International company honors Chef McKee; and our jazz scene is bigger than you think

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Chef Patrick McKee is a top chef in Portland (and a former Iron Chef contestant on a team that beat the renowned Jose Garces).

He also now has been named a EuroCAST Pro. EuroCAST is made by BergHOFF, the Belgium company that sells EuroCAST cookware worldwide. EuroCAST, incredibly popular in Europe, is a high-quality ceramic-titanium formulation known for releasing food easily. The cookware is a cast design, but light enough for anyone to handle, and induction-ready features.

EuroCAST will be featuring Chef McKee's food and story in upcoming publications, focusing on his local sourcing, attention to detail, consistent results, and vision for elevating food that people find delicious, beautiful, and approachable.

Located at Fremont and 46th in Northeast, our customers find easy parking and walking on cool Fall evenings. Our bar in the back has a fireplace -- and jazz -- to warm you up.

And our front dining area is like our food: beautiful, comfortable, relaxed, and memorable.

Great musicians play with great musicians

Joe Manis

Joe Manis

David Friesen, our featured musical guest tonight (Friday, October 12) often plays with his Circle 3 Trio. Joining David are Joe Manis on sax and Dan Gaynor on keyboards. 

More about Joe Manis

SteepleChase recording artist Joe Manis is noted for the strength of his "intense, updated take on the glorious Rollins-'Trane tradition." (Willamette Week)  Manis was the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.  His album for SteepleChase Records, The Golden Mean, features George Colligan on organ, Kevin Congleton on drums, and Lillie Manis on viola and was released in 2015.  North By Northwest was released by SteepleChase Records in 2013.

He released his debut album Evidence in 2009 features Manis on tenor saxophone, Kevin Congleton on drums, and Portland luminary Dave Captein on bass: the Willamette Week called the album "explosive,” and said “(Manis) makes Pink Floyd's 'Money' sound like something a young John Coltrane might have played"; the Eugene Weekly said: "Fabulous... Will thrill fans of Monk, Rollins."

has toured Europe as a duo with David Friesen, where they recorded Structures, a live album. He currently plays with Friesen's Trio, Quartet and Quintet. He also appears on Risky Notion (Four stars & Best Albums of 2015, DownBeat Magazine) on Origin Records with George Colligan's Theoretical Planets. Manis has played with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, including a performance at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and appears on their album Rise Up! on Real World Records. He has also performed with the George Colligan Quartet, the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra, the Ken Schaphorst Big Band, the Temptations, comedian Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, and the Eugene Opera.

More about Dan Gaynor

A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with many artists including Nancy King, Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Glen Moore, Gino Vannelli, Martin Zarzar, Bob Mover, Bobby Torres, Emily Braden, Dan Faehnle, Marguerite Jeunemann, David Friesen, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alan Jones, Lawrence Williams, Rob Scheps, Robert Moore, John Stowell, Ingrid Jensen, Ron Steen, Mel Brown, “Sweet Baby” James Benton, Chris Conrade, Dick Berk, Marianne Solivan, Shirley Nanette and many others. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar.



Weekend line-UP for October 12-13

Click on the image above to read a profile of David from Origin Records.

Click on the image above to read a profile of David from Origin Records.

You can read an excellent, brief bio of Annette’s career, with discography, at ALLMUSIC. Just click on the image above.

You can read an excellent, brief bio of Annette’s career, with discography, at ALLMUSIC. Just click on the image above.

Paul Ward