Friends, I'm a little overwhelmed. Somehow, it has come to be that I have four shows that I simply must tell you about—all in the space of 8 days.
Of course, compiling them here is a nice exercise in reminding myself of my incredible good fortune: I get to play with so many different brilliant musicians! Each of these shows is a prime example of that fact.
I hope that you can make it to at least one of these. They're all going to be good, and there is a lot of musical variety represented here—something for everybody! Take your pick:
1) Friday, August 25th - Demonym Jacket @ Revolution Wine
8:00 to 10:00 pm - 518 E Pike St. - No Cover
Do you like indie folk-pop? Beautiful vocals and melancholy piano? Deep, emotional lyrics? A nice sprinkling of the "ooh, I love this song!" kind of covers? Then this one's for you.
Demonym Jacket is Ilona Davis (vocals) and Jonas Myers (keyboard). We just released an album of our friend Alex Folkerth's music. Check it out!
2) Monday, August 28th - The Walking Hat Trio @ The Royal Room
8:00 to 10:00 pm - 5000 Rainier Ave S - By Donation
Do you like jazz that grooves? Like hearing a familiar tune in an entirely new way? Are you a fan of Stevie Wonder, Grizzly Bear, and The Kinks? What about Ramsey Louis, Bobby Timmons, Billy Cobham, or Freddie Hubbard? Well, guess I'll see you at the Royal Room!
The Walking Hat Trio is Cutts Peaslee (drums), Jon Robinson (bass), and Jonas Myers (piano).
3) Friday, September 1st - House Show! - Tone Poem @ The Maple Leaf Music Space
8:00 to 10:00 pm - 1060 NE 100th St. - $25 (ticketed)
Do you like spontaneous musical invention in an intimate setting? Turning off all electronics and getting back to the deep acoustic roots of jazz? Hearing what it sounds like when four musicians listen to and trust one another, seeking to inhabit the moment together? Buy a ticket.
Tone Poem is Ev Stern (bass), LaVon Hardison (vocals/kazoo), Larry Mahlise (drums/percussion), and Jonas Myers (piano).
4) Saturday, September 2nd - with Frank Anderson @ North City Bistro
8:00 to 10:30 pm - 1520 NE 177th St., Shoreline, WA - $10 at the door
Do you like a bit of blues, soul, and gospel in your jazz? Do you like to nod your head and tap your feet to the music of pain and sorrow? How about hearing some of Seattle's top-call working instrumentalists back up one of the city's most soulful and entertaining singers? Then let's head on up to Shoreline together!
Frank Anderson is a hell of a singer. His band this time around is Dean Schmidt (bass), Wolf Kienzle (guitar), John Stout (drums), and Jonas Myers (piano).