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THE MIX Variety Entertainment


CONCERT SPOTLIGHT Toshiko Akiyoshi Comedy

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FESTIVALS Jazz at the Beach

10 DINING & WINE Julia Martin-Lombardi il Trattoria Merende 12 VENUE SPOTLIGHT Suzanne Weghorst Egan’s Ballard Jan House


13 WINE Buy Wine the Easy Way 14 FINE ART Karen Hollowell 15 JEWELRY Beyond Bling By Dr. Diane Rousseau 16 NW JAZZ PROFILE 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival 18 Brooks Giles 20 Dina Blade 22 Sandy Harvey 23 Rich Wetzel 24 BLUES Billy Shew 26 Tim Hall 28 R&B LJ Porter 29 TOP 40 / POP New Jack City 30 Jazz Quiz By Dave Anderson


THE MIX Variety Entertainment Stefon Harris and Blackout October 13 - 14 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle , WA

Kevin Smith October 17 – 8 pm Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

Thomas Marriott October 25 Tula’s, 8:30 Seattle, WA

Meshell Ndegeocello October 27 The Triple Door Seattle, WA

Jason Marsalis Quartet

Masterworks Choral Ensemble Let Freedom Ring

October 29 & 30 8:30 Tula’s Seattle, WA

October 10 - 7:30 pm The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Olympia, WA

Yogi McCaw Andre Feriante October 10 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland, WA

KMFDM W/ Angelspit, Legion Within October 12 - 7:30 pm The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA

Steely Dan October 12 - 13 - 7:30 pm The Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA

Ramsey Lewis Trio October 15 - 18 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle , WA

Katy Bourne

October 30 - – 8 pm Local Color Seattle, WA

Steve Martin November 3 - 7:30pm Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

October 16 – 8 pm Local Color Seattle, WA

Miguel Zenon Quintet October 17 - 7:30 The Triple Door Seattle, WA

Tacoma Philharmonic presents New York Chamber Soloists: November 20 - 7:30 pm Pantages Theater Tacoma, WA

The Stradivari Quartet October 17 - 7:30 pm Pantages Theater - Tacoma, WA 4


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Toshiko Akiyoshi Toshiko Akiyoshi performs with the University Jazz Band November 11 - 7:30 pm University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall Tacoma, WA Toshiko Akiyoshi’s unique contributions to the jazz world have evolved like falling dominoes through a series of events that started with a piano-loving little Japanese girl in Manchuria and brought her to prominence as an unparalleled pianist, composer and leader of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.

our time.” In 1977 the recording Insights was named as record of the year by Down Beat magazine. In 1982 the couple returned to New York, where Toshiko reformed her band with New York

Manchurian-born Akiyoshi’s interest in the piano started at age six, and by the time her family had moved back to Japan at the end of World War II. Toshiko had developed a real love for music. She soon began playing piano professionally, which eventually led to being discovered by pianist Oscar Peterson in 1952 during a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic tour of Japan. On Peterson recommendation, Toshiko recorded for Granz, and not long after, she went to the U.S. to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Her years in Boston, and later on in New York, developed her into a first class pianist. Her interest in composing and arranging came to fruition when she moved to Los Angeles in 1972 with her husband, saxophonist/flutist Lew Tabackin. The following year they formed the world-renowned big band that is now kn ow n a s the Tosh iko A kiy os hi Ja zz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin. The band, which began as a vehicle for Toshiko’s own compositions, grew in stature during its 10 years on the west coast and gained a reputation as one of the most excellent and innovative big bands in jazz. In 1976 the band placed first in the Down Beat Critics’ Poll and her album, Long Yellow Road, was named best jazz album of the year by Stereo Review. The late Leonard Feather, eminent jazz critic and author, summed up the brilliance of Toshiko Akiyoshi big band in his review of that album, “ ... greatness is greatness, whether on the East Coast, the West Coast in Tokyo or anywhere else in the world. I think you will find it in this magnificently variegated, consistently exciting example of one of the outstanding orchestras of

Orchestra. Her recording Four Seasons of the Morita Village, was awarded the 1996 Swing Journal Silver Award. Toshiko’s big band albums have received 14 Grammy Award nominations since 1976. The band was also voted #1 in Down Beat magazine’s Best Big Band category, and Toshiko has placed first in the Best Arranger and Composer category in the Down Beat Readers’ Poll, making her the first woman in the history of jazz to have been so honored. In 1986 Toshiko was the only Japanese New Yorker ever to receive New York City’s Liberty Award. In 1992, her work was performed by the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the following year by the Hawai i Sympho ny Orche stra. In 1996 Maestro James De Priest conducted the Po rt lan d Sym ph ony i n a p ro gra m of Akiyoshi’s works. In 1993 a live concert of the big band, “Strive for Jive,” was released in video. Toshiko realized a long time dream in 1996 when she completed her autobiography. “Life With Jazz.” The book is now in its third printing in Japanese and will soon be translated into Korean. In 1995 the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra was invited to play in China.

musicians, In 1983 the new Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin, had a critically successful debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the Kool Jazz Festival. That same year a documentary film by Renee Cho depicting the Akiyoshi/Tabackin move from L.A. to New York was released, entitled “Jazz is My Native Language” (Rhapsody Video). Toshiko has recorded 18 albums with the Jazz

The Or chestra foll ows the grea t Duke Ellington tradition of using each musician’s individual sound and style as an integral part of the ensemble’s musical identity. To this Akiyoshi adds her own complex, boppish lines and contemporary colors and textures, mingled with elements of her Asian roots to produce a sound that has no equal in jazz. Summing up her own career, Toshiko, with characteri stic modesty comme nted in an interview with the San Bernardino Sun, “I would hope that my work might have more substance and more quality rather than quantity of notes. And I hope the notes I produce today are more selective than 20 years ago.”


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COMEDY FRANK CALIENDO Fri, Oct 2 Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma, WA From his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman, to his weekly picks segment on the FOX NFL pregame show with Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson, comedian/actor/impressionist Frank Caliendo has been all over Television the past few years. (Last year He even performed in front of the Vice President of the United States broadcast on CSPAN).



Known for “dead on” impressions of famous actors (like Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro), politicians (George W. Bush, Bill Clinton) and broadcasters (John Madden, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jim Rome), Frank, a 7 year veteran of television sketch comedy (MadTV, Hype) has his own show “Frank TV” on the TBS network. On the Stage, Frank’s high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that build to a frenetic pace. Once described by the “Hollywood Reporter” as “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey” Frank is one comedian that should not be missed.

JEFFREY ROSS Fri-Sat, Oct 2-3 - 8pm & 10pm Giggles – Seattle, WA JEFFREY ROSS is feared and revered for his appearance sat celebrity roasts. In fact, making fun of people is a way of life for Jeffrey Ross. Called “an heir apparent to such old-school masters as Buddy Hackett and Rodney Dangerfield” by the New York Times, Ross has memorably and uproariously roasted many of America’s favorite stars. His first book, “I Only Roast The Ones I Love: Busting Balls Without Burning Bridges” by Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon & Schuster, was released this fall . Jeff also stars in a popular Comedy Central stand-up DVD and CD, “Jeffrey Ross: No Offense – Live From New Jersey”, as well as an award-winning documentary he directed about his 8



experience entertaining U.S. troops in Iraq titled, “Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie.” Jeff divides his time between New York City, Los Angeles, and the road.

“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” On television Lee has appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Mind of Mencia,” and has performed stand-up on “Late Friday,” “Premium Blend” and “The Tonight Show.” He was also the host of this year’s Asian Excellence Awards.

BOBBY LEE Thurs, Oct 22 - 7:30 pm Parlor Live – Bellevue, WA Since joining MADtv in 1999, Lee has become a fan-favorite, known for his unique brand of pain-inducing, physical humor. He has created such memorable original characters as the comically confused film critic “Johnny Gan,” the world’s worst interpreter “Bae Sung;” and hapless warrior the Blind kung Fu Master.” And audiences have loved his takes on such real-world figures as Connie Chung and North Korean President Kim Jong Il. Lee’s film credits include “Hardbreakers,” “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” “Killer Pad” and


STEVE BYRNE Fri-Sat, NOV 6-7 - 8pm & 10pm Giggles – Seattle, WA Steve Byrne’s high energy, physical style of comedy makes him one of the hottest young comedians touring the country today. He was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father, which provides him with a wealth of material. You’ve seen him on NBC’s The Real Wedding Crashers and you’ve seen him all over CBS in the national promos for the NFL with Prince and Bill Cower. His standup has been featured on NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’s The Late Late Show and BET’s Comic View.


