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Soul'd Out Presents
June 22, 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
June 23, 2017 10:00 pm

The JUNGLE FIRE sound digs deep and resurrects classic afro/latin funk music with an approach that is both authentic and highly explosive! Comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles region, JUNGLE FIRE pulls from only those who are dedicated to pres... Read more

The JUNGLE FIRE sound digs deep and resurrects classic afro/latin funk music with an approach that is both authentic and highly explosive! Comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles region, JUNGLE FIRE pulls from only those who are dedicated to preserving, protecting and progressing LA’s funk and latin scenes. 


Members have performed with Stevie Wonder, Joe Bataan, Breakestra, Ozomatli, Quantic, Alice Russell, La Santa Cecilia, Simple Citizens, Celia Cruz, Orgone, The Greyboy Allstars and the list goes on. Keep a watchful eye out as JUNGLE FIRE continues to scorch dance floors and heat up clubs across the nation!


Soul'd Out Presents
June 24, 2017 10:00 pm

North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.&rd... Read more

North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed for her unique ability to craft exquisite compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from the legendary David Crosby, to singer José James to classical pianist Timo Andres. Stevens has toured the world with her band and collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Childs, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jacob Collier, Vijay Iyer and many others.  Becca's music is featured on the latest Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol 2.

Becca's new album, Regina, which was released in March of 2017, features Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, David Crosby and was co produced by Troy Miller (Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse) and Michael League of Snarky Puppy.

Regina is a tribute to strong women and figures in literature, history and legend as well as her personal life (Ophelia, Venus, Elizabeth I, her Grandmother); various songs inspired by the regal and divine nature surrounding that word as well as Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.  Becca uses Regina as a muse or alter ego to write in a new way fearlessly mixing genres, pop, folk, rock, Jazz funk and much more!

This is the first album under Becca Stevens rather than Becca Stevens Band and marks a clear new direction in cementing her career as one of the most important, authentic and talented singer songwriters of a generation.


Soul'd Out Presents
June 25, 2017 9:00 pm

Soul Cypher Showdown, Hosted by Soundstage 1 107.5 the Breakout Show, w/ MC Rich Hunter Featuring top local amature guests w/ Dj Wicked   Rich Hunter the artist formerly and know as Risky Star is known for his cool laid back flow and summer... Read more

Soul Cypher Showdown, Hosted by Soundstage 1
107.5 the Breakout Show, w/ MC Rich Hunter
Featuring top local amature guests w/ Dj Wicked  

Rich Hunter the artist formerly and know 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
June 27, 2017 9:00 pm

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians in the Pacific Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip-hop, funk and more. Newton’s latest album, Back To Earth (Posi-Tone 2017), displays his l... Read more

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians in the Pacific Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip-hop, funk and more. Newton’s latest album, Back To Earth (Posi-Tone 2017), displays his love of jazz and features his all acoustic band of Portland based all-stars. Newton shows the jazz scene his love of the music with eight originals, a couple tunes by influential composers and one song by drummer Christopher Brown.

Newton was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to Philadelphia in 1992, where he at-
tended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. While in Phil-
adelphia, Newton also studied with his uncle, saxophonist/arranger Conny Murray andfrom his uncle Sunny Murray, who was one of the early avant garde's most inventive and influential drummers.

Newton graduated from the Denver School of the Arts after moving to Denver in 1994 and then moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Oberlin, Newton studied music performance with an emphasis in jazz with Wendell Logan and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Newton performed with Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Hugh Ragin while at Oberlin.

After graduating from Oberlin, Newton moved to Portland, Oregon, where he performed regularly with Billy Hart, Pete Krebs, Willy Vlautin, and Ricardo Lemvo. He got a master'sdegree in Jazz studies and Performance from Portland State University. When he is not teaching at PSU’s Jazz Department, leading his funk band The Othership Connection, or hosting his own jazz radio show at KMHD, he is touring, recording, and sharing the stage with Skerik, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Karl Denson, Galactic, Nigel Hall, Mike Phillips, the DooDooFunk All-Stars, BET/CENTRIC Soul Train Award All-Star Band, & many more. Newton also hosts the popular Jam Of The Week podcast and runs the creative clothing line Northwest Soul Academy.

In the last few years, Farnell has been touring with three time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott and with the Legendary Rhinestone Rockstar Bassist “Bootsy” Collins. In previous years, Farnell has performed with great musical artists, including Lalah Hathaway, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Najee, Will Downing, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, and many more.


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

“To say that the newest release from Coco Columbia is one hell of a wild ride would be an understatement." -Eleven PDX Magazine (2016)   "Coco Columbia's sophomore album, When the Birds Begin to Walk, reveals itself as an ... Read more

“To say that the newest release from Coco Columbia is one hell of a wild ride would be an understatement."
-Eleven PDX Magazine (2016)
 
"Coco Columbia's sophomore album, When the Birds Begin to Walk, reveals itself as an astonishing 10-track gallery piece."
-Willamette Week (2016)

Music school dropout Coco Columbia burst onto the Portland music scene in 2014 with her debut, Kickstarter-funded album “The Weight.” Columbia set aside her passion for jazz drumming to teach herself how to write songs, record, make beats, and play piano. Having never performed live, she put together a group of young Portland jazz musicians to learn her material.

Columbia released her sophomore record, “When the Birds Begin to Walk” last August to critical acclaim in the Portland music scene. Her music fuses infectious indie-pop melodies, off-kilter rhythmic feels, dreamy-eyed electro-soul soundscapes, and jazzy harmony to create her own brand of bumpin' future-pop.


