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Marilyn Keller singing with Darrell Grant

MAY 2023

Marilyn T Keller appears at The Benson Hotel  Friday the 5th 5:30-8 PM.

May 31

May 24 @ Jo Bar & Rotisserie, 7pm

May 28th- Scandals, 2pm

May 29 at Our State Capitol, in Salem











Marilyn Keller, singing "Lift Every Voice", Portland, guest of Rep. Frederick, this opening will be in observance of black history month will be reprising this song at Our State Capitol,  on May 29th- by invitation of My (present day) SENATOR Lew Fredericks!

Every Brain Needs Music

Wednesday, May 31⋅7:00 – 8:30pm

Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202, USA


Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music

Whenever a person engages with music, countless neurons are firing―when a piano student practices a scale, a jazz saxophonist riffs on a melody, someone sobs to a sad song, or a wedding guest gets down on the dance floor. Playing an instrument requires all of the resources of the nervous system, including cognitive, sensory, and motor functions. Something as seemingly simple as listening to a tune involves mental faculties most of us don’t even realize we have.

Joining us at this special event:


  • Neuroscientist and lifelong musician Dr. Larry Sherman

  • Grammy award-winning, Hopi-Nez Perce Native American flutist James Edmund Greeley

  • Internationally acclaimed gospel, jazz and blues singer Marilyn Keller

  • Singer, composer, pianist and recording artist Naomi LaViolette, and

  • Celebrated cello and bass quartet Porchello

This Science on Tap is a multi-media lecture and concert to show how our brains and music work in harmony.

June 8th, The Benson Hotel Lobby Lounge, 5:30p

June 17th, Woodburn Downtown Plaza, 12pm

June 23rd, Tigard Festival of Balloons, 6pm

June 24th, Underground Speakeasy, 7pm


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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  40 years, resulting in her induction into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2016.

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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

Marilyn's Calendar link

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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, multi-national, 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.

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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.https://blackswanclassicjazzband.hearnow.comIf you  want a CD for their own library, you can purchase through        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.3

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