Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 4:00pm to 10:30pm

Walter Smith III with The George Colligan Trio featuring Dezron Douglas & EJ Strickland play the 1905

Two Shows - 7:00p and 9:00p

  • Walter Smith III, Saxophones
  • George Colligan, Piano
  • Dezron Douglas, Bass
  • EJ Strickland, Drums

The 1905 is proud to present a 3 night run of an insanely amazing all star group. Saxophonist Walter Smith III has been making a name for himself since the release of his Blue Note debut album “ return to casual.” Smith, originally from Houston and now Chair of Woodwinds at Berklee College of Music in Boston, is a musical powerhouse who has played in virtually every international festival as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many important artists including Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Maria Schneider, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ralph Peterson, and a host of others. To date, Walter has appeared on over 100 recordings that are released worldwide. To round out this all star extravaganza, New York heavyweights Dezron Douglas on bass and E.J. Strickland will round out the group. Douglas, has recorded with Cyrus Chestnut, Michael Carvin, Louis Hayes, Steve Davis, George Cables, Papo Vasquez, Enrico Rava, Eric Reed, Abraham Burton, Eric McPherson, Tomasz Stańko, Makaya McCraven and Brandee Younger.In April 2019, Douglas' playing was featured in the documentary Homecoming, by Beyoncé.[5] The recording used was from an NPR Music field recording released in 2013. He is longstanding member of the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and has performed with the Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators.[9] In 2019, Douglas was the winner of the Downbeat critics poll in the category of "Rising Star bassist". Douglas was featured on DownBeat magazine's July 2020 cover along with Brandee Younger and six other artists. Drummer E.J. Strickland was born in 1979, the identical twin of brother to saxophonist Marcus Strickland. He has appeared on many albums, including In His Day (Strick Muzik), his long-awaited debut as a leader. He attended The New World School of the Arts (Miami) for high school, studying classical music as well as jazz, where he came under the influence of luminous jazz drummers like Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Brian Blade, and others. In 1997, Strickland attended The New School for Social Research, where he studied piano, polished his skills as a composer, and studied with some of the world's greatest drummers: Joe Chambers, Michael Carvin, Carl Allen, Ralph Peterson, Lewis Nash, and Jimmy Cobb. His first recordings were on brother Marcus's At Last and Brotherhood in the early 2000s. Downbeat Magazine described his drumming as emitting "fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm." Strickland has toured and performed with Ravi Coltrane, his brother Marcus' electric/acoustic quartets and trio, Cassandra Wilson, George Colligan quartet and trio and the David Gilmore Trio. He also leads his own bands, the E.J. Strickland Quintet and the E.J. Strickland Project.

Early Show - AJAM Session - 4:00p

  • Jack Radsliff, Guitar & Host
  • Joe Bagg, Piano
  • Patrick Golichnik, Bass
  • Christopher Brown, Drums 

Cover charge for participants is optional. Food/beverage purchase is required.


May 21, 2023
4:00 pm to 10:30 pm
15 - 20 early show, 35 - 45 evening shows


(503) 460-3333
830 N Shaver St
Portland, OR 97227

Every day of the week in the evenings, and often multiple times per day on weekends, The 1905 plays host to the exquisite jazz community that Portland has to offer. In addition to keeping a finger on the pulse of the local scene, The 1905 has hosted internationally recognized musicians such as 5 time Grammy award-winner Antonio Sanchez, and Jazz greats like Ralph Peterson Jr.