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Saturday, February 22

Sudan Archives at the Doug Fir Lounge

WHERE: Doug Fir Lounge, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 22, 2020, 9 p.m.

"Inspired by Sudanese fiddlers, Brittney Denise Parks sings and loops her violin over intricate, often hand-clapped rhythms, and the result is a lush, technicolor marriage of experimental folk and R&B." -Portland Mercury Read More »

Monday, February 24

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Third Angle New Music presents: Sanctuaries, a Chamber Jazz Opera

WHERE: The North Warehouse, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed local jazz pianist Darrell Grant presents the world premiere of a new original jazz chamber opera, titled Sanctuaries, which examines gentrification in Portland. Read More »

Tuesday, February 25

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Caminhos Cruzados at Portland Community College

WHERE: PCC Rock Creek, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Portland-based trio (guitarist Dan Balmer, guitarist Nat Hulskamp & percussionist Israel Annoh) gives a concert at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus. Audiences can expect to hear classic jazz guitar, but also Spanish flamenco, bossa nova and West African polyrhythms in this performance featuring guest vocalist Laminae Naki. Read More »

Wednesday, February 26

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PJCE presents Jasnam Daya Singh's Ekta: The Unity Project

WHERE: The Old Church, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 26, 2020, 8 p.m.

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents this album release concert for the Brazilian-born pianist Jasnam Daya Singh’s Ekta: The Unity Project. The record is a cosmopolitan jazz suite that celebrates unity among all people, with a special focus on honoring the contributions of immigrants and refugees in our community. Read More »

Saturday, February 29

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*KMHD DJ Event: The Morning Session's Derek Smith at Aalto Lounge*

WHERE: Aalto Lounge, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 29, 2020, 8 p.m.

The Morning Session's DJ Derek Smith hits Aalto Lounge in SE Portland armed with a box-o-wax for his monthly Last Saturday shindig. Read More »

Sunday, March 1

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PJCE Records Presents: Ryan Meagher

WHERE: The 1905, Portland
WHEN: March 1, 2020, 7 p.m.

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Records presents this performance from guitarist and composer Ryan Meagher, who led off the PJCE Records Presents series in January 2019 with his “Simple Songs,” reimaginings of tunes from various composers and bands ranging from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Shins to Beethoven, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell. This set is a return to form for Meagher as he brings a quartet of formidable improvisers to play his tuneful yet challenging original material, inspired by the artwork of Tina Granzo’s Sketchy Spaces exhibition. Read More »

Saturday, March 7

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*KMHD DJ Event: DJ Action Slacks presents RESPECT! Dance Party Celebrating the Ladies of Vintage Soul*

WHERE: Kenton Club, Portland
WHEN: March 7, 2020, 9 p.m.

Kick off Women’s History Month with DJ Action Slacks' NINTH annual celebration of the ladies of vintage soul and rhythm & blues! Featuring records from the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Rarities with some familiar favorites mixed in. And don't miss Action Slacks' weekly KMHD radio show: Travlin' The Tracks, on-air Thursdays from 7 to 9pm.

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Jeff Parker & The New Breed

WHERE: Jack London Revue, Portland
WHEN: March 7, 2020, 9 p.m.

Jeff Parker, a central figure in jazz and experimental music since the early 2000s, is still known to many fans as the longtime guitarist for the Chicago-based post-rock quintet Tortoise. The original material he releases under Jeff Parker & The New Breed rivals even the most innovative material from Tortoise's catalog, with a much stronger emphasis on improvisation and groove. Read More »

Friday, March 13

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Nicole McCabe Quartet at Teutonic Wines

WHERE: Teutonic Wine Company, Portland
WHEN: March 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

On the second Friday of every month, Portland saxophonist Nicole McCabe leads a quartet, performing contemporary, original material as well as fresh, exciting interpretations of jazz standards. View all dates here. Read More »

Saturday, March 14

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Nina Simone Tribute: I Put a Spell on You

WHERE: Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland
WHEN: March 14, 2020, 8 p.m.

Join local legends LaRhonda Steele and the Adrian Martin Sextet at the Alberta Rose Theatre, where they'll pay tribute to one of the most important entertainers of all time. Read More »

Saturday, March 28

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VanPort Jazz big Band's Sweetheart Swing Dance

WHERE: Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver
WHEN: March 28, 2020, 7 p.m.

VanPort Jazz, the Portland area's go-to big band for 1940s-style swing music, hosts their annual springtime Sweetheart Swing Dance at the Pearson Air Museum. Get this popular event on your dance calendar now, because tickets usually sell out fast! Swing dance lessons offered ahead of the band's performance. Read More »

Friday, April 17

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Louis Cole Big Band at the Star Theater

WHERE: The Star Theater, Portland
WHEN: April 17, 2020, 8 p.m.

The powerhouse LA-based multi-instrumentalist makes a tour stop in Portland. You don't want to miss this funkiest of live performance experiences — a night that promises to be weird, wild and wonderful. Read More »

Thursday, April 23

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Third Angle New Music presents: Sanctuaries, a Chamber Jazz Opera

WHERE: The North Warehouse, Portland
WHEN: April 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed local jazz pianist Darrell Grant presents the world premiere of a new original jazz chamber opera, titled Sanctuaries, which examines gentrification in Portland. Read More »


Friday, April 24

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2020 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival

WHERE: Mt. Hood Community College , Gresham
WHEN: April 24, 2020

The historic Mt. Hood Jazz Festival returns to Mt. Hood Community College in 2020, with an amazing lineup of musicians (Wycliffe Gordon, Ben Wendell & more) to welcome it home! Read More »

Saturday, April 25

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PDX Jazz Presents: An Evening with Maria Schneider Orchestra

WHERE: Revolution Hall, Portland
WHEN: April 25, 2020, 8 p.m.

The innovative, genre-defying composer and jazz orchestra conductor brings her 18-member collective of musicians to Portland's Revolution Hall. Read More »

Monday, June 15

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GoGo Penguin at Revolution Hall

WHERE: Revolution Hall, Portland
WHEN: June 15, 2020, 8 p.m.

GoGo Penguin have been hailed as hailed as the “Radiohead of British Jazz”, but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalist influences, alongside the intricacy of Aphex Twin or Four Tet to create their punchy, experimental, but always beautiful music. Read More »