Amirah is a collaboration of musicians,based out of Portland,OR, presenting Soul and R&B music 'like they did way back'.Combining their eclectic talents and diverse musicality, Amirah creates a high-energy concert experience with a sound and vibe that everyone can get down with.
Front man Spencer Skjeie steers the ship with his bluesy, inspiring vocals,connecting the audience with the music. Guitarist Peter Knudeson stirs the pot with his prodigious and soulful playing ability. David Kim employs his classical and jazz background on Keyboard, adding a funky and sophisticated texture to the sound. Bassist Cary Miga's smooth and full style anchors the band to the groove. The brass duo of Nate Lown on trombone and Noah Simpson on trumpet add harmonic depth and dynamic solo improvisation. All of this sits firmly on the foundation of drummer Shook Black's incredible, unflappable sound.
For the past 6 months, this new group has had residency at Solae's Lounge on NE 18th & Alberta in Portland, playing once a week. There, they have been developing a sound and stage show that gains more buzz and fan base each time they play.The band has also been booking shows with various clubs and promoters in Portland for the upcoming year.
Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966--nearly a half century ago. They've subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. They perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals.
The Quartet's last cd, LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year. The Seattle Times wrote of LifeTimes, "The playing that takes place on LifeTimes - the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos - just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way and that is exactly what these four gentleman have done through LifeTimes."
These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally, recently performing with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. With Chris Brubeck's compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.
Although the Quartet's style is rooted in " straight-ahead" jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group's creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
Pedrito's group has a completely new and absolutely brilliant approach to timba! It's like a timba conjunto - congas, bongó, piano, bass...
Like Arsenio's or Chappottín's conjuntos, the only metal percussion is the bongosero's bell, so the overall volume level is much lower, allowing the nuances of the exquisite vocal harmonies and hand percussion to come through much more clearly, but without sacrificing any of the intensity. The music and arrangements are pure, creative, original timba - ALL timba - no smorgasbord of danzón, reguetón and chachachá filler tracks - every single song has gear changes, melodic cuerpos, great coros and mambos, funky, song-specific piano tumbaos, world-class lead vocals by Pedrito and Ariacne, and the best 3- and 4-part coros I've heard from any timba band.
"Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing and writing are the focus - as is the case in his new band, which plays complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk - he's an incomparable performer." Ben Ratliff, New York Times
It's time for another installment of Late Night Laugh - right after the legendary drummer Mel Brown. Great comedy after some amazing Jazz. Check it out!
Come celebrate the birthday celebration of Ty Curtis with us at The Jack London Revue!
Ty Curtis has a Blues mojo that is alive and kicking, a natural musical treat for all that stand before his stage. His offerings have a throwback Rock and Roll flair with an undeniable southern-fried ambiance. Blended, it all adds up to the authenticity of his Blues Rock Style. His explosion of emotion-power-packed performances captures the undivided attention of audiences with tantalizing guitar fret work and highly intellectual lyrics. Add to the mix his exceptional vocals, and in Ty Curtis, you've found a classy performer that has ignited an exciting Blues career and a major Blues star in the making."Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band's lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he's a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player" (Blues Rock Review). Ty has been winning awards for his vocals and musicianship for the last 10 years. In 2009 his raw soulful version of 5 Long Years by Eddie Boyd captivated the audience and earned the band 2nd place in The International Blues Challenge and lead to performances at The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and the St John Blues Festival USVI.
His first live music experience was Silverchair at the LB Day Amphitheater in Salem Oregon where Curtis grew up. "It was their performance and musicianship that made me want to play guitar and sing" he recalls "I wanted to rock out like them" and with that inspiration ingrained, Ty asked his parents for a guitar which he never let go of. "It was this kid's Toy Western guitar that my parents found at a garage sale, the strings were way off the fretboard" he laughs "I played that thing until my fingers bled" From the age of sixteen, Ty started showing up at local clubs and playing at any blues jam he could find. It wasn't long before he was winning over admirers and attracting a large fan base in the Northwest. With each subsequent album release Ty's reputation continued to grow establishing him as one of the torch bearers in a new generation of Blues. The band competed in the Journey to Memphis in Portland through the Cascade Blues Association and won giving him the chance to perform on the National stage. It was there in Memphis that Ty met David Z which led to him producing the third album 'Cross That Line'.
With 5 albums under his belt Curtis decided to co produce his 6th album 'Blame Me' with the help of Austin producer and bassist Nick Jay (Ed Kowalzick, Alpha Rev & SXSW engineer). Packed with soul,blues and ripping guitar riffs, Ty's latest effort features some of the most heart-felt emotion tugging vocals to come out in several years reminiscent of Bad Company's Paul Rodgers.'Back Again' shows of Ty's killer guitar work and he shifts gears on a slower more soulful 'I Can Say,' but still has those electric guitar moments interspersed at times occurring like exclamation points at key moments in the song.
The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together for six years and have played on stages across the U.S and around the world. The band is comprised of musicians and producers who have worked with some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Talib Kweli, Chris Dave, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possess a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.
The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member's musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. They are currently touring internationally and working on new music for their 4th album.
Their second album "Meta-Musica" held the #1 position on the iTunes jazz charts for over a week. They played for sold out audiences across Europe in April 2016 on their first tour overseas.
Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret featuring the following fantastic frolickers:
The reputable radical Rummy Rose
The heavenly hypnosis of Holly Dai
The sensual seductress Sugar Kane
and the lusciously lithe Layne Fawkes
Bisi Ashley is Adebisi Okuneye. A West-African name in the Yoruba language meaning: "another added to the crown." Through the healing sounds of their neo-soul music, Bisi Ashley and her 6 sworn band mates are manifesting her truest self and, creating a tribe of lovers, listeners, artists, free thinkers, and kind hearted people. Join us.
Bisi Okuneye- Lead Vocals Lee Hauser- Drums/Percussion Stephanie Kitson- Bass Guitar/Vox Miguel Hernandez- Lead & Rhythm Guitar James Villa- Keyboard/Piano Keith Cheek- Tenor Sax/Flute Jeff Chilton- Trombone/Vox
"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.