Laura Dreyer & The Manhattan/Rio Connection features saxophonist, flutist, and com- poser Laura Dreyer, accompanied by an ensemble of stellar Brazilian jazz artists. Their
music demonstrates the special sound that Brazilian jazz has developed in the New York jazz scene.
Dreyer, who lives in New York City, is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has pur- sued her passion for Brazilian music for over 20 years while also cutting a strong career- path in American jazz. She enjoys combining her vast experience as a jazz musician with
her passion for Brazilian musical styles. Her newest release, Vida. Arte. Amor., (Mayimba Jazz), was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is receiving rave reviews. Dreyer has released three other CDs as a leader and producer, including Mysterious Encounter (Lavasphere), Free Flying Bird (Piloo), and Sax in the City (Apria). She is featured on acclaimed Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador's newest release, The Art of Samba Jazz, which received the Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD. Dreyer, who has toured nationally and internationally, has headlined at the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, The Syracuse Jazz Festival, and The Montavilla Jazz Festival, as well as many NYC venues including The Blue Note, Fat Cat, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, Zinc Bar, and many others. Recent engagements include Twins Jazz (Washington DC), An Die Musik Live (Baltimore, MD), The Sound Room (Oakland, CA), TribOz and Santo Scenarium (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Christos (Salem, OR), to name a few.
The group's program features original contemporary Brazilian jazz, as well as arrange- ments of Brazilian jazz classics. Dreyer's compositions combine catchy, lyrical melodies in a variety of Brazilian styles such as samba, bossa nova, baião, afoxé, maracatu, partido alto, and more.
Laura Dreyer - alto saxophone & flute
Kerry Politzer - piano & vocals
Jon Lakey - bass
Micah Hummel - drums
Milo Peterson- guitar
The Celebrating Women of Color Project Presents : Our first ever Awards and Fashion Showcase, MARCH 31st, 2018 at The Jack London Revue. The show is co-hosted by Portland's funniest WOC comedian Shrista Tyree & Portland's OG turned R&B artist Rich Hunter featuring local talent acts, designers & brands, vendors, and more! We have been talking about it ALL YEAR LONG and its finally around the corner! At the showcase, we will not only be showing you what we at #TheCWOCProject have been doing over the passed year but, we will be showing off what YOU as a community of women of color have been doing throughout the year as well! From WOC models wearing designs by WOC fashion designers, to a number of Portland's favorite WOC talent acts, a photo exhibit with many familiar faces including a memorial for beloved Sara Zghoul �'� #RIP, WOC vendors to browse, and even an awards ceremony where YOU will vote online all month long to elect WOC in Portland to be recognized for their achievements such as Outstanding Educator, Entrepreneur of The Year, Mother of The Year... etc.
Purchase your tickets now, numbers are limited and will sell out fast!
Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue - "The most talked about band in Memphis."
Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.
The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as "Don't Give Up," "What Did I Do," "It's Gonna Be Alright," "Love Me Right" and "Wildflower." The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love."
TBone is a funk and soul band based in Portland, OR. TBone plays music inspired by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Maceo Parker, James Brown, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Cold Blood, Orgone. TBone is comprised of Tamara Garlett (Vocals), Charles Neal (Drums), Wes Luttrell (Trumpet), Kyle Molitor (Trombone), Dan Nelson (Saxophone), Ryan Bley (Bass), Dustin Hunley (Keys), Michael Backus (Guitar), and David Garlett
When funk first developed, exploding onto the scene, Reggie was there--not as an observer, but as a 13 year-old saxophonist playing his first professional gigs with legendary New Orleans keyboardist David Batiste Sr. and The Gladiators, widely accepted as one of the preeminent and pioneering bands of funk. Reggie's education continued on the bandstand--with musicians like Dave Bartholomew, The Neville family, and Dr. John--while he also studied formally with musical giants like Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Johnny Fernandez, Danny Barker, and Alvin Batiste--the latter of whom learned at the knee of legendary musician Sidney Bechet, referred to by Duke Ellington as "the very epitome of jazz."
Now one of the most accomplished saxophonists playing today, Reggie Houston has shared the stage and studio with some of the biggest names in music like Ray Charles, Peter Gabriel, and members of The Rolling Stones.
And when Reggie Houston's Crescent City Connection brings the funk, they lay it down on black satin sheets and make it blush! The Crescent City Connection features some of the region's finest funk musicians like Ben Jones on bass, Tyrone Hendrix on drums, and Michael Elson on keys.
Shoot--Friday the 13th ain't no thing, y'all! Come on down to The Jack London Revue and get your funky voodoo on with Reggie Houston's Crescent City Connection!
Vocalist and songwriter, Anandi, began her career as a singer-songwriter, recording three albums of original songs. Her funk-rock tune "Enough of You" has received more than 3 million hits on YouTube and other songs have been used on television spots and in commercials. In the early 2000's Anandi turned from the Americana style to jazz. Anandi has established a strong following in Portland, appearing at the Rose Festival, the PDX Jazz Festival, Jimmy Maks, and producing her bi-annual concert at Classic Pianos. Jazz fans delight in Anandi's full spectrum repertoire. In the words of Oregon Jazz Society critic George Fendel "Anandi continues to impress as a singer to be recognized and admired."
