From Friday’s Seattle Times: A couple of years ago, the sensational Bellevue-bred trumpeter and composer Cuong Vu played an unlikely double bill with the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Band.

As emcee, and figuring the crowd was probably more comfortable with Count Basie than Vu’s grunge/jazz, I advised them to just “follow the sound, and the shapes it makes in space and time,” and everything would make sense.

You know what? The audience loved that show.

Vu’s trio — with special guest Bill Frisell (guitar) — performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Meany Theater at the UW ($10-$15; 206-543-4880 or The trio also plays at 7 and 9 p.m. the following night at Egan’s in Ballard ($12; 206-789-1621 or

Seattle Times