Getting the concert series up and running has been much easier than I expected, especially with the help of the folks at the Creative Music Guild. They get tons of requests from musicians around the world asking to play one of their well-regarded Outset Series concerts or to be part of their Confluence Series of shows. As they admit, they have to turn down at least 90% of the offers they receive. And that’s where I get to come in.
So far both of the shows I’ve booked in 2015 have been from artists that they were unable to help out, including the amazing jazz quintet from Seattle led by Samantha Boshnack. As you’ll hear from the album embedded above, this group can do it all: gentle balladry, swinging bop, and noisy blasts of chaos. I’m so excited that they agreed to play the next installment of our Experimental Portland Presents… concert series this Sunday January 25th at 8pm at Turn Turn Turn.
I’m equally thrilled that the group Get Smashing Love Power were able to be a part of this as well. They are one of my favorite local jazz outfits featuring some of the best players we have in the city: Reed Wallsmith, Noah Bernstein, Andre St. James, and Tim DuRoche. I wish they had some recorded fare for me to share with you, but you’ll just have to trust me that their take on the post-bop sound is bracing and scintillating.
I really hope you can make it out to this show. It’s going to be a special one.