The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 11/21/15

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Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 11/14/15

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Sat, 11/14/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Dialog performs live in studio 2pm The Motif

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Sat, 11/07/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Live in the studio: The Motif 7 Friends
Dialog is a band that boast of journey men musicians with multiple music styles. Together they bring a free flowing style that streams diverse music genre into an alchemy of extrodinary artistic expressions. Chuck Smith sings and plays reeds; Terrance Wooten, a conductee into Oregon's Music Hall of Fame plays rhythm and lead guitar, and Gene Ermel on drums is both/and funky and progressive. Tune in! 2pm

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 10/31/15

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Sat, 10/31/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 10/24/15

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Sat, 10/24/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 10/17/15

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Sat, 10/17/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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The (Jazz) Crusaders II

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Sat, 10/10/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Non-exhaustive sampling of The (Jazz) Crusaders whose music cross mainstream and fusion.
Part II

The (Jazz) Crusaders: An Epic 

In the cannon of American Classic Music this group brings note and staff to the melodic moment. The Crusaders defy notorious snobbery and uptight that at times limits jazz music to an "elite" consumer base. The group's recording session and live performance endeavor to utilize all music that connects souls. Session players, vocalist, and orchestras often accompany the groups 'crusade' across  expanse and diversity of music.

Part Two draws from chronology, and count of the sizable discography. 

The Crusaders Tribute

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Sat, 10/03/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Tribute to The Crusaders
The Crusaders (Jazz Crusaders) are pioneers of fusing popular music forms with jazz. Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, and Stix Hooper utilized tremendously talented side men to forge a sound that leaped over main stream and straight ahead bounderies. Tune in Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2pm. Music from different developmental periods of the group will be on display. Tentative interviews with childhood and school mates that grew up in Texas with members in the group. R. I. P. : Wayne, Joe, and Wilton. 

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 09/26/15

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Sat, 09/26/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 09/19/15

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Sat, 09/19/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Interview with Ravi Coltrane

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Sat, 07/28/2012

Yugen Rashad interviewed Ravi Coltrane. They talk about music, life and vibration.


PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with Jimmy Mak's, announces saxophonist Ravi Coltrane as part of the continuing PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak's series on Wednesday, August 8th @ 7:00 & 9:00. Coltrane will lead a quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer E.J. Strickland in support of his Blue Note debut, Spirit Fiction.

Coltrane released Spirit Fiction on June 19th. The 11-track album features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Coltrane's long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet including trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland - the personnel featured on his sophomore release From the Round Box.

Born on Long Island in 1965, Ravi Coltrane is the second son of John and Alice Coltrane. His father died when Coltrane was only two and Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised him on the West Coast and proved a strong role model in her own right. Ravi had the honor of producing and playing on Alice Coltrane's Translinear Light, released three years prior to her death in 2007.

A move back east to New York and pivotal stints with Elvin Jones, Wallace Roney and Steve Coleman led Coltrane to begin asserting himself as a leader in the mid 1990's, and he has since released five albums including Moving Pictures (1998), From The Round Box (2000), Mad 6 (2002), In Flux (2005), and Blending Times (2009). He has also continued appearing as a sideman with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Flying Lotus, and as a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 10/25/2014

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bobby hutcherson#1somewhere in the night
jane bunnett#1maqueque
the meters#11look ka py py
carmen lundy#3soul to soul
lonnie smith#7rise up
keith jarrett#4tokyo 96
somie#17the lagos music salon
claire fischer#8pacific jazz
flora purim#4butterfly dreams
gerald albright#5slam dunk
bobby hutcherson#3the view from the inside
Branford Marsalis#1contemporary jazzx
stefon harris#3urbanus
marc cary#5four directions
jerry goldsmith#1soundtrack
film noir#2fallen angel
nicholas payton#4into the blue
bobby hutcherson#3components
bobby hutcherson#4knucklebean
JOEY DE FRANCESCO#2organic vibes

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 08/23/2014

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roy haynes#5birds of a feather
eddie harris#4the in sound
joey DeFrancesco33all or nothing at all
Branford marsalis#1random abstract
joey DeFrancesco#4all or nothing at all
al jarreau#9my old friend
sergio mendes#1encantobi
Gerald Albright#3giving myself to you
lonnie smith#7Jungle Soul
3:00/bobby hutcherson#1somewhere in the night
joey DeFrancesco#6enjoy the view
eddie henderson#7oasis
kenny garrett#8happy people
lonnie liston smith#11love goddess
dr. lonnie smith#4rise up
joey DeFrancesco#5all or nothing at all
bobby hutcherson#3components
sergio mendes#1encanto
4/keith jarrett#4the out of towner

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 07/19/2014

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bobby hutchersonherzogtotal eclipsebluenote
lee ritenour4 on 6wes boundGRP
ralph mcdonaldmeet me in margaritavillehome grownantisia
roy ayersgoree islandin the darkcolumbia
theo crokerit's not you, it's meafrophysicistOKEH
will downingi can't help itsensual journeygp
gretchen parlatoi can't help itin a dreamobliqsound
gilbertobrazilian tapestrygilbertocti
quincy jonesbluesettemellow madnessAM
dexter wanselmy vacationdigital groove wolrdhhot planet
3pm/freddie hubardspirits of tranekeep your soul togethercti
bill evansi do it for loveaffinitywb
ketih jarretti can't believe that you're in love with methe out of townersecm
Bill whitersin the name of loveyou tube
roberta flackin the name of lovei'm the oneatlantic
grover washington, jrin the name of lovewine lightElektra
Nnenna Freelonlil b's poemlisten
bobby hutcherson"" "" ""components
Kenneth WhallumThose who believeyou tube
grovertake me therewinelightElecktra
theo crokerrealizeafrophysicist
russell gunnsybil's bluesEthnomusicology Vol 1Atlantic
freddie hubbardhapiness is nowskaglycti
barbara dennerleinin the mudouthippedVerve

