Thursday, November 30, 2017

Art Abrams 2018 Portland Jazz Master Recognition

2018 Portland Jazz Master Recognition

Press release:

The Portland Jazz Master is a designation recognizing a regional artist or other jazz community member for their work and contributions to jazz in the Portland region. The Jazz Master nominee may be in any career phase, allowing PDX Jazz on some years to recognize and support upcoming talent, and in others to honor those who have been staples in the region’s jazz community for many years. Portland has a wealth of artists whose resonance in the community is truly outstanding and deserving of recognition.

The 2018 Portland Jazz Master, Art Abrams, will be recognized on February 15 at Revolution Hall on opening night of the 2018 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival Presented by Cascade’s Sotheby International Realty. The program titled West Coasting features his longstanding Swing Machine Big Band with special guests Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison.

The Portland Jazz Master designation was initiated in 2011, that year honoring Dave Frishberg. The following years recipients included: Thara Memory (2012), Nancy King (2013), Oregon (2014), Wayne Thompson (2015), Charles Gray (2016), and Mel Brown (2017). With the inception of the McClendon-Makarounis Award for Jazz Advocacy in 2017, PDX Jazz then decided that the Portland Jazz Master recognition be solely presented to musicians, thus two separate awards are given annually for artist and community advocacy accomplishments.

The PDX Jazz Programming Committee decides on the nominees and ultimately selects the Jazz Master, and the McClendon-Makarounis Award for Jazz Advocacy is a PDX Jazz board initiative.

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