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Portland based jazz pianist Tony Pacini is scheduled to perform with internationally acclaimed jazz men. This year (2012) will find Portland favorite Pacini on bandstands with such luminaries as vibraphonist and drummer Chuck Redd, jazz tenor saxophonist/sensation Harry Allen, and N.Y. based jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Earlier this year, Pacini was featured in concert settings with Israeli jazz saxophonist Anat Cohen and trumpeter phenom Byron Stripling. Information about Pacini’s remaining highlights of the year along with references to the cool cats he’s performing with may be found below.

NOVEMBER 23rd, 24th, 2012: jazz pianist Tony Pacini will perform with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt at the Oxford (Bend, OR), – Tickets available in October at: |

DECEMBER 26th, 2012: international tenor sax sensation Harry Allen returns to Portland to perform with good pal and colleague Tony Pacini and the Mel Brown Quartet at Jimmy Mak’s – reservations recommended; 503-295-6542 |

Tony Pacini’s Full Schedule May Be Viewed At:

2012-2013 Jazz Year: (Jazz Pianist Tony Pacini’s Schedule in brief)



Tony Pacini with the Mel Brown Quartet every Wednesday at Jimmy Mak’s. Tony Pacini piano, Dan Balmer guitar, Ed Bennett bass, Mel Brown drums. Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-295-6542


Catch Tony Pacini in solo piano context every Thusday at Portland Prime, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Located at 121 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR  97204 Adjacent to Embassy Suites Downtown Portland 503-223-6200


Firstly: (Every Friday) don’t miss Tony Pacini’s solo piano sets at Portland Prime (7pm-10pm), that is until (secondly), it’s the last Friday of the month when the Tony Pacini Trio performs at Wilf’s Restaurant 800 N.W. 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-221-0070 Tony Pacini-piano, Ed Bennett-bass, Tim Rap-drums.


Jazz pianist Tony Pacini performs with bassist Ed Bennett and drummer Mel Brown every Saturday at Portland Prime 7:30pm-11:00pm. Portland Prime: 121 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR  97204 Adjacent to Embassy Suites Downtown Portland 503-223-6200

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd performs with the Mel Brown Quartet Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at Jimmy Mak's, 8pm Join us Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 when internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Chuck Redd performs with good friend/jazz pianist Tony Pacini, and the Mel Brown Quartet; guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Ed Bennett, and drummer Mel Brown. All ages welcome. Reservations advised; call 503-295-6542.

Chuck Redd’s Bio: Visit:

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 (Special Concert)

Who: Internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Chuck Redd with M.B.Q. (Mel Brown Quartet).

Featuring: Tony Pacini-piano, Dan Balmer-guitar, Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums.

Where: Jimmy Mak’s 221 NW 10th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209

Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm

All ages welcome for the first set (8:00pm-9:30pm)

Reservations advised:$12 See below
Venue Info: 503-295-6542


When:October 5th-7th, 2012
Who: TONY PACINI with assorted artists.
This year’s festival includes: Clayton Brothers Quintet (John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Gerald Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Obed Calvaire), Graham Dechter, Denise Donatelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Hamilton, Atsuko Hashimoto, Gary Hobbs, Bill Mays, Ken Peplowski, Chuck Redd, Kenny Washington, and Portland’s own Tony Pacini, just to name a few.
Where: Oregon Coast Jazz Party Newport, Oregon
Times: see schedule link below
$38 Per day tickets available or VIP full weekend pass – Visit the website link below for hotel recommendations as well.

Jazz Pianist Tony Pacini Recaps Some Nice Shows Of 2012

Some great shows coming up this year – 2012 ( see below )

October 2012
Join me this year in Newport, Oregon for the Jazz Party there October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2012. I’ll be on the stand several times this year, and with some internationally acclaimed jazz artists; Chuck Redd, Jeff Clayton, and Gary Hobbs, just to name a few.

Please check back often at my Schedule Page for updates about tickets, venues, times, etc.

May 2012 Anat Cohen and Tony Pacini backstage before the show.

