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Published on August 23, 2018 9:41AM

Kerry Politzer

Kerry Politzer


Fresh from a sold-out concert at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden, Bossa PDX will perform at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Thursday, August 30.

Led by pianist and vocalist Kerry Politzer, Bossa PDX pays homage to the masters of the bossa nova era. The band plays lovingly transcribed arrangements of the compositions of Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Donato, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and many others.

Politzer is a jazz pianist with classical and Brazilian influences. She received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with jazz guru Charlie Banacos.

Later, during time in New York, Politzer performed at Smalls and toured with DIVA No Man’s Band, performing at the Blue Note and on the QE2.

In 1996, she was one of six finalists in the American Pianists Association’s 3rd Biennial Jazz Piano Competition. Her composition “Rhodes Rage” won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Another tune, “Begin the Baião,” won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2000 Mid-Atlantic Song Competition and an Honorable Mention in the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

Politzer has released six albums as a leader, including “Blue in Blue,” which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Her 2005 album “Labyrinth” was a finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2007 Independent Music Awards. Politzer’s latest album “Below the Surface” was released in 2014.

In addition to Politzer, the concert will feature some of the finest jazz musicians in the Portland area, with Chris Woitach on guitar, Damian Erskine on electric bass and George Colligan on drums.

The Thursday, Aug. 30, concert will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets, $22 for adults or $12 for kids aged 12 and under, are available online at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.



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