Upcoming Shows


Thursday

9/20/18

 


Paula Byrne @ Christo's Lounge

 

featuring Matt Tabor, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

Charlie Doggett, drums

 

1108 Broadway St., NE

Salem, Oregon USA

 

7:00 pm

 

$12 Advance; $14 At Door; $10 Student

 

Originally a drummer and percussionist, Matt Tabor switched to piano when he met professor Darrell Grant while auditioning for the music department at Portland State University. That meeting ignited the inspiration for Matt to pursue a new path, studying jazz piano with Grant as his private instructor. Since graduating in 2008, Matt has established himself in the Portland jazz scene, leading his own trio as well as playing as a sideman with a variety of local acts. In addition to performing, Matt has also been an in-demand composer and arranger, most recently composing the music for Artists Repertory Theatre's production of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation. Other recent work includes the 2012 PAMTA award-winning musical Recognition, for which he received nominations for Outstanding Orchestration and Best Original Score, and working as Musical Director for the Portland Playhouse's 2014 production of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

 

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".

 

Saturday

9/22/18

 


Paula Byrne Sings !

@ Birch Street Uptown Lounge

 

featuring Paul Paresa on keyboard

 

311 NE Birch Street

Camas, Washington USA

 

8:00 - 11:00 pm

No cover

 

 


Paul Paresa has performed with such prestigious college ensembles as Mainstream Vocal Jazz and PDX Collective, the latter of which was a finalist at the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Currently he is studying jazz performance at Portland State University and performs professionally with over a dozen groups in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

Friday

9/28/18

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

& Craig Bidondo, piano

 

@ Benson Hotel Palm Court

309 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon USA


8:30 - Midnight
No Cover

 

 

Pianist and keyboardist Craig Bidondo has been performing on the West Coast for over 20 years. Originally from Alaska, Craig studied piano and music composition in Los Angeles before moving to the Portland area in 1988, and has been playing as a solo artist and with various professional groups in the Pacific Northwest ever since. His fresh jazz sound has been influenced by his years of playing not only jazz but also classical, rock, new age, and gospel music.


Besides backing up local talents such as Tony Starlight, Ollie McClay, Johnny Martin, Heather Keizur, the Swizzle Chicks, Skip Von Kuske, Cherie Price, Malea, Sally Sieh, and the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, Craig has performed as a solo artist and bandleader at restaurants, weddings, parties, art shows and corporate events throughout the West Coast. Some of the local venues that have enjoyed his music include Tony Starlight’s Supperclub and Lounge, the Persimmon Country Club, the Benson Hotel, the Jenkins Estate, the Heathman Hotel, The Caswell-Martin Gallery, The Columbia Gorge Hotel, Timberline Lodge, The Shilo Inn on Airport Way, Dy’s Broadway Diner and many other locations.

 

Wednesday

10/3/18

 

 

 

 

 

Byrne & Bass

1st Wednesdays

@ Muddy Rudder Public House

8105 SE 7th Avenue

Portland, Oregon

 

featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Dan Presley, bass

 

8:00 - 10:00 pm

 

 

Dan has been performing professionally since 1969 throughout the United States. He has appeared with national artists Rebecca Kilgore, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Scott Hamilton (Concord Records), Bill Berry (Duke Ellington alumnus), Lew Tabakin, Dave McKenna, Mark Murphy and most recently, pianist George Cables (pianist for Dexter Gordon, and solo career). He studied guitar from age 7, attended University of Oregon 1969-74, and founded Willamette Valley Folk Festival (now 20+ years still active). His early career includes bluegrass/folk with Muddy Bottom Boys 1972-76, Everything's Jake (swing jazz) 1976-78, Wholly Cats (jazz/swing) 1978-86, which released two recordings and toured throughout western US & Canada. He has also performed in the Rebecca Kilgore quartet 1986-88, the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big band 1988-90, and the Ranch Dressing Western Swing Big Band. In 1989 Dan co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which is still in demand and has six recordings to its name.

