Phil Baker Quartet is an all star band made up of musicians from Pink Martini and who have played with Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Kurt Elling, Freddie Hubbard, Diana Krall and Diana Ross.
The Quartet features Phil Baker on Bass, Dan Faehnle on guitar, Bryn Roberts on keyboards, and Michael Raynor on drums. They will be playing some of their favorite jazz songs and a few surprises.
- Phil Baker
Phil Baker has been active on the Portland jazz scene since 1977. When he was 22 he joined Diana Ross' band, with which he toured the world for the next 10 years and appeared on many TV shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Motown 25, and Diana Ross-Live From Central Park (the 1st worldwide cable TV broadcast). After Ross' band Phil played in Gino Vannelli's band, touring Japan, North America, and Europe and playing on his critically acclaimed "Yonder Tree" CD.
Phil has spent the last 16 years as a member of Pink Martini, which has gone on to play with over 75 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, as well as appearances on The David Letterman Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Conan O'Brien Show.
Ohio native Dan Faehnle was until recently based in Portland, OR and established relationships with such legendary jazz artists as Leroy Vinnegar, Chuck Israels, Dave Frishberg and Rebecca Kilgore. Beginning in 2000, Faehnle stepped into the guitar chair with Diana Krall, performing on numerous world tours, television shows, radio and media events. As an integral part of the Diana Krall quartet for three years, Dan garnered accolades from such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, JazzTimes and Downbeat magazines, as well as many international publications. He continues to work with such noted musicians as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Delfeayo Marsalis.
- Bryn Roberts
Bryn Roberts is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has played, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a frequent performer at jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, the Jazz Gallery, the Kitano and Dizzy's. An acclaimed composer and bandleader, Roberts has five albums out featuring his own music. Roberts has toured widely with his own groups including festival, radio and club appearances across the USA, Canada, the UK, Spain and Japan with some of New York’s finest musicians: Matt Penman, Jochen Rueckert, Rodney Green, Joe Martin, Jaleel Shaw, Johnathan Blake, Mark Ferber, Will Vinson and Seamus Blake.
- Michael Raynor
Drummer Michael Raynor splits his time between Portland and Chicago, where he spent more than twenty years playing with tenor sax icon and NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman. Raynor also toured with vocalist Kurt Elling and can be heard on two of his Grammy nominated recordings, including "Live in Chicago," featuring Jon Hendricks. He has worked with Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Griffin, Eric Alexander, Tia Fuller, Steve Coleman, Gary Bartz, Ira Sullivan, Jon Faddis, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Israels, Nancy King, and Bob Dorough among others.
Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.