PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland is the center of the jazz universe during the week of the PDX Jazz Festival.
On Wednesday, Portland’s “Godfather of Jazz” will give a special performance and tribute to the memory of Jimmy Mak’s jazz club.
Mel Brown is a Portland jazz master. As talented as he is humble, Brown is the face and the sound of jazz in Portland.
He’s also a headliner at the 2017 PDX Jazz Festival.
“Well, it’s quite a surprise with me being considered the jazz master. I’m thinking, me?” Brown said.
Also performing, the Jimmy Mak All Stars, musicians who set Jimmy Mak’s as Portland’s jazz destination.
“Oh, it was like the Empire State Building. People in New York – everybody knew about Jimmy Mak’s,” Brown said.
“I think Jimmy- he hung around to see the close, the actual close,” Brown said. “We’ll have another place. There’s people working on stuff right now.”
Brown’s journey into jazz started with Motown.
Now, Brown plays host as the jazz festival brings top performers to Portland.
Brown’s Big Band and the Jimmy Mak All Stars will play Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland on Wednesday evening. The event will include a tribute to Jimmy Mak, the man and the club.