With “a voice like a beacon of hope” (Seattle Times) vocalist and composer Jimmie Herrod sings a collection of his own songs that acknowledge abuse he experienced as a child and discuss the transcendence from and consequence of such experiences for himself and survivors of abuse more broadly.

Jimmie Herrod is known increasingly around the world as a larger-than-life vocalist, having performed internationally with Pink Martini and having recently appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Matching poetic and melodic imagination with his technical prowess as a singer, Herrod steps forward in this concert as a composer as well.

Concert details:

Friday, June 12th, 2020 | Doors open at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm.
The Old Church | 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 | (503) 222-2031 (venue contact number)
Advanced tickets: $30 Premium*, $25 General, $20 Senior, $10 Youth (30 and Under), $5 Arts for All.
Day of Show tickets: $35 Premium*, $30 General, $25 Senior, $15 Youth (30 and Under), $5 Arts for All.

In two parts, Herrod will present a collection of songs written originally for his undergraduate senior recital (Cornish College of the Arts – 2013) which depict the realization of the events which transpired and the subsequent internal dialogue. The second part will consist of new songs that illustrate life after trauma, a restorative perspective, correcting the idea of a broken image, and looking at oneself as whole.

PJCE Executive Director Douglas Detrick, winner of a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, will arrange all of Herrod’s songs for PJCE’s 12-member jazz ensemble, featuring Herrod as the vocalist throughout. Detrick’s thoughtful approach to combining chamber music composition with jazz sensibilities makes him an apt interpreter of Herrod’s songs, deepening the impact of each song with another layer of sensitivity.

Jimmie Herrod is a Pacific Northwest-based artist and performer residing in Portland, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and Performance from Cornish College of the Arts, and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Portland State University. Herrod maintains an active performer both as soloist and collaborator, working newly as a full time member of Pink Martini. Herrod has additionally worked in Seattle’s lauded musical theater scene at Arts West and the 5th Avenue Theater. Recent performance highlights include being a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony’s showcase in the 2018 TEDx series and independently with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in their 2019 Judy Garland tribute. In fall of 2018 Herrod released a solo album entitled “Falling in Love and Learning to Love Myself” and in the fall of 2019 will release an EP with Portland’s own Pink Martini entitled “Tomorrow.”

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