Soul'd Out Presents
June 29, 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
June 30, 2017 9:00 pm

MOON BY NIGHT SOULJAZZ  Trio featuring Jonathan Eder on Piano,David Kennard on Bass and Jay Harris on Drums plays jazz in all it's myriad forms from swing to bop to funk to soul to latin to tasty originals in those styles as well as tongue t... Read more

MOON BY NIGHT SOULJAZZ  Trio featuring Jonathan Eder on Piano,David Kennard on Bass and Jay Harris on Drums plays jazz in all it's myriad forms from swing to bop to funk to soul to latin to tasty originals in those styles as well as tongue through cheek versions of old school soul and pop tunes in a jazzy instrumental fashion..think Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, even Queen!

MBN is a super group composed of veteran performers( all band leaders in their own right) who come together in this classic trio format as popularized by such great groups as Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris,Ramsey Lewis, Bill Evans,etc. Members of our group have worked with many"Name" artists incl. Steve Allen, Amad Jamal, Dave Brubeck, Sonny King, Jim Pepper, Tania Maria . MBN performs regularly at the Benson and Heathman Hotels in downtown PDX and at hotels, clubs, colleges, festivals throughout USA,Canda and Western Europe.In a city renowned for it's knowledgeable jazz audiences and great world class players and supportive jazz organizations, MBN has a stellar and long standing reputation for innovation and humor in it's myriad takes on the jazz traditions.


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

This week's guests: the Thankusomuch band w/ Spencer Shay & Amira & DJ Denna Bee Thankusomuch is the result of some of PDX's very best young musicians bonding over a shared interest in pop, soul, R&B, jazz, and politeness. W... Read more

This week's guests:

the Thankusomuch band w/ Spencer Shay & Amira & DJ Denna Bee

Thankusomuch is the result of some of PDX's very best young musicians bonding over a shared interest in pop, soul, R&B, jazz, and politeness. Whether they're paying homage to the soul acts of decades gone by, playing inventive arrangements of modern pop-tunes, profusely thanking audience members and venue staff, or showcasing melodically tasteful and harmonically advanced original songs, Thankusomuch is all about groove and gratitude. Led by bassist Alex Koehler and guitarist Josh Clark, Thankusomuch includes some of the best local talent to round out their powerful sound. Featuring vocalist Jimmie Herrod, pianist Paul Paresa, drummer Cory Limuaco, percussionist Steven Skolnik, trumpeter Noah Simpson, and flautist/alto sax player Kristof Schroeder, Thankusomuch has been featured at the Soul'd Out Music Festival, and at some of the best venues in the Northwest.        

Rich Hunter the artist formerly and know 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
July 4, 2017 9:00 pm

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians in the Pacific Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip-hop, funk and more. Newton’s latest album, Back To Earth (Posi-Tone 2017), displays his l... Read more

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians in the Pacific Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip-hop, funk and more. Newton’s latest album, Back To Earth (Posi-Tone 2017), displays his love of jazz and features his all acoustic band of Portland based all-stars. Newton shows the jazz scene his love of the music with eight originals, a couple tunes by influential composers and one song by drummer Christopher Brown.

Newton was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to Philadelphia in 1992, where he at-
tended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. While in Phil-
adelphia, Newton also studied with his uncle, saxophonist/arranger Conny Murray andfrom his uncle Sunny Murray, who was one of the early avant garde's most inventive and influential drummers.

Newton graduated from the Denver School of the Arts after moving to Denver in 1994 and then moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Oberlin, Newton studied music performance with an emphasis in jazz with Wendell Logan and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Newton performed with Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Hugh Ragin while at Oberlin.

After graduating from Oberlin, Newton moved to Portland, Oregon, where he performed regularly with Billy Hart, Pete Krebs, Willy Vlautin, and Ricardo Lemvo. He got a master'sdegree in Jazz studies and Performance from Portland State University. When he is not teaching at PSU’s Jazz Department, leading his funk band The Othership Connection, or hosting his own jazz radio show at KMHD, he is touring, recording, and sharing the stage with Skerik, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Karl Denson, Galactic, Nigel Hall, Mike Phillips, the DooDooFunk All-Stars, BET/CENTRIC Soul Train Award All-Star Band, & many more. Newton also hosts the popular Jam Of The Week podcast and runs the creative clothing line Northwest Soul Academy.

In the last few years, Farnell has been touring with three time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott and with the Legendary Rhinestone Rockstar Bassist “Bootsy” Collins. In previous years, Farnell has performed with great musical artists, including Lalah Hathaway, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Najee, Will Downing, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, and many more.


Soul'd Out Presents
July 5, 2017 9:00 pm

“To say that the newest release from Coco Columbia is one hell of a wild ride would be an understatement." -Eleven PDX Magazine (2016)   "Coco Columbia's sophomore album, When the Birds Begin to Walk, reveals itself as an ... Read more

“To say that the newest release from Coco Columbia is one hell of a wild ride would be an understatement."
-Eleven PDX Magazine (2016)
 
"Coco Columbia's sophomore album, When the Birds Begin to Walk, reveals itself as an astonishing 10-track gallery piece."
-Willamette Week (2016)

Music school dropout Coco Columbia burst onto the Portland music scene in 2014 with her debut, Kickstarter-funded album “The Weight.” Columbia set aside her passion for jazz drumming to teach herself how to write songs, record, make beats, and play piano. Having never performed live, she put together a group of young Portland jazz musicians to learn her material.

Columbia released her sophomore record, “When the Birds Begin to Walk” last August to critical acclaim in the Portland music scene. Her music fuses infectious indie-pop melodies, off-kilter rhythmic feels, dreamy-eyed electro-soul soundscapes, and jazzy harmony to create her own brand of bumpin' future-pop.


Soul'd Out Presents
July 6, 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.

 

 

 

 


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