Janice M. Scroggins
The musical genius that is Janice Scroggins influenced countless musicians as well as music lovers. Ms Scroggins was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2013. She was featured soloist on Esperanza Spalding's latest Grammy. Award winning recording "Radio Music Society". Janice recorded with many artist including Bennie Maupin, Eddie Harris along with performing with Oscar Brown Jr, Fred Wesley, Javon Jackson, Bernard Purdie, Robert Cray, Steve Miller and Taj Mahal. Janice was keyboardist in Obo Addy's Kukrudu and performed with Thara Memory's Superband, Reggie Houston, and Michael Allen Harrison in the Ten Grands for 14 years. Ms Scroggins was involved in theatre and Portland-Beaverton school districts for 35 years. We are grateful for her contribution to Music in Oregon and her willingness to support the Tree of Life. She will not be forgotten.
Tim Ellis will be remembered by all who knew him. He was the last true "gentleman" of every music style and musician circle in Oregon. A father of 6 children, a committed husband and teacher - Tim Ellis was an Oregon resident for over 30 years, a professional guitarist, an award-winning composer, music producer, educator, and owner of Kung Fu Bakery Recording, one of the Northwest's premier music recording facilities. Ellis’ compositions were featured with the Oregon Symphony and The Bangkok Symphony orchestras. He perfomed with Tom Petty, Michael MacDonald, Warren Zevon, Little Feat, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, David Wilcox, Aaron Neville, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Don Felder (The Eagles), Spencer Davis, Rufus Wainwright, Jason Aldean, among many others. He recorded for Pink Martini (Heinz Records), Saori Yuki (EMI Japan), Val Gardena (Polygram Records), Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning (Windham Hill and Hearts of Space), Tom Grant (Verve Records), Craig Carothers (Atlantic Records). Ellis could be heard on many TV ads, shows and movies including Martin Scorcese’s "The Gangs of New York". He wrote spots for Nike, Westin Hotels, Intel, Coca Cola and Hewlitt Packard. Ellis produced countless records for Northwest artists, for OCP and created custom curriculum for the Portland Adventist Academy.
He was loved by all who had the honor to make music with him or hear him play.