Events

Soul'd Out Presents
June 23, 2018 9:00 pm

It's an exciting time for Lilla. One week after graduating from Berklee College of Music, she released her second self - produced album, The Awakening . Over the summer she toured throughout the US, appeared on festival main stages on both coasts... Read more

It's an exciting time for Lilla. One week after graduating from Berklee College of Music, she released her second self - produced album, The Awakening . Over the summer she toured throughout the US, appeared on festival main stages on both coasts, and this fall she was the opener for Mos Def on his tour. Lilla has played from Kingston, Jamaica to Beijing, China, working with an impressive array of artists, including Ciara, Damian & Stephen Ma rley, Talib Kweli, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, the Wu - Tang Clan, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Kenny G and Boyz II Men. Backed by her hard - hitting band and armed with a collection of soulful original tunes, few modern performers bring the class, message and talent that Lilla brings to the stage. "A languid, sultry, neo - soul and R&B mix that is instantly accessible yet shows a remarkable depth and musical maturity." - The Oregonian At the age of 6 she tau ght herself to play the piano by ear and, by age 12, began singing in her local gospel choir. In high school other opportunities presented themselves -- in addition to gospel choir, she sang and toured the East Coast with the internationally recognized Roya l Blues, at the same time providing stage and studio vocals for several acts. It was during this time that she found a niche in the West Coast scene. After performing guest vocals for a number of published releases, and studio work with national hip - hop, R&B and jazz notables, she felt she had enough experience to strike out on her own. Writing, producing and performing her two full - length albums are some of Lilla's greatest accomplishments to date. Despite the challenges of creating truly original musi c, the end products are those of uncompromising dedication to music with integrity. Her recent album was recorded all over the map, from Bob Marley's studio Tuff Gong in Jamaica, to Lilla's hometown of Portland, Oregon. The Awakening is a celebration of the power of music and its ability to connect musicians, cultures and people from around the globe.


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
June 23, 2018 11:15 pm

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers. Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates. The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, ... Read more

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers.

Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates.

The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland

Follow the hardwood path through the Rialto Poolroom        


Soul'd Out Presents

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through hi... Read more

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett's extraordinary abilities.

For Garrett, Seeds From The Underground is a special recording. It once again consists of all original compositions, and is truly an homage to those who have inspired and influenced him, both personally and musically. "All of these songs are dedicated to someone," says Garrett. "And the 'seeds' have been planted, directly or indirectly, by people who have been instrumental in my development."

With Seeds From The Underground Garrett has crafted a project that offers his appreciation while always making the listener aware of his band's skillful approach to melody, harmony and rhythm. From personal nods such as the opening track "Boogety Boogety," dedicated to his memory of watching western films with his father (the title refers to the sound of a galloping horse); "Wiggins," which references his high school band director Bill Wiggins; and "Detroit," an evocative, reflective composition about his hometown, and a celebration of mentor Marcus Belgrave; to his appreciation of some of his musical heroes on "J Mac" (Jackie McLean); "Haynes Here" (Roy Haynes); and "Do Wo Mo" (Duke Ellington, Woody Shaw and Thelonious Monk).

Melody, as a matter of fact, was a key element for the saxophonist when writing for the recording. "I wanted to focus on the melody," Garrett reflects. "I want people to remember what the melody is before we start improvising...and on some songs I heard voices, the singing of the melody." This latter point is in evidence on the selections "Haynes Here," "Detroit" and "Welcome Earth Song."

        


June 24, 2018 8:00 pm

June 24, 2018 10:00 pm
Soul'd Out Presents
June 27, 2018 8:00 pm

Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes!


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
June 28, 2018 8:00 pm

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-... Read more

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-star band has been a sensation for a long time—including a 20-year run on Thursdays at Portland’s Jimmy Mak’s (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”).  A collective resume that reads like a "Who's Who" of NW jazz, blues, and soul, this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous--from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues.

MEL BROWN -- An Oregon icon, has been labeled the "Gentleman of Jazz," with a career spanning a half century. The city of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 "Mel Brown Day" in recognition of Mel's achievements as a musician and educator, receiving the Governor's Arts Award in 2002. Mel first made his mark as a Motown staff drummer, recording and touring with the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and many others. He subsequently spent ten years working with Diana Ross and other pop acts before giving up the road in 1991 and returning home to his first love: jazz. Mel has been a fixture in Portland ever since, leading groups six nights a week at Jimmy Mak's and other venues when he isn't backing jazz artists like Joey DeFrancesco and Benny Golson.

