from The Seattle Times:

A couple of years ago, a circle of musicians cohering around students of University of Washington professor and world-renowned trumpet player Cuong Vu started gathering at Café Racer, in the University District, to exchange ideas. It has been fruitful. This weekend, the Racer crowd celebrates its discoveries and camaraderie with the second Racer Sessions Fest. Participants include expressive, elbow-out tenor saxophonist Neil Welch (above), Bad Luck (Welch, drummer Chris Icasiano), Burn List (Vu’s quartet with Icasiano), Chemical Clock (with drummer Evan Woodle) and others.

8-11:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Café Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; $10 Friday and Saturday, free Sunday (206-523-5282 or