Events

The Jazz Society of Oregon and Soul'd Out Presents
November 22, 2017 8:00 pm

SteepleChase recording artist Joe Manis is noted for the strength of his "intense, updated take on the glorious Rollins-'Trane tradition." (Willamette Week) Manis was the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fell... Read more

SteepleChase recording artist Joe Manis is noted for the strength of his "intense, updated take on the glorious Rollins-'Trane tradition." (Willamette Week) Manis was the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. His album for SteepleChase LookOut Records, The Golden Mean, features George Colligan on organ, Kevin Congleton on drums, and Lillie Manis on viola and was released in 2015. North By Northwest was released by SteepleChase LookOut Records in 2013.

He released his debut album Evidence in 2009 features Manis on tenor saxophone, Kevin Congleton on drums, and Portland luminary Dave Captein on bass: the Willamette Week called the album "explosive," and said "(Manis) makes Pink Floyd's 'Money' sound like something a young John Coltrane might have played"; the Eugene Weekly said: "Fabulous... Will thrill fans of Monk, Rollins."

The Joe Manis Trio was featured at Rontoms during the 2010 PDX Jazz Festival, a high-energy performance that was a featured Willamette Week "Pick" and received praise from local music critics and bloggers; the Trio returned to the Festival in 2011 and 2013. Recent Joe Manis Trio appearances include Fat Cat NYC, the Shedd Institute's jazz series, Jimmy Mak's, Tula's, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and the Montavilla Jazz Festival.

Manis plays alto saxophone with the the Alan Jones Sextet, has toured Europe as a duo with David Friesen, and plays with Friesen's Trio, Quartet and Quintet. He also appears on Risky Notion (Four stars & Best Albums of 2015, DownBeat Magazine) on Origin Records with George Colligan's Theoretical Planets. Manis has played with Dr. Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, including a performance at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and appears on their album Rise Up! on Real World Records; he has also performed with the George Colligan Quartet, the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra, the Ken Schaphorst Big Band, the Temptations, comedian Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, and the Eugene Opera.

Manis has presented jazz masterclasses across the country, including at Whitman College, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Oregon, Ferris State University, Willamette University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, Portland Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Lane Community College. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies-Performance with Academic Honor from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Additional studies were at the Eastman School of Music. He is a current faculty member at Portland State University and Mt. Hood Community College and a former music faculty member at Umpqua Community College. His article "Rhythmic Analysis: Jeff 'Tain' Watts - 'Housed From Edward'" was published in the March 2012 edition of JAZZed Magazine. Manis also writes for the Jazz Society of Oregon's Jazzscene. He is married to violinist/violist/educator, Lillie Manis, with whom he has a son, Ellery Manis.         


Soul'd Out Presents
November 24, 2017 9:00 pm

Midnight's Children is a new funk/r&b/soul band hailing out of Portland, Oregon. They play a rocking and always grooving mix of originals and covers spanning a variety of styles and generations, from Prince to Jon Cleary to Erykah Badu and... Read more

Midnight's Children is a new funk/r&b/soul band hailing out of Portland, Oregon.

They play a rocking and always grooving mix of originals and covers spanning a variety of styles and generations, from Prince to Jon Cleary to Erykah Badu and all the mystery in between. Consisting of members all active in the Portland music scene already, they'll be sure to insight audiences to get down!         


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

Saxophonist Kenney Polson has studied music for many years, and is today an extraordinary player, educator, and composer of smooth jazz. Polson's CD Paradise was released to the world by the Prodigee Record label on May 23, 2016. It debuted at nu... Read more

Saxophonist Kenney Polson has studied music for many years, and is today an extraordinary player, educator, and composer of smooth jazz. Polson's CD Paradise was released to the world by the Prodigee Record label on May 23, 2016. It debuted at number fifty-five on iTunes for top new jazz recordings.

bioimageThroughout his career Polson has performed with famous musicians such as Bettye Swan, Z.Z. Hill, Joe Williams, D.J. Rodgers, Gil Scott-Heron, Fred Wesley, Lee Garrett, Michael Henderson, Norman Connors, and many others. He has taken his music on tour to Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Colombia, Brazil, and over a dozen Caribbean Islands. Polson has performed on television shows with internationally famous jazz artists Kenny Burwell, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, David Sanborn, and Wynton Marsalis. Some of Brazil's most famous jazz musician's have recorded with Polson, and many can be heard on Paradise. Currently, Polson can also be seen performing with Rick James' Original Stone City Band.

