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PDX Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 2018

11-day festival in Portland to include tributes to vocalese with Kurt Elling, Richie Cole, Allan Harris and others

Kurt Elling, a headliner at 2018 PDX Jazz Festival
Kurt Elling

The PDX Jazz Festival has announced its lineup and schedule of performances for the event taking place from Feb. 15 until Feb. 25 in Portland, Ore. The festival, celebrating its 15th anniversary, features a diverse collection of artists and projects, including some special themed tributes. Kurt Elling will pay homage to one of his mentors, the late Jon Hendricks, with a concert featuring his daughters Michele and Aria Hendricks performing along with Portland stalwarts Randy Porter and Nancy King, and a performance by the Portland State University Jazz Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sherry Alves.

Another vocalese legend, Eddie Jefferson, will be the focus of a concert featuring his former colleague, saxophonist Richie Cole, along with singer Allan Harris, while Al Jarreau and his Breakin’ Away album is remembered with a set from the Bobby Torres Ensemble with vocalist Sean Holmes.

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