Jazz at the Beach Ocean Shores, WA The beach is calling you to come and enjoy some fun music in Ocean Shores on November 6, 7 and 8, 2009. The first Jazz Festival in Ocean Shores was launched in October 1983 with three bands. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Ocean Shores Jazz Society is going stronger than ever with their renamed festival, Jazz at the Beach. This year, nine great bands are performing in four different venues. The bands are: Pearl Django, Seattle, WA: West End of Chicago, Chicago, IL; St. Louis Stompers, St. Louis, MO; Black Swan Jazz Band, Portland, OR; Mud Bay Jazz Band, Olympia, WA; Upt own Lowd own Jazz Ban d, B elle vue, WA; No Inhibitions Jazz Band, Bremerton, WA; Hume Street Preservation Jazz Band, Aberdeen, WA; and Electric Park Jazz Band, Aberdeen, WA. Whether you want to dance all weekend or just relax, listen and watch, there is something for everyone. A free shuttle can take you from venue to venue, so you can park and ride. Two of the four venues are at the Convention Center.

Pearl Django

Along with the all the great music, Ocean Shores offers a variety of activities. You can explore the antique and gift shops, check out the art galleries, walk on the beach, go bowling, visit the casino and much more. You can stay at one of the hotels, eat at any of the fine restaurants and have a wonderful weekend getaway! The Jazz Society sponsors a great raffle and silent auction to raise money to support music in the local high school.

Driving Directions from Seattle From Seattle: (Approximate driving time: 2.5 hours) 1. Head South on I-5 to Olympia 2. At Olympia take Exit 104 (towards Aberdeen & Ocean beaches) Hwy. 101 North 3. Stay on main highway. It turns into Hwy. 8 West. Then, at Elma, it changes into Hwy. 12 West 4. Upon reaching Aberdeen, follow the signs that take you to Hwy. 101 North - to Hoquiam and Ocean beaches. DO NOT TAKE THE WESTPORT TURN 5. You should be in the left lane as you cross the Hoquiam bridge. Bear right and then turn left at the second traffic light onto Hwy. 109 (Ocean Shores and Ocean beaches) 6. After approximately 18 miles, turn left onto Hwy. 115 (Oyehut/Ocean Shores) 7. Highway 115 turns into Damon Rd. as you curve to the right. Turn left into Ocean Shores – through the stone gates.




Julia Martin-Lombardi il Trattoria di Merende Tacoma, WA

“The one thing you must realize about starting a restaurant is, it requires that you have a love and a passion for what you are doing. We are so fortunate that we get to work not only with our family, but also with a great group of people everyday. It’s a delight to walk through the front doors just to find out what’s going to be on the menu. “ How did Merende come to be? While Ian was attending culinary school in Florence, Italy, we discussed opening something Italian together. This is especially important to us because of our Italian heritage. We searched for about two years for the perfect location; with each space, the concept changed. When we walked into our current space, with its brick walls, it just lent itself to become the perfect Trattoria. What was the most challenging aspect 10

of preparing to open for business? Remodeling and, of course, everyone agreeing on the same thing. This is especially hard when you are family and have to go home and eat together. In the end, we were very happy with the results. What makes Merende unique among other restaurants in Tacoma? ‘Merende’ is an Italian tradition of eating small meals in between lunch and dinner. The word literall y translates i nto “small bit es.” We wanted to expand on this concept by offering smaller portions that could be shared with friends, perhaps a bottle of wine, and pleasant conversation. We also try to be as ‘local’ as possible and draw from the farmers such as Westover Farms and Zestful Ga rdens in the surroun ding area. Nothing beats the taste of fresh produce being integral to the dishes you are creating. We feel tha t we repr esent the Itali an S low F ood movement here in Tacoma. The atmosphere is easy and relaxed.


How do you classify the decor? It’s pleasantly upscale and still maintains an inviting and warm environment. It’s perhaps a bit eclectic. It’s exp osed brick walls, the beautiful slate covered bar hand made by Ian, and the overall feel of that wonderful little Italian Trattoria you found in Firenze. Te ll us a bi t abo ut yo ur ch ef ’s background. Jeff went to culinary school in Maryland. After culinary school he went overseas to Guam, working in the hotels there, then he spent time refining his trade in Thailand and Australia. After returning to Washington he worked at Fircrest Golf Club, Palisades, and Stanley & Seaforts. He then found a home and spent four years at Il Fiasco on 6th Avenue and Brix 25 in Gig Harbor. Just prior to Merende, Jeff was working at Sound Food Café on Vashon Island. Chef Bishop has worked closely with us to develop a wonderful menu containing a wide variety of Merende items, flat breads, pasta

dishes and other delicious lunch and dinner entrees. We hope to offer a recipe book in the near future. Describe some of your signature dishes and pair them with a wine.

Tender strips of egg pasta, tossed in a ragu meat sauce of ground lamb, pork, veal, garlic, tomatoes, finished with fresh cream and shaved Reggiano cheese. Bordering on a full-bodied red, the Fillipo Gallino Barbera offers balanced tannins, and makes a wonderful pairing with the layered flavors of the Bolognese sauce.

Pan-seared U-10 scallops with roasted garlic mash, arugula salad, and Nueske”s Bacon.

Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread & La Caudrina Moscato di Asti Crispy grilled flatbread, topped with housemade fig & onion jam, thinly sliced prosciutto and creamy gorgonzola cheese, then baked to perfection. You won’t want to pass up this salty & sweet creation. A slightly sweet sparkling wine may seem at odds with this flatbread, but it plays off the sweet notes perfectly and offsets the saltiness of the prosciutto and blue cheese! Lemon Rosemary Chicken & Scurati Siciliana Bianco We start with an 8 ounce chicken breast, pan sear it, then roast it in the oven to a golden brown. Marsala wine, fresh rosemary, chicken stock and heavy cream finish the pan sauce to accompany the chicken and mashed potatoes. We recommend the Scurati Siciliana Bianco. This bright, clean white wine from Sicily compliments the lemon and rosemary flavors, and balances out the depth of the Marsala wine in the sauce. Tagliatelle all Bolognese & Fillipo Gallino Barbera

into other evenings or different offerings in addition to Ed Taylor. We are just seeing the positive effects of the word spreading about our Thursday Music and really want to solidify this program first. Which is your most challenging daily activity?

How often do you change your menu? Some parts of the menu, wine and desserts and daily specials in particular change regularly. Th es e c ha nge s are o fte n bas ed on t he availability of fresh local produce, fruits, berries and other items. We also have large seasonal menu changes in spring, fall and winter. Me re nde fe at ure s liv e jaz z e ve ry Th ur sda y e ve nin g. Ho w a re yo ur cu st ome rs re cei vin g you r m us ic program? We feel that the response to Thursday Jazz with Ed Taylor has been great. The number of people coming to enjoy the music continues to grow every week. This continues to be a great op po rtu ni ty fo r p eo ple t o e nj oy th is entertainment in a very personal venue. Based on feed back from customers, we are very happy with the music nights. Will you be adding music on Friday or Saturday nights? We would like to focus on Thursday nights for now as our music night. Perhaps as the Holidays approach, we can look at expanding

Tasting the different specials daily (yes, that part is the fun) and paring down that selection to the couple I should Tweet about on that day. That’s tough to do with only 140 characters. What is your business doing to give back to the community? We will continue to be involved in a number of community activities—donating our time and food to assist with the theatre, Art walk, several local youth programs, as well as offering a number of local jobs. Tap into T-Town, local charities and school auctions have been some of the events we participate in. How do you define success? When the dining room fills up with people, it creates this sound like the music of happiness; I still remember the wonderful feeling I got the first time this happened here at Merende. It is such a gratifying feeling to know that we have created this wonderful place for people to enjoy their food and time together. il Trattoria di Merende - 253-722-1993 813 Pacific Ave Nw, Tacoma, WA 98402




