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Please check out our music notes below for news and information about all of the great artists performing at Jimmy Mak's. Links are included to many of the perfomer's own websites, so you can learn even more about their music.

As always, dinner reservations are recommended to guarantee seating for all of our shows. Please contact us at 503-295-6542 for reservations and additional information.


Every Tuesday
"Partners in Jazz"
6:30pm, with The Mel Brown Septet following at 8:00pm
Jimmy Mak’s is proud to feature a series of shows designed to bring you the very best up-and-coming jazz artists in Portland. There are many exciting and talented new artists working in Portland right now, our hope is to introduce you to the next generation of jazz musicians coming up in the Portland scene. Every Tuesday, the featured artist in our "Partners in Jazz" series will open for the Mel Brown Septet at 6:30pm, and play until 7:30pm. The Mel Brown Septet will hit it with their blend of straight-ahead and hard-bop jazz, playing two sets, starting at 8pm.

Monday nights
Dan Balmer
no cover

Dan Balmer leads off our week with a variety of trios. Dan’s music is best described as guitar-based contemporary jazz, reflecting the great guitarists of the 70’s (i.e. John McLaughlin, Pat Methany, Bill Frisell etc.).  His line-ups include Micah Kassel, Carlton Jackson, Todd Straight, and Alan Jones on drums. Clay Giberson and George Mitchell rotate on keyboards, with Jeff Leonard and Damian Erskine rotating on bass. On two Mondays a month, Dan teams with Kassel and Giberson to form Go By Train, a post-modern look into the future of jazz-fusion. There is no cover on Mondays, music starts at 8:00, with  minors welcome until 9:30. Check out Dan at www.danbalmer.com.

Tuesday nights
The Mel Brown Septet
$6.00 at the door

In 1989, legendary trumpeter Doc Severensen (the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson) implored Mel Brown to “never let this band stop playing.” Their extraordinary performance at the 1989 Playboy Jazz Festival was only a hint of things to come. Since then, the band has expanded to a septet, and today they continue to carry the torch of hard-bop and post-bop jazz in the Pacific Northwest. The Godfather of Portland jazz and one of the World’s finest drummers, Mel Brown is joined in the rhythm section by pianist/composer Gordon Lee and bassist Andre St. James. The four-horn line-up features Renato Caranto on tenor saxophone, John Nastos on alto and soprano saxophone, Derek Sims on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Stan Bock on trombone and euphonium. Adjunct members include Farnell Newton (trumpet), Jof Lee (piano), and Carlton Jackson (drums). The Mel Brown Septet re-creates the sound of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, segueing from one tune to the next with an ease that makes the songs sound like one continuous piece of music.

Wednesday nights:

The Mel Brown Quartet
$5.00 at the door

If you were to look up the word “swinging” in the dictionary, the definition and picture would be of the Mel Brown Quartet. The band plays a smart mixture of original material and intelligent arrangements in the style of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris. Pianist and musical director Tony Pacini brings his extensive book of original material and crafty arrangements to the mix.  Bass guru Ed Bennett lends some of his own compositions in addition to his amazing playing.  Dan Balmer brings his versatile guitar playing and some of his own music as well. The band is anchored by Mel’s drumming, featuring his legendary brushwork. This group represents some of the finest straight-ahead jazz played being played anywhere in the world today. You can learn more about them www.tonypacini.com/mbqinfo.htm.

The Christopher Brown Quartet
"Rewind and Unwind"

$5 at the door
The youngest son of Mel Brown, Christopher Brown returns to Portland after having been a long-time resident and player on the NYC scene, bringing an approach to music that's best described as a type of refined musical grittiness that's specifically indicative of NYC.
Christopher has found a kinship between John Nastos (sax), Greg Goebel (piano), and Dylan Sundstrom (bass) who are more than capable of helping him to present such a musical product to his growing Portland audience.
"Rewind and Unwind" will center around the raw/immediate emotional impact of the rock and R&B music of the 80's, tempered by the sophistication that jazz music has to offer. These melodies represent the soundtrack of the 80's, and the quartet wants to bring folks together to reminisce and reflect, while appreciating the modern jazz approach of the arrangements.
We're excited to welcome The Christopher Brown quartet as our newest resident artists!

