Come and join Portland's most legendary jazz-man @ the Jack London Revue to celebrate the day the city of PDX made Mel Brown Day an official reality. All of Portland's taste-makers and power-players will be in attendance to show love to the man that brought jazz back to Portland after his tenure with Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, and more from Mo-Town's legendary roster. Come show Mel & the B3 Organ Group the LOVE they deserve!
To commemorate the occasion, the Jack London has commissioned a portrait from artist Scott Erwert. Scott is a former art director at Lucasfilm, a jazz fan, and the creator of a series of works capturing the style and mood of the classic jazz era. Be there when we unveil his latest work, as it takes a place of honor on the wall of the Jack London Revue.
"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.
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.
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.
Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you’ve never heard, exhibiting a mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums.
McTuff began in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ greats Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff, and has since evolved into a versatile and exciting group that has performed across the nation. The band has two albums under its belt, their 2009 release McTuff Vol. 1 and their 2011 follow-up McTuff Vol. 2: After the Show, with a third slated for release in Spring 2015.
McTuff has performed at Bumbershoot, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, as well as festivals and venues all over the US. The band has also held a residency at Seattle’s legendary Seamonster Lounge for over five years. Their Tuesday night show has become regular stop for local and traveling musicians including Skerik, Allen Stone, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), G Love (and Special Sauce), Blake Lewis, Kevin Sawka, and many others.
The members of McTuff have performed and toured with an impressive list of world-renowned groups and artists including Carlos Santana, Stanton Moore, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby Previte, Michael Shrieve, Mike Stern and many others.
Portland’s Jon Ostrom is a talented and accomplished guitarist and songwriter playing jazz and horn-driven funk around the Northwest. The imagery created by his guitar playing combined with his songwriting showcase his ability to create landscapes for deep grooves and improvisation.
Who and what is the Jon Ostrom Band? Instrumental jazz and funk quintet based in Portland, OR. Two horns, drums, bass and guitar - originals and covers - this band takes tunes into bop, free jazz, jamband and funk territories.
Galen Clark - keys
Bill Athens - bass
D'Vonne Lewis - drums
Dan Balmer - guitar
Trio Subtonic (Ropeadope Records) is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz. Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk, blues and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries. Subtonic will be joined by guitar maestro Dan Balmer and D'Vonne Lewis (McTuff, Industrial Revelation) on drums.
Outer Orbit is Galen Clark's (Trio Subtonic) new funk project featuring Tyrone Hendrix (Jarrod Lawson, Liv Warfield), Damian Erskine (Happy Orchestra), Peter Knudsen (Ghost-note) and Mike Elson (Swatkins Positive Agenda)
Feat. Tyrone Hendrix, Damian Erskine, Peter Knudsen, Mike Elson & Galen Clark
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
Come and join us for a night of incredible collaborations from some of Portland's hottest and most talented young jazz and soul artists.
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 Edan Krolewicz, with Paul Paresa, Steven Skolnik, Machado Mijiga, Noah Simpson, and Kristof Schroeder, Thankusomuch has been featured at the Soul’d Out Music Festival sharing the stage with artists like Bilal, Dead Prez, and De La Soul, and at some of the best venues in the Northwest.
Blue Note at 80 for Joe Henderson: Electric Mode For Joe
Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors.
Performing, touring and recording with top jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, musician Lenny Kravitz, and Los Hombres Caliente (with whom he recorded two award-winning albums) soon followed. His reputation as a sax man with intricate and rhythmically innovative sounds made him a popular feature at jazz festivals: France’s Jazz de Vien Festival; Tokyo’s JVC Jazz Festival; Itanbul’s The Ruins; Spain’s Barcelona Jazz Festival; the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Bob Reynolds is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he is a prolific composer and recording artist with 9 top-selling solo albums to his credit. The New York Times called him "a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer." An independent recording artist, Bob's albums showcase his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and, as the LA Times put it: "hip-swiveling" grooves. His 2013 album Somewhere In Between, a seamless blend of jazz, blues, rock and pop, reached #1 on iTunes' jazz charts, and in 2017 he released the albums Guitar Band and Hindsight, both of which landed in the top ten on the Billboard Jazz charts. His latest release, Quartet, features his working band and debuted at #3 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. They recently completed their first tour to sold-out audiences across Europe.
Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1977, Reynolds grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he started playing saxophone at age 13. Although he listened to a range of music as a kid, by his late teens he was a dedicated jazz student. After high school he honed his skills at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he mentored with George Garzone, Hal Crook, and others. Bob is a passionate educator and in-demand clinician. He co-founded an annual retreat for saxophonists and, through his Virtual Studio, he helps musicians become confident improvisers. Bob lives in Los Angeles and shares insights on balancing a music career with raising a family through his popular YouTube vlog.
Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard.
At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.
Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attended the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program.
He previously studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ.
Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen.”
He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Florida, and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan and Morocco.