Suzanne Weghorst Egan’s Ballard Jam House - Seattle, WA “The one thing you must realize about the music business is, at its best, it’s always a labor of love.” Egan’s Ballard Jam House has been known for offering quality jazz in a very intimate setting. I hear you will be adding a variety of music genres to your concert schedule. Tell

of that is the Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet, led by pianist Wayne Horvitz, doing a monthly series featuring the music of select jazz legends, like Hank Mobley in October. We’re hoping to establish Egan’s as the place to go for late night jazz on Friday and Saturday, with musicians stopping in after their other gigs and jazz lovers getting the chance to experience something fresh. Ideally, we’ll get some of those “variety” performers to show up, too, and really get some creative juices flowing! Will you keep your vocal jam session? We love the vocal jam and the community of singers who come out every week, but we’re so small that every set has to meet a certain minimum in club revenues in order to keep us afloat. If you’re getting up to sing, you really don’t feel like eating much, so it’s sort of a catch-22. Our current solution is to feature more vocal showcases during our regular show times, with 3 singers sharing a set, and moving the vocal jam to every other Wednesday. That way the newcomers still get a chance to get up and sing, and the singers who are working toward a stand-alone show get the chance to choreograph a longer set.

Egan’s owners Ted Stickney and Suzanne Weghorst (photo by Guitar Doug) us about your new business model and why you are broadening the scope of your lineup. We’ve had all sorts of performers play to a full house, and we’re always open to new genres and concepts. Jazz is our mainstay, but we’re becoming much more of a “variety theatre” venue, with Americana, unplugged indie rock, co me dy, a nd ev en ta p-d an cin g dra wi ng appreciative audiences. It’s always best to check our online calendar for upcoming shows and pointers to the performers’ web sites. It’s a pretty eclectic schedule these days. What percentage of your concert schedule will remain straight-ahead jazz? We’ll still be booking probably 60% jazz, with so many top-notch jazz artists in the area and very few places to perform. We try to nurture the young jazz musicians, giving them a chance to play a “real” club during our earlier show times, but we also book lots of established musicians with new projects. A great example 12

two hours, at the beginning of each show. We don’t like rushing the customers in and out, so we’ll be doing more to encourage them to come early for the dinner show, and we’ll be adding a little time between shows, so the musicians get more of a chance to schmooze with the listeners. It will make the night a little longer for us, but we think it will be a hit with the musicians and customers alike. What type of feedback, if any, are you getting from the jazz community? It’s been great! Everyone appreciates the fantastic room acoustics and the focus on the performance. Seeing your name up on the marquee is also kind of a thrill, as is having a roomful of people listening intently. We’ve tried to establish a sense of community by treating the musicians with respect and doing things like inviting them to sign our bench out front. Getting to know the musicians and hearing great music every night is what keeps our staff happy and motivated! How do you define success? For us, success is hearing a great round of applause for the musicians and seeing lots of smiling faces.

Are you also changing your menu? Yes! We have a new chef, Tom Holzman, who has got lots of great ideas for getting more out of our tiny kitchen. We’ll be moving toward more supper club “comfort” food that you don’t see much in Seattle these days, like our versions of Beef Stroganoff, Steak Diane, and Chicken Paprikash—the sort of thing that used to be standard fare. That’s really in keeping with the “retro” feel of our club. We’ll also be offering more “pub food” classics during the later shows and, of course, we’ll always have our gumbo and a few other favorites from our current menu. In your years of operation, what has been th e hig he st hu rdl e you f ind y our se lf constantly having to jump over? Well, like any restaurant, financial viability is always a challenge. In our case, the small 45seat room is both a blessing and a curse. It makes for a great intimate experience and a feeling of connection with the musicians, but we have to pack people in and turn the room over a lot to meet our operating expenses. In that respect, Egan’s is probably more like the Village Vanguard in New York than any other club in Seattle. The other big hurdle is the kitchen rush every


Egan’s owner Suzanne in front of the club’s marquee (photo by Guitar Doug) 1707 NW Market St, Seattle, WA, Zip_98107 206-789-1621 Website: Email:


Buy Wine the Easy Way BY BOB KINNAMAN Now is a great time to explore the world of wine. Like so many industries in today’s economy, the wine business is providing more opportunities to find great wines and many are at better prices than any time in recent history. So, it really boils down to knowing how and where to start. I think it is best to keep it simple. In my opinion, that means doing two things. Shop where there is a good opportunity to be successful and don’t hesitate to ask for some help. These two go hand in hand. Like most purchases, shopping where the experts are really increases your odds for success. On a regular basis, I talk with people that let wine get the best of them. It can be confusing and certainly overwhelming. So, for a better chance of being successful, start with a store that has the ability to do the job. My first choice will always be a specialty wine store; these guys know wine. My second choice would be an upscale grocery store with a person dedicated to the wine department. There are only a few, but

they can also provide some great help. Now that you are in the right place, ask for some guidance. We love to talk wine. A few questions and we will have you headed in the right direction. Identifying your flavor profile, pairing wine with food, explaining what the label means, or selecting a great gift are all easy tasks and only a question away. With a minimal amount of effort, you have improved your wine selections and the enjoyment factor will definitely show in the results. It’s up to you—now you ca n avo id th os e h it a nd mi ss wi ne purchases every time. Cheers Wine Bank 7017 27th St. W. Suite #1 University Place, WA 98466 253-564-1101 Email:




Karen Hollowell Fine Artist BIO BRIEF Karen Hollowell graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Her blues series ran as a solo exhibition at The Delta Blues Museum - home of the legendary “crossroads” in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Her paintings hang in private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is currently exhibiting her jazz paintings in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Steve Martin Fine Art Gallery and at Capones Jazz Club in Vancouver, Canada.

THE WORK “My work is currently focused on exploring the fluid relationship between music and images. My paintings strive to capture a moment within sound: a wailing guitar solo or a haunting trumpet riff. I hope people are attracted to my paintings the same way they are to a good song. “There are parallels between creating a song and a painting; a song begins with a simple beat or a phrase and a painting begins with a bold stroke. Both artist and musician lay down the bones to create a foundation. I begin with bold shapes. After much layering, I add colorful geometric organic shapes throughout the canvas to form unique patterns and textures. Eventually, elements of heightened realism appear through clou dy forms of expr essioni sm. Ther e is as much significance found in the seen as there is in the unseen. “In recent years, I have pushed myself creatively through exploration of musical themes and variations on musical genres including jazz, rock and blues. I hope my canvases encourage people to not only decipher any message I may convey, but to also spark thoughts or feelings on their own. “I have just returned from my first trip to New Orleans. It felt so amazing to immerse myself in that culture—both in the music and the food. I am represented there at the Steve Martin Fine Art Gallery, 624 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 504-566-1390. This is where I have half a dozen recent canvases on display.” You can see more




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Beyond Bling The Spiritual Science Behind Gems, Metals, Design and Nature Part One

By Dr. Diane M. Rousseau The Precious Gem Ruby and some of its finer qualities: The followingisisthe thefirst first part The following part in a series series of of articles. articles. This This first in a section will be a brief first section will be a brief summeryon onGems Gemsand and their summery their spiritual significance spiritual significance and and The Gem GemRuby Ruby will value. The will bebe highlighted. highlighted.

