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Vocalist Ed Reed is a master singer and storyteller, and one of the jazz world’s living treasures. With an uncanny history working with and learning from many of jazz’s legends (ever since, growing up in Watts, L.A., he was taught harmony by Charles Mingus when Mingus would come to baby sit at the house across the street), he amazed the jazz world when he came out with his highly acclaimed debut CD at age 78. Since then he has earned a Top Ten spot on the DownBeat Critics Poll eleven times, including First Place on their Rising Star Male Vocalist list for 2014. He was awarded a Jazz Hero award by the Jazz Journalists’ Association, and was the subject of an hourlong episode of NPR’s Piano Jazz.

For this concert, Ed and host/saxophonist Anton Schwartz are joined by Portland-based pianist Randy Porter, who recently was the featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony for their performances of La La Land, and whose most recent CD, Porter Plays Porter, was nominated last year for a Grammy.

Randy and Anton have performed and recorded extensively with Ed, including his on CDs I’m a Shy Guy and Born to be Blue, about which renowned jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert writes:

Given his track record of exponential creative growth over the past four years it might be premature to say that “Born to Be Blue” is Reed’s definitive statement, but his third album possesses all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece.

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We’re honored to have joining Anton this time two standout artists in the world of jazz.

Lorraine Feather is without a doubt one of the freshest and most enjoyable voices in jazz. Not only because of her beautiful voice and subtle, spirited delivery. But because she writes material that is sophisticated, poignant, witty, expertly crafted, and perfectly tailored to her own remarkable musical-storytelling ability. Lorraine grew up steeped in jazz. Her father was the renowned jazz writer Leonard Feather; her godmother was Billie Holiday. A three-time Grammy-nominee (most recently in 2014), her recordings have received glowing reviews in every major jazz magazine. DownBeat has called her work “deliciously savvy”; Jazz Times referred to her lyrical reinventions as “pure genius.” Songs with her lyrics have been recorded by many jazz artists, including Patti Austin, Kenny Rankin and Phyllis Hyman.

Multi-Grammy winning pianist Russell Ferrante is perhaps best known as the founding pianist and composer of the Yellowjackets, whose 22 acclaimed albums over nearly 35 years have made them a guiding force in modern jazz. He has also recorded and performed with a dazzling list of artists including Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Art Pepper, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Take 6, Lee Ritenour and Randy Crawford.

Lorraine and Russell have been songwriting partners for many years, and they share a warm chemistry when they perform. This is a rare opportunity to catch the two of them together in Seattle, not to mention in such an intimate setting.

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Jul 2014
26 Saturday

Rebecca Kilgore

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For this concert, Anton Schwartz will be joined by two of Portland’s greatest contributions to the international jazz scene: vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and pianist Randy Porter.

“Rebecca has a gorgeous voice and has a deep connection with every song she touches. In a world of pretenders, she’s absolutely the real thing. I love what she does!”
– Michael Feinstein

“Becky is one of my favorite singers, and one of my greatest recent pleasures was presenting her in concert on Fresh Air.”
– Terry Gross, host of NPR’s Fresh Air

“If Benny Goodman were alive today, he’d hire Becky to sing in his band.”
– Bucky Pizzarelli

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