Justin Copeland

Justin Copeland

Sat, Jun 01

The melodic tones coming from his trumpet have hypnotized the crowd into a focused lull. Every note is woven into the fabric of the cool night air. Justin Copeland has made ‘Embraceable You’ his own, without compromising the originality of the composition. The Portland-based trumpeter is making his mark on the local jazz scene. Many may know him from his popular “Stay Fresh Productions” channel on YouTube, where the world of fragrance is now slowly intertwining with the musicality of its star. 

Noah Simpson Trio

Noah Simpson Trio

Sat, Jun 01

Scheduled to Appear: Cory Limuaco, Charlie Brown III In the short time Noah Simpson has lived in Portland, he has established himself as one of the top trumpet players in the area. Receiving his grandfather’s cornet at the age of 6, his musical journey began, with major accomplishments throughout his younger years performing in his high school big band, his combo, and The Young Sounds Of Arizona. In his collegiate years, Noah began establishing himself around the Phoenix area as both a leader and sideman. He was a long standing member of the Paradise Valley Community College Monday night big band, numerous Scottsdale Community College combos, as well as groups of his own. While attending SCC he had the privilege of studying with great local musicians such as Eric Rasmussen, Will Goble, and Fred Forney. After receiving the George Benson Honorary Scholarship, he attended Portland State University under the Brad Merserau scholarship while studying with George Colligan and Darrell Grant. As a recent college graduate, Noah is a fixture of the Portland Jazz community sharing his passion for Black American music throughout the west coast. Noah has performed with renowned musicians such as Bernard Purdie, Lewis Nash, Alex Acuna, Jaleel Shaw, Sean Jones, and Dennis Rowland. In addition he has also toured around the country with groups such as Ron Artis II, Climbing Poetree, and Taina Asili. 

Christopher Brown 'Behind the Scene'

Christopher Brown 'Behind the Scene'

Sun, Jun 02

In an effort to create meaningful culture building moments within a Jazz context for high school and college aged musicians (as well as band instructors), drummer/bandleader Christopher Brown will host an ongoing series entitled “Behind the Scene” with his quartet. And what will separate this event from any other like it is that it’ll combine the Jam session and clinic experience into one epic memory maker. Throughout this event, the audience will have an opportunity to electronically submit music that they’d like clarity on from members of the band, so as to watch how Christopher’s band problem solves their questions in real-time, in addition to hearing his group perform their own music, followed by members of the audience getting an opportunity to perform with his group in front of their peers. In an effort to create meaningful culture building moments within a Jazz context for high school and college aged musicians (as well as their band instructors), drummer/bandleader Christopher Brown will host an ongoing series entitled “Behind the Scene” with his quartet, where they'll pull back the veil of mystery that often shrouds the learning process for most students and teachers. And what will separate this event from any other like it is that it’ll combine the Jam session and clinic experience into one epic memory maker. Throughout this event the audience will have an opportunity to electronically submit music pdf's to a cloud source for Christopher's band to access and cast to a screen for all to see. And the benefit of this is so the audience can observe how (and how fast) the band is capable of answering their questions. As for the other two pillars of this event, the audience will get to not only hear his group perform their own music, but they'll get to experience what it's like to sit in with such a band in front of their peers with this level of musical support. 1:00 - 1:30 PM — Intro & Opening Performance Featuring the Christopher Brown Quartet: John Nastos (Alto Sax), Greg Goebel (Keyboard), Garrett Baxter (Bass), Christopher Brown (Drums) 1:30 - 2:30 PM — Music Submissions + Q&A This section will be dedicated to the electronic submission of music pdf's to a cloud source by the audience, which Christopher's band will have access to casting to a screen for all to observe the speed with which they're capable of troubleshooting the audience's questions. 2:30 - 4:00 PM — Jam Session While the first two sections will indeed be a value-add for the audience, the real learning will take place once members of the audience hit the stage. So while it's one thing to play with one's peers, it's another to play with musicians who are much further along. So this will be a great opportunity for the audience to know what it feels like to play alongside musicians that are of the caliber of Christopher Brown's Quartet. The mission of Montavilla Jazz is to support and strengthen local music culture and enrich our community by showcasing the best of Portland jazz. Learn more at montavillajazz.org. Since this event is expected to sell out, you’ll want to get your tickets here for this first of its kind experience, as there's no guarantee that space will be available for purchase at the door. This educational event is open to ALL AGES. 

