The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is turning ten! Since our first concert in January of 2008, the PJCE has been proving that Oregon jazz artists can make world-class music when given the right opportunity. On October 20th at the Fremont Theatre, we celebrate this important milestone by telling our story and raising money to propel the organization into the future!
The evening begins at 7 pm with appetizers and cocktails, and a silent auction benefitting the PJCE. Executive Director Douglas Detrick will give a brief presentation during this time about the organization’s vision for jazz in Portland.
At 8 pm, we celebrate this milestone with a “story-concert,” a performance by our ensemble interspersed with interviews with the composers. We’ll perform a new work by drummer/composer Barra Brown, “Night Shadows” by one of our Grasshoppers student composers Andres Moreno, and “Path 88” by Andrew Oliver, the PJCE’s founding Executive Director, who will join us via video.
Our featured artist for the evening, Barra Brown, is an up and coming composer who represents the best of what’s to come in Oregon jazz. He is an artist with diverse interests—from jazz to indie-folk to hip-hop—and works steadily as a drummer, composer, and producer, pursuing his own creative vision with his Barra Brown Trio and hip-hop duo Korgy and Bass, and supporting others in theirs, like the Shook Twins. His two PJCE Records releases, “Dreaming Awake” from 2015 and “Songs for a Young Heart” from 2013, show his inventive approach to songwriting and arranging, and incorporate a joyful, dynamic approach to the drumset.
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is the only non-profit organization in the state dedicated exclusively to commissioning and performing new music by professional Oregonian composers. The 17-18 season will be the PJCE’s tenth, and we’ve distinguished ourselves in some key ways over that time. We designed a three-part programming philosophy to inform what we do: we strive to make every PJCE program unique, collaborative, and community-oriented.
Doors 6:30PM / Start 7PM
$20 student, $10 with an adult ticket purchase