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Portland Jazz Festival to Feature ECM Records in February

The 2007 Portland Jazz Festival, a celebration of jazz, Black History Month, and the city of Portland, is scheduled for Feb. 16 to 25. This year’s festival will be presented by Qwest and The Oregonian A&E, and will host dozens of jazz musicians from around the world. The festival will feature concerts, lectures and workshops, with a special focus on ECM Records-which the festival recognizes for its role in supporting and promoting contemporary jazz for nearly four decades-and the 35th anniversary of the breakthrough recording of Chick Corea and Gary Burton’s Crystal Silence. Festival attendees will also experience midnight jam sessions and innovative outreach programs. Among the artists scheduled to attend the festival are saxophonist Branford Marsalis, clarinetist and Blue Note artist Don Byron, Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim, pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Dave Douglas, singers Patricia Barber and Kurt Elling, and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko.

Currently in its 4th year, the Portland Jazz Festival takes place in downtown Portland, with over 18 hotels participating in the festival. More information, as well as tickets and ticket packages, are available online at http://www.pdxjazz.com, or by calling the Portland Jazz Festival Office at (503) 228-5299, or toll free at (888) 828-5299.

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