Marilyn Keller singing with Darrell Grant

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December 2021 Events

Black Swan at Portland Dixieland Society

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SUN, DEC 19 @ 12 PM

The cygnets are finally headed to the stage once again at the upcoming Portland Dixieland Society gathering. We will be honking with glee and hope that you'll join us, being mindful of the attendance policy in place.

Andrew Oliver will be with us for the first time on piano and we are very excited to share the stage with him. He's a terrific early jazz stylist and we're going to have fun. Also in the Andrew department, Andy Hall will be tailgating his tail off on trombone. Kevin Johnston will be headed down from Seattle to provide some rock-solid banjo rhythm. Rick Holzgrafe - cornet - and Steve Matthes - clarinet - will be leading the way in the front line. Ron Leach - drums and Kit Johnson - tuba will be providing that groove. And last, but never least, Ms. Marilyn Keller will be running tingles up and down your spine with her vocal renditions of many of your favorites. See you there.

Elks Lodge

610 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 97045, USA


Composers Cookoff | A fundraiser for PJCE
Sunday, December 5⋅1:00 – 6:00pm
7835 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
Portland Jazz composer’s Ensemble at Vino Veritas- I’m the Mistress of Ceremonies!  
Sunday at Vino Veritas Wine Bar and Bottleshop or online from the comfort of your home.

The Best Oregon-Made Movies, Books, Music & Art of 2021

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Photograph of Ithica Tell in Sanctuaries courtesy Intisar Abioto

PERFORMANCE: Sanctuaries at Third Angle New Music Third Angle’s Sanctuaries was, among other things, a thrilling assembly of some of the city’s best cross-discipline talent. Composed by beloved local musician Darrell Grant, with a libretto by Oregon poet laureate Anis Mojgani, the six-years-inthe-making jazz opera featured Damien Geter (the interim director of the Portland Opera, who has
performed at the Met), Emmanuel Henreid (who went viral in 2020 for his impromptu duet of the national anthem with a Portland State student), Ithica Tell (an award-winning stage and screen actor), and Marilyn Keller (a stalwart Portland jazz vocalist with beyond-golden pipes).
The piece’s subject matter—gentrification, Black subjugation and resilience, the power of communal memory—couldn’t have been more relevant, especially as performed outside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was built on the razed homes of a once-predominately Black neighborhood. But a production is more than its subject matter, and this one was indelible for its mastery.

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Join us in person or online.

We are open for in-person worship each Sunday!  If you come, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  We continue to livestream our services (see links at top of this page) for the many people who feel safer at home.

Sunday Services:
10am. English.  We rotate among musical styles:  classical, contemporary, and jazz.
11:30am. Spanish.

Whether we are together in person or online, we are united in the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Come join us. All are welcome here.

Augustana Lutheran Church

2710 NE 14th Ave  Portland, OR 97212                        Tel: (503) 288-6174


Livestream Service
Augustana Lutheran Church
Portland, OR

10:oo am [English]  11:30am [Spanish]

Francisco will post the link
and announcement mid-week:

George Mitchell, Piano
Kevin Deitz, Bass
Ron Steen, Drums
Marilyn Keller, Vocal Instrument
Rev. Dr. Mark Knutson, Message

Augustana is a thriving,  multicultural, multinational, welcoming and affirming, sanctuary, servant congregation, called by Christ to share the Good News of God’s love for all people. We are called by the Creator to work with our Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American and Christian sisters and brothers and many people of good will, to seek justice and peace in all the earth and to care for the creation for generations to come, as together we weave God’s Beloved Community.


Soul of Courage with Marilyn Keller
Gun reform, music, and the rhythm of relentlessness
By Kevin Teater

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
“I sing because I have to,” Marilyn Keller told me midway through our conversation.
“Singing is one of the ways that I feed my spirit. If I could not sing, I would be one very depressed, hopeless person. When I was a child, my family would tease me because I would burst into song at random occasions.”
Marilyn is an incredible vocalist. She’s been singing professionally for almost 40 years, resulting in her induction into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2016.

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“It’s HERE!!!!”

Purchase My Dreams, My Journey by Marilyn T Keller and Darrell Grant:

My Dreams, My Journey
by Marilyn Keller with Darrell Grant

Streaming + Download
Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.   $7 USD  or more

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“The new CD is here! The NEW CD is HERE!!!” Black Swan Classic Jazz Band worked all last year to get this done- remotely! #KitJohnsonIsAGenius Hat’s off to the pandemic-induced “Pandemonium!” I have hard copies. Also available digitally- Spotify, etc.

Pandemonium is a brand new recording from 2020 that includes early blues, ragtime and jazz favorites, three original songs composed by members of the band and featured vocals by Marilyn Keller. CDs may be pre-ordered at this time for shipment in February 2021. Click on our new HearNow page for sample clips from each track.

If you  want a CD for their own library, you can pre-purchase through
        CDs are expected in mid-March

Marilyn is a treasured veteran of Portland's jazz and gospel music scenes who is often called in to bring life to songs by others.

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