Thursday nights
The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group
$6.00 at the door

The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing at the club on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting.
When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" The band plays organ based soul jazz in the tradition of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, and Jimmy McGriff.
Mel also brings his 20 plus years of Motown work to the table, as the band plays instrumental versions of your favorite Motown music.
The engine of the band is clearly the Hammond B-3 Organ, in the very capable hands of Louis Pain. Adding melodic under-pinning and great grooving ability is guitarist, Dan Balmer. Out front with his smoldering tenor saxophone is the man with more soul in his little finger than most of us have in our whole bodies, Renato Caranto. Finally, percussionist Curtis Craft works with Mel to create the beat that keeps it all moving!
This group has really been the defining sound for Jimmy Mak’s since our early days, and it has been said that you can’t truly call yourself a Portlander, if you haven’t checked out Mel and this great band.
Learn more at this link to the B3OrganGroup.


The Shangai Woolies
with Gravy

Friday, April 25th
$12 at the door

The Shanghai Woolies play “hot music,” 1920’s and 30’s jazz and pop of Chicago and New York City. The eight-piece ensemble, under the musical direction of trombonist Ben Medler, swims in the romance of Louis Armstrong, the mystery of Duke Ellington, the whimsy of Paul Whiteman, and the swing of Benny Goodman. They use a respectful, slightly unorthodox approach, inspired by the colorful liberation of the original. Guitarist Tyson Schmidling will be adding the highlights of Django Reinhardt as The Woolies premier a new set of music at Jimmy

The Andy Stokes Band
Saturday, April 26th
$10 at the door
Well folks, we waited a long time for this to happen, but this pas t year, they made their Jimmy Mak’s debut and nearly burned the house down! And so we are very proud to welcome back to our stage Portland’s legendary Funkateers, The Andy Stokes Band!
Andy Stokes has been a mainstay on the Portland music scene going back to his days fronting funk legends Cool ‘R. And for twelve years he carried the funk flame on Sunday nights at the legendary Candlelight Room. All of his hard work was rewarded with an induction into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2009, along with fellow Cool’R members Jeff Alviani, Doug Lewis, Nate Phillips, and the late Bruce Carter. His distinctive vocals are a must-hear for music fans of all genres, but the fact is that this band will funk you to death! If this music doesn’t get your feet moving and your head bopping, you need to check your pulse!

Regina Carter
"Southern Comfort"

Monday, April 28th
Two Shows,  7:00pm & 9:30pm
Advanced Tickets $30 Reserved Seating/$25 General Admission
Available at www.pdxjazz.com
Since emerging from the Detroit scene in the late 1980s, premier violinist Regina Carter has performed with Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Max Roach, and Wynton Marsalis among may others. Trading the West African kora for a slide guitar on her upcoming release, Southern Comfort, the 2006 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship has collected songs redolent of her father’s roots in Alabama, for a celebration of the joyous music that infused her early childhood.
“Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz.” 
- Time Magazine


Michael Allen Harrison's Superband
Friday, May 2nd
Advanced Tickets: $18 Reserved Seating/$15 General Admission
Available at Tickettomato.com
The Michael Allen Harrison Superband returns to Jimmy Mak's, and will light it up once again at Portland's premiere jazz club.
Contemporary jazz at it's finest. Soulful Grooves, virtuosic solos, and free wheeling improvisations. Michael and his legendary band are considered one of the best!
Michael will also be introducing some top new talent throughout the evening...
Michael Allen Harrison, Tim Ellis (guitar), Jeff Leonard (bass), Israel Annoh (drums), Michael Bard (sax), Julianne Johnson (vocals).