Matthew has performed with an array of outstanding musicians: Ray Chew, Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, Cameron Carpenter, Regina Carter, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Marc Cary, Arturo O’Farrill, James Carter, Roy Ayers, D.D. Jackson, The New York Pops Orchestra and with Hamiet Bluiett and his Bio-Electric Ensemble.
In 2010, Matthew was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. A year later, at just 10 years old, he was invited to perform at Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. He returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO in 2016, where he won the audience over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Matthew has been on national and international television, which includes the TODAY SHOW documentary series “Boys Changing The World,” Harry Connick Jr Show and an appearance on the syndicated TV talk show ELLEN!
Having composed several original compositions, Matthew names a list of stellar musicians, composers/arrangers as his artistic influences including: organists Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Rhoda Scott; pianists Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Ahmad Jamal, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Chick Corea, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Marc Cary, D.D. Jackson, Chopin, Bach; and drummers Roy Haynes, T.S. Monk, Herlin Riley, Otis Brown III, Otis Brown Jr, and Johnathan Blake.
2017, he was named 1 of the 17 people to watch in New Jersey by The Record, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers and Crain’s Business New York breakout list of 20 under 20 as a performing artist.
Matthew was named 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network’s 201 Magazine.
In October of 2015, Gerald Veasley's Unscripted Jazz Series was launched in Philadelphia at SOUTH, an upscale jazz club, and restaurant.
Since then, Gerald and his wife and business partner, Roxanne have curated over 200 nights featuring leading artists in contemporary jazz. The lineup of guest artists has included Peter White, Alex Bugnon, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Keiko Matsui, Rick Braun, David Benoit, Jeff Lorber, Maysa, Nnenna Freelon, to name a few. The weekly series which blurs the lines between straight ahead, soul, and smooth, has been received enthusiastically by fans and artists alike.
The concept of the series grew out of Gerald’s long-term stints as a bass player with two giants in contemporary jazz Grover Washington, Jr. and Joe Zawinul. He noted that even though his mentors continual pushed the music forward, they never lost an appreciation for the jazz icons who paved the way. When presented with the opportunity to curate music at SOUTH by its owner, Robert Bynum, Gerald created the Unscripted Jazz Series. The success of the series has confirmed his belief that contemporary jazz artists welcome the chance to stretch beyond boundaries.
The series has recently been expanded to include Latin jazz, presenting Pablo Batista and his Latin Jazz Ensemble at SOUTH. Pablo is a master percussionist who has worked with many significant artists including Eddie Palmieri, Alicia Keys, Grover Washington, Jr., and Dianne Reeves. Pablo Batista’s six-piece group has been paired with exciting guest artists: Conrad Herwig, Nestor Torres, Freddie Hendrix, and Nina Rodriguez.
Bringing the concept to the PDX festival is the next extension of the Unscripted brand. Given the festival’s track record of presenting groundbreaking emerging artists as well top-flight established entertainers, Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Jazz at PDX will be a night to remember.
Born out of a no-name Seattle basement, High Pulp has been taking the Pacific Northwest by storm. What they first brewed down there is a monstrosity - a high-octane jazz, funk, hip-hop, punk, psychedelic cocktail with foul odors and a bitter taste. It’s chewy too. The addicts call it BAD JUICE and their warning is clear: DO NOT CONSUME. IT WILL MAKE YOU SICK.
How did it come to this? In March of 2017, High Pulp began playing weekly shows at Seattle’s historic jazz club The Royal Room. As the collective took shape and grew together, so did the hype. There’s nothing better than a weekly gig to experimentally develop a new genre - “Future Funk Fusion” in this case. Since then High Pulp has performed Seattle’s most prolific venues and festivals including Showbox Market, Neumos, The Nectar Lounge, The Tractor, The Crocodile, Upstream Music Festival, BAMF, and Big Bldg Bash.
In January of 2018, High Pulp entered the studio with sound engineer Jason Gray of the Polyrhythmics to record their debut album "Bad Juice”. Featuring 8 tracks, this album whisks the listener through a Bad-Juice-induced stupor of euphoria and narcosis. When at any given moment High Pulp drops into a heavy groove on this record, in the next moment the hallucination is shattered. From those shattered remains the next beat develops forward to the next fiery peak, and the cycle continues.
“It’s hard to imagine throwing on this LP and feeling anything less than joy. From the pink flamingos on the cover to the buoyant, flashy grooves embedded in each song, Bad Juice is the soundtrack to your carefree, balmy summer nights. It’s a call to arms for Seattleites to toss away their coffee cups (compost, preferably) and trade up for a tiki drink of their choice. From the magnetic flutter of “Hookai” and the deliciously greasy tribute to local fried Chicken chain “Ezell’s,” the band does their best to encapsulate an endorphin rush through their music.” - KEXP
The Euge Organ Trio is a groove oriented, soul-jazz group hailing out of Portland, Oregon. The group is sure to keep audiences both moving to the groove and
eagerly anticipating whatever might come next out of their
free-spirited improvisational approach.