 

When not performing with with Tall Jazz, Dan performs with the Mazeltov klezmer group, Lilly Wilde, David Cooley, the Dennis Costi (DC big band), Larry Natwick, Ellen Vanderslice, Larry Nobori, Gordon Lee, George Mitchell, Larry Adair, the Pacific Jazz Big Band and the "Radio Revue Orchestra" led by Marv & Rindy Ross (Oregon Trail Band & Quarterflash). As an educator, Dan teaches privately, organizes bass clinics throughout the area, was jazz band instructor for Wilson High School (Portland, OR) 1995-97. He is a member of the Portland Community College Music Career Curriculum Advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member for Marylhurst University. Currently, Dan is the special project coordinator for the M.U.S.E. band program headquartered in Portland. He also produces CD’s and demo tapes for local artists.

 

 

Monday

10/8/18

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Jack Krouscup, piano

 

Open Door Wine Bar

303 West Hood Street
Sisters, Oregon USA


6:00 - 8:00 pm

 

Jack's many hats include: Working musical shows at the Tower Theatre, jazz gigs with his own trio at Broken Top Country Club and other venues plus backing vocalists, Music Director, Pianist and Arranger for Cascade Music School Christmas shows, Director of Music for Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Richmond CA. He was a contemporary piano and contemporary music theory instructor and ensemble coach for students in the jazz band Patten University, Oakland.

He is Owner and President of Borderline Productions Inc., a full music services company, and has a Bachelor of Music in Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

Tuesday

10/9/18

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Don McFarlane, piano

Tom Freedman, bass

Matthew Williams, drums

 

Northside Bar & Grill

62860 Boyd Acres Road
Bend, Oregon USA


6:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Don McFarlane is a jazz musician playing primarily in Portland and in Central Oregon. Don has a music degree from the University of Oregon, and studied with Portland jazz luminaries Harry Gilgam, Mary Field and Alan Jones. Against all advice to the contrary, he finally "quit the day job" after a 40-year career in high-tech, and now plays piano with several small combos including Portland's The Originals and Bridge City Jazz; and Central Oregon's Single Malt Jazz.

 

 

Tommy "Leroy" Freedman has been a professional musician in Portland and Bend for 25 years, playing an eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Klezmer, World Beat, and Latin Rock. He has performed at numerous festivals including Seattle's Bumpershoot and Folklife, Portland Bite, Bend's Fall and Summerfest mainstage, and the Sisters Folk Festival. His playing reflects his lifelong passion for music of diverse genres. He plays double bass, trumpet, and bass guitar.

 

 

Matthew began piano at age 4 (mom was a piano teacher). He found drums in 3rd grade, and from then on played in school bands, concert bands, orchestras, stage bands, jazz combos, big bands, marching Bands and other numerous ensembles. He drummed for the Cuesta College Big Band and Vocal Jass Ensemble in the 80s. Matthew went to Montreux Jazz Festival 1987, and recorded a couple albums with them. Currently he plays and records in Bend Oregon with Chiringa!, a Latin Rock Dance Band. He also plays with the Tommy Lee Trio performing a mix of jazz standards and other favorites. Matthew really enjoys the freedom of Jazz and Latin music.

 

 

Wednesday

10/10/18

 


Paula Byrne presents

Siren Salon in Bend, Oregon

 

featuring

Paula Byrne, vocals

Don McFarlane, keyboard

Tom Freedman, bass

 

Location given upon registration

Bend, Oregon USA

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 pm

 


Siren Salon is returning to Bend!


All Levels are Welcome


$20 singers; $10 auditors


Hello Dear Singers !


I'm so happy to announce "Siren Salon" is returning to Bend, Oregon.


I've been hosting these events twice a month in Portland for 6 years and it's one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.


'Siren Salon' is a casual, accepting atmosphere that allows everyone to step a little out of their comfort zone, cultivate new skills, learn new songs, and meet other singers and musicians.


Joining us are amazing musicians: Don McFarlane on piano, Tom Freedman on bass.


Bring your sheet music in your key, or send me a note with your songs and I'll locate a chart for you.


And...YES....Sirens can be male. ;-) Location given upon registration


To reserve a space, email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (dot) com.


If you know anyone who might be interested, please connect us via email.


I look forward to singing with you!

 

 

 

Don McFarlane is a jazz musician playing primarily in Portland and in Central Oregon. Don has a music degree from the University of Oregon, and studied with Portland jazz luminaries Harry Gilgam, Mary Field and Alan Jones. Against all advice to the contrary, he finally "quit the day job" after a 40-year career in high-tech, and now plays piano with several small combos including Portland's The Originals and Bridge City Jazz; and Central Oregon's Single Malt Jazz.