Ed Bennett Quintet

Ed Bennett Quintet

Sun, Jun 02

Ed Bennett has long been considered one of the West Coast's premiere string bass players. Living in Portland, Oregon since 1990, Ed's work has taken him virtually everywhere in the world. He has worked with, toured internationally, or recorded with many legendary jazz figures, including: Dizzy Gillespie, Curtis Fuller, Terell Stafford, Claudio Roditi, Jeremy Pelt, and many more. In Portland, Ed has been a member of the Mel Brown Quartet for over 20 years. He also has been the bassist for the Tony Pacini Trio since 1999. Ed performs with his Quintet focusing on his original compositions. 

Allison Adams Tucker Retro Quintet

Allison Adams Tucker Retro Quintet

Wed, Jun 05

Scheduled to Appear: Randy Porter, Brent Hollis, Ben Graves, Patrick Golichnik Multi-lingual vocalist, composer and recording artist Allison Adams Tucker comes to Portland celebrating her latest album RETRO Trilogy featuring Randy Porter piano/keys, Patrick Golichnik bass, Ben Graves guitar, and Brent Hollis drums. Recorded in New York City with a heavy-hitter band and nominated for Best Jazz Album 2024 by San Diego Music Awards, RETRO Trilogy delivers re-imaginings of iconic music from the 1970s, 80s, 90s by Paul Simon, David Bowie, Queen, The Cure, Sting, Annie Lennox, Prince and more in the language of jazz. “A memoir written for a younger self with sympathy and intelligence, Retro Trilogy makes for revelatory listening whether or not you happened to be around.” — JazzTimes Given 4 stars by DownBeat and described by The Examiner as “lustrous in any language – a vocalist who clarifies every note within a hair’s breath”, Allison creates a unique travel memoir in music with jazz driven songs that span countries and genres in 6 languages. LondonJazzNews — “Marvelous articulation, great tonal accuracy, and dynamic drive.” Born in San Diego to classically trained musical parents, Allison started singing before she could speak and began performing in front of audiences at age 5. Growing up on the border with Mexico, Allison was exposed to intermingling cultures, and her love for languages and world cultures also began at an early age. Allison’s vocal palette has been colored by her experience in a variety of musical genres throughout her life, from classical to punk rock and even a cappella Elizabethan madrigals, and in 2005 she found her home in jazz. In addition to Allison’s discography of 4 albums and 3 EPs recorded in New York, Paris, and San Diego, Allison’s voice can be heard on various other album collaborations, TV commercials, and on the video game “The Saboteur” soundtrack singing French jazz in the company of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Madeleine Peyroux, & others. She has toured in Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the US, including performances at the Blue Note New York, Ronnie Scott’s London, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Los Angeles, San Jose Jazz Fest, Tula’s Seattle, East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Fest, Hawaii Public Radio Honolulu, Lucca Jazz Donna Festival Tuscany, Music Inn Rome, Le Baiser Salé Paris, Takatsuki Jazz Street Festival Osaka, and Body & Soul Tokyo, among others. 

Machado Mijiga Trio

Machado Mijiga Trio

Thu, Jun 06

Scheduled to Appear: Paris Butler - piano, Matthew Holmes - bass, Machado - drums. Multi-instrumentalist and Portland native Machado Mijiga wears many hats, both literally and metaphorically. Classically-trained, jazz-weathered, and eclectically inclined, Mijiga left the proverbial creative "box" at a very early age, with access to many instruments and a diverse musical background brought about by an intercultural heritage. Mijiga is a musical polymath; composer, producer, bandleader, educator, gear fanatic, and audio engineer, to name a few. 

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TBD

Fri, Jun 07

Details for this show will be announced soon. 

