Racer Session this Sunday

From the Racer Sessions website:

No Curator – June 3, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life that took place at Cafe Racer on Wednesday morning. Many among us knew the victims personally; it was at Drew’s urging, in fact, that the Racer Sessions begun. We will miss him and the others who lost their lives, immeasurably.

In their honor, we will still meet on Sunday evening.

A video from the wake outside Cafe Racer on Wednesday night 

Cafe Racer, Seattle, Wednesday, May 30 from Doug Plummer on Vimeo.

The wake at Cafe Racer, where 4 people were killed on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

Thursday Jazz

BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL:

4:30 PM: Clayton Murray Duo – Pianist
Lincoln Square 1st Floor

6:00 PM: June Tonkin – Pianist
El Gaucho Bellevue

8:00 PM: Clayton Brothers Quintet
Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
The GRAMMY-nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet was formed in 1977 by brothers John and Jeff, and while their paths sometimes diverged, the brothers continue to share a common musical vision. The quintet also consists of John’s and GRAMMY-nominee Gerald Clayton on piano, Obed Calvaire on drums, and Terell Stafford, a highly regarded trumpeter and band-leader.

8:00 PM: Tom Grant – Pianist
Bake’s Place

9:00 PM: Heather Sullivan Jazz Piano Trio
520 Bar & Grill

JAZZ ALLEY: Shemekia Copeland
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Singer Showcase
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

LUCID: 7:30: Sheldon Botler; 9:30: The Schwa
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042

COPPER GATE: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Boxley’s Member Event
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BARCA: Phil Sparks / Adam Kessler Trio
1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 325-8263, 9:00pm

VITO’S: Ari Joshua Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

MONA’S: Hash#Tag Trio
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Marilyn Keller & True Friends
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

SCARLET TREE: How Now Brown Cow
801 NE 65th St, Seattle, 9:30pm

ROYAL ROOM: Miles and Karina and The Buckaroosters
5000 Rainier Ave South, (206) 906-9920

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Jon Sheckler Jam
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 206-772-6891

Shooting this morning at Cafe Racer

There was a shooting this morning at the popular jazz venue Cafe Racer. News reports have two people confirmed dead and three injured and taken to Harborview.

Video from KOMO

from KOMO News:

Two people were killed and three others injured in a shooting at a University District cafe on Wednesday morning.

Police said a man opened fire at Cafe Racer, located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, at approximately 11 a.m.

Two men were fatally shot, and three others were wounded. Officials said one of the wounded victims is being treated for life-threatening injuries, and two others sustained serious injuries.

The gunman remains at large. Police said he is a white man between 30 and 40 years old. He is believed to be 6-foot-1 and of thin build with curly light brown hair and a goatee or a beard. He was last seen wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants, and was seen headed north as he ran from the scene.

A witness told KOMO News that moments after shots rang out, “a woman ran down the street and yelled to get back inside; (she said) there was a man with a gun.”

Officers have cordoned off the shooting scene and are searching a wide area for the armed man.

“We are asking folks to be on guard and not to open their doors to anybody they don’t know,” said Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz. “We’re focusing our search in the immediate area, probably a good 10 blocks out. We don’t have a good idea of where he may be.”

It was not known what prompted the shooting, and no information about the victims has been released.

Nearby Roosevelt High School has been placed under lockdown as a precaution. Greenlake Elementary School, Eckstein Middle School, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center and Bryant Elementary School were sheltering in place.

Seattle Times: Bellevue Jazz Festival gets into the groove Wednesday

from The Seattle Times:

The Bellevue Jazz Festival, which runs through Sunday and features national touring acts, regional players and local student bands, kicks off Wednesday, May 30, in six venues. Of particular interest over the four days are headliners The Clayton Brothers (Thursday), featuring bassist John Clayton, who books the Port Townsend and Lionel Hampton jazz festivals); funky keyboard ace Booker T. Jones (Friday), of the great ’60s group Booker T. & the MGs; and jazz flutist Hubert Laws (Saturday).