 

 

Tommy "Leroy" Freedman has been a professional musician in Portland and Bend for 25 years, playing an eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Klezmer, World Beat, and Latin Rock. He has performed at numerous festivals including Seattle's Bumpershoot and Folklife, Portland Bite, Bend's Fall and Summerfest mainstage, and the Sisters Folk Festival. His playing reflects his lifelong passion for music of diverse genres. He plays double bass, trumpet, and bass guitar.

 

Saturday

10/27/18

 


Paula Byrne Sings !

@ Birch Street Uptown Lounge

 

featuring Mike Horsfall, piano

 

311 NE Birch Street

Camas, Washington USA

 

8:00 - 11:00 pm

No cover

 

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.
www.mikehorsfall.com

Wednesday

11/7/18

 

 

 

 

Byrne & Bass

1st Wednesdays

@ Muddy Rudder Public House

8105 SE 7th Avenue

Portland, Oregon

 

featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Dan Presley, bass

 

8:00 - 10:00 pm

 

 

Dan has been performing professionally since 1969 throughout the United States. He has appeared with national artists Rebecca Kilgore, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Scott Hamilton (Concord Records), Bill Berry (Duke Ellington alumnus), Lew Tabakin, Dave McKenna, Mark Murphy and most recently, pianist George Cables (pianist for Dexter Gordon, and solo career). He studied guitar from age 7, attended University of Oregon 1969-74, and founded Willamette Valley Folk Festival (now 20+ years still active). His early career includes bluegrass/folk with Muddy Bottom Boys 1972-76, Everything's Jake (swing jazz) 1976-78, Wholly Cats (jazz/swing) 1978-86, which released two recordings and toured throughout western US & Canada. He has also performed in the Rebecca Kilgore quartet 1986-88, the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big band 1988-90, and the Ranch Dressing Western Swing Big Band. In 1989 Dan co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which is still in demand and has six recordings to its name.

 

When not performing with with Tall Jazz, Dan performs with the Mazeltov klezmer group, Lilly Wilde, David Cooley, the Dennis Costi (DC big band), Larry Natwick, Ellen Vanderslice, Larry Nobori, Gordon Lee, George Mitchell, Larry Adair, the Pacific Jazz Big Band and the "Radio Revue Orchestra" led by Marv & Rindy Ross (Oregon Trail Band & Quarterflash). As an educator, Dan teaches privately, organizes bass clinics throughout the area, was jazz band instructor for Wilson High School (Portland, OR) 1995-97. He is a member of the Portland Community College Music Career Curriculum Advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member for Marylhurst University. Currently, Dan is the special project coordinator for the M.U.S.E. band program headquartered in Portland. He also produces CD’s and demo tapes for local artists.

 

 

Thursday

11/8/18

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Todd Marston, piano

Perry Thoorsell, bass

 

@ Double Mountain Brewery

4336 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, Oregon USA


7:00 - 9:00 pm
No Cover

 

 

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.

 

 


As a bassist I have enjoyed playing with some of the best musicians in the world. It all started with guitar lessons for my 11th birthday and I've been hooked ever since. I studied or dabbled with piano, violin, viola, vibraphone, organ, pretty much anything I could get my hands on.


My high school (Carlmont) had a good band program and gave me experience with concerts and festivals and led to my earning the Count Basie Award in my senior year. After high school there was time at College of San Mateo with Fred Berry and Gus Gustavson, then San Francisco State University with Charles Siani. I got serious about bass and things really took off. I have worked with and learned from some tremendously talented jazz musicians like Smith Dobson, Jessica Williams, Larry Vuckovich, Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Mark Levine, Joe Henderson and Tootie Heath. I have worked with pop acts including Bobby Rydell, Dick Contino, Julius LaRosa, Rita Moreno, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Pete Barbutti, Jim Baily, Jerry Vale, Diahann Carroll and Frankie Laine.


