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THE MIX Variety Entertainment



FINE ART Janyce Sukow


JEWELRY Beyond Bling Part Two by Dr. Diane Rousseau

10 DINING & WINE Saigon Palms Restaurant by Walt Atkins

13 STYLE Style Tips for Guys


14 BLUES Becki Sue and Tom “T-Boy Neal” Boyle

16 Guitar Slingers Showcase

17 TOP 40 / POP Drummer Rig 7 with 4 More Band

18 R & B Soul Diva Josephine Howell

20 NW JAZZ PROFILE Johnny Conga

25 Oghale Agbro 26 Sandra Locklear D’Vonne Lewis

27 Paul Richardson 28 JAZZ QUIZ by Dave Anderson

22 Tracey Hooker

30 THEM CHANGES Spot the changes in two photographs

24 WHAT’S NEW Butch Harrison Danny Welsh

Cover Photoby Piera & Maurizio


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THE MIX Variety Entertainment Gregory Maqoma

Paul Richardson

Vuyani Dance Nov 13 & 14 Act Theatre Seattle, WA

Nov. 28 Vince’s Italian Restaurant Renton Highlands

Jessica Williams

Jim Knodle

Leonidas Kavakos

Nov. 14 Art House Designs Olympia, WA

Seattle Symphony Nov 5, 7 & 8 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Taj Mahal Trio

Euge Groove November 5 – 8 Jazz Alley Seattle, WA

Nov. 20 – 22, 24 – 25 and 27 – 29 Jazz Alley Seattle, WA

Nov. 28 Egan’s Ballard Jamhouse Seattle, WA

Maia Santell Nov. 29 Johnny’s Dock Tacoma, WA

Alma Villegas Rufus Wainwright Nov 8 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

Toshiko Akiyoshi Nov. 11 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA

Nov. 21 Egan’s Ballard Jamhouse Seattle, WA

David Keys Trio Every Saturday Porter’s Place BBQ Tacoma, WA

Kimball Conant Stickshift Annie Nov. 21 Back Door Tav Seattle, WA

Deems Tsutakawa Nov. 22 Muckleshoot Casino Auburn, WA

Vicci Martinez Nov. 25 Jazzbones Tacoma, WA

Virginia Ashby - Every Thursday Vince’s Italian Restaurant, Federal Way, WA

Marc Smason

Vagabond Opera November 11th The Triple Door, Seattle, WA 4


Nov. 27 Local Color Seattle, WA

Darren Motamedy Every Sunday Muckleshoot Casino Auburn, WA


Janyce Sukow Fine Artist One of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received was from a friend who said, “You bring beauty to the world.” Whether it’s through art or music, my fondest wish is to help people ‘stop and smell the roses’ so to speak. I’d like for my paintings to cause viewers to reflect and enjoy for just a moment something which refreshes them visually, emotionally or spiritually like a breath of fresh fragrant air on a warm spring day. I love life and God’s magnificent creation all around me; so being able to capture moments in time to share with the world brings a special joy and enduring satisfaction. Strange as it sounds, a blank canvas or sheet of staff paper just waiting for it’s new composition to develop are welcomed challenges. They are a lot like our lives that hopefully, as they unfold, become unique, divinely appointed works of art lovingly painted by the Master’s hand. Web: 253-841-7421 Email: Top L: DAMASCUS GATE/JERUSALEM - 16” x 20” - oil Center L: EYES OF THE TIGER - 20” x 10” - pastel Bottom L: POLISH POTTERY & FRUIT - 11” x 14” - oil Below: NIGERIAN BEAUTY - 12” x 16” - oil Bottom: STARGAZER (white tiger) - 16” x 22” - pastel

All works Copyright by Janyce Sukow






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

By Dr. Diane M. Rousseau In 1986, I was invited to an International 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 chart and gives the individual 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.

