Thursday, December 26
Jazz & Dinner Series – #1 George Colligan
Teutonic Wine Company
3303 SE 20th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
The Alan Jones Academy of Music and Teutonic Wine Co. Present
Jazz & Dinner Series
Night #1 – George Colligan, A Tribute To Cedar Walton
Guest Chef Johanna Ware
One of the most valued of all hard bop accompanists, Cedar Walton was a versatile pianist whose funky touch and cogent melodic sense graced the recordings of many of jazz’s greatest players. He was also one of the music’s more underrated composers; although he was always a first-rate interpreter of standards, Walton wrote a number of excellent tunes (“Mosaic,” “Ugetsu,” and “Bolivia,” to name a few) that found their way into Art Blakey’s book during the pianist’s early-’60s stint with the Jazz Messengers. In addition to his many quantifiable accomplishments, Walton is less well known as the first pianist to record, in April 1959 with John Coltrane, the tenor’s daunting “Giant Steps” — unlike the unfortunate Tommy Flanagan a month later, Walton wasn’t required to solo, though he does comp magnificently. Click here to read more about Cedar Walton.
George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs).
George will be accompanied by Jon Lakey on bass and Alan Jones on drums.
Guest Chef Johanna Ware
A New York trained chef, Johanna Ware, got her chops at Public, two of David Chang’s Momofuko restaurants and Del Posto. Upon arriving in Portland, she worked for Cathy Whims at Nostrana, and then opened up her own restaurant Smallwares. After a great 7-year run, she closed the doors this year to focus on new things. She will be preparing some of her signature Pan Asian dishes including kimchi pancakes, steamed fish in banana leaf, short rib ragu and more.
Dinner service begins at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm. $5 cover at the door. 21+ only.