This event is sponsored by PDX Jazz and J&J Foundation Support New Partnership Initiative, Expanding April Programming in Celebration of Jazz Appreication Month.
Saturday, April 28
Jazz Appreciation Month – Alan Jones Quintet
Teutonic Wine Company
3303 SE 20th Ave. Portland, OR 97202
A Portland native, Alan Jones ranks as one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, composers, multi-instrumentalists and teachers. He has performed, toured and recorded with a long list of jazz legends, including his very own Sextet! He also runs his own successful Portland school, the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM).
Alan began playing the drums at a young age. In high school, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, he studied with Alan Dawson, and spent two summers at the Banff Center for the Fine Arts in Canada. Alan has also studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins.
Alan has worked with some of music’s greatest artists including: Esperanza Spalding, Andrew Hill, Leroy Vinnegar, Red Mitchell, Kenny Wheeler, David Friesen John Abercrombie, Jim Pepper, Miroslav Vitous, John Clayton, Cecil Taylor Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Denny Zeitlin, Dave Liebman, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Holland, Charles McPherson, Chuck Israels, and John Hicks.
In high school Alan began teaching private lessons. He worked with children ages 6-17 at the Krebs School for the Learning Disabled in Boston teaching music and music therapy. He has held positions at The American Institute of Music in Vienna, Austria (1990-1992) and at Portland State University (1993-Present). Alan has presented Master Classes and Clinics in exciting places such as the Paris Conservatory of Music in France, Hochschule fur Musik Graz, Austria, The New School NY, USA Berklee College of Music Boston and many more venerable institutions.
Alan’s love and understanding of music and his ability to communicate, both as a player and a teacher led him to the creation of The Alan Jones Academy of Music. AJAM is an innovative education system focused on personal and collective improvisation from grade school through retirement, and prompted the city of Portland to honor him with an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Jazz.” Students have been involved in projects ranging from collaborating with Michael Curry on multimedia stage presentations to balancing on tightropes to playing in International Jazz Festivals.
The Alan Jones Quintet will feature Charlie Porter on trumpet, Mike Gamble on guitar, John Nasto on alto saxophone, Bill Athens on bass and Alan of course on drums. The music starts at 7:30 pm and we offer a small plate dinner menu by Chef Alex Bourgidu from 5 to 9 pm. You do not need a reservation but we do recommend you arrive early as these shows fill up quickly. No cover.