H. H. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

While working as head of the Jyotish Project for H. H. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for four and a half years; I appreciated so much more the Profession I had been in since 1970 as a Jewelry Designer, Artist and Sculptor as well as the Spiritual Science behind gems, the geometry of Nature in a painting, sculpture and use of color, the importance of Design and how it affects the body. These things were no longer seen by me as just beautiful or just a material formed object. They are “captured” spiritual aspects in their finest sense as energy and have profound affects in healing, soothing, and restoring balance by their effects on our sight and in the subtle impression they emit in

the atmosphere as well as on the wearer. Nature holds this Sacred Geometry which is the manifest aspect of the Beauty, Intelligence and Energy of God. We can see this in the growth of our body, the Earth and its ability to restore balance, the growth of minerals, in the purity of Water, the energy of Fire, the life breath of Air and the sounds we hear and create in Music and Space. We can see in History the ancients knew the values of gems, metals, geometry, and the science of color, sound and smell. The MAGI, who were revered thousands of years ago, knew this Spiritual Science. They knew the value of the Sun, Planets and our place in the Universe and our sacred relationships to them. They used gems, incense, flowers, tinctures for healing, Mantras, Prayers, and sacred geometry; knowing the Divine values within each and their affects. Over time this SketchRing and Ring photos by Ray J. Rousseau profound Knowledge became sketch by Dr. Rousseau lost, except to those who remained loyal and preserved this Knowledge in Sacred Scriptural Texts, we can find this Knowledge today if we look deeply into our own Faiths, the traces are there. What was misunderstood as “new age” was really this knowledge returning. As time has passed, we see that these Eternal Truths have been kept safe and are there for all to appreciate and benefit from. From Ancient Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, China, the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, we see this knowledge has been preserved in Temples, Churches, Mosques, Castles, and Building’s as well as in ancient ruins. You will see precious and semi-precious gems inlaid in walls, tapestries and in paintings, jewelry, the use of colors, geometry and its relation to sound; all hold Spiritual Values, all have an affect on the surroundings, the environment and our well being and consciousness. All this Knowledge places back into our own hands the 8


Sapphire and gold ring Dr. Rousseau value of life, the beauty a human being can bring due to their inspiration and Devotion, which is love of the Divine seen and realized in all Creation. We have the ability to bring beauty in many forms and through our own expansion and creativity; the finer values of life are appreciated and experienced in own life and growth; while we restore the beauty of the planet by our own inner and outer balance. When given as a gift, a gem promotes strong feelings of love in any relationship. The custom of giving an Engagement Ring and Wedding band, trances back to the Spiritual Scientific knowledge of the ancient “Indian Temple at Dawn” Picture taken Rishis who knew that from the Gandhi Ashram facing East. there is a nerve in the ring Photo by Dr. Rousseau finger on the left hand that goes straight to the heart. During the Ceremony, those who marry, also “wed” through the energy they share as they place the Rings on the ring fingers during their Vows. The popularity of using a Diamond in Gold in the Wedding Rings dates to the knowledge that Diamonds relate to Venus, which is human love, affection and purity. This love, when pledged in sincerity with this Ring was thought to remain pure and last a lifetime. Consciousness is basic to everything in life; like the human body, minerals are part of the body of the Universe. Gems have a very coherent structure, their action does not take place on just the gross physical level; it also takes place on a subtle vibrational level. Up until now, people have looked at gems strictly for adornment or as gifts. Now a gem is no longer just a diamond, ruby or an emerald, it is something profound, it is something that affects them spiritually. It is something meaningful and helps their evolution, expanding their consciousness and unfolding their true value within, while appreciating all beauty in nature, themselves and in others. Institute of Spiritual Science Copyright © 2009 Dr. Diane M. Rousseau




Saigon Palms RENTON’S NEW DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION BY WALT ATKINS When you walk through the door of Saigon Palms, you are immediately greeted with a smile. This restaurant has an open floor plan with a nice décor, and there is a large, separate room available for private parties and meetings. Comfortable chairs surrounding a heart shaped fireplace on the main floor create a warm and frie ndly at mosphe re. I n oticed that s taff members perform a variety of duties. My server even replaced the table busser at the grand piano and played pleasant music to enhance the dining ambiance. Saigon Palms’ overall presentation is very good. Hot tea is served in stylish triangular pots with matching cups. Garnished spring rolls are

seasoned and succulent. The Canh Chua soup (taro, tomato, pineapple & sprouts) is a small feast for the palate. You can have it with either catfish or prawns.

to open a place that offers a wonderful dining atmosphere at a reasonable cost. That’s how the decision was made to open Saigon Palms in May of 2009.

The restaurant has a fully stocked bar with a good selection of domestic and imported beers & wines. If you like rum drinks, try the house specialty, Saigon Palms Punch.

