Upcoming Shows


Saturday

7/16/22

 

* SOLD OUT *

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Wes Georgiev, piano

Robert Lassila, bass

Jason Palmer, drums

 

@ Mood Indigo

61400 S Hwy 97
Bend, Oregon USA


6:30 - 8:30 pm


Reservations Required - Tickets Sell Out Quickly!

(Click here for details)

 

Wes Georgiev is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a multicultural and musical household, Wes began playing music at a very young age, learning the rhythms and tones of Bulgarian folk music by ear with the guidance of his parents. He then began 9 years of classical piano study, and transitioned to learning the Black American Music idiom known as jazz at age 12. In his music, Wes aims to transcend notions of 'genre' to tell stories steeped in natural, archetypal themes, allowing listeners to superimpose their own stories and experiences as a means to find healing. Wes performs several times a week throughout the region as a sideman and band leader at venues such as the 1905, The Jazz Station, Jo Bar, Vino Veritas, Teutonic Wine Company, Jack London Revue, Clyde's Prime Rib, Wilf's, and others. He has worked with Rob Scheps, John Stowell, George Colligan, Ron Steen, Mark Zaleski, Jon Lakey, Bobby Torres, Nicole McCabe, Noah Simpson, Andres Moreno, and more. Wes studies privately with George Colligan and Alan Jones. He is currently a junior in the Jazz Department of the School of Music and Theater at Portland State University where he is completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

 

 

 

Robert Lassila is a bassist and composer living in Eugene, Oregon. Growing up in Bend, Oregon, Robert played the bass clarinet and electric bass in high school. Upon starting college at the University of Oregon, he started learning acoustic bass. Since then, he has become active in the Eugene music scene, playing jazz, orchestral, and worship music. Robert's compositional side mostly focuses on writing jazz music for small and large ensembles. Robert has studied composition and arranging with Paul Krueger and Steve Owen, while studying bass performance with Tyler Abbott. Currently a senior in the jazz studies program at UO, he will be pursuing a master's in jazz studies at UO next year, filling a teaching assistant position.

 

 


Drummer Jason Palmer is a percussionist and educator who is active throughout Oregon, the United States, and internationally. His performances include appearances at St. Peter's Church and the Knitting Factory in New York, the Rochester Jazz Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, The Sitka Jazz Festival, and Jazz Festival Calgary. Regionally, he has performed at The Waterfront Blues Festival, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music.

 

Since 1995, Jason has performed and recorded with such artists as Danilo Perez, John Clayton, Ben Monder, Ron Miles, Dave Frishberg, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Zorn, Steve Wilson, Lizz Wright, Sheryl Bailey, Chuck Redd, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Randy Porter, and George Colligan. His recordings have been reviewed in Cadence, All About Jazz, and the All Music Guide.

 

He attended the University of Oregon, where he received both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Music. As a student, Jason had the opportunity to perform in a variety of student ensembles as well as with guest artists such as Nancy King, Bobby Shew, John Hollenbeck, and Gary Versace. His pop and rock music experience includes work with Allen Toussaint, Mason Williams, Sonny Turner of the Coasters, Ruth Brown, and Satin Love Orchestra.

 

Active in education, Jason is currently the Department Chair of Music, Dance, and Theater at Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus in Oregon. Recently, he has also taught at Western Oregon University, Umpqua Community College, and Lane Community College.

 

Sunday

7/17/22

 

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Wes Georgiev, piano

 

@ Maragas Winery

15223 US-97
Culver, Oregon USA


1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Wes Georgiev is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a multicultural and musical household, Wes began playing music at a very young age, learning the rhythms and tones of Bulgarian folk music by ear with the guidance of his parents. He then began 9 years of classical piano study, and transitioned to learning the Black American Music idiom known as jazz at age 12. In his music, Wes aims to transcend notions of 'genre' to tell stories steeped in natural, archetypal themes, allowing listeners to superimpose their own stories and experiences as a means to find healing. Wes performs several times a week throughout the region as a sideman and band leader at venues such as the 1905, The Jazz Station, Jo Bar, Vino Veritas, Teutonic Wine Company, Jack London Revue, Clyde's Prime Rib, Wilf's, and others. He has worked with Rob Scheps, John Stowell, George Colligan, Ron Steen, Mark Zaleski, Jon Lakey, Bobby Torres, Nicole McCabe, Noah Simpson, Andres Moreno, and more. Wes studies privately with George Colligan and Alan Jones. He is currently a junior in the Jazz Department of the School of Music and Theater at Portland State University where he is completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

 

Friday

7/22/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

George Colligan, piano

 

@ New Seasons

4500 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:00 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called "The Endless Mysteries" and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan's musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette's New Quintet. Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion (melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth (jazztruth.blogspot.com).

