Bits & Pieces
Portland jazz musician extraordinaire Tom Grant has been feted by Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Music Awards with "Best Chill/Groove Album" of 2017 for his "Sipping Beauty."
The award was announced at the 14th annual awards recently in New Orleans.
Grant has been a fixture in the Portland jazz scene for five decades. He has put out 27 albums, the latest in the new age/ambient genre. "Sipping Beauty" comprises 10 original instrumental tracks featuring Grant on piano, percussion and electronic keyboards, bassist David Captein and guitarist Kevin Karrick.
For more on Grant: www.tomgrant.com.
'From Maxville to Vanport'
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents a concert with original songs and film shorts inspired by the stories of multicultural populations of Maxville and Vanport, Saturday, May 26.
It's part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival.
It's called "From Maxville to Vanport: A Celebration of Oregon's Black History" and is supported by the Oregon Community Foundation's Creative Heights program. It debuted in La Grande, Enterprise, Joseph and Baker in April.
The collections of songs and short films are produced by composer Ezra Weiss, with writer/speaker S. Renee Mitchell providing lyrics and vocalist Marilyn Keller performing with Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Film shorts are by filmmaker Kalimah Abioto, celebrating the shared history of African-American Oregonians — focusing on two towns that represent distinctive viewpoints of the state's black history, old Vanport in the metro area and Maxville in Wallowa County.
Songs include "Oregon Sounds Like Feedom," and they'll be interspersed with Abioto's films focused on the story of working women in Maxville and a young boy playing in an imagined Vanport who encounters rushing waters that foreshadow the flood that destroyed the city in 1948.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.pjce.org, $35 preferred, $25 general admission, $20 senior/veteran.
The artist-led Vanport Mosaic Festival focuses on the silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest to better undersand our present. It takes place Wednesday, May 23, through Monday, May 28. There'll be screenings, live performances, tours, exhibits and community engagement initiatives at various venues, including the Expo Center, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Alberta Rose Theatre and City Hall. For complete info: www.vanportmosaic.org.
Two Portland teams battled 98 other teams from across the nation in the recent Team America Rocketry Challenge at Great Meadow in Plains, Virginia. Neither Portland Rocketry nor David Douglas High School, who were featured recently in the Tribune, placed in the top 25.
There was a flight stability challenge and a timed/height challenge.
David Douglas' rocket's nose cone deployed during flight. Portland Rocketry's rocket reached 721 feet of the 800-foot timed goal.
Three students from David Douglas High spent time exploring Washington D.C., as the boys and their instructor, Sandra Mueller, wandered through the Smithsonian Air and Flight Museum and went on a nighttime bus tour to see monuments around the area. Portland Rocketry had six students on the trip, and they were able to meet Rep. Suzanne Bonamici's staff and get a tour of the U.S. Capitol.