Many ethnic and dance bands have also contributed to my formative process, each leaving an indelible mark on my musical sensibilities. Styles of music performed professionally include Greek, Persian, Israeli, Klezmer, Hungarian, Japanese, Vietnamese, be-bop, swing, avant-gard, blues, ragtime, classical, rock, soul, society, and even bluegrass. Musical Theater credits include "Stardust," "By George," "Godspell," and "Camelot."

 

Friday

11/16/18

 


Paula Byrne Sings! @ Living Room Theaters

 

featuring Vince Frates, piano

and Eric Ching, drums

 

341 SW 10th Avenue

Portland, Oregon USA

 

8:00 - Midnight

No Cover

 

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."

 

 

 

Eric Ching is a jazz and blues drummer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He studied Music Education at New York University as a part of the class of 2014 and performed at about 20 different New York City clubs. After graduating, he moved to Portland where he has been a bandleader and sideman for the past three years. He has worked extensively with Reggie Houston (Fats Domino, Charmaine Neville) and Robbie Laws (award winning blues guitarist) and currently holds a residency playing at Billy Blues every Sunday from 7-10pm. Aside from his devout love for music, Eric likes coffee, thrift stores, and hanging out with his pitbull puppy.

 

 

 

Saturday

11/24/18

 


Paula Byrne Sings !

@ Birch Street Uptown Lounge

 

featuring Brandon Nelson on keyboard

 

311 NE Birch Street

Camas, Washington USA

 

8:00 - 11:00 pm

No cover

 

 


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.

 

Tuesday

11/27/18

 

 


Paula Byrne Sings! @ Arrivederci

 

featuring George Mitchell, Piano

Tim Gilson, Bass

Eric Ching, Drums

 

17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Milwaukie, Oregon USA

 

7:00 - 10:00 pm

No Cover

 

In 2009, George Mitchell performed with a 40-piece orchestra at the extravagant Symphonica in Rosso at the Gelredome, in Arnhem, Netherlands. He played at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, in 2008, and at a command concert for Prince Charles in Hyde Park, London, in 2002. He was one of several performers at the 2001 private benefit and farewell salute to Bill Clinton in Los Angeles; earlier that year at a private concert, honoring Motown founder Berry Gordy; in 2000 at the VH1 Divas Live from Madison Square Garden, New York; and got soaked as thunderstorms poured on Miss Ross’ 1983 Live in Central Park mega concert before a massive crowd of 400,000 fans.

Mitchell’s keyboard talents were featured in command performances for the Queen of England, and more recently at Super Concerts in Taipei and Tokyo with Ms. Ross and renowned opera singers Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

Most recently, Mitchell was a guest keyboardist on Wicked: The Musical at Keller Auditorium, during its 2012 Portland run; and at the prestigious 10 Grands Concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in Portland, from 2005 to 2010.

He has appeared many times as an ensemble player on top-rated television shows, including: Oprah, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the TODAY Show, and the Arsenio Hall Show.

 

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.

 

Eric Ching is a jazz and blues drummer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He studied Music Education at New York University as a part of the class of 2014 and performed at about 20 different New York City clubs. After graduating, he moved to Portland where he has been a bandleader and sideman for the past three years. He has worked extensively with Reggie Houston (Fats Domino, Charmaine Neville) and Robbie Laws (award winning blues guitarist) and currently holds a residency playing at Billy Blues every Sunday from 7-10pm. Aside from his devout love for music, Eric likes coffee, thrift stores, and hanging out with his pitbull puppy.

 

 

Wednesday

12/5/18

 

 

 

 

 

Byrne & Bass

1st Wednesdays

@ Muddy Rudder Public House

8105 SE 7th Avenue

Portland, Oregon

 

featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Dan Presley, bass

 

8:00 - 10:00 pm

 

 

Dan has been performing professionally since 1969 throughout the United States. He has appeared with national artists Rebecca Kilgore, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Scott Hamilton (Concord Records), Bill Berry (Duke Ellington alumnus), Lew Tabakin, Dave McKenna, Mark Murphy and most recently, pianist George Cables (pianist for Dexter Gordon, and solo career). He studied guitar from age 7, attended University of Oregon 1969-74, and founded Willamette Valley Folk Festival (now 20+ years still active). His early career includes bluegrass/folk with Muddy Bottom Boys 1972-76, Everything's Jake (swing jazz) 1976-78, Wholly Cats (jazz/swing) 1978-86, which released two recordings and toured throughout western US & Canada. He has also performed in the Rebecca Kilgore quartet 1986-88, the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big band 1988-90, and the Ranch Dressing Western Swing Big Band. In 1989 Dan co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which is still in demand and has six recordings to its name.

