The Portland Jazz Festival took the embargo off their lineup announcement last night and announced the performers for the 2013 program, the 10th year in the fest's history. It takes place February 15-24 at venues like the Winningstad and Newmark Theaters in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Aladdin, the Mission, Jimmy Mak's, Lewis & Clark's Evans Auditorium, the auditorium in the Scottish Rite Center, and Classic Piano, with a range of local and visiting musicians. Highlights: legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette performing with Ravi Coltrane; Knitting Factory stalwarts, the unfortunately named Sex Mob plays works by soundtrack composer Nina Rota (The Godfather); the Afro-Cuban All-Stars; and ACS, the female jazz trio of bassist Esperanza Spalding, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and pianist Geri Allen, whom you may have seen in The Girls in the Band, which screened at NW Film Center's Reel Music festival over the weekend. The full schedule is on the PDX Jazz website.
And yesterday the Oregon Symphony announced tenor sax player Sonny Rollins would be performing on April 16, 2013 (without the orchestra, because man they are square). More info on that here. So next year is looking to be an exciting, and very expensive, year for jazz lovers. Scrim scram a doodle doppa jazz-a-ma jimjam a jazzzzz!
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