DAN BALMER -- Widely considered the defining sound of contemporary jazz guitar in the Northwest.  Described by the Los Angeles Times as "the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be," Dan is one of the most original and creative artists to come from the fertile Northwest music scene.  Dan has played and recorded with a long list of jazz greats, has released six CDs of his own, is a jazz educator and a noted composer. Dan leads his own groups and performs with jazz artists including Diane Schuur, Benny Green, and Jeff Hamilton.  

RENATO CARANTO -- described as "one of Portland's most soulful jazz saxophonists" by The Oregonian," Renato is one of the most versatile, accomplished, soulful saxophonists anywhere. Arriving from the Philippines in '81 with only his horn, Renato has built an enviable career in Portland. After gaining a foothold in the local scene, Renato became one of the most sought-after jazzmen in the NW and beyond. In recent years, he’s toured with Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding and late country legend Merle Haggard. Talk about versatility!  

LOUIS "KING LOUIE" PAIN -- "Portland's boss of the B-3" (The Oregonian) hails from San Francisco, where he played and recorded with a wide variety of top musicians: Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte, Santana saxophonist Jules Broussard, Edwin Hawkins vocalist Dorothy Morrison, and B.B. King saxophonist Bobby Forte. After moving north in '86, Louis continued the trend. His 2016 cd with vocalist LaRhonda Steele, “Rock Me Baby,” was honored by Downbeat as one of the “Best Albums of 2016.”  Louis’ knack for playing exactly what's needed to further the song has made him Portland's "first call" organist.

 

 

 

 


Soul'd Out Presents
June 29, 2018 9:30 pm

Kenney Polson has steadily developed as an accomplished saxophonist/composer since the age of 13. His fluent musical styles include jazz, Latin, classical, new age, rhythm & blues, funk, and gospel. He attended Fresno City College in Fresno, Cali... Read more

Kenney Polson has steadily developed as an accomplished saxophonist/composer since the age of 13. His fluent musical styles include jazz, Latin, classical, new age, rhythm & blues, funk, and gospel. He attended Fresno City College in Fresno, California and earned an Associate of Arts Degree (Music). He studied at California State University- Fresno earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Music Education). Kenney has earned a Masters of Music Degree (Jazz Composition/Arranging) at Howard University in Washington, DC. He has also earned an Education Specialist degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Kenney has been involved as an educator during his musical career and has been sought as a clinician and also as an adjudicator for concert band and jazz band competitions. He has taught both public and private school in Fresno, California; Bogota, Colombia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Portland, Oregon. He has given clinics, performances, and lectures on jazz in Beijing, China. Kenney has recorded with some of the most famous jazz musicians of Brazil, of which many are represented at its release, "Paradise," that contains many of his compositions and arrangements.

Kenney's recording, "Paradise" Volume 1, is available worldwide right now. Go to iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Music, or any other major digital store to get your copy. You can also download it to your phone or go to online radio such as Spotify, iHeart Radio, Emusic, Rhapsody, Gracenote, #7 Digital, Target Music Radio, Yandex Music and listen there! Check out his videos on YouTube and other online video websites that feature smooth jazz. Look for his show at a location near you!        


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
June 30, 2018 11:15 pm

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers. Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates. The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, ... Read more

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers.

Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates.

The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland

Follow the hardwood path through the Rialto Poolroom        


Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
July 1, 2018 9:00 pm

Plutons is led by Chris Phillips (Portland's West Side Blues Assoc. "Keyboardist of the Year") and was noted as "A super funk monster with the soul of the old and the groove from the new" - Portland Mercury and the Willamette ... Read more

Plutons is led by Chris Phillips (Portland's West Side Blues Assoc. "Keyboardist of the Year") and was noted as "A super funk monster with the soul of the old and the groove from the new" - Portland Mercury and the Willamette Week said - "Tapping into the world of Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, and Billy Martin/Wil Blades, Plutons fits right in."