Pablo Ojeda - Sabroso

Pablo Ojeda - Sabroso

Fri, Jun 07

Scheduled to Appear: Vocals, Guitar / Ricardo Ojeda Bass, Background Vocals / Pablo Ojeda Keyboard / Dave Fleschner Saxophone / John Nastos Trumpet / Paul Mazzio Drums / Ward Griffiths Percussion / Carl Smith Latin to Funk and everything between! Brothers Pablo and Ricardo Ojeda have been writing and playing music together for as long as they can remember. Their musical writing style has taken many forms during the evolution of their sound. From the national touring dance floor packing beats of Rubberneck, to the hypnotic passionate rhythms of Toque Libre. The Ojeda brothers have continually produced eclectic musical incarnations that meld rhythm and melody together in their own unique way. Their latest musical offering is called “Sabroso”, meaning flavorful in Spanish. Sabroso starts where Toque Libre left off…the next chapter. Dance floors will move and groove to the sophisticated Latin rhythms and steady funky soul pulse of Sabroso. Sabroso features some of Portland’s most well known and talented musicians. The band’s rhythmic foundation is brought to you by Pablo Ojeda on bass/vocals (Rubberneck, Toque Libre, Geoff Byrd), Ward “The Warden” Griffiths (Fred Strickley, King Beta, The Quadraphones, The Gravy) on drums/percussion, and Carl “Hands of fire” Smith (Crazy eights, Rubberneck, Toque Libre) on percussion. The horn section showcases the incredible talents of Paul Mazzio (Gino Vannelli, Tom Grant, Nu Shooz) on trumpet and John Nastos on saxophone. Adding to the depth of talent is the hook laden piano styling of Dave a.k.a. “Sprinkles” Fleschner (Curtis Salgado, Earl Thomas, John Nemeth, Mel Brown, B.B. King) on piano. Last but not least, is Ricardo Ojeda on guitar/vocals. Sabroso is guaranteed to please Portland’s most discerning music lovers. 

Noah Simpson Quartet

Noah Simpson Quartet

Sat, Jun 08

Scheduled to Appear: Matt Sazima - keys, Garrett Baxter - bass, Dae Bryant - drums. In the short time Noah Simpson has lived in Portland, he has established himself as one of the top trumpet players in the area. Receiving his grandfather’s cornet at the age of 6, his musical journey began, with major accomplishments throughout his younger years performing in his high school big band, his combo, and The Young Sounds Of Arizona. In his collegiate years, Noah began establishing himself around the Phoenix area as both a leader and sideman. He was a long standing member of the Paradise Valley Community College Monday night big band, numerous Scottsdale Community College combos, as well as groups of his own. While attending SCC he had the privilege of studying with great local musicians such as Eric Rasmussen, Will Goble, and Fred Forney. After receiving the George Benson Honorary Scholarship, he attended Portland State University under the Brad Merserau scholarship while studying with George Colligan and Darrell Grant. As a recent college graduate, Noah is a fixture of the Portland Jazz community sharing his passion for Black American music throughout the west coast. Noah has performed with renowned musicians such as Bernard Purdie, Lewis Nash, Alex Acuna, Jaleel Shaw, Sean Jones, and Dennis Rowland. In addition he has also toured around the country with groups such as Ron Artis II, Climbing Poetree, and Taina Asili. 

Peter Knudsen and Lo Steele

Peter Knudsen and Lo Steele

Sat, Jun 08

Scheduled to Appear: Lo Steele and Peter Knudsen Pete Knudsen and Lo Steele, together as Pete ’n Lo, couldn’t be sweeter. With her inimitable lower range vocal prowess, Lo captivates her audience with ease as she pulls from her experience as both a singer/songwriter and accomplished actress. Pete’s dexterous and seasoned guitar work provides an earnest backdrop for the two as they weave stories through song. From Motown-esque harmonies to solemn hymns, Pete ’n Lo will keep you wanting more. Even though the pair has yet to properly release any music, their song ‘Another Life’ was featured on a playlist by NPR Music this spring. Be on the lookout for their debut self-titled EP later this summer! 

Kirk Kalbfleisch

Kirk Kalbfleisch

Sun, Jun 09

Based out of Portland, OR., originally from Las Vegas, Kirk attended the University of Portland where he continued his studies in jazz drumming. For years, Kirk has been an active member in Portland's local and touring music scene, playing with bands and artists such as Haley Johnson, Reva Devito, Mbrascatu, Reb + the Good News, Isabeau Waia'u Walker, World's Finest, Outer Orbit, Coco Columbia, Amber Sweeney, Jake Capistran, and Toothbone. Kirk is a founding member of D.V.R., a Portland-based original project comprised of Matt Sazima and Sam Arnold. Kirk also leads and drums for Rose Tinted, a hip-hop group comprised of Celly (turntables), MLTZR (electronics), and Sam Arnold (bass). 

Pablo Rivarola

Pablo Rivarola

Wed, Jun 12

Scheduled to Appear: Matt Sazima - keys, Garrett Baxter - bass, Dae Bryant - drums Pablo Rivarola, a trumpet player hailing from Seattle and now a pillar of Portland's music scene, crafts enchanting melodies that blur the lines of traditional jazz. Influenced by legends like Miles Davis and Maurice Ravel, Rivarola's trumpet playing is a tapestry of beauty, emotion, and introspection. Since settling in Portland in 2018, he has become one of the city's most sought-after artists, captivating audiences with his soul-stirring performances and innovative approach to music. With each note, Rivarola invites listeners on a journey through the depths of human experience, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of contemporary jazz. 