Portland Soul All Stars
Birthday Tribute to James Brown

Saturday, May 3rd
Two shows: 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Advanced Tickets: $18 Reserved Seating/$15 General Admission
Available at Tickettomato.com
Tonight we are wishing a very happy birthday to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown! And there is no better way to do that than with the help of the Portland Soul All Stars.
The Portland Soul All Stars are the brainchild of Hammond Organ master Louis Pain. The band features a rotating line up of Portland’s top instrumentalists and vocalists and has performed incredible tributes to Memphis Soul, Wilson Pickett Romantic Soul and of course James Brown. In fact it was the loss of James Brown on Christmas Day of 2006 that prompted the first convergence of the All Stars.
Tonight, for what would have been the Godfather’s 81st birthday, they once again are bringing you Star Time! Louis’ Hammond organ will get some help from drummer Edwin Coleman III, guitarist Mike Doolin and bassist Lisa Mann. Lisa will also add her stellar voice along with ace vocalists Andy Stokes and LaRhonda Steele! Now all of this adds up to some heavy grooves, but it wouldn’t be James Brown without some horns now would it? And so, to top it all off, we’ll get the assist from our good friends, the Soul Vaccination horns, featuring Tim Bryson, Ron Regan and Gary Harris on saxophones, and Lewis Livermore and Dave Mills on trumpets. These shows are gonna sell out fast so get your tickets right quick and get ready to get down!

Jazz Society Hall of Fame Induction show
Celebrating Gordon Lee
Thursday, May 8th
Advanced tickets $15 Reserved Seating/$12 General Admission
Available at Tickettomato.com
Join us tonight for the 2014 Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame Concert, featuring this year's Hall of Fame inductee, Gordon Lee. Gordon will be joined by Dennis Caiazza on bass and Ron Steen on drums, with their performance beginning at 8:00pm.
The opening act at 7:00pm will be the Battleground High School jazz combo, who won the JSO High School competition earlier this year.
Gordon Lee is a composer, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, and music educator who is well known throughout the Northwest. He has worked with Donald Cherry, Obo Addy, and Joe Lovano. He played with one of the originators of jazz-rock fusion, Jim Pepper, for 14 years, and has played with Mel Brown since 1986.
Gordon blazes new paths, forging the highest quality original music while informing the public about music's potential.
The Jazz Society of Oregon is proud to recognize Gordon's enormous contributions and tremendous talent by honoring him as their 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.

LEAP Fundraising Event
The Amateur Variety Show
hosted by Tony Starlight

Friday, May 9th
doors at 6:00pm

$115 in advance at leapadventure.org
Join us for the 3rd annual "LEAP into Summer" fundraising event. Come see your friends and family fulfill their dreams of performing on stage at The Amateur Variety Show. Your ticket purchase includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, beer and wine, and of course the best amateur entertainment ever!
The evening's festivities will be hosted by the one and only, Tony Starlight, with music provided by the Bart Ferguson Band.
LEAP is a non-profit organization that provides wilderness therapy and mentoring experiences to help rehabilitate, motivate, and inspire those who are facing significant health, social, and emotional challenges.

The Paul Creighton Project
Saturday, May 10th

One Show at 8pm
Advanced Tickets $12 Reserved Seating/$10 General Admission
Available at Tickettomato.com
The Paul Creighton Project unites Portland's finest jazz and soul players with the songwriting and vocal talent of Paul Creighton. A PDX super band if there ever was one, PCP features Jarrod Lawson on keys and vocals, Jay "Bird" Koder on guitar, Damian Erskine on bass, Reinhardt Melz on drums, Joshua Cliburn on saxophone and vocals, and Max Ribner on flugelhorn. Join us for a memorable night of original and cover music.
Paul Creighton has been performing professionally for the past 10 years. He has received multiple songwriting awards with the Intervision project, including an Independent Music Award for Best R&B song. Unsigned Magazine calls Creighton “an artist whose tenor has shades of Marvin and Stevie” while the Willamette Week more aptly states “G-dd-mn, can Paul Creighton sing.” He has toured with The Motet, Joey Porter’s Funk Tributes, Soul Vaccination, and fronts Portland’s soul-pop mainstay, Intervision. He has opened for multiplatinum artists Lifehouse, as well as the Neville Brothers, Little Richard, McKinley, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, among other nationally touring acts.

PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s presents: The Headhunters
Thursday, May 15th
Two shows:  7:00PM and 9:30PM
Advanced Tickets $30 Reserved Seating/$25 General Admission
Available at www.pdxjazz.com
The Headhunters have redefined modern funk, world music and jazz as one of the most innovative groups in history. Their creation in 1973 represented a major turning point in legendary pianist Herbie Hancock’s career, and the group recorded with him for several years before breaking out on their own with their 1975 release, Survival of the Fittest. They have continued recording and performing as The Headhunters with varied incarnations under the leadership of drummer Mike Clark and percussionist Bill Summers. Clark and Summers will be joined by saxophonist and vocalist Donald Harrison, bassist Chris Severin, and keyboardist Stephen Gordon.

