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2014 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival
General Event Information
Live Music: Jazz
* contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information
Dates and Times:
February 20-March 2, 12:00-12:00AM
Featuring Universally Acclaimed Artists and Portland Favorites:
Ahmad Jamal, JLCO w/ Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny Unity Group, Oregon Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese, Bobby Watson & Horizon, Eliane Elias, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Yellowjackets, Kenny Werner Trio, Geoff Keezer, Christian McBride Trio, Buster Williams & Something More, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl, Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio feat. Lew Tabackin, Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg, Darrell Grant’s “The Territory” feat. Special Guest Joe Locke, Tord Gustavsen Quartet, Grace Kelly Quartet and more.
This year’s For Portland Only production features bass stalwart Buster Williams and Something More with two esteemed colleagues from the Herbie Hancock-Mwandishi early ’70s ensemble: Julian Priester and Bennie Maupin, alongside Portlander George Colligan, and celebrated drummer, Cindy Blackman-Santana.
Members of the 43-year veteran ensemble Oregon will serve as this year’s Portland Jazz Masters, which is the first time in the Festival’s history that an ensemble has been honored with the title. The Yellowjackets will make their first Portland appearance in nearly 12 years along with rare visits by piano masters Kenny Werner, Geoff Keezer, Eliane Elias, Tord Gustavsen, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, while emerging young artists Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Grace Kelly will celebrate their Portland debuts. The classic jazz tradition will also be upheld and spoken for by Bobby Watson & Horizon (30th Anniversary Tour), Christian McBride Trio and the Kenny Werner Trio. Artists with connections to Portland include: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Dave Frishberg paired with likeminded jazz celebrity wordsmith Bob Dorough, and Darrell Grant who will lead The Territory featuring special guest Joe Locke, on a program which examines the rich cultural Oregon landscape with a heady Portland ensemble.
Education and outreach, as always, amplify the Festival’s recognition of Black History Month through a series of community-wide initiatives. The outreach programming will include the Student Stage at Portland State University on March 1 and 2, “The Incredible Journey of Jazz” middle school program, Jazz Conversations, Round About Midnight Jam Sessions hosted by Ron Steen, and an extensive free performance schedule.