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2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Announces New Headliners

Pharoah Sanders and Christian Scott top the bill at late-winter event in Portland

Christian Scott 2018
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)

The 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, Ore., which celebrates Black History Month, is scheduled to run Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, March 3. Now in its 16th year, the event will kick off with a performance by the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. The saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, an NEA Jazz Master, will play the festival for the first time since 2016, when he appeared as a special guest for the Alice Coltrane tribute “Universal Consciousness.” He last headlined the festival with his longtime quartet in 2010.

Sanders replaces pianist Ramsey Lewis, who was originally scheduled to make his debut appearance at PDX in 2019 but who has since announced that, at age 83, he has retired from touring.

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