Jesse Marquez
Friday, May 16th
$10 at the door
Fans of Latin music are in for a treat this evening as we welcome back vocalist Jessie Marquez, bringing an intoxicating blend of Cuban/Brazilian/jazz/pop to the stage.  Expect to enjoy lush harmony, richly textured, sexy, cool and inviting music.  Marquez is one of a handful of Americans artists to have recorded and performed throughout Cuba.  Her band features Clay Giberson (piano), Al Criado (bass), Charlie Doggett (drums), Rafael Trujillo (percussion), and John Nastos (saxophone). 
Jessie Marquez grew up eating her grandmother’s Cuban cooking and hearing stories about the family’s days on the island. She first visited her father’s childhood home in 1996. Right away, she says, “there was something very familiar about it --the way people spoke, their gestures, their attitudes. I felt at home.” 
In 2003, members of the Afro-Cuban All Stars heard her sing in Havana and offered to arrange and record her first CD. In a home studio, between power outages, they recorded Sana Locura, which reached the top of charts in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Marquez appeared on Cuban television and radio and subsequently spent eight months performing throughout the island.   Her 2007 release, Get the Feeling, recorded with guitarist Mike Denny, explores the Cuban genre known as filin music (a play on the word “feeling”).  Filin draws heavily from American jazz and Brazilian bossa nova. Marquez’s latest release, All I See is Sky was produced and co-written by pianist Clay Giberson (Upper Left Trio, Go By Train) and bassist Phil Baker (Pink Martini, Diana Ross).  Learn more at www.jessiemarquez.com

Linda Hornbuckle
Saturday, May 17th
$12 at the door
Tonight we welcome back the Northwest’s Diva of Soul, Linda Hornbuckle! Linda is continuing her tough battle with cancer and is undergoing treatment and appreciates all of your well wishes and prayers. While she fights hard, she is once again singing with her band and tonight will get some help from her good friends LaRhonda Steele and Andy Stokes! Linda’s band will bring it once again with drummer Lenn Russell. And locking up with him are the two guys I like to call the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of funk, bassist Randy Monroe and guitarist Doug Lewis. Sax giant Renato Caranto has been recently touring with the legendary Merle Haggard, but will be home for this great show to lend his ready hand as well. Hammond organ master Louis Pain rounds out the band. This is jazz, funk and soul music all in one night people. Linda may perform this evening based on her health, and she may also have some other special guests! To learn more about Linda, check her out at www.lindahornbuckle.com.  Come on out and show her your love!

Ty Curtis Band
Friday, May 23rd
$12 at the door
Ty Curtis, at the ripe age of 26, has already made his mark, having released 4 recordings, placing second in the International Blues Challenge, and now garnering attention in his new home, Austin, Texas.  He has won the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards for regional act, recording, and, notably, the Curtis Salgado Male Vocalist. He has also won the attention and acclaim of established artists, including Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Duffy Bishop, and Carlton Jackson.
Ty holds strongly to obvious blues roots, while bringing a contemporary diversity of musical styles and influences to the table. These range from country and rock to reggae, funk, and disco. The uniquely singular result is both musically interesting and entertaining. It can be argued that Ty epitomizes the spirit of such blues greats as Lonnie Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Robert Johnson. Each of these men, along with many of their contemporaries, was recognized for a singular style, but loved and were influenced by the broader palette of styles, including popular music, country, and even Tin Pan Alley.
Backed by Jerry Jacques on drums, 2013 Muddy Award-winning bassist, David Kahl, and Greg McManus on harmonica, the combination is full and fiery, relentless and relaxed. It is a rare opportunity to see something both old and new, but mostly unique. This is one performance that should be marked on your calendars. It will be a long time before you see the likes of it again. Check out Ty at www.tycurtis.net.