Why is Saigon Palms special among other Vietnamese restaurants? Saigon Palms separat es itself fro m other Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle because you are getting more than just great food when you walk in the door. When you decide to spend your evening with us, you are getting top quality service, a wonderful atmosphere and the promise of great entertainment. I don’t know any other Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle that has yet to offer that.

Saigon Palms offers fine Vietnamese cuisine with a fusion flavor. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere and features great food presented with solid service at very reasonable prices. All these elements create a fun and pleasant dining experience.

Five Spice Chicken

The atmosphere is roomy, elegant and comfortable. I hear you will be remodeling soon. How will the decor change? We are planning to remodel! It will be an art deco remodel to bring the place a little more up-to-date. Once the remodel is finished, you’ll see a more use of yellows and white. We are really excited about the remodel and hope that everyone appreciates it just as much as we will. Will you keep the fire pit seating area? I hope so because I think it’s one of the many classy elements in the restaurant. Yes, we definitely plan on keeping the fire pit. Our customers love the ambiance that the fire pit brings and they find it especially nice during the cold winter months.

presented upright forming a small forest, and when you taste them, they reveal an unexpected crunchy surprise. The exotic menu is filled with Vietnamese seafood, beef and chicken recipes that include a variety of soups and salads. Dishes are plated well and all the sampled dinner entrees came in ample portions. The seafood egg rolls are tasty and the Bo Luc Lac (filet mignon with garlic, onions and peppers) is very tender. Both the Com Ga Ngu Vi Huong (five spice chicken) and the Cum Ga Roti (soy and coconut juice chicken) are well 10

Manager: Keit Lu Head Chef: Phuong Nyugen

A Casual Conversation with Marketing and Public Relations Director Michele Pewitt What led to the creation of Saigon Palms? The owner of the restaurant wanted to start Saigon Palms because he wanted to take Vietnamese cuisine to another level, and wanted


Tell us a bit about your chef’s background. Chef Phuong Nyugen was born in Vietnam and began cooking at the age of fourteen. It was then that she found her passion for cooking; she has continued to refine and master her skills over the past 20 years. In early 2001, Chef Nyugen and her family decide to move to the United States; she hopes to own her own restaurant in the near future. Describe three of your signature dishes and pair them with a wine? Three of our signature dishes are our Shake Shake Beef, which is Vietnamese rendition of Filet Mignon, our Five Spice Chicken braised in coconut juice, and our Rothi Chicken that is slowed baked and marinated in a light soy sauce and coconut juice. The Shake Shake Beef is phenomenal with our 2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Five Spice Chicken and Rothi Chicken is best paired with our Penfold

Koonunga Hill Australian Shiraz. Both wines intensify the spices and juices in the chicken and beef. Describe one of your signature cocktails.

had a collection of artists that have come through and offered a great variety to our customers. Much of the jazz music has been focused around popular jazz songs in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Michele Pewitt

Wh ich is y our most cha llen ging dai ly activity? Our most challenging activity is trying to further expand the menu. Right now, our menu is extensive, but we want everyone to be able to

Michele Pewitt and Club Photo by Walter Atkins

Seafood Egg Rolls

Saigon Palms Punch

Our signature cocktail here at Saigon Palms is our Palms Punch. The cocktail is a rum based drink with guava, pineapple, cranberry and lime juice. It is among one of our most popular cocktails. Customers have especially taken a liking to this drink because it is a refreshing fruit cocktail that is not too sweet and but very extremely savory.

What other forms of entertainment does the restaurant provide? Currently, we are preparing for the grand opening of our Friday night club, ‘Sexy Party,’ wh ich b egi ns No vem ber 1 3 th . Fi ve St ar Entertainment is promoting the event and we anticipate a big opening. It should be lots of fun.

Sa igon Pal ms feat ure s li ve j azz eve ry Thursday evening. Which styles of jazz are presented? We welcome all styles of jazz and have, so far,

In addition to that, we will soon been hosting a dating game show, Love Affair. There isn’t a set date yet, but we are planning to start by late November.

try the many flavors that Vietnam has to offer. What is your business doing to give back to the community? Currently, we are putting plans together to possibly host a dinner event to support breast cancer research.

