In the first event of our PJCE Online series, we’re pleased to present Portland saxophonist and composer Nicole McCabe. We’ve filmed Nicole and bassist Jon Lakey in an outdoor park, with all participants a safe distance from each other, and we’ll present this pre-recorded footage via livestream on our Facebook page with Nicole joining live to respond to questions from viewers. The event should last 60 to 75 minutes, and will be available for later viewing after the livestream ends.

The event will be free and open to all, with a suggested donation of $5 to 25 that you can make in Facebook during the stream or after.

This event is sponsored by Belmont, currently offering Breakroom in a Bag with Zero Contact Home Delivery. Coffee, tea, and snacks delivered directly to each employee’s front door. One-time delivery and subscriptions available.

About Nicole McCabe

Preserving the warm buzz of early bebop while bravely exploring the jazz fusion of her contemporaries, Portland-based alto saxophonist and educator Nicole McCabe is reaching beyond traditional jazz to blend a broad range of styles, making her one of the most compelling young composers and players in today’s West Coast jazz scene.

During the last two months, Nicole has been working on composing new music for her debut album and drawing inspiration from a new perspective. This time in isolation has brought time to dive into the concepts of the freedom of the music of Ornette Coleman, the power and edge of the music of Miles Davis’s second quintet, and the melodic importance of Keith Jarrett’s music. These songs represent new knowledge and inspiration found during this time, and a new found concentration and care for her compositions. The direction of these compositions is reflective on feelings of uncertainty but with the objective of moving forward as a human and an artist.