Esperanza Spalding // (c) 2010 Johann Sauty
National and international musical performers are heading to Oregon for the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival, slated for Feb. 18-27 at venues throughout the city.
The week-long festival includes jazz education and outreach along with a series of concerts, all in support of the 2011 theme: Bridges and Boundaries--Jewish and African Americans Playing Jazz Together.
Among this year's headliners are the SFJAZZ Collective, which will present the world premiere of new repertoire paying homage to African American pop icon Stevie Wonder
Festival audiences can attend shows featuring pianist Randy Weston; clarinetist Don Byron; and The 3 Cohens, comprised of trumpeter Avishai Cohen, saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen and pianist Yuval Cohen.
Famed African American violinist Regina Carter returns to Portland for the festival to present her newest project, Reverse Thread, which traces the musical history of African cultures. Saxophonist Joshua Redman is leading his new project, James Farm, that includes both African American and Jewish American musicians.
Rounding out the festival is the Portland Jazz Festival's new artistic and community ambassador, bassist Esperanza Spalding, leading her new Chamber Music Society in an exclusive Portland-area engagement.