Only thirteen years old when he began to develop as an accomplished saxophonist/composer, Polson has earned an Associate of Arts Degree in music, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education, a Masters of Music degree in jazz composition/arranging, and an Education Specialist degree. He has taught music in public schools, private schools, College and Universities. He has given clinics, lectures, and performances in over fifty countries.

Polson's unique abilities and musical accomplishments make his recordings and performances essential for all lovers of music, especially jazz.

Paradise is available through iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio and many other websites worldwide. Paradise is also available at his website which has been translated into 15 languages. His music is distributed by Orchard/Sony Music. A second smooth jazz CD, Serendipity, is scheduled for release in 2017.         


Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
November 26, 2017 9:00 pm

Neo-Soul Sunday, Over the Top Productions, R. Star Music, Soundstage 1 Present JOYYA MARIE w/special guest RICH HUNTER. JOYYA MARIE: It's rare to find an artist possessing both the ability to write a song that's engaging with ... Read more

Neo-Soul Sunday, Over the Top Productions, R. Star Music, Soundstage 1 Present

JOYYA MARIE w/special guest RICH HUNTER.

JOYYA MARIE: It's rare to find an artist possessing both the ability to write a song that's engaging with depth and perspective AND the voice to bring the song to life. Joyya Marie is such an artist. She has been writing since a very young age and has seemed to have an innate endowment to craft songs that resonate. Her latest work has is a set of songs from many different scenes in her own life. She draws from her experiences and the experiences of others in order to encourage and reassure others facing their own challenges. There is truly something for everyone in her collection. She's certain each song carry's an important purpose.

 

        


Loyal To The Soil Presents
November 29, 2017 9:00 pm

What began in California's Bay Area with a hoop dream and The Team has since expanded into an independent enterprise in Moe Doe Entertainment for rap artist Clyde Carson. A decade into the business, the MC delivers the biggest record of his stori... Read more

What began in California's Bay Area with a hoop dream and The Team has since expanded into an independent enterprise in Moe Doe Entertainment for rap artist Clyde Carson. A decade into the business, the MC delivers the biggest record of his storied career in "Slow Down", an every-city street anthem that earth-quaked west coast radio in 2012.

The lead single on Clyde's popular S.T.S.A (Something to Speak About) mixtape, "Slow Down", was the most played song on the Bay Area's KMEL radio and held the number one spot at Power 106 in Los Angeles. With over one million views on YouTube in its first month and nearly two million views to date, the video screens like a Hyphy-crazed episode of Fast and Furious. Crafted as a summer cookout classic, the "Slow Down" remix featured Gucci Mane, E-40, Game and Dom Kennedy.

With the media buzz and national fanfare of Clyde's latest hit single, one might gather the false impression that "Slow Down" was his first single to impact radio. Not true. As a member of The Team, the Moe Doe show runner released "It's Getting' Hot" in 2004, "Just Go" and "Bottles Up" in 2005, and "Hyphy Juice" in 2006. All four tracks charted on urban radio, leading to the national success of The Team's group album World Premiere, which peaked at number 50 on Billboard's Top Indie Albums and number 95 on Billboard's Top Hip-Hop Albums charts, respectively. Moreover, the LA banger "Who's Next", Clyde's highly-anticipated collaboration with legendary producer Dr. Dre, took west coast rap by storm in 2009.