 

Thursday

7/28/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

George Colligan, piano

 

@ Methven Vineyards

130 SW 7th Street
Dundee, Oregon USA


5:00 - 8:00 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called "The Endless Mysteries" and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan's musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette's New Quintet. Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion (melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth (jazztruth.blogspot.com).

 

Tuesday

8/2/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Perry Thoorsell, bass

 

@ Maeve

6664 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:00 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated


Space is limited
Reserve your spot: Paula@PaulaByrneMusic.com

 

 


Performances or recordings with Smith Dobson, Jessica Williams, Larry Vuckovich, Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Mark Levine, Joe Henderson, Jamie Davis, Marvin Stamm, Kurt Elling and Tootie Heath. Live shows accompanying Bobby Rydell, Dick Contino, Julius LaRosa, Rita Moreno, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Pete Barbutti, Jim Baily, Jerry Vale, Diahann Carroll and Frankie Laine. Musical Theater credits include "Stardust," "By George," "Godspell," "In the Heights," and "Camelot." Festival performances include PDXJazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Stanford Jazz Festival.


 

Friday

8/5/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Mike Horsfall, keys

Dennis Caiazza, bass

 

@ Thai Lahnna

7937 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


5:30 - 7:30 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

Mike Horsfall has enjoyed a successful and diverse musical career for over 35 years, serving as a performer, educator, composer, arranger, recording artist and concert soloist on both piano and vibraphone. He has performed and recorded with a large number of world class musicians, including Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Leroy Vinegar, Chuck Redd, Holly Hofman, and Rebecca Kilgore, and has worked with such notable groups as Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 Mike co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which went to perform, record, and educate for over 20 years. They became the first ensemble to be voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon's Hall of Fame. Mike currently serves on the music faculty at Willamette University, Mt. Hood Community College, and Oregon Episcopal School.

 

 

Dennis Caiazza, originally from Rochester, New York, earned a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar and Lute from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. He then did extensive graduate work on string bass in the Jazz Studies Program at The Eastman School. Dennis has been a full-time professional musician for over 25 years. Before moving to Atlanta in 1992, Dennis played and sang regularly with the Gap Mangione Jazz Trio and Big Band, and also performed and recorded with jazz greats Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels and Marian McPartland. In 1998 Dennis formed "Swing Factory," an eight piece swing band that played in and around the Southeast, recorded two internationally acclaimed CD's, and remained a popular force on the jazz and swing scene for over three years. Since moving to the Northwest in 2002, Dennis has had the privilege to work with some of its great musicians and world class entertainers, including Don Rickles, Ramsey Embick , Ron Steen, John Stowell, Tony Pacini, Dave Frishberg, Tom Grant, Gary Hobbs, Dan Balmer, Rob Davis, Kenny Hing, Bill Beach, Nu Shooz and The Woody Hite Big Band.

 

Friday

8/12/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Vince Frates, keys

Liam Hathaway, bass

Tim Rapp, drums

 

@ Thai Lahnna

7937 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:30 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist Vince Frates has established a diverse career in television and film music. Among his credits are TV themes, sound tracks, film trailers and promotional advertisements of every stripe.

As a composer for Nonstop Music, Vince has written music for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, RTL and CNN as well as Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, HBO, and Universal. His compositions have been used as themes, underscores and promos in video productions heard around the world.

Vince keeps his fingers moving by playing with many fine players that reside in his hometown of Portland Oregon. He enjoys playing keyboards with singers, ensembles and as a soloist.

Vince offers his clients a deep bag of compositional possibilities including orchestral scoring, hybrid orchestration, world, soul, blues, rock, alternative and jazz. Using his gift for understanding and supporting the essence of a project, Vince enjoys finding musical solutions for his clients. He believes, "Anything that can be imagined can be said with music."

 

 

His passion for music beginning with the tuba, and the piano, Liam Hathaway then began playing bass 10 years ago. He grew up in Newberg, Oregon, where he became the self-taught musician that is known in the Portland jazz scene today. He later studied at Portland State University with the great George Colligan. Playing with Colligan, Ron Steen, in his own groups, and in other young cats' ensembles, Liam has played hundreds of gigs at bars, restaurants, weddings, and various events in and around Portland. His undying love for free, avant-garde, and standard jazz has been brought on by Ornette Coleman, Richard Davis, Don Cherry, Miles Davis, and more. He has recorded albums with Keith Cheek, Shaymus Hanlin, and soon releasing his own album entitled "The Farm".

 

 

Drummer Timothy Rap grew up in the Pacific Northwest playing with and learning from some of the region's finest musicians, including Shirley Nanette, Nancy King, John Stowell, and Obo Addy. After studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he returned to Portland and has maintained a busy schedule as a performer and educator. Tim is a longtime member of the Tony Pacini Trio, and can also be heard playing with the Ed Bennett Quintet, the Ben Graves Trio/Quartet featuring Andre St James and Eddie Skip Parente, Dan Schulte's Strange Pilgrims, and many other groups. He is an adjunct faculty member of West Linn High School and Mt Hood Community College where he teaches percussion and jazz drum set.

