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Legacy of Jazz Celebrated

PDX Jazz sponsors concerts, Jazz Town movie

4/13/2016, 2:45 p.m.
Slate of events begin with tribute to iconic jazz trumpeter
The legacy of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown is celebrated by PDX Jazz.

PDX Jazz celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a slate of events beginning with a tribute to iconic jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown named after his signature tune, "Joy Spring." The performance, featuring Charlie Porter, a Seattle area trumpeter, will be held Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alberta Abbey, N.E. Alberta St.

“Jazz Town,” a film premiere produced by Eric Cain as part of OPB’s “Oregon Experience” will screen on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Moriarty Auditorium at North Killingsworth and Albina Avenue on the Portland Community College Cascade Campus.

The film explores a vibrant but short-lived period of Portland history post World War II when there was an eruption of music and nightlife with black clubs on North Broadway and Williams Avenue. Presented largely through first-hand accounts as told by local residents, the program will showcase the kinds of music and the parade of musicians that put Portland on the "jazz map."

On Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at Alberta Abbey, PDX Jazz will recognize founding board member and life-long jazz advocate Wayne Thompson, who died earlier this year, with a musical celebration of life concert.

Then on Saturday, April 30 at 4 p.m., the Incredible Journey of Jazz under the direction of Darrell Grant, will present a music program designed for students to tell the story of jazz music, also at the Alberta Abbey.

For a complete list of the upcoming shows, visit pdxjazz.com/events.