Number of new members so far: 40 out of 50

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble wants to transform our city into a more vibrant place for hearing, studying and making new jazz music. We’ve made significant progress already—our budget has increased by over 500% since 2013, and we’ve tripled our payments to musicians and composers, all while producing some of the most innovative music happening in the city’s jazz scene right now.

But this community can do so much more. That’s why I’m writing to tell you about a special opportunity to double the impact of your tax-deductible membership with the PJCE.

By becoming a member for a donation of $50 or more, you’ll get discounts to our events and early access to PJCE Records releases and podcast episodes. Memberships are fully tax deductible, and go to support all of the great musicians in our family.

A generous anonymous donor has pledged to give up to $3,000—$50 each for the first 50 new members who join by the end of this season. We’re already up to 37, and we’d love to get all 50 by the end of 2015! Become a member by clicking here or sending a check made out to the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble to 4415 NE 84th Ave. Portland OR 97220. If you’d like to make an additional gift beyond the basic membership, you can do so by either method.

Building community and opportunity for new jazz in Portland

The PJCE is a non-profit organization that serves Portland by building opportunity and community for jazz listeners, students, and musicians. We do this by commissioning and performing original music written for our 12-piece jazz chamber orchestra. We also operate the grass-roots label PJCE Records, produce our podcast “Beyond Category” as well as community events like our Happy Hour roundtable discussion series.

This season’s programming shows an exciting transformation in our approach. In the fall we did a first-ever collaborative concert with the indie rock community—five of our wind players joined indie-folk singer Catherine Feeny and percussionist Chris Johnedis to perform original arrangements by Portland jazz composers of the duo’s songs at a sold-out show at Alberta Street Pub in November.

Our February 20, 2016 concert at the Old Church will feature new pieces by pairs of student composers and their mentors, Ezra Weiss and Kerry Politzer, a rare opportunity to hear student and professional works side by side by the full PJCE jazz chamber orchestra.

And our spring program, Oregon Stories, will create three new radio documentaries, with music by Darrell Grant, Mark Orton and Executive Director Douglas Detrick, that tell the stories of three Oregonians from minority communities who did great things despite facing discrimination. We’ll perform the spoken word and music pieces live in Hood River, Astoria, and Portland and record them in the studio for broadcast on KMHD and OPB, all supported by major funding from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

We believe in jazz music as something much more than just a beautiful form of music—in the hands of a community organization like ours, jazz can be a force for a transformative change. We’d love to have your support as we continue to invigorate Portland’s cultural landscape!

Thanks so much for your support!

Douglas Detrick
Executive Director