Branford Marsallis and Kurt Elling
Portland Jazz Festival Time! Lineup and best bets
The OMN short list for who to see at this year's festival.
The flower that blooms in February. That's the Portland Jazz Festival's role every year at this time. Time to re-visit beloved Jazz players and to discover some you've never heard before. That's the essence of Jazz, preserve; protect and defend its heritage while continuing to push out the boundaries established by the vets.
That's the way it's supposed to be, anyway. Doesn't always work out the way it should. Some are stuck in the mud of their own making. Not us though, right? Just say yes.
Once again, OMN is happy to be one of the media sponsors and we'll be podcasting all of the Jazz Conversations for the seventh year. OMN's Tom D'Antoni will MC and also conduct the conversation with James Blood Ulmer. Stay tuned for THAT one!
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OMN'S BEST BETS AND DISCOVERIES
Yes, there are many big names left out here. We know our readers know who they are and can decide for themselves. Always check the full schedule below.
One of OMN's best bets sold out early Branford Marsalis and his longstanding quartet of Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass) and Justin Faulkner (drums) singer Kurt Elling. Branford and Kurt have been having a hilarious twitter war this week. Yes, it's fake....and it's still going on.