Soul Vaccination
Saturday, May 24th
$12 at the door
Soul Vaccination is the Hottest Funk & Soul Band in the PNW. This great band infuses the stage with the greatest soul standards, and has been a fixture in the Northwest music scene for over 16 years, bringing you tunes from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. The band's third CD, What is Hip? featuring legendary Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte was recently reviewed by DownBeat Magazine receiving 3 ½ stars. It is an honor to be recognized nationally by DownBeat Magazine. Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat columnist/Grove Press author said, "Folks in the Pacific Northwest are lucky to have a real soul band this fine and exciting. This New Englander is jealous." The current 12 piece band features Dave Aston on Hammond B-3 and Keyboards, along with the precision guitar playing of Max Rees. On bass is Grammy nominated producer, John Linn, and on drums is Edwin Coleman III, always bringin' the funk and groovin' hard. Portland's own Paul Creighton, Mark Wyatt and Regina K share their soulful vocals styles. Lewis Livermore and Dave Mills carry the backbone sound of the Soul Vax horns on trumpets, with Ron Regan, Gary Harris and Timothy Bryson on saxophones. Don't miss this night of serious funk and soul! These shows are always packed so get your dinner reservations early. Learn more at www.soulvax.com.

PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s presents:
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Thursday, May 29th
Two Shows:  7:00PM and 9:30PM
Advanced Tickets $30 Reserved Seating/$25 General Admission
Available at www.pdxjazz.com
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, Grammy® Award-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez has been described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of Latin jazz, swing, bebop and salsa. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, and James Brown. Sanchez, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a Concord Picante artist with the 2012 release Live in Hollywood, returns to Portland for his first performance since his memorable 2011 festival appearance. The percussionist will be joined by his acclaimed 8-piece Latin Jazz Band featuring Francisco Torres (trombone), Ron Blake (trumpet, flugelhorn), Rob Hardt (saxophone, flute), Andy Langham (piano), Rene Camacho (bass), Joey De Leon, Jr. (timbales), and Angel Rodriguez (bongos, percussion).

“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to
salsa…particularly the congas.” - LA Times

SoulPatch Music presents:
Albert “Tootie” Heath

with Chuck Israels and Richard Sears
Friday, May 30th
One Show at 8pm
Advanced Tickets $22 Reserved Seating/$18 General Admission
Available at Tickettomato.com
Tonight, SoulPatch Music Productions is proud to present a birthday celebration concert for legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath! Joining Mr. Heath on drums will be Chuck Israels on bass and Richard Sears on piano. SoulPatch Music Productions is local company dedicated to producing world-class jazz performances in Portland.
Born on May 31st 1935 in Philadelphia, Albert “Tootie” Heath was raised in a musical household as the younger brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath. In pursuit of a musical career as a drummer, he moved to New York in 1957 and in a few months made his recording debut with John Coltrane for the saxophonist’s first recording “Coltrane”. Mr. Heath recorded with him again in 1960 on the album “Lush Life”.
Tootie Heath’s career reads like a who’s who in jazz. He has recorded with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Bobby Timmons, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, Billy Taylor, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, J.J. Johnsons and countless others.
In 1975 together with his brothers Jimmy and Percy, Tootie formed the Heath Brothers band. The band enjoyed international acclaim, toured extensively, and still performs with various bassists after Percy’s death in 2005.
Aside from being a birthday celebration, the concert is also a reunion between Tootie Heath and Chuck Israels. A musician of international renown of his own right, Chuck shares several connections with Tootie. They both developed musically in the golden age of jazz, both made their recording debuts with John Coltrane (in Chuck’s case it was “Coltrane Time”), and went on to perform with some of the most influential figures in the music’s history. Their paths first crossed in the late 1950’s when they worked in the iconic pianist Bobby Timmons’ trio in New York. The last time they performed together was in the 70’s in the trio of equally prominent pianist Dr. Barry Harris in Los Angeles. The performance promises to be an unforgettable event with the talented young pianist, Los Angeles native Richard Sears rounding out the trio.
Find out more at Soulpatchmusicproductions.com

Trixy and the Nasties
Saturday May 31st
special 7:00pm start!
all ages show!