 

Saturday

8/13/22

 


Paula Byrne Trio

 

Paula Byrne, vocals

Brandon Nelson, piano

Laurent Nickel, bass

 

Private Event

Corbett, Oregon USA

 

5:00 pm

 


Brandon Nelson began his piano studies at the age of 12 in Mount Vernon, WA. He graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with a degree in Piano Performance with a Jazz Emphasis. During his studies, Brandon studied directly from renowned musicians Brian Ward, Gerald Berthiaume, and Greg Yasinitsky. Brandon is a prizewinner in multiple competitions, including the Washington State Music Teachers Association's District One Recital (2011), Phase I Scholarship Competition (2012-2016), and The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (2015 and 2016). In 2016, Brandon was also selected as the pianist to play at Hamp's Club. Currently a working musician, Brandon is playing with jazz and rock groups around Vancouver and Portland.

Laurent Nickel plays monthly with the Laura Cunard Trio, the Mike Horsfall Trio, and several other groups. On the cello he is a standing member of St James Lutheran Church's Bach Cantata series and performs occasionally in early music ensembles. He maintains both modern and baroque period basses and cellos. Also active in the LGTBQ community, he organizes a monthly jazz presentation at Scandals PDX every last Sunday.


Friday

8/19/22

 

* SOLD OUT *

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Vince Frates, keys

 

@ Durant Vineyards

5430 NE Breyman Orchards Road
Dayton, Oregon USA


5:30 - 7:30 pm


Reservations Required - Tickets Sell Out Quickly!

(Click here for details)

 

Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist Vince Frates has established a diverse career in television and film music. Among his credits are TV themes, sound tracks, film trailers and promotional advertisements of every stripe.

As a composer for Nonstop Music, Vince has written music for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, RTL and CNN as well as Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, HBO, and Universal. His compositions have been used as themes, underscores and promos in video productions heard around the world.

Vince keeps his fingers moving by playing with many fine players that reside in his hometown of Portland Oregon. He enjoys playing keyboards with singers, ensembles and as a soloist.

Vince offers his clients a deep bag of compositional possibilities including orchestral scoring, hybrid orchestration, world, soul, blues, rock, alternative and jazz. Using his gift for understanding and supporting the essence of a project, Vince enjoys finding musical solutions for his clients. He believes, "Anything that can be imagined can be said with music."

 

Thursday

8/25/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

George Colligan, piano

 

@ Methven Vineyards

130 SW 7th Street
Dundee, Oregon USA


5:00 - 8:00 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called "The Endless Mysteries" and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan's musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette's New Quintet. Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion (melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth (jazztruth.blogspot.com).

 

Friday

8/26/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Wes Georgiev, keys

Perry Thoorsell, bass

Charlie Doggett, drums

 

@ Thai Lahnna

7937 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:30 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

 

 

Wes Georgiev is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a multicultural and musical household, Wes began playing music at a very young age, learning the rhythms and tones of Bulgarian folk music by ear with the guidance of his parents. He then began 9 years of classical piano study, and transitioned to learning the Black American Music idiom known as jazz at age 12. In his music, Wes aims to transcend notions of 'genre' to tell stories steeped in natural, archetypal themes, allowing listeners to superimpose their own stories and experiences as a means to find healing. Wes performs several times a week throughout the region as a sideman and band leader at venues such as the 1905, The Jazz Station, Jo Bar, Vino Veritas, Teutonic Wine Company, Jack London Revue, Clyde's Prime Rib, Wilf's, and others. He has worked with Rob Scheps, John Stowell, George Colligan, Ron Steen, Mark Zaleski, Jon Lakey, Bobby Torres, Nicole McCabe, Noah Simpson, Andres Moreno, and more. Wes studies privately with George Colligan and Alan Jones. He is currently a junior in the Jazz Department of the School of Music and Theater at Portland State University where he is completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

 

 


Performances or recordings with Smith Dobson, Jessica Williams, Larry Vuckovich, Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Mark Levine, Joe Henderson, Jamie Davis, Marvin Stamm, Kurt Elling and Tootie Heath. Live shows accompanying Bobby Rydell, Dick Contino, Julius LaRosa, Rita Moreno, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Pete Barbutti, Jim Baily, Jerry Vale, Diahann Carroll and Frankie Laine. Musical Theater credits include "Stardust," "By George," "Godspell," "In the Heights," and "Camelot." Festival performances include PDXJazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Stanford Jazz Festival.


