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Jazz Society of Oregon
A message of hope As the first wave of the coronavirus passes over us, people are yearning to "get back to normal." But, as experts from all fields of endeavor...
Apr 25, 2020
A message of hope from Darrell Grant
Like jazz, life in the time of the coronavirus pandemic is about improvisation. We sincerely hope you are staying safe and well during this unprecedented,...
Apr 22, 2020
Update from the JSO Board of Directors
Review by Tree Palmedo The instrumental jazz concept album can be a tricky undertaking. With no lyrical content to make the music’s meanings clear, the message...
Feb 14, 2020
Charlie Porter - Immigration Nation (OA2)
CD Review by Tree Palmedo — Now in its third decade, the quartet Echoes of Swing has made a trademark of lending a spare, swinging approach to 1950s-style...
Dec 11, 2019
Echoes of Swing with Rebecca Kilgore - Winter Days at Schlauss Emau (ACT Records)
CD Review by Tree Palmedo — Australia has produced a number of formidable musicians, especially in recent years, and yet the massive country still remains a...
Oct 30, 2019
Barry Deister Quintet - Melbourne Memories (2019, Trans-Pacific Jazz)
North Willamette Valley Friends of Music presentsFriends of Music Jazz Festival September 15th, 12 pm – 6 pmVilla Catalana Cellars, Oregon City$25, Free for...
Sep 13, 2019
Friends of Music Jazz Festival - Sun 9/15, 12-6pm at Villa Catalana Cellars!
What is jazz? More importantly, where is it headed? At the Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF), the future of the art form is at the forefront of the experience....
Aug 08, 2019
Mel Brown and Gordon Lee to Headline Sixth Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival August 17–18
Jack London Revue | 8:00pm$25 Advance, $30 Day of ShowPurchase Tickets Online Now! “Kendrick Scott has become the Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams of...
May 01, 2019
Kendrick Scott Oracle Plays the Jack London Revue May 6th @ 8pm!
24 years ago, Oregon State Senator Margaret Carter and the late Senator Bill McCoy co-sponsored House Joint Memorial 10 which honors jazz master bassist, Leroy...
Apr 18, 2019
Leroy Vinnegar Day - by Yvonne Lerch
Randy Brecker and the NDR Bigband - Rocks by Tree Palmedo While Randy Brecker’s most enduring legacy in the public eye may always be his work as co-leader (...
Apr 10, 2019
CD Review | Randy Brecker and the NDR Bigband - ROCKS - by Tree Palmedo
PORTLAND, February 26, 2019 - Kerry Politzer, a pianist on the adjunct jazz faculty at Portland State University, has received a Regional Arts & Culture...
Feb 28, 2019
Pianist Kerry Politzer Receives RACC Grant to Research and Perform the Music of Brazilian Composer Durval Ferreira
PJCE Records announces new showcase series at Portland jazz club, the 1905. Original Portland Jazz. First Sundays. No Cover. 6 pm to 9 pm. (PORTLAND, OR) -...
Dec 14, 2018
An Exciting New Series at The 1905!
Tonight! Ezra Weiss Big Band - We Limit Not the Truth of God December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm World Premiere and Live Recording - Ezra Weiss Big Band! Don't...
Nov 17, 2018
Tonight! World Premiere Performance and Live Recording - Dec 8, 2018!
You might not expect a group of college administrators to produce an exploratory, freely improvised record like this self-titled record by Oregon's Trio Untold...
Sep 17, 2018
CD Review | Trio Untold's self-titled release by Tree Palmedo
Had trumpet legend Clifford Brown not passed away, tragically, in 1956, he might have ended up sounding something like Charlie Porter. At times, Porter, who...
Sep 11, 2018
CD Review | Charlie Porter's self-titled release by Tree Palmedo
The sound of a B-3 organ trio is a distinctive one, instantly calling to mind the cozy soul-jazz sound of Jimmy Smith and his stylistic descendants. But the...
Sep 07, 2018
CD Review | "...Rides Again!" from the Euge Organ Trio by Tree Palmedo
With big-budget adaptations like The Handmaid's Tale catching the public eye, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood doesn't exactly need more publicity. But with...
Aug 24, 2018
CD Review | "The Atwood Suites" from Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble by Tree Palmedo
Ryan Meagher is hard to miss on the Portland scene these days. In addition to his hand in the Montavilla Jazz Festival and various educational efforts (and, it...
Aug 20, 2018
CD Review | "Evil Twin" from Ryan Meagher by Tree Palmedo
Since joining the faculty of Portland State University, pianist/multi-instrumentalist George Colligan has made a mission out of collaborating with his students...
Aug 15, 2018
CD Review | "Escape Route" from Other Barry by Tree Palmedo
It's probably safe to say that John Coltrane did not intend for this unreleased session to become his highest-charting record ever. Indeed, there was most...
Jul 24, 2018
CD Review | "Both Directions at Once" from John Coltrane by Tree Palmedo
Saxophonist Bryan Smith's second release of 2018 shares the same personnel as his first, save one important addition. In addition to showcasing his serene...
Jul 23, 2018
CD Review | "Let Me Take You There" from Bryan Smith by Tree Palmedo
Portland native Bryan Smith returned to town from Seattle three years ago, and has hit the scene running as a player and composer, releasing two albums under...
Jul 21, 2018
CD Review | "This Is Water" from Bryan Smith by Tree Palmedo
If you've seen the Roy Hargrove Quintet sometime in the last half-decade or so, you've probably heard the monstrous piano work of Sullivan Fortner, a virtuoso...
Jul 20, 2018
CD Review | "Moments Preserved" from Sullivan Fortner by Tree Palmedo
Editor, Ryan Meagher, here again. This week, just a few days before the 2018 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, we sit down and talk with one of the most important...
Jul 17, 2018
Rita Rega | An Inside Look at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Programming
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