Portland Jazz Festival

English: Peter Evans, moers festival 2009

Source: PDX Jazz, a few shows of note from this diverse festival.

February 21st
PDX JAZZ and CMG present:
Peter Evans
and
Gamble/ Jones/ Bernstien/ Johnedis/ Miller
$10-15, sliding scale
Beacon Sound
3636 N Mississippi Ave

JAMES “BLOOD” ULMER
Harmolodic Blues Solo Guitar
February 19 | 3:00 pm – $30 – $40
Winningstad Theatre

CRAIG TABORN QUARTET: KEYBOARD MISTERIOSO
ECM Recording Artist w/ Dave King, Chris Speed, & Chris Lightcap
February 23 | 7:30 pm – $25 – $30
The Old Church

MISTERIOSOS
The Music of Steve Lacy & Thelonious Monk arranged by Mark Orton
February 26 | 7:30 pm – $25 – $30
Alberta Abbey

Wadada Leo Smith’s in DC Reviewed

Source: The Washington Post.

Wadada Leo Smith’s music is among the most abstruse, demanding jazz out there. And organizing it into a four-hour, 19-part work like 2012’s “Ten Freedom Summers” doesn’t ease the effort. Hence, one doesn’t expect to go into a performance even of excerpts from that work and be deeply moved — but, at least on Wednesday night at Georgetown Day School, one would be wrong.

Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound Series Profiled

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune.

If a national award is ever created to honor the hippest, most visionary concert promoter of cutting-edge music in the United States, it’s difficult to think of a more worthy candidate than Bonnie Wright. Or a more unlikely one. The fact that she also happens to be a great-grandmother is also notable, if only because Wright is a proud champion of intensely daring music that would challenge most Millennials and their parents alike. On Friday at Bread & Salt, this tireless San Diego native will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Fresh Sound concerts. The Logan Heights venue is at least the fourth home for her labor-of-love series, which over the past two decades has showcased a stunning array of internationally celebrated music mavericks.