Tacoma Jazz Walk
June 2nd, 2018
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Listed in order of performance time.
Please plan on walking from venue to venue and checking everything out!
Scroll down to read about our bands and musicians.
B SHARP COFFEE HOUSE - Lance Buller and the Roadstars
GOOD KARMA - Bobby Medina Duo
SANFORD AND SON (downstairs) - Kareem Kandi Band with Jacques Willis
TACOMA CITY BALLET - Johnaye Kendrick Quartet
URBAN GRACE CHURCH - Tracy Knoop Quartet
SANFORD AND SON (upstairs) - Gary Shutes Trio
SERENITY SPA - Danny Kolke Trio
UNION SALON - Rich Wetzel with the Mack Grout Quartet
B SHARP COFFEE HOUSE - Tall & Small Quintet with Pete Christlieb & Linda Small
STINK - Cara Francis Duo
SANFORD AND SON (downstairs) - Pearl Django
MATTY PHOTOGRAPHY - David Joyner Trio
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B Sharp Coffee House
6:00-9:00: LANCE BULLER and the ROADSTARS
Lance Buller, trumpet & voice; Ted Dortch, tenor sax; Chris Spencer, guitar; Wayne Bliss, bass & Andre Thomas, drums
Featuring a variety of music: jazz, swing and traditional tunes dating back as early as Ragtime from the late 1890's to current jazz and variety! This band brings a good time with humor, high energy and swinging music that everyone enjoys. You will know you were a part of the performance because the band will feel like old friends, who, with you, love exceptional music. They've performed at Seattle Mariners Home Games, The Puyallup Fair, Washington State Fair, Evergreen State Fair and more!
For more info, visit theroadstars.com and www.lancebuller.com
9:00-Midnight: TALL & SMALL QUINTET with PETE CHRISTLIEB & LINDA SMALL
Pete Christlieb, tenor sax; Linda Small Christlieb, trombone; Ray Ohls, piano; Derrick Polk, bass & Tim Malland, drums
Featuring saxophonist Pete Christlieb and trombonist Linda Small! Grammy-nominated legend Pete Christlieb is 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! Linda Small’s career spans the gamut from big band to symphonic work. She's performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Ballet and Detroit Symphony, as well as Emil Richards, Super Sax, Buddy Childers, Scott Whitfield, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Stevie Wonder.
For more info, visit www.petechristlieb.com
6:00-9:00: BOBBY MEDINA DUO
Bobby Medina, trumpet & David Deacon-Joyner, piano
Originally from Los Angeles, Trumpeter, Bandleader and Composer Bobby Medina has performed with many of the world’s legendary artists, including Ray Charles, Mel Torme, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli and The Temptations to name just a few. His electrifying performances are both highly artistic as well as humorous and entertaining. As a composer, Bobby is currently bringing his own brand of Latin influenced jazz to concert audiences and educational presentations across the world. Bobby has performed in more than 20 countries and in cities ranging from New York City to Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires to Tokyo. Mr. Medina’s genre-bending style appeals to people of all ages and walks of life.
For more info, visit www.bobbymedina.com
Sanford & Son (Downstairs)
6:00-9:00: KAREEM KANDI BAND
Kareem Kandi, tenor sax; Jacques Willis, vibraphone; Ryan Donnelly, bass & Adam Kessler, 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.
For more info, visit kareemkandi.com
9:00-Midnight: PEARL DJANGO
Michael Gray, violin; Neil Andersson, guitar; Tim Lerch, guitar; David Lange, accordion and Rick Leppanen, bass
With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
For more info, visit www.pearldjango.com
Tacoma City Ballet
6:00-9:00: JOHNAYE KENDRICK QUARTET
Johnaye Kendrick, voice; Tim Kennedy, piano; Chris Symer, bass & Max Wood, drums
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. She focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics where she often accompanies herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. The legendary Jimmy Heath says that “Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.”
For more info, visit www.johnaye.com
Urban Grace Church
7:00-10:00: TRACY KNOOP QUARTET
Tracy Knoop, alto sax; John Hansen, piano; Chuck Deardorf, bass & Julian MacDonough, drums
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.
Sanford & Son (Upstairs)
7:00-10:00: GARY SHUTES TRIO
Gary Shutes, trombone; Milo Petersen, guitar & Chuck Kistler, bass
Featuring Gary Shutes, acclaimed jazz trombonist, has played with Frank Sinatra, Jr, Sammy Davis, Jr, Natalie Cole, Billy Eckstine, Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, The Temptations, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Gladys Knight, Jerry Lewis, The Spinners, Michael Feinstein and Bob Hope. He has played on numerous jazz and New Age recordings, and played many Broadway shows, including Hairspray, Hair, Victor/Victoria, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes others. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York City, and studied with trombone jazz greats Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino and Jim Pugh. He brings his love and knowledge of jazz, Latin music and the Great American Songbook to his performances.
7:00-10:00: DANNY KOLKE TRIO
Danny Kolke, piano; Michael Glynn, bass & Greg Williamson, drums
JazzClubsNW Founder Danny is an accomplished pianist known for his aggressive technique and passionate voicings. 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.
For more info, visit dannykolkemusic.com
7:00-10:00: RICH WETZEL with the MACK GROUT QUARTET
Rich Wetzel, trumpet; Mack Grout, piano; Devin Lowe, bass & Brad Gibson, drums
Rich is well known as a very powerful, very exciting, and high energy lead trumpet player, featured soloist, who is equally adept at gorgeous, soft, beautiful trumpet or flugelhorn lyrical concert settings, or soaring over the top of the band or orchestra on a power ballad in the Maynard Ferguson style. He is often a featured soloist for many top local and regional bands as well. Rich is also a top call contractor for both national and international acts for string and horn sections for some of the biggest names in the business at major venues. He has played lead trumpet for and put together horn sections for stars such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Platters, The Ojays, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and many more.
Pianist Mack Grout has performed all around the United States in a large variety of bands, jazz and pop groups. He has performed internationally as a soloist and a band leader. Currently Mack is living and traveling internationally working with bands abroad and working on some new musical projects including his new trio, International Groove Unit.
For more info, visit www.richwetzel.com and www.mackgroutmusic.com
9:00-Midnight: CARA FRANCIS DUO
Cara Francis, voice & Craig Hoyer, piano
Cara is a vocalist who has sung regularly at Egan’s Ballard Jam House in Seattle, as well as Tacoma’s Mandolin Café. As part of the Metro Parks “Second Sunday Series,” she was able to perform with pianist Kacey Evans at the stunningly beautiful Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park. She was recently one of 8 finalists at the end of a year-long competition for the final “Sing off” at Tony Starlight’s Supper Club and Lounge in Portland. In addition to her work with Greta Matassa, Cara has been fortunate to work with some of Seattle's and Tacoma’s most called upon musicians such as pianists Darin Clendenin, Randy Halberstadt and Kacey Evans, as well as Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, Steve Korn and Larry Holloway to name only a few.
For more info, visit www.carafrancis.com
9:00-Midnight: DAVID JOYNER TRIO
David Deacon-Joyner, piano; Chris Symer, bass & Jeff Busch, drums
David Deacon-Joyner is Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. From 1986 to 2000, he was professor on the faculty of the renowned jazz studies division at the University of North Texas. David is a busy freelance pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and his compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by renowned artists and orchestras all over the country. Joined by bassist Greg Feingold who hails from the Chicago area and was trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Also with drummer Jeff Busch who studied in Leeds, England and is a specialist in Brazilian music, performing regularly with pianist Jovino Santos-Neto.