The captivating duo Catherine Feeny and Chris Johnedis join forces with five wind players from the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble in new arrangements of songs from their eponymous debut album with the Indy-jazz quintet Blue Cranes playing an opening set.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
9 pm, Blue Cranes
10 pm, Catherine Feeny/Chris Johnedis with the PJCE Winds
Alberta St. Pub, 1036 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR, 97211
$10 advance via pjce.org, or $12 day of show
The PJCE is proud to present a concert that moves this jazz non-profit into a completely new direction. In a first collaborative concert with a singer-songwriter in the organization’s seven year history, two brass and three saxophone players from the PJCE will join Catherine Feeney/Chris Johnedis duo on new arrangements by the very best of Portland’s indy rock-inclined jazz composers: Joe Cunningham, Reed Wallsmith, Barra Brown, Kela Parker, Noah Bernstein, and Douglas Detrick. The PJCE wind quintet features Douglas Detrick on trumpet, Lars Campbell on trombone, Lee Elderton on soprano saxophone, Mary-Sue Tobin on tenor saxophone, and Mieke Bruggeman on baritone saxophone. Blue Cranes, Portland’s favorite post-jazz jazz band, plays an opening set.
Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis look at matters of justice and redemption in a personal setting. Applying incisive poetry to matters as disparate as a bruised friendship and the phenomenon of White Flight, Feeny turns the looking glass inward where she finds both desolation and hope. Feeny’s quietly arresting vocals and classic pop songwriting play off percussionist Chris Johnedis’s R&B inflected polyryhthms, pushing the boundaries of what a ukelele, solo voice, looped guitar and percussion can do.
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is a 501c3 organization dedicated to commissioning, performing, and celebrating new music in the jazz idiom from Portland and Oregon-based composers through its 12-member jazz chamber orchestra and subsets thereof, its record label PJCE Records, and its podcast Beyond Category.
Since their formation in 2007, Blue Cranes have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They’ve developed a singular musical voice grounded in melody and explosive improvisations–marking off their unique microcosmic territory in post-jazz circles.
The members of the quintet–Reed Wallsmith on alto saxophone, Joe Cunningham on tenor saxophone, Rebecca Sanborn on keyboards, Jon Shaw on bass, and Ji Tanzer on drums–bring a unique array of experiences to their group-centered aesthetic, including work with AU, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Wayne Horvitz, Rebecca Gates, Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Pete Krebs, Black Prairie, and Portland Cello Project.