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01/17/2018

Art Abrams: Coffeeshop Conversations #132 / The Portland Jazz Master's Perpetual Coolness

By TOM D'ANTONI // His Swing Machine big band kicks off the Portland Jazz Festival on Tuesday, February 15 at Revolution Hall.

From at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation.

Very happy to have the perpetually cool, recently named 2018 PDX Jazz Jazz Master and fellow KMHD (Saturdays 6pm) host Art Abrams.

His Swinging Machine Big Band will be appearing at the Portland Jazz Festival on Tuesday, February 15 at Revolution Hall playing with singers Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison in a program called “West Coasting,” devoted to West Coast Jazz.

We’ll find out Art’s interpretation of that moniker, too.

They’re going to They’ll recast arrangements by Lenny Niehaus, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Lou Levy.

How does one remain cool after age 80? For Art Abrams, just keep on with what you’re doing. Art has never stopped. Why should he?

Let’s meet Art Abrams.

 

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