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.
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.
Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures.
"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.
Energetic, attentive, and dynamic define Noah Simpson's trumpet playing. Joined by Charlie Brown, Milo Fultz, and Cory Limuaco, they strive to create forward thinking Black American music.
After graduating high school Noah began establishing himself around the Phoenix area as both a leader and sideman, performing in The Young Sounds Of Arizona, The PVCC Monday night big band, numerous SCC combos, as well as groups of his own. While attending SCC he had the privilege of studying with great local musicians such as Eric Rasmussen, Will Goble, and Fred Forney. After receiving the George Benson Honorary Scholarship, he attended Portland State University under the Brad Merserau scholarship while studying with George Colligan and Darrell Grant.
Now out of college he regularly performs with his own group all over the Pacific Northwest. Noah has performed with renowned musicians such as Lewis Nash, Bernard Purdie, Alex Acuna, Jaleel Shaw, Sean Jones, Dennis Rowland, and Dominick Farinacci. In addition, he has also toured around the country with groups such as Dirty Revival, The Polyphonic Spree, and Taina Asili.
The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra is the NW's premier dance band orchestra, specializing in lush, fully orchestrated original charts from the 1920s and 30s!
Tim Rose is a funk/soul songwriter from Honolulu, Hawaii. A Tacoma born, Hawaii raised funky white boy; ‘Soulful’, ‘Organic’, ‘Funky’, and ‘Smooth’ are words regularly equated with his music. Now based in Los Angeles, he tours around the west coast promoting his brand new Visual Album “<3”. His voice is a rough blue velvet— His guitar playing a deep funk pocket. His 2018 release “<3” was created after years of sacrifice and soul searching deep in the funk jungles of Hawaii. The visual album counterpart to this album was funded by his fans to the tune of $30,000 on Kickstarter, a total fundraising of over $60,000. He is a full time performer, touring regularly and playing shows all over the world. He has a social media reach of 16,000, over 165,000 views on youtube, over 100,000 plays on Spotify — and plays over 200 shows a year. He’s had 3 songs he wrote and sang successfully synced on MTV, CBS, and CMT. He’s shared the stage with acts like Allen Stone, Sophistafunk, Lyrics Born, Deandre Brackensick and headlined successful club shows in Hawaii (Blue Note), Los Angeles (Hotel Cafe), Seattle (Triple Door), Portland (Jack London Revue) San Fransisco (Boom Boom Room), NAMM 2017-2019, ASCAP Expo, and his music videos “Be Myself”, “Sirens, and “Please please” have all garnered film festival “best music video” awards.
Jonny Cool also known galactically as Stargazer when traveling through the multiverse, is a music producer, songwriter, singer, performing artist and all around creative born and raised in Portland Oregon. Jonny has a smooth and soulful production style with heavy jazz influences that can be heard throughout much of his music. Jonny has a truly original sound and unique style with his strong ties to Jupiter a cosmic vibe can be felt in many of his songs.
The youngest of 5 Jonny grew up in a heavily musically influenced family. Music was continuously playing throughout the house on a daily basis and both of his parents considered music as their main profession. His late mother Stella was a soulful jazz singer who graced many Portland stages throughout the years. While Jonny’s father Jimmy is a world-renowned keyboardist who played with some of the greats. Its no wonder Jonny would become inspired to follow suit. From a very young age Jonny always had a love for music and the arts. Jonny was given his very first version of FL studios in his teens by his late uncle and which inevitably led to a deep love for producing & composing music. Jonny’s been producing music for a little over 11 years now and has worked with many different artists and made several placements with big name companies such as Nike, Wilson Sporting goods, Marmoset & BMG. Jonny also composed music for the award winning documentary “Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon”
Jonny spent the majority of the last couple years touring the pacific northwest with his 9 piece jazz inspired funky hip-hop band and graced many of Portland’s biggest stages including the Crystal Ballroom, The Roseland, The Wonder Ballroom, The Hawthorne Theater, The Jack London and Pickathon to name a few. It was during this time Jonny began working as in-house producer for Warner Brothers artist TYuS and the Rose Tribe collective. Shortly after working with TYuS Jonny began also working on music at BMG studios in LA and Marmoset in Portland creating different production pieces for their respective catalogs. Beginning to prick the ears of other industry professionals it became time to make the move to New York City to begin working with different artists.
Jonny has an exciting 2019 planned for us, he’s been spending his time in the studio working on different production assignments as well as his own debut album. Currently you can listen his “Fall into Winter, Spring into Summer” instrumental series. “Fall into Winter, Spring into Summer” is composed of 48 different instrumentals all touching on different production styles, there’s something for everyone. The motivation for the project was to make the listener feel as if they were in the different seasons by encompassing all the different sound textures. We hope you enjoy,.to stay up to date with the latest from Jonny Cool sign up for our mailing list! Where you'll be the first to hear about new music, upcoming shows, and exclusive merchandise and other promotional offers.
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Second Wind Jazz was formed with one basic premise: Nothing's better than enjoying the saxes-and-brass sounds of Big Band arrangements … except playing those great arrangements! We've been keeping the Big Band sound alive in the Portland area since November 10, 1998. Glenn Miller's classic charts, the swinging sounds of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, lush ballads, the brassy charts of Stan Kenton, a little bossa nova, the jump swing of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy—if it makes us smile and say "Oh yeah!" we'll play it. Come spend an evening with us—whether you boogie the night away on the dance floor or just kick back and tap your feet, we think you'll have a good time.
The Other Favorites is the long time duo project of Carson McKee and Josh Turner. Perhaps best known for their performances on YouTube, which have garnered millions of views. The Other Favorites are now based out of Brooklyn, NY. Together, Turner and McKee bring their shared influences of folk, bluegrass and classic rock into a modern framework; one distinguished by incisive songwriting, virtuosic guitar work and tight two-part harmony.
Reina del Cid is a singer songwriter and leader of the eponymous folk rock band based in Minnesota. Her song-a-week video series, Sunday Mornings with Reina del Cid, has amassed 24 million views on YouTube and collected a diverse following made up of everyone from jamheads to college students to white-haired intelligentsia. In 2011 she began collaborating with Toni Lindgren, who is the lead guitarist on all three of Del Cid’s albums, as well as a frequent and much beloved guest on the Sunday Morning videos. The two have adapted their sometimes hard-hitting rock ballads and catchy pop riffs into a special acoustic duo set which they will tour in Europe and the United States this year.