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NYC Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt coming to Bend Oregon, backed by the the Mel Brown Trio, November 23rd & 24th 2012



“Among the foremost 30-something neo-bop players in jazz today.” All About Jazz

A mainstay in the NYC jazz scene since his 1998 arrival, and after graduation from Berklee College of Music, Pelt got his first break with the Mingus Big Band. He regularly accompanies many of the greats, including Jimmy Heath, Ravi Coltrane, Cedar Walton, Bobby Short and Nancy Wilson. Pelt is a technical marvel, who executes intricate solos with ease, plays gorgeous ballads in a tasteful manner, and never lacks flair or sensitivity. His appearance in Bend firmly establishes Jazz at the Oxford’s growing reputation for booking a range of jazz styles, including exposing the audience to the tradition of swinging be-bop. Jeremy will be backed by one of the world’s great jazz drummers, Portland’s Mel Brown, together with Tony Pacini on piano and bassist Ed Bennett.

Friday, November 23rd 2012 – 8:00 pm Show / Tickets $49 per person / Limited space available – all ages welcome

Saturday, November 24th 2012- 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm Shows / Tickets $49 per person / Limited space available – all ages welcome

- For reservations / more information call: 541-382-8436 www.oxfordhotelbend.com

– ( Click here to visit Jeremy Pelt’s website )

When: Friday & Saturday, November 23rd & 24th, 2012

Who: Jeremy Pelt with the Mel Brown Trio. Featuring:

  • Jeremy Pelt-trumpet,
  • Tony Pacini-piano,
  • Ed Bennett-bass,
  • Mel Brown-drums,
  • Where: Oxford Hotel
    10 Northwest Minnesota Avenue Bend, OR 97701
    Time: November 23rd- 8:00pm Show / November 24th- 5:00pm & 8:00pm Shows

    - For reservations / more information call: 541-382-8436 www.oxfordhotelbend.com

Sep. 23, 2012 | Jazz Blog, Jazz Musings, Live Events | No Comments

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Chuck Redd returns to Portland to perform with the Mel Brown Quartet Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:00pm to 11:00pm, at Jimmy Mak’s.


Jimmy Mak’s proudly presents
world famous vibes master CHUCK REDD
on the bandstand with the MEL BROWN QUARTET

Chuck has performed with jazz giants Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd,
Dizzy Gillespie, Monty Alexander and Ray Brown, to name just a few, and
he is featured on over 70 recordings.

This is a show you don’t want to miss!
Wednesday, November 14th 2012 -$TBA

First set-8pm to 9:15pm All ages welcome
Second set- 9:30pm to 11pm over 21 only

- For reservations / more information call: 503-295-6542 www.jimmymaks.com

– ( Click here to visit Chuck Redd’s website )

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Who: Chuck Redd with M.B.Q. (Mel Brown Quartet). Featuring:

  • Tony Pacini-piano,
  • Dan Balmer-guitar,
  • Ed Bennett-bass,
  • Mel Brown-drums,
  • and special guest, Washington DC based jazz vibraphonist Chuck Redd.

Where: Jimmy Mak’s
221 NW 10th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209
Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm

- For reservations / more information call: 503-295-6542 www.jimmymaks.com

Sep. 22, 2012 | Jazz Blog, Jazz Musings, Live Events | No Comments

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Recording Artist and Former Dizzy Gillespie Pianist and Musical Director to Appear at Ivories on Sunday May 20th

Mike Longo, who was the pianist and musical director for the great jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie from1966 to 1975 will be appearing at Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 1435 NW Flanders in Portland on Sunday May 20 th from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Appearing in the rhythm section with Longo will be Saphu Records artists Mike Longobassist Ed Bennett and drummer Tim Rap. Tickets will be $20 ($10 students) and may be purchased the day of the show.

May. 18, 2012 | Jazz Blog, Jazz Musings, Live Events, News | Comments Off

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Mark Simon CD Release Event / CD Release Party for Bass 10, Sunday April 15th, Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 2-5:30pm.


Mark Simon CD Release Event: CD Release Party for Bass 10, Sunday April 15th, Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 2-5:30pm.

Mark Simon – piano, and many of the bassists on the CD will be there with some surprise guests sitting in!

