Portland Jazz Festival coming up

Event features Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Galactic, more

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Feb 1, 2013 at 04:00AM

This February, PDX Jazz is celebrating 10 years in Portland.

Founded in 2003, the nonprofit cultural arts organization's mission is “to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come,” according to its website. Held during Black History Month, its annual Portland Jazz Festival features performances, lectures, films, exhibitions and jam sessions. This year's festival runs Feb. 15-24 at various venues in Portland.

“This year's vast programming of 17 ticketed shows reflects the eclecticism that is uniquely Portland,” said managing director Don Lucoff. The lineup includes Esperanza Spalding, Galactic, Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. Here are a few highlights:

• The Afro-Cuban All Stars kicks off the festival Feb. 15 at the Aladdin Theater. Led by Juan de Marcos, the group promotes traditional and contemporary Cuban music.

• The Portland Jazz Festival is teaming up with Classic Pianos to present a new “PDX Piano Perspectives” series. Held at Classic Pianos' Recital Hall, the series includes Wayne Horvitz (Feb. 16), Alfredo Rodriguez (Feb. 17) and George Cables (Feb. 21).

• Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band will perform a tribute to composer Stan Kenton, a musical legend of big-band jazz during the 1940s through the 1970s. The concert will be held Feb. 16 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.

• ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding close out the festival Feb. 24 at the Newmark Theatre. Formed while working on Carrington's Grammy Award-winning album “The Mosaic Project,” the trio is “elegant, experimental and unquestionably bold” according to the website.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $58 (plus fees), depending on the event. Ticket packages are also available. For tickets and more information on the festival, visit www.pdxjazz.com or 503-228-5299.