Also notable Saturday is a rare performance by Seattle vocalist and former club owner Patti Summers. On Sunday, nationally-known pianist George Colligan plays with Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott’s group Human Spirit and a program at Bake’s Place celebrates “rising stars” with the release of the latest KPLU “School of Jazz” CD, a compilation of student ensembles.

Admission to Bellevue Jazz Festival shows range from free to $34; headliner packages are available for $78 (800-838-3006 or bellevuejazz.com).

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Wednesday Jazz

BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL:

4:30 PM – Murl Allen Sanders Duo
Lincoln Square 1st Floor

6:00 PM – June Tonkin
El Gaucho Bellevue

8:00 PM – Thomas Marriott
Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge

8:00 PM – Tom Grant
Bake’s Place

9:00 PM – Stephanie Porter Quartet
Lot No. 3

9:00 PM – Lamar Lofton’s Rhythm Quartet with special guest Assia Hamani
520 Bar & Grill

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Jazz Workshop
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band with Clarence Acox
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Pearl Django
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Tom Grant
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Hans Teuber Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Wally Shoup Quartet
927 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, 206-397-4053, 9:00pm

418 PUBLIC HOUSE: 418 session w/ Claudio Rochat-Felix
418 NW 65th St, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Fm Duo
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Piano Starts Here: The Music of Thelonius Monk
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

LUCID: Cyclophonics
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Lisa Eve Knight (vocals), with Chris Morton (piano), Michael Marcus (bass) and Ed Littlefield (drums)
9pm – Rick Mandyck Trio, with John Bishop (drums), Jeff Johnson (bass) and Rick Mandyck (piano)
707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

Mark Lewis every Friday in Bremerton

Bremerton saxophonist  Mark Lewis continues his Friday jazz series through June, performing each week with a different Northwest musician. The shows are an easy walk from the Seattle/Bremerton ferry terminal.

Featured Guest Musician Schedule:
June 1: Allen Alto, guitar
June 8: Josh Mason, piano
June 15: John Stowell, guitar
June 22: Robert Matthews, bass
June 29: Karin Kajita, piano

El Coral Mexican Restaurant
536 4th Street, Bremerton
(360) 479-2239

Every Friday from 6 to 9 pm
The music is on the main floor in the restaurant. All ages. No cover.

Cornish appoints Tom Varner to jazz faculty

Cornish College of the Arts announces the appointment of jazz French hornist Tom Varner to the position of Assistant Professor of Jazz Performance.

Mr. Varner is internationally known as the foremost jazz French horn player of his generation as well as a gifted composer. As well as performing and recording with his own groups, Varner has worked with such illustrious artists as George Gruntz, Steve Lacy, Reggie Workman, Bobby Previte, John Zorn, Gil Evans, the Mingus Orchestra, Jane Ira Bloom, La Monte Young, Jim McNeeley, George Schuller, Butch Morris, McCoy Tyner, Quincy Jones, and Miles Davis. He can also be heard on over 70 CDs.

“I’m thrilled that Tom will be joining the Cornish faculty this fall,” said Music Department Chair Kent Devereaux. “The passion and enthusiasm that Tom brings to both his teaching and his playing is unparalleled. He’s an ideal fit with Cornish’s culture that emphasizes both technical mastery and innovative creativity.”

Mr. Varner joins over twenty other talented artists on Cornish’s jazz faculty including composers Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz, vocalist Johnaye Kendrick, pianist Randy Halberstadt, and bassist Chuck Deardorf.

Founded in 1974, the Cornish jazz program is one of the oldest and most prestigious jazz programs in the nation and boasts such distinguished alumni as Myra Melford, Eyvind Kang, Briggan Krauss, Brad Shepik, and Dawn Clement.

Cornish has a storied tradition of attracting ground-breaking artists to teach in the jazz program over the years including Gil Evans, Gary Peacock, Jay Clayton, Michael White, Anthony Braxton, Jerry Granelli, Carter Jefferson, and Art Lande. More recently this has also included visiting artist residencies by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Butch Morris, John Hollenbeck, Allison Miller, and JD Allen.

