May 30, 2008


On Thursday, June 5th, you can catch two different shows for free that I’ll be a part of.  The first takes place at the Someday Lounge, where I’ll be playing the happy-hour set with Drew Shoals starting at 5 o’clock.  Then, at 9 o’clock, you can find me playing trio with guitarist Mike Pardew and bassist Dave Captein as part of Mike’s Cuerda Jazz Series at Vindahlo (a fabulous Middle-East/Eastern restaurant on SE 20th and Clinton).

In other news, continues to go smoothly with frequent updates about shows in the area.  Soon, I’ll be launching PDXMusicSource, a website that will be set up a lot like JazzPDX, but will feature all styles of music in Portland, not just jazz.  If you are an artist and would like to be featured on the new site, send an e-mail to

March 26, 2008

Lots of work on JazzPDX

Lots of work recently on (new features rolling out very soon) and JazzPDX Design – the new design/hosting/marketing service I’m starting.  As much fun as the computer stuff is, I’m really looking forward to fun gigs in April with Shelly Rudolph, Matt Weiers, etc.

March 19, 2008

Saw Ingrid Jensen at JM’s

On Monday, I went to see Ingrid Jensen play at Jimmy Mak’s with Alan Jones, Randy Porter, and Dave Speranza.  It was a great show with only a $5 cover.  I was worried that the crowd might be thin, since I hadn’t heard much press about the event, but both sets were pretty full.  It was especially great to see so many musicians out to hear a show – young and old.

I first met Ingrid at the Port Townsend Jazz Workshop in 2005, when she was my combo coach there.  I was lucky enough to be able to sit in with her band in NYC a few months later at a club called Kitano.  I also got to see her play a number of times, mostly with Maria Schneider’s band.  As far as trumpet players go, I don’t think you can ask for much more.  I hope Alan keeps finding ways to bring her out here.

In other news, has a new look, or will soon after I post this.  I’m looking forward to adding some new features, most notably a podcast which is in the works.  If you’re a Portland musician, be sure to send your album info to so that I can put it in the “Featured Album” section.

March 15, 2008

Picture Request

I’m starting a picture gallery on and would like to get ahold of any Portland jazz-related pictures that people might have. You can e-mail them to john@johnnastos.comThanks!


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