This week I have two shows of interest, I’m especially excited about the return of the full 14-piece Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble at the Community Music Center Saturday night. I’ll also be at Tony Starlight’s on Wednesday with some great music by Herbie Nichols, the obscure but fascinating pianist from the 50’s-60’s era.
We have four new compositions for you from Charley Gray, director of Jazz Studies at PSU and an illustrious large ensemble composer, our co-director Gus Slayton, Portland guitarist and composerKyle Williams, and NYC-based Portland native (and former PJCE member) Eric Allen, who will be presenting his own unique take on some Christmas music for us.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. $10 for students They’re now on salehere. Save a few bucks and get them in advance!
We’ll be featuring essays by each composer on the PJCE Blog in advance of the event to give you a taste of what they’re up to. So far Eric and Kyle’s essays are up. Have a look!
Thanks for your support and we hope to see you Dec. 10 to support some great new, local music.
Herbie Nichols has been coming to prominence of late with the Herbie Nichols Project, run by the jazz composers collective in NYC in the 90’s, as well as with Roswell Rudd’s publication of many of Herbie’s unrecorded compositions. We’ll be tackling some of them in a relaxed evening at Tony’s, part of my first Wednesday series. These are really great tunes that deserve to be heard more often, hope to see you there.