Events

Soul'd Out Presents
December 26, 2018 8:00 pm

She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, an... Read more

She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall.

The Rebecca Kilgore Quartet (formerly known as BED) was a popular favorite on the jazz festival circuit: with Eddie Erickson (guitar/banjo/voice), Dan Barrett (trombone), and Joel Forbes (bass).

She has been performed with the Statesmen Of Jazz, dedicated to perpetuating the art of jazz for future generations.

Other venues.

New York: Feinstein’s at the Regency; New York: Birdland; San Francisco: The Plush Room at the York Hotel; Oakland, CA: Piedmont Pianos; Culver City, CA: The Jazz Bakery; Fullerton, CA: Steamers Jazz Club; Phoenix, AZ: The Nash; Madison, NJ: Shanghai Jazz; LA: The Westin at LAX; Toledo, OH: Murphy’s Place; Cleveland Heights, OH: Nighttown; Ann Arbor, MI: The Firefly Club; Cincinnati, OH: The Blue Wisp; Southampton, UK: The Concorde Club; Sherman Oaks, CA: Spazio’s.

She is honored to have been inducted (in 2010) to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and to the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall Of Fame, and to have been invited to perform at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention for three years at Town Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the guest of honor at the 2013 Roswell (New Mexico) Jazz Festival, and honored as a Jazz Legend at the San Diego Jazz Party in 2016.


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
December 27, 2018 8:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Easy is a love letter to soul, gospel, blues, and funk; a medley of harmonies and hooks; Sweet Honey in the Rock meets D’Angelo. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Betsy Lance created this vocal trio to bring her genre-bending so... Read more

The Easy is a love letter to soul, gospel, blues, and funk; a medley of harmonies and hooks; Sweet Honey in the Rock meets D’Angelo. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Betsy Lance created this vocal trio to bring her genre-bending songs to life, along with gospel powerhouse Jardima Kroeker and visual artist/singer Leah Hugon. Lyrically, the songs explore themes around resisting fear, reaching out, building community, and keeping hope in the midst of suffering—our work as humans and neighbors. Backed by a cast of Portland’s rising jazz musicians, The Easy delivers a driving combination of vocal harmonies and instrumental improv. This show will feature Alex Milsted on keyboards, Shook Black on drums, and Pete Lance on bass.


Soul'd Out Presents
December 29, 2018 9:15 pm

KING LOUIE & LaRHONDA STEELE   Talk about a dynamic duo!  Louis Pain was dubbed, “Portland’s boss of the B-3” by The Oregonian, and KOIN t.v. named LaRhonda Steele, “Portland’s First Lady of the blues... Read more

KING LOUIE & LaRHONDA STEELE

 

Talk about a dynamic duo!  Louis Pain was dubbed, “Portland’s boss of the B-3” by The Oregonian, and KOIN t.v. named LaRhonda Steele, “Portland’s First Lady of the blues!”  Louis is in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and LaRhonda is in the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame.  Whenever these two artists perform together, something magical happens: a soulful & spontaneous combination of blues, soul, gospel and jazz.  

 

Louis & LaRhonda have teamed up for a pair of critically acclaimed CDs: “Rock Me Baby” in 2016 and “Live at Riverhouse Jazz” in 2018.  Both recordings received numerous raves, including 4-star reviews in  the world’s top jazz magazine, Downbeat.  Also, they were both honored among Downbeat’s “Best Albums of the Year” (for 2016 & 2018 respectively). 

 

On those CDs, as on most of their live performances, Louis & LaRhonda are joined by a pair of remarkable musicians: drummer Edwin Coleman III (Soul Vaccination) and saxophonist Renato Caranto (Esperanza Spalding & Merle Haggard).  

 

Since the release of “Rock Me Baby,” King Louie & LaRhonda Steele have played a series of high-profile gigs, including a pair of main stage performances at the Waterfront Blues Festival and an appearance at Italy’s renowned Porretta Soul Festival in 2017.  More recently, Louis & LaRhonda performed as a duo in four Colombian cities during the 2018 Cali Blues & Folk Festival.  Louis, Edwin, and Renato will be releasing an album of original instrumentals in February, 2019.