 

(excerpt from Jazz at Joes):
Charlie Doggett was born in Oregon and began playing drums at an early age. His first paying job as a musician was at the age 15. Up to this point Doggett was mostly self taught and he credits his uncle, (who played trumpet), with showing him how to hold the drumsticks. His first formal teachers were at the University of Oregon and included drummers Chris Lee, Alan Jones, and pianist Gary Versace.

Upon graduating from the U of O, Doggett was employed by both the University of Oregon and Lane Community College teaching drum set and percussion. He later relocated to Portland, Oregon where he currently resides.

Doggett has performed extensively throughout the Northwest, West Coast, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of Upper Left Trio, a group comprised of pianist Clay Giberson and bassist Jeff Leonard. This piano trio has been together for nearly a decade and has four releases to date on the Origin Arts Label... "Cycling", "Sell Your Soul Side", "Three", and "Ulternative".

 

Friday

9/2/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Brandon Nelson, keys

Garrett Baxter, bass

Brent Follis, drums

 

@ Thai Lahnna

7937 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:30 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 


Brandon Nelson began his piano studies at the age of 12 in Mount Vernon, WA. He graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with a degree in Piano Performance with a Jazz Emphasis. During his studies, Brandon studied directly from renowned musicians Brian Ward, Gerald Berthiaume, and Greg Yasinitsky. Brandon is a prizewinner in multiple competitions, including the Washington State Music Teachers Association's District One Recital (2011), Phase I Scholarship Competition (2012-2016), and The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (2015 and 2016). In 2016, Brandon was also selected as the pianist to play at Hamp's Club. Currently a working musician, Brandon is playing with jazz and rock groups around Vancouver and Portland.

 

 


Garrett Baxter is one of the many young and exciting musicians in Eugene's jazz scene. Garrett earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies: Bass Performance in 2020. In June of 2020, he was chosen for the Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Performer award. In addition to performing as a bandleader, he has also performed in bands led by Idit Shner, Roger Woods, Joe Manis, Tony Glausi, Dan Gaynor, Paul Krueger, Steve Owen, Toby Koenigsburg, Torrey Newhart, Josh Hettwer, and Mike Denny. He also had the opportunity of performing in the Javon Jackson Quartet at the Jazz Station. Through his time at the University of Oregon, Garrett has shared the stage and taken lessons with some of his musical inspirations, including Linda May Han Oh, Ben Wendel, Walter Smith III, Kendrick Scott, Terrell Stafford, Josh Nelson, Jay Thomas, and more. At UO, he was a member of the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, UO’s premier large jazz ensemble, as well the JazzArts Oregon Combo, UO’s top small ensemble. He was also a member of the UO Symphony Orchestra.

In 2017, Garrett began studying privately in Portland with Chuck Israels, great bassist best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966. While at UO, he studied both classical and jazz bass with Tyler Abbott, jazz with Idit Shner, and composition with Steve Owen and Paul Krueger.


 

 


Raised on a farm in Southern Illinois, the first thing Brent Follis can remember is picking up a pair of wooden spoons, and tapping out rhythms on some old popcorn tins. Since then, his journey has led him cross country and around the globe, performing music for thousands of people, while in search of inspiration and culture.

After receiving his degree in Advertising and music performance from Southern Illinois University, he transplanted himself in the fertile soil of the Pacific Northwest. After receiving a call from a friend and musical writing partner on the East Coast, and needing to fulfill his yearning for diversity, culture, and thin crust pizza, he moved to New York City.

After a decade of performing, traveling, and immersing himself deep within the trenches of NYC, he made the sojourn back to the Rose City, where he maintains a busy recording and performance schedule, and can be found backing up many talented singer-songwriters, jazz and pop artists.

 

Friday

9/9/22

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Byrne Sings!

@ Wilf's Restaurant

600 NW 6th Avenue

Portland, Oregon

 

featuring

Paula Byrne, vocals

Steve Christofferson, piano

Tom Wakeling, bass

 

7:00 - 9:30 pm

 

 

Steve Christofferson has been described as "one of the Northwest's most inventive pianists," (Willamette Week) with "a deft, lyrical touch and fevered imagination." (Victoria Times-Colonist) His trio is "focused, a very cohesive group capable of exploring standards and lesser-known jazz pieces with a soul and drive that hearkens all the way back to Monk, Garner and Bud Powell." (Cadence Magazine) His originals are "among the best compositions you'll hear on the local scene," (Dan DePrez) and David Frishberg says "Steve gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste; he's one of my favorite piano players."

 

 

For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work at jazz festivals, concert halls, and jazz clubs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Tom has performed with many jazz greats, including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, Benny Golson, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Watts, Scott Hamilton, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, and Herb Geller. Among the rhythm section greats he has performed with are Albert "Tootie" Heath, Jeff Hamilton, Mickey Roker, Lewis Nash, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Mike Clark, Chuck Redd, Dave Frishberg, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway, Mike Wofford, Art Lande, and Bruce Forman.

As Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon (now retired) Tom oversaw the design and construction of the college's first performing arts building on behalf of the Music Department. CCC's Niemeyer Center for the Arts continues to serve as a model for other institutions that are planning their own facilities. Tom's book on arts facility planning is a helpful guide for those who are involved in planning for construction or renovation of their own facilities. He also created Oregon's first and only state-approved Professional-Technical Certificate in Music Technology.

 

 

Friday

9/16/22

 

 

 

 

Twilight Jazz

 

featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Randy Porter, piano

 

6:00 - 8:00 pm

 

 

"Twilight Jazz" ~ an intimate duo format featuring the sultry vocals of Paula Byrne and stellar accompaniment of pianist Randy Porter.

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

Randy Porter has toured Europe with bassist David Friesen and has performed on several recordings with Friesen. Friesen’s 2001 Trio CD, Name of a Woman, received 4 stars from Downbeat in June of 2002 and featured Porter as pianist and composer. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli; Porter’s pianistic contributions can be heard on Vannelli’s CD’s, Yonder Tree, Slow Love and Canto.


 

Sunday

9/18/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Steve Christofferson, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

 

@ Maeve

6664 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


2:00 - 4:00 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated


Space is limited
Reserve your spot: Paula@PaulaByrneMusic.com

 

 

Steve Christofferson has been described as "one of the Northwest's most inventive pianists," (Willamette Week) with "a deft, lyrical touch and fevered imagination." (Victoria Times-Colonist) His trio is "focused, a very cohesive group capable of exploring standards and lesser-known jazz pieces with a soul and drive that hearkens all the way back to Monk, Garner and Bud Powell." (Cadence Magazine) His originals are "among the best compositions you'll hear on the local scene," (Dan DePrez) and David Frishberg says "Steve gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste; he's one of my favorite piano players."

 

 

Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. In 1985 he joined the Mel Brown Quintet with which he recorded the award winning 'Gordon Bleu' CD. During this time Tim had the opportunity to play with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. In 1988 Tim won 2nd place in an international bass competition in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter substituted for John Clayton with 'Slide Hampton and the New Jazz Masters' in a concert in Sacramento. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and substituted on a regular basis with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Friday

9/23/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Todd Marston, keys

Dave Captein, bass

Brent Follis, drums

 

@ Thai Lahnna

7937 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:30 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

Todd Marston has pursued a diverse musical career ever since his days playing in both punk bands and jazz combos as a teenager. His love of music has guided him to receive a jazz piano education at Berklee College of Music, tour nationally as a sideman with singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell and indie folk rock band The Grownup Noise, and perform extensively in Asia with the Sam Hooper Band and Mike Null's Soulcasters. However, Todd's main passion has always been composing and songwriting. In 2012, one of his original projects, Boston-based instrumental quartet Choose to Find, released their 2nd album titled Songs Without Words. This music draws on influences ranging from post rock to minimalist classical music. Todd's composition, Above Water (featured on Songs Without Words) won 5th place in the 2013 Indie International Songwriting Contest. Todd is currently pursuing a master's degree in music & wellness at Portland State University. In his studies, he has worked under the tutelage of notable pianists/educators Joanne Brackeen, Charlie Banacos, Lisa Marsh and George Colligan.

 

 

 

 

Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. A Portland native, he studied with Alice Leyden (Portland Opera Orchestra), Herman Jobelmann (Principal, Oregon Symphony), Ring Warner, James Harnett (Principal, Seattle Symphony) and Chuck Deardorf (Seattle Jazz Bassist). A music graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, where he was awarded a composition scholarship, Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe.

 

He has worked with many well known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community there, frequently appearing in the city's many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios. He is a favorite choice for the region's many bandleaders and always in demand for his solid sound, time and feel, as well as his soloing abilities. He has played on numerous local artists' CD's, as well as nationally distributed releases by Tom Grant and Jessica Williams. He has also been a long time instructor, having taught at the University of Oregon for 10 years, he now teaches privately from his home in S.E. Portland and at Lewis and Clark College.

 

He has appeared with Mose Allison, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow, Art Lande, Red Holloway, Ernestine Anderson, Jack Sheldon, Nu Shooz, Marlena Shaw, Frankie Avalon, Jeff Clayton, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Andy Narell, Jerry Hahn, Dave Frishberg, Randy Brecker, Steve Million, Ron Miles, Rick Braun, Kenny Drew Jr., Jessica Williams (appearing on 10 of her CD's), Joey De Francesco, Eric Alexander, Pete Christlieb, Gary Smulyan, Ron Eschete, Bud Shank, Ingrid Jensen, Jackie Naylor, Bobby Shew, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Steve Allen and Paul Smith, Bill Mays, Jeff Lorber, Benny Green and local luminaries such as Ron Steen, Mel Brown, Dan Balmer, Gary Hobbs and Rebecca Kilgore.