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Multicolored Corundum


Hardness: 9 on the Mohs Scale


The Ruby is second only to a Diamond, 10 in hardness

Gems have always held a fascination down through time, however, their real value is in their makeup as coherent structures that grow showing the spiritual energy they hold as well as can transmit. It is important for a gem cutter to study each gem to know how to release the pure energy and inner light that is held within them. In Gem Cutting, a professional art, the cutter takes a piece of rough and cuts it for the highest quality with symmetry, faceting and polishing to sustain the fine value held within the gem. If the gem had been left uncut, the strong inner energy, though still having a vibrational quality, cannot be fully experienced, realized and appreciated. It takes a human being to release the stored spiritual energy as brilliance and inner beauty for us to receive the maximum benefits available on several levels that each gem holds due to their unique color and growth pattern. A human being is often referred to as a “diamond in the rough” noting the process that we go through as our inner brilliance comes alive and refines our many facets and talents revealing the inner beauty within as our true Divine (Diamond) Nature. We realize then our true value as well as the value we place on others is really the Spirit Light that shines within and this true reality becomes more apparent to us the more we unfold our true Nature. So too, the Gem can be thought of as a miniature aspect of spiritual light, as it’s true structure relates to trapped spiritual energy while also reflecting the beauty of the universe. Gems are crystallized vibrations of sound as trapped light and color in a growth matrix. This is why their purity is so important as they emit a fine subtle spiritual energy which affects the planet as well as the appreciation of their Divine value which can be also be experienced when worn on the human body, used in paintings, structures or as tinctures that were used in ancient medicine and in some cases, are still used for this pure value. Gems then can be thought of as captured spiritual energy and intelligence as Divine vibrations that emit the song they sing to Nature and us in their many colors.

articles placed on Altars and in Breastplates to emit their spiritual energy into the atmosphere so all people could receive benefits from their beautiful and pure qualities. An example in Nature of the value of this ruby red color can be seen in a red rose. Red Roses hold a very fine spiritual energy due to this color which, as a vibration, holds the song of the flower which is in the smell that is given out into the atmosphere. The smell o f this color o f love affects our consciousness, inspiring love, strengthening our heart as well as our sight. Some people having a mystical experience or an experience of grace often report smelling roses during or after the experience, regardless of their beliefs. This vibration of love as sound can also be felt in the following ways: Several instruments when played or intently listened to produce a thrill, state of bliss or devotional ecstasy which can cause further devotion or even healing. This has been shown scientifically in the past study of plants and as has been shown most recently by Dr. Emoto, using wate r to sh ow the purity of tho ught vibrations which are really subtle sounds emitted in the atmosphere.

Only the Red Corundum can be classified as a true Ruby, all other Corundum is known as Sapphire. The finest Rubies come from Burma, are referred to as Burmese and are beautifully vivid with a true blood red. They do not usually grow beyond three Carats, so are truly rare and a fine quality is often more expensive than a Diamond. Jyo tish, which is the Spiri tual S cience of Astronomy in Vedic Texts, means the light of Heavenly bodies, Horoscopy: is the use of gems and their relation to planets, health, prosperity, life issues, also Predictive Astrology, Vastu Shastra: which is the Science of land placement, building and construction; as the ancients felt we are a part of thi s Unive rse an d the p recisio n of movement which they feel is Divine. In Ancient Texts, the Ruby is the Gem of the Sun and so confers the spiritual qualities of: Love, Ruler-ship or Leadership, Spiritual Knowledge, Wisdom, Courage and Truth. In Medieval times, the Ruby was worn by Kings and Queens as well as Priests and Brahman Priests who knew their Spiritual value. They were also used in scepters,

While I was a Speaker at The International IOU University Conference in Jaipur, India on Innovative Education in February 2006; I met a Colleague from Japan who, after diagnosed with cancer and given little time to live, he began to play the Cello again. This placed him in states of bliss, which led to his full cure. He felt this bliss is Divine Love and this is what cured his body. Mantras also have these effects as they are the inward Language of Sacred Sound. A Ruby is also associated with the heart, blood and keeping the nervous system nurtured for healing due to the encapsulated energy. This again is due to the spiritual quality of the Sun as held in the evolving matrix of this crystalline Gem and the subtle energy it emits when used. Love is the most powerful force in the Universe; it keeps planets in precision movement and our bodies in perfect attunement. It is the “Cosmic glue” and Spiritual Intelligence maintaining the flow of life and helps expand our consciousness and creativity. In 1986, I was invite d to a n Inte rnatio nal Conference in St. Lewis on “Gems, Jyotish and Ayur-veda”. The Ancient Vedic texts show the Spiritual Science of gems as well their planetary values in strict relation to a persons natal birth char t and gives t he ind ividual their own recommendations based on specific needs. This is an actual art, as this Science has been passed down in families in India and has been kept pure for ages.




2009 EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL OCTOBER 16th to NOVEMBER 8th 2009 Seattle’s annual Earshot Jazz Festival presents more than 50 one-of-a-kind events in concert halls, clubs, and community centers all around the city. Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area artists and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz, from our award-winning high-school jazz programs to our renowned resident jazz musicians. In addition to concert performances, the festival includes educational programs and panels, a film series, other outreach events yet to be announced.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE October 16 Festival KickOff Event


October 18

October 23



The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30

Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8

October 18

October 23 & 24


HAL GALPER Tula’s, 8:30

Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), October 24 October 19



Kirkland Performance Center, 8

The Triple Door, 7: October 19



Chapel Performance Space, 8

Chapel Performance Space, 7:30 October 25 October 19



Town Hall Seattle, 7:30

Tula’s, 8:30 $12 Reservations: 206-443-4221

October 25

October 20

TRIO M Seattle Asian Art Museum (Volunteer Park), 8:30 October 20

CHAD MCCULLOUGH QUINTET Tula’s, 8:30 October 20 - November 5

EARSHOT JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL Various venues October 21

The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30


October 17

The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30


October 21-22

MARC SEALES GROUPS Tula’s, 8:30 October 22

The Triple Door, 7:30


October 17 & 18

Seattle Asian Art Museum (Volunteer Park), 8

TARBABY Tula’s, 8:30 16

October 24

Say Yes To A Good Time!



ANNE DRUMMOND QUARTET The Triple Door, 7:30 October 26 & 27

ELDAR TRIO Tula’s, 8:30 October 27

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO The Triple Door, October 27

WASHINGTON COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA (WACO) Chapel Performance Space, 7:30 October 28

HADLEY CALIMAN Seattle Art Museum, 7:30

October 28

November 2, 3

November 7




The Triple Door, 7

Northshore Performing Arts Center, 7

Tula’s, 8:30 October 28


November 3

Tula’s, 8:30


October 29

The Triple Door, 7:30


TOM VARNER TENTET ANDY CLAUSEN & SJENKA Chapel Performance Space, 7:30

November 7 Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30 November 8 Kirkland Performance Center, 3


November 4


November 7 & 8


Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:

Tula’s, 8:30

October 29 & 30

November 4

November 8




The Triple Door, 7

Tula’s, 8:30 November 4 October 30



Town Hall, 8

Kirkland Performance Center, 7:30

The Triple Door, 9:30, $20

October 31

November 4



Tula’s, 8:30

Tula’s, 8:30

October 31

November 5



Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8

City Hall, noon FREE Co-presented by Seattle Presents, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Poncho Hall, Cornish College, 8

October 31



Poncho Hall Cornish College, 8 November 1



Tula’s, 8:30

Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8 November 1



The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30

Other tickets on sale through Earshot Festival Hotline, 206-547-9787 and, 1-800-838-3006.

Tula’s, 8:30 November 6

TRIO 3 Poncho Hall, Cornish College, 8

All events are all-ages, except for 9:30pm Triple Door shows.

Chapel Performance Space, 7:30


November 7



The Triple Door, 7:30

Chapel Performance Space, 8

November 2

Triple Door advance tickets: 206-838-4333 and

Tickets for Nordstrom Recital Hall, Kirkland Performance Center, Northshore Performing Arts Center, and Northwest Film Forum events are available at their box offices.

November 6


On the FESTIVAL SCHEDULE and FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE pages look for the BUY ONLINE links that will take you to online ticket outlets.

Tula’s reservations (but not advance tickets): 206-443-4221.

November 5 & 6

November 2

ONLINE: Festival Hotline: 206-547-9787

Earshot members, seniors, and students: $2 discount on most shows.Contact Earshot Jazz at 206-547-9787 for details.




Brooks Giles Saxophone, Vocals Seattle, Washington “I live for the creative process— whether I am on the bandstand with various musicians or at home alone composing music. I also thrive on getting the audience to enjoy the show and leave at the end of a performance feeling better than they did when they arrived.”

entertainers including Donald Byrd, Charli Persip, The Drifters, Capathia Jenkins, Mildred Jones, Hui Cox, Ron Affif, Brad Mehldau and Eldee Young to name a few. What’s new with your performance career? Well, I’m really excited about the groups I’ve assembled here in Seattle over the past year.

