The 2014 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival will be held next Feb. 20 through March 2 at venues throughout Portland, Ore. The 11th annual celebration, presented by Alaska Airlines, will include an appearance by NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal; the Spring Quartet featuring Portland’s Esperanza Spalding on bass, pianist and musical director Leo Genovese, drummer Jack DeJohnette and saxophonist Joe Lovano; Wynton Marsalis fronting the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; and Pat Metheny with his Unity Group.
The festival will also include appearances by artists associated with Blue Note Records, including Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg; Bobby Watson and Horizon featuring Victor Lewis, Terell Stafford, Edward Simon and Essiet Essiet; Eliane Elias in a program recasting the works of Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chet Baker; Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band; and others.
This year’s “For Portland Only” production will feature bassist Buster Williams and Something More with two colleagues from Herbie Hancock’s early ’70s Mwandishi ensemble: Julian Priester and Bennie Maupin, alongside Portlander George Colligan and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana.
Members of the 43-year veteran ensemble Oregon will serve as this year’s Portland Jazz Masters, which is the first time in the festival’s history that an ensemble has been honored with the title. The Yellowjackets will make their first Portland appearance in nearly 12 years along with visits by pianists Kenny Werner, Geoff Keezer, Tord Gustavsen and Toshiko Akiyoshi, while emerging young artists Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Grace Kelly will make their Portland Jazz Festival debuts. Other scheduled artists include the Christian McBride Trio, Joe Locke and more.
Portland Jazz Festival Box Office
Hours of Operation: 11:00AM-5:00PM, Monday-Friday
Order by Phone: 503-228-5299
Walk Up: 133 SW 2nd Ave, Ste 420, Portland, OR 97204
Tickets are available online at PDX Jazz.