Born and reared in New Orleans, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. By 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (whose alumni include Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton). There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors. Performing, touring and recording with top artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz and Los Hombres Caliente soon followed. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Phillips relocated to Portland and has since been warmly embraced with frequent appearances at festivals and an induction into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall Of Fame.
Black & Blue was formed to perform a thorough repertoire of New Orleans traditional jazz from artists such as Sidney Bechet, Buddy Bolden & Louis Armstrong. The history of this period is strongly reinstated with joyfully swinging rhythms, vibrant multi-horn polyphony with a deep connection to the blues. The band’s personnel includes prominent Portland musicians Paul Mazzio, John Moak, Chance Hayden and Eric Gruber.
Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State St, Lake Oswego. Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm. $15.00 general admission Laketheatercafe.com. All ages.