$8 at the door
It's Rose Festival time and tonight the Starlight Parade will roll through downtown Portland. The parade assembles in The Pearl, so we thought we would start the music early and finish in time for you to catch the parade!
Start your evening off right with the soulful sounds of Trixy & The Nasties...combining the sounds of Motown, Stax, Proto-Funk, Soul, and Jazz, this powerhouse band will leave you sweating and begging for more.
The walloping voice of Angelene Green fronts the band and leads a smoking rhythm section comprised of drummer Randy Rollofson, guitarist Dave Iula, and bassist Bill Athens. They get the soulful support of a killer horn section featuring Bruce Green on trombone, Josh Cliburn on alto sax, and Marc Hutchinson on bari sax.
These cats will blow you away, so come on out and enjoy a special night of soul music!
Learn more at trixyandthenasties.com.


Michelle Van Kleef
with Brian Copeland and Christina Cooper
Friday, June 6th
$12 at the door
This evening, two Portland singer-songwriters debut fresh new music on our stage. Music industry veterans,
Michele Van Kleef and Brian Copeland, are joining forces for a dynamic, singer/songwriter night at highly-regarded Jimmy Mak’s. Van Kleef is celebrating the release of her second full-length studio record, while Copeland releases a new single at this live music event; local singer Christina Cooper rounds out the night with her magnetic voice.
Michele Van Kleef’s new release was recorded at Portland's Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio with Producer/Guitarist Tim Ellis, featuring Hall & Oates drummer Michael Braun, Troy Welstad (Pink, A Fine Frenzy, Hilary Duff) on keyboards, and Jamin Swenson (John Nilsen’s Swimfish) on bass. Her unique groove rock, features a classically trained and hauntingly soulful voice, ranging from the reminiscent sounds of Janis Joplin to the compelling melodies and pure tones of Joni Mitchell. Visit www.michelevankleef.com for more information.
Brian Copeland is currently recording a collection of new songs with Portland’s Rob Stroup at 8 Ball Studios and will be releasing a single as a preview of what’s on the horizon! Copeland has cultivated a unique brand of catchy and lyrical guitar-pop. Built on honest themes and experiences, his music engages a wide range of listeners from all walks of life. As a vetted pop musician at the center of a galaxy of classically trained musicians, Brian Copeland has built a powerhouse pop institution that remains fresh and engaging from album to album and show to show. Check him out at www.briancopelandband.com.
Christina Cooper, a Country and Folk Rock singer originally from the Bay Area, now calls Portland her home. She recently sang in the 2nd Annual Ladies Rise Up and Rock Show in Portland and is currently working on her debut record.

Ernie Watts
with the Marc Seales Trio

Saturday June 7th
Advanced Tickets $22 Reserved Seating/$17 General Admission
Available at Tickettomato.com
Words cannot express how excited we are to welcome back two-time Grammy award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts! His performance on our stage last year is without a doubt, one of the most electrifying and explosive we’ve ever witnessed.
Mr. Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music, and has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, working prolifically in the studio on many of the early west coast Motown sessions, and with pop and soul stalwarts like Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan.
He is currently touring in support of his newest recording, A Simple Truth, a concept album full of energy and life.
For tonight’s date, he is getting some World class help in the rhythm section from the Marc Seales Trio featuring Marc on piano, Portland’s own Dave Captein (bass), and Gary Hobbs (drums).  Seriously folks, this will be one of the highlights of 2014, so don’t miss out. Get your tickets and reservations quick as this will certainly sell out! Learn more about Ernie at www.erniewatts.com.

Mel Brown B3 Organ Group Double CD Release
Thursday, June 12th
$10 at the door
On this very special Thursday evening, the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group—dubbed “Jimmy Mak's signature band” by The Oregonian—will celebrate the release of not one but two new CD's!  These exciting releases—the first by the band in over eight years—were recorded a few months ago during a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the band's regular Thursday night gig at Jimmy Mak's!  To make it extra special, Grammy-winning trumpeter/arranger and original band member Thara Memory sat in and added his combination of musical brilliance and hilarious comedy.  Expect fun special guests to be on hand for the CD release as well!
The new CDs, Ticket To Ride and More Today Than Yesterday, are already getting airplay in the Northwest and beyond and are the talk of the town.  They capture the fire, funkiness, soul and spontaneity that have made the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group a Portland institution.  Come down to the club tonight and join the celebration: it's going to be a great party!
The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group includes Mel Brown (drums), Louis “King Louie” Pain (organ), Dan Balmer (guitar), Renato Caranto (saxophone), and Curtis Craft (percussion).  To learn more about the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, visit www.louispain.com/_the_mel_brown_b_3_organ_group.

