Yesterday Saeeda and I performed at TedX Concordia U in Portland. We closed out the day’s festivities. Saeeda gave a wonderful talk about the importance and practice of love, and gave a goosebump-inspiring performance of an original tune entitled ‘what happened to love?’. The crowd of over 700 gave a standing ovation. It was awesome! Host Mark Powers joined us on percussion.
Zack Poelwijk, Keyboardist & Choir Director
A versatile keyboardist, Zack is one of the Northwest’s rising young musicians. Playing everything from gospel, neo-soul, funk, R&B, classical, soul, and pop, Zack has made an impact in the Northwest. Catch Zack with some of the most in-demand ensembles in the Northwest, including Gospel-Jazz group ‘Eldon ‘T’ Jones & N’Touch’, Grammy-winning trumpeter Thara Memory & the Thara Memory Superband, and Oregon Music Hall of Fame singer Andy Stokes. In addition to his ensemble work, Zack acts as organist at Emanuel Church of God in Christ United in Portland, where Bishop Wm. Marcus Pollard is Pastor.
Posted on May 4th, 2014
This Saturday, May 3rd, I have the incredible honor of performing at the noted TedX forum with a good friend of mine & a featured TedX Portland speaker, Saeeda Wright.
I’ve performed with Saeeda several times over the years, and am so proud of her success. Of course, her career has skyrocketed as a member of ‘Blackbird’, the mostly-Portland based band of Prince protege’ and R&B/soul singer, Liv Warfield. Recently, Saeeda has performed with Liv, Blackbird, and the NPG Hornz on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and most-notably with Prince on the Arsenio Hall show.
After Liv’s performance on David Letterman, David rushed to the stage and exclaimed: “That’s all you want. Honestly. Nothing else, right? That’s it! Cancel show business, it’s over! This is it! This is all you want! No more show business! We have it, it’s right here”
Posted on April 28th, 2014
Last month I once again had the pleasure of playing keys with Brand Jordan endorser & sax star Mike Phillips. Mike has been busy in early 2014, most notably playing at the 2014 NBA all-star game festivities.
I was joined on stage by some of the best musicians on the planet, and they all happen to be from Portland! N’Touch bandmate & Liv Warfield keyboardist Chris Turner joined us. So did Drummer Tyrone Hendrix (NPG, Prince, Liv Warfield, Stevie Wonder, The Motet). Liv Warfield bassist Marquay Seamster & his lovely wife (stone cold vocalist & Liv Warfield background singer) Ashley Seamster rounded out the band. It’s a continual honor to perform with these men & women. I learn so much from them.
We played at the annual SEI fundraising Gala as well as a private event in Portland’s Pearl District.
Posted on March 16th, 2014
Last night I had an amazing & inspiring experience in the studio. I recorded keys & auxiliary tracks for funk/rock artist Julian Stefoni, front man of J-Ride. You might also know Julian as “Erotic City”, the country’s hottest Prince tribute band. Julian brought in two friends to help create the record: Grammy-winning Producer Tiger Roberts, and Aaron Mills; long-time bass player for R&B super-group Cameo, as well as Outkast.
Posted on January 8th, 2014