Events

The Jazz Society of Oregon and Soul'd Out Presents
October 18, 2017 8:00 pm

An innovative voice in the contemporary jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest, pianist and composer Clay Giberson is part of a new generation that is redefining jazz. Emotionally compelling, the music grooves as much as it dazzles with harmony, lyricis... Read more

An innovative voice in the contemporary jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest, pianist and composer Clay Giberson is part of a new generation that is redefining jazz. Emotionally compelling, the music grooves as much as it dazzles with harmony, lyricism and rhythmic intricacy.

Giberson's performances convey a deep appreciation of structure and form but pay equal tribute to the pulse and sonic landscape that frame his musical ideas. Clay's musical personality owes something to his childhood spent on a farm in Woodland, Washington. His mother, a classical piano teacher, infused his early life with music and he grew up both in the fields and at the piano. He studied jazz piano at the University of Miami and later established himself in New York where he also earned a Master's degree in music technology. He has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, Caribbean and Japan. Clay currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he teaches, records, produces and performs.

Clay has released six recordings on the premier jazz label Origin Records, the latest being "Pastures"featuring saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Matt Wilson. Also he has seven releases with his Portland-based groups Upper Left Trio and Go By Train. His collaboration with saxophonist John Nastos, Duo Chronicles, is a time-based project in which the musicians compose, record and disseminate a video performance every week for one year. Clay also works with jazz, pop, latin and funk artists such as Mel Brown, Stephanie Schneiderman, Scott Pemberton, McKinley and Jessie Marquez.

"Clay Giberson, a Pacific Northwest pianist with a distinct voice, huge chops, and compositional intelligence of rare capability."

- Audiophile Audition

"A sound of intelligence, lyricism, depth and accessibility..."

- The Oregonian         


Soul'd Out Presents
October 19, 2017 9:00 pm

Every so often a new singer emerges who's able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year-old, Nashville-based singer, s... Read more

Every so often a new singer emerges who's able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year-old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling full- length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. Instead Springs allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.

"The artists who have inspired me the most all sang so naturally," Springs says. "That helped me find my own sound." Springs' journey to discovering her uniqueness didn't happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self -titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip -hop bent with production by Pop & Oak (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel) . The EP was incredibly well- received and led to TV performances on Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals.

As amazing an experience as that was , as Springs got ready to record her album she couldn't shake the feeling that she wasn't yet singing her true self. Conversations with her longtime producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers led to soul searching and rethinking her music al direction. Eventually Springs returned to a more spacious, organic sound that channels her earlier jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Also during this period, Springs attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" on the website Okayplayer. The music icon invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain . "He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound," Springs says. "He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right." For Soul Eyes, Springs continued working closely with Rogers and Sturken, but they also recruited Grammy - winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) to help the singer bring out her distinctive artistic traits."

 


Soul'd Out Presents
October 20, 2017 9:00 pm

Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is an award-winning band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Northwest's most highly regarded funk, jazz, and soul bands including McTu... Read more

Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is an award-winning band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Northwest's most highly regarded funk, jazz, and soul bands including McTuff, Skerik's Bandalabra, Richie Aldente, and more. The band, voted 2016 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by readers of Earshot Jazz, combines instrumental and compositional firepower with a determined effort at crafting an intensely happy musical experience.

"Smoking-hot music from top-notch talent." - CityArts Magazine

Abouzied was awarded the 2015 4Culture Arts Project Grant in order to develop, record and perform with Happy Orchestra. The band was conceived from his gratitude and experiences as an established musical force in Seattle: "The level of talent in this city is astounding, the community that supports this music scene is as strong as I've ever seen, and contributing to that has been incredibly life affirming. ... I want more, and so Happy Orchestra is born."

"Rocking soulful horn-powered grooves..." - Abe Beeson, KNKX 88.5FM Seattle

The genre-mixing sound of Happy Orchestra can best be described as "American groove," an amalgam of the jazz, rock, funk, fusion, and soul birthed by American artists from the 60s through today. Listeners will recognize the refined groove of D'Angelo, the raw power and energy of Soundgarden, the synth-driven fusion of Weather Report, the syncopated tightness of Tower of Power, and other cues rooted in music that's deeply imbedded in the subconscious of Happy's founder and the American music-lover.

