Saturday, October 7, 2017

Listed in order of performance time.
Please plan on walking from venue to venue and checking everything out!
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OLY UNDERGROUND (21+) - Syd Potter Quintet
ART HOUSE DESIGNS - Dennis Hastings Quartet
COMPASS ROSE - Tony Foster Trio
CAPTAIN LITTLE - Pete Christlieb with Danny Kolke
ENCORE CHOCOLATES & TEAS - Joe Baque’s New York Trio


FISH BREWING: BARREL ROOM - Greg Williamson Quartet
PHOENIX VAPOR CAFE (21+) - Kareem Kandi Trio
BROWSERS BOOKSHOP - Chris Symer & Johnaye Kendrick with Gary Shutes
PAPILLON MARKETPLACE - Tracy Knoop & Ian Crocker


OLY UNDERGROUND (21+) - Bernie Jacobs Quartet


FISH BREWING: BARREL ROOM - Olympia Jazz Walk Festival Big Band

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Oly Underground (21+)

Syd Potter, trumpet; Jim Pribbenow, sax; Mike Jaap, piano; Bill Duris, bass and Craig Cootsona, drums

Syd Potter has assembled an all-star group out of the NW music community to again perform the timeless music of Horace Silver. This is the classic music of the Blue Note Records era that no one can resist enjoying. A trumpeter, educator and arranger, Syd is the musical force behind so many institutions in the PNW that there are too many to mention… A unique and creative soloist who plays with the highest integrity and respect for his music. He is respected and called upon by artists across the US and the world to provide his talents…

Bernie Jacobs, voice, flute & sax; Chris Morton, piano; Emmanuel del Casal, bass and Greg Campbell, drums

Called a "triple threat," Bernie Jacobs sings and plays flute and as well as soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. He is a self-taught musician who has performed professionally for more than 40 years, effortlessly transitioning through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. In addition to performing with his own group, BJQ, Bernie has sung with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Full Circle Ensemble, and he is the front man for drummer André Thomas' Quiet Fire. He often performs as a guest artist or sideman with other Seattle area groups, including Clarence Acox’s Legacy Band as well as various ensembles led by drummer Greg Williamson.

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Art House Designs

Dennis Hastings, voice; David Deacon-Joyner, piano; Steven Bentley, drums and student guest Willie Bays, sax

Vocalist Dennis Hastings, originally from Portland, Oregon, has been singing jazz and blues in the Northwest for over 30 years, and has played on the same bill with notable talent such as Bobby McFerrin, John Lee Hooker, The Marcels, James Harmon, Howard Roberts and a host of other great acts. He was the lead vocalist for 'The Fleetwoods' for a concert in Dallas, Texas. His focus has recently been on producing a CD which will use some of the great talent the Northwest has to offer such as Paul Gabrielson, David Deacon Joyner, Clipper Anderson, Jack Klitzman, Mark Ivester, Steven Bentley and others.

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Compass Rose

Tony Foster, piano; Eli Meisner, guitar and Michael Barnett, bass

Foster is a pianist from Vancouver, BC who puts his energy and enthusiasm into his musical phrasing and grooves! Influenced by Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal, his latest album charted in the top 50 for jazz radio in the US and Canada and received many great reviews. He's performed all over the world, including France, England and Japan, and has worked with notable jazz legends Ernestine Anderson, Red Holloway, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Colman, Dee Daniels, Jeff Hamilton, and Peter Washington. He performs and tours frequently with his trio, as a solo pianist, as a sideman for many instrumentalists and vocalists, and sometimes at the Hammond B-3 organ.

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Captain Little

Pete Christlieb, tenor sax; Danny Kolke, bass and Michael Glynn, bass

Featuring Grammy-nominated, saxophone legend Pete Christlieb, known for his recordings on Steely Dan's "Aja," the Star Trek and Family Guy TV shows as well as Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable!" He worked with Carmen McRae, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Gene Ammons, Don Lamphere, Freddy Hubbard and many more, and even played in the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Band for 20 years to audiences of millions! 

Joined by pianist and JazzClubsNW founder Danny Kolke! Strongly influenced by the soulful stylings of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, performing blues, gospel, straight-ahead jazz and original compositions & arrangements. Check out his new Pony Boy CD "Danny Kolke Trio plus Pete Christlieb: Live at Boxley's" for some musical treats.