Of course, being able to pass along the joy of music to others through formal and informal educational opportunities is of great importance and I cherish those interactions greatly. How long have you been living in the Seattle area? Where were you living before you moved here? Actually, I haven’t officially moved to Seattle. I’ve lived in Brooklyn, New York for the past twenty years. However, many of those years have been spent abroad touring with my own ensembles and groups led by the late, great bassist/vocalist, Eldee Young and others. I’ve been fortunate, in the past year, to have spent the majority of my time in the Seattle area which I have definitely fallen in love with! Seattle, like New York, gives me the chance to indulge in a number of my “non-musical passions,” such as, enjoying great seafood, rooting for high quality sports teams and spending a great deal of time meditating around large bodies of water. Are you planning on staying here? After enjoying the hospitality and graciousness of the wonderful people I’ve connected with over the past year, I can’t imagine not having Seattle as a major part of my life. Ideally, I would like to continue my bicoastal lifestyle, but ultimately, the decision regarding my full time residency in Seattle will depend on the performance and educational opportunities that come my way. Which internationally respected recording artists have you worked with? Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working wi th so me o uts ta ndi ng mu si ci ans a nd 18

The four piece band includes some brilliant, sensitive and versatile musicians. Because these musicians are in such high demand, I’m in the habit of shifting the guitar and bass chairs at times. Working with Vineet John Davidson on guitar, Brian Kirk on drums, along with Douglas


Barnett, Osama Afifi, and Doug Miller on bass has been a wonderful experience. My good friend, New York guitarist and producer Hui Cox, works with us also when he’s in town. By the way, B rian Kirk and I pe rformed on numerous gigs in New York and taught for the New York Department of Education while getting our graduate degrees back in the early 1990’s. It’s been really special to be able to perform regularly with hi m a ft er so ma ny ye ar s. I’ ve al so assembled a trio for more intimate gigs. What’s new with your re cor di ng car ee r? Tell us about your new/latest recording. Wh o pro du ced i t? Wh er e wa s it recorded? Who’s on it ? W ha t’s un iq ue ab out i t? Inc lu de re le ase d ate a nd label. Are any songs ge tt ing a irp la y? Wh er e can i t be purchased? My latest recording is entitled, “Romance De Lo s A nde s; ” i t w as recorded last year in Sa ntia go C hil e wi th The P ancho Ar anda Tr io; Pa nc ho is an outstanding and very we ll kno wn pi ani st from Chile. I had the good fortune of being the featured artist with his group in Santiago for four months. His son Pancho, Jr. is a really fine bassist, and the drummer, Sergio Gonzalez, is a fiery young talent. Like my first recording, “Somewhere on Earth” (recorded in Bangkok, Thailand a few years ago), the upcoming CD is self-produced; I’m hoping to have it released in the next month. It will be available at all live shows,, and

on my website, My latest CD features mostly songs associated with the “Great American Songbook.” The theme, of course, is Romantic Love. This was my first journey to South America and the energy there was very warm and very loving. My hotel room faced The Andes and, after watching people interact over the months, the overall theme for the CD seemed obvious. What’s new with your family life? Well, I’ve never been married nor do I have any children. Over the years, I tended to put music and career first, either consciously or subconsciously. In any case, my desire to perform and travel regularly far outweighed my desire for family life. I know my parents would have pr ef err ed ha vin g a d aug hte r- in- law a nd grandchildren but they understand that traveling ex te nsi vel y whi le su ppo rti ng a fam il y— emotionally and financially—wasn’t going to fit into my overall plans for a life in music. Believe me. I have a great deal of respect for musicians who are able to “have it all.” What’s new with your quest for personal growth? My persona l growth revolves around my spirituality and my desire for peace and joy for

all people. I constantly work towards being the best person I can possibly be in this life. Studying world history, theosophy, theology and the teachings of Krishnamurti, The Buddha and other enlightened teachers, help me focus on all aspects of this existence while practicing Loving-Kindness. What do you want people to remember about you and your music? First and foremost, I hope that people remember having a great time at the show listening to various types of music and feeling that they were thoroughly entertained. Also, I would hope that they remember witnessing musicians who truly enjoy making music and sharing their passion and positive energy with them. Give us your performance schedule for the next two months. My four piece band performs the first Friday of every month at “The Southport Café” in Renton. The trio will be performing in Renton as well at “Vino At The Landing” on October 3rd, 17th, 31st and November 7th.

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Dina Blade Vocalist, Guitarist, Dancer “I live for loving and being loved in return.” PERFORMANCE CAREER It’s varied and interesting, and BUSY! More concerts, a few dances, and I’m playing guitar on more occasions, mostly swing and bossa nova. Besides my solo voice/guitar and duo voice/piano gigs, and along with historical shows of 30’s and 40’s music, I’m in a dance band/septet called “Swingin’ in the Rain,” a girl swing/jazz trio called “Fedora,” a ba ll roo m dan ce qu art et ca ll ed “Chassez,” and a folk-bop duo with guitar/voice/trumpet called “The Willikers” that plays everything from Brazilian choros and French musettes to Monk. It’s all fun!

audition in February for L’Ecole du Cirque du Nationale in Montreal. PERSONAL GROWTH Yoga classes and playing as much bossa nova

Saturday, October 3, 2009 Swing Dance at Leif Erickson Ballroom Northwest Dance Network presents vocalist Dina Blade w/ ”Swingin’ in the Rain” (piano, bass, drums, trumpet, sax) (Ballard/Seattle) http:// 7:30pm dance lessons (swing moves & fun footwork)/ dance 8:30pm-mid. $15 for both

RECORDING I j ust c omp let ed re co rdi ng a col lecti on of my most favor ite singing games and dances for kids. We had an absolute ball making this CD! It was unlike anything I had ever done previously; it was selfproduced for posterity and a true labor of love. It was recorded at Hans Brehmer ’s studio with the Canote Brothers (guitar and violin), and I am presently working on the accompanying manual that is geared toward teachers. Contact me to get a copy, and the scheduled release da te is m id- De cem be r u nd er Joyswing Records. I have also been recording The Rain Project, a collection of songs with the word “rain” in the title, with voice and piano. Hans Brehmer is the pianist and I am the singer; it is a very minimalist, esoteric approach to many familiar standards and lullabies. We began recording last winter and had it three-quarters finished, but then took a hiatus when the sun came out. We will resume when the rains begin again and, in earnest, I am looking forward to it. FAMILY LIFE My husband is an old time fiddler and works for the stagehands’ union, and our eighteenyear-old daughter is a high school senior and a circus acrobat. She currently trains and teaches at SANCA in Georgetown and Seattle, and will


Century Ballroom Afternoon Tea Dance 1 to 3:30pm—Vocalist Dina Blade sings with Quartet Chassez (voice/violin/guitar/piano) 915 E. Pine St., Seattle (Capitol Hill) 206324-7263

Sunday, October 4, 2009 Swing/Jazz Vocal Class series begins 12:30-3:30pm with vocalist Dina Blade and pianist/vocalist Hans Brehmer. First Sunday of the month for four consecutive months. Final performance/recital with jazz quartet on 1/12/10. Studio location is in Maple Leaf (North Seattle). Class size limited. For cost, details and registration: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Jazz on Deck at Rainier Beach Pool 5:30-7:30pm Dina Blade Trio (voice/piano/trumpet) @ Rainier Beach Pool (South Seattle) 8825 Rainier S. (S. Seattle) 206-386-1944 and samba as time will allow. I am headed to Rio in November to soak up the music, connect with musicians there, continue to improve my Portuguese, and get deeper into the Brazilian guitar styles. REMEMBER THIS That my passion for music and dance is/was infectious! PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Sunday, September 27, 2009


Saturday, November 14, 2009 Woodinville Library 2-3pm “What Did You Hear in the War, Daddy?” a program of popular songs, stories, costumes and memorabilia from World War Two in honor of Veteran’s Day w/ Dinavocals and Hans Brehmer-piano http:// Email address:




Sandy Harvey Keyboards, Vocals Jazz is more than just…a style of music; it’s also…a means of traveling uncharted paths and reaching past the ordinary or the expected.

If jazz never existed, a true American art form would not exist. Jazz was born right here in this country.

I chose the keyboards because, first of all, I grew up in a home with a piano and organ in the living room and with older siblings that played them very well. Also, keyboard instruments provide for the bass line, chord structure and melody all in one.

What good things have been happening for you lately? I’m performing regularly. Some venues that I have not p reviously been expo sed to are providing an opportunity for me to meet new musicians and also reconnect with some fine players that I haven’t worked with for quite some time.

Which nationally famous entertainers have you worked with? Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power’s Greg Adams and Mic Gillette, Isaac Hayes, blues singer Benny Latimore, BB King, The Temptations, The Platters, and more.

What musical walls are you still struggling to climb over? This is not really a struggle, but sometimes when I’m at home playing my grand piano, a different spirit or mindset sets in and. when I

I like to set fire to people’s homes. Ok, sorry. I enjoy practicing on the piano and working ar ou nd the y ard . I e njo y d oi ng var io us remodeling and upgrade projects around the house. Anything to do with designing and building always strikes my interest. I like figuring out what makes things work and keeping them working properly, except cars. What are the keys to balancing the different facets of your professional life and your family life? For me, the balance is built in. I don’t perform or work or do anything 24 hours a day. I’m at the gig for a few hours, I work a few hours, and I’m doing family for a few hours. There’s your balance. Do you have a favorite performance venue? Why? My favorite performance venue is Seattle’s Jazz Alley. This place is all about the music. The emcee even asks, during his introduction of the artists, that the audience keeps conversations quiet and to a minimum for the benefit of the artists and the listeners. Every pro musician has experienced a “Gig from Hell.” Describe yours. Well, one of these would be back in the late seventies when our brilliant agent booked our all-black funk/soul band at an uppity yacht club in Bellingham for a New Year’s Eve party. The age group for this event was 65 and older (mostly older). The only reason we didn’t need a chicken wire fence in front of the stage is because they couldn’t throw anything that far.

Tell us about your most recent recording. Who produced it? Where was it recorded? Who’s on it? What’s unique about it? Include release date and label. My most recent recording was done in my home studio and produced by me. I laid down all the basic tracks including drum programming and had Alexey Nikolaev provide Sax solos. Andre Montague, Kyle McKinney and I did vocals.

finish, I go, “Wow, that was awesome.” It’s almost like an out of body experience. Not to say I don’t perform well in front of an audience, but I’d like to capture that same at-home experience at every performance all the time. Regardless of the compliments you receive, you always know when you are good or absolutely on fire by your own standards.

What’s unique about this recording so far is that it comes from my mind, heart and soul. As artists, we are all unique individuals with our own unique approaches to music. Therefore, all artists’ music is, in it’s own way, unique.

If someone could look up Sandy Harvey in Webster’s Dictionary, what would you like it to say? I’d like it to say, “World-renowned multimillionaire musician.” What the heck? You asked.

If jazz never existed, what else would never have existed?

Other than performing on stage, what else do you do to keep the home fires burning?



What good would you do for your community if you had Bill Gates’ money? I’d set up a free music workshop for young people to learn all aspects of music industry from learning how to play and perform to recording, new music technology, vocal training and the business side of music. Is ther e a diff eren ce b etwe en j oy a nd happiness? “Joy” is all the things that make you smile and feel good inside. “Happiness” is sustained joy. Do all the things that bring you joy and you will be happy. See Sandy’s performance schedule on page 27

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Rich Wetzel Trumpet, Flugelhorn “I live for the joy music can bring to people’s lives—the way it can compliment any situation, emotion, and make all our events and gatherings more enjoyable—whether it’s with family, at a game, a concert, or a club. And for the time we spend with our friends and family as we experience life.” PERFORMANCE CAREER The band is evolving to inc lude a w ider spectrum or show, pretty eclectic and high energy, from Maynard Ferguson to Dean Martin to James Brown. We recently added Mitch Reems, a great vocalist whose delivery and stage presence has helped make this wider and new show even more exciting. We are really not limiting ourselves to playing only jazz or only jazz venues. We recently played and won over the crowd and other artists and organizers at The Seattle Hempfest; we did a wide variety to include some heavy funk, R&B, and a jazzrock mix for a very unique experience. Not wanting to limit ourselves to a single genre I may even rename the group from Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra, to Groovin Higher Orchestra. We are adding more funk,

rock, R&B and jazz-rock and still our core highenergy Maynard, Mangione, for a very hip mix and a new show that would fit any type of festival and even take in clubs with some of the great horn rock band tunes we have added. We did this just the other day at The Puyallup Fair and the crowd absolutely loved it! This is the new direction of the band. The Brass Herald, a popular internationally distributed magazine in England, will have a big feature interview with me in their October issue after lots of airplay in Europe. RECORDING We have three CD’s out, the latest was recorded about two years ago, titled The Mayn Thing, which is a tribute to Maynard Ferguson and has been played all over the world. We have had quite extensive air play on jazz radio stations

all over the US, Canada, Japan, Europe and beyond. We recorded it at Pacific Studios in Ta co ma. T hos e guy s w er e a bs olu te ly phenomenal and truly captured the sound I wanted. It can be purchased at iTunes or CDBaby and can be ordered at most music stores. FAMILY LIFE My wife, Starr, is doing lots of community volunteer work as the volunteer coordinator for the Tacoma Police Department and other great neighborhood groups. We have a couple huge Mc Caw pa rrot s: a b lue an d go ld nam ed Maynard, for Maynard Ferguson, and a scarlet named Arturo for Arturo Sandoval. PERSONAL GROWTH After playing a show with Arturo Sandoval in June, I’ve been getting that huge sound of his in my head, just working on opening up my own sou nd, t rying a sl ightl y big ger mouthpiece and working on a few things; it’s really turning out to be fun and I like where it is going. REMEMBER THIS Remember that we had fun, that we did it on a grand scale, and that it was high energy and great stuff. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE We are just finishing a huge string of really great gigs all summer long, and now we’re going to concentrate on our Stan Kenton Big Band Christmas with Rich Wetzel’s Expanded GHO, where it will be a thirty piece jazz orchestra. This will be held at Tacoma Community College on Dec 4th and 5th. Details will be on our website soon.

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Billy Shew Guitar, Vocals - University Place, WA “I chose a career in music because I had a desire to play guitar like John Denver.” Why is music such an important part of being human? Music, as I see it, is an important part of culture. It is the essence of documenting the human experience with an emotional attachment. I

week, each gig is an attempt at something new with a different special guest each week. I think that when people come out to our jams they have a different mindset; they are there to either jam or just listen to the music and, of course, have a gr eat t ime . Our w eek en d g ig s a re a combination of acoustic rock, funk, classic rock, and modern rock. We have a great line up of players that play in the Billy Shew Band: Hank Yanda on bass and vox, Jay Douglas on drums, Ivan Pl a on ke ys an d th en there’s me on guitar and vox. What’s happening with th e Bi ll y S he w Ba nd rig ht n ow? A ny g ood news? At this time in our career, we just released a new CD. I am real excited about it. The late Tom Pfaeffle, from the Tank Studios in Covington, engineered and produced this CD. I found it be some of my best work to date. You can find our CD through our web page, iTun es , Ver izo n, a nd various other web pages. We are also working with the folks at A& R Select in Ho lly wood wh o a re he lp in g us fi nd distribution points for this CD, amongst other help.

think a culture without music to share their human experience would be dead. Describe your style of music. Why are you guys always working when some other bands can’t find gigs? Why are you guys so hot? Our music is a combination of John Denver, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, and Eric Johnson. Our gigs consist of Blues Jams three nights a week and then the weekend gigs. Our weekend gigs consist of different material than our jam nights. Most people seem to like our jams because, having a different special guest each 24

