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Portland Jazz Festival: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin 

When: Sat., Feb. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $32-42
What makes Toshiko Akiyoshi unusual isn't her 14 Grammy nominations, the documentary made about her, or her background of numerous immigrations. She's one of very few women of her generation to lead a jazz band and compose, let alone with such technique and finesse. Jazz historically planted roots in African musical traditions, but Akiyoshi early on began to implement the chord progressions of her Japanese heritage, integrating those with influences like Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Bud Powell. Having once self-described her music as putting more emphasis on the quality of notes rather than quantity, Akiyoshi combines unique piano hooks with improvisation so crisp and intricate, it could have fallen out of the lining of Miles Davis' right pocket. ROSE FINN

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