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October 15, 2009

PDX Jazz Fest 2010 Lineup

Received a notice in my inbox yesterday about the lineup for the Alaskan Airlines/Horizon Air PDX Jazz Festival. WOW! Every year they always get a handful of headliners that blow me away.

I'm looking forward to Pharoah Sanders and the Dave Holland Quintet for the upcoming festivities. Both heavy hitters in the avant-garde scene. I'll try to report more news and updates of the PDX Jazz Festival as they come to me.

Other headliners are the Mingus Big Band under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, Grammy nominated Dave Douglas' ensemble Brass Ecstasy, as well as a focus or Norwegian artists Trygve Seim & Frode Haltli, the Christian Wallumrod Ensemble, and In The Country. In the theme of British jazz writer Stuart Nichcolson's book, Is Jazz Dead (Or Has It Moved to a New Address)? - New Music from Norway.
"The showcase features three North American premieres that exemplify what Nicholson calls the "Nordic Tone", as a counterpoint to contemporary American jazz masters who push the boundaries of jazz."
Tickets are available on October 27th and are currently available to PDX Jazz Members now.

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