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Rivkah Ross Quartet
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Rivkah is an Oregonian by birth who took a “detour”–living in Florida and California for many years before returning to live in Portland in 2016. While in Florida, she studied jazz at Broward College and fell in love with jazz and Roy Haynes’ playing. The next stop was Los Angeles, where she got her Bachelor of Music at Musicians Institute. While living in SoCal, Rivkah completed three European tours, performing with Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats, who opened up for Dick Dale, the B-52s, and The New Mastersounds. Other experiences of note included opening up for LMFAO and Lady Gaga, and performing with Stevie Wonder as part of a drum ensemble for Stevie Wonder’s Annual House of Toys at the Nokia Theater.
By 2020, Rivkah was back in Portland, and all the venues temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was during that period of time that she reconnected with her true love, jazz, and began to write her own music. In April of 2023, Rivkah had her first show as the bandleader of the Rivkah Ross Quartet as part of the PDX Jazz Thursdays series at the Hoxton. Since then Rivkah has had two additional shows as a bandleader, and continues to write her own original instrumental jazz. It is now her goal to record her first album, and to spread messages of hope and beauty through her music.
Rivkah continues to be inspired by Roy Haynes, and her favorite drummers also include Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Sean Reinert. Her favorite composers are Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and McCoy Tyner.
Miette LaPierre Trio
Miette Lapierre is a jazz vocalist and composer born and raised in Portland. She is known for her vocal improvisation and her sultry tone as well as her sense of humor. She recently graduated with a bachelors in jazz music performance with a minor in gender and sexualities at Portland State University in 2022. They can be seen performing at venues such as The 1905, Wilf’s, The Underground in Clackamas, The Aladdin, Blue Butler Studios, and more.