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 06/21/2014

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dizzy#2Pleyel 53
Horace Silver RIP#6It' Gotta be Funkcy
Horace Silver RIP#3The Jody Grind
Theo Crocker#9Afroficist
Horace Silver#2Pencil packin papa
Russell GunnAfrican QueenHorace Silver Songbook
Horace Silver#8hardbop grandpop
3/Freddie HubbardCamel RiseHigh Energy
Bobby HutchersonCamel RiseMontara
lonnie liston smithAstral Travelergolden dreams
pharoah sanders" "collection
keith jarrett#2The Out-of Towners
Bobby McferrinpeaceBobby Mcferrin
Patrice Rushenalmost homesignature
Harvey Masonbefore the dawnchameleon
nicholas paytonsun goddessnick at night
4/Darryl ReevesMr. hurtdiary of a bandstand
gary bartzcarnaval de l'esprit
roy ayersone sweet love to rememberVibrations
me shell ndegeocellobitter sweetpeace beyond passion

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 06/14/2014

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donald byrdSpaces and placesplaces and spaces
Harvey masonSpaces and placesChameleon
Bill whitherswho is he...Best of
Mishell Ndegeocellowho is he...peace beyond passion
jazzholelowdownpoets walk
incongnitolowdowntransatlantic r.p.m.
2:35/Eric GaleGinseng WomanGinseng Woman
Theo CrokerrealizeAfro Physicist
lou donaldsonCaravanSay It Loud
Russell GunnCaravanEthnomusicology Vol. 2
Mariah CareymoneyI am Mariah
Lonnie Plaxicosummetime romanceplaxico
bennie maupin/dr patrick gleesonDrving while blackdriving while black
harvey masoneither waychameleon
craig t. cooperthe fountain pena romantic letter

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 05/31/2014

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Buckshot Le Fonque#3Buckshot Le Fonque
Etienne Charles33Creole soul
Etienne Charles#2Folklore
Lonnie Plaxio#8Westside Stories
Kurt Elling#8The Gate
bobby hutcherson#1montara
Stephon Harris#6evolution
kenny garrett#7pushing the world away
3pm/Marion meadows#3Secrets
Robert Glasper#3double booked
diane reeves#5beautiful life
burt bacharach33one amazing night
gretchen parlato#1in a dream
grover washington jr.#4skylarkin
bob baldwin#4never can say goodbye
Theo Croker#11afro physicist
herbie hancock#7The Prisoner
charles earland#2the almighty burner
4/everett harp#7first love
harvey mason#5chameleon
little beaver#1party down
Pleasure#7special things

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 05/24/2014

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robert glapser#3double booked
Marion Meadows#3Secrets
stefon Harris#11evolution
bobby hutcherson#2montara
Harvey mason#2chameleon
wayne shorter#1without a net
bobby hutcherson#1somewhere in the night
burt bacharach#10one amazing night
jack jones#1wives and lovers
brigett mcwilliams#3Too Much Woman
frank mccomb#7the truth
3pm/bobby hutchersonlittle b's poemcomponentsyou tube
joey DeFrancesco#2organic vibes
bobby hutcherson#2somewhere in the night
lenny white#3renderers of spirit
norman connors#4star power
dana hall#1into the light
norman connors#7invitation
herbie hancock31the prisoner
little beaver#1party down
harvey mason#4Chameleon
bridgett Mcwilliams#8Too much woman
pharrell Williams#8girl
florida georgia line#5here's to the good times
george duke#11dreamweaver
pleasure#5special things

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 04/12/2014

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Dizzy#1jambo caribe
johnny hammond#2rock steady
everette harp#9first lovefirst lo
DizzY#1SWING LOW, sweet cadillac
clarke terry#11live at birdland
clark terry#12one on one
3pm/Tribute to Wayne Henderson and The Jazz/Crusaders
The CrusadersvariousWay back Home
variousThose Southern Nights
variouspass the plate

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 03/29/2014

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kenny garrett#5pushing the world away
bob baldwin#2brazil chill
archie shepp#8i hear the sound
john patton#3this's one's for ja
d reeves#5beautiful life
Michael Franks#6sleeping gypsy
joe sample#10sample this
vivian green#4a love story
joe sample#2rainbow seeker
toni braxton#3libra
dana hall#4into the light
3/jimmy smithlive supper clublive supper club
jimmy smith joey defrancescolegacylegacy
jamal plays jamaljamal plays jamaljamal plays jamal
eddie henderson#4inspiration
first cousins jazz ensemblefor the cos of jazzfor the cos of jazz

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 03/22/2014

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chick corea#8to the stars
white heat#5white heat
burt bacharach#3What's new pussycat
bobby lyle#2straight and smooth
cassandra wilson#2days aweigh
herbie hancock#1new standard
joe sample#5carmel
dianne reeves33beautiful life
billy hart#6quartet
phyllis hyman314in between the heartaches
burt bacharach#1Blue Note Plays Bacharach
H hancock#2new
anthony smith#4connections
dave grusin#13random hearts
horace silver4The Jody Grind
philippe saisse312next voyage
Dr. Buzzard Original Svannah Band#5very best of...
white heat#3white heat
what's new pussycat#7burt bacharach
sade#2Soldier of Love
4/lee ritenour#9the captain's journey
marcus miller#3renaissance
robert glasper#4double booked
randy crawford#3naked and free
kenny garrett#1seeds from the undergound


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