Zach Connoly

Zach Connoly

Thu, Jun 13

Scheduled to Appear: Piano - Kerry Politzer, Guitar - Max Reynolds, Bass - Marshall Peterson, Drums - Max Tucker Zach Connolly is a dynamic jazz vocalist hailing from Greentown, IN, who has been captivating audiences across the Portland metropolitan area since 2018. With a soulful voice and captivating stage presence, Zach has spent time making music with local musicians at various locations around Portland, including The 1905, Wilf's, and The Underground, and has also made appearances at the Cathedral Jazz Festival. Zach's love of music started at an early age, and he was drawn to the sounds of jazz as he grew older. He credits legendary artists like Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Kurt Elling, and Mark Murphy as some of his biggest inspirations. He is a former student of Vocal Jazz performance at Portland State University, where he studied under the guidance of renowned jazz musicians including Sherry Alves, Darrell Grant, and George Colligan. 

Cyrus Nabipoor

Cyrus Nabipoor

Fri, Jun 14

Trumpeter and composer Cyrus Nabipoor is among the most unique storytellers on the scene today. His voice resonates with honesty, warmth, and lyricism. Melody reigns as Nabipoor balances focused clarity with fearless exploration on the horn. With his Quartet, Nabipoor combines his formidable compositional ability with sensitive yet daring arrangement. The result is a powerful instrumental & improvisational experience, which pulls just as much from pop & rock music as it does the jazz idiom. Born and raised in Portland OR, Cyrus Nabipoor began playing trumpet at age 11. He wanted to play trombone, but it wouldn’t fit on his bike. As an adolescent Cyrus was taught by Cynthia Plank and trumpeter Derek Sims. In high school he joined the Alan Jones Academy of Music. Cyrus holds a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans, where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded outstanding undergraduate in both Jazz and Brass. While at Loyola, he studied with Nick Volz, Tony Dagradi and Jimbo Walsh. Cyrus also spent a very formative term at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway studying with ECM legend Per Jørgensen and Martin Winter (Bergen Philharmonic). In 2015, Cyrus was awarded the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Scholarship. Cyrus is endorsed by Edward’s Trumpets. 

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TBD

Fri, Jun 14

Details for this show will be announced soon. 

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Sat, Jun 15

Details for this show will be announced soon. 

The Garret Baxter Trio

The Garret Baxter Trio

Sat, Jun 15

Scheduled to Appear: Alan Jones - drums, Garret - bass, Noah Simpson - trumpet Garrett Baxter is an exciting figure in Portland’s jazz scene. Garrett performs regularly in bands led by Alan Jones, George Colligan, Kerry Politzer, Michael Raynor, Christopher Brown, Noah Simpson, Domo Branch and more. He has had the privilege of touring internationally, as well as performing with artists such as Gilad Hekselman, Allison Miller, Kevin Hays, Geoffrey Keezer, Benny Benack, Dick Oatts, Greg Ward, Jonathan Pinson, Sasha Berliner, Martina DaSilva, Caroline Davis, Yoav Eshed, Jaleel Shaw, Bruce Williams, Clay Jenkins, Mike Lee, and Javon Jackson. In 2020, he received the Outstanding Jazz Studies Undergraduate award while attending the University of Oregon. In addition to freelancing, Garrett teaches private lessons to all ages, and has given masterclasses to middle schools, high schools, and Universities across Oregon, Washington and Vienna, Austria.  

Donna Jones

Donna Jones

Sun, Jun 16

Donna was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and her voice is as right as rain. Her singing roots began at a young age in gospel church choirs. She brings unique, sultry, and soulful renditions of jazz classics, new jazz tunes, soul, and some powerful blues. 

Christopher Brown Quartet

Christopher Brown Quartet

Wed, Jun 19

Scheduled to Appear: John Nastos - sax, Greg Goebel - piano, Garrett Baxter - bass Christopher Brown is an acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, and educator who seeks to be a voice within the advocacy of Jazz music and American culture. And through the expansive range of groups that he has assembled and/or performed with—which span from duos to Jazz big bands to military marching bands and orchestras—his musical and personal experiences have led him towards an interest in synthesizing the principles of Jazz with the day-to-day practicalities of life. However, given that businesses shape the global market economy that everyone lives and participates in, is why he has found it useful to integrate business philosophies with that of music to help develop himself and his band. Which as he likes to say, “we’re all in the same business…the people-trusting-people business. No people, no business.” 

