TAKE A LOOK AT JUST SOME OF THE BIG NAME MUSICIANS THAT HAVE BEEN AND ARE CONTINUING TO GATHER TO MAKE A WAVE BEHIND THIS MOVEMENT THAT WILL BUILD HOMES AND CHANGE LIVES!
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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, Captein 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 such as Mose Allison, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow, Art Lande, Red Holloway, Ernestine Anderson Randy Brecker, Bud Shank and Wynton Marsalis and is a very active member of the Portland music community, frequently appearing in the city’s many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios. He has played on numerous CD's and nationally distributed releases by Tom Grant and Jessica Williams. A long time instructor, Captein teaches privately from his home in S.E. Portland and at Lewis and Clark College.
A grammy award-winning jazz artist, whose successes in the music world have surprised even Spalding herself. Her love and hard work for music fulfills her every day, and is an essential part of her life. Her biggest breakthrough came on February 13, 2011, when the young bassist, vocalist and composer won the GRAMMY award for Best New Artist, marking the first time a jazz musician has won this award. Spalding also has the distinction of being one of the youngest faculty members at Berklee College of Music, where she earned her degree in Music in 2005 after three years of accelerated study. That same year, she was awarded the prestigious Boston Jazz Society Scholarship for outstanding musicianship. Her fourth studio album, Radio Music Society, was released on March 20, 2012, and won the GRAMMY award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist. The award-winning track “City of Roses,” honors her native city Oregon, Portland, and her former professor, Thara Memory. Esperanza Spalding appears courtesy of Esperanza Spalding Productions, LLC.
Has played bass guitar for nearly 20 years. Largely self-taught, his solid, reliable playing has kept him busy both onstage and in the studio in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He got his start in the Portland music scene as a member of The Holidays in which he wrote and arranged many songs. His playing grew with experience, and he has gone on to be a sideman in many groups, playing such diverse styles as reggae, swing, rock, blues, country, R&B and funk. He has done regular session work at studios like Kung Fu Bakery and Dead Aunt Thelma's and played with artists such as Cloverdayle, The Southlake Band, Aaron Meyer, A New Groove, Tim Ellis, Jacob Merlin, Sarah Billings, Michele Van Kleef, Naomi LaViolette, Scott Brockett, Renato Caranto, Steve Cannon, Reinhardt Melz, Rob Stroup, John Nilsen and Swimfish, The Working Stiffs, Stephanie Schneiderman, Jim Walker and many others.
Originally from New Jersey, Mike Braun is an Oregon resident for many years. A musician and songwriter specializing in drums, he is most recognized as Hall & Oates longest touring drummer, performing with the band for over 20 years - from 1989–2010. Braun has backed up some of the most prolific songwriters of in pop music history, performing with artists such as: Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Peter Frampton, John Wait, Duane Eddie, Rick Wakeman, Peter Allen, Michael Bolton, John Sebastian, Phoebe Snow, Leon Redbone, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly and Tom Rush. Although Braun has toured all over the world, he is his happy to call Portland, Oregon his home.
Recently celebrated his arrival in 1973 to Oregon and anniversary of over 40 years as one of the most prominent, revered and respected jazz musicians in Oregon. Brown was employed as a session musician for many Motown Records artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. Brown also recorded drums on the George Harrison song 'My Sweet Lord' released in 1970 on the album All Things Must Pass. The Mel Brown Septet won the international Hennessy Jazz Competition in the 80’s. Brown is a staple of the Portland Jazz scene and continues to play live with some of the Pacific Northwest's most prominent jazz, funk and soul musicians, appearing often at the legendary club Jimmy Mak’s. He also organizes and teaches at a summer camp for jazz music at Western Oregon University.
Known for his vitality and swing, Alan Jones is a passionate Oregon original, a mountain climber who builds his own drums and plays barefoot. Born in Longview, Washington and raised in the hills surrounding Portland, Jones has performed, toured and recorded with a long list of jazz legends including Andrew Hill, Leroy Vinnegar, Red Mitchell, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jim Pepper, Miroslav Vitous, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner and Charles McPherson. Alan Jones’ love and understanding of music and his ability to communicate led him to the creation of Oregon’s most unique and innovative jazz education system, focused on personal and collective improvisation from grade school through retirement. As master teacher, founder and head of AJAM, (Alan Jones Academy of Music) he was recently honored by the city of Portland with an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Jazz”.
