Devin Phillips with Black & Blue
Friday, July 1, 2011
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Oregon Food Bank's major fundraiser? The event is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank and raises food, funds to fight hunger.
Saxophonist Devin Phillips, a crescent city native who relocated to Portland in 2005 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, carries the torch of New Orleans music with vigor and bright spirit. Black & Blue is a new project and collaboration between Phillips and Portland guitarist Chance Hayden, founded to perform a thorough repertoire of early New Orleans jazz. Their authentic sound is featured through a street corner instrumentation of sax, trumpet, trombone, acoustic guitar and upright bass. The tradition is ever present and the history is strongly reinstated with rhythm steeped in early swing, vibrant multi-horn polyphony and a deep connection to the blues.