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October 18, 2012

Post-Matthew Shipp Trio Performance / Pre-Portland Jazz Fest

The Matthew Shipp Trio performed Monday night at Portland's Jimmy Mak's.  Sponsored by PDX Jazz, the lineup announcement for the 2013 Portland Jazz Festival coincided with the show.  

Three unique individuals in Matthew Shipp's trio, himself along with Michael Bisio (b) and Whit Dickey (dr), provided both a physical and metaphysical journey throughout the night.  An organic blend of familiar and unfamiliar themes pulling from Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Folklore.  I know I use the phrase Controlled Chaos a lot on this blog, but this was the perfect example of that concept. The music was free and continued to lift higher and higher.  Yet it was all weighted by a sense of connectivity these three had with one another.  

...So without further ado here is the 2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines roster.  Now in their tenth year of bringing stellar Jazz music to our fine Metropolis.
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30pm @ Aladdin Theater - Afro Cuban All-Stars & Alfredo Rodríguez

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 & 9:30pm @ Jimmy Mak's - NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris with Chuck Israels & Todd Strait in partnership w/ Soul Patch Music

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30pm @ Scottish Rite Auditorium - Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band featuring Rebecca Kilgore in Tribute to Stan Kenton with Shanghai Woolies

Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30pm @ The Mission Theater - Blue Cranes in partnership with Creative Music Guild

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3:00pm @ Classic Piano - Alfredo Rodriguez, solo piano

Monday, Feb. 18, 7:00pm @ Jimmy Mak's - PDX Jazz All-Star Student Big Band under the direction of Gerald Wilson

Monday, Feb. 18, 9:30pm @ Jimmy Mak's - PDX Jazz All-Star Educators Ensemble under the direction of Darrell Grant Play the Music of Gerald Wilson

Tuesday, Feb. 19  7 & 9:30pm @ Jimmy Mak's - Scott Hamilton Quartet

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30pm @ Evans Auditorium - Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet in partnership with Lewis & Clark College

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 & 9:30pm, Jimmy Mak's - Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts

Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Patricia Barber Quartet

Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:30pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Kenny Garrett Quartet

Friday, Feb. 22, 7:00pm @ Newmark Theatre - The Jazz Message; Celebrating Art Blakey

Friday, Feb. 22, 9:30pm, Winningstad Theatre - Steve Kuhn Trio w/ special guest Devin Phillips

Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:00pm @ Newmark Theatre - NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette featuring Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison & George Colligan

Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Sexmob Plays Fellini  

Sunday, Feb. 24, 3:00pm @ Winningstad Theatre - Portland Jazz Master Nancy King with Glen Moore and Steve Christofferson

Sunday, Feb. 24, 7:00pm @ Newmark Theatre - ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding

I know! Right?...  The shows that stand out to me are Jack DeJohnette and his For Portland Only special quartet configurationThe Jazz Message Celebrating Art Blakey in a world premiere featuring Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Curtis Fuller, George Cables, Buster Williams and Lewis Nash, the Kenny Garrett Quartet, and the Steve Kuhn Trio featuring special guest Devin Phillips.  

Tickets are on sale now to PDX Jazz Members and will be on sale to the public starting October 27.  For ticketing information and a complete schedule of events visit www.pdxjazz.com

October 10, 2012

PDX Jazz brings Matthew Shipp Trio to Portland

Photo credit: andynew
Thanks to PDX Jazz Matthew Shipp and his Trio will be performing two sets at Jimmy Mak's (8pm and 9:30pm) on Monday, October 15th.  I will be there and so should you.  Shipp is pivotal in Modern Jazz and allows Free and Avant-Garde Jazz to maintain relevance in new music.  I can talk and talk about how important he is to contemporary Jazz, but if you're reading this blog chances are you already know.

From PDX Jazz:

PDX Jazz and Jimmy Mak’s present the Matthew Shipp Trio on Monday, October 15th @ 8 and 9:30pm. The 2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines lineup will be announced. Shipp, an influential godfather figure in the New York Knitting Factory scene, will be making his first Portland area appearance in nearly 20 years.
Earlier this year Shipp released a studio album entitled Elastic Aspects with Michael Bisio on bass, and Whit Dickey on drums.  This recording follows the lineup's first release, a live album called Art of the Improvisor.  Shipp's style has a wide range under the Free Jazz umbrella.  This Trio date should offer an intimate glance into the pianist/composer's technique and concepts. 
You can also wet your whistle with this...

The Matthew Shipp Trio
Monday - October 15th
Set Times - 8 & 9:30pm
Advance Tickets
PDX Jazz is also presenting a film screening during the NW Film Center's 2012 Reel Music Festival.  If seeing the Matthew Shipp Trio live on Monday isn't enough Jazz for you, be sure to visit the Mission Theater that Wednesday, the 17th, for a special double feature of Sonny Rollins: Behind the Notes, and Ornette: Made in America.  

I had the opportunity to see Ornette:Made in America at the 2008 edition of the Reel Music Fest.  It's worth noting that seeing this in its entirety is a special treat, and I wouldn't miss this chance to see it on the big screen.