Zack Poelwijk & Saeeda Wright Performance at TedX

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.

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Zack Poelwijk to perform at TedX Portland with singer Saeeda Wright May 3rd

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”

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Zack Poelwijk performs two shows with Brand Jordan sax player Mike Phillips

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.


Zack & Saxophonist Eldon ‘T’ Jones to provide musical accompaniment to original theater production

Come see a great original theater production! N’Touch Bandleader & Saxophonist Eldon ‘T’ Jones is the musical director for an upcoming Shalanda Sims (World Stage Theater) original production entitled “Vanport”; a musical that tells the story of African-Americans who traveled to Portland to work in the shipyards during WWII.

N’Touch keyboardist Zack Poelwijk is playing piano for the musical.

Together, Eldon & Zack arranged many of the production’s songs; originals written by writer & director Shalanda Sims. Read the rest of this entry »