Kerry Politzter’s Bossa

Kerry Politzter’s Bossa

Thu, Jun 20

Scheduled to Appear: George Colligan - drums, Ben Graves - guitar, Artie Adams - bass Kerry Politzer is a Portland-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. She is on the music faculty of Portland State University, and she has also taught at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University, the University of Portland, and the University of Manitoba. Kerry received a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with the late jazz guru Charlie Banacos, and a Master of Music from Rowan University. Prior to her new album Ruminations (PJCE Records), Kerry released seven jazz CDs as a leader, including Blue in Blue, which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin and was termed a “first-rate jazz outing” by AllAboutJazz.com. She has also been a featured sideman on albums of George Colligan, Laura Dreyer, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE). Her commissions include works for the PJCE as well as a solo piano piece, "Microclimates," for the pianist Andree-Ann Deschenes. This piece was featured on Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline. In 2019, Kerry was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Artistic Focus grant to explore the music of Brazilian composer Durval Ferreira. The project culminated in the August 2019 release of Diagonal: The Music of Durval Ferreira. Kerry continues to be inspired by Brazilian music and studies Portuguese in her spare time. 

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TBD

Fri, Jun 21

Details for this show will be announced soon. 

The Ben Fowler Quintet

The Ben Fowler Quintet

Sat, Jun 22

Scheduled to Appear: Jack Rasliff, guitar , George Colligan, piano , Ross Garlow, bass, Chris Brown, drums The Ben Fowler Quintet infuses modern jazz with a heavy dose of soul, blues, and gospel roots. Get ready for an incredible night of music at The 1905! The band has new music, special guests, and surprises a plenty for this evening. Besides the standard repertoire from The Pilgrimage album era, Fowler will be sizzling up some new and modern tunes as well, from some of Ben's biggest influences, including Kenny Garrett, Mike Stern, Donald Harrison, Vincent Herring, The Crusaders, and more. 

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Sun, Jun 23

Details for this show will be announced soon. 

Shaymus Hanlin

Shaymus Hanlin

Wed, Jun 26

Growing up with the American Songbook in his heart, he fell in love with music and began performing at age 13. Hanlin has appeared with many great musicians and performers such as Yve Evans, Clint Baker, Dave Bennett, Terry Myers, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and more. Having been introduced to the music festival circuit at a young age with the Oregon Coast Lab Band, and Bay City Swing, he has made many friends and mentors in the music business. Notable performances include appearances at the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival, Sacramento Hot Jazz Jubilee, Fresno Dixieland and Mardi Gras Festival, a Glenn Miller Orchestra tour throughout Mexico, invited to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) with Banu Gibson, and singing our National Anthem at the Moda Center three times. Shaymus and his Quartet released their debut album on February 5th, 2021! To get your copy visit: https://shaymushanlin.com/shop With a modern touch on an old school sound, Hanlin brings class, nostalgia, and excitement to audiences wherever he goes. For more information about Shaymus’ background and performance schedule be sure to follow him on all major social media platforms and check out his website https://shaymushanlin.com 

Joe Manis Trio

Joe Manis Trio

Thu, Jun 27

Scheduled to Appear: George Colligan, organ & Charlie Doggett, drums. Originally from Dexter, Oregon, SteepleChase recording artist Joe Manis is a current faculty member at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College and is the Director of the Oregon Jazz Workshop. Recent Joe Manis Trio appearances include Fat Cat NYC, the Shedd Institute’s jazz series, Jimmy Mak's, Tula's, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and the Montavilla Jazz Festival. Manis has toured Europe as a duo and trio with David Friesen, where they recorded Structures, a live album. He also appears on Risky Notion (four stars & Best Albums of 2015, DownBeat Magazine) on Origin Records with George Colligan's Theoretical Planets. Manishas played with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, including a performance at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and appears on their album Rise Up! on Real World Records. He has also performed with the George Colligan Quartet, the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra, and the Ken Schaphorst Big Band. Manis’s live performance was recently featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride. The recipient of a 2013 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, Manis has been published in JazzEd magazine and has presented jazz masterclasses across the country. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies-Performance with Academic Honor from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Additional studies were at the Eastman School of Music. 

