Portland Jazz Festival

Afro-Cuban All Stars, Alfredo Rodriguez

When: Fri., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. 2013

While the corporate entities have got their fingers all over this year's jazz festival—the correct title, I believe, is the US Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines—its 10th year sees a solid lineup that should appeal to most jazz diehards, if not casual dabblers. This year kicks off with a show from the Afro-Cuban All Stars, who found international prominence in the wake of Buena Vista Social Club's enormous popularity. The fest also hosts Blue Cranes, fusion drummer Jack DeJohnette, and a performance by all-female super-trio ACS (that's pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and Portland-born Grammy-snatching bassist Esperanza Spalding). But the most intriguing performances look to be tributes: the Jazz Message's homage to the incredible, overlooked Art Blakey, and the music of Fellini film composer Nino Rota performed by New York downtown extrapolators Sex Mob. See for more info, including dates and venues. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $30

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