Mark Simon is a well-loved Portland jazz pianist who is dealing with a major medical issue. He has liver disease and is waiting for an eventual liver transplant. He has recently recorded a stellar new album, “Mark Simon/Bass 10.” It features 10 of the Northwest’s finest bass players, who all donated their talents to the project. The proceeds from this concert, including CD sales, will help with Mark’s on-going living expenses and will celebrate the wealth of talent we have here!

It’s a very happening, recital-like performance, as one experiences Simon oh-so-comfortably interpreting standards and jazz classics with ten like-minded pals. A nicely conceived and beautifully performed CD.
George Fendel, writer for the Oregon JazzScene

I’ve known Mark since I was a teenager. He was one of the first pianists I played jazz with. I remember when I first switched from electric to acoustic bass, he told me, “you have a lot of work to do”. I have always appreciated his honesty and seriousness. This collection of duets displays what has always been true of Mark – he plays with enormous soul and feeling, with a beautiful touch and sound, and with complete love of the music at hand.
Ben Wolfe, NYC Bassist and Composer (Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall).

I truly wish I would have been in Portland to be part of this well conceived and soulfully realized project. But, alas, it is evident that Portland is not suffering from a lack of great bassists. Thoughtful pianist, Mark Simon has gathered 10 fine bassists to hit this set of standard chestnuts with both space and insight. The piano and bass duet format is one of my favorite settings and this recording was done masterfully. There is a “living room” sound to the pieces that has a delicate intimacy I really enjoy, reminiscent of some of Charlie Haden’s duet outings with great pianists. Speaking of great pianists, well done and a tip of the hat to you Mark. Not only is the 10 bass scenario beautiful, but your patient playing is a real breath of fresh air. Every jazz wise listener should hear this CD. Once again, well done Mr. Simon!
Kelly Roberti, recipient of the 2010 Montana Governor’s Arts Award (Eddie Harris, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Herb Ellis, Tommy Flanagan, and many others).

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Apr. 5, 2012 | Invites, Live Events, News | Comments Off

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Portland Jazz Audience Steps Out To Celebrate Two Birthdays.

TonyPacini-DanFaehnle-ChuckIsraels-BillHarris-DickBerkPianist Tony Pacini & legendary drummer Dick Berk celebrated their birthdays with gusto on Friday, May 28th. The event took place at Portland’s old-school jazz venue and supper club -  Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar.  The Tony Pacini Trio, (Tony Pacini on piano, Ed Bennett on bass, and Tim Rap on drums), set the mood by beginning with Pacini’s composition “Time To Swing” - available on Saphu Records. Throughout the first set, the Trio would exchange drummers shifting between longtime Tony Pacini Trio drummer Tim Rap, and legendary drummer Dick Berk (of Billie Holiday fame). At one point in the night, Rap played African hand drums while Berk was on the drum set.

Seating was limited at this year’s event as guest musicians, jazz media celebrities, and beloved Portland jazz fans turned up in droves to participate in the festivities. Additionally, K.M.H.D. Jazz Radio made their presence visible with Matt Fleeger (station manager), Kate Hutchens Clause (operations manager), and a plethora of on air hosts.

Have a taste of the Tony Pacini Trio ( the audio sample below is a preview of an upcoming Tony Pacini Trio Saphu release )

During the second set, musicians were invited up by Pacini to join the powerhouse rhythm section. Some highlights that captivated the SRO audience included the reunion of guitarist Dan Faehnle (formerly of the Diana Krall band) and Pacini performing Bobby Timmons’ tune “Dat Dare”, - an arrangement they both hadn’t played together since the mid 1990’s when they used to work weekly at a Portland jazz hotspot.

Longtime Portland jazz listeners were also treated to rare performances by Chuck Israels (of Bill Evans notoriety), and former Portland resident / vocalist Alyssa Schwary – who moved to Alaska in the 90’s. Schwary (on a family visit), left another lasting memory with Portland fans with her tender interpretation of “The Nearness Of You”.

Other guests included saxophonists Bill Harris, and Portland tenor sax favorite Lee Wuthenow, who performed a stellar rendition of “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home Too”, spontaneously arranged on the spot by Pacini’s trio. When the two birthday cakes were brought out, the room traditionally sang for Pacini and Berk, ate cake, and conversed musical thoughts socially.

- Saphu Staff June 1st, 2010

Photo courtesy of David Gates.

Jun. 1, 2010 | Featured, Live Events | No Comments

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