From Maxville to Vanport
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR, 97211
As part of the 2018 Vanport Mosaic Festival, Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble presents an evening of original jazz and film inspired by the rich and remarkable history of Oregon. Maxville, built in 1923 in Wallowa County, and Vanport, built in 1942 just north of Portland, were multicultural communities that housed workforces with significant African American and immigrant populations at a time when many Oregonians were openly hostile to them.
With music by Ezra Weiss and lyrics by S. Renee Mitchell, From Maxville to Vanport looks honestly at the prejudice these people of color faced, and celebrates their resilience, courage, and important contributions to Oregon. Vocalist Marilyn T Keller and filmmaker Kalimah Abioto share in telling these stories of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the face of remarkable adversity--stories that deserve to be better understood by all Oregonians. Gwendolyn Trice provided historical consultation on the project and rounds out the artistic team.
Tickets are $35 for preferred general admission, $25 general, $20 seniors and veterans. $5 Arts for All tickets will be available at the door with an Oregon Trail Card. Find more details at pjce.org/events.
Lee Elderton ? soprano sax, clarinet
John Savage ? alto sax, flute
Rob Davis ? tenor sax, clarinet
Mieke Bruggeman ? bari sax, bass clarinet
Douglas Detrick Music and Farnell Newton ? trumpet, flugelhorn
John Moak and Denzel Mendoza ? trombone
Ryan Meagher ? guitar
Jasnam Daya Singh - piano
Bill Athens ? bass
Ken Ollis ? drums
From Maxville to Vanport would not have been possible without the support of the Oregon Community Foundation's Creative Heights program, Oregon Historical Society, Maxville Heritage Intrprtv Center, Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Oregon Humanities, Fishtrap, Eastern Oregon University, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Inc, and Baker Heritage Museum.