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.


AMP Jazz Orchestra students were honored to be chosen to attend the Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival. AMP students graduate with advanced performance skills and a deep understanding of the jazz art form. This opens the door to social, cultural and global identification, allowing students to experience a more meaningful connection between their lives, community, school and the world.

Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church– choir and group singing– and from “hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old.” Mingus toured with many Jazz greats including Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory and Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington himself. Mingus's refusal to compromise his musical integrity led to many onstage eruptions, which earned him the title “The Angry Man of Jazz.

This concert will be nostalgic, as current students head out touring or off to college and new students join the program. 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 >>>