Proceeds from “Musical Inspiration: Honoring Jimmy Mak” will establish PSU music scholarship
PORTLAND, Ore. – An all-star lineup of jazz, funk and soul artists will perform a special concert at the Roseland Theater on Sunday, April 23, to pay tribute to Jim Makarounis, founder of the renowned Jimmy Mak’s jazz club. “Musical Inspiration: Honoring Jimmy Mak” will feature a three-set program of noted musicians who performed at Portland’s nationally known jazz club during its 20-year run.
“Jimmy Makarounis created much more than a jazz club,” explained show producer Tony Starlight, who will also serve as master of ceremonies. “Jimmy Mak’s was a cultural institution that put Portland on the map as a true music city.”
The April 23 event, which will be part of the 2017 Soul’d Out Festival, will feature one set each by iconic Portland jazz drummer Mel Brown’s hard-bop septet and his award-winning Hammond B-3 organ quintet, which will back well-known instrumentalists and vocalists who have played at the club over the past two decades, including Bobby Torres, Dan Balmer, LaRhonda Steele and Andy Stokes.
A third set backed by The Yachtsmen will feature funk, R&B and rock performances by vocalists Jarrod Lawson, Paul Creighton and Moose E. Lee, and the Soul Vaccination Horns. Various jazz dignitaries will speak throughout the evening, and an after-party featuring the Chris Brown Quartet will take place in the Roseland’s ground-floor club, Peter’s Room, right after the concert concludes.
“Jimmy Mak’s was one of the only clubs in Portland music history to open its doors to minors for early shows,” Starlight said. “This provided an opportunity for middle-school and high-school kids to be exposed to world-class players and educators like Mel Brown, Alan Jones, Dan Balmer and Gordon Lee, providing an educational experience like no school in town.”
This event will also help to establish the “Jimmy Mak’s Musical Inspiration Scholarship” at Portland State University; 20 percent of ticket proceeds and 100 percent of sponsorship, raffle and auction dollars will directly fund this scholarship. Contributions can be made to the PSU Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that raises funds for PSU’s students and programs; contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
VIP tickets are $65 and include a reception in Peter’s Room on the ground floor of the Roseland Theater. General admission is $25; balcony reserved seats are sold out. VIP entry opens at 5:30pm; general admission doors open at 6pm; and the concert starts at 7pm. The vast majority of the general admission section is SEATED. The event is for ages 21 and over.
The event is presented by Jimmy Mak’s, Starlini Enterprises and the Soul’d Out Festival and sponsored by Pacific Office Automation and Young’s Market Company. For more information visit the Jimmy Mak’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/