16th annual jazz festival in the Rose City
Wed, Feb 20 ~ Sun, Mar 3
The 2019 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival – set for Wednesday, February 20 through Sunday, March 3 – includes a wide array of artists headlining the 16th annual event, which celebrates Black History Month. The Festival, which traditionally opens on a Thursday, will kick off a day early this year with an exciting performance by New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott.
In honor of Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary, trumpeter Terence Blanchard returns with his E-Collective band, Farnell Newton will pay tribute to Donald Byrd, Eli Degibri pays tribute to Hank Mobley, and the annual Al’s Den residency will boast a week of Blue Note Records inspired performances by resident artists.
Darrell Grant will be honored as this year’s Portland Jazz Master, recasting the 25th anniversary of Black Art which will serve as the catalyst for his recorded career retrospective. Among the headline pianists and keyboardists set to appear are Patrice Rushen, Harold Mabern (special guest with Eric Alexander), Aaron Diehl, Matthew Whitaker, Orrin Evans’ debut with The Bad Plus, Jean-Michel Pilc, Francois Bourassa, Delvon Lamarr, Cameron Graves, Jovino Santos Neto, and Benny Green with Veronica Swift are also set to appear.
The “Double Legacy” show is a Portland exclusive featuring the Art Blakey Centennial Band led by Ralph Peterson Jr., and the Spirits Up Above Ensemble led by Steve Turre in memory of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Freddy Cole will lovingly remember brother Nat @ 100!, and the legacy of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will be showcased for the first time in Portland.
The second weekend features performances in tribute to Michael Brecker and Grover Washington Jr., culminating with the festival debut by bass extraordinaire and GRAMMY® Award-winner Stanley Clarke, who last played in Portland in 2004.