Saigon Palms is located at 101 SW 41st Street, Renton, WA 98057 425-251-5033




Angelo Mendi Boutique Salon Angel del Solar Asurmendi, Owner

“Beauty is more than the eye can see, it’s also what the mind can imagine and the hands can create.” When was your business established? January of 2000. Describe the services you offer at your salon. We are considered a hair studio, so we specialize in custom haircuts, color, formal finishing and styling and the beauty of the face, such as makeup and eyebrow arching. We specialize in all hair textures and ethnicities. Did you always want to be in the hair fashion industry? Yes, I started when I was 15 years old as an apprentice in Spain. My mother was a clothing designer. As I grew up, I knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry. Hair just made sense. Your work is just fantastic. How did you acquire you skills, and how long did it take you to develop your style and technique? I have worked with some of the most reputable hairstylists in the world. I am of the belief that you are as good as you have been taught. That is why I always surround myself with the best. I took the time to watch and evolve myself over the years. There is always something new and something to learn. This is a very active industry that keeps changing. My style and technique have changed several times over the last 24 years, just as the industry has. Now I find myself as one of the few privileged people who gets to be part of the evolution and education of the new techniques and trends around the world. 12

In our salons we use a technique called “alternative haircutting.” This technique uses two combs and two brushes. In other words, the fingers are not used to hold the hair for cutting. This technique is becoming the most attractive and creative way to cut the hair in the industry. Angel del Solar works alongside Phillip Wilson, the creator of this technique, to promote this trend setting technique around the world and educate others. What do you discuss in your consultation with a client before going to work? In our salons all our service providers are trained to ask the right questions and carefully listen to understand the desires of the guest. They come up with a customized look together that combines the client’s desires and the stylist’s vision to create the perfect look and service.

Describe the most demanding aspects of your work. Being in touch with all the service providers and helping them support their own growth. This is truly one of my main focuses and it does require a lot of personal preparation, study, and dedication.

What led t o your becom ing a first- call hairdresser for television, movie and recording stars? As my finishing skills and design cutting became well known throughout the industry, PureOlogy asked me to work with the stars. PureOlogy colour care line is highly desired by the stars because it is a vegan product with guaranteed high performance.

Why do some people succeed in an endeavor? My belief is that you have to work hard, pay attention to detail and be willing to do more than anybody else.

How often do you travel to Hollywood, New York City and abroad to work? It varies in this line of work, but between one and four times a month. The length of the stays varies as well from a weekend gig to over a week.

Angelo Mendi Boutique Salon 12 North Tacoma Avenue., Tacoma, WA 98403 253-284-2842


What is your best wish for Mankind? That everyone has the ability to be free and pursue his/her own happiness and dreams.


LOOKING GOOD It doesn’t matter if you’re on stage or in the audience, looking good is always recommended when attempting to attract the opposite sex. Dressing for success is more than a cliché; it’s a way to get a leg up on the competition.

SIX QUICK TIPS Keep it simple. Less is truly preferred if you’re unsure about mixing and matching colors, fabrics and items. If you travel in a crowd that dresses casually on a regular basis, a nice shirt might be all you need to stand out.

If you are on stage, dress for the venue. Never show up to a classy place in duds that look like you just got off your day job. If you are in a theme band, wear outfits that compliment the music and add to the overall effect. Hats can add that special something if chosen with care. They can draw attention to your smile. Plus, the right hat, worn the right way, can add mystery to your presentation. Just because you wear a hat doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep your hair well groomed. Many establishments require you to remove your hat when entering.

MODELS Top: Osama Affifi - Bassist - Tacoma, WA Left: Dan Blunck Saxophonist - Olympia, WA



Becki Sue Tom “T-Boy Neal” Boyle BLUES

&Tom “T-Boy Neal” Boyle

Becki Sue: My life without Tom would not be the life I thought I’d have. I always dated musicians but then married a guy who had absolutely no musical bones in his body. Then I met Tom and my whole world changed, everything finally “felt” right. Music or not, he completes me. Tom Boyle: My life without Becki Sue would be very lonely. Whether we play music together or not, I need Becki in my daily life in a big way.

spurt in my musical development. I moved back to the Northwest in late 1979, and attended Evergreen in Olympia from 1980-1982, where I formed my first band as a school project, The Harmonic Tremors, before moving to Seattle in 1982 after graduation. Once in Seattle, I helped to form The Slackmasters with John Hodgkin, Tim Sherman, Tom Brim and Nick Morrison; Drivin’ Wheel with John Hodgkin, Howard Hooper and Les Merrihew; rekindled Nitelife wi th Mi ke Lynch, Mark Dalton, Ron Weinstein, Larry Harris an d a

