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 teamed up for 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 group (King Louie & Renato Caranto, aka The King Louie Trio) usually consists of Louis on Hammond B-3 or Nord C2 Combo Organ, Renato on sax, and Micah Kassell or Edwin Coleman III on drums. (Micah also designs the group's gig posters, such as the ones below.) The trio mainly performs in small venues, but it has also opened for a pair of Grammy-nominated blues headliners, Shemekia Copeland and Bettye Lavette, and it closed the 2014 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (see below).
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 another!
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!