Louis Pain


The King Louie Organ Trio

The King Louie Organ Trio
, featuring Renato Caranto, sax; Edwin Coleman III, drums; and Louis on organ, has been playing together for years, both as an instrumental unit and with LaRhonda Steele (as "King Louie & LaRhonda Steele") and other vocalists.  But their first instrumental CD--featuring all-original material and appropriately titled, "It's About Time"--was only recently recorded & released (in April, 2019).  Basically, the guys just got tired of friends and fans asking when they were going to put out a CD of their own.  Then Tracy Turner-Pain put her foot down and said, "It's about time!"  To read rave reviews of the CD, click here.

[Note: On March 22, Louis suffered a major heart attack.  But he was able to play at the two CD release events in April, and he's back performing regularly while doing the standard post-heart attack cardiac rehab.  To learn more about the heart attack and check out Louis' interviews about that incident--and the new CD--go to the April 7th entry under the "News" tab at this website.]


Louis and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for over 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.  (The Mel Brown unit, still featuring Louis & Renato, now holds forth at the Jack London Revue). 

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!  The same goes for their partner in crime: the ultra-creative and entertaining drummer Edwin Coleman III.

In 2017, Louis and Renato, along with Edwin (then with Soul Vaccination), played on the critically acclaimed "Rock Me Baby" CD with LaRhonda.  A year later, the three played together on Louis' "King Louie's Blues Revue" CD (LaRhonda was joined by additional vocalists Andy Stokes and Lisa Mann on that recording.)  Both CDs, released on Louis' "Shoug Records" label, were honored among the "Best Albums of the Year" by Downbeat (2017 & 2018 respectively).  And "It's About Time" will be receiving the same honor for 2019!  

Upcoming gigs for the trio include a Main (south) stage set at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4, 2019 (from 1-2 pm) with guest vocalist Tracey Harris, and at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (also in Portland) on July 20 (5:30-6:30 pm).








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