Tell us about your new/ la te st re cor di ng. W ho produced it? Where was it recorded? Who’s on it? What’s unique about it? Include release date and label. The musicians that are on the CD are Jay Douglas on drums and percussion, Hank Yanda on bass, Tom Pfaeffle on background vox, Bryan Lee on slide guitar, Diggy Bell on keys, Ivan Pla on Hammond B organ, and myself (Billy Shew) on guitar, vox, and a snoopy harp on “How about Now.” What were some of the obstacles you had to overcome to make the project a reality? The obstacles for me was finding the time to get in the studio. Since I am gigging so much, there was a time when I would go to the studio


record and the jet towards my next gig. There was a time when I recorded all night and slept in the apartment above the studio. The Tank is an incredible and affordable studio with the luxu ries of going big ti me. Reg ardles s, I wouldn’t change anything. I got to hang out with Tom and his family and enjoy the artistic spirit. Are you a 24/7 musician? What else do you do to keep the home fires burning? I play music full-time, teach guitar, and teach mathematics part-time at Gig Harbor High School. Other than choosing a career in music, what is the most adventurous or dangerous thing you have ever done? I served in the military for six and half years; I was a cook in a field artillery unit. I spent a lot of time cooking in the field. You guys have been performing at Dawson’s Bar and Grill in Tacoma, Washington for some years now. What’s so cool about Dawson’s that keeps you guys there, year after year? The song that comes to my mind about this bar is “ I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith. We love the people and environment. We all ways feel at home there and the people are very friendly; they like to party and have a great time. They are always encouraging and they’re always willing to listen to new music and except it for what it might be. If it’s got a beat, makes your foot tap, and makes you feel good, then they’re all about that. Moreover, Kenny Bender, the owner, has always managed to keep good music in the club four nights a week. What does success mean to you? Living your dream and being happy. I like money too; It does take a little of that to do both. Performance Schedule Jam Every Monday at the Firecreek Grill in Kent from 7-11 Jam Every Wednesday at the Halftime Saloon in Gig Harbor from 8-12 Jam Every Thursday at Dawson’s in Tacoma from 8-12 10/16: Druid’s Glen in Covington from 8-11 10/23: Tacoma Exec. Party in Fircrest 10/31: Jazzbones from 8-11 11/13: Druid’s Glen in Covington from 8-11 11/28: The Barrel Tavern in Burien from 9-1 Email:

South Sound Blues Association Fundraiser / Food Drive at Jazzbones Sunday, November 1, 2009 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM The South Sound Blues Association presents “Back to Beale Street Blues 2010”, a fundraiser, concert and dance to help send the band Blues Redemption (Brian Feist/Guitar, Doug Skoog/Keyboards, Joe Hendershot/Bass, Billy Barner/Drums and solo act JD Hobson to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, in January, 2010. The event will be held on Sunday, November 1st at Jazzbones, 2803 6th Avenue, Tacoma. 253-396-9169, 4:00 PM -10:30 PM. Donations are $7 for SSBA members and $10 for non-members. All ages are welcome! Reservations suggested. Five top regional blues bands and one solo artist are featured. Acts performing in order of appearance are JD Hobson, Son Jack Jr ’s Delta Hothouse, FIngertips, The Cody Rentas Band, The Randy Oxford Band and Blues Redemption. The event also includes a food drive that will be coordinated with Food Lifeline, a

United Way Partner Agency. All attendees are encouraged to bring items that will help local families in need at Thanksgiving, i.e., canned foods and boxed items. Blues Redemption (band category) and JD Hobson (solo/duo act category) won this year’s competition and will be representing the South Sound Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 21-23, 2010 The International Blues Challenge in Memphis is the largest gathering of blues artists in the world. Groups from around the globe are chosen to represent their states and countries. Last year over a hundred bands and sixty solo/duo acts competed. Each contestant performs in front of an international panel of music industry professionals who judge the event

Schedule 4:00 - 4:30 PM JD Hobson (Back to Beale Street 2010 Solo Winner) 4:45 - 5:30 PM Son Jack Jr’s Delta Hothouse 6:00 - 6:45 PM Fingertips 7:15 - 8:00 PM The Cody Rentas Band 8:30 - 9:15 PM The Randy Oxford Band 9:45 - 10:30 PM Blues Redemption (Back to Beale Street 2010 Band Winner)

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Tim Hall Guitar, Vocals - Tacoma, WA I chose a career in music because music has always been an integral part of my life. My mother played piano, my brother played guitar, and my grandfather was first chair trumpet in the Marine Corp Band under John Philip Souza. I wanted to be creative and reach out to people, knowing that music is a universal language all

over the world. Songwriting to me is a challenge an d is me nta ll y s tim ul ati ng . M y lov e is collecting guitars— each with a unique sound and personality of their own. I could not imagine a world without music. I have passed my love for music on to my children—my son plays drums and guitar and my daughter plays the sax. Why is music such an important part of being human? It is a perfect way to release your emotions and beliefs, reaching out to other people and maybe making a difference in the world. The Musicians Trust Fund is something I am deeply involved in. Musicians are always being asked to perform at benefits for free for people in need, which 26

we love to do. Now, we have started the Musicians Trust Fund and we have benefits to reach out and help our own local musicians that may be having financial or medical problems.

was the label. It’s been a while and our fans are constantly asking when our next CD is coming out, so we are excited about our new project.

Describe your style of music. Why are you guys always working when some other bands can’t find gigs? Wh y are y ou guys so hot? I love playing all st yle s of m us ic —B lu es , Rock, Latin, Jazz and even a little bit of Cou ntry Rock! The Tim Ha ll Ban d h as been together for ov er tw en ty ye ar s a nd h as played countless fe st iva ls a nd sh ow s, s o we ha ve h ad t he opportunity to be heard and to play a lot more often. We work to get ou r mus ic o ut th er e jus t li ke anyone else and ou r lov e of playing keeps us going.

What were some of the obstacles you had to overcome to make the project a reality? Writing the right songs, coordinating times for everyone to record, making sure the mix is perfect and then there are always the finances that come along with recording a CD. A lot of hours are put in to produce a good product.

W h a t ’ s happening with the band right now? Any good news? We a re in t he pr oce ss of recording our 4th CD and we plan on spending the winter months to finish it. Tell us about your new/latest recording. Who produced it? Where was it recorded? Who’s on it? What’s unique about it? Include release date and label. Runnin’ with the Blues was our 3rd and last recording. I produced the CD and it was recorded at Outlaw Studio. At the time of recording, we had Tim Hall on guitar and vocals, Chris Cardinal on bass, Doug McKinnon on drums, Ronnie Wahl on keyboards, and specials guests Mike Skansie on guitar, Pete Lira on saxophone and Greg Marinacci on keyboards. It was released in 1999 and Seaport Records


Are you a 24/7 musician? What else do you do to keep the home fires burning? Yes. I currently host two legendary Blues Jams: every Sunday night at Dawson’s in Tacoma and a new one at O’Callahans in Key Center every Thursday night. I try to keep the Tim Hall Band working every weekend, whether it is local or out of town gigs, personal parties or festivals, and I teach guitar lessons to anyone who has the fire and wants to learn to play. Other than choosing a career in music, what is the most adventurous or dangerous thing you have ever done? Flying to Mexico (just kidding), but seriously, it was pretty adventurous when we were younger tr aveling around and doing rock festivals everywhere. You never knew what to expect, or when I was living on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood as a starving musician for several months. If you want to talk dangerous, I live that every time I drive home from my gigs at 2:30 in the morning! You guys have been performing at Dawson’s Bar and Grill in Tacoma, Washington for some years now. What’s so cool about Dawson’s that keeps you guys there, year after year? The owner, Kenny Bender, is an avid supporter of live music and gives us the total freedom to be ourselves and play the kind of music we love. The atmosphere is “come as you are and fun” and reminds you of the old TV show “Cheers,” where everyone knows your name. The staff is great as well as the food and drinks. People now know that they can always come to Dawson’s and hear good music. What does success mean to you? Being able to make a living by doing what you love, remaining healthy and enjoying time with family and friends. Of course a hit record couldn’t hurt!!

