Christopher Brown

Word on the Street...

Chris Brown is home father, like son...making music to appeal to the next generation.

-Ken Boddie. Portland, OR.

KOIN 6 News Anchor


Coast-hopping, Jazz-drumming, Chris Brown is back in town!


Brown has gained a stellar reputation as one of the bright new talents on the scene, working with a who's who of Jazz artist.


This quartet is so amazing on so many different levels...go see 'em whilst they still exist in PDX. I really think this one could go a long way in the Jazz world!

-Bob Stark. Portland, OR.

Producer/Sound Engineer Kung Fu Bakery Studio.


He is a uniquely talented performer and educator, and a man in whom I trust and for whom I hold great admiration.

-Conrad Herwig. New York, NY.

Director of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, NJ, and 3x Grammy Nominated artist.


I used him almost exclusively in my band when he used to reside in the NYC area, as he always brought so much knowledge and artistry to the music. And combined with his multi-instrumentalist abilities, Chris Brown is a unique talent that's not often found.

-Mark Gross. New York, NY.



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Ezra Weiss Sextet @ Michelle's Piano

  • Michelle's Piano 600 SE Stark St Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

Portland Jazz Workshop is proud to present the Ezra Weiss Sextet at Michelle's Pianos on Friday, May 22nd at 8pm.

This sextet just released an album called Before You Know It, which got a lot of radio play throughout the world and made a number of critics' Top 10 lists for 2014. They will be premiering a number of new compositions at this performance! 

In this band, trumpeter Thomas Barber (Paul Simon, Brian Blade), alto saxophonist John Nastos (Diane Schurr, Chuck Israels), tenor saxophonist Devin Phillips (Wynton Marsalis, Los Hombres Calientes), bassist Jon Shaw (Blue Cranes, Javier Nero), and drummer Christopher Brown (Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson) join forces to bring Weiss' heartfelt and imaginative compositions to life.

The Portland-based composer and pianist Ezra Weiss has earned wide acclaim. He was listed in the 2012 and 2013 Down Beat Critics Polls and is a three-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.

$12 Donation/$6 students

"Weiss proves himself a confident composer and arranger in the contemporary mainstream." -Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"A bold, inspired figure in the contemporary jazz arranging scene.” -Josef Woodard, DownBeat

"Weiss is representative of a postmodern generation of young composers for the small jazz ensemble (Ryan Cohan, John Hollenbeck, Anthony Wilson are others) that is interested in going beyond the head-solos-head format to more elaborately developed forms." -Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes