Wynton Marsalis, Ahmad Jamal and Pat Metheny will headline the 2014 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival, which takes place Feb. 20-Mar. 2.
Seattle trombonist and composer Julian Priester will also be featured as part of the festival’s For Portland Only production, which reunites Priester with two bandmates from Herbie Hancock’s fabled ’70s Mwandishi ensemble, Bennie Maupin and Buster Williams in a group called Something More.
The 11th edition of the Rose City bash also features a program of artists associated with Blue Note Records, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year.
Other artists include the great, Portland-bred jazz-world-fusion group, Oregon; the Spring Quartet – Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese; Bobby Watson & Horizon; Brian Blade & Fellowship; Eliane Elias; the Yellowjackets; the Kenny Werner Trio; Geoff Keezer; Aaron Diehl; the Christian McBride Trio; Cecile McLorin Salvant; Toshiko Akiyoshi, with Lew Tabackin; Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg; Darrell Grant’s “The Territory,” with Joe Locke; Tord Gustavsen and Grace Kelly.
“Fans may recall that the 2009 edition here was the only U.S. Festival to honor Blue Note Records all the way through,” said festival managing director Don Lucoff. “For the 2014 festival we recognize a selection of artists who made an impact on the storied imprint, tagging their performances, Blue Note @ 75 which will include, Who’s on First with Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg; the long overdue reunion of hard bop masters Bobby Watson & Horizon, featuring Victor Lewis, Terell Stafford, Edward Simon, and Portland native Essiet Essiet; Eliane Elias in a special program recasting the works of Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chet Baker; Brian Blade & Fellowship, and imposing leaders who certainly made their mark on the label in the past 20 years, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Werner.”
Portland Jazz Festival
Feb. 20-Mar. 2, 2014 at various Portland venues; individual tickets $15-$58, packages available (503-228-5299 or www.pdxjazz.com