Devin Phillips
Friday, June 13th
Cover TBA
Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors.
Performing, touring and recording with top jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, musician Lenny Kravitz, and Los Hombres Caliente (with whom he recorded two award-winning albums) soon followed. His reputation as a sax man with intricate and rhythmically innovative sounds made him a popular feature at jazz festivals: France’s Jazz de Vien Festival; Tokyo’s JVC Jazz Festival; Itanbul’s The Ruins; Spain’s Barcelona Jazz Festival; the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
This evening, we are very excited to welcome him back to our stage as he premiers his latest work, Modern Revival.  Modern Revival will highlight four original compositions by Phillips, along with four arrangements of American spirituals. Modern Revival celebrates the connection between jazz and the human spirit; more specifically, music’s ability and intent to lift the human spirit. With influences stretching from Gil Scott Heron and Joe Zawinul to John Coltrane, Modern Revival will explore music’s ability to promote personal as well as social change.
Joining Devin’s quartet this evening will be Grammy nominated pianist Janice Scroggins, Chris Brown (drums), and Eric Gruber (bass). 
To learn more about Devin, visit www.devinphillips.com.

The Yachtsmen
Saturday, June 14th
$12 at the door
The genre of music called "yacht rock," which has been rediscovered by hipsters in the past few years, was created in the mid-to-late '70s and ran its course by around 1984. This is the kind of laid-back, hedonistic "lifestyle music" that lends itself to balmy happy hours on the beach.
Think Michael McDonald-era Doobies, late-'70s Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs, Pablo Cruise, Little River Band and Christopher Cross—to name just a very few. The best of it was jazzy, funky and vocally very lush.
Jimmy Mak's is excited to welcome Portland's own The Yachtsmen, featuring a line-up of local veterans and Jimmy Mak's stalwarts: Josh Cliburn, Jeff Sechs, M.R. "Laird" Franklin, Dominic Castillo, John McIsaac, and Cory Burden —so you know it's gonna be done RIGHT.
The Yachtsmen play primarily up tempo yacht rock, so this'll be a lively event—and there'll likely be some special guests dropping in. And keep in mind that this is fun for grown-ups-leave the kiddies at home tonight. Get it on your calendar now and get your reservations quick, ‘cause this one will pack the house to the rafters!

PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s Presents:
Melissa Aldana & The Crash Trio featuring Francisco Mela
Tuesday, June 17th
One Show at 7:30
$20, all seats general admission

Advanced Tickets available at pdxjazz.com
Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana caught the attention of pianist Danilo Perez early on in her career, with Perez inviting Aldana to study at Berklee College of Music. During her time at Berklee, Aldana started to develop her own voice as a composer, studying with such heavyweights as Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson, Greg Osby, and George Coleman, and ultimately sharing the stage with Osby, Benny Golson, and Antonio Sanchez. 
As the winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition, Aldana also became the first female instrumentalist to win this competition. Marking her first Portland appearance, Aldana is joined by her acclaimed Crash Trio featuring bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela, who also currently performs with Joe Lovano’s ‘Us Five’ and McCoy Tyner.

Aldana’s dedication to listening, as well as showing up to play as much as she could, has been key to her recent success. – NPR ‘A Blog Supreme’

Friday June 20th
$10 at the door
Tonight, Soulmates bring back their extremely popular evening of Motown!
From Stevie Wonder to the Temptations to Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell, they will take you on a musical journey. Individually these are seasoned and storied performing artists with world class credentials - true pros doing what they love to do best. These cats can play! Together they are a stellar collective of soul - a sonic brotherhood with a spiritual connection - musical soul mates.
Sultry jazz sounds, stinging blues and raw funk can converge seamlessly, and then may segue into some flat out 'baby making music'! This is all wrapped up with a lot of love and an infectious groove all their own.
Soulmates feature the incredible Jarrod Lawson (vocals/keys), guitar master Jay “Bird” Koder, and drumming virtuoso Reinhardt Melz, along with Jans Ingber, lending his own amazing voice and percussion, rounding out the group will be the incredible voice of the wonderful Tracy Harris!
Folks, this is just gonna be one of the richest musical experiences you can find.  Find out more at www.soulmatesmusic.com.

