Adventures in Jazz begins Saturday in downtown Gresham
Organizers hope mini-fest will spark interest in possible return of festival
The Gresham/Mt.Hood Jazz Association is hosting the 'Adventures in Jazz Series,' with the first in the series set to take place from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, May 5.
The Adventures in Jazz Series, presented by U.S. Bank, offers music by some of the region's best-known jazz musicians in a variety of Historic Downtown Gresham restaurants and cafes. Organizers hope the mini-music fest will spark interest in a possible return of the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, either this summer or next year.
Admission is free to the following performances and venues:
• Tom Grant, piano and vocals, at Jazzy Bagels, 5 E. Powell Blvd.
Grant, who recently released a new CD, 'Delicioso,' is a pioneer of smooth jazz. He's appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and had four No. 1 albums on adult contemporary and smooth jazz charts. He's toured and recorded with some of the top names in jazz, including Miles Davis' drummer Tony Williams (tomgrant.com).
• Trombonist Stan Bock at The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave.
Bock entered the U.S. Air Force Band program in 1975, where he served as trombone soloist and lead player with various groups for more than 19 years before retiring in 1994. During his Air Force career, he performed on radio, television and recordings throughout the United States and Europe. He arrived on the Portland scene in the mid-1990s and has become one of the 'top call' jazz trombonists in the area. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Manhattan Transfer, Lou Rawls and many others. He has taught music at Willamette University and Mt. Hood Community College. (bockbone.com)
• Eddie Parente, jazz violin; Linda Hornbuckle, vocal; and Frank Tribble, guitar, at Café Delirium, 308 N. Main Ave.
Parente has played with folk group Touchstone, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Everything's Jake, Celtic rock group The Full Shilling, the Western swing group Ranch Dressing and Gordon Lee of the Mel Brown Quintet (eddieparente.com).
Hornbuckle, one of the Northwest's best-known soul divas and a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, has toured and/or recorded with such nationally known artists as Quarterflash and Nu Shooz. She later became lead vocalist for the Motown revue band Body and Soul and in 1992 joined forces with blues chromatic harmonica king Paul deLay to form Linda Hornbuckle and the No DeLay Band (lindahornbuckle.com).
Tribble plays jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, Brazilian, pop, and funk styles and has more than 40 years of experience performing at night clubs, concert halls, restaurants, music clinics, and social and political events. In addition to fronting his own bands, Tribble has performed and recorded with Bobby Shew and the Des Moines Big Band, organist Sam Salamone and saxophonists Richie Cole and Dick Oatts. He has also opened for such notables as Ronnie Laws, Phoebe Snow and Kenny Loggins (franktribblemusic.com).
• Randy Porter, piano and Tom Wakeling, bass, at Bocelli's, 246 N. Main Ave.
Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer and Benny Golson. He also has played with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their 'Sing in Swing' tour. Porter has also recorded and performed with singer Gino Vannelli, and samples of his writing and playing can be found on Apple's iLife jingles. Porter also composed the music for the 2009 documentary 'Deep Green' (randyporter.com).
Wakeling, chairman of the music department at Clackamas Community College, has played with Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney and the Fifth Dimension. His work includes plucking the strings for the orchestras of national touring shows such as 'Cats,' 'A Chorus Line,' the Joffrey Ballet, 'Grease,' and 'Damn Yankees' with Jerry Lewis (tomwakeling.com).
• Paul Mazzio, trumpet, at Asian Thai Bistro, 120 N. Main Ave.
Mazzio has toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and bluesman Delbert McClinton. His recording credits include work with artists Vannelli and Grant, and he's performed live with Tony Bennett, Larry Carlton, The Moody Blues and numerous national touring Broadway productions. As a musical contractor, Mazzio has had the good fortune to work with such artists as Terence Blanchard, Natalie Cole and Dianne Reeves (paulmazzio.com).
The next shows in the series are planned for mid-October and late winter 2013.
For more information, visit mthoodjazz.org.