JAZZ IN POP CULTURE
From rapper Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 record, To Pimp a Butterfly, to David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, released two days before his death, to those who blend hip-hop, electronic and jazzy vibes, exemplified by Brainfeeder artists like Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Kamasi Washington—all three of which collabed on Lamar’s album while his effort reportedly influenced Bowie too—it’s all coming full circle. Read the liner notes of these jazz-inflected albums and check out what else the artists are doing.
The score of the 2014 best picture winner Birdman is almost entirely solo jazz percussion by drummer Antonio Sánchez.
Whiplash: The tense 2014 indie drama tells the story of an ambitious young jazz drummer and his mentally abusive instructor.
What Happened, Miss Simone? The 2015 biography of Nina Simone has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as a Grammy for Best Music Film.
Jaco: The 2015 documentary about innovative, influential bassist Jaco Pastorius who died at age 35.
Chuck Israels: Rhythm and Romance: Portland filmmaker Elijah Hasan’s just-released brief portrait of the world-renowned bassist, from his younger days playing with Bill Evans to current collaborations in PDX today.
Ethan Hawke is set to star as American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue, due out this spring.
“YouTube is one of the best places to discover new music these days,” bassist Damian Erskine says. “Looking up one artist immediately leads you down a rabbit hole of suggested videos that can take you anywhere in the world.” Drummer Barra Brown echoes this: “It’s a huge thing with us in the scene because we can watch concerts in New York and see who is playing with whom and then check out the sidemen.”
EXPERIENCE LIVE JAZZ
Clyde’s Prime Rib
Vie de Bohème
Jo Bar & Rotisserie
The Secret Society
WineUp On Williams
Living Room Theaters
Turn! Turn! Turn!
DISCOVER LOCAL JAZZ
Radio: KMHD, KBOO, The Changing Same (XRAY.fm), Sundays on Portland Radio Project
Record Labels: Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (PJCE), FNBeatsGalore, Ninjazz Records, Origin Records (Seattle)
Record Stores: Music Millennium
Nonprofits: Jazz Society of Oregon, PDX Jazz, Creative Music Guild (hosts bi-weekly Outset Series at Turn! Turn! Turn!)
Online: Jazz Truth (George Colligan’s blog), Portland Jazz Co-Op (Facebook group)
Portland Jazz Festival
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Montavilla Jazz Festival
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz
Oregon Coast Jazz Party
Seaside Jazz Festival
Oregon Jazz Festival (Eugene)
Jazz Festival at University of Portland
FACES OF THE LOCAL SCENE
Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Bobby Torres, Carlton Jackson, Alan Jones, Christopher Brown, Charlie Doggett, Michael Raynor, Reinhartd Melz, Tim DuRoche, Ken Ollis, Chris Johnedis, Barra Brown
Dan Balmer, Dan Duval, John Stowell, Mike Gamble, Cameron Morgan, Chance Hayden, Andrew Endres
George Colligan, Darrell Grant, Louis Pain, Greg Goebel, Tom Grant, Gordon Lee, Randy Porter, Dan Gaynor, Ramsey Embick, George Mitchell, David Goldblatt, Mark Simon, Grant Richards, Ezra Weiss, Jarrod Lawson, Matt Tabor
Chuck Israels, David Friesen, Dave Captein, Andre St. James, Damian Erskine, Tim Gilson, Andrew Jones
Renato Caranto, Mary-Sue Tobin, Rich Halley, Reggie Houston, Devin Phillips, Tim Willcox, Rob Davis, Warren Rand, Joe Manis, John Nastos, Nicole Glover
Thara Memory, Farnell Newton, Thomas Barber
Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King
Oregon, Blue Cranes, Trio Subtonic, GRAMMIES (listen below), 1939 Ensemble (watch a live video below), Coco Columbia, Moongriffin, Cartridge, DoveDriver