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Frank Irwin’s Aurora Septet

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023, 11PM – The 1905
Frank Irwin Quartet

Frank Irwin’s Aurora Septet

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023, 11PM – The 1905 Tickets $15-20LIVESTREAM

Blending chamber orchestration with improvisation and modal groove, Aurora Septet paints a beautiful landscape of self-discovery.

Tasting notes: moody, lithe, cinematic

Frank Irwin’s Aurora Septet is the newest project from Portland composer and bassist Chris Frank, a native of Aurora, New York. Since 2018 he has led the Frank Irwin Quintet, an instrumental group that strives to bring positivity and levity into the lives of its audience members through provocative compositions and an uplifting sound. As a relative outsider to the Portland Jazz scene, Frank has been honored to write for some incredible Portland players. FIQ has released two full-length albums and two EPs. Their newest record, New Commute, was selected and reviewed for The Best Jazz on Bandcamp, June 2022. Frank’s writing style is greatly inspired by Charles Mingus, in that he steers clear of conventional song structures, letting his compositions go where they need to. In his fifteen years in Portland he has anchored the groups Inky Shadows (jazz duo) and The Pariahs (hip hop), and has played bass with Fritzwa, Joe Kye, Jay Si Proof, and Argentine tango group Astillero.

Lineup: Chris Frank, double and electric Bass, compositions, artwork, and stories; Nicole McCabe, alto saxophone; Jessie Smith, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Molly Keller, trumpet; James Powers, trombone; Corey Heppner, guitar; Alexander Thomas, drums

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Personnel

Chris Frank, double and electric Bass, compositions, artwork, and stories
Nicole McCabe, alto saxophone
Jessie Smith, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute
Molly Keller, trumpet
James Powers, trombone
Corey Heppner, guitar
Alexander Thomas, drums

2023 Festival Events

Presented by Accelerator Design Studios

Friday 9/1

Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 4:00PM
Vestal Stories: Mary-Sue Tobin Sextet
Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater – 6:00PM
Views of an Urban Volcano with Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater – 7:30PM
Charlie 3rown Quartet
The 1905 – 11:30PM

Saturday 9/2

George Colligan: The Phyllis Wheatley Project featuring Zyanna
Portland Metro Arts – 2:00PM
Ryan Meagher, Ralph Alessi, Peter Epstein, and Mark Ferber
Portland Metro Arts – 5:00PM
Mt. Hood Community College Jazz Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
Darrell Grant's Piano in the Dark with special guest Billy Childs
Alberta Rose Theatre – 8:00PM
Nicole McCabe Quartet
The 1905 – 11:30PM

Sunday 9/3

Domo Branch and Branchin’ Out
Portland Metro Arts – 2:00PM
Jam Session by Alan Jones Academy of Music
The 1905 - 4:00PM
Tim Willcox Quartet featuring Chuck Israels
Portland Metro Arts – 5:00PM
Portland State University Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
Alan Jones Quartet featuring Tivon Pennicott, Kevin Hays and Joe Martin
Alberta Rose Theatre – 8:00PM
Frank Irwin's Aurora Septet
The 1905 – 11:00PM