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Give us your performance schedule for the next two months? As well as hosting the Legendary Blues Jams at D aws on ’s on Su nd ay s a t 8pm a nd O’Callahan’s on Thursdays 7 pm, we will be at Moondogs, Too (Frida,y 9/25 at 7pm in Port Orchard under the stars), The Steilacoom Deli (Sat, 10/17 at 8 pm), and O’Callahan’s in Key Center (Friday, 10/30 at 8pm)! A lot of our weekends have been set aside for recording our upcoming CD. Check our website for continuing performance dates. Website: Email:

Sandy Harvey Continued from page 22 Performance schedule for October and November: Oct 3 8:30 - 11:30 909 Bistro, Burien with Rhythm Suite Oct 12 6:00 - 10:00 Acme Bowl, Tukwila, with Special Delivery Oct 17 8:00 - 10:00 HG Bistro, Puyallup with Rhythm Suite Nov 7 8:30 - 11:30 909 Bistro, Burien with Rhythm Suite Nov 21 8:00 - 10:00 HG Bistro, Puyallup with Rhythm Suite Nov 28 6:00 - 9:00 Vince’s, Renton, with Rhythm Suite


LJ Porter Vocalist MUSIC AND HUMANITY It’s not a part of being human to us performers; it is what makes us human, period. WHAT’S NEW Oh, my. I have so many fun things going on in my life. I am in rehearsal as we speak, with my new show called 3-Dames. This will be a ret rospec tive of thr ee div as; M s. Are tha Fran klin, Ma vis Sta ples and Etta James (hence the na me 3- Dam es, A fo r Ar etha Fr ankl in, M f or Mavis Staples and E for Etta James). I also have just landed a gig at Cafe Amore 5th & Bell Seattle, Friday ni gh ts at 9: 30 pm to12:30am.

been really cool, so, when I was asked to do this tribute, I was pretty excited. People always ask me, “Where did you get that name for the show 3-Dames?” Well, I always liked the concept of 3-D, so, while I was driving along one day minding my own business, I started thinking about my church Ebenezer AME and voil a, 3- Dame s w as b orn. It was divi ne intervention, I think.

INTERNATIONAL CIRCLE I have had the honor of working with some of the greats: Mr. BB King, John Po ppe r fro m B lu es Travelers, Roy Orbison, Mary Wells, etc. (more on this at


ADVENTURE AND DANGER Falling in love is pretty adventurous! Dangerous too, but, I managed to stay out of jail!! WITH BILL GATES’ MONEY I would certainly take care of the hungry people in the US. I was on the internet today and saw that people in Detroit had to have police take them to the grocery store under armed guard because people are hungry and have no means of getting food. I am originally from New Orleans so don’t even get me started. It upsets me that we take care of the rest of the world before we clean our own back yard. I think this needs to stop. America should not have to be the police for the rest of the worl d (in my opinio n of course). SPIRITUAL ASPECT For me there is [a spiritual aspect]. I started in church. Most of the people I perform with also did. I think I am in spiritual mode all the time. God put me on this earth to sing and that’s what I do.

TRAVEL I’ve worked only in the United States and Canada. They love big black soul singers in Canada. RECORDING We are in the process of doing a new project as we speak. The new CD will be ca lled 3- Da me s a Retrospective. My music director Kenny Cole (my piano player) and I will be producing it at my studio here in Seattle. I have my wonderful back up singers—Susan Apple, Megan Smith and Anne Leatherman—and my band, of course—Ke nny, Tom Erak, Jon Hanford, Ben Smith and Rodney Duncan. This is unique because of the immense talent of these ladies. Being compared to them all my life has

Then, I had to get back for an awards show. This was the craziest couple days of my life. Who knew?

ON LJ P OR TE R, W E B S T E R ’ S DIC TIONA RY WO ULD SAY See Sassy, Feisty & Soul THE GIG FROM HELL When I was a little younger, I accepted four gigs in 36 hours in two states. What was I thinking? We had a gig way up north of Seattle by a couple of hours. Then, I had to go to Oregon and had two outdoor festivals in two different cities.


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Debuting 3 Dames sometime in late fall (so, technically that gives me till December 20th). Ke ep lo oki ng fo r the n ew sho w at It’s going to be a fabulous tribute to some very talented ladies.

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New Jack City Wil Abadilla, Kent, WA Tiffani Werre- Vocals, Wil Abadilla- Vocals, Glenn Talley- Guitar, Dylan Dearinger- Drums, Joe Maynor- Bass/Keys

I’ve been doing this for the past fifteen years, so there’s plenty to choose from! I’ve had stuff thrown at me, my pants have ripped in the middle of a big show, and I’ve lost my voice before a show started. But any gig is better than no gig, you know? Also, when we first started out, we played a

What’s new with you guys? What’s happening? We just finished a crazy, hectic summer schedule, an d we’re getting ready for the rest of the year!

What is the most overrated aspect of being a professional entertainer? That we have a lot of groupies! Or that we’re really cool or something. It always cracks me up when I get asked for my autograph. What is the most underrated as pec t of bei ng a professional entertainer? How much time and effort it takes to succeed. We have accomplished more than I ever dreamed we would, but we have so much more work to do to reach our potential.

Who does what in the band as f ar as ch oos ing t he so ng s, ar ra ngi ng a nd producing the music and booking the shows? I’ve been in charge of choosing the material t hat we do. Of course, Tiffani has a lot of input and suggestions for me. She keeps me young! I’ve worked wit h Dea n McN eal from Hit Connections Entertainment for the past fifteen years, so I work exclusively with him.

Is t he re a fa vo ri te performance venue where you guys just set the house on fire? The Swiss in Tacoma for sure! The energy from the crowd makes us work that much harder. Nothing like the feeling of a packed room enjoying everything you do! If someone could look up New Jack City in Webster’s Dictionary, what would it say? (A n 80’s mov ie wi th We sl ey Snipes?) I think it would say, “Hard working, professional, high energy top 40 show band. One of the best in the Northwest!”

What is the key to keeping a band together? Patience and flexibility for sure! With five people, there’s always something going on! Wh at is the ba nds mo st significant achievement to date? We’ve been fortunate enough to wo rk wi th the M uck les ho ot Casino on a number of projects. We shot a television commercial, opened for Montell Jordan at Casino’s employee picnic, and play the Galaxy Lounge on a regular basis. Every pro musician has experienced a “Gig from Hell”. Describe yours.

tried to save the lights before helping her. Did I say “ex-wife?”

Give us your performance schedule for the next two months. Oc to ber 1 6-1 7: Lit tl e C re ek Casino October 23-24: Red Wind Casino October 30: Muckleshoot Casino November 20-21: Emerald Queen Casino December 5: Tulalip Casino New Year’s gig for an Eagles Club. Yeah, that was a fun one. We dropped the light trestle on the guitar player’s wife! She was mad that he Email:



Jazz Quiz Poll Winners BY DAVE ANDERSON Winners in Downbeat’s 57th annual Critics Poll… 1. This Rising Star bassist also received votes as a vocalist: a.) Christian McBride b.) Dave Holland c.) Esperanza Spalding d.) Larry Grenadier 2. This turban-wearing organist plays Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle this September, along with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart: a.) Dr. Lonnie Smith b.) John Medeski c.) Larry Goldings d.) Gary Versace 3. This trombonist is also known for playing seashells: a.) Roswell Rudd b.) Josh Roseman c.) Robin Eubanks d.) Steve Turre 4. This saxophonist, and winner in two Rising Star categories, fuses Indian and American musical influences: a.) David Binney b.) Rudresh Mahanthappa b.) Yosvany Terry c.) Vijay Iyer 5. This Drums winner is still going strong in his 80s: a.) Roy Haynes b.) Paul Motian c.) Billy Hart d.) Lewis Nash 6. Even more “experienced” than the drummer in #5, this pianist was voted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame: a.) Randy Weston b.) Hank Jones c.) Ahmad Jamal d.) Cecil Taylor 30


7. This flute player enjoyed a long association with Dizzy Gillespie: a.) Lew Tabackin b.) Nicole Mitchell c.) James Moody d.) Charles Lloyd 8. Rising Star drummer Eric Harland has already recorded with: a.) Terrence Blanchard b.) Dave Holland c.) McCoy Tyner d.) all of the above 9. This guitarist has for many years been a Seattle resident: a.) Russell Malone b.) Kurt Rosenwinkel c.) Bill Frisell d.) Ben Monder 10. Multiple musicians with the last name Cohen received votes in the poll, including clarinet Rising Star Anat Cohen, and two Avishai Cohen. The Avishai who’s Anat’s brother plays which instrument: a.) bass b.) trumpet c.) marimba d.) harmonica Answers:

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