A Tribute to Charles Mingus by AMP Jazz Orchestra, featuring Devin Phillips
Aug 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30

$20 Advance
$24 At the Door
$100 VIP Supporter
$5 Students

The AMP Jazz Orchestra featuring Devin Phillips are celebrating their first-place win at the 2018 Charles Mingus Competition in Newark NJ.

Michael “Chappie” Grice (World Arts Foundation Inc.) joined the orchestra on their travels and will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Dedicated to the memory of Aretha Franklin.

Sponsored by Art For Everyone PDX, Emerson Street House, World Arts Foundation Inc. and The 1905.


The American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra is a nationally recognized leader in educating 7th -12th grade students in American Art Music – Jazz. Students in this program at Vernon Elementary School are from culturally diverse backgrounds. The program’s goal is not only to perform the music of American culture (including, but not limited to Ellington, Basie, Coltrane, Armstrong, Davis and Mingus) but also to imbue its finest qualities in the representative lives of the students, their families and the community.

The Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra regularly competes in – and wins – student competitions across the country, including The Monterey Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington at Lincoln Center, The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Swing Central at the Savannah Music Festival, and most recently the 2018 10th Annual Charles Mingus Highschool Competition held at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

American Music Program students leave High School with advanced performance skills and a deep understanding of the jazz art form. This pre-professional training opens the door to social, cultural and global identification and allows students to experience a more meaningful connection between their lives, community, school and the world. Because of their rigorous training, American Music Program students often go on to receive scholarships to attend the country’s top music colleges, such as The Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz, and Oberlin College Conservatory. more >>>
Devin Phillips | 7:30 PM
Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors.

In 2005, Phillips formed New Orleans Straight Ahead. But in August, Hurricane Katrina muted the music. With all gone, save his sax, and his family scattered throughout the U.S., Phillips evacuated to Portland and reformed New Orleans Straight Ahead with other musician evacuees. Devin settled into his Portland community and caught the teaching bug. Mentored by Thara Memory, Devin became AMP Director after Thara’s passing. more >>>