Happy sunny springtime! Seattle is wearing green and looking as beautiful as ever. Yesterday, on the ferry to Bremerton for a gig, I saw porpoises and seals and salmon jumping out of sparkling Salish waters, bald eagles alighting on towering evergreens, and great Tahoma watching over all. This is the time of year when we're reminded why we're here. What more beautiful place is there on Earth? (Shhh! Don't tell all those silly people who think Seattle has bad weather.)
I could go on about Cascadia's magnificence... but I'm really writing to let you know about a few upcoming shows that I'm particularly excited about:
1) Thursday, May 18th @ Vito's - with LaVon Hardison
9:00 pm to 12:00 am - 927 9th Ave - no cover, 21+ after 10 pm
If you haven't heard LaVon Hardison before, you are really missing out. In addition to a beautiful voice, LaVon has an infectiously positive energy that you simply have to witness. No other performer that I know so generously invites the audience into the music. I'm thrilled to be accompanying her at one of Seattle's true jazz institutions.
2) Friday, May 19th @ The Skylark - Cosmic Shuffle, Mr. Triple D, The Hoyer Brothers, and Queenside Castle
9:00 pm to 1:00 am - 3803 Delridge Way SW - $7 cover, 21+
This is a big one, folks. Queenside Castle started out a year and a half ago as a duo project with David Fleming on vocals and me on keys. We have now expanded into a four piece band featuring two superb musicians: Jordan Wiegert on drums and Jonathan Robinson on bass. I think we sound pretty damn good. Here's a demo video we made. We're stoked to be playing our first show together on a bill with some great Seattle bands: Cosmic Shuffle, Mr. Triple D, and The Hoyer Brothers.
3) Monday, May 29th @ Tula's - The Alex Dugdale Band
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm - 2214 2nd Ave - $15 cover, all ages
Alex Dugdale was recently awarded Earshot's Emerging Artist of the Year award for 2016. He plays saxophone and trumpet, and he tap dances—all brilliantly. I'm thrilled to be joining him and the equally brilliant members of The 200 Trio—Max Holmberg on drums, Greg Feingold on bass, and Cole Schuster on guitar—at Tula's, the epicenter of Seattle's jazz scene. We'll be playing Alex's originals and arrangements.
Those are the three that I especially wanted to highlight. Another one, which I mentioned in my last message, is on Wednesday, May 24th, at Queen Anne Beer Hall, with The Walking Hat Trio, 6 to 9 pm. Jon Robinson (Queenside Castle's new bassist) will be joining us on upright. That promises to be a great time as well. Other than that, I'm still jamming every Wednesday at Paragon (except the 24th), and playing keys every Thursday at La Spiga (except the 18th). And the summer is starting to fill up with lots of fun gigs. I'll keep you posted.
I hope this message finds you well. I'm so grateful to have so many friends and supporters. Your responses to my updates have been universally encouraging and kind. They mean so much to me. As always, I would love an update about what's new in your life, too—creatively and otherwise.
With deep gratitude,