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PDX JAZZ: The Devil’s Horn: The Beginnings of the Jazz Tenor Saxophone

Thu, Jul 20, 2017 from 7:00 pm
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

PDX Jazz is proud to present their next installment in the Discover Jazz adult education series, The Devil’s Horn: The Beginnings of the Jazz Tenor Saxophone. Hosted by KMHD Radio personality Mark Montesano, this presentation featuring a mix of lecture and music will explore the history of one of the most important instruments in jazz. How did the tenor saxophone evolve from a novelty instrument to the quintessential jazz voice, able to express the whole range of human emotion from raucous screams to seductive whispers? The evening will focus on the pioneering ways of tenor sax legends Coleman Hawkins and Lester as well as the musicians who followed their lead and expanded on it including Ben Webster, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and more.