Biamp PDX Jazz Festival

Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2016

The 13th Annual Biamp PDX Jazz Festival is set to commence Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 28 with 30 featured concerts at venues throughout the Portland metro region. Tickets on sale to general public November 2.

The center piece concerts that highlight the Coltrane @ 90 celebration include; Ravi Coltrane as special guest soloist with the Africa Brass Ensemble under the direction of Portland Jazz Master Charley Gray, recasting the five singular pieces from his father’s debut Impulse! sessions record anchored by the Philadelphia pianist and McCoy Tyner inspired, Orrin Evans. Ravi will also pay tribute to his revered mother Alice Coltrane featuring Reggie Workman (he performed and recorded with Ravi’s mom and dad), pianist Geri Allen (she and Alice are both Detroit natives), harpist Brandee Younger and drummer Andrew Cyrille.

Additionally, Coltrane’s mastery will be reflected through legacy performances in special groupings through tribute projects led by Gary Bartz and Jimmy Cobb/Javon Jackson respectively. Additionally, the program Ole Coltrane featuring the Bobby Torres Ensemble with special guest Azar Lawrence; Portland based Chuck Israels celebrates his first record date with Trane, Coltrane Time; the west coast debut of Reggie Workman’s Quintet (RW Works).

This year's 11-day celebration will also boast the second annual Jazz Forward Competition, a high school competition drawing students from throughout the western region. In partnership with Portland State University, the JFC was created to establish a scholarship program in the tradition of other prestigious regional events held in Reno, Nevada, Monterey, California and Moscow, Idaho. Finalists this year will compete in seven categories (2 college level solo categories have been added) with the winners receiving main stage exposure

various venues

Portland OR

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