PDX Jazz Thursdays at The Hoxton, Portland
Eric Gruber Trio (with George Colligan and Michael Raynor)
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Doors: 4:30 pm
Event: 5 pm
Artist Website: Eric Gruber
Venue website: Lovely Rita - The Hoxton, Portland
Eric Gruber is a highly sought-after bassist in multiple genres and has toured the US, Europe, and also Western Africa as a US Jazz Ambassador under the direction of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has been privileged to share the stage with such greats as Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Perez, Wynton Marsalis, and Terell Stafford, and can regularly be seen playing with local luminaries including Darrell Grant, George Colligan, and Dmitri Matheny. He is frequently recognized for his harmonically innovative solos, driving rhythms, and superb sense of time.
George Colligan is a New York-based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient, RACC Grant Winner) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition, DownBeat Critics Poll Winner), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, and many others, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 150 CDs). Colligan is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University and a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet.
Drummer Michael Raynor splits his time between Portland and Chicago, where he spent more than twenty years playing with tenor sax icon and NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman. Raynor also toured with vocalist Kurt Elling and can be heard on two of his Grammy-nominated recordings, including Live in Chicago, featuring Jon Hendricks. He has worked with Freddie Hubbard, Eric Alexander, Tia Fuller, Steve Coleman, Gary Bartz, Johnny Griffin, Ira Sullivan, Jon Faddis, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Israels, Nancy King, and Bob Dorough among others.
The mission of PDX Jazz is to evolve the art of jazz by engaging our community, celebrating live performances, and enhancing arts education.
PDX Jazz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Hoxton is a series of open-house hotels inspired by the diversity and originality of the streets and scenes that surround us.
PDX Jazz Members / Hoxton Guests: $10