pdxJazz Festival Presents
Coltrane Time
Chuck Israels Band
with guest Jimmy Greene

Thursday 25 February 2016
Jimmy Mak's, Portland, Oregon








Chuck Israels / bass
Jimmy Greene / saxophone
Charlie Porter / trumpet
John Moak / trombone
Dan Gaynor / piano
Chris Brown / drums

Chuck Israels

Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others. He is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981. He directed the jazz studies program at Western Washington University from 1986 to 2009 when he retired from that position and moved to Portland, OR, to return to full time professional musical life forming the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra.

Israels had the good fortune to be included in a recording session with John Coltrane in March of 1958 which this program draws its inspiration from. States Israels, "John had gained attention in the Miles Davis Quintet and was one of the accomplished tenor players of the period but not yet the iconic idol he was to become. It was a milestone in my work as a recording jazz musician – my first professional recording."

Jimmy Greene

A native of Hartford, CT, Greene is considered one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since his graduation from the Hartt School of Music in 1997. His previous solo releases, Live at Smalls (SmallsLive), Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), Gifts and Givers (Criss Cross), True Life Stories (Criss Cross), Forever (Criss Cross), Brand New World (RCA Victor), Live at Birdland (RCA Victor) and Introducing Jimmy Greene (Criss Cross) have been met with much critical acclaim. In fact, Tony Hall of Jazzwise Magazine (UK) calls Greene " . . .without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years."

In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Greene appears on 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composers Octet and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others. As a member of Harrell's quintet, Greene was featured on CBS's benchmark news magazine, 60 Minutes. As a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s Big Band, Greene is a featured soloist on 2 DVD releases, Harry for the Holidays, and Only You. He was featured as a soloist on Connick's 2003 holiday special aired on NBC, in addition to NBC's Today Show, and BBC's Parkinson Show. Down Beat magazine recognized Greene as one of "25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz."

Charlie Porter

Charlie has toured throughout most of the United States and abroad in Europe, Asia, the Baltic States, the Middle East and Africa as both a bandleader and as a sideman with musicians such as Joe Zawinul & Paquito D'Rivera. In addition to his own quartet being selected twice by Jazz at Lincoln Center to tour abroad as part of the Rhythm Road, he toured a third time as a member of the JALC All-Star Quartet. He currently holds the trumpet chair in Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra and The Alan Jones Sextet (both based in Portland, OR).

Among the many awards to his credit, he was the first ever to be awarded 1st Prize in the National Trumpet Competition in both Jazz and Classical divisions and was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in Los Angeles. As a freshman at Juilliard, Charlie won the quadrennial Trumpet Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Allice Tully Hall, NYC.

Charlie holds a Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School in classical trumpet performance and a Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music in jazz performance. His mentors have included Wynton Marsalis, Raymond Mase, Mark Gould, Laurie Frink, Dominic Derasse, Cecil Bridgewater, Sy Pryweller & Wayne Daniels.

John Moak

Trombonist John Moak has performed with many notable artists including Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Pete Christlieb, Nat Adderley, Randy Brecker, Diane Schuur, Branford Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Jack Sheldon, Herbie Mann, Rosemary Clooney, James Moody, John Faddis, Byron Stripling and Ken Peplowski . He has performed as a member of the Louie Bellson Big Band and Octet, the Clark Terry Quintet, the Portland Jazz Orchestra and with pop acts, Frankie Valli, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, and the Four Tops. John appears on many recordings, most recently with Gino Vannelli. He has performed at the New Orleans, Newport, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

Dan Gaynor

A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with many artists including Nancy King, Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Glen Moore, Gino Vannelli, Martin Zarzar, Bob Mover, Bobby Torres, Emily Braden, Dan Faehnle, Marguerite Jeunemann, David Friesen, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alan Jones, Lawrence Williams, Rob Scheps, Robert Moore, John Stowell, Ingrid Jensen, Ron Steen, Mel Brown, "Sweet Baby" James Benton, Chris Conrade, Dick Berk, Marianne Solivan, Shirley Nanette and many others. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar.

Chris Brown

After his completion from high school, Christopher enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a drummer for four years, which is also during the time that he began to really strengthen his professional networking base, beginning with his association with Ellis and Jason Marsalis while stationed in New Orleans. But after one short year in New Orleans, the Corps sent him to Parris Island, SC where at the recommendation of Ellis he began working periodically with the bassist Delbert Felix, formerly of the Branford Marsalis Quartet. And from that association he caught the attention of the legendary jazz bassist Ben Tucker, with whom he worked on and off with for three years. And finally, right before his discharge from active duty, he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Jazz legends Buddy Defranco and Terry Gibbs at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC.

In addition to his main passion as a drummer, he has also kept up his proficiency on the alto saxophone over the years, which consequently resulted in him having performed live with the great Ralph Peterson Jr. Quintet (2002) on channel six in NJ for one of their segments called "New Jersey Talking," as well as having headlined as a saxophonist for both the 2007 PDX Jazz Festival (OR) and the 2010 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (OR).


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Recorded by Alan Niven in eight channels of audio and two cameras. Mixed by Alan NIven. Produced by wolftraks.com for pdxJazz, Portland, Oregon.