EARLY SHOW: BURNT SUGAR 'CARAMELIZES' MAX ROACH'S WE INSIST! FREEDOM NOW SUITE. FULLY SEATED
Founded by Village Voice icon Greg Tate and co-led with monster bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum. Burnt Sugar was conceived as a forum for New York area improvisational musicians to compose, record and perform material which reflects the breadth and depth of American diasparan music in the 21st century. Burnt Sugar freely moves between many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids. In this sense the group mission honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music - Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament/Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Melvin Van Peebles, Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, TV On The Radio, Phish, Liz Wright, David Murray and many others. Burnt Sugar has been known to include Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant be-boppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging doowoppers, loud funk-a-teers and rodeo stars of the digital divide.
This seated, early show performance will pay tribute to the incomparable duo of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln and the songs they made famous with fresh, visionary interpretations that only Burnt Sugar is capable of.
"Burnt Sugar may be a collective, and it's a jam band for sure, but Tate and Nickerson's production guarantees each player full power, and the group's purpose is unmistakable: to shake things up, your booty included." - JazzTimes
Tezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and soulful dance music. It is part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian melodies blended with the R & B music of the 1960's and 1970's.
It comes from a period when the influential sounds of James Brown, Jackie Mittoo and John Coltrane melted together with Ethiopian tradition in the hot clubs and lounges of Addis Ababa.
Seattle's Skerik (born Eric Walton) is a pioneer in a playing style that has been dubbed saxophonics. He is a founding member of Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois, Tuatara, and Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet. He is also an original member of both Les Claypool's Fancy Band and Frog Brigade and has toured with and played with numerous others in a variety of genres. Skerik also worked with Grunge band Mad Season.
Skerik began playing saxophone in the fifth grade in the Mercer Island public school system. His father's love of jazz was an early inspiration. He played saxophone, keyboards and drums in a rock band called Uncle Jam at Mercer Island High School. He has cited The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd as bands from that time period who brought saxophone into rock music well. In the 1980s he travelled to London, Paris and the South Pacific working day jobs and playing in a variety of bands. His friendship with Leif Totusek introduced him to South African music and Zaire soukous bands in London where he first began playing music full time.
Skerik returned to Seattle in the late 1980s where he played with Sadhappy. In the early 1990s he joined three ex-members of New Bohemians to form Critters Buggin (who have remained active through 2008). Projects since that time have included Ponga (Wayne Horvitz and Bobby Previte), Tuatara (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Craig Flory) and solo works of Stanton Moore as well as Garage A Trois (also including Charlie Hunter). Beginning 2000 Skerik was a member of every incarnation of Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Fancy Band. In 2001 Skerik played the Pacific Northwest portion of Roger Waters' tour, reproducing the sax lead in "Money".
In 2002 Skerik formed Syncopated Taint Septet with fellow Seattle musicians. After touring nationally, their 2006 studio release Husky received very positive reviews.
Skerik won the award of "Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2003 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards.
Skerik has expressed support of music education for young people and support for activism such as the voting project HeadCount. In interviews he has discussed creative integrity and spontaneity. He has also provided music workshops.
Skerik is a founding member of Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois (which has included Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, Mike Dillon and Marco Benevento), Crack Sabbath and The Dead Kenny G's. Skerik is an original member of Les Claypool's Fancy Band and Frog Brigade, Bobby Previte's Ponga and Coalition of the Willing and Joe Doria's McTuff. In the 1990s he was also a member of Tuatara (with Peter Buck) and Seattle-based Sadhappy.
Skerik has toured with Fred Wesley, Mike Clark and The Headhunters, Wayne Horvitz (Zony Mash), Mad Season and Roger Waters. He has performed with Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, The Meters, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Johnny Vidacovich, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Ween, and many, many others.
"A remarkable contemporary bluesman...a powerhouse young guitarist and soulful vocalist. A major player...highly recommended." -Rolling Stone "Selwyn Birchwood is a master storyteller--both lyrically and musically. He's an impressive, hard-crunching, modern blues guitarist. His fretwork is high-energy, raw and vivid...knife-edged leads and roadhouse-rattling grooves. He is graced with a depth and maturity that would be impressive in a grizzled veteran, let alone a fresh-faced young man." -Living Blues
With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural storyteller's charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don't Call No Ambulance, Birchwood's meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics' Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Selwyn and his band have crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe repeatedly, delivering unforgettable live performances. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band--saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney "Big Love" Girlie--takes a major step forward, crafting visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans.
