Jazz@Charbonneau 2023

A Festival within a Festival


Mel Brown B-3 Organ Trio at 7:00 p.m.

with Tom Grant & Sarah Saul at 12 p.m and 3 p.m.

Saturday September 23 at the Charbonneau Open Air Pavilion

For music lovers who enjoy grooving with the sounds of live jazz music,

Jazz@Charbonneau is a music festival within one of the longest running art festivals in the region.

Jazz@Charbonneau features the sounds of great local music artists, performing in a relaxing, outdoor pavilion that’s comfortable rain or shine, providing art and music lovers a place to rest, eat, drink, and enjoy traditional jazz standards just footsteps away from art and artisan exhibits.

The Best of Oregon Jazz Live in Charbonneau

Jazz music is a vital part of our region’s artistic heritage and The Charbonneau Arts Association is proud to feature live jazz performances at the annual Festival of the Arts in September. This year’s Festival line-up will feature some of the most exciting jazz combos that have helped to establish Northwest Oregon as a Mecca for great musicians and their music.

Our Mission

For nearly 40 years, the Charbonneau Arts Association has produced its annual Art with Flair Festival as a fund-raiser for the visual arts programs at Canby and Wilsonville High Schools. Jazz@Charbonneau builds on this tradition, with a year-round music program. All proceeds from Jazz@Charbonneau are donated to the art and music programs at these schools.

Our History

Jazz music has been a part of the annual Arts Festival for years. Local musicians played classic jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Song Book for art-goers at the festival.

Although the Art Festival was interrupted by the Pandemic in 2021, Jazz music was a key feature with the Virtual Stage, featuring artists such as Marilyn Keller and Darrell Grant.

In 2022, the program took a major step forward featuring eight music acts who performed on stage in the Pavilion including the Dan Balmer Group, Rebecca Hardiman, and the Sarah Saul Combo.

Performance Schedule

The most beloved jazz musicians in the region come to Charbonneau including:

In the Pavilion

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Trio
7 pm Saturday

Tickets available now

Sarah Saul Combo
12 pm Saturday

Tom Grant & Friends

With Marilyn Keller, Ron Steen, and Dave Captein
3 pm Saturday

In the Activity Center

Kevin Karrick
Friday 6 pm – Opening Night Gala

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Trio

Charbonneau Arts proudly welcomes the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group to Charbonneau Country Club on September 23, 2023. As the featured performer at Jazz@ Charbonneau, Mel and the band will take the stage on Saturday evening at 7pm. Seating is limited.  Tickets available now.

The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group has been a sensation for a long while. It is a true all-star band, each member widely viewed as tops in the Northwest on his instrument. With a collective resume that reads like a “Who’s Who” of jazz, blues, and soul (all four members are Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees), this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous–from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues.

“If this band appeared in New York City, they’d be a sensation, said guitar great – and one-time Mel Brown bandmate – George Benson, after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him at the 2003 Oregon Britt Festival.

No wonder they’ve thrilled audiences wherever they’ve played. Those venues have included Portland’s top jazz club, Jimmy Mak’s (every Thursday night for the entire 20-year run of that legendary jazz venue), the Jack London Revue (home to the band for the past 3 years), the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, The Britt Festival, The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, the Rose City Festival, the Bite Of Oregon, The Port Townsend Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Valley, the Newport, OR Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Oxford, the Montavilla Jazz Festival, and many more.

More about the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group here: https://www.facebook.com/melbrownb3organgroup

Tom Grant

Master instrumentalist, talented singer and natural entertainer, Tom Grant nimbly walks the line between jazz tradition and modern pop. This soft-spoken Oregon native’s inspired songwriting produces propulsive R&B grooves, infectious melodic hooks, and stylish ballads with equal ease. He plays jazz piano with the harmonic sophistication and deep sense of swing that only comes from more than four decades on the bandstand. As one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned musical artists, Tom Grant’s career achievements reflect his unique ability to embrace the full spectrum of contemporary music.

In the 80’s and 90’s Tom was considered by many to be the father of the Smooth Jazz sound, recording albums on major labels including Verve, Shanachie and Windham Hill. Several of these shot to number one on the Smooth Jazz charts.

Tom has appeared on the Jay Leno show and was featured in many of the national music magazines as well as in a CNN news spot. He’s also enjoyed large followings in Indonesia and Japan.

Learn more about Tom Grant and listen to his music here: https://tomgrant.com

Sarah Saul Combo

Singer Sarah Saul is a jazz singer and native Oregonian who performs with a number of groups throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Wild Rose, Tin Can Alley, and the Sarah Saul Combo – which will return to Charbonneau Arts Festival after a dazzling performance in 2022.

The Sarah Saul Combo offers a deep dive into the artistry of jazz with their thoughtful expression of jazz standards from the 20s onward. This group does not shy away from complex works and can play in the many styles of jazz while incorporating their unique expression and artistry. The group’s repertoire is simply delightful for lovers of jazz of the 20th Century. And her fans say the Sarah Saul Combo can play a bossa like nobody’s business!

See Sarah and her combo live Saturday September 23 at 12 moon. And learn more about her and enjoy some of her music here: https://sarahsaulmusic.com

Kevin Karrick

Kevin Karrick is a master of the acoustic guitar. His repertoire includes compositions from James Taylor, Sting, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, classical favorites from Bach, Faure, Handel, Pachelbel, plus a library of American Songbook and Latin standards.

Living in Oregon since 2013, he has played events in Portland and Vancouver, coastal towns, and other locations from the Puget Sound area to Eugene, OR. Kevin has also performed all along the Colorado Front Range, from Sheridan, WY to Colorado Springs, and many of the Colorado Mountain Resorts, from Telluride to Steamboat Springs.

This is Kevin’s third appearance at the Charbonneau Arts Festival. He will perform at the opening night Gate. Learn more about Kevin and listen to his music here: https://archtopmusic.com/kevinkarrick

Tickets on sale now for Mel Brown performance.

The Saturday evening performance by the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group is a ticketed event. Seating is limited.

Tickets available here.

If you have any questions, contact us at info@charbonneauarts.org.