FlorenceFest '19 Jazz Bands & Musicians

The musical lineup for the 2019 Florence Fest is sure to satisfy the discerning jazz enthusiast of every style. Both evenings will be closed with headlining performances by  Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection on Friday and Soul Vaccination on Saturday.  The third annual Florence Fest will leave you wanting more.

Friday,  April 26, 2019


2:00 - 3:30 PM


Local guitar hero, Sunny Sundstrom, will open FlorenceFest on Friday April 26th at 2 PM. Sunny will be joined with an array of local and regional favorites.



4:00 - 6:00 PM


more info at www.innerlimitsband.com

Inner Limits is an energetic blues/funk/rock group that weaves original material and unique arrangements of solid classic blues and rock songs into each set. The group frequently headlines regional craft beer and music festivals and keeps a busy performance schedule at wineries, breweries and casinos.

The band consists of Jesse Greenlee on drums/vocals, Olem Alves on guitar/vocals and Torrey Newhart on keyboards/vocals.





6:30 - 7:30 PM - HEADLINER:




Revitalizing Funk & Soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection has been stirring up a ton of noise on the NW music scene. Led by Trumpeter Farnell Newton, who currently tours with Jill Scott & Bootsy Collins, the Othership Connection brings a sound that blends the old with the new.  They are gaining a reputation of funkin’ up stages all night long.


Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians & educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, funk, Latin music, soul, hip hop, and more. In the last year, Newton toured with 3-time Grammy Winner & award winning Actress Jill Scott.  Farnell has also performed with a who's who of world class artists including, Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Cee-Lo Green, Karl Denson, Lettuce, George Duke, Brian Blade, Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Najee, Will Downing, Earth, Wind and Fire and more!


More pics and info at http://othershipfunk.wixsite.com/funk



Saturday,  April 27, 2019


2:00 - 3:30 PM


Florence area Jazz vocalist, Maree Beers heads on an ensemble of some of the finest musicians in the region. Maree will perform jazz and pop favorites, with definitely her own flair on the arrangement.



4:00 - 6:00 PM


This trio hails from Portland, Oregon and focuses on cools brazillian-jazz style arrangements.


Kerry Politzer – piano

New England Conservatory graduate Kerry Politzer is a pianist with Brazilian and classical influences. She has six albums as a leader, including Below the Surface, which was released by PJCE Records in 2014. Kerry first discovered Brazilian music in college, where she was inspired by a residency performed by multi-instrumentalist composer Hermeto Pascoal. She is a featured instrumentalist on saxophonist Laura Dreyer’s Brazilian-influenced release, Free Flying Bird (Sony Latin, 2011).



Melissa Carroll - flute

Melissa Carroll is a native Oregonian born and raised in Salem. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pacific University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Portland State University. After graduating from Pacific, she moved to Chengdu, China and Singapore where she lived for nine years, performing and teaching. She currently lives in Portland, OR, where she teaches music at Park Academy as well as at her own studio.


Ben Graves - Guitar

Ben has studied, shared the stage, and toured with national and internationally known artists including Rick Zunigar (Stevie Wonder), Tony Dumas, Leon Russell, Dick Berk and Charles McPherson. While living in Los Angeles, he studied classical guitar with Scott Tennant (of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Evan Hirschelman, and Robert Mayeur. Ben has performed in music festivals all over the U.S., including the Reno Jazz Festival and Portland Jazz Festival.  He has performed with local jazz greats including Ron Steen, Andre St. James, George Colligan, Bobby Torres, Dave Captein, John Stowell and Darrell Grant.  Ben holds his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies degree from Portland State University where he focused on orchestration, composition, jazz arranging and jazz piano.  Ben currently resides in Portland, OR where he performs regularly in jazz, chamber music and Latin ensembles. He leads his own jazz quartet, and performs with Bossa PDX, Catarina New, Andre St James Quartet, Eddie Parente Quartet, Big New Band and The Brazilian Guitar Duo.



6:30 - 7:30 PM


– more info at https://www.facebook.com/theflatnines/

The Flat Nines are a Portland based jazz ensemble who plays an eclectic blend of jazz and Latin from the “cool” eras of the 50’s and 60’s. Influences include Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass and Dexter Gordon. Tommy Houston on Guitar and Melissa Carroll and Sax and Flute lead the band.





8:00 - 10:00 PM - HEADLINER:



Soul Vaccination remains at the top of the Portland charts, and is one of the tightest Funk & Soul Bands in the PNW. As the Rose City's favorite, Soul Vax infuses the stage with the greatest soul standards, and has been a fixture in the Northwest music scene for over 20 years.



This high energy 12 piece band features Brian Harris on Hammond B-3 and keyboards, along with the precision guitar playing of Mike Doolin. On bass, is Grammy nominated producer John Linn, and on drums is Ron Tuttle, always bringin' the funk and groovin' hard. Portland's own Regina K, Mark Wyatt, and Porsch Anthony 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, & Timothy Bryson on saxophones.

Check out the band's new singles, "Funk P-Town" and "Got More Life", available as a download or on vinyl. The band's latest CD, "Soul Vax Live in PDX" is selling fast and has received wonderful reviews


Additional photos and info at www.soulvax.com





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