2012 Portland Jazz Festival Headliners Announced

Branford Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell among scheduled performers

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Jeff Tamarkin

Bill Frisell

The 2012 US Bank Portland Jazz Festival will be held February 17-26, 2012 at venues throughout Portland, Ore. The ninth annual, 11-day festival will include jazz education and outreach along with a series of concerts.

Among this year’s headliners are saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo; drummer and NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes; and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Guitarist Bill Frisell, in a two-night program titled “For Portland Only,” will perform in four divergent settings, the first evening, paying tribute to the works of pedal steel guitarist, Speedy West and guitarist, fiddle player and producer Jimmy Bryant as well as John Lennon. Frisell’s second evening will feature his 858 Quartet and a solo opening set. Portland trumpeter and educator Thara Memory will be honored as this year’s Portland Jazz Master and will open the festival with ambitious large scale ensembles inspired by the music of Miles Davis.

Guitarist Charlie Hunter will perform a program titled “Solo Jam,” as part of the Portland Jam Band Marathon, an evening devoted to regionally based jam bands. Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer will be joined by India-based guitar-composer Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta. They comprise Tirtha in an east meets west program titled “From New York to Tamil Nadu.” Additionally, the influential Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava and his quintet Tribes will perform in a show titled “A Jazz Pilgrim.” The Jazz Passengers will play songs off their first album in 12 years, Reunion.

Complete concert schedule

February 17 Thara Memory

February 18 Enrico Rava’s Tribe

February 19 The Jazz Passengers

February 21 Mardi Gras @ The Mission

February 22 Garth Fagan Dance

February 23 Dee Dee Bridgewater

February 24, 7:00pm Roy Haynes Quartet

February 24 Bill Frisell-Tribute to John Lennon, Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant

February 25 Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, Nitin Mitta

February 25 Bill Frisell solo & the 858 Quartet

February 25 Charlie Hunter solo and the Portland Jam Band Marathon

February 26 Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo Duo

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