I had the great honor and privilege of sharing the bandstand with Israeli born saxophonist / clarinetist Anat Cohen this Spring. The performance occurred at Mt. Hood Community College’s Performing Arts Theater on Friday night, May 4th, 2012 with Anat on sax and clarinet, myself on piano, Tim Gilson on bass and drummer Gary Hobbs. We performed some of Anat’s arrangements on such tunes as “Lullaby Of The Leaves”, Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks”, Ornette Coleman’s “Blues Connotation”, and an original Anat Cohen melody line written to the changes of “After You’ve Gone”, done blistering fast I might add.

Although this show was open to the public, it was also part of the college’s invitational festival held every first weekend in May, when high schools from all corners of the state, and beyond, arrive on Saturday to perform, compete and experience jazz education at the highest level. I was also honored to sit along side colleague / drummer Gary Hobbs as one of those judges for the division 1 category. The day started at 8:30am with the usual judges meeting, and the judging/performing started at 9:00am, continuing to 5:00pm, and with a lunch break thrown in for good measure. Judges present at this year’s festival included, Stan Bock, Brian Dickerson, Paul Mazzio, Jeff Usitalo, Dave Barduhn, Tim Gilson, Gary Hobbs and myself. As well as being able to share with all those teenaged performers some guidance to getting the most out of the music, I found myself easing back in my chair a few times throughout the day due to some stellar soloists and presentations. At times, it felt as if I had been looking into an oracle that gave me a little glimpse into the future of jazz, – and it looked good. Congratulations to Sunset, David Douglas and West Linn High Schools for your success at the festival.

PDX Jazz Festival, February, 2012
The Tony Pacini Trio (featuring bassist Ed Bennett, drummer Mel Brown, and myself), were invited by Don Lucoff to play at this year’s (2012) PDX Jazz Festival. The theme on the main stage Saturday night was Italian. We played songs by Italian-American musicians, Henry Mancini, George Wallington (a.k.a. Giacinto Figlia), Frank Rosolino, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Following us, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava took the stage with his band “Tribe” featuring; Enrico on trumpet, Gianluca Petrella on trombone, Giovanni Guidi on piano, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra. We couldn’t stay for long because we had to get over to the Portland Embassy Suites Hotel for our weekly Saturday night gig, but surprisingly, Enrico’s band was staying there for this leg of their tour. They popped in after their set and caught our last set at Prime that night, and we conversed endlessly about jazz. Truly a delightful evening.

The Tony Pacini Trio Performs At The 2012 PDX Jazz Festival.

Many thanks to Don Lucoff (PDX Jazz Festival Director), Classic Pianos, Enrico, and the Winningstad Theater and their staff for this year’s great festival.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011: 8:00pm-11:00pm Jimmy Mak’s Presents: Internationally Acclaimed Vibraphonist Chuck Redd with the Mel Brown Quartet, Tony Pacini-piano, Dan Balmer-guitar,
Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums, Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, 8:00pm Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue at Everett Street in the Pearl District, Portland, OR For Reservations Call 503-221-6542

Friday, October 14th, 2011: 7:30pm-9:30pm: TONY PACINI FEATURED IN GEORGE FENDEL’S PIANO SERIES WITH DIANE SCHUUR’S BASSIST SCOTT STEED AND ACCLAIMED JAZZ ARTIST CHUCK REDD ON DRUMS: at Classic Pianos 3003 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue Portland, OR. Reservations Strongly Recomended; Call Peggie Zachery at: 503-546-5622 – This show will be recorded.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011: THE TONY PACINI TRIO IN CONCERT WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED VIBRAPHONIST CHUCK REDD,  (Tony Pacini piano, Chuck Redd-vibes, Tim Rap-drums, Scott Steed-bass),
at the Old Stone Church 157 NW Franklin Ave Bend, Oregon Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm Venue Info: For tickets
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011: Trumpet Phenom Byron Stripling performs with Tony Pacini and the Mel Brown Quartet at Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue at Everett Street in the Pearl District, Portland, OR For Reservations Call 503-221-6542

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