An Evening of Jazz @ The Belfry -King Louie & Renato Caranto w/Michael Raynor
Thu, Dec 16 at 7pm
Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees Louis "King Louie" Pain and Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for nearly a quarter century now. Whether working in big venues or small, in large groups or as a duo, the chemistry between these two world-class musicians is unmatched. They simply love playing together, and audiences love watching and listening to them!
Louis and Renato have played countless gigs together in a variety of line-ups: at Jimmy Mak’s (including 20 years on Thursday nights with Mel Brown), at the Jack London Revue, the Waterfront Blues Festival, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest as well as Hawaii. They've also performed on ten critically acclaimed CDs together, with the last three—released on Louis' Shoug Records label—being honored by Downbeat magazine as among the "Best Albums of the Year" (for 2016, 2018, and 2019).
Chicago transplant Michael Raynor played drums with numerous Windy City jazz greats, including Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Charles Earland, and Fareed Haque. He also worked with legendary New York-based artists including Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Griffin, Sam Rivers, and Arturo Sandoval. In 1996, he began working with multi-Grammy winning vocalist Kurt Elling, with whom he toured & recorded extensively. Since relocating to Portland, Michael has quickly become a favorite with many top local musicians—including “King Louie” Pain and Renato Caranto!