Classical music mostly takes a well deserved holiday, leaving center stage to jazz in this weekend’s Oregon music— including one of the state’s most appealing bands, Blue Cranes, accompanying a dance performance in Portland’s Washington Park, which you can read about in Jamuna Chiarini’s weekend dance preview. If you know of other live music our readers might enjoy, please list them in the comments section below.
Summer on the Green
Lajos Balogh Performing Shell, Marylhurst University , 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy 43), Marylhurst.
The summer outdoor series concludes with Fretlandia Duo unleashing their violas da gamba on Wednesday, Michael Allen Harrison & Julianne Johnson playing piano and singing on Friday, Imperial – Columbia Brass blowing Baroque, Renaissance and contemporary works on Saturday, and the legendary teacher/trumpeter Thara Memory’s terrific, award winning Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra on Sunday.
“Up the Fall”
PHAME Academy, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland.
Read my ArtsWatch feature about the first commissioned original musical from the academy that creates opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities.
Fred Lu, Michael C. Liu
Michelle’s Pianos, 600 SE Stark St. Portland.
In a benefit for the Vancouver Symphony, the piano pair plays music by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Chopin and Poulenc.
Zaatar, 1037 NW Flanders St. Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of this concert of Algerian Chaabi music, one of the first in a new weekly world music series at the Lebanese restaurant.
Bill Frisell and Friends
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Portland.
One of America’s most creative, original, broadly accessible, and laid back musicians, the Seattle-based guitarist/improviser/composer makes one of his regular — and most welcome — Portland visits.
Terence Blanchard E-Collective
Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. Portland.
The great New Orleans-born trumpeter/composer, who’s scored dozens of soundtracks, collected many Grammies and other prizes, and even written an opera and other large-scale compositions, brings his crack quintet for two shows of funk, R&B, and blues-tinged jazz.