PDX Jazz Presents Ramsey Embick Trio @ Mission Theater - "In a Silent Way: The Music of Joe Zawinul"


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Thursday, September 29th @ 8pm
Consumer Friendly Pricing, All Seats $15
Limited Reserved Seats for PDX Jazz Members

PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with the Mission Theater, along with The Crystal Hotel and our media sponsor KMHD Radio, is set to continue the PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series with the Ramsey Embick Trio and special guest Devin Phillips on Thursday, September 29th at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. The musicians will perform “In a Silent Way: The Music of Joe Zawinul" to celebrate and explore the music of the revolutionary pianist and Weather Report co-founder, Joe Zawinul.

The Portland-based Ramsey Embick Trio is made up of Embick on acoustic and electric piano, Damian Erskine on bass, and Mark Griffith on drums. Damian Erskine is the nephew of Peter Erskine, the longtime drummer and band mate of Joe Zawinul's in Weather Report. Griffith is a current member of the Jaco Pastorius Tribute Big Band. In addition, among Portland's most beloved, saxophonist Devin Phillips is set to play alongside Embick's trio. The set list will feature the compositions of Zawinul during his time with Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Weather Report. Among the compositions to be featured will be: “In a Silent Way," “A Remark you Made," “Harlequin," “Palladium," “Country Preacher," “Midnight Mood," “Scotch & Soda," “Jive Samba," “Boogie-Woogie Waltz," “Birdland" and “Mercy, Mercy."

Embick was born and raised in Salem, OR and after a brief stint of studio session time in Los Angeles during the early 1990s, he returned to Oregon and has been a prolific mainstay on the Portland music scene. His piano playing style is eccentric and wide-ranging, owing much of his inspiration to salsa music. Over the years, he has done session work with musical heavyweights such as Ray Charles, the Pointer Sisters, Kiss, and Gladys Knight while also releasing a pair of critically acclaimed solo piano albums. His most recent album, Extended Shelf Life, was released in August 2009 and featured many jazz standards but was anything but conventional. “This album is flawless, beautiful, thoughtful and like Betty Carter's work, the fact that he's playing a standard is irrelevant. He makes you listen with new ears."—Tom D'Antoni, Oregon Music News

In addition to his trio, Embick currently plays with his Latin-inflicted jazz group, Embick Y Los Montunos, while also playing solo piano at shows around Portland.

Tomasz Stanko, who was booked to perform in Portland, has cancelled his northwest portion of his west coast tour due to an international scheduling conflict. We hope to bring him to the Mission Theater next time he tours on the west coast. Additionally, Cuong Vu is slated for Thursday, October 27 and the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant" recipient, Miguel Zenon and his New York-based quartet will perform on Wednesday, November 16.

Ramsey Embick Trio @ The Mission Theater
Starting at 8 PM
Ramsey Embick: Piano Solo

Tickets for shows ticketed by Cascade Tickets may be purchased at the Crystal box office or other McMenamins outlet.

(Bagdad Theater, Edgefield, East 19th St. Café in Eugene) At these locations the convenience charge is only $1.

Or you can order by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX, or by clicking the “Buy Tickets“ link located at the event listing on the McMenamins schedules.

Tickets are $15 advance/day of show.

**reserved seating is available for PDX members

The Mission Theater is located at 1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland, OR, (503) 223-4527.

Located within walking distance of the Mission Theater, McMenamins Crystal Hotel & Ballroom is ideal for concert-goers.

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