The Flat Nines project started in the winter of 2014. Tommy Houston and Melissa Carroll were working at Portland Music Co. and while sharing influences they decided to form
The Flat Nines project started in the winter of 2014. Tommy Houston and Melissa Carroll were working at Portland Music Co. and while sharing influences they decided to form a jazz band to showcase their passion. The b9’s style draws extensively from many eras of Jazz, Classical, Soul, Latin and other types of Music. The Flat Nines perform as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet and they share the stage with many of the jazz musicians around the magnificent city of Portland.
The Flat Nines are made up of two parts. One half is Tommy Houston and the other half is Melissa Carroll. Tommy has been playing music since he was seven years old on violin, mandolin and guitar. He comes from Jacksonville, FL and studied at the University of Florida. He has a background in Gypsy Jazz and Jazz Theory and is currently studying Latin and Flamenco techniques. Melissa is originally from Portland, OR and has been performing music across the globe since 2004. She graduated from Pacific University where she studied classical oboe and jazz saxophone. She has performed extensively throughout China and Singapore, where she lived for nine years. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Music for Jazz Studies at Portland State University.
When the two combine forces, they have the ability to leap through time and lead their listeners on a journey in rhythmic and harmonic musical exploration.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Taproot Lounge and Cafe
356 State Street, Salem OR 97301