Tuesday, February 02, 2016

NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders Added as Special Guest to 2016 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival

Pharoah Sanders rose to prominence playing and recording with John and Alice Coltrane after getting his start with Su Ra in 1961. After recording on Ascension and eight other seminal releases with John Coltrane, Sanders worked extensively with Alice Coltrane, playing on albums such as Journey in Satchidananda; Ptah, the El Daoud; and Cosmic Music. Sanders, the most interesting jazz man in the world, has played with everyone from Santana, John Lee Hooker, and Bill Laswell to McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, and Ornette Coleman. Sanders last performed in Portland at the 2010 Jazz Festival to an enthusiastic sold out audience. The GRAMMY® Award-winner was recently selected for the NEA Jazz Master award and will be performing at the ceremony in Washington, D.C. in April, 2016.

Pharoah Sanders will perform as a special guest with Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, and Brandee Younger as part of the John Coltrane @ 90 celebration. The program title, Universal Consciousness, is from a 1971 impulse! album in which All Music Guide's Thom Jurek remarked, "Alice Coltrane's Universal Consciousness stands as her classic work. As a testament to the articulation of her spiritual principles, Universal Consciousness stands even above World Galaxy as a recording where the medium of music, both composed and improvised, perfectly united the realms of body (in performance), speech (in the utterance of individual instrumentalists and group interplay), and mind (absolute focus) for the listener to take into her or his own experience."

Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
P5 Box Office: 855-797-3952

Saturday, February 27 at 7:00pm

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