From our partners at Mt Tabor Theater:
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dead Kenny G's, Trio Subtonic
October 16, Doors Open 9PM, 21+
Mt Tabor Theater
4811 SE Hawthorne Portland, OR 97214
Tickets: $9 in advance through TicketsWest
October 16 will surely be one of the finest of music at Mt. Tabor Theater in recent memory. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are as close to pop stars in the jazz world as you can get. The Oklahoma based quartet released “Stay Gold” this summer to overwhelming fanfare and critical acclaim. The Jazz Times says, “JFJO burns with a quiet intensity rather than dramatically explodes.
The musicians play with a coiled looseness, improvising with quicksilver yet deliberate force. You can hear the band's power and inventiveness creatively eroding structure, and the tension produced from that is exhilarating. If JFJO isn't moving jazz forward, it is shifting its center of gravity interestingly askew,” and The Village Voice describes JFJO as “….intensely improvisatory head-fuckery, which embraces Beatles covers, free jazz and just about everything in between.”
Over the past 16 years JFJO has become one of the foremost contemporary jazz bands in the world. In that time the band has released 20 records and toured the top venues of the world such as the Damrosch Bandshell at Lincoln Center in NYC and Blue Note NYC to name a few. JFJO has also frequented the jazz festival circuit and recently performed some of their highest profile festival performances to date, such as the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. These four musicians are musical chameleons who can move crowds in small jazz clubs, big rock clubs and performing arts theaters.
Now with the addition of Chris Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass, JFJO has perhaps invented its own genre: Red Dirt Jazz. This new sound is equal parts earthy and nimble, pastoral and sweeping, elegant and rollicking. JFJO is tapping into their birthright, drawing upon “The Tulsa Sound” born of hometown heroes like Bob Wills, JJ Cale, and Leon Russell. These roots grow up into a jazz foundation that's built firmly upon the likes of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.
Jacob Fred's music continues to offer a unique and different sound that exhibits a rare form of abstract yet accessible musical freedom and inquiry. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has blossomed into one of the most visionary and fearless bands touring the world today.
The Dead Kenny G's is another demented brain-child of Seattle saxophone extrordinaire, Skerik. Joined by Mike Dillon on vibes and percussion as well as Brad Houser on bass the DKG's are no joke. Well, perhaps a little, but they make fantastic “gnasty, hell-powered love jazz” nonetheless. Check out their website for many articles and dissertations on the state of modern (especially as it relates to Mr. Kenny Gorelick) as well as video and audio samples.
Local organ-jazz group, Trio Subtonic aren't anything to sneeze at either. They've garnered quite the rep in the jazz world are a compelling live show.
Tickets are $9 in advance through TicketsWest, $12 day of show. Doors open at 9pm for patrons 21 & over only.