PORTLAND – Pink Martini, a band described by the Boston Globe as “one part French chanson, one part Argentine tango, one part soft merengue beat and a dash of gin-joint jazz,” returns to Merrill Auditorium Monday, June 15.
The heady mix of infectious, globe-trotting music will cap off PCA Great Performances’ 2008-09 season.
Pink Martini blends jazz, Latin, classical, world and pop sounds, shaken and stirred with driving rhythms, sultry vocals, plenty of humor and lots of soul.
On May 30 and June 1, the band will step in front of the Oregon Symphony for a live recording due out in spring of 2010.
Members of Pink Martini are founder and leader Thomas Lauderdale, piano; chanteuse China Forbes; Gavin Bondy, trumpet; Robert Taylor, trombone; Nicholas Crosa, violin; Pansy Chang, cello; Phil Baker, upright bass; Dan Faehnle, guitar; Timothy Nishimoto, vocals and percussion; Brian Davis and Derek Rieth, congas and percussion; and Martin Zarzar, drums and percussion.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48, $42 and $35. They are available through PortTix, the box office at Merrill Auditorium; by calling 842-0800; and at www.pcagreatperformances.org.

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