandwagon: Friday, February 20, 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Bobby Hutcherson plus Lou Donaldson: Saturday, February 21, 2:00 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Patricia Barber plus Aaron Parks: Saturday, February 21, 7:30 pm, Newmark Theater
Pat Martino plus Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana: Sunday, February 22, 2:00 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Last edited by Mike Schwartz; November-15th-2008 at 12:30 PM.
November-15th-2008, 01:28 PM
Compared to this year's eclectic line-up, it looks very dry to me. Just a matter of taste, I guess. I went down for the 2008 festival and got to hear Cecil, Ornette, Myra Melford, Tim Berne, SF All Stars and a couple of other things over the span of a weekend. It was most impressive. I would've gone for Cecil alone. This year's line-up does not excite me enough to drive down, 8 hours each way.
Originally Posted by Mike Schwartz
December-3rd-2008, 02:40 PM
Each Day Is A Gift.
PDX Jazz Update
JAZZ TOWN AWAITS A LEGEND
In February the spotlight in Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will be set on McCoy Tyner, one of the world's most storied and celebrated jazz artists
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Our thanks go out to Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air for their title sponsorship of the 2009 Festival, and to The Oregonian A&E for their continued presenting sponsorship.
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Kurt Elling added as Festival Finale
Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presents: Dedicated to You Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman Featuring Ernie Watts & Laurence Hopgood Trio
|Sunday, February 22, 8:00 PM, at the Crystal Ballroom |
Kurt Elling, a Portland favorite and former Blue Note artist, and this unique collaboration will cap the 2009 Portland Jazz Festival's Somethin' Else: Blue Note Records @70, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, February 13-22.
In his latest project, Elling has created an adventurous tribute to the 1963 classic recording of Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane, long regarded as a true 'jazz essential.' The rich baritone voice of Hartman, the only vocalist to ever record with sax legend John Coltrane, formed a unique collaboration of romantic ballads only eighteen months before Trane's masterpiece, A Love Supreme. Featuring such treasured standards as Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life and Sammy Cahn's Dedicated to You, Elling has updated the Hartman/Coltrane partnership with sax great Ernie Watts, who has worked with such various artists as Frank Zappa and Charlie Haden's Quartet West, along with the Ethel String Quartet and a jazz trio led by pianist and frequent collaborator Laurence Hopgood. While A Love Supreme struggles to describe the radiance of divinity and transcendence, Hartman/Coltrane is more intimate and accessible dealing with the human trials and triumphs in love.
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Ellington's Nutcracker Suite December 5
PJO presents Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite Friday, December 5, 7:30 PM · PCPA Newmark Theater
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I don't think that I've ever been associated with a jazz festival presenting so many vocalists as we have in February with Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Patricia Barber, Judi Silvano, and now Kurt Elling.
It's curious because admittedly we haven't booked many vocalists the past few years. There's no real reason for this. Some of you have previously pointed this out to me, but there's no underlying issue here. Some of my best friends are vocalists!
It's also curious that we ended up with such a plethora of singers during a year when we focus on Blue Note Records. Founded in 1939 by passionate visionaries Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, Blue Note holds a seminal position within the evolution of American (instrumental/improvised) music. Long before Motown, soul, and rap, it was Blue Note that crystallized the sounds of Black America. From the early recordings of Sidney Bechet and Meade Lux Lewis to Miles Davis' landmark The Birth of the Cool, Blue Note has set the standard for jazz tradition. While photographer Wolff had an eye for jazz with hundreds of groundbreaking album covers, it was Lion's keen ear that developed and recorded the great masters including Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver and countless others. As an early champion of postwar jazz, Lion was first to record the most influential modern jazz ensemble, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, which forged the trademark Blue Note sound along with stalwarts Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, and McCoy Tyner. The only vocalist to record on Blue Note during this period was Blossom Dearie-no Ella, no Sarah, no Joe!
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January-9th-2009, 02:45 AM
Each Day Is A Gift.
I hope this post doesn't jinx things, because I'm working on the possibility of meeting our youngest son in Portland to celebrate his 38th birthday at the Portland Jazz Festival on the weekend of February 13th, and sharing a fine hotel, four concerts and some fine food and drink.
January-9th-2009, 12:30 PM
It's good to see that PDX has risen from the ashes. Kudos! I was seriously bummed when I missed both Ornette and Cecil last time around... The bookings are - all in all - pretty good, though I can relate to Cem's reservations. It would be great to catch Jason Moran and Jane Bunnett in particular although it looks like I'll be unable to get down there for either one. Sigh...
January-9th-2009, 11:39 PM
Each Day Is A Gift.
Well, it appears that things are going to work out and I'll meet our youngest child in Portland and celebrate his 38th birthday in style at the Portland Jazz Festival next month. I've booked our hotel and will likely be buying event tickets later tonight. My wife is our official airline ticket agent.
We'll enjoy Joe Lovano, Terrance Blanchard, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jacky Terrasson, McCoy Tyner, Don Byron, Dianne Reeves & the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Everyone should bear in mind that the folks at PDX have had to compress 6 months of work into 3 months to pull this off, in view of their recent financial difficulties.
I'm very stoked!
Anyone else from Jazz Corner planning to attend? If so, please send me a PM and I'll give you my cellular phone#, and maybe we can meet for a beer, glass of wine or coffee.
Last edited by Ron Thorne; January-11th-2009 at 02:54 AM.
January-11th-2009, 08:41 PM
wish I could. but Ron, I have a friend who has a Japanese Izakaya restaurant in Portland called Tanuki. She can really cook, and the reviews I have read are rave. If you get the chance, and like Japanese food, I think you'd dine well. (Her name is Janis Martin)
"Life's short, drink well."
January-11th-2009, 10:31 PM
Each Day Is A Gift.
Thanks for the tip, June.
Originally Posted by hornplayer
Our son, Justin, who will be meeting me there, used to live in Japan, so we'd both be interested in checking this out if time and budget permits.