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Sunday, January 19

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Yugen Rashad MLK Day Celebration featuring Renato Caranto, Eldon T Jones and Brika De Tar

WHERE: Jack London Revue, Portland
WHEN: Jan. 19, 2020, 9 p.m.

Yugen Rashad and Y Not host this MLK Day music celebration and showcase and have added the renowned Renato Caranto of the Mel Brown trio as well local legend Eldon T. Jones of InTouch with breakout neo-soul vocalist Brika De Tar as special guests for this memorable community celebration of the music and the man! Read More »

Tuesday, January 21

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Ed Bennett Quintet at Mt. Hood Community College

WHERE: Mt. Hood Community College , Gresham
WHEN: Jan. 21, 2020, 2 p.m.

Ed Bennett has long been considered one of the West Coast's premiere string bass players. Since his arrival in 1990, Ed has become an acoustical force in the Portland jazz community. The fresh sounds of Bennett’s original compositions are be-bop influenced, but unique with twists in their harmonic progressions and unusual forms. Read More »

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*KMHD DJ Event: Derek Smith, Boomin' Newman and Hall of Records at The Kenton Club*

WHERE: Kenton Club, Portland
WHEN: Jan. 21, 2020, 8 p.m.

Enjoy a night of FREE live spinning with DJs Derek Smith (host of The Morning Session on KMHD weekdays 7-10am) and Boomin' Newman (host of The New Format, Thursdays 9-11pm) — joined by Hall of Records and playing everything from jazz, funk and soul to hip-hop, downtempo and even dreamy indie rock. Read More »

Saturday, January 25

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

WHERE: Aalto Lounge, Portland
WHEN: January 25, 2020

DJ Derek Smith, host of The Morning Session on KMHD every weekday, hits Aalto Lounge in SE Portland on the last Saturday of every month, armed with a box-o-wax for cover-free live spinning from 8pm to midnight. From jazz, funk and soul to downtempo and all manner of dreamy, unexpected instrumental music - it's a perfectly-curated mid-weekend mix. View all dates here. Read More »

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Michelle Nicolle at Classic Pianos

WHERE: Classic Pianos, Portland
WHEN: Jan. 25, 2020, 7 p.m.

The Australian jazz vocalist sings for one night only at Classic Pianos in SE Portland. Read More »


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The Portland Lindy Society Presents: Saturday Swing at the Spare Room

WHERE: The Spare Room, Portland
WHEN: Jan. 25, 2020, 9 p.m.

Baby & The Pearlblowers, with trumpeter Charlie Porter and drummer Johnny Valentine, play live swing music at The Spare Room in NE Portland for this event, presented by the Portland Lindy Society. Come and swing dance! Read More »

Wednesday, January 29

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Theo Bleckmann at Willamette University

WHERE: Rogers Music Center at Willamette University, Salem
WHEN: Jan. 29, 2020, 7 p.m.

The acclaimed jazz vocalist-composer gives a performance in Salem, accompanied by pianist Dan Tepher. Read More »

Saturday, February 1

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*KMHD DJ Event: DJ Action Slacks Presents Club Nitty Gritty*

WHERE: Kenton Club, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 1, 2020, 9 p.m.

DJ Action Slacks' monthly dance party returns to brighten up one of Portland's dreariest months! Come out and get down to dynamite dance records from the '50s and '60s - and don't forget to tune in to her KMHD show, Travlin' The Tracks, on-air every Thursday from 7-9pm. Read More »

Sunday, February 2

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PJCE Records Presents: Frank Irwin Quintet at The 1905

WHERE: The 1905, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 2, 2020, 7 p.m.

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. Read More »

Friday, February 14

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A Valentines Day Etta James Tribute at the Jack London Revue

WHERE: Jack London Revue, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 14, 2020, 8 p.m.

Dynamic and soulful vocalist Davi, joins forces with some of Portland’s top-notch musicians to showcase the blistering blues of the one and only Etta James. The tribute ensemble has Davi on lead vocals, Paul Stewart on bass, Alex Milsted on keys, Dan Gildea on guitar, Brian Foxworth on drums, Farnell Newton on trumpet and Kyle Molitor on trombone. Read More »

Saturday, February 15

*KMHD DJ Event: DJ Action Slacks' Valentines Weekend Oldies Dance Party*

WHERE: The Spare Room, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 15, 2020, 8 p.m.

Join DJ Action Slacks, host of Travlin' the Tracks on KMHD every Thursday 7-9pm, for a special Valentines Day dance party at The Spare Room in NE Portland! Bring your valentine or maybe meet a brand new one on the dance floor, and shake it to R&B, early rock n roll, soul, garage rock, rockabilly, girl groups, and pop records from the '50s and '60s. Familiar favorites and fun rarities alike! Read More »

Sunday, February 16

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Two Bass Hit at Corkscrew Wine Bar

WHERE: Corkscrew Wine Bar, Portland
WHEN: Feb. 16, 2020, 7 p.m.

Two Bass Hit is a duo featuring bassists Ed Bennett and Shao Way Wu. The two stellar musicians came together in 2017 working on repertoire and arrangements of music from the Great American Songbook, Bird, Monk, Strayhorn and many more, as well as original compositions. Two bass-arrangements just might become your new favorite format for jazz explorations. Read More »

Wednesday, February 19

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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival

WHERE: Multiple Venues, Portland
WHEN: February 19, 2020

The 2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival – set for Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, March 1 – will include an array of artists spanning the full breadth of jazz during the 17th annual edition of the event. Come out to hear musicians, composers and producers who take chances with their art and are moving the genre forward – from Jaime Branch and Mark de Clive-Lowe to Archie Shepp and Kenny Barron. 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 Ektah: 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 Ektah: 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 »

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 »

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 »