Birchwood, who attacks his guitar and lap steel with searing intensity, wrote and produced all 13 songs on Pick Your Poison. His richly detailed, hard-hitting originals run the emotional gamut from the humorously personal My Whiskey Loves My Ex to the gospel-inflected Even The Saved Need Saving to the hard truths of the topical Corporate Drone and Police State to the existential choice of the title track. The cutting-edge songs are made all the more impactful by Birchwood's gruff vocals, his untamed musicianship and his band's seemingly telepathic accompaniment. "I write and sing what I know," says Birchwood, whose innovations are as expansive as his influences. "This album has a broad reach. It's for young, old and everyone in between."
According to Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer, who signed Birchwood to the label shortly after the bluesman won the 2013 International Blues Challenge and also the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award at the same event, "Selwyn writes smart, infectious, fresh songs and delivers them with a warm, conversational vocal style and a fun-loving attitude. He's a killer guitarist, switching between a regular six-string and lap steel. Live, he's a ball of energy, interacting with the audience like they were in his living room."
Marti Mendenhall with Special Guest, Ben Graves on Guitar
Jazz-pop vocalist Marti Mendenhall debuts her new "Date Night/Body Talks" series at the Jack London Revue with jazz standards and originals themed around love and dating and the ups-and-downs that come along the way. Recently featured in Oregon Music News' "Coffeehouse Conversations," Marti adds four new originals to this passionate, entertaining show. "Marti is not only a talented singer and writer, but she understands the audience is there to be entertained." - Tony Starlight
Special Guest, Ben Graves on Guitar. Chris Higgins on Bass, Todd Bishop on Drums, and Ben Turner on Keys, Bethany Small and Jen Gosnell on Backup Vocals. http://MartiMendenhall.com #MartiMendenhall #PdxJazzSinger #SoundTastingPDX
1939 ENSEMBLE is an instrumental quartet from Portland, Oregon.
The band is José Medeles…David Coniglio…Josh Thomas…Knate Carter
DRUMS. VIBRAPHONE. TRUMPET. GUITAR. NOISE
At the crossroads where Tortoise meets Merzbow and Milt Jackson meets Slint -This is
where you will find 1939 Ensemble. The band doesn’t just cross genres, they both
embrace and exploit them, inviting each listener in through the familiar, and then
leaving them with something new to explore.
"...blessed..." LA Times
"...the best..." NY Times
"The greatest alto saxophone player." Eddie Palmieri
"The Charlie Parker of these times." Bill Summers
Saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. The fifty-six year old force of nature has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments. He has developed into a young modern jazz master following decades of apprenticing with master musicians of many styles. After learning to play his approximation of dozens of iconic saxophonists from the 20's to the 70's, he created four influential styles of jazz music. The first was developed in 1979 at the age of nineteen. His legacy of adding new ideas to acoustic jazz was first documented on his composition, "New York Second line," a mixture of the sounds and culture of New Orleans' traditional brass band music with New York modern jazz. Harrison's spirit continued to evolve on his 1996 recording, "Nouveau Swing." He merged the swing beat of modern jazz with modern dance beats like funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop and rock on this recording. In 2010, "Quantum Leap" moved the sound of jazz into another frontier with his addition of new areas to take time, harmony and melody.
Harrison's latest project, "The Eclectic Jazz Revolution," continues to explore his quantum jazz sound. This recording highlights diverse sounds including - funk, soul, cutting edge modern jazz, blues, smooth jazz, steppers music and New Orleans music. He also debuts his three-genre composition, "Congo Square." Harrison sings an Afro-New Orleans call and response chant over a drum choir in the first movement. He melds the chants and rhythms of Afro-New Orleans culture into a classical orchestral work in the second movement and concludes with a brilliant sound in jazz when he mixes excerpts of the first and second movements with his modern jazz group in the third movement.
The development of young musicians is important to Harrison, he has nurtured and influenced many of them while teaching with Tipitina's Intern Program or while they played in his bands. Several musicians including his nephew, Christian Scott, have adopted his music and concepts to create their own sounds. Scott took the swing fundamental out of Harrison's nouveau swing concept to develop his stretch music concept. "No nouveau swing, no stretch music, period," Scott says. Jonathan Batiste, Harrison's former student and Musical Director of the Stephen Colbert Show, informed Harrison after hearing his music, "I am going to write my music like yours," he said.
Harrison has other notable interests and accomplishments. He has won numerous music awards and is also a Big Chief in New Orleans culture, patented inventor, costume maker, chef and builder of high-end exotic wood furniture. In David Simon's HBO drama, "Treme," there are two characters based on his life and Harrison appeared in eleven episodes as an actor in the show. He also acted opposite Anne Hathaway in Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme's film, "Rachael Getting Married."
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.
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!
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.
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/