Two fabulous trumpet players are passing through Seattle in the next few weeks.

Tonight the legendary Bobby Shew will be appearing at Tula’s which a quartet of Northwest veterans (Bill Anshcell, piano; Phil Sparks, bass and Matt Jorgensen, drums). The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $15.00 (Tula’s is all ages for the first show – Reservations: 206-443-4221).

from Earshot Jazz: A seminal figure in jazz and jazz education since the early 1970’s, Shew is a world-class soloist and veteran of the ensembles of Horace Silver, Art Pepper, Woody Herman, Oliver Nelson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich, to name a few. Shew is also known for his work on the Hollywood studio scene of the 1970’s and 80’s, having played on the soundtracks to films such as “Rocky” and “Grease,” as well as television scores from popular shows such as “Taxi,” “Happy Days,” and “Hawaii 5-0.”

Shew will also present a clinic sponsored by Kennelly Keys Music at Roy’s Place, a performance space adjacent to the Lynwood Kennelly Keys Music Store (4918 196th St Southwest, Lynnwood, WA). The clinic begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 22. Tickets available at the door.

Former New York City trumpeter Jim Rotondi, who recently moved to Graz, Austria, is passing through town on Wednesday, February 2, to perform at Tula’s before heading up to The Cellar in Vancouver.

The band features Mark Taylor (saxophone), John Hansen (piano), Phil Sparks (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums). Reservations are suggested (206-443-4221).

Jim’s extensive recording experience most recently includes the release of his second date as a leader for the Posi-Tone label, titled “Blues For Brother Ray”, a tribute to his former boss Ray Charles, following a host of successful releases on various labels. Having appeared on some 70 CD’s as a sideman, he can also be heard on several of Charles Earland’s Highnote Records releases, alongside saxophonist Eric Alexander, with whom Jim made his recording debut on Eric’s Delmark release “Straight Up.” Other recordings include saxophonist George Coleman’s Octet, featuring Harold Mabern, as well as drummer Ray Appleton’s Sextet, which features Slide Hampton, Charles McPherson, and John Hicks. The above mentioned One For All, whose Sharp Nine Records releases “Too Soon To Tell” and “Optimism” received critical acclaim from Cadence and The Detroit Free Press, also has 12 CD’s to their credit.

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