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2011 Portland Jazz Festival

Fran Kaufman's photos from performances and events at the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival

Don Byron and cantor Jack Falk performing at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Oran Etkin at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Performance by Yacouba Sissokoko and Oran Etkin at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Esperanza Spalding at workshop at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Esperanza Spalding at workshop at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Esperanza Spalding and Tim DuRoche at panel session during 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Don Byron, Oran Etkin, Darrell Grant, Anat Cohen and Avishai Cohen at panel during 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Leala Cyr and Esperanza Spalding performing at the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Gary Wang performing with Anat Fort at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Dave Frishberg performing at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival

This year’s 8th Alaska Airlines Portland Jazz Festival Presented by U.S. Bank featured over 120 events in 30 plus venues over an 11 day period. Certainly the timing of Esperanza Spalding’s arrival less than two weeks after her Grammy coup was auspicious. She packed Portland State University with her mentor Darrell Grant in doing a series of workshops geared for music students prior to her doing community outreach as part of Grant’s curated “The Incredible Journey of Jazz” which was presented in Portland area middle schools and Congregation Beth Israel which tied into the festival’s “Bridges & Boundaries: Jewish & African Americans Playing Jazz.”

Additionally a wide array of artists (Spalding included) took part in the “Jazz Conversation” series, an annual tradition of live in-person one on one interviews between headline artists and a prominent journalist. Also two highly anticipated panels were presented, both re-inforcing the theme from the artists (Spalding, Don Byron, Anat Cohen, Grant) and community perspective featuring Cantor Bletstein, Marcus Mundy (Oregon Urban League President), Larry Miller (Portland Trail Blazers President), political commentator David Sarasohn, newscaster Ken Boddie and US Bank VP Quentin Strode. All panels and Jazz Conversations were podcasted through Oregon Music News.

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