The Jim Prescott Quintet
Appearing live at the 1905, Portland OR, Sept.23, 2018.
“Our intent is to establish a sort of ‘Jazz Ramadan’ over this hot and smoky summer, culminating on Trane’s birthday, to refresh and reinvigorate our understanding of the spiritual discipline of this music. This has always been the function of this group, and jazz in general. It takes us at once to the root of creation and into the vast expanse of the liberated meta-consciousness.”
Bassist Jim ‘Jimi Jazz’ Prescott takes time from touring with G. Love & Special Sauce to present his latest group, featuring Noah Bernstein - alto saxophone, Adrian Baxter- tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, Dustin Lanker - piano and the inimitable James West - drum set.
They will be performing a special evening of music in celebration of the 92nd birthday of John Coltrane, with a program of classic hard-bop, progressive and avant-garde grooves and original interpretations and compositions.
Noah Bernstein is a saxophonist/composer active in the boundless expanses of the Portland, OR music scene and can be seen performing regularly with his instrumental hip hop/free jazz duo GRAMMIES and R&B dudes Shy Girls. In 2011-12, he toured extensively with tUnE-yArDs in support of their album "Whokill." He holds degrees from the Oberlin College and Conservatory in jazz saxophone performance and creative writing. Bernstein grew up in rural Vermont. He carries with him its brooding forests and rolling hills wherever he goes. noahbernstein.bandcamp.com
Adrian P. Baxter is an instructor at M.U.S.E.; Instructor at Ethos; Reeds for Mariachi Viva Mexico, Oregon Music Hall of Famer; Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon School of Music Platinum Album “Zoot Suit Riot” with “The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies”; Composer nominated for the 2016 Drammy Award “Best Original Music in a Play” for Signet Productions’ “The Setup”; performed with Les McCann, Tito Puente Jr., Meldcochita, The Temptations, Yolanda Del Rio, Ramsey Embick, Mel Brown, Andre St. James, Damien Erskine, Patrick Lamb, Dr. Freddy Vilches Meneses (Matices & Son de Cuba), Signet Productions, Conjunto Alegre, Rhythm Culture, Cambeleche (Seattle), and many local Portland artists.
Dustin Lanker is a Portland-based keyboard player and composer with jazz roots but a career made in pop and rock. Past notable projects include indie prog-pop band The Visible Men, free jazz metal band 100% Chips, and his janky Russian discotheque alter ego, DJ Out of Wedlock. He is also known for his collaboration with Fat Mike of the band NOFX on the AVN award-winning soundtrack to the silent adult film Rubber Bordello.
Drummer James West has been a fixture in the creative music scene in Eugene and the greater Willamette Valley for nearly two decades. His ability to apply new textures with an ear for melding the contemporary with the traditional have provided him with opportunities to perform, tour and record with some notable artists including John Zorn, Michael Manring, Carlos Vamos and Justin King. He's performed and recorded with Portland artists Sean Flinn, Leo London (The Domestics), Tractor Operator, Ferocious Eagle, and Asher Fulero and has toured in supporting acts for Diana Krall, B.B. King and James Taylor. He is currently writing & recording with Le Rev.