Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving eve, and then....

Hello everyone!
> The cold snap has us in its grip, winter is suddenly here, and the holiday season is about to burst. What better reason is there to come to Arrivederci's Wine Bar on McLoughlin Blvd. to sip a hot toddy while I fill the room with piano tunes? None that I care to mention.... I'll be playing from 7:00-10:00 Wednesday night. I'd love to see you. The address is 17023 SE McLoughlin, Milwaukie OR.
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> In just two weeks Tall Jazz will bring you their 22nd Annual Winter Jazz Concert on Saturday, Dec. 4, 8:00 PM. This holiday tradition has been a favorite of many. In the past we've held it at the Old Church, or at McMenamin's Kennedy School or Willamette Valley Vineyards. This year we are excited and proud to present the latest installment of the Winter Jazz Concert at Portland's premier jazz club, Jimmy Mak's, located at 221 NW 10th in the Pearl District of Portland. If the past is any indication, it should be a full house, so reservations are recommended by calling 503-295-6542. Tickets are $10 at the door. Students/minors are encouraged to attend, but must leave by 9:30, which leaves plenty of time to hear some great holiday jazz.
> Our special artists will be Marilyn Keller, at soulful vocalist who has performed around the world, and will be featured in the Oregon Symphony's "Gospel Christmas" concert this year; pianist George Mitchell, fresh off a tour with Diana Ross; and our horn section, Lee Wuthenow (tenor) and Bryant Allard (trumpet), regulars in the Winter Concert series. We will perform some of the old favorites, as well as new arrangements of the classics, such as the swingin' carol "The Man with the Bag", "Auld Lang Syne" ala New Orleans, and "Blue Christmas" with a dark twist.
> Our friend Kim Loeffler designed this year's poster, which I have attached. It's festive and colorful, much like the concert itself!
> Happy Thanksgiving!
> Mike Horsfall

Saturday, November 20, 2010

HARD CHOICES 2010/11/20

KMHD Jazz Radio Relish and give thanks for interpretations... "The Hunters and Gatherers" (Jon Faddis), "Farmers Market" (Art Farmer and Benny Golson), "Naima" (McCoy Tyner) "Blues by 5" (Leroy Vinnegar), all "In Your Own Sweet Way" (Miles Davis) with seating at... Birdland, say "Round Midnight" (Wes Montgomery)- photo/YouTube: on HARD CHOICES Saturdays,11am to 1pm. Hard bop, post bop and modal jazz, a modern mainstream mix! -Shawn Kirkeby

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The East-West Tour!

The East-West Tour!

Hello friends,

I'm going on tour this week, and you can come along.  It's being billed as The Karla Harris East-West Tour, and will take place this Thursday and Friday, 11/18-19.  

Featured on this tour is Karla Harris, the songbird from Kansas City.  Backing her up will be myself on piano, Dave Captein on bass and Todd Strait on drums.  

We will begin our tour this Thursday night at Wilf's Restaurant by the train station in downtown Portland, at 800 NW 6th Ave.  The curtain raises at 7:30 PM.  Call 503-223-0070 for reservations.  

Then we hop in the bus, cross the Willamette River and head south to Milwaukie for the next night's show at Arrivederci's Wine Bar at 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.  The date is Friday, 11/19, and the time is 8:00-11:00.  For reservations call 503-659-1143.

Hope to see you on the road!

Here are some other dates to be aware of:

Saturday, 11/20, I'll be playing vibes with Graham Covington (piano), Dennis Caiazza (bass) and Ron Steen (drums) at Arrivederci's at 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, 11/24, I'm back at Arrivederci's playing solo piano from 7-10 PM.

Then, don't forget:  Saturday, Dec. 4, Tall Jazz presents the 22nd Annual Winter Jazz Concert at Jimmy Mak's Restaurant at 221 NW 10th, Portland.  Tickets are $10 at the door, and we start at 8:00.  Call 503-295-6542 for reservations.  We will feature a great line-up:  Marilyn Keller, vocals;  George Mitchell, piano;  Lee Wuthenow, tenor sax;  Bryant Allard, trumpet;  and Tall Jazz:  me on vibes, Dan Presley on bass, and Dave Averre on drums.  The Winter Jazz series began in 1989, and has been a popular tradition for many every since.  The band presents traditional holiday tunes, as well as some rare chestnuts, performed in hip and swingin' arrangements.

I hope to see you out there!

Mike Horsfall

Saturday, November 13, 2010


These are some of the albums jazz and military veterans you heard today on HARD CHOICES..

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday night at Jimmy Mak's

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to give you a quick reminder about the Tall Jazz concert tomorrow (Friday, 11/12) at Jimmy Mak's. The evening is sponsored by the Jazz Society of Oregon, who will be inducting Tall Jazz into their Hall Of Fame. The trio has been together since 1989, playing, recording and educating along the way. The JSO is generously recognizing our contribution to Portland's jazz scene, complete with an unveiling of a new painting of Tall Jazz by artist Diane Russell - her works hang on the walls at Jimmy Maks. Should be a swingin' night! Here are the particulars:

Jazz Society of Oregon 2010 Hall of Fame Concert
Friday November 12, 2010
Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., Portland

Alan Jones Academy of Music jazz sextet at 6:30 pm
"Tall Jazz" with guest artist, Bill Beach at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $15 and $17.
Tickets available at

Reserved seating requires Dinner Reservations (call Jimmy Mak's at 503-295-6542)

Here's a link to a JSO poster:
and a link to Tall Jazz:

A couple of other Tall Jazz dates to jot down:
12/4 - Our 22nd annual Winter Jazz Concert will be held at Jimmy Mak's
12/22 - Tall Jazz with Marilyn Keller will perform at Arrivederci's Wine Bar in Milwaukie, OR.

Thank you! And thanks for support Tall Jazz all these years!

Mike Horsfall

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tony Pacini, Chuck Israels and Mike Winkle at the Brasserie 11/13

Dear Music Lovers,

I am so excited to invite you to my gig with the amazing pianist Tony Pacini and world renowned bassist Chuck Israels on Sat. 11/13 at The Brasserie Montmartre from 9-1.
Hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Mike Winkle

Brasserie Montmartre
503) 236-3036
626 SW Park Ave (SW Alder)
Portland, OR 97205