Happy Valley resident Ron Howard, managing broker of Windermere’s Lloyd Tower office, combines his love of jazz with a focus on charities by organizing a jam night to help local low-income and homeless families.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MONICA KOMPERDA - Ron Howard, Happy Valley resident and Managing Broker of Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group Inc., is pictured jamming with son Elliott, a sophomore in the band at Clackamas High School, at last year's annual jazz night that directly benefited the Windermere Foundation.Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group is hosting its third-annual jazz night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., Portland. To benefit the Windermere Foundation, $20 tickets will be available at the door.

Howard, 51, was a professional musician from 1980 to ‘98 and met his wife, Jill, playing music. After working in real estate, the need to perform came back to him.

“The minute I announced the idea, everyone was like ‘Let’s do it,’ and that kind of attitude really helps get things going in my company,” Howard said. “Jazz is a mirror of what’s going on in a community, and we don’t just go out and sell houses. We also develop a community to recognize that houses and people go together.”

Bringing together jazz connoisseurs and the local community, this year’s event will feature an unusual combination of three trumpets and flugelhorns playing a sophisticated 1950s-era sound incorporating some kick. Howard will jam with local music icons PDX Brass, Carlton Jackson, Paul Mazzio, Clay Giberson, Dave Captein and San Francisco jazz artist John Worley.

For early reservations or more information, call 503-295-6542.

Realtors donate a portion of each commission to the Windermere Foundation. What started in 1989 as a grassroots foundation has grown to 10 states and has raised $25 million for programs and organizations that provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs and emergency assistance.

In Oregon, Windermere has raised more than $2 million for the Windermere Foundation. Organizations such as Bridge Meadows, New Avenues for Youth and Providence Portland Medical Foundation’s guest housing were included in the 2012 giving.