Paula Byrne @ Camellia Lounge

featuring John Gilmore on Piano

Dan Presley on Bass

510 NW 11th Avenue

Portland, Oregon USA

6:30 - 9:00 pm

Cover $10

John Gilmore is a pianist and vocalist whose musical career spans 40 years. Originally from Los Angeles, he come from a musical family, his father having been a record producer and Vice President of Capitol Records and his mother, a big-band vocalist. While majoring in music at UCLA, he won First Prize in the Frank Sinatra Awards, Pop Vocal category. John worked in the Los Angeles area from 1974 through 1991 as an entertainer and band leader at such venues as The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Hotel Bel-Air and many others. As a solo act, he appeared at the world-renowned Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, a six-year engagement where he performed regularly for such notable customers as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Natalie Cole and many others. From 1991 through 1995 he starred in a television commercial for Henry Weinhard beer, playing the character β€œTex Velvet.”

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Dan Presley has been performing professionally as a jazz and swing bassist since 1969, and has performed throughout the US, Canada,the far east and most recently in Havana,Cuba. He has appeared with national artists Rebecca Kilgore, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Scott Hamilton (Concord Records), Bill Berry (Duke Ellington alumnus), Lew Tabakin, Dave McKenna, Mark Murphy , jazz pianist George Cables (pianist for Dexter Gordon, Bobby Hutcherson and many other national artists) and renowned trumpeter Carl Saunders from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and nationally renowned vibist/drummer Chuck Redd from the Smithsonian Jazz Project.

Recent shows include tours of Canada with internationally acclaimed vocalist Barbara Blair from Victoria,BC (2009,11 & 12) and performances and clinics in the Pacific NW. In 2008 Dan toured South Korea as a guest artist and clinician with the Clark College (Vancouver,Wa) vocal jazz ensemble. In 2013 Dan was part of a cultural exchange tour to Cuba and performed with musicians and students in Havana.

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