Rising Star Ben Williams and Sound Effect PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s Monday, March 12th @ 7:00 and 9:00pm

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Rising Star Ben Williams and Sound Effect

PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s

Monday, March 12th @ 7:00 and 9:00pm


                                                                        Photo Credit: Jati Lindsey


Thelonious Monk Competition Winner to Make Portland Debut 


Member of Pat Metheny’s Unity Band Project –

New Band to Release Debut Album in Summer With European & U.S. Tours


PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Jimmy Mak’s. The first program in the PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s series will feature award-winning bassist Ben Williams and his quartet Sound Effect. Williams, winner of the prestigious 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition will perform material from his Concord Jazz debut, State of Art, on Monday, March 12th @ 7:00 and 9:00pm.


The bassist/composer leads a quartet comprised of saxophonist Jaleel Shaw who performed in Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band during last week’s jazz festival, electric and acoustic pianist Christian Sands (Christian McBride), and drummer John Davis (Cassandra Wilson).


A Washington D.C. native, Williams grew up listening to a diverse range of sounds including jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and classical, which can all be heard in his music. Williams remarks,

“There’s never a dull moment in jazz; you’re always discovering something new. There’s always something to be done that hasn’t been done yet.”


He is an esteemed student of music, graduating from the Duke Ellington School of Music and receiving a B.A. in Music Education at Michigan State University. Williams is pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the illustrious Juilliard School. He has performed and worked with musicians such as: Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Cyrus Chestnut, Ron Blake, Rodney Whitaker, Stefon Harris, Karriem Riggins, and many others. Williams was recently announced as iTunes “Jazz Breakthrough Artist of 2011.”


Williams is also a member of the Pat Metheny Unity Band, a new quartet project from the guitarist, which also comprises saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Antonio Sanchez. The band will release their debut album this summer, with tours in Europe and the U.S. to follow.



“An opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies.”

– John Murph, DownBeat Magazine


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Ben Williams and Sound Effect
NPR Tiny Desk Concert

PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s Present Ben Williams and Sound Effect

Monday, March 12th @ 7:00 and 9:00pm


Ben Williams – bass

Jaleel Shaw – saxophone

Christian Sands – electric & acoustic piano

John Davis – drums



Ticketing Info:


Guaranteed reserved seats (with dinner), at $20

General admission (seating not guaranteed), at $15


For online tickets, click here.


Coming April 30th: One night only, two shows

Three-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton


Jimmy Mak’s is located at:

221 NW 10th Ave. (between Davis and Everett)


For more information on Jimmy Mak’s, please visit: http://www.jimmymaks.com/





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