Portland jazz fans ready to swing (via Portland Tribune)

In 1958, bassist Chuck Israels landed his first professional recording job on pianist Cecil Taylor’s “Stereo Time” album. 

Also on hand to record … saxophonist John Coltrane. 

“He was quiet and studious,” Israels recalls. “You don’t accomplish the things that he accomplished without being able to go off by yourself and do some disciplined work.” 

Israels contributed one tune to the record, “a little counterpoint exercise” called “Double Clutching,” which he’ll reprise for the Portland Jazz Festival when he plays Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 

The festival runs from Thursday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 28, and boasts more than 100 events at a dozen different venues. 

In addition to Israels, performers include Trio Subtonic Feb. 18, the Gary Peacock Trio Feb. 19, the Bobby Torres Ensemble Feb. 20, Dianne Reeves Feb. 21, the Joe Manis Trio Feb. 22, Henry Johnson, Mel Brown, Louis Pain and Renato Caranto Feb. 24, Reggie Workman and James Carter Feb. 26, Ravi Coltrane Feb. 26 and 27, John Stowell Feb. 27 and John Scofield and Joe Lovano Feb. 28.

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