Bellevue Jazz Festival starts tomorrow

The 2012 edition of the Bellevue Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 30 and runs through Sunday, June 3.

This year’s headliners include The Clayton Brothers, organist Booker T. Jones and flutist Hubert Laws.

In addition to the festival’s headliner performances, more than 40 free shows by top regional jazz artists and talented student musicians will take place throughout the weekend in restaurants, bars, and cultural spaces in downtown Bellevue.

All headliner performances are held at the 410-seat Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier performing arts venues.

Thursday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
Clayton Brothers Quintet
The GRAMMY-nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet was formed in 1977 by brothers John and Jeff, and while their paths sometimes diverged, the brothers continue to share a common musical vision. The quintet also consists of John’s and GRAMMY-nominee Gerald Clayton on piano, Obed Calvaire on drums, and Terell Stafford, a highly regarded trumpeter and band-leader. $34 ($17 students)

Friday, June 1, 8:00 p.m.
Booker T. Jones
Booker T. Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, and four-time GRAMMY Award winner, but he is best known as the front-man of the band Booker T. and the MGs. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award in 2007. In 2011, Jones released The Road from Memphis and in 2012 the album won Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. $34 ($17 students)

Saturday, June 2, 8:00 p.m.
Hubert Laws Quintet
Internationally-renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres – moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. Winner of the prestigious 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award, Laws has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world. Members of the Quintet include David Budway on acoustic piano, John Leftwich on bass, Ralph Penland on drums, and Rob Mullins on synth keyboard. $34 ($17 students)

For more information, and for a complete schedule, visit the Bellevue Jazz Festival website.

 

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Critical Mass Big Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Jaques Willis
6006 12th Ave South, 206-767-0280, 9:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Pearl Django
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Future Jazz Heads
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde & Jose Martinez
808 Post Ave, 206-621-7777, 10:00pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff Trio
2202 N 45th St, 206-633-1824, 10:00pm

COPPER GATE: Suffering F#ckheads
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa Quartet with Susan Pascal
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: The Brown Edition
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 206-906-9920, 7:00pm

MONA’S: The Schwa
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 9:00pm

Sunday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:
3pm – Fairly Honest Jazz Band
8pm – Shoreline Community College Jazz Band
9pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221

JAZZ ALLEY: The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 6:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: David Lanz
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-454-2776, 7:00pm

CAFE RACER: Hamilton Boyce
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, 8pm

DARRELL’S TAVERN: Kevin Mccarthy & Friends Jam Session
18041 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, 8

FAIRE GALLERY CAFE: Monktail session
1351 E Olive Way, Seattle 206-652-0781

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Jargon w/ Bryan Smith, Gregg Belisle-Chi, Isaac Castillo, Max Wood
from Earshot Jazz: Modern: Original in Triple Door Musicquarium
Jargon is a new, modern-jazz quartet with Bryan Smith (saxophone), Gregg Belisle-Chi (guitar), Isaac Castillo (bass) and Max Wood (drums). The group focuses on original compositions, influenced by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Avishai Cohen, Chris Potter and Bill Frisell.

216 Union Street, Seattle, (206) 838-4333

SERAFINA: 11:00am: Danny Ward; 6:30pm: Jerry Frank
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807

VITO’S LOUNGE: 6pm: Ruby Bishop; 9:30pm: Ron Weinstein Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 6:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Seattle Conduction Band
5000 Rainier Avenue South, (206) 906-9920, 6:30pm

PROHIBITION GRILL: Bob Strickland jam
1414 Hewitt Ave, Everett, 425-258-6100, 5:00pm

Saturday Jazz

LOCOL: Ian Hendrickson-Smith Trio
7902 35th St. SW, West Seattle, 10:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quintet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Groove for Thought
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-454-2776, 7:30 & 10:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Janette West Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Stephanie Porter w/ Barney McClure
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 206-772-6891

SORRENTO HOTEL: Deems Tsutakawa
900 Madison St, 206-622-6400, 7:30pm

SCOTCH AND VINE: Brian Lee Trio
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 6pm: Ruby Bishop
927 9th Ave, Seattle

