Modern jazz from the Portland Jazz Festival is coming to Seattle this month
In a long list of modern jazz stars featured this month Portland Jazz Festival, many of them also entertain audiences in Seattle. New Cool host Abe Beeson has the details and will dedicate the first hour of the show Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to this impressive array of today’s improv innovators.
Makaya McCraven – Star Theater February 19, February 20 9 p.m.
The drummer, producer, sound collagist and “beat scientist” remixed vintage jazz from the Blue Note Records catalog for his recent album Decrypt the message. His quartet includes De’Sean Jones on saxophone and flute, with guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Junius Paul.
In Seattle at Neptune Theater February 21
Marquis Hill – The old church February 21 8 p.m.
Leading a new quartet on a program called New Gospel Revisited as the headliners in Portland, Hill’s band will be the opening act for their performance in Seattle. Hill blurred the boundaries of jazz, hip-hop and soul with his ensemble Blacktet after emerging in the band Marcus Miller less than a decade ago.
In Seattle at Neptune Theater February 23opening act for Nate Smith + Kinfolk
Emmanuel Wilkins- Jack London Review February 22 8 p.m.
Wilkins’ second album for Blue Note Records, The 7th hand, came out last week. His music reaches epic proportions, written as its own kind of sequels, striving to make deep connections within the band and the audience.
Present in Seattle during the Earshot Jazz Festival last October, Wilkins will not return to Seattle during this tour.
Brandee Younger & Dezron Douglas- The old church February 23 8 p.m.
This musical (and romantic) partnership produced a series of concerts remotely from their New York home in the early months of the pandemic, culminating in the duets album force majeure. Younger’s new album, Somewhere in time expands the possibilities of the jazz harp, while Douglas has established himself on the bass, notably with his group Black Lion.
No performances scheduled in the Seattle area… yet.
Eric Krasno and his baby – Aladdin Theater February 23 8:30 p.m.
Guitarist of New Cool favorites Soulive and Lettuce, Eric Krasno has recently embarked on more solo activities. Blending classic soul, blues, modern jazz and hints of much more co-headlining with guitarist and vocalist Son Little, this program features backing from the two men of Krasno’s new band The Assembly, who also includes dynamic keyboard player Wil Blades.
In Seattle at Nectar Lounge February 22
Christian Scott and Tunde Adjuah - Aladdin Theater February 24 8:30 p.m.
Proving his live skills on his brilliant recent concert album Axiom, the New Orleans trumpeter expands his efforts to create global music by associating with the sounds of West Africa. Ghana-born, New Orleans-based djembe master Weedie Braimah has jaw-dropping skills and vast knowledge – and a talented musical family that includes legendary jazz drummer Idris Muhammad.
In Seattle at Crocodile February 25
Nate Smith + Kinfolk – Stage 722 February 25 9 p.m.
Drummer, composer and triple threat bandleader Nate Smith offers a modern jazz take on the building blocks of hip-hop, soul, funk and pop music of the last half century with Kinfolk. Celebrate their new album See the birds, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Brad Allen Williams share the front line of this powerful ensemble. This show is a double bill with The Soul Rebels, New Orleans’ modern brass band.
In Seattle at Neptune Theater February 23; The Marquis Hill band opens the show at 8 p.m.
Outer Orbit with Sarah Clarke – Jack London Review February 25 11 p.m.
Stay up late in downtown Portland to catch this soulful hometown jazz band fronted by Trio Subtonic key player Galen Clark and lead vocalist Sarah Clarke of Dirty Revival. Their self-titled new album features a guest feature for John Medeski and finds funky fun deep in the pocket.
At Bellevue at Bake’s PlaceFebruary 18; Galen Clark’s Trio Subtonic joins forces with Seattle’s McTuff.
Robert Glasper – Portland Museum of Art February 26 9 p.m.
Perhaps the leading figure in modern jazz today, Robert Glasper earned him nine Grammy nominations in eight categories – with two wins – for his work on keyboards and in the producer’s chair. Its jazz/hip-hop fusion often includes guest vocalists, but the live show is always captivating. This tour will highlight the Robert Glasper experience black radio 3 album, which is released on February 25, nearly a decade after its predecessor.
In Seattle at The Moore Theater on February 27
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