By Paul de Barros
Seattle Times jazz critic
The animated fans at Grazie’s applauded enthusiastically Saturday night as Jim Coile finished a gorgeous flute solo on the Brazilian ballad, “Manha De Carnaval,” and the conga player launched into a solo of his own.
Wearing rimless glasses, a beret and a smart, loosely fitting black-and-white print shirt, the drummer tapped and slapped his three, tall Giovanni drums with white-taped fingers, extracting a thematic melody from the skins, careful not to overwhelm the dinner crowd, but feeding off the buzz.
Though the Grazie crowd is hip to jazz, few regulars probably knew that the percussionist they were hearing, Billy Poindexter, has an illustrious Seattle jazz lineage.