Galen Clark & Trio Subtonic

Galen Clark & Trio Subtonic

Fri, Jun 28

Scheduled to Appear: Galen Clark on keyboards, Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums Trio Subtonic is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz. Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries. Creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people, Subtonic delivers soulful grooves, expansive improvisations and a deep pocket that compels audiences to try dance moves they didn't know they had. Trio Subtonic’s most recent release ‘Coda’ (single) is out now! Subtonic released ‘Fiction’ on the Ropeadope label in 2016 and a live album with Dan Balmer in 2017! The lis­tener will find funky, groove-oriented sounds, acoustic bal­lads, and gospel-tinged instru­men­tals. Trio Subtonic’s “pop­ulist” take on Jazz means that just about every­body digs what they’re doing. Best of all, this record is “designed” well, mak­ing for a diverse lis­ten­ing expe­ri­ence from begin­ning till end. –Matt Fleeger, KMHD No secret to North­west jazz afi­ciona­dos, Trio Subtonic oper­ate within simul­ta­ne­ously soul­ful and funk-heavy arrange­ments. High­lighted by the daz­zling key-work of Galen Clark, the trio is a ver­i­ta­ble mon­ster hybrid of jazz fusion. –PDX Pop Now In an indus­try becom­ing increas­ingly over­crowded with crossover acts, Port­land, Oregon’s Trio Subtonic has carved out their own iden­tity… The trio has embraced the sounds that sur­round them and crafted a cohe­sive, expertly sequenced record that should pack dance­floors and demand care­ful lis­ten­ing. –JazzTimes.com 

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TBD

Fri, Jun 28

Details for this show will be announced soon. 

George Colligan Trio

George Colligan Trio

Sat, Jun 29

Scheduled to Apprear: Eric Gruber - bass, Dae Bryant - drums, George - piano George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader, as well as popular blogger (jazztruth.blogspot.com). George Colligan has toured, recorded ,and/or performed as a sideman with Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Miguel Zenon, Tom Harrell, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson, Dave Weckl, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, Al Foster, Mark Turner, Don Braden, Lew Soloff, Gunther Schuller, Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Michal Urbaniak, Ron McClure,DJ Logic, Randy Brecker and Stefon Harris, among others. Fresh from his tour of Ireland the U.K., Jazz pianist/composer and PSU professor George Colligan celebrates the release of his 38th album, “You’ll Hear It, ” his debut for the New York based La Reserve label. 

Machado Mijiga

Machado Mijiga

Sat, Jun 29

Scheduled to Appear: Chris Clark Johnson - guitar, Paul Moyer - piano, Christian Ramirez - bass, Machado - drums. Multi-instrumentalist and Portland native Machado Mijiga wears many hats, both literally and metaphorically. Classically-trained, jazz-weathered, and eclectically inclined, Mijiga left the proverbial creative "box" at a very early age, with access to many instruments and a diverse musical background brought about by an intercultural heritage. Mijiga is a musical polymath; composer, producer, bandleader, educator, gear fanatic, and audio engineer, to name a few. Authenticity and uniquity assume the locus of Mijiga's artistic identity. Self-expression is the prime directive, and the medium of choice changes like the weather. Joined by Dario LaPoma on piano and Andrew Jones on bass, Machado will explore the modern jazz idiom through an assortment of originals, along with a few select covers from Machado's contemporaries. Both sets will be entirely different repertoire, so come enjoy a diverse assortment of 21st century jazz on a Saturday night. 

Mel Brown B3 Organ Trio

Mel Brown B3 Organ Trio

Sun, Jun 30

Scheduled to Appear: Renato Caranto, Tenor Saxophone, Louis "King Louis" Pain, Hammond B3 Mel Brown, Drums "If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and former Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group back in 2003. In fact, this true all-star band (all four members are Oregon Music Hall Of Fame inductees) has been a sensation going back to 1997, when they began a 20-year run on Thursday evenings at Portland’s legendary “Jimmy Mak’s” (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”). They’ve continued their Thursday night tradition at the Jack London Revue for the past 7 years, and are now appearing at The 1905 every Last Sunday! With a collective resume that reads like a "Who's Who" of NW jazz, blues, and soul, this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous--from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues. No wonder they've thrilled audiences wherever they've played. Count among the band’s fans jazz great Christian McBride, host of National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night In America.” In an October 2021 broadcast, McBride interviewed Mel and played excerpts from a Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group festival set. At one point in the program, McBride exclaimed, “My mind is blown!”