MUSIC: “Ben Macy Trio”

From Willamette Week, 11/28/07:

When he’s not playing with friends like Leigh Marble, pianist Ben Macy is at the helm of his own jazz ensemble. Tonight at Tony Starlight’s, the group releases its new EP, Hurdles, a collection of five songs recorded both in Macy’s living room and the West Hills Friends Church. Continue reading

MUSIC: “Ron Steen Jazz Jam”

From Willamette Week, 11/21/07:

PDX-born and -bred drummer Ron Steen has hosted the Produce Row Cafe Jazz Jam for the past 14 years or so, making him the bona fide Bob Barker of jam hosts in town. Steen’s name shows up in local music listings with the same regularity as the weather report, and that’s helped him remain one of the more consistent and important pulses of the Northwest jazz scene throughout its ebbs and flows.  Continue reading

MUSIC: “Bobby Torres Ensemble”

From Willamette Week, 12/12/07:

Conga maestro Bobby Torres is a little bit like the Ghostbusters — internationally renowned, but still modest enough to do a birthday party every once in a while. Torres is a Swingline staple of the Portland jazz community, and the reflection of the stage light off his shiny forehead should be a pretty familiar sight for anyone who’s ever heard live jazz in this town.  Continue reading