Ken DeRouchie Band
Saturday June 21st
$10 at the door
Tonight we welcome back the powerful Ken DeRouchie Band for three sets of funk, soul, blues, rock and just plain explosive energy! This band features several of the baddest musicians in the Northwest, including vocalists LaRhonda Steele and Arietta Ward. Guitar slinger Jeff Knudson is a familiar face to Jimmy Mak’s from his shred-filled work with Lisa Mann’s Really Good Band. Band leader/guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Ken DeRouchie has a long history of bringing outstanding original music to our stage, with just the right blend of classic soul and funk to round out the show. The band has four full-length CD’s under their wings and they, along with their latest release, Muse, have garnered excellent reviews:

Muse is without a doubt one of the finest mixture of soul, blues, funk, jazz and R&B material to come down the musical road for some time. It is full of expressive lyrics, finely crafted instrumentation featuring a world class band and deep soulful vocals, all of it sounding as if it came directly from the church of Tower of Power. 
Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association - Blues Notes Feb 2014

And we aren’t kidding either folks, this show will be rocking. Check out this clip from their July 2013 CD release show: http://www.kdband.net/video.shtml. And you can learn more about Ken and his band at www.kdband.net.

PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s Presents
Ambrose Akinmusire
Wednesday, June 25th
Christopher Brown Quartet opens the evening at 7pm
Advanced tickets $20 Reserved Seating/$15 General Admission
Available at www.pdxjazz.com
Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire first wowed jazz fans with his focused 2011 Blue Note Records debut, When the Heart Emerges Glistening.
As the winner of both the 2007 Thelonious Monk Competition and the 2007 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Akinmusire has performed with such great as Billy Higgins, Sonny Simmons, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, and Steve Coleman.
Touring in support of his latest release, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint, the acclaimed trumpeter’s touring quintet features Walter Smith III (saxophone), Sam Harris (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass), and Justin Brown (drums).

…perhaps the most buzzed-about, award-winning, magazine-cover-posing trumpet player of his generation
NPR “First Listen”

Opening the evening is Jimmy Mak’s newest resident artist, the Christopher Brown Quartet. The youngest son of Mel Brown, Christopher Brown has returned to Portland after having been a long-time resident and player on the NYC scene, bringing an approach to music that's best described as a type of refined musical grittiness that's specifically indicative of NYC. Christopher has found a kinship between John Nastos (sax), Greg Goebel (piano), and Dylan Sundstrom (bass) who are more than capable of helping him to present such a musical product to his growing Portland audience.

Mitzi Zilka’s “Get Lazy!”
Thursday June 26th
$7 at the door
Jazz luminary, Mitzi Zilka, a mainstay on the Portland jazz scene, and Portland’s most versatile guitarist, Mike Doolin have teamed up on a diverse selection of tunes all about living in the moment and getting lazy. Tonight they’ll debut their new recording, Get Lazy!
Featured songs include Lazy Bones, Lazy Afternoon, I’m the Laziest Gal in Town, Busy Doin’ Nothin’, Lazy, Lazy Day and many more gems. This is a rare chance to hear these two wonderful musicians perform together so don’t miss out!

The Patrick Lamb Band
Friday, June 27th
more details soon

Bobby Torres Ensemble
Saturday, June 28th
$10 at the door
We’re turning up the heat tonight with a smoldering evening of Latin-tinged jazz, pop and funk. And boy do we have just the band for that!
Bobby Torres knows how to put a great band together. With his long history playing behind the likes of Tom Jones and Joe Cocker, he understands what it takes to make a great show happen. His full sized ensemble rips it up every time they take our stage, and tonight will be no exception.
As always, Bobby’s famous percussion leads a smoking hot rhythm section featuring pianist Dan Gaynor and Ghanan master drummer Israel Annoh. Bobby’s three-piece horn section always blows the house down and features a rotating line up of Portland’s best players. The band also features vocalist Julana Torres who will also teach you how to dance with an early dance lesson on our specially cleared dance area!
We haven’t had Bobby on our stage in a while and I know he’s gonna bring some serious fire to this show, so get on down here and show your love, dance the night away and catch a local legend tonight! ‘Cause with this band, the party is always happening! Check him out at www.bobbytorres.com.

From behind the bar,