 

 


Raised on a farm in Southern Illinois, the first thing Brent Follis can remember is picking up a pair of wooden spoons, and tapping out rhythms on some old popcorn tins. Since then, his journey has led him cross country and around the globe, performing music for thousands of people, while in search of inspiration and culture.

After receiving his degree in Advertising and music performance from Southern Illinois University, he transplanted himself in the fertile soil of the Pacific Northwest. After receiving a call from a friend and musical writing partner on the East Coast, and needing to fulfill his yearning for diversity, culture, and thin crust pizza, he moved to New York City.

After a decade of performing, traveling, and immersing himself deep within the trenches of NYC, he made the sojourn back to the Rose City, where he maintains a busy recording and performance schedule, and can be found backing up many talented singer-songwriters, jazz and pop artists.

 

Saturday

9/24/22

 

Outdoor Seating

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Wes Georgiev, piano

Liam Hathaway, bass

 

@ Methven Vineyards

130 SW 7th Street
Dundee, Oregon USA


5:00 - 8:00 pm
No Cover -- $ Tips $ Appreciated

 

Wes Georgiev is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a multicultural and musical household, Wes began playing music at a very young age, learning the rhythms and tones of Bulgarian folk music by ear with the guidance of his parents. He then began 9 years of classical piano study, and transitioned to learning the Black American Music idiom known as jazz at age 12. In his music, Wes aims to transcend notions of 'genre' to tell stories steeped in natural, archetypal themes, allowing listeners to superimpose their own stories and experiences as a means to find healing. Wes performs several times a week throughout the region as a sideman and band leader at venues such as the 1905, The Jazz Station, Jo Bar, Vino Veritas, Teutonic Wine Company, Jack London Revue, Clyde's Prime Rib, Wilf's, and others. He has worked with Rob Scheps, John Stowell, George Colligan, Ron Steen, Mark Zaleski, Jon Lakey, Bobby Torres, Nicole McCabe, Noah Simpson, Andres Moreno, and more. Wes studies privately with George Colligan and Alan Jones. He is currently a junior in the Jazz Department of the School of Music and Theater at Portland State University where he is completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

 

 

His passion for music beginning with the tuba, and the piano, Liam Hathaway then began playing bass 10 years ago. He grew up in Newberg, Oregon, where he became the self-taught musician that is known in the Portland jazz scene today. He later studied at Portland State University with the great George Colligan. Playing with Colligan, Ron Steen, in his own groups, and in other young cats' ensembles, Liam has played hundreds of gigs at bars, restaurants, weddings, and various events in and around Portland. His undying love for free, avant-garde, and standard jazz has been brought on by Ornette Coleman, Richard Davis, Don Cherry, Miles Davis, and more. He has recorded albums with Keith Cheek, Shaymus Hanlin, and soon releasing his own album entitled "The Farm".

 

Sunday

10/9/22

 


Paula Byrne Trio

 

featuring Randy Porter, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

 

Private Event

Beaverton, Oregon USA

 

5:00 pm

 

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards, Randy's recent release Porter Plays Porter with Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmony and lyrical adventure. In the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, tunes featuring Nancy King are interspersed with instrumental tracks featuring the Randy Porter Trio. This album is produced with an intimate listening environment in mind. John Wiitala on bass and Todd Strait on drums bring their wonderful swing skill set and intuition to Randy's arrangements of Cole Porter tunes Randy's original song, Inside Your Mind, adds to the poignancy and beauty of this project.

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

 

 

Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. In 1985 he joined the Mel Brown Quintet with which he recorded the award winning 'Gordon Bleu' CD. During this time Tim had the opportunity to play with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. In 1988 Tim won 2nd place in an international bass competition in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter substituted for John Clayton with 'Slide Hampton and the New Jazz Masters' in a concert in Sacramento. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and substituted on a regular basis with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Thursday

10/13/22

 

 

 

 

 

Byrne & Bass

@ Wilf's Restaurant

600 NW 6th Avenue

Portland, Oregon

 

featuring

Paula Byrne, vocals

Tim Gilson, bass

 

7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

 

Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. In 1985 he joined the Mel Brown Quintet with which he recorded the award winning 'Gordon Bleu' CD. During this time Tim had the opportunity to play with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. In 1988 Tim won 2nd place in an international bass competition in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter substituted for John Clayton with 'Slide Hampton and the New Jazz Masters' in a concert in Sacramento. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and substituted on a regular basis with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

Saturday

10/15/22

 


Paula Byrne Quartet @ The Jazz Station

 

featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Randy Porter, piano

Dave Captein, bass

Charlie Doggett, drums

 

The Jazz Station

124 West Broadway

Eugene, Oregon USA

 

7:30-10:00 pm

 

$20

 

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards, Randy's recent release Porter Plays Porter with Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmony and lyrical adventure. In the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, tunes featuring Nancy King are interspersed with instrumental tracks featuring the Randy Porter Trio. This album is produced with an intimate listening environment in mind. John Wiitala on bass and Todd Strait on drums bring their wonderful swing skill set and intuition to Randy's arrangements of Cole Porter tunes Randy's original song, Inside Your Mind, adds to the poignancy and beauty of this project.

