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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"Chuck Israels: Coltrane Time" @ PDX Jazz Fest (feat. Jimmy Greene/Charlie Porter)

  • Jimmy Mak's 221 NW 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 United States (map)

Composer/arranger/bassist Chuck Israels, whose musical resume extends from Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, J.J. Johnson, and John Coltrane, all the way to people such as Paul Simon, will be performing at Jimmy Mak's for the 2016 PDX Jazz Fest, which is highlighting the 90th birthday of the late great John Coltrane. And joining him will be a sextet that will feature saxophonist Jimmy Greene and trumpeter Charlie Porter.

Israels had the good fortune to be included in a recording session with John Coltrane in March of 1958 which, again, this program draws its inspiration from. States Israels, “John had gained attention in the Miles Davis Quintet and was one of the accomplished tenor players of the period but not yet the iconic idol he was to become.  It was a milestone in my work as a recording jazz musician – my first professional recording.”

Chuck Israels / bass
Jimmy Greene / saxophone
Charlie Porter / trumpet
John Moak / trombone
Dan Gaynor / piano
Christopher "TCOM" Brown / drums