Jazz From The Silver Screen
Voted "NW Instrumentalist of the Year" in this year's Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star quintet featuring visiting artists, vocalist Holly Pyle and bassist Tom Knific in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen.
Showcasing favorite movie themes from the 1930s to the present day, the program includes music from The Wizard of Oz (1939), An Affair To Remember (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine And Roses (1962), The Sandpiper (1965), The Godfather (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Round Midnight (1986) and Manchester By The Sea (2016).
Celebrated for her "soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice" (Phoenix New Times), Holly Pyle started out as an opera major before studying jazz and psychology at Northern Arizona University. Now one of the most popular vocalists in the Valley of the Sun, Holly performs with leading jazz groups, tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations.
Flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players."
With a deep soul backbone augmented by jazz, rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll, the Seattle trio -- Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and David McGraw on drums -- evokes a classic instrumental sound with a fresh, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LP Close But No Cigar. The band put out the album independently in 2016, and Colemine Records gives it a wide release in March.
All three musicians knew each other from the local soul scene. When Novo founded the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in 2015, Lamarr asked McGraw if he was interested in joining the band. After playing for a year with another guitarist in the group, Lamarr invited James to sit in as a substitute one night at the trio's regular Tuesday gig, and he never left. That's when the band truly found its sound. "We had chemistry right out of the gate, and that doesn't always happen," Lamarr says.
In fact, the keyboardist and guitarist say they're constantly engaged in a game of name-that-tune, throwing in licks from obscure soul or rhythm & blues tunes and seeing where the other takes it, while McGraw sits back in the pocket and keeps things moving. "It puts you on the edge of your seat, like, I don't know what's going to happen here," James says. "It's like going out into the middle of the forest with nothing, and there's bears and wolves all around, and seeing if you can make it out."
Their chemistry stems from each musician's unique abilities. James describes McGraw as having "that rare soul sound. He's got this light touch, but it still tells you, 'I'm here.' You feel it." Meanwhile, Lamarr holds down basslines on the organ that are so vivid that audience members sometimes ask where the bass player is. "His left hand is second to none," James says. "He's got that, but he's also got this wild approach. He goes for it, and he's fearless about it."
Though James is more modest about his own abilities -- "I mostly just go for what I feel," he says -- his bandmates complete the picture. "When Jimmy joined the band, everybody who was a regular at that club said, 'That's it: that's the band right there,'" Lamarr says.
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 (Production Manager).
Ethiopian Music's hypnotically funky rhythms and exotic tonality lay the foundation for Tezeta Band, an eight-piece ensemble that plays nostalgic instrumental soul music. With a sound rooted in Ethio-Jazz, Tezeta Band have been playing old-school African jams across clubs, festivals and restaurants to popular acclaim since 2008. The group was created by members of legendary 90s Portland hip-hop group, Five Fingers of Funk, who became obsessed with the catchy melodies and pulsing grooves introduced on the French compilation series, Ethiopiques. 10 years later Tezeta Band still creates energetic and soulful music inspired by the golden age of Ethiopia. Tezeta Band has had the distinct honor to open for and share the stage with such legends as, Mahmoud Ahmed, Aster Aweke, Toots & the Maytals, Hugh Masekela,& Vieux Farke Toure. In 2016 Tezeta Band self-released a full length LP "The Origin of Night life" and their music has been featured on several internationally known compilations, Noise and Chill Out: Ethiopian Groove Worldwide and Beyond Addis 1 & 2. In 2014 Tezeta Band's music was also used in the award winning independent documentary "Zemene". Their version of Mahmoud Ahmed's single "Gizie Degu Neger" was also voted into the top local songs of 2015 by jazz radio KMHD. In their tenth year of existence, Tezeta Band is hard at work on a new album of original material with hopes of a release later this year. Tezeta Band consists of members of 90s Hip-Hop band, The Five Fingers of Funk: Ted Hille/ Saxophone, Tim Cook / Keyboards. Curt Bieker/Trombone, Josh Prewitt/ Trumpet, Talbott Guthrie/drums, and also features Percussionist Jim Fisher, Guitarist Brent Martens (Ural Thomas & the Pain ) & Bassist Arcellus Sykes (Ural Thomas & the Pain).
ANDAZ is the longest-running Desi dance party in the world! A transportive experience that has enraptured feverishly dancing crowds for nearly 16 years.
Featuring hosts and resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid.
DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have spent more than fifteen years igniting dance floors with cutting edge music not limited by borders or language. They host the longest-running Bhangra and Bollywood party in the world (Andaz est. 2002), co-founded the Pacific Northwest's first Global Bass dance party (Atlas 2003-2013) and host two weekly radio shows on XRAY.FM and KBOO.FM. Few DJs can be said to have changed the sound of their city but that is exactly what DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have accomplished since they first introduced Portland, Oregon nightclub audiences to the many varied sounds of Global Bass at a raucous New Year's Eve debut in 2000. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the heavy dance floor artillery of South Asia, but the duo scour the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local music traditions with window-rattling production. Anjali and The Kid regularly perform at festivals including five sets at the Sasquatch! Music Festival (2011), Decibel, MusicfestNW, Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Beloved, Photosynthesis, Soul'd Out, Portland International Film Festival, Indian Summer Festival, Kaleidoscope and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. They have guested at the legendary Basement Bhangra (NYC) numerous times as well as Non Stop Bhangra (SF), iBomba (NYC) and Bhangrateque (Chicago.)
After making a name for themselves in their hometown's raucous house party circuit, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid introduced the Portland, Oregon nightclub scene to the sounds of Bhangra, Bollywood and Global Bass on New Year's Eve 2000. A series of residencies followed, beginning with a night at the legendary Blackbird, and the duo began hosting their ANDAZ dance parties in July of 2002. The party's focus on hardcore Panjabi Bhangra and the latest electronic confections from the Bollywood film industry continue to pack the dance floor after 12 years. While ANDAZ was still in the bloom of youth, Anjali and The Kid founded the revolutionary dance night ATLAS (with co-host/DJ E3) at Holocene in November of 2003 to introduce Portland to Global Bass sounds such as: Balkan Beats, Reggaeton, Funk Carioca, 3Ball Guarachero, Digital Cumbia, Urban Desi, French and Arabic Hip-Hop, Rai N B, Reggada, Dembow, Dubstep, Kuduro, Merengue Urbano and a host of other local and diasporic future musics. ATLAS was a vital party in Portland nightlife and the Global Bass scene internationally for more than nine years and remains the longest-running night in Holocene's history. In 2013 Anjali and The Kid initiated TROPITAAL: A Desi Latino Soundclash, their latest project.
Michalangela is a dynamic and powerful vocalist, whose emotive and engaging performance style captures the attention of any audience. Influenced by artists including Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Little Dragon and Emily King, Michalangela combines elements of neo-soul, R&B, jazz and rock into an intricate and accessible sound.
Michalangela is a crafter of story, a tireless technician and yet an unassuming and approachable performer. Over her 17-year musical career, Michalangela has worked alongside countless numbers of the NW's best musicians and has become a staple in the thriving Portland music scene. Some performance credits include opening for Robert Glasper in 2015 and singing with Liv Warfield at the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2016.
With her faith as the foundation and motivation for all she does, Michalangela plans to expand the reach of her live performances through touring, while continuing to write and release music, uniting her audience through the power of emotion and shared experience.
Kahulanui is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui, to Dad Rodgers L. L. Naipo, Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music." Throughout Hawaii in the 1920s and 30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrows from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Kahulanui's execution of big-band stylings evokes an era of smoke-filled bars alive with lindy-hopping dancers. Underlying this contemporary take on vintage music, moreover, is a cultural cohesiveness of enacting ku'i-of joining old and new. Like, awesome! Kahulanui is a quartet made up of the core instrumentation in contemporary Hawaiian music-Lolena Naipo, Jr. on guitar and Patrick Eskildsen on guitar and bass, and Robert Duke Tatom on 'ukulele, plus Tim Taylor on drums. The quartet is augmented by a full-blown horn section with Jesse Snyder and Bill Noble on saxophones, Dave Clausnitzer on trumpet, Vincenzo D'Angelo on trombone and on the iconic sound of steel guitar: Dwight Tokumoto.
Founders Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler have cast this 11-piece band in which nearly every member has had conservatory training, holding various degrees in music. In putting together the compositions and arrangements, the "b.s." has been stripped to give the audience something solid, unique, organic, real, and powerful. They have the look of New Orleans with the raw sound all their own -- music is a true definition of the "Richmond sound."
Based in Richmond, Virginia, No BS! Brass Band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. They take their music into uncharted territory, embracing the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk and fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound.
