Uptown Saturday Night: Jazz, Film and Cultural Combustion!

Saturday is a big day! The Portland International Film and Jazz Festivals, cross-cultural conversation, a little emcee-ing, all capped off with a dosage of live, free music.

Saturday, February 18, 5 p.m.
Jazz Conversation: Enrico Rava & Tim DuRoche
PCPA | Art Bar (1111SW Broadway, Portland)
I’m honored to be conducting the Jazz Conversation with Italian jazz trumpet great Enrico Rava – a vivid improviser, composer and influential figure on the international jazz stage for over 40 years! This is a free event!

Then I’ll run across the street to the Portland Art Museum/Whitsell Auditorium where I’ll moderate a panel discussion following the 6 pm screening of Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s This is Not A Film (Iran):

Censorship & Documentary filmmaking – a Belarus perspective
Saturday, February 18, 7:15 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Stevens Room, Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave.)
Free with film admission

For this brief panel discussion, a group of international filmmakers (being sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Oregon’s International Visitor Program, through the US Dept. of State) discuss the artistic, political and practical challenges of producing films in Belarus (a country not unlike Iran, where internet, radio, press, TV, music and filmmaking are monitored and/or censored by centralized government control and free expression is limited).

Then I’ll walk back across the Park Blocks and introduce Enrico Rava at the Winningstad Theatre/PCPA, as part of the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival.

I’ll get to enjoy his Portland debut (for about 20 minutes) and then. . .transition to the Art Bar where I’ll set up for a (free) 9:30 p.m. gig with Better Homes & Gardens (featuring Reed Wallsmith and Joe Cunningham, saxes; Jon Shaw, contrabass; and myself on drums)….all new material, free music for a brave new world!

Better Homes & Gardens at the Portland Jazz Festival
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 p.m. – Free!!

Portland is a grand place – full of wonder and mystery, sounds and sights – and I’m glad I get to be a part of it. Hope to see you there.