For her debut outing at Jack London Revue, Anandi will perform beautiful renditions of jazz classics and provocative arrangements of well known pop tunes as well as a smattering of soulful originals. Anandi's sixth album (and third jazz recording) features Mike Horsfall on piano, Dave Captein on bass and Charlie Doggett on drums. She will also be joined by singer/percussionist Haley Horsfall.
Lionel Loueke picked up the guitar late at age 17. After his initial to exposure to jazz in Benin, he left to attend the National Institute of Art in Ivory Coast. In 1994 he left Africa to pursue jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris then came to the U.S. on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music where he first encountered his future trio mates Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth. After graduating Loueke was accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was able to study with his most significant mentors: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard.
Praised by Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. His Blue Note debut Karibu (2008) featured guest appearances from Hancock and Shorter with his trio and was met with wide acclaim. Mwaliko (2010) offered a series of intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding and Marcus Gilmore. Heritage (2012) was co-produced by label mate Robert Glasper and found Loueke exploring a more electric sound with a new trio featuring Derrick Hodge on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. His latest CD GAIA was recorded live in the studio with Bassist Massimo Biolcati & Drummer Ferenc Nemeth and produced by Blue Note President & Grammy winning producer Don Was.
In addition to albums with his collective trio Gilfema with Biolcati and Nemeth, Loueke has appeared on recordings by Hancock, Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Joe Lovano, as well as contemporaries including Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and others. He continues to tour the world with his own trio as well as with Hancock and is a member of Blue Note's 75th anniversary all-star band with Glasper, Hodge, Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire and Marcus Strickland.
"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.
House of Waters' music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds. One of those sounds is that of Max's instrument, the hammered dulcimer, a percussion/stringed instrument that takes years of study and spans dozens of cultures around the globe. Most often associated with traditional American and Irish folk music, Max has taken the instrument in entirely new directions. "I've been playing it since I was 7," says Max. "And my folks reminded me I first fell in love with it when I was 2: I saw it performed at an exhibit opening, walked up to it, sat underneath and just listened to it for hours."
Moto had a similar experience with the 6-stringed bass and it has defined his life ever since. His study of Western Classical music, Japanese traditional music and the African inspired musical sensibilities of South America, coupled with his undeniable virtuosity, adds a breath-taking element to the group's total sound. Luke studied with the legendary Hamza El Din, while Max studied with traditional musicians in Senegal and continues to learn from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, India's master of the santoor (an ancestor of the hammered dulcimer.) "That experience," says Max, "opened me up to a whole separate world of traditions and philosophical thought." Joining forces has given each artist an opportunity to stretch their chosen instruments, to take risks to expand both the music and themselves. In the process, audiences cannot help but be thrilled by the enormity of their sound.
The album House of Waters marks the band's first record for GroundUP, the artist-friendly label started by Snarky Puppy's Michael League. "There was a lot of mutual respect and interest there," says Max. "I think we bring something unique to their roster." He laughs. "Not a lot of dulcimer trios out there."
A rising force on the jazz scene, Southern California pianist and composer Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility. His works have been called short stories - sometimes playful, sometimes adventurous.
Signed as an Origin recording artist in 2014, Green's growing portfolio of vibrant sounds has garnered multiple awards and has captured the attention of critics around the world. His work has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, the Boston Globe, DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, and Public Radio International.
Green's trio, including bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, was featured at this year's San Jose Jazz Festival and TEDxSanDiego. Their 2016 album Altered Narratives remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart for 15 weeks and was selected as one of the "Top 30 New Releases" by Public Radio International's "Jazz After Hours" program.Their latest album, One Day It Will, was released in April.
The Ben Fowler Quintet infuses modern jazz with a heavy dose of soul, blues, and gospel roots. For this debut performance at the Jack London Revue, the quintet is excited to present a diverse sound-scape, a musical tour of sorts, weaving in and out of familiar styles of the past and present within the jazz context. You'll get a taste of old-time gospel, New Orleans Second Line, hip-hop, hard-swinging Blue Note post-bop, the Nouveau Swing style of the 90s, and beyond. The band's debut release, The Pilgrimage, is available on CDbaby.com. In the band: Ben Fowler, Alto Saxophone Dan Gildea, Guitars Dave Fleschner, Organ, Piano, Rhodes Bill Athens, Basses Ken Ollis, Drums BIO: Ben grew up singing hymns in church. His dad and grandfather were both ministers. "There was a lot of fire and brimstone preaching back then, and it sort of permeated my world as a child", he recalls. He started playing alto saxophone in the 5th grade, and went on to receive numerous performance awards in high school and college jazz programs. By this point he got way into jazz, and found a way to channel that fire and brimstone energy of his youth into his music. He began honing his saxophone skills in multiple contexts simultaneously: blues, rock, funk, fusion, and straight ahead jazz. He went on to perform with, and learn from, some most excellent musicians and bands, including The Four Freshman, Billy Hart, Body & Soul, D.K. Stewart, Joey Porter, Andy Stokes, Jay "Bird" Koder, Leroy Vinegar, Tony Pacini, Mel Brown, Renato Caranto, Tall jazz, Randy Porter, Gary Hobbs, Thara Memory, Gordon Lee, Chris Brown, Rob Scheps, Margo Tufo, and Norman Sylvester. His playing is influenced by: Kenny Garrett, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Johnny Hodges, and Miles Davis. Ben currently resides in Portland, OR. You can learn more about his current project on Facebook via the The Ben Fowler Quintet, page. Ben's debut release, The Pilgrimage, is available now on CDbaby.com or on your favorite streaming platforms.