American Music Program presents "Progressions" - Play to the Future - A Benefit Concert
Dec 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:00

$25 Advance
$15 Student
$100 VIP (includes seating in the first five rows of the front center section and a pre-show reception – available in advance only)

The American Music program presents an evening celebration and benefit concert highlighting talents from beginning musicians to professionals. PROGRESSIONS is led by three well known musicians. Tahirah Memory, Darrell Grant and Devin Phillips.
Ticket sales ended Dec 22, 2018 6:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
The American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra is a nationally recognized leader in educating 7th -12th grade students in American Art Music – Jazz. Students in this program at Vernon Elementary School are from culturally diverse backgrounds. The program’s goal is not only to perform the music of American culture (including, but not limited to Ellington, Basie, Coltrane, Armstrong, Davis and Mingus) but also to imbue its finest qualities in the representative lives of the students, their families and the community.

The Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra regularly competes in – and wins – student competitions across the country, including The Monterey Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington at Lincoln Center, The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Swing Central at the Savannah Music Festival, and most recently the 2018 10th Annual Charles Mingus Highschool Competition held at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

American Music Program students leave High School with advanced performance skills and a deep understanding of the jazz art form. This pre-professional training opens the door to social, cultural and global identification and allows students to experience a more meaningful connection between their lives, community, school and the world. Because of their rigorous training, American Music Program students often go on to receive scholarships to attend the country’s top music colleges, such as The Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz, and Oberlin College Conservatory. more >>>
Tahirah Memory | 7:00 PM
Tahirah Memory recently toured with KD Lang and her CD "Pride" won international acclaim in London, England. more >>>
Darrell Grant | 7:00 PM
Since the 1994 release of his debut album "Black Art," selected one of the year's top ten jazz CD's by the New York Times, Darrell Grant has built an international reputation as a pianist, composer, and educator. He has performed extensively as a bandleader and solo artist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from clubs and concert stages to major jazz festivals. His critically-acclaimed albums as a leader include Spirit, Truth and Reconciliation, and The Territory. Grant was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2011, he was the first recipient of the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize in the Arts from Portland State University, where he is a Professor of Music and directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute. He and was the composer for the OPB special “JazzTown” and was awarded a 2015 Individual Artist Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. more >>>
Devin Phillips | 7:00 PM
Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors.

In 2005, Phillips formed New Orleans Straight Ahead. But in August, Hurricane Katrina muted the music. With all gone, save his sax, and his family scattered throughout the U.S., Phillips evacuated to Portland and reformed New Orleans Straight Ahead with other musician evacuees. Devin settled into his Portland community and caught the teaching bug. Mentored by Thara Memory, Devin became AMP Director after Thara’s passing. more >>>