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PJCE Records Presents: Frank Irwin Quintet at The 1905
830 N Shaver St.
Feb. 2, 2020, 7 p.m.
PJCE Records Presents Frank Irwin Quintet at The 1905 (830 N Shaver St.) on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 7:00 and 8:30 pm.
Inspired by his work as a middle school teacher, bassist/composer Chris Frank lets the humanity of music shine through his compositions and arrangements, embracing a songbook that takes listeners through an eclectic array of genres, from show tunes to fusion, all told through the infinite idiom of jazz. The band includes some of Portland's finest young jazz talent: Ian Christensen - saxophone, James Powers - trombone, Corey Heppner - guitar, and Alexander Thomas - drums, with Nicole McCabe as a special guest on saxophone.
ABOUT FRANK IRWIN QUINTET
Known for evocative melodies, smooth harmonies, and deep grooves, the Frank Irwin Quintet draws experience from the sounds of the Pacific Northwest, bringing a unique flavor to the Portland jazz scene. Founded in 2018 by bassist, producer, and composer Chris Frank, his Quintet strives to bring positivity and levity into the lives of its audience members, armed with a dark sense of humor and uplifting sound. Inspired by his work as a middle school teacher, Frank lets the humanity of music shine through his compositions and arrangements, embracing a songbook that takes listeners through an eclectic array of genres, from hip-hop to Fiddler on the Roof, all told through the infinite idiom of jazz. Having performed for over a decade in the Portland scene, Frank has anchored groups like Inky Shadows and the Pariahs, and has performed with Fritzwa, Joe Kye, Farnell Newton, and Argentine Tango group Astillero. He’s performed in venues such as Mississippi Studios, Doug Fir Lounge, The Hawthorne Theater, Alberta Abbey, and McMinneman’s Al’s Den.
Frank Irwin Quintet’s debut album, “Better/Broken,” features nine original compositions with contributions by Portland mainstays like drummer Barra Brown (Korgy & Bass), saxophonist Ian Christensen, guitarist Corey Heppner, and trombonist James Powers (March Fourth). Frank is currently collaborating with local dancer and choreographer Mia O'Connor-Smith on a long-form dance adaptation of The Telling by Ursula K Le Guin.
Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble is a 12-piece jazz ensemble that commissions and performs original works by its members and other jazz composers in Portland and beyond. It is PJCE’s mission to act as a forum for the development and presentation of works for large ensemble by established and emerging jazz composers and to engage and enrich community awareness and appreciation of contemporary music. PJCE also runs the Grasshoppers Young Composers mentorship program, PJCE Records, and the PJCE Records Presents concerts every first Sunday at The 1905.
PJCE Records releases the most creative jazz from Portland, Oregon. With a deep affection for adventurous expression, we record and distribute jazz by Portland-based composers to audiences in our hometown and across the world with captivating graphic design and an artist-friendly business model.