Guitarist and bandleader Dan Balmer has just been added to the US Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines, to perform as a special guest with The Jazz Passengers on February 19th, 7:00pm @ The Winningstad Theatre.
Among the busiest and most prolific of the Portland based guitar players, Balmer recently performed on a memorable debut concert with pianist and newly arrived PSU professor George Colligan as part of the PDX Jazz @ The Mission series. Balmer will also perform twice during this year’s festival, with his trio at the Aloft Hotel (Portland Airport) on February 18 and with his acclaimed Go By Train project at Rogue Ales on February 23. The Dan Balmer Trio features himself, pianist George Mitchell, and drummer Carlton Jackson. In his contemporary project Go By Train, Balmer is joined by keyboardist Clay Giberson and drummer Micah Kassel.
Balmer is a true musical gem of the Northwest. He is one of only five people to be members of both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame and is the youngest of the honorees. In addition to appearing on over 80 CD’s, Balmer has contributed 8 lauded and successful CD’s of his own. Balmer’s notoriety as a musician took off in the 1980s and 1990s with his partnership with renowned Portland pianist Tom Grant. He also has performed regularly over the years with other Northwest jazz stars like drummer Mel Brown and bassist David Friesen. Additional performers Balmer has worked with include: Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Green, Steve Smith, Airto Moreira, Bruce Forman, Houston Person, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Mays, Gerald Wilson, Eric Alexander, and Pat Martino among others.
The Jazz Passengers will perform songs off their first album in 12 years, “Reunited,” which includes a unique cover of the 1979 No. 1 hit of the same name by Peaches and Herb. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes are the founders and mainstays of The Jazz Passengers, whose name is a satirical spin-off of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Nathanson and Fowlkes have ties to John Lurie’s The Lounge Lizards and The Jazz Passengers have played with an eclectic blend of performers from Elvis Costello to Blondie’s singer Debbie Harry to Marc Ribot.
Dan Balmer on KMHD, 6-4-10
Dan Balmer plays Michael Jackson on KMHD
Portland Guitarist Dan Balmer
Featured Special Guest with The Jazz Passengers
Sunday, February 19, 7:00pm @ The Winningstad Theatre
For online tickets, visit: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/pdxjazz