Tuesday, February 25, 2020

PDX Jazzfest

2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents: Not Exactly Jazz

Joe Manis Trio

7 PM


21 and over

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Joe Manis Trio

Intense, high-energy jazz

Joe Manis Trio

Quickly creating a strong presence in the Northwest jazz scene, the Joe Manis Trio (Joe Manis, tenor saxophone; Dave Captein, bass; and Randy Rollofson, drums) is known for its high-energy performances and the strength of its straight-ahead, classic sound. Manis released his debut album Evidence in 2009 on the NYC-based 8Bells label. Evidence features Manis' own deft compositions as well as new takes on standards by Gershwin, Monk and others. The Joe Manis Trio was featured at Rontoms during the 2010 PDX Jazz Festival, a performance that was a featured Willamette Week "Pick" and received praise from local music critics and bloggers.

As both a leader and a sideman, Manis has presented performances and jazz masterclasses at Whitman College, Bates College, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Oregon, Ferris State University, and South Seattle Community College. He received a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies-Performance with Academic Honor from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Additional studies were at the Eastman School of Music. A dedicated teacher as well as performer, he serves as the Director of the Shedd's Jazz Academy and South Eugene High School's Jazz Band III.

In other performance formats, Joe currently shouts background vocals and plays alto saxophone with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and appears on their albums Susquehanna and Skaboy JFK: The Skankin' Hits of....  He has played with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited and appears on their album Rise Up! on Real World Records; he has also performed with the Temptations, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, and the Ken Schaphorst Big Band featuring trombonist Andre Hayward.

Portland bassist Dave Captein is one of the Northwest's most sought-after sidemen and performs regularly with almost all of the most notable musicians in the PDX area. In addition to local luminaries such as Mel Brown and Dan Balmer, he has performed with Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, and Joey DeFrancesco, among many other artists of international standing.

Randy Rollofson received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon in 2001. Randy is a three-time recipient of Outstanding Musician Awards from the Reno International Jazz Festival and a recipient of the Sabian Cymbal Award for Outstanding College Drummer. He has participated in the Banff International Jazz Workshop, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and recently was a semi-finalist in the Lincoln Center Rhythm Road Competition in New York City. Randy has performed with many musicians including Dan Balmer, Ben Monder, Dave Captein, Randy Porter, PDXV, Tom Wakeling, and Darrell Grant.



About Al's Den

Head downstairs at the Crystal Hotel to hang out in this music venue named for Al Winter, Portland's gambling overlord who, in the 1940s, managed his vast empire that spanned the Pacific Northwest and into Las Vegas from this very location. Today, we hold live music, artist residencies, pre- and post-concert performances and more. 





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The menu features local ingredients, house-baked breads, desserts and pastries from the Crystal Bakery, a specialty cocktail menu and an affordable yet approachable wine list, while a well-trained waitstaff provides a comfortable and welcoming guest experience. No reservations are necessary; stop by for a quick business lunch, a pre-show drink or an evening date night.

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