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Jazz Pianist Earns Respect

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

2/20/2019, 6 a.m.

  1. Patrice Rushen, a multi Grammy award-nominated artist, performs Saturday, Feb. 23 at Rev olution Hall in the former Washington High School as part of the annual PDX Jazz Fest. PHOTO COURTESY PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Biamp PDX Jazz Fest will welcome the Patrice Rushen Trio with Alphono Johnson and Marvin “Smitty” Smith and special guest Ernie Watts on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Revolution Hall in the former Washington High School in southeast Portland. For tickets, visit

Rushen is a multi Grammy award-nominated pianist, composer and producer who is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Considering one of the world’s top jazz pianists, she has definitely earned the respect of her peers.

Rushen has performed with and produced for such esteemed artists as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Lionel Hampton, Carlos Santana, Boys II Men, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Nancy Wilson, Michael Jackson, Dianne Reeves, Sheena Easton, Stanley Turentine, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, among countless others.

Two-time Grammy award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music.

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