The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians.
Born and raised in Portland, Alan Jones is one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Jones has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Jones isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy as an educator via the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM) in Portland, an innovative education system focused on personal and collective improvisation. Even with this busy schedule, he still makes time to lead his own Sextet, a multi-generational band of some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians including trumpeter Charlie Porter, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, alto saxophonist John Nastos, pianist Greg Goebel, and bassist Jon Lakey.
For this For Portland Only performance, Alan and his Sextet will pay tribute to drum legend Buddy Rich in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday. States Alan Jones, “Simply put, Buddy Rich was one of the most natural drummers that ever lived. Few players, if any, have not wished for the technique of ‘the worlds greatest drummer’ or escaped his influence.” Jones will play new arrangements for the sextet of Buddy Rich classics. He’s also written new songs for the festival in honor of the spirit and incredible energy of the great Buddy Rich bands. Joining the band at the end of each set for a massive drum-off will be Portland greats Mel Brown, Carlton Jackson and Chris Brown.
“The energy is extreme, there is never a lethargic moment.” – The Los Angeles Times
$25 - $30