Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Announces 2019 Headliners

Lineup for two-week Portland gathering includes Ramsey Lewis and Christian Scott

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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. The two-week event, now in its 16th year, will kick off with a performance by trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Pianist Ramsey Lewis will make his first appearance at the festival, accompanied by his quintet, the Urban Knights, which includes the guitarist Henry Johnson.

PDX will also feature such musicians as Patrice Rushen, Harold Mabern, Aaron Diehl, Matthew Whitaker, Jean-Michel Pilc, Francois Bourassa, Delvon Lamarr, Cameron Graves, Jovino Santos Neto, Benny Green, and Veronica Swift, along with groups like the Bad Plus, the Art Blakey Centennial Band, and the Spirits Up Above Ensemble, led by Steve Turre.

There will be a number of tribute performances as well. Singer and pianist Freddy Cole will give a musical nod to his brother, Nat, on the great crooner’s centennial. In celebration of Blue Note Records’ 80th anniversary, Terence Blanchard will perform with his E-Collective band, while saxophonist Eli Degibri and trumpeter Farnell Newton will, respectively, pay tribute to Hank Mobley and Donald Byrd.

In its second week, the festival will highlight Philadelphia jazz musicians, with tributes to the late saxophonists Michael Brecker and Grover Washington Jr. Stanley Clarke, the virtuoso bassist and a Philadelphia native, will perform at the festival for the first time since 2004.

The local pianist Darrell Grant will also be honored as a Portland Jazz Master.

“These established and legacy artists speak to the breadth of what jazz has imparted over generations to fans globally,” Don Lucoff, PDX Jazz artistic director, said in a press release, “and our emerging artists point to where jazz is heading for the future to behold.”

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