"The music gets intricate, but never loses sight of the gritty, soulful truth inherent in a deep groove." - Earshot Jazz

Earshot Golden Ear Award collector Thomas Marriott and tenor saxophonist Stuart MacDonald join as the horn section, bringing decades-refined improvisational might and intensity. Richie Aldente front man Tim Kennedy and guitarist RL Heyer fuse effortlessly with renowned bassist Damian Erskine and McTuff drummer Tarik Abouzied to create an unshakeable foundation built from years of camaraderie and virtuosic musicianship. Frequent guests include Skerik, Andy Coe, Dan Balmer, and more. This combination of stellar human beings, instrumental mastery, and a grin-inducing compositional palette is what makes Happy Orchestra an unmissable act.       


Soul'd Out Presents
October 21, 2017 9:00 pm

Hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping and every body moving. Grooves for days. Monster horns, crushing percussion and shredding psych-rock guitars. These are among the elements that make up the Five Alarm Funk experience. The Vancouver-based... Read more

Hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping and every body moving. Grooves for days. Monster horns, crushing percussion and shredding psych-rock guitars.

These are among the elements that make up the Five Alarm Funk experience. The Vancouver-based band is eight men strong and over a decade deep into a career that has seen it release five acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country on six national tours. And this vehicle isn't about to slow down. In fact, Five Alarm Funk is just picking up steam. Set to release their 6th studio album, Sweat, on March 3, 2017, Sweat gets right to the roots of what Five Alarm Funk is all about. Epic, intense arrangements, heavy groove and a ton of fun.

Don't be fooled by the name: there's more to Five Alarm Funk than, well, funk. Just ask drummer Tayo Branston, who says that, although they are rooted in the style that gives the outfit its name, he and his bandmates thrive on being able to transcend that genre by seamlessly mixing in elements of Gypsy rock, Latin music, ska, and even prog-metal. "I would say that it's intense, passionate, and fun, genre-spanning music that really anybody can get onboard with," Tayo says. "It's got such an array of different sounds, and you can tell that each player has his own individual take and input into each track."

Need proof? Take a listen to any of Five Alarm Funk's studio albums, which include Anything Is Possible (winner of Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards), Rock the Sky (which was nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2013 WCMAs and Instrumental Album of the Year at that year's Juno Awards) and their 5th studio album, Abandon Earth (winner of Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 WCMAs).

In 2016, Abandon Earth's, single Robot was nominated for a Leo Award for music video of the year. The band also released their first live album/DVD 'LIVE' In The Moment in 2016 and toured across Canada and the USA in support.

Five Alarm Funk hit the studio last winter with Producer Ben Kaplan (Mother Mother, Biffy Clyro) to create their new album, Sweat. The album features 12 of the funkiest tracks the band has ever written. Tayo shares; "Ben is not only an amazing producer and engineer, but a great friend and family member of FAF. His style and input are incredible. I love walking into the studio, sitting in the captain's chair, and getting run over by a freight train of sound."

With the new album in hand, FAF has big plans to take on the entire planet. "Sweat embodies over a decade of dedication and determination. It defines Five Alarm Funk's spirit to perform and relentless push. We've done cross stage backslides in Taiwan on it, seen it drip from the rafters in Saskatoon, and have crowdsurfed waves of it Coast to Coast. We live it, breathe it and love it. SWEAT!"        



Neo-Soul Sunday hosted by Rich Hunter and Soundstage One This week:   Amirah CD Release Party! Rich Hunter, the artist formerly known as Risky Star, is known for his cool laid back flow and summertime vibes mixed with meaningful so... Read more

Neo-Soul Sunday hosted by Rich Hunter and Soundstage One

This week: 

 Amirah CD Release Party!

Rich Hunter, the artist formerly known as Risky Star, is known for his cool laid back flow and summertime vibes mixed with meaningful soulful hooks. Previous albums include "Mind of a musician" and "Cool Breeze Vol. 1" available on iTunes. His latest album "Third Eye Inspiration" will no doubt have the cool laid back flow but only a few times on the album as he is concentrating on what he loves most as a singer songwriter. Encompassing the struggles of our human experience and bringing to light philosophies in which to navigate through them, he has created a soulful masterpiece that touches on love, loss, and empowerment in a time when we need it most.         


Soul'd Out Presents
October 26, 2017 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 Productions Presents
October 27, 2017 9:00 pm

The Transcendental Brass Band from Portland Oregon celebrates their 10th Anniversary at the Jack London Revue. An eclectic mix of musical styles, a bit of NOLA meets Fela and Jimi.  " In the Tradition " Join the party downtown... Read more

The Transcendental Brass Band from Portland Oregon celebrates their 10th Anniversary at the Jack London Revue.

An eclectic mix of musical styles, a bit of NOLA meets Fela and Jimi. 

" In the Tradition "

Join the party downtown for some Freestyle Funk and Horn Filled Goodness and bring your dancing shoes!!         