 

 


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
December 29, 2018 11:30 pm

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

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

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

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

Follow the hardwood path through the Rialto Poolroom        


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
January 3, 2019 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
January 4, 2019 9:00 pm

Grammy-winning drummer, composer, and writer Barrett Martin brings a very special evening of stories and music to Portland: The show will begin with a presentation from Barrett on his book, "The Singing Earth", which will include a slide sh... Read more

Grammy-winning drummer, composer, and writer Barrett Martin brings a very special evening of stories and music to Portland: The show will begin with a presentation from Barrett on his book, "The Singing Earth", which will include a slide show with field recordings from his musical travels across 6 continents. The Barrett Martin Group will then play two full sets, including their album “Transcendence" in its entirety, as well as songs from their forthcoming album, "The Qualities Of Fire", due in April 2019. This is a special night of storytelling, photography, and exceptional music not to be missed!

 

Barrett Martin Group

 

Grammy-winning producer, composer, and drummer Barrett Martin returns with his modern jazz ensemble, The Barrett Martin Group, and their 6th studio album “Transcendence.” Renowned as a session drummer and percussionist on over 100 Rock, Blues, Jazz, and World music albums, Barrett’s work can be heard on albums by REM, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Walking Papers, Tuatara, Blues legend CeDell Davis, and recording sessions that range from the Peruvian Amazon, to Brazil, Cuba, and even Jerusalem. He recently won a Latin Grammy for his production work on the Brazilian album “Jardim-Pomar.” Re-emerging with his own Barrett Martin Group and their newest album “Transcendence”, the band effortlessly blends Jazz, Rock, African, Brazilian, and Cuban rhythms, Ambient music, and a mixture of exotic percussion to create an album that leans heavily into Jazz, while still embracing other forms of music. “Transcendence” also features some amazing guest performers including Jazz legend Wayne Horvitz, Senegalese Wolof drum master Thione Diop, REM guitarist Peter Buck, and Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist David Catching. The BMG also features a line up of Seattle’s top Jazz and session musicians including:



With 35 yrs of presenting jazz radio, and journalism, Yugen brings his music project to the Jack London stage. Hand selection of the region's fine musicians, and interptet popular tunes through a jazz sensibilities. And some original stuff.... Read more

With 35 yrs of presenting jazz radio, and journalism, Yugen brings his music project to the Jack London stage. Hand selection of the region's fine musicians, and interptet popular tunes through a jazz sensibilities. And some original stuff.


Soul'd Out Presents
January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, acclaimed vocalist & songwriter Somi has built a career of transatlantic sonicism and storytelling. Petite Afrique Somi's sophomore effort for Sony Music, is a daring, relevant, refashion... Read more

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, acclaimed vocalist & songwriter Somi has built a career of transatlantic sonicism and storytelling. Petite Afrique Somi's sophomore effort for Sony Music, is a daring, relevant, refashioning of what "jazz" and "African music" mean - both singularly and to each other. The album which was tells the story of African immigrants in the midst of a gentrified Harlem, New York, which won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and features special guest Aloe Blacc, is a timely Petite Afrique is the highly anticipated follow-up to Somi's last chart-topping album and major label debut The Lagos Music Salon which was inspired by an 18-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria and features special guests Angelique Kidjo and Common landed at #1 on US Jazz charts. Both albums straddle the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls "Superb!"

Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as "the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves," while Billboard exclaims that she's "all elegance and awe...utterly captivating."

The Lagos Music Salon is a highly anticipated follow up to the young singer's last studio album, If The Rains Come First (ObliqSound) - a stunning collection of self penned story-based songs which debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Chart, and featured her long-time mentor & legendary trumpet player Hugh Masekela. The Boston Globe proclaims the album "is a sustained triumph displaying rich musicality, a sharp pop sense, and rare sophistication" while The Huffington Post dubbed the young singer "the New Nina Simone." Singing in English and a wide range of African languages, her artistic evolution is indisputable. As her career has taken off, Somi's talents have been called upon for collaborations and live performances alongside a diverse cast of artists including Mos Def, Baaba Maal, John Legend, Billy Childs, Paul Simon, Danilo Perez, Idan Raichel, Jennifer Hudson and many more.

 

In 2011, Somi released her first live album of performances at the venerable Jazz Standard in New York City. The result of which JazzTimes hailed as "stunning...natural fervor and naked magnificence." A two-time recipient of The Doris Duke Foundation's French-American Jazz Exchange Composers' Grant, Somi began an exploration of African & Arab jazz traditions alongside acclaimed French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf while investigating the role of the female voice during the Arab Spring protests. That body of work premiered at The Kennedy Center's 2014 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. She just finished recording her new album which will be released in Spring 2017. She is also developing an original jazz opera about the life and legacy of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba.