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

 

 

 

Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. A Portland native, he studied with Alice Leyden (Portland Opera Orchestra), Herman Jobelmann (Principal, Oregon Symphony), Ring Warner, James Harnett (Principal, Seattle Symphony) and Chuck Deardorf (Seattle Jazz Bassist). A music graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, where he was awarded a composition scholarship, Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe.

 

He has worked with many well known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community there, frequently appearing in the city's many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios. He is a favorite choice for the region's many bandleaders and always in demand for his solid sound, time and feel, as well as his soloing abilities. He has played on numerous local artists' CD's, as well as nationally distributed releases by Tom Grant and Jessica Williams. He has also been a long time instructor, having taught at the University of Oregon for 10 years, he now teaches privately from his home in S.E. Portland and at Lewis and Clark College.

 

He has appeared with Mose Allison, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow, Art Lande, Red Holloway, Ernestine Anderson, Jack Sheldon, Nu Shooz, Marlena Shaw, Frankie Avalon, Jeff Clayton, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Andy Narell, Jerry Hahn, Dave Frishberg, Randy Brecker, Steve Million, Ron Miles, Rick Braun, Kenny Drew Jr., Jessica Williams (appearing on 10 of her CD's), Joey De Francesco, Eric Alexander, Pete Christlieb, Gary Smulyan, Ron Eschete, Bud Shank, Ingrid Jensen, Jackie Naylor, Bobby Shew, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Steve Allen and Paul Smith, Bill Mays, Jeff Lorber, Benny Green and local luminaries such as Ron Steen, Mel Brown, Dan Balmer, Gary Hobbs and Rebecca Kilgore.

 

(excerpt from Jazz at Joes):
Charlie Doggett was born in Oregon and began playing drums at an early age. His first paying job as a musician was at the age 15. Up to this point Doggett was mostly self taught and he credits his uncle, (who played trumpet), with showing him how to hold the drumsticks. His first formal teachers were at the University of Oregon and included drummers Chris Lee, Alan Jones, and pianist Gary Versace.

Upon graduating from the U of O, Doggett was employed by both the University of Oregon and Lane Community College teaching drum set and percussion. He later relocated to Portland, Oregon where he currently resides.

Doggett has performed extensively throughout the Northwest, West Coast, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of Upper Left Trio, a group comprised of pianist Clay Giberson and bassist Jeff Leonard. This piano trio has been together for nearly a decade and has four releases to date on the Origin Arts Label... "Cycling", "Sell Your Soul Side", "Three", and "Ulternative".

 

Thursday

10/20/22

 


Paula Byrne @ Christo's Lounge

 

featuring Randy Porter, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

Charlie Doggett, drums

 

Christo's Lounge

1108 Broadway St., NE

Salem, Oregon USA

 

7:00 pm

 

Tickets $15 -- Reservations Highly Recommended

 

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards, Randy's recent release Porter Plays Porter with Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmony and lyrical adventure. In the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, tunes featuring Nancy King are interspersed with instrumental tracks featuring the Randy Porter Trio. This album is produced with an intimate listening environment in mind. John Wiitala on bass and Todd Strait on drums bring their wonderful swing skill set and intuition to Randy's arrangements of Cole Porter tunes Randy's original song, Inside Your Mind, adds to the poignancy and beauty of this project.

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

 

 

Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. In 1985 he joined the Mel Brown Quintet with which he recorded the award winning 'Gordon Bleu' CD. During this time Tim had the opportunity to play with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. In 1988 Tim won 2nd place in an international bass competition in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter substituted for John Clayton with 'Slide Hampton and the New Jazz Masters' in a concert in Sacramento. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and substituted on a regular basis with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.

 

(excerpt from Jazz at Joes):
Charlie Doggett was born in Oregon and began playing drums at an early age. His first paying job as a musician was at the age 15. Up to this point Doggett was mostly self taught and he credits his uncle, (who played trumpet), with showing him how to hold the drumsticks. His first formal teachers were at the University of Oregon and included drummers Chris Lee, Alan Jones, and pianist Gary Versace.

Upon graduating from the U of O, Doggett was employed by both the University of Oregon and Lane Community College teaching drum set and percussion. He later relocated to Portland, Oregon where he currently resides.