 

When not performing with with Tall Jazz, Dan performs with the Mazeltov klezmer group, Lilly Wilde, David Cooley, the Dennis Costi (DC big band), Larry Natwick, Ellen Vanderslice, Larry Nobori, Gordon Lee, George Mitchell, Larry Adair, the Pacific Jazz Big Band and the "Radio Revue Orchestra" led by Marv & Rindy Ross (Oregon Trail Band & Quarterflash). As an educator, Dan teaches privately, organizes bass clinics throughout the area, was jazz band instructor for Wilson High School (Portland, OR) 1995-97. He is a member of the Portland Community College Music Career Curriculum Advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member for Marylhurst University. Currently, Dan is the special project coordinator for the M.U.S.E. band program headquartered in Portland. He also produces CD’s and demo tapes for local artists.

 

 

Friday

12/7/18

 

 


featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Craig Bidondo, piano

 

@ Allison Inn & Spa

2525 Allison Lane
Newberg, Oregon USA


6:30 - 10:30 pm
No Cover

 

 

 

Pianist and keyboardist Craig Bidondo has been performing on the West Coast for over 20 years. Originally from Alaska, Craig studied piano and music composition in Los Angeles before moving to the Portland area in 1988, and has been playing as a solo artist and with various professional groups in the Pacific Northwest ever since. His fresh jazz sound has been influenced by his years of playing not only jazz but also classical, rock, new age, and gospel music.


Besides backing up local talents such as Tony Starlight, Ollie McClay, Johnny Martin, Heather Keizur, the Swizzle Chicks, Skip Von Kuske, Cherie Price, Malea, Sally Sieh, and the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, Craig has performed as a solo artist and bandleader at restaurants, weddings, parties, art shows and corporate events throughout the West Coast. Some of the local venues that have enjoyed his music include Tony Starlight’s Supperclub and Lounge, the Persimmon Country Club, the Benson Hotel, the Jenkins Estate, the Heathman Hotel, The Caswell-Martin Gallery, The Columbia Gorge Hotel, Timberline Lodge, The Shilo Inn on Airport Way, Dy’s Broadway Diner and many other locations.

 

 

 

Wednesday

12/12/18

 

 

 

 

Paula Byrne Sings!

with The Ron Steen Trio

 

@ Wilf's Restaurant & Bar

800 NW 6th Ave (@ Union Station)

Portland, Oregon USA

 

7:00 - 10:00 pm

$10 cover

 

Wilf's is an gorgeous space with great acoustics. Ladies, put on your silk dress and stilettos. Gentlemen, shine your shoes and join me for a night of elegance.

 

 

(excerpt from aftersixjazz.com)

 

Photo: frank@dimarcoimages.com

 

Veteran bandleader and drummer Ron Steen is one of the Northwest’s top rhythm keepers and a leader of the Portland jazz scene. He is also the Godfather of Jazz Jams in Portland, having hosted ongoing jam sessions since 1980, including the famed jam at Produce Row. Notable international jazz stars who come through town stop in to Steen’s jams for impromptu music, led by one of the best in the business. In addition to hosting five jam sessions, Steen is also a sought after bandleader and session musician, who his peers hold in high regard for his solid and versatile rhythms and his engaging personality. Steen’s ability to bring together the top musicians in town and around the nation makes him one of the city’s most valuable assets.

 

Wednesday

12/19/18

 


Paula Byrne Quartet @ The Jack London Revue

 

featuring George Mitchell, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

Tim Rapp, drums

 

529 SW 4th Avenue

Portland, Oregon USA

 

8:00 - 10:30 pm

 

$10 Advance; $15 At Door

 

In 2009, George Mitchell performed with a 40-piece orchestra at the extravagant Symphonica in Rosso at the Gelredome, in Arnhem, Netherlands. He played at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, in 2008, and at a command concert for Prince Charles in Hyde Park, London, in 2002. He was one of several performers at the 2001 private benefit and farewell salute to Bill Clinton in Los Angeles; earlier that year at a private concert, honoring Motown founder Berry Gordy; in 2000 at the VH1 Divas Live from Madison Square Garden, New York; and got soaked as thunderstorms poured on Miss Ross’ 1983 Live in Central Park mega concert before a massive crowd of 400,000 fans.