 

After working to put together the successful 10-piece funk/soul outfit Philly's Phunkestra recently Chris has spent time with new funk monster the Roseland Hunters and his groups have shared stages with others such as Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Wailers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic and more!

 


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
July 5, 2018 8:00 pm

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-... Read more

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-star band has been a sensation for a long time—including a 20-year run on Thursdays at Portland’s Jimmy Mak’s (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”).  A collective resume that reads like a "Who's Who" of NW jazz, blues, and soul, this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous--from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues.

MEL BROWN -- An Oregon icon, has been labeled the "Gentleman of Jazz," with a career spanning a half century. The city of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 "Mel Brown Day" in recognition of Mel's achievements as a musician and educator, receiving the Governor's Arts Award in 2002. Mel first made his mark as a Motown staff drummer, recording and touring with the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and many others. He subsequently spent ten years working with Diana Ross and other pop acts before giving up the road in 1991 and returning home to his first love: jazz. Mel has been a fixture in Portland ever since, leading groups six nights a week at Jimmy Mak's and other venues when he isn't backing jazz artists like Joey DeFrancesco and Benny Golson.

DAN BALMER -- Widely considered the defining sound of contemporary jazz guitar in the Northwest.  Described by the Los Angeles Times as "the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be," Dan is one of the most original and creative artists to come from the fertile Northwest music scene.  Dan has played and recorded with a long list of jazz greats, has released six CDs of his own, is a jazz educator and a noted composer. Dan leads his own groups and performs with jazz artists including Diane Schuur, Benny Green, and Jeff Hamilton.  

RENATO CARANTO -- described as "one of Portland's most soulful jazz saxophonists" by The Oregonian," Renato is one of the most versatile, accomplished, soulful saxophonists anywhere. Arriving from the Philippines in '81 with only his horn, Renato has built an enviable career in Portland. After gaining a foothold in the local scene, Renato became one of the most sought-after jazzmen in the NW and beyond. In recent years, he’s toured with Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding and late country legend Merle Haggard. Talk about versatility!  

LOUIS "KING LOUIE" PAIN -- "Portland's boss of the B-3" (The Oregonian) hails from San Francisco, where he played and recorded with a wide variety of top musicians: Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte, Santana saxophonist Jules Broussard, Edwin Hawkins vocalist Dorothy Morrison, and B.B. King saxophonist Bobby Forte. After moving north in '86, Louis continued the trend. His 2016 cd with vocalist LaRhonda Steele, “Rock Me Baby,” was honored by Downbeat as one of the “Best Albums of 2016.”  Louis’ knack for playing exactly what's needed to further the song has made him Portland's "first call" organist.

 

 

 

 


July 5, 2018 11:00 pm

It's time for another installment of Late Night Laugh - right after the legendary drummer Mel Brown. Great comedy after some amazing Jazz. Check it out! 



After finishing her Master's Degree in Music and a few years of working in Sweden Catarina left for New York to improve her saxophone skills at the "New School of Jazz". From 1995-2000 Catarina led her own six piece band in the Los A... Read more

After finishing her Master's Degree in Music and a few years of working in Sweden Catarina left for New York to improve her saxophone skills at the "New School of Jazz".

From 1995-2000 Catarina led her own six piece band in the Los Angeles area and also served as the musical director for "L.A. Women in Blues". Catarina produced, composed and arranged her first CD "Don't Stop Now" in 1999. Around this time Ms. New also incorporated her soulful vocals on her performances and recordings and has since been successful with her intimate connection with the audience.

Catarina is a seasoned performer and has among her track record, The House of Blues, B.B. Kings, La Ve Lee, Playboy Jazz-Fest in Los Angeles. Idyllwild Jazz festival, New York, New Orleans, Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Brazil, Tahiti, Hawaii, Germany and Scandinavia on her list of venues.

The second album "The Point of no Return" was released in 2004 and shortly after, in 2006, Catarina won the "Southern California Music Awards" in the category "Best Jazz solo artist".

In 2010, Portland, Oregon became her new home and Catarina has since been awarded "Jazz musician of the month" by the magazine Oregon Jazz scene, in July 2012.

Catarina's third album was released in Portland (2014) with her new band "Brazilian Touch" Her music features both high lights from the Brazilian Jazz repertoire and her own originals. Catarina's music is melodic, rhythmical and full of intimate expressions.

       


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