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Encore Chocolates & Teas

Joe Baque, piano; Steve Luceno, bass; Tom Russell, flute/clarinet

Pianist Joe Baque is well-known to area music fans for his vast musical knowledge and deft touch in styles from classical to show tunes to jazz. A master and veteran musician who grew up in the midst of New York's golden age of jazz, he's the real deal. He's played with jazz notables Lena Horne, Stan Getz and Louis Armstrong and is recognized for his quality performances.

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Fish Brewing

Greg Williamson, drums; Alexey Nikolaev, tenor sax; John Hansen, piano and Paul Gabrielson, bass

Drummer Williamson is Mr. Pony Boy Records himself, leading an excellent jazz quartet and "[driving] with a big band energy!" He's appeared on over 30 albums and toured with the big bands of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James. Check out his other groups: The Pony Boy All-Star Big Band and the Young Lizards, as well as his latest album "Scenes and Voyages".

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Trumpets: Dennis Haldane, Barry Caldwell, Syd Potter and Michael Croan
Saxes: Pete Christlieb, Alexey Nikolaev, Kareem Kandi, Tracy Knoop, Jim Pribbenow and Tom Russell
Trombones: Greg Schroeder, Gary Shutes and Linda Small
John Hansen, piano; Paul Gabrielson, bass and Greg Williamson, drums

Featuring the Olympia Jazz Walk Festival Big Band, a 16-piece group comprised of Olympia Jazz Walk all-stars. Comprised of professionals from the Pony Boy All-Star Big Band and the Boxley's Pro-Am Big Band - all sponsored at times by JazzClubsNW. A fun collection of music by Count Basie, Bill Holman, Woody Herman, and local arranger Matso Limtiaco. Curated by drummer Greg Williamson and Olympia's Syd Potter.

Phoenix Vapor Cafe (21+)

Kareem Kandi, tenor sax; Colson Jimenez, bass and Max Holmberg, drums

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook. Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Patti Labelle, Ali Jackson, Bill Watrous, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

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Browsers Bookshop

Johnaye Kendrick, voice; Gary Shutes, trombone and Chris Symer, bass

Johnaye is a vocalist & composer from San Diego, currently teaching Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She’s traveled and performed with the Nicholas Payton Sextet, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and many others. While attending the Thelonious Monk Institute, Johnaye worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Brian Blade. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. Johnaye currently performs her own original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions.

Chris Symer has performed and/or recorded with Roger Kellaway, Bennie Maupin, Robben Ford, Theo Saunders, Kai Akagi, Kate McGarry, Tierney Sutton, Larry Koonse, Kim Richmond, Bob Florence and many more. Originally from Southern California, Chris relocated to Seattle in 2002 where he makes his living as a freelance jazz musician. He's played and taught clinics throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and has appeared on soundtracks for television, movies, theatre, performance art, and in settings from duos to big bands and symphony orchestras.

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Little General Food Shop

LaVon Hardison, voice; Alex Chadsey, piano; Douglas Barnett, bass and Brad Gibson, drums

LaVon Hardison sings jazz standards, originals, and her own eclectic and compelling arrangements of popular songs. Equally at home at jazz clubs, corporate events, private parties, and sacred settings, LaVon uses her background in musical theater, opera, and jazz as a foundation for her accessible, joyful, and engaging musical explorations. LaVon was a featured performer at the 2009 Festival of World Sacred Music in New Delhi, India. Based in Olympia, she won the 2016 Seattle-Kobe Sister City Jazz Vocalist Audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, claiming the prize of a jazz-soaked journey to Japan, performing in Kobe, Osaka, and Tokyo. LaVon has also hosted a weekly radio show, “The Jazz Experience” on KAOS-FM.

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Papillon Marketplace

Tracy Knoop, sax and Ian Crocker, guitar

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Tracy Knoop is one of the best-known jazz artists and teachers in the region. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he joined the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and toured with them for ten years. Tracy has performed with such greats as Louis Bellson, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Buddy Rich, and Mel Torme. He also has performed with the Temptations, Four Tops, and the Seattle Symphony. He can be heard on commercial recordings by the Charlie May All-Star Big Band, Keith Henson, Octet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, and the Tracy Knoop Quartet. He continues to perform and teach extensively throughout the Northwest and across the country. Joined by guitarist Ian Crocker, a capable accompanist in the demanding field of duo performance.



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