Portland Conservatory of Music Announces Dimensions in Jazz Fall Lineup

  • August 30, 2022

Portland Conservatory of Music Announces Dimensions in Jazz Fall Lineup

The Dimensions in Jazz Concert Series at PCM, organized by Paul Lichter, Sponsored by the

Portland Press Herald

(August 9, 2022 - Portland, ME.) The Portland Conservatory of Music announces the

2022 Dimensions in Jazz Fall Lineup featuring renowned jazz musicians from Mali Obomsawin

of Maine to Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura of Japan. Dimensions in Jazz brings the latest in

contemporary jazz to Portland, Maine.

The DIJ Season kicks off on August 20th, 2022 with vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles

and pianist Jarrett Cherner as they go on a summer tour to promote the all-original duo release

“Tone” which is steeped in jazz harmony, timeless melody, and poetic verse that addresses the

need for care in the world.


On September 9th, 2022 renowned Sax player Anna Webber leads her working band of

almost a decade, Simple Trio, in a performance featuring works from her most recent release

titled “Idiom” alongside drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell. Simple Trio will also

host a free jazz workshop at 4pm prior to the concert.


Satoko Fuji (Piano) and Natsuki Tamura (Trumpet) take the stage on September 16th,

2022 for a performance featuring the pinnacle of contemporary Japanese jazz. Since 1997,

Tamura and Fujii’s powerful collaboration has enlightened and engaged listeners. Their

repertoire ranges from total improvisation to Tamura’s deeply beautiful, world-music-influenced

compositions and Fujii’s compositions with their complicating meter, line, and harmony.


Rounding out the month, the Joe Fonda Trio returns on September 24, 2022. Joe Fonda

(Bass), Carlo Morena (Piano), and Rob Garcia (Drums). The program consists of original

compositions by Joe Fonda. The music utilizes the entire jazz cannon drawing influences from

Duke Ellington to Sun Ra. Free jazz workshop at 4pm prior to the concert.


Renowned Boston-based jazz trio “The Fringe” comes to PCM on October 8, 2022.

George Garzone (Saxophone), John Lockwood (Bass), Francisco Mela (Drums). The Fringe

originally formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard

Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe

have entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 35 years. Bassist

Richard Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at

Berklee College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.


Pandelis Karayorgis is a Boston-based jazz/improvised music pianist, composer, and

educator coming to the DIJ stage with his quartet on October 15, 2022. Pandelis Karageorgis

(Piano), Nate McBride (Bass), Luther Gray (Drums), Yorritt Dykstra (Saxophones). Born in

Athens, Greece in 1962, Pandelis moved to Boston in 1985. Prior to that, studied piano and

performed in various jazz groups in Athens while pursuing a degree in Economics. Pandelis

earned BM and MM degrees in music from Boston’s New England Conservatory while studying

with Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Dave Holland and Joe Maneri (composition).

Free jazz workshop at 4pm - alternate location for this workshop. See website for details.


Finishing out the DIJ Fall lineup is the Mali Obomsawin Sextet which features Savannah

Harris on drums, Allison Burik and Noah Campbell on reeds, Miriam Elhajli on voice and guitar,

Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, and Mali Obomsawin on Bass & Vocals. Mali Obomsawin’s new

work Sweet Tooth is a suite for Indigenous Resistance, weaving together original compositions

and arrangements with archival pieces from her community at Wabanaki First Nation.


Tickets are $20 in Advance, $15 for Seniors, $5 for Students, and $25 at the door.

For more information and tickets visit www.portlandconservatoryofmusic.org/dimensions-in-jazz

To inquire about interviews with the artists or organizer, Paul Lichter, please contact David

Cosgrove at PCM using the contact information at the top of this release.


About Portland Conservatory of Music

Portland Conservatory of Music is Portland, Maine’s premier community music education

center. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) community music school,the mission of Portland Conservatory of

Music is to provide access to quality music education for community members of all ages,

abilities, and financial levels. Portland Conservatory of Music offers a wide-range of music

educational programs ranging from private lessons and choirs to jazz ensembles and early

childhood music. Its faculty of 50 musicians and instructors have credentials that include

advanced degrees, national and international performance, and instruction at premier Maine

colleges and universities. Portland Conservatory of Music is located at 28 Neal Street in

Portland’s West End neighborhood.


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Portland Conservatory of Music is Portland

28 Neal Street
Portland   ME  04102 

(207) 775-3356