Soul'd Out Presents
October 28, 2017 9:00 pm

"His body of work reflects an inveterate engagement with the world, taking inspiration from literature, politics, dance and film, as well as jazz and new-music traditions." -- Nate Chinen, New York Times Two-time GRAMMY® nominated... Read more

"His body of work reflects an inveterate engagement with the world, taking inspiration from literature, politics, dance and film, as well as jazz and new-music traditions."

-- Nate Chinen, New York Times

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a wide range of special projects and collaborations.

​Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies is a fresh collaboration featuring three trumpets, two trombones, and drums. Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas writes new music for The Westerlies, a brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, along with Philadelphia drummer extraordinaire Anwar Marshall. The new music Douglas has written for the group explores great American themes in a rich panoply of warm brass sounds full of power and soul.         


Soul'd Out Presents
October 29, 2017 9:00 pm

Neo-Soul Sunday hosted by Rich Hunter and Soundstage One This week:  Live Hip Hop and Soul/Funk Halloweeen Party! Rich Hunter, the artist formerly known as Risky Star, is known for his cool laid back flow and summertime vibes mixed with... Read more

Neo-Soul Sunday hosted by Rich Hunter and Soundstage One

This week: 

Live Hip Hop and Soul/Funk Halloweeen Party!

Rich Hunter, the artist formerly known as Risky Star, is known for his cool laid back flow and summertime vibes mixed with meaningful soulful hooks. Previous albums include "Mind of a musician" and "Cool Breeze Vol. 1" available on iTunes. His latest album "Third Eye Inspiration" will no doubt have the cool laid back flow but only a few times on the album as he is concentrating on what he loves most as a singer songwriter. Encompassing the struggles of our human experience and bringing to light philosophies in which to navigate through them, he has created a soulful masterpiece that touches on love, loss, and empowerment in a time when we need it most.         


Soul'd Out Presents
November 1, 2017 9:00 pm

K & B bio- Drummer/composer Barra Brown (Shook Twins, Ages and Ages, Old Wave, The Wishermen) and bassist/beat maker Alex Meltzer (Coco Columbia, Two Planets) construct sample based beat music inspired by classic beatmakers like J. Dilla to more ... Read more

K & B bio- Drummer/composer Barra Brown (Shook Twins, Ages and Ages, Old Wave, The Wishermen) and bassist/beat maker Alex Meltzer (Coco Columbia, Two Planets) construct sample based beat music inspired by classic beatmakers like J. Dilla to more modern/jazz stylings like Robert Glasper and Flying Lotus. Pulling from their backgrounds in jazz, Korgy & Bass move expertly between composed and improvised beats in their live shows. The band pushes the boundaries of what a duo can do with samplers, bass, drums, and two synths and often invite MCs to freestyle during their sets. http://spoti.fi/2wOmZGk

Just Pretend BIO- Just Pretend plays original loop-based music heavily influenced by jazz, minimalism, electronic and trip hop, with a penchant for odd time signatures, catchy melodies and fluid grooves. Vocalist/saxophonist Emily Warden leads the group, fleshed out by the agile, expressive drumming of Darian Anthony Patrick (Portland Kora Project, Fresh Track) and Kyle Merrifield (Tribe Mars) on bass and tenor saxophone. The Portland trio plans to release an EP in December of 2017. https://justpretend.xyz/

VNPRT BIO- Previously VirtuousVice, VNPRT has became a staple contributor to the event scene in Portland. When it comes to his selection of sounds, gumbo comes to mind. The creolization of multiple genres packed into his live sets, leave people satisfied yet unsure of what they've just experienced. It started with himself digging for music at the library which expanded his interest in various genres of music. His influences from a life long study of music include hip hop, (original) trap, house, dance, lounge, soul, funk, r&b, jazz, chill wave and trip hop to name a few. https://soundcloud.com/vnprt

Beat Parlor- Beatparlor.com Hosted by Portland's DJ Survival Skills, Beat Parlor is a compelling mix of the places where Jazz intersects with modern electronic and creative musics, resulting in a relaxing, cerebral experience for listeners. The emphasis here is on the artists "intent" for their music to possess the ideas or the feeling of Jazz, but not straight-ahead "Jazz."        


Soul'd Out Presents
November 2, 2017 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
November 3, 2017 9:00 pm

With special guests:  Cliff Porter (Jelly Bread) Reed Mathis  and Jay Cobb (Fruition)  Soft spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sac... Read more

With special guests: 

Cliff Porter (Jelly Bread)

Reed Mathis 

and

Jay Cobb (Fruition) 

Soft spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances.

Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel.       


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