Tribute to Gaye Anderson on Jazz Northwest, Sunday September 9

Tribute to Gaye Anderson, friend of music and musicians, on Jazz Northwest, November 9 on 88.5 KPLU

Gaye Anderson was owner and proprietor of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant from 1985 until her death on August 29.  Widely known as a staunch supporter of live music, she presided over thousands of nights of jazz and blues performances at her Pioneer Square restaurant.  Its fame spread all over the country as visitors remarked “I wish we had something like this back home.”   The music ranged from traditional New Orleans and Chicago style jazz, through Swing, Bop and modern jazz on weeknights with blues on weekends.

On this Sunday’s Jazz Northwest, we’ll hear a variety of music recorded in performance at The New Orleans, and reminiscences by some of the musicians who’ve played there frequently over the past 27 years.   Dave Holo, Ray Skjelbred, Clarence Acox and Maia Santell describe how Gaye Anderson’s personality was behind this popular spot and how she’s been such a positive influence on the Seattle music scene.  Included are performances by The New Orleans Quintet, the Holotradband, Floyd Standifer, Clarence Acox, Ray Skjelbred, Maia Santell and Thomas Marriott.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 1 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU and streams simultaneously to the internet via  The program is also available as a podcast following the air date.   Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for KPLU.

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Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm
from Earshot Jazz: Banjo’s back in a classic jazz band on Bela Fleck (banjo), Marcus Roberts (piano), Rodney Jordan (bass) and Jason Marsalis’s (drums) Across the Imaginary Divide. Blind Floridian pianist Roberts says, “It was a lot of fun working with Bela on this project. He has a limitless imagination.” Fleck is a tireless music adventurer, bringing the banjo from his own groups to bluegrass superstar groups to Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer to his recent travelogue Throw Down Your Heart (2008), searching out the African origins of the instrument. Showtimes are 7:30pm, 9:30pm, Thursday-Saturday, and 7:30pm, Sunday, at Jazz Alley. Admission is $40.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Student Showcase
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

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

155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 6:00pm

11425 Rainier Ave S, 206-772-6891, 6:00pm

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

ROYAL ROOM: The Jelly Rollers and All-Star Guests
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 206-906-9920, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Closed for remodel
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: Jimmie Herrod and Friends
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

Sept 22: John Coltrane Birthday Celebration

Drummer Matt Jorgensen will lead a group on Saturday, September 22, celebrating the music of John Coltrane (Coltrane’s birthday is the following day, September 23rd).

The group will feature saxophonists Rob Davis and Mark Taylor, pianist John Hansen, bassist Phil Sparks and Jorgensen on drums.

The show will be a reunion of sorts. Davis and Taylor have a long history together going back to their days at the University of Washington. Davis was active on the Seattle jazz scene before moving to Portland a decade ago.

The night will be comprised of classic Coltrane compositions from throughout his recording career. Make your reservations now to make sure you have a seat for this great night of music.


2214 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA
3 sets of music starting at 7:30pm
$15.00, All Ages

Reservations: 206-443-4221

Tuesday Jazz

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

JAZZ ALLEY: Halie Loren
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

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

ROYAL ROOM: Dani Gurgel & Debora Gurgel
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 8:30pm

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

BOXLEY’S: closed for remodel
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

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

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: Josephine Howell Quartet
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

Seattle Mourns Gaye Anderson

Photo by Daniel Sheehan / Earshot Jazz

Word has started to move through the Seattle jazz community that Gaye Anderson, owner of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square for over two decades, passed away last night.

The New Orleans is one of Seattle’s longest-running jazz clubs and her loss will be felt by the many musicians and jazz fans who frequented the club.

We will post service information when it becomes available.

Check out the July 2011 profile by Earshot Jazz on Anderson and her club.

Feel free to share your comments.

Update: The Seattle Times has posted an article:

Musicians mourn owner of Pioneer Square club

by Paul de Barros

A pillar of the Seattle music scene has fallen.

Gaye Anderson, owner and operator for 27 years of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant, in Pioneer Square, died Thursday.

Miss Anderson was 62. She went into a diabetic coma last weekend and was taken to Harborview Hospital, where she died of complications related to lung and heart disease, said her mother, Alice Coleman.

“She had a loving, loving heart; she was just so caring,” said Miss Anderson’s mother.

Apparently Seattle musicians felt the same way. In 2005, Miss Anderson was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.

“There was no one — I repeat, no one — that was as generous and kind and loving to the musicians than Gaye Anderson,” said Garfield High School Jazz Band director Clarence Acox, who has played drums at the club for 26 years.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Saturday Jazz

JAZZ AT BUMBERSHOOT: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (12:30pm), Skerik’s Bandalabra (2:15pm), Soul Rebels (4:00pm)
at The Starbucks Page

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

JAZZ ALLEY: Jimmy Cobb, Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Coryell with Special Guest Roberta Gambarini
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

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

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Kelley Johnson w/ John Hansen
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 206-772-6891

SORRENTO HOTEL: Eugenie Jones w/ Chris Morton & Phil Sparks
900 Madison St, 206-622-6400, 7:30pm

SCOTCH AND VINE: Chris Stevens and The Surf Monkeys
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

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

GRAZIE: Dan Sales Showcase
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Mutha Knows Best
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 9:00pm

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: David Haney/Marc Smason Trio
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621, 7:00pm