Louis Pain


King Louie & Renato Caranto

Organist Louis “King Louie” Pain and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto have been musical partners for two decades now.  The two first teamed up as seminal members of the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group when that band, dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature group” by The Oregonian, began its 20-year run on Thursdays at Jimmy Mak’s in 1997.  Along the way, Louis and Renato have played countless other gigs together: at Jimmy Mak’s, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest.  Whether working in big venues or small, in large groups or as a duo, the chemistry between these two world-class musicians is unmatched.  They simply love playing together, and audiences love watching and listening to them! 

Their trio usually consists of Louis on Hammond B-3 or Nord C2, Renato on sax, and Edwin Coleman III on drums.  But Louis & Renato also perform as a duo.  Their big stage duo performances have included opening for a pair of Grammy-nominated blues headliners, Shemekia Copeland and Bettye Lavette.  As a trio, they closed the 2014 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.

Renato is in high demand these days; he toured with Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding in 2014 and with the late Merle Haggard from 2015 until his passing in 2016.  But anytime Renato is in town, you can bet you’ll find him playing with Louis somewhere or other!

NEWS FLASH: Watch for the February 2019 release of the first King Louie Trio CD, featuring Louis, Renato, Edwin Coleman III, plus special guests, playing an exciting, all-new collection of original instrumentals!






King Louie & Renato Caranto

left to right: Louis "King Louie" Pain, Edwin Coleman III, Renato Caranto




curtain call at Bend, Oregon's "Jazz at Joes" series

aka "The King Louie Trio," the guys have played all kinds of venues!