THE MEL BROWN B-3 ORGAN GROUP featuring SAEEDA WRIGHT
“If this band appeared in New York City, they’d be a sensation!”- George Benson
That was guitar great—and one-time Mel Brown bandmate—George Benson’s reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him at Oregon’s prestigious Britt Festival.
In fact, this true all-star band has been a sensation for a long time—including a 20-year run on Thursdays at Portland’s Jimmy Mak’s (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”). This group—led by legendary Portland drummer Mel Brown and including three Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees—has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous, from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues. No wonder they’ve thrilled audiences wherever they’ve played.
At this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival, the band will be joined by special guest vocalist Saeeda Wright. Saeeda has performed with Prince, Liv Warfield, Prince’s New Power Generation, Lalah Hathaway, Mother’s Favorite Child, and many other prominent artists.
Mel Brown, drums
Louis “King Louie” Pain, organ
Dan Balmer, guitar
Renato Caranto, saxophone
Saeeda Wright, vocals