Doggett has performed extensively throughout the Northwest, West Coast, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of Upper Left Trio, a group comprised of pianist Clay Giberson and bassist Jeff Leonard. This piano trio has been together for nearly a decade and has four releases to date on the Origin Arts Label... "Cycling", "Sell Your Soul Side", "Three", and "Ulternative".

 

Sunday

10/30/22

 

 

 

 

Paula Byrne Sings !

 

with Steve Christofferson, piano

Laurent Nickel, bass

Brent Follis, drums

 

@ Scandals

1125 SW Harvey Milk Street

Portland, Oregon USA

 

2:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Steve Christofferson has been described as "one of the Northwest's most inventive pianists," (Willamette Week) with "a deft, lyrical touch and fevered imagination." (Victoria Times-Colonist) His trio is "focused, a very cohesive group capable of exploring standards and lesser-known jazz pieces with a soul and drive that hearkens all the way back to Monk, Garner and Bud Powell." (Cadence Magazine) His originals are "among the best compositions you'll hear on the local scene," (Dan DePrez) and David Frishberg says "Steve gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste; he's one of my favorite piano players."

 

Laurent Nickel plays monthly with the Laura Cunard Trio, the Mike Horsfall Trio, and several other groups. On the cello he is a standing member of St James Lutheran Church's Bach Cantata series and performs occasionally in early music ensembles. He maintains both modern and baroque period basses and cellos. Also active in the LGTBQ community, he organizes a monthly jazz presentation at Scandals PDX every last Sunday.


Raised on a farm in Southern Illinois, the first thing Brent Follis can remember is picking up a pair of wooden spoons, and tapping out rhythms on some old popcorn tins. Since then, his journey has led him cross country and around the globe, performing music for thousands of people, while in search of inspiration and culture.

After receiving his degree in Advertising and music performance from Southern Illinois University, he transplanted himself in the fertile soil of the Pacific Northwest. After receiving a call from a friend and musical writing partner on the East Coast, and needing to fulfill his yearning for diversity, culture, and thin crust pizza, he moved to New York City.

After a decade of performing, traveling, and immersing himself deep within the trenches of NYC, he made the sojourn back to the Rose City, where he maintains a busy recording and performance schedule, and can be found backing up many talented singer-songwriters, jazz and pop artists.

Sunday

12/4/22

 


Paula Byrne Quartet @ Jo Bar

 

featuring Randy Porter, piano

Bill Athens, bass

David Evans, horn

 

715 NW 23rd Avenue

Portland, Oregon USA

 

7:00 - 10:00 pm

No cover

 

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards, Randy's recent release Porter Plays Porter with Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmony and lyrical adventure. In the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, tunes featuring Nancy King are interspersed with instrumental tracks featuring the Randy Porter Trio. This album is produced with an intimate listening environment in mind. John Wiitala on bass and Todd Strait on drums bring their wonderful swing skill set and intuition to Randy's arrangements of Cole Porter tunes Randy's original song, Inside Your Mind, adds to the poignancy and beauty of this project.

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

 

 

Bill Athens is an accomplished performer on both double bass and electric bass, having worked as a professional musician for over 15 years in the Pacific Northwest. He studied with Ken Baldwin (Oregon Symphony), Glen Moore (Oregon, The Band), and Dan Schulte (Jazz Bassist). Bill is a music graduate of Portland State University. He has performed in a diverse range of genres, from Classical and Jazz to Rock and studio recording.

Bill has performed Internationally with Blues legend Earl Thomas and with Jazz power trio Trio Subtonic. He has performed with the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Tacoma Symphony, Bel Canto Northwest, and as a soloist with The Oregon Sinfonietta debuting a new work by local composer Don Appert. He performed with local Jazz luminaries such as: Mel Brown, Nancy King, Shirley Nanette, and Dan Balmer. as well international Jazz artists: Ben Wendell, Seamus Blake, Byron Stripling, Dominique Eade, and Dave Pietro. He has been a long time music instructor, teaching at Clark Community College, George Fox University, and The Great Basin Jazz Camp.

 

 

David Evans began playing professionally around the Southeast in his early teens. A scholarship to Loyola University brought him to New Orleans in 1984, where he played with local legends like Pete Fountain, Johnny Vidacovich and Luther Kent, and national acts like Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many others.

From 1986 to 1994, David was musical director on board the National Historic Landmark steamboat Delta Queen, performing as well as preparing special programs on different periods of American music for groups from The Smithsonian, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and backing special guests like B. B. King and Mose Allison.

A resident of Portland, Oregon since 1994, he has performed or recorded with Bill Bachmann, Dan Balmer, Dan Barrett, Mel Brown, Steve Christofferson, Dave Frishberg, Jim Goodwin, Tom Grant, Allen Hinds, Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Joe La Barbera, Storm Large, Glen Moore, Randy Porter, Todd Strait, Jay Thomas, The Chuck Israels Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Bridgetown Sextet, Midnight Serenaders and many others.

 

 

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