Follis is a hidden gem of a performer most appreciated by the musicians he works with regularly. Randy Porter calls him “one of [his] favorite drummers with the most sophisticated phrasing and unbeatable swing-feel, he’s fantastic!”.
Tom Grant appreciates Follis’ “total commitment to the vibe of the moment,” adding that he is “masterful in any groove –– jazz to Latin, and beyond”.
After Flashback to October 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, a little wine bar with outdoor seating in the Montavilla neighborhood in Portland OR did something unthinkable––with emergency funds from the CARES Act, Vino Veritas launched a live outdoor music series led by Portland based drummer and musical empresario, Brent Follis. From October 2020 to March 2021, under Follis’ curation, Vino Veritas was the only live music venue operating in Portland. Almost exactly two years later Vino is expanding its music programming with a weekly series on Thursday nights featuring piano trios led by the local drummer who got it all started. In the second installment of the weekly Thursday series, music lovers can enjoy the intimate setting and the warm hospitality of Vino’s erudite staff.
Vino Veritas has been named Portland’s Best Wine Bar by Willamette Week for several years running. Down-to-earth sommeliers, Trevor Gorham and Manuel Mederle, welcome everyone, regardless of their wine-tasting knowledge. The bar serves light fare to accompany a wide selection of local and global vintages available in glass pours or bottles off the shelf.
EVENTS: Brent Follis Trio: Some of my best friends are…pianists
Thursdays, January 19th through February, 23rd, all shows start at 7:30 PM
January 19 - Kerry Politzer
January 26 - Tom Grant
February 2 - George Mitchell
February 9 - Randy Porter
February 16 - Clay Giberson
February 23 - Kathleen Hollingsworth
Master drummer, producer and songwriter, Brent Follis, is a first-call performer and session drummer. Versatile across all styles, Follis’ dedication to his craft has earned him admiration from the best musicians in the Pacific Northwest. His supportive yet understated style makes him the perfect accompanist whose mission is to elevate the music rather than to steal the spotlight for himself.
George Mitchell is not only one of the most talented and well-respected touring musicians around, but one of the busiest. As pop superstar Diana Ross’ first-call pianist for almost 40 years, he continues to tour with her musical ensemble performing before audiences worldwide. In 2012, Mitchell released his beloved Dream Gardens CD featuring the late jazz drummer Dick Berk and bassist Scott Steed. His superb 2008 Ballads CD is a collection of solo piano pop and jazz standards. In 2003, his highly anticipated second album Play Zone was finally released to great reviews." (Promo Copy)