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OPINION: Why Local Jazz Must Survive

Story and photos by Glenn Nelson


If drummer D’Vonne Lewis isn’t the hardest working musician on the Seattle jazz scene, he is, by all accounts, in the top 1%. Typically, he played two to three gigs per day, every day of the week. Lewis was so busy he even stopped practicing because, spending all his time playing live music, he, his ear, and his body already knew the drill. 

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and performances started cancelling. 

“Oh man, this is getting ugly,” Lewis remembers thinking.

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Kate Olson on Seattle’s Jazz Scene

by Gus Marshall

On a cold still night in Columbia City, two of Seattle’s premier jazz combos displayed their grasp of contemporary elegance to a fortunate group of perceptive spectators.

Soprano sax sensation Kate Olson and her K.O. Ensemble assumed the bandstand of The Royal Room first. They began to engage the audience immediately with Olson’s light and coherent original compositions “Pear Shaped” and “To The Left.” Olson’s straightforward swinging arrangements provided a solid platform for her clear and articulate delivery.

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Jazz Singer Johnaye Kendrick Discusses Her New Album, Inspirations and Her Role as an Educator

by Gus Marshall

Local treasure Johnaye Kendrick is a sensational jazz singer as well as esteemed professor at Cornish College of the Arts. Her self-produced sophomore album Flying (Johnygirl Records) has solidified Kendrick as one of the current names to know on the national jazz scene.

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Classic Jazz Fills the Halls of the Royal Room

by Gus Marshall

The Royal Room dinner crowd eagerly awaited the evening’s performance. A couple minutes past the seven-thirty start time, a tall man with glasses took the stage and grabbed hold of a microphone. He introduced himself as Alex Guilbert, the organizer and producer of Piano Starts Here, a bimonthly piano-focused performance featuring the eclectic works of influential pianists over the past century.

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