Now with the momentum from "Slow Down" carrying Clyde's S.T.S.A mixtape into the New Year, listeners are quickly selecting their second and third favorites from the project. In LA, the Problem featured "Outta Pocket" has taken off. In the Bay Area, the E-40 featured "All The Way 100" and B Legit featured "Let Me Know" are club favorites. Of course, the any city alcohol anthem "Henney In My Red Cup" has become a social media chat topic with many of Clyde's fans requesting a video for the song. Meanwhile, West Coast club promoters are keeping the rapper's management team busy, requesting to book the artist for shows and appearances at their various venues.

From Hyphy to Hollywood, Clyde Carson has effectively made a name for himself while keeping his Bay Area roots on Hip-Hop's map. His new artist buzz, in what feels like a second-coming, is reminiscent of Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz who emerged as a star after more than a decade on his local Hip-Hop scene. Like the wine-raised in the Napa Valley wine country overlooking his native San Francisco Bay Area, Clyde Carson is a rapper who continues to get better with time.       


Soul'd Out Presents
November 30, 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
December 2, 2017 9:00 pm

The identical twin's untamed, layered guitars and tribal jazz hard-bop drumming are truly a marvel of jazz-rock orchestration. Their deep telepathic twinship navigates colorful forms of beautiful weirdness and exotic landscapes of layered improvi... Read more

The identical twin's untamed, layered guitars and tribal jazz hard-bop drumming are truly a marvel of jazz-rock orchestration. Their deep telepathic twinship navigates colorful forms of beautiful weirdness and exotic landscapes of layered improvisation, transcending the concept of modern musical performance. They have toured relentlessly throughout U.S.A., Asia, Brazil, Europe, Scandinavia, and The Netherlands. Collaborations include Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi), Cornelius, Charles Bradley, Ray Barbee, Tommy Guerrero, Money Mark, Jeff Parker, John Herndon, John McEntire, and Chocolat & Akito.         


Soul'd Out Presents
December 6, 2017 9:00 pm

Beat Parlor presents Quincy Davis and SSL at Jack London Revue. A new monthly event @ Jack London Revue presented by Beat Parlor - Live music and DJ's with a focus on Creative, Instrumental, Electronic, and Off-Jazz beats. Beat Parlor http:... Read more

Beat Parlor presents Quincy Davis and SSL at Jack London Revue.

A new monthly event @ Jack London Revue presented by Beat Parlor - Live music and DJ's with a focus on Creative, Instrumental, Electronic, and Off-Jazz beats.

Beat Parlor http://www.opb.org/kmhd/article/behind-the-mic-aaron-bergeson-dj-survival-skills/ 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."

Quincy Davis Music Quincy Davis is a Portland-born MC who blends thought-provoking lyricism and heart-felt storytelling with soulful, melodic hip-hop. He has earned the 2017 nomination of Portland's Best Hip-hop Artist (Willamette Week readers poll). This is a testament to the deep connection his audience feels with his music. Website: http://quincydavismusic.com/        


Soul'd Out Presents
December 7, 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
December 8, 2017 9:00 pm

Brothers Pablo and Ricardo Ojeda have been writing and playing music together for as long as they can remember. Their musical writing style has taken many forms during the evolution of their sound. From the national touring dance floor packing beats ... Read more

Brothers Pablo and Ricardo Ojeda have been writing and playing music together for as long as they can remember. Their musical writing style has taken many forms during the evolution of their sound. From the national touring dance floor packing beats of Rubberneck, to the hypnotic passionate rhythms of Toque Libre. The Ojeda brothers have continually produced eclectic musical incarnations that meld rhythm and melody together in their own unique way.

Their latest musical offering is called "Sabroso", meaning flavorful in Spanish. Sabroso starts where Toque Libre left off...the next chapter. Dance floors will move and groove to the sophisticated Latin rhythms and steady funky soul pulse of Sabroso.

