Ben Darwish and McMenamins present

Notes From The Underground

Ezra Weiss Quartet

Film footage during break: Charles Lloyd Quartet - Germany, 1998

hosted by Ben Darwish

(ticketed through Cascade Tickets)

  • 8 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show |
  • $5 in advance, $5 day of show |
  • 21 and over
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nftuThis monthly series presents "jazz without borders" -- some of the most exciting and innovative music you'll hear -- in the colorful and intimate atmosphere of the historic Mission Theater.

The Portland jazz scene is world class and deserves your attention. Curated and hosted by Ben Darwish, "Notes From The Underground" focuses on music with improvisational aspects, typically classified as jazz, but with influences spanning the entire musical spectrum. At set breaks, enjoy classic jazz films projected on the big screen. It's a unique once-a-month night of music that will blow your mind without breaking your wallet.

Check out this Oregonian article for a glimpse of host Ben Darwish and the vision behind Notes From The Underground.

This event is sponsored by KMHD, Jazz Society of Oregon, Oregon Music News and Ninkasi Brewing


About Ezra Weiss Quartet


"Ezra Weiss is a fine, fine jazz pianist, an American original...He can take a jazz motif and bring out all of its lovely hues and shades. His playing approach is straight-ahead, and his melody phrasing is excellent..."--Lee Prosser,

Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps Big Band, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others. He has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland, and co-led the Courtney Bryan/Ezra Weiss Jazz Orchestra. He has led bands in many of the country's greatest clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, and Tonic in NYC; Ryles in Boston; Nighttown in Cleveland; Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Maks in Portland; and Catalinas in Los Angeles

Ezra also has composed music and lyrics to two children's musicals: Alice in Wonderland: a Jazz Musical (2009) and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2010). Both musicals were designed to expose young children to jazz.  The soundtrack to Alice... was named one of the top 10 cast recordings of 2009 by

Ezra has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. He holds a Bachelors in Jazz Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from Queens College. His teachers have included Wendell Logan, Neal Creque, and Bruce Barth. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University.

Lineup for the Ezra Weiss Quartet
Ezra Weiss, piano
Renato Caranto, saxophones
Patrick Harry, bass
Chaz Mortimer, drums


About (ticketed through Cascade Tickets)

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