Be ck i S ue : I c hos e to si ng because…well, I don’t believe I chose to sing; I believe I was chosen to sing. It is my passion, always has been, and always will be! I can’t go anywhere without humming a tune. I remember, in high school, I was always driving my friends crazy because I would sing along to nearly every song played on the radio—no matter what ch annel we listened to. Tom Boyle: I chose the guitar be cau se my pa ren ts wouldn’t buy me drums. They said a drum set would be too loud and would drive my dad crazy. So, they bought me an electric guitar and an amp. What were they thinking? How long had you been in t he en te rta in me nt industry before Becki Sue & her B ig Roc ki n’ Daddies! was born? To m: I pla yed i n m y f ir st professional blues bands in 1981, but the story really starts before then. I was two years into a four year Navy stint in 1976. That was the year that, although I had played some guitar before then, I really got serious about becoming a professional guitarist. I was 22 years old and not happy about my Navy “career” and I had not yet entered “show business.” I got out of the Navy in 1978, headed to Boston to study Jazz Guitar at The Berklee College of Music, met guitarist Ronnie (Earl) Horvath at a Sugar Ray & the Blue tones gig (where h e was performing), and ended up taking blues guitar lessons with Ronnie for about a year. I credit that period, 1978-1979, as the biggest growth 14

host of others; I also joined The Led Jaxson Band with Doug Lynn, Kirk Tuttle, Michael Grondin and a revolving cast. I moved back to Olympia in 1997 and formed The Steamers with Perry Sanders, Fred Kellogg and Smoke, before forming The T-Boy Neal Band in 2001, which morphed into Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies! in 2002. The band includes the current all star blues line-up of Becki Sue on vocals, Jim King on sax, harp, and vocals, Les White on upright bass and vocals, and Jeff Hayes on drums. We play blues, baby! In what direction was your life headed


six months before you met Becki Sue? Becki: I think I was heading in a positive direction when I met Becki. We were both working for the state of WA at the time, in about 2001. I don’t think Becki would have been interested in me had I not been heading in an upward direction already. What were your plans for your life six months before you met Tom? Becki: Trying to land a job with the State. It was December of 1999 and I had just been hired at DSHS temporarily and was going on several interviews a week trying to get on permanently. It was May of 2000 when I got a call from a former co-worker of my mom’s from Labor and Industries. I knew when I got that call that the job was mine, just had to get my mom to make her famous “spinach balls” to seal the deal! My plans from there were to try to get my husband (at the time) a job as well. We had a little baby at home at the time, and things were rough between us. Then, I met Tom… To m, h ow a nd where did you meet Be ck i S ue, a nd wh at l ed to t he creation of Becki Sue an d he r Big R oc ki n’ Daddies!? Tom: As I mentioned, I met Becki at work. We knew each other for a couple of months before I knew that she liked to sing Karaoke. She was already aware that I played in blues bands. She invited me out to hear her sing and I was really blown away by her vocal quality, but was not too keen on the Karaoke play list. So, I made a cassette with about 20 of my favorite blues songs on it. Much to my surprise, Becki had every song nailed within about two weeks! She has a great set of pipes for blues! Wh ic h i nt ern at ion al ly re spe ct ed performers has the band shared the stage with? Tom: As a band ,we have performed with Sean Carney, a great guitarist from Ohio who won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis


the same year that we competed—in 2007. We also backed world class boogie-woogie piano man, Mitch Woods, on a couple of gigs. The great guitarist, Peter Dammann, not only joined us on stage, but also recorded with us. We have had various “special guests” over the years and, at the moment, I am drawing a bit of a blank. Individually, I have performed with Larry Davis (who wrote SRV’s “Texas Flood”), Jimmy McCracklin, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Ronnie Earl, Cash McCall, Mark Dufresne, and... ohh... I’m leaving out somebody really, really big, I’m sure. Haha! Did yo u ever dre am you wou ld be fronting such a successful group? Did you feel that something was coming that would change your life? Beckie Sue: It was always my dream to be in a band and I always craved attention, so I wasn’t going to let anyone not notice me. I think that’s a huge part of what makes us successful, we always look like we’re having fun, even if we’re not. We’re doing this for the fans, and we want that to show—we want THEM to have a good time. When people are smiling and dancing to th e mus ic, i t d ri ves m e t o e nh anc e my performance. I always have fun no matter what