Matt Wilson’s Arts And Crafts

Matt Wilson Stare

Full of his customary pzazz behind the drum set and on the microphone, Wilson led two sets last night at Jimmy Mak's, one of the prime small venues at the Portland Jazz Festival. He and his fellow Arts And Crafters hewed more or less to the repertoire of their most recent CD, An Atitude for Gratitude. For Wilson, trumpeter Terell Stafford, bassist Martin Wind and pianist-organist-accordianist Gary Versace, "more or less" is the operative term. They thrive on flexibility and the unexpected. The … [Read more...]

A Jazz Festival Moment: Kenny Garrett

Kenny Garrett

In a Portland Jazz Festival conversation this morning, host Devin Philips asked his fellow saxophonist Kenny Garrett to watch a video of himself and comment on it. The performance was 16 years ago at the Montreux, Switzerland, festival. Pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts were the rhythm section. Garrett and the audience of festival-goers and Portland State University music students watched as he played several dozen choruses of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” … [Read more...]