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PDX Jazz Supports Jazz Films

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PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank, is proud to announce the screening of four jazz documentaries in the coming weeks:

· The Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi via the 28th REEL MUSIC FESTIVAL (presented by the Northwest Film Center)

· Two Sides of John Zorn's Masada presented by the Oregon Jewish Museum, featuring two films: Electric Masada and Masada String Trio

· Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense via the 2011 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by US Bank

See below for more information on all films, screening dates/details, etc.

28th Reel Music Festival:

The Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi
Tuesday, January 11, at 7 p.m.

Drawing upon rarely seen footage and recordings made by jazz writer (and Rolling Stone co-founder) Ralph J. Gleason shot in the early '60s, producers Gleason and Thomas explore the brief but astounding life and times of the celebrated composer who pioneered a unique crossover of jazz and pop music. Vince Guaraldi-from his celebrated scores for the Peanuts animations, the mega-hit Cast Your Fate to the Wind, his reign at the cultural caldron that was the Hungry I in San Francisco's North Beach, and the ground-breaking Jazz Mass at Grace Cathedral-was a phenomenon until his death in 1975 at age 47. The film features new performances and insights from Dave Brubeck, Dick Gregory, George Winston, Jon Hendricks, John Handy, Paul Krassner, Paul Mazursky, and many more and sheds fascinating light on the social and political times of the era. (116 mins).

To the casual jazz fan, the name Vince Guaraldi is practically synonymous with the numerous animated television specials based on cartoonist Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters - the first and most notable being A Charlie Brown Christmas, which made its network television debut in December 1965 and has become a holiday classic in the four decades since, thanks in large part to the whimsical and evocative piano music that underscores the story.

But Guaraldi's own musical story began more than a decade before his affiliation with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, etc. Originally a sideman for vibraphonist Cal Tjader in the early '50s and clarinetist Woody Herman a few years later, Guaraldi formed his own trio in 1955 and spent the remainder of the decade and half of the next making a series of fine recordings.

The Concord Music Group recently gathered the best of this body of work in a 2-CD collection, The Definitive Vince Guaraldi, released on October 6, 2009. Additionally, Concord assembled Peanuts Portraits, a collection of compositions written and performed by Guaraldi specifically for the various Peanuts television specials aired between 1964 and 1974. The collection was released by Concord Music Group on April 20, 2010, just a few months shy of the 60th anniversary of Peanuts' debut as a newspaper strip in October 1950

After the screening, stay for a live performance by the Vince Guaraldi Tribute Band. Sponsored by PDX Jazz.

Location: McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan)

Admission/Tickets: $9 General, $8 Museum Members, Students, Seniors, $6 Friends of the Film Center

Full schedule, film trailers, and tickets at http://www.nwfilm.org/festivals/reelmusic.

Two Sides of John Zorn's Masada: Electric Masada and Masada String Trio
presented by the Oregon Jewish Museum

Tuesday, February 22, at 7 p.m.

After almost a decade of John Zorn's free-jazz and klezmer musical exploration in a form of Masada band, this great musician decided to try mixing lyrical qualities of the Masada songbook with the raw power of Naked City and the improvisational madness of Cobra. A true downtown supergroup, this is Zorn at his very best. The group includes, beside Zorn himself, Baron from original Masada line up (on drums), Ribot and Wollesen from Bar Kokhba, Cyro Baptista from Bar Kokhba Sextet, and a few regular Zorn collaborators: Trevor Dunn (bass), Jamie Saft (keyb.) and Ikue Mori (laptop/electronics). Drawing on Zorn's wide ranging stylistic influences, the band takes the Masada songbook into a whole new direction, reminiscent of jazz fusion and noise rock. Zorn uses hand signals to conduct the band, allowing for him to make up different arrangements on the spot.

Location: Oregon Jewish Museum (1953 NW Kearney)

Admission/Tickets: General Public $10 - Museum Members $8.
Advance reservations while 50 seats last.

For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.ojm.org/movies.htm

Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense presented by Amtrak Cascades

Thursday, February 24 - Sunday, February 27, at 5:30 p.m. (each day)

Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense is a documentary film series that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution.

Broken down into four episodes, the documentary features a who's who of internationally recognized jazz musicians, including, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Jason Moran, Danilo Perez, Dave Holland, The Bad Plus, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Ravi Coltrane, Lionel Loueke, Nicholas Payton, Aaron Parks, and Charlie Hunter, among dozens of others.

Through interviews and live performance footage, the film explores the thoughts and lives of the musicians spearheading today's jazz front lines. This diverse group of musicians, who have committed their lives to their art, is being missed out on by mainstream media and popular culture. They continue to record, play live jazz, and exist in a world that has been distracted from their brilliance.

The filmmakers believe that Icons Among Us is hitting its stride at a critical moment in music history. Icons' unique appeal will engage a largely untapped and growing audience of both the culturally creative and the multi-generational music lovers. The market is ripe, and the musicians are ready.

Each of the four episodes will be screened daily and sequentially during the Portland Jazz Festival, from Thursday, February 24 through Sunday, February 27 (5:30pm).

On Friday, February 25, at 7pm, there will be a special "Jazz Conversation" with the film's producer, John Comerford of Paradigm Studios, interviewed by Barry Johnson.

Following the Saturday, February 26 screening, at 7pm there will be a special concert featuring saxophonist Devin Phillips' Quartet as well as Andrew Oliver's Kora Band.

Location: McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan)

Admission/Tickets: The film screenings and the Jazz Conversation are free. The Saturday concert is $10.

For media information, please contact:
DL Media · 610.667.0501
Don Lucoff

PDX Jazz · Visit our new website: www.pdxjazz.com
133 SW Second Avenue, Suite 420, Portland, OR 97204 · 503-228-JAZZ (5299)

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