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6:00-7:30pm Jim Templeton at the Piano - no cover; early set 8:00-11pm The CATARINA NEW Jazz Band $10 Things really tend to heat up at the Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant with this amazing high energy band in the room. Members include Al Criada on bass, Greg Goebel on piano, Charlie Doggett on drums, Al Martin on percussion & flute and the fabulous Catarina on Vocals and Saxes. Catarina was awarded Jazz Musician of the Month for Oregon Jazz scene's July magazine; making this gifted performer one of Portland's hottest acts. Website: http://catarinanew.com
6:00-7:30pm Jim Templeton (no cover) 8:00-11pm ANANDI & RANDY PORTER CD Release $10. An enthusiastic fan once told Anandi, “If I bring a date to your show, your music will make her fall in love.” With a name that means ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi was born to create music that is capable of putting the listener in a very pleasant state, her silky voice bringing you into the blissful state promised by her name. On her upcoming release, True To Love, Anandi offers a collection of jazz tunes past and present, weaving contemporary selections with lesser known standards and most beloved ones. Anandi's full spectrum repertoire also includes songs in French, Portuguese and Spanish. At her CD Release event at Ivories on May 25th, Anandi will be joined by outstanding musicians: Randy Porter on piano, Bill Athens on bass, Todd Strait on drums and Tim Wilcox on sax.
6:00-7:30pm Jim Templeton at the Piano (no cover, early set) 8:00-11pm Rebecca Kilgore, Tom Wakeling, Randy Porter, David Evans $10. Rebecca Kilgore has long been one of Portland's favorite Jazz Sweethearts. The evening will feature Rebecca on her luscious vocals and rhythm guitar, composer/pianist Randy Porter, saxophonist David Evans, and Tom Wakeling on bass. They play classic swing jazz, some familiar and some obscure; but every single one of them a true GEM. One of Portland's own; Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio's 'Fresh Air' with Terry Gross, and has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. She was inducted into Oregon's Music Hall of Fame in 2010!
6:00-7:30 pm Jim Templeton at the Piano (no cover, early set) 8:00-11pm The EZRA WEISS Sextet $10. Internationally acclaimed composer/pianist Ezra Weiss continues his monthly residency at Ivories with this incredible sextet, comprised of some of the finest musicians in the world. Farnell Newton (George Duke, Bootsie Collins), John Nastos (Diane Schuur, Chuck Israels), Devin Phillips (Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri), Jon Shaw (Andrew Oliver, Tim DuRoche), and Chris Brown (Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson) perform Weiss's original compositions and arrangements with high energy and beautiful depth. "A bold, inspired figure in the contemporary jazz arranging scene." -Josef Woodard, DownBeat.
6:00-7:30pm Jim Templeton at the Piano (no cover, early set) 8:00-11pm The GORDON LEE Trio $10 Gordon Lee is a composer, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor and music educator who is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest. Although he is best known for his jazz performances and compositions, Lee is active with many styles of music. He has composed everything from a symphony; to numerous big band jazz arrangements. Lee believes that jazz has given him a music language to express himself in traditional forms from European idioms of music. Lee has performed all over the world; including the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 1989, and the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
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