Sabroso features some of Portland's most well known and talented musicians. The band's rhythmic foundation is brought to you by Pablo Ojeda on bass/vocals (Rubberneck, Toque Libre, Geoff Byrd), Ward "The Warden" Griffiths (Fred Strickley, King Beta, The Quadraphones, The Gravy) on drums/percussion, and Carl "Hands of fire" Smith (Crazy 8s, Rubberneck, Toque Libre) on percussion.

The horn section showcases the incredible talents of Paul Mazzio (Gino Vannelli, Tom Grant, Nu Shooz) on trumpet and Josh Cliburn on saxophone. Sitting in with Sabroso will special guest Charlie Brown III, a phenomenal local Jazz pianist. Last but not least, is Ricardo Ojeda on guitar/vocals. Sabroso is guaranteed to please Portland's most discerning music lovers.         


Soul'd Out Presents
December 9, 2017 9:00 pm

Soul'd Out Presents
December 13, 2017 7:30 pm

Vocalist Rebecca Kilgore presents Randy Porter (keyboards), Tom Wakeling (bass), and special guest Dan Faehnle from Pink Martini (guitar)  Rebecca Kilgore, renowned for her swinging melodic interpretation of music familiar and ... Read more

Vocalist Rebecca Kilgore presents Randy Porter (keyboards), Tom Wakeling (bass), and special guest Dan Faehnle from Pink Martini (guitar) 

Rebecca Kilgore, renowned for her swinging melodic interpretation of music familiar and obscure from theGreat American Songbook, has been delighting listeners not only with her many recordings but her ebullient live performances. Her fans include Terry Gross, Bucky Pizzarelli, Michael Feinstein, Harry Allen, Dave Frishberg, Dan Barrett, and John Sheridan. Tender or hilarious, her singing always honors the song. She has over 50 recordings to her credit (most thanks to the Arbors Records label) and over 1,000 songs in her repertoire (and counting). Her most recent recording is with German pianist/arranger Bernd Lhotzky with whom she tours in Germany. Other recordings include collaborations with Nicki Parrott, Dan Barrett, Dave Frishberg, Harry Allen, John Sheridan, Paolo Alderighi, Eddie Erickson, Hal Smith, Lyle Ritz, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Duke Heitger, Randy Porter, and James Mason. Originally from Massachusetts, she's resided in Oregon since 1980 but keeps busy touring the US, Europe, and performing on jazz cruises.

"When Rebecca sings, the sun comes out." - Johnny Mandel

Awards and Honors: Oregon Music Hall of Fame, 2010 Oregon Jazz Society Hall of Fame Guest of Honor, Roswell Jazz Festival, 2013 Jazz Legend Honoree, San Diego Jazz Party, 2016

What Others Are Saying: Kilgore, who also sometimes teaches, was attracting much more attention in the late 90s and in 2000 owing to some very good, spirited and well-received albums. Her eclecticism was revealed in some of these sessions, which included a tribute to Maxine Sullivan for Audiophile Records, an appearance on a western swing set with Tom Morrell's Time-Warp Tophands on WR Records, another set with Barrett, Being A Bear, for Arbors Records, and, also for Arbors, a duo album with vocalist-banjoist- guitarist Eddie Erickson. Kilgore sings with lithe swing and has a breathily engaging tone. Her repertoire ranges through the great song standards which she interprets with charm and felicity. - The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin

Rebecca is simply one of the best interpreters of The Great American Songbook. She has a gorgeous voice and has a deep connection with every song she touches. In a world of pretenders, she's absolutely the real thing. I love what she does! - Michael Feinstein

Becky sings with a beautiful clear sound, a great sense of time and swing, and a heartfelt unpretentiousness. - Dave Frishberg

If Benny Goodman were alive today, he'd hire Becky to sing in his band. - Bucky Pizzarelli

Rebecca Kilgore is the quintessential jazz singer. I look forward to every opportunity to work with her....every time is a real occasion! - John Sheridan

Becky is one of my favorite singers, and one of my greatest recent pleasures was presenting her in concert on Fresh Air. - Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio's Fresh Air


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