ROYAL ROOM: African Music Nite with Show Brazil
5000 Rainier Ave South, 206-906-9920, 9:00pm

GRAZIE: Michael Powers
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – The Art of the Duo X 2 – Guitar/Vocals with Julie Olson & Michael Biller and Dee Brown & Richard Amster
9pm – The Roy Horn Experience, with Roy Horn (wind synth), Darrius Willrich (vocals/piano), Jamael Nance (drums) and Ev Stern (bass)
1707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

Friday Jazz

BOXLEY’S: Ian Hendrickson-Smith w/ Chuck Deardorf and Matt Jorgensen
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Marc Seales Group
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Flexicon
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 8:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

HIROSHI’S: Jazz and Sushi
2501 Eastlake Ave E, 726-4966

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Deems Tsutakawa
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, (206) 772-6891

SCOTCH AND VINE: Rod Cook
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Lushy
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Greg Schroeder Trio
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Painting the Town Red: The Music of Billie Holiday
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 8:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Groove for Thought
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

CMA GALLERY: 6:30pm: Middle School & High School Jam Session; 7:30pm: PLY w/ Michael Owcharuk, Beth Fleenor, Paul Kemmish, Max Wood
4501 Interlake Ave N #9, 206-354-4985

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hardcoretet; Gravity
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

LUCID: 7:30: Sheldon Botler; 9:30: The Hang hosted by Davy Nefos & Friends
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042

COPPER GATE: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Chad McCullough and Bram Weijters
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BARCA: John Hansen Trio
1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 325-8263, 9:00pm

VITO’S: Susy Sundborg
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

MONA’S: Hash#Tag Trio w/ Ari Joshua
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Marilyn Keller & True Friends
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

SCARLET TREE: How Now Brown Cow
801 NE 65th St, Seattle, 9:30pm

SIP: Jose Gonzales Trio
1084 NE Park Dr, Issaquah Highlands, 6:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Correo Aereo Quintet
5000 Rainier Ave South, (206) 906-9920

Chad McCullough – Bram Weijters shows around Seattle

Belgium pianist Bram Weijters is in Seattle this weekend and will be performing a series of shows with Chad McCullough (trumpet), Paul Gabrielson (bass) and John Bishop (drums)

Here is a short video of the group sitting in at the Owl ‘n Thistle last night.

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Thursday, May 24 – Boxley’s
101 West North Bend Way
North Bend, WA
425-292-9307
7:00pm | No Cover

Friday, May 25 – House Concert
Seattle, WA
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Saturday, May 26 – Castle Key Restaurant
651 Cleveland Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 379-1990
7:30pm | $10

Sunday, May 27 – Locol
7902 35th St. SW
West Seattle, WA 98126
7:00pm

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Seattle Central Community College Jazz Orchestra with Lonnie Mardis
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band with Clarence Acox
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Choklate with Special Guests Opus
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: The Teaching
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Randy Halberstadt
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Jerry Zimmerman
927 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, 206-397-4053, 9:00pm

418 PUBLIC HOUSE: 418 session w/ Claudio Rochat-Felix
418 NW 65th St, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Fm Duo
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: In The Country
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

LUCID: The Jazz Pearls
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Vocal Showcase with Elizabeth Perera, Randall O’Dowd, and Susan Robinson. Chris Morton (piano), Kevin McCarthy (bass), and Ed Littlefield (drums). Hosted by Cara Francis
9pm – Vocal Jam with Chris Morton (piano), Kevin McCarthy (bass), and Ed Littlefield (drums). Hosted by Cara Francis
707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Music Works Big Band; Central Washington University Big Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Jaques Willis
6006 12th Ave South, 206-767-0280, 9:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Choklate with Special Guests Opus
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Chief Kanim Middle School Jazz Band
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde & Jose Martinez
808 Post Ave, 206-621-7777, 10:00pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff Trio
2202 N 45th St, 206-633-1824, 10:00pm

