Pianist Kerry Politzer Receives RACC Grant to Research and Perform the Music of Brazilian Composer Durval Ferreira
PORTLAND, February 26, 2019 – Kerry Politzer, a pianist on the adjunct jazz faculty at Portland State University, has received a Regional Arts & Culture Council grant for her work related to an upcoming concert: “Bebop Meets Bossa Nova: The Music of Durval Ferreira.” The pianist will partner with Sounds of Brazil PDX to present the concert, which will feature an octet of musicians including Kerry on piano, Alexandra Santos’ vocals, Ben Graves on guitar, Gabriela Gimenes on flute, Bernardo Gomez on bass, Steven Schob on percussion, and Micah Hummel on drums.
Kerry has often explored Brazilian jazz themes and rhythms in her five jazz albums as a leader. She is featured on saxophonist Laura Dreyer’s Brazilian jazz release “Free Flying Bird” (Sony Latin). In 2018, Kerry and her band Bossa PDX were featured at PDX Jazz’s Jazz in the Garden series, the Florence Wine & Jazz Festival, and the Oregon Coast Jazz Party in Newport. After the Newport performance, Kerry presented an educational clinic on bossa nova, which was funded by Just Jazz, Inc. Kerry recently received a professional development grant from Portland State University to present this clinic at the University of Kansas.
“Bebop Meets Bossa Nova” will take place at Classic Pianos (3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.) on May 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4064770.