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Echo Pearl Varsity are our #1 players





Echo Pearl Varsity are our #1 players

Finding ways to make jazz even more ecclectic and interesting than it already is might seem a creative challenge. There are so many ways in which jazz commands attention that finding a way to make it individually intriguing requires some alternative approach. For Echo Pearl Varsity, Portland's jazz fusion post-rock hybrid group, that approach was near effortless and incredibly fitting.

It all started back in 2015, when lead songwriter Sam Luna, bassist Nolan Henderson and drummer Ian Taylor were working at a pizza shop together, yearning to add something original to Portland's (and, the general) music scene. Once they were joined by saxophonist Levi Downey, Echo Pearl Varsity was complete, and their sophisticated innovation of post-fusion came to be.

Their EP Tragic Bronson debuted their mellow yet mercurial production but their first full length, Fires, takes it to the next level. Establishing the band as leaders in this avant category, Fires shows EPV as masterful yet mallable and commanding yet flexible, with a willingness to flow with the orchestrative freedom post-rock and jazz allow. They'll be releasing an EP of cover songs in the next few months, coinciding with another tour.

Congrats to Echo Pearl Varsity for winning our poll and our hearts. Listen to Fires in full below. 

This Emerging Artist is based in Portland,
check out other talented locals we picked
for our Portland Artist of the Month poll below!

         
Which local act should be the Deli Portland's next Artist of the Month?
Total: 131 votes
  Clawfoot Slumber 
  Salo Panto 
  Quiet 
  Lousy Bends 
  The Wild War 

This poll will end on September 30, 2017 at 11.59 PM ET

Please stay positive with the comments, support for other bands is one of the secrets of "success."

Results as of September 26, 2017, 5:06 am

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