 


Soul'd Out Presents
January 18, 2019 9:15 pm

New York City organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Hammond-endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics' Poll Rising Sta... Read more

New York City organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Hammond-endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics' Poll Rising Star: Organ award and has climbed to 5th place in The 2018 Critic's Poll main organ category. In 2015 Brian also won Hot House Magazine's Fan's Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York. His last Positone recording, Once and Future, reached #17 on the Jazz Week chart and was also on the Itunes new music Top 20. This fall, Brian released his new circuit bent organ trio recording, Kürrent, featuring Ben Monder and has a brand new traditional jazz organ trio release on Steeplechase Records featuring NEA Master, George Coleman called Groovin with Big G. Charette was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1972, and was introduced to music by his mother, Catherine. By the age of 17, he was playing with jazz luminaries such as Lou Donaldson and Houston Person. Since graduating on the Dean's List from UConn in 1994 with a BA in Music, Charette has been performing extensively in Europe and the USA with his home base being the East Village, NYC. Brian is a staple of the downtown NYC scene working with virtually everyone who plays with an organist. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has performed with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Charette is also an active author and educator, writing for Keyboard Magazine, The New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat, and the Czech magazine, Muzikus. Brian teaches masterclasses all over the world and is on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jesek Conservatory in Prague. His first book, 101 Hammond B3 Tips, released through publisher Hal Leonard, has become very popular, as well as his videos on the website, mymusicmasterclass.com. Outside of music, Charette is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu, in which he holds a black sash.       


Fleur de Lethal & Elizabeth Mollo Productions
January 19, 2019 9:00 pm

Fleur de Lethal & Elizabeth Mollo Productions in association with DJ Gregarious present  Days of Bowie Black Tie/ White Noise starring  The Christopher Brown Quartet   Portland Jazz luminary Christopher Brown h... Read more

Fleur de Lethal & Elizabeth Mollo Productions

in association with DJ Gregarious present 

Days of Bowie

Black Tie/ White Noise

starring 

The Christopher Brown Quartet

 

Portland Jazz luminary Christopher Brown has gathered a top notch ensemble of musician to take us on a journey through the catalog of David Bowie.

 

Christopher and his band will welcome several special guests for this unique tribute to Bowie's sound and vision. 

 


Soul'd Out Presents
February 1, 2019 9:30 pm

Lyrics Born relocated to the United States from his birthplace of Toyko, Japan right around the time Hip Hop was exploding on the East Coast. From the moment he heard Sugar Hill Gang’s 1980 classic “Rapper’s Delight,” the Bay... Read more

Lyrics Born relocated to the United States from his birthplace of Toyko, Japan right around the time Hip Hop was exploding on the East Coast.
From the moment he heard Sugar Hill Gang’s 1980 classic “Rapper’s Delight,” the Bay Area Hip Hop luminary knew he’d found his calling.
Twenty-five years later, LB has obliterated the stereotypes of what an MC is “supposed to” look like and captured the hearts of countless fans who gravitate to his distinctive voice. He’s now the only Asian-American MC to release 10 studios albums and the first to play major music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza.

From his Quannum Recordings debut with Latyrx,1997’s The Album, to 2003’s seminal solo album Later That Day, he’s consistently pushed the boundaries of his craft. His newest project, Quite A Life, is like the exclamation point on his milestone year.
“Ten albums is a lot for any artist, let alone an indie artist who colored outside the lines, so to speak,” LB says. “I'm just appreciative there was always somehow a path for me, no matter how impossible it seemed — either on paper or in practice.”

As the first Asian-American to release a greatest hits compilation, he’s pumped out multiple smash singles across four official studio albums. From “Stop Complaining” to “Callin’ Out” and “I Like It, I Love It” and “I Changed My Mind,” his material has always retained a musically eclectic feel.
The self-proclaimed “funkiest rapper alive” carries on his tradition of weaving funk and soul into classic, boom-bap Hip Hop on Quite A Life. Without the influence of icons like James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Zapp and Rogers, LB admits he wouldn’t be who he is today.
Coupled with his love of rap pioneers such as KRS-One, Rakim and Snoop Dogg, LB’s music is the perfect Hip Hop and funk-flavored gumbo.
For live shows, LB often recruits a full band to “keep it all the way funky” for his audience. Coupled with wife/singer Joyo Velarde’s powerful voice, the unrelenting energy of his performances electrify every crowd.


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