Mitchell’s keyboard talents were featured in command performances for the Queen of England, and more recently at Super Concerts in Taipei and Tokyo with Ms. Ross and renowned opera singers Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

Most recently, Mitchell was a guest keyboardist on Wicked: The Musical at Keller Auditorium, during its 2012 Portland run; and at the prestigious 10 Grands Concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in Portland, from 2005 to 2010.

He has appeared many times as an ensemble player on top-rated television shows, including: Oprah, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the TODAY Show, and the Arsenio Hall Show.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

12/22/18

 


Paula Byrne Sings !

@ Birch Street Uptown Lounge

 

featuring Brandon Nelson on keyboard

 

311 NE Birch Street

Camas, Washington USA

 

8:00 - 11:00 pm

No cover

 

 


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.

 

Thursday

1/24/19

 


Paula Byrne @ Christo's Lounge

 

featuring Randy Porter, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

Charlie Doggett, drums

 

1108 Broadway St., NE

Salem, Oregon USA

 

7:00 pm

 

$12 Advance; $14 At Door; $10 Student

 

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.
Musical highlights include performing at Kimball’s with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center with Diane Schuur, Seattle’s Jazz Alley with New York Voices, Yoshi’s in San Francisco with Karrin Allyson and Rebecca Kilgore, The House of Blues in Chicago and BB King’s Blues Club in NYC with Gino Vannelli, the Monterey Jazz Festival with Madeline Eastman, the Chicago and Detroit Jazz Festivals with Charles McPherson.

Porter’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on his own recordings: Thirsty Soul, with John Wiitala on bass and Reinhardt Melz and Todd Strait on drums; Brio, also featuring John Wiitala and Reinhardt Melz; Modern Reflections with Nancy King on vocals, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Mel Brown on drums; and Eight Little Feet with Bob Magnusson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Samples of Porter’s writing and playing can be found on Apple’s iLife jingles. Porter also composed the music for the 2009 documentary, Deep Green.

Porter has been a performer and educator at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival for many years where he has coached many young jazz musicians. He has also worked several years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West with singer Madeline Eastman. Porter teaches master classes and adjudicates student combos and bands at highschool and college jazz festivals. Currently, Porter teaches jazz piano at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

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".

 

Saturday

2/2/19

 


Paula Byrne Quartet

 

featuring Randy Porter, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

Charlie Doggett, drums

 

5332 SE Morrison St.

Portland, Oregon USA

 

7:30 pm

 

RSVP : (Click Here)

 

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".

 

Wednesday

3/27/19

 


"Rebecca Kilgore Presents"

@ The Jack London Revue

 

featuring

Paula Byrne, vocalist

Randy Porter, piano

Tim Gilson, bass

 

529 SW 4th Avenue

Portland, Oregon USA

 

8:00 - 10:30 pm

 

Tickets: $7

 

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.

Other venues. New York: Feinstein's at the Regency; New York: Birdland; San Francisco: The Plush Room at the York Hotel; Oakland, CA: Piedmont Pianos; Culver City, CA: The Jazz Bakery; Fullerton, CA: Steamers Jazz Club; Phoenix, AZ: The Nash; Madison, NJ: Shanghai Jazz; LA: The Westin at LAX; Toledo, OH: Murphy’s Place; Cleveland Heights, OH: Nighttown; Ann Arbor, MI: The Firefly Club; Cincinnati, OH: The Blue Wisp; Southampton, UK: The Concorde Club; Sherman Oaks, CA: Spazio's.

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.

 

 

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.


 

 

 

Saturday

7/13/19

 

 

 

 

Byrne & Bass

@ The Hayloft

Salem, Oregon USA

 

featuring Paula Byrne, vocals

Tim Gilson, bass

 

7:00 pm

 

Yes, it really IS in a hayloft ! :-)

 

This is the PERFECT venue for the intimate sound of "Bass & Face".

 

Please join us for this very special evening.

 

Email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (-dot-) com to reserve your space

 

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.


 

 

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