COPPER GATE: Suffering F#ckheads
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Davy Mooney w/ Johnaye Kendrick, Chris Symer, Byron Vannoy, Dawn Clement; Tim Kennedy Jam Session
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 206-906-9920, 7:00pm

MONA’S: The Schwa
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 9:00pm

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam with Darin Clendenin
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

PARATII: Paratii session w/ Jeff Busch
5463 Leary Ave NW, 206-420-7406, 9:00pm

EL GAUCHO BELLEVUE: Primo Kim
555 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-455-2734, 6:00pm

WHITE RABBIT: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder
513 N 36th St Suite E, Seattle, 9:30pm

ROYAL ROOM: The Seattle Conduction Band
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

Review: Bake’s Place Grand Opening

by Libby Graham

photo by Nich Anderson

It was with great pleasure that I attending the highly anticipated grand opening weekend of Bake’s Place Bellevue on Sunday, May 13. Formerly situated in the highlands of Issaquah, this fine new Eastside establishment has a bigger seating capacity of 100 and resides in Bellevue’s downtown core. Bake’s Place provides free courtesy parking in the Columbia West Building, where they are located, and two greeters at the door personally extended a warm welcome
to me. The service that evening was impeccable and I enjoyed one of their tasty cuisine specialties, a House Chop Salad with peppermint tea.

Famed jazz chanteuse Dee Daniels gave a truly stellar performance, delivering her smokin’ brand of gospel and blues-infused vocals to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. Her outstanding band was comprised of bassist Chuck Deardorf, drummer D’Vonne Lewis, saxophonist Brian Kent and pianist Tony Foster. Dee’s 90-minute set spanned a variety of styles such as Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”, Earth, Wind and Fire’s “You Can’t Hide Love”, and the Billie Holiday classic “Love for Sale”.

The musicality of Dee Daniels and her fabulous group was truly an inspiration in such a splendid setting as the new Bake’s Place in Bellevue’s “South Side” (as Dee put it). I was immediately taken by the hushed, intimate ambiance of the room with its general layout being very conducive to superior listening. Looking out of the beautiful floor to ceiling windows, one saw a gorgeous patio with colorful umbrellas, perfect for accompanying guests in the warm spring and summer days. I was equally impressed with the overt friendliness of their staff as well as the bountiful, succulent menu selections.

Bake’s Place owners Craig and Laura Baker have done a fabulous job ushering in Bellevue’s newest venue and their eclectic range of live music offerings is sure to entice many concert goers throughout the region.

For more information, visit bakesplacebellevue.com

Saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith in Seattle this weekend

Saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, who has been to Seattle a number of times with the wildly popular soul group Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and well as jazz gigs with his own group, returns this weekend for two shows Friday – Saturday.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 – BOXLEY’S
101 West North Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045
7:00pm
with Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums)

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – LOCOL
7902 35th St. SW
West Seattle, WA 98126
10:00pm
with Matt Weiner (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums)

Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophonist and Flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith has been and continues to be one of the most sought after musicians in New York City. Mostly noted for his remarkable tone, soulful approach and blues driven melodies he’s been reaching audiences world-wide through numerous recordings and live appearances. Born in New Orleans, Ian Hendrickson-Smith began his professional music career in 1996, after four years of studies at the Manhattan School of Music.

From 2004 to 2010 Hendrickson-Smith maintained an intense recording and touring schedule as a member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. He’s performed on virtually every major US late night TV show and has played the worlds premier stages. Ian is currently working towards opening a jazz club in NYC.

Hendrickson-Smith has worked and/or recorded with: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Rufus Wainright, The Roots, Bob Dylan, Mofro, Robbie Williams, Boyz 2 Men, St Vincent, The Heavy, Michael Buble, The Charles Mingus Big Band Workshop, Phillip Harper, Etta Jones, David Hazeltine, Danny Moore, The J.B.’s (Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis), Adam Scone, Lee Fields, Mark Ronson, David Sanborn, The Hotpants, The Macktet, The Uptown Quintet, The Night Crawlers, and more.