Over the last 4 decades, classical guitarist Scott Kritzer has performed in most of the major concert Halls in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Japan, including critically acclaimed performances in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, England. He has been featured in Japan’s Guitar Magazine, London’s Classical Guitar and Guitar International and in America’s Soundboard and Guitar Player magazines. In 1996 Mr. Kritzer was chosen by Oregon Senator Mark O. Hatfield to represent the state of Oregon in a special performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Kritzer has recorded Romance for Guitar on Cavatina Records and Classical Guitar Christmas on Miramont Records and is a highly sought after instructor of the classical guitar. His method is taught to students in the United States, China, England, Norway, Dubai, and Ireland through an innovative internet format. His annual workshop, Classical Guitar Immersion, has been in existence for more than five seasons. Many of his past students have won regional, national and international guitar competitions and have gone on to attend such notable schools as The Julliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, the North Carolina School of the Arts and his Alma mater, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
A master instrumentalist, singer and entertainer for over 4 decades, Oregon native Tom Grant nimbly walks the line between jazz tradition and modern pop. Grant helped pioneer the genre of music Smooth Jazz - in the mid-80s. After graduating from the University of Oregon Grant took to New York in 1970 to record the chant classic Witchi-tai-to with Jim Pepper. He toured and recorded with jazz greats Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd and Tony Williams. Since 1983, Tom’s records have repeatedly topped the Smooth Jazz charts and enjoyed lengthy stays at Number One. Tom’s music has been a staple of radio in the U.S. and abroad. His compositions are used in TV and Films worldwide. He has been featured on CNN and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 1999 Tom was given the Humanitarian Award for Dedication to Music, Health and Children by the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. A scholarship was established in Grant’s name by the United Negro College Fund. In 2001, Tom started recording on his own record label, Nu-Wrinkle Records.
A trumpet player born, raised and currently living in Oregon. His early training included playing in the Portland Junior Symphony and attending Mt. Hood Community College, He graduated from the University of North Texas and the University of Southern California Schools of Music. He has extensive professional credits in the areas of jazz, classical, recording, and show work. Mazzio's professional career includes international tours with the Woody Herman Orchestra and recording artist Delbert McClinton. He has performed live with Tony Bennett, Larry Carlton, The Moody Blues, and numerous national touring Broadway productions. As a musical contractor, He has had the good fortune to work with such artists as Terence Blanchard, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, among others. Recording credits include work with such notable northwest artists as Gino Vannelli, Tom Grant, and Chuck Israels. www.paulmazzio.com
Bill Smith, writer for the "Willamette Week" said, "In each jazz community, and Portland has a sizable one, there are stars. In this town, Memory is one that shines brightest." Memory came to Oregon in 1970 while playing with the legendary rhythm and blues artist Joe Tex. He has played with many jazz and blues greats including Dizzie Gillespie, James Brown, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Henderson, Natalie Cole, The Four Tops, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Harris, and The Commodores. He was a member of the Mel Brown Septet and played with the Leroy Vinegar Quartet. In addition to leading his own Motown group, the Thara Memory Superband, he is also a respected classical operetta composer and conductor. Memory has taught courses at Portland State University, Portland Community College and Marylhurst University, worked with award winning high school band programs and collaborated to form community music programs for youth in NE Portland, earning him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation. In 2005 he put together his current regional youth jazz orchestra, the American Music Program, which has won numerous national competitions, including the Next Generation Festival in Monterey and the Savannah Music Festival's Swing Central competition. In 2013 he earned a Grammy Award for his work with Esperanza Spalding, and he has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and recognition as the Jazz Society of Oregon's Musician of the Year, the Regional Arts and Culture Council's annual artist's fellowship.
SINGERS, POETS, SONGWRITERS
JANET CHVATAL & MARC GREMM
Two Voices, One Passion. Janet Chvatal, (originally from Beaverton, Oregon) & Marc Gremm (from Stuttgart, Germany) have achieved international acclaim in the musical theater world as both performers and producers. Currently, they appear in concert and on TV in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as the legendary, historical Empress of Austria and King of Bavaria in the musical, “Ludwig 2”, which first premiered at Germany’s famous Neuschwanstein Castle. They have also appeared in leading roles in “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera”. And have recorded for BMG and SONY records. Highlight performances include concerts at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany with the stars of “Riverdance” and the “Cirque du Soleil”. Janet & Marc are dedicated to the creation of music to help individuals and companies "celebrate their story“ and communicate their mission through music. The artists have produced hundreds of benefit concerts and CDs in Europe and the USA and are active for Edwards Center and the Tree of Life Project.
Oregon's sixth (2010-2014) Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen has six full-length books of poetry. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Wild Awake, was published by Confluence Press in 2002. A second, Blood-Silk, poems about Turkey, was published by Quiet Lion Press of Portland in 2004. A Bride of Narrow Escape was published by Cloudbank Books as part of its Northwest Poetry Series in 2006. Kindle was published by Mountains and Rivers Press in 2008. The Voluptuary, was published by Lost Horse Press in 2010. Her latest book, Understory, is also from Lost Horse Press, 2013. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and received the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. She serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, organizing the January Stafford Birthday Events. Her work has been selected for the website Poetry Daily and for Poetry in Motion, which puts poems on buses and light rail cars in the Portland metropolitan area.
Platinum recording artist Gino Vannelli is an Italian-Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and composer and one of the most enduring and captivating vocal legends of the century. While successfully continuing a rigorous touring schedule in the USA, Canada and throughout Europe he and his family have made their home in Oregon for many years. His music is a distinctive combination of his love for philosophy and poetry. Gino is the recipient of numerous Juno and other international music awards for composition and recording, including a Grammy nomination for his number one single "I Just Wanna Stop“. He has recorded with most of the major recording labels in the USA and Canada, has appeared on countless TV Shows including American Bandstand and was the second Caucasian artist to ever appear on Soul Train. Vannelli was commissioned by the Vatican in Rome, to perform his unforgettable "Parole per mio padre“ for Pope John Paul II.