PA'LANTE plays a fiery, potent mix of highly danceable, uplifting salsa and Latin jazz. Their music ignites audience participation with its irresistible Afro Cuban, Latin, and Caribbean rhythms and its big 9-piece band sound.
A rich multicultural experience, a Pa'lante concert reflects the influences of Cuban and Latin music masters like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Mongo Santamaria, as well as the modern trends in Cuban and Caribbean music.
The band is beloved by dancers for their high-spirited presentation of salsa, timba, merengue, Cuban son, cumbia, cha cha cha and other danceable styles. The musicians are outstanding players, deeply accomplished in Latin music and jazz. They may even surprise you from time to time with an Afro Cuban folkloric number, always a treat. It has now come time to take a project that Phillips says, "Has been a works for a while," to the front of the line. With the ever funky Justin Calhoun on the drums and the exceptional Jason Butterworth on guitar Plutons is amping up for the Summer of 2016 with the release of their record "In The Bag".
Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one - man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community. The Blues Music Awards (form erly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000,2001,2003,2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and 2008. In 2007 Duke re ceived a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove - a - rama" CD and was also honored with the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for "excellence in the arts" along with actress Olympia Dukakis, actor Bob Colonna, and R.I. Choreographer/Festival Ballet direct or Mihailo "Misha" Djuric.The Pell award is named for Senator Claiborne Pell who help establish the the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities in 1965. Other awards over the last decade include three Canadian Maple Blues Awards in 2001, 2002, and 2 003 for "Best International Blues Artist," The Blues Foundation's "Producer of the Year" award in 2004, The French Blues Association "Album of the Year" award in 2002 (Living with the Blues) and "Guitarist of the Year" awards in 1999 and 2002. BB King hims elf has called Duke "One of the great players," The Houston Post called him "one of God's guitarists. And the New York Times says "Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality. None of that goes to Robillard's head. He's still on the road, stil l playing as many as 250 dates a year. And still proving, night after night, that his true talent is bringing people out to hear the music, appreciate the show, and dance to the blues. Duke had his first band in high school -- he was born in Woonsocket, Rho de Island -- and he was fascinated from the beginning by the ways in which jazz, swing, and the blues were linked. In 1967, he formed Roomful of Blues, and the band was tight enough and tough enough to accompany two of its heroes, Big Joe Turner and Eddie " Cleanhead" Vinson on record and in live appearances. Always ahead of his time, Duke's first band pre - dated the renewed interest in jump blues by more than a decade -- and almost 20 years later, in 1986, when he recorded with jazz sax master Scott Hamilton, he recorded a collection of classic big band tunes from the '30s and '40s, thus skillfully pre - dating the neo - Swing craze of the mid '90s. Roomful of Blues -- which still continues, forty years later -- gave Duke , the bands leader for 12 yrs, vocalist and guitar player, his first exposure to a wide public, and when he left the band he played briefly with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, then cut two albums with the Legendary Blues Band (a sterling collection of former members of Muddy Waters' band). He led hi s own band until 1990, and then replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds
Double MOBO Award winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, soul, and reggae.
She makes her eagerly anticipated Portland, Oregon debut at Jack London Revue on her "Coming to America" Tour.
YolanDa has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurance, Reggae Legend Bob Marley's son Julian, Raheem DeVaughn and Floacist from Floetry.
She is broadcaster - working on TV and Radio and interviewed musicians such as Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and Avery Sunshine for British Airways.
A foodie too, YolanDa and can complete a Rubik's cube in under 5 minutes... on a good day!
Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
She has played to Presidents and Heads of States and is a celebrity ambassador for the charities; Prince's Trust, Children and the Arts, as well as Chair of Youth Music.
With her new album Love Politics War topping the jazz charts, she is a real renaissance woman set to reach new heights.
Join YolanDa Brown for a fantastic evening of sunshine music, as she celebrates 10 Years in Music on her "Coming to America" Tour.
Andy McKee is among the world's finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.
McKee's crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today's most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee's tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.
Live performances of Andy's have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven't been able to attend a show and new fans alike.
"I've always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I've felt it's something that has been missing from my collection of releases," says McKee. "This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like 'Drifting' and 'Rylynn', some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called 'Because It's There' played on harp guitar that I haven't released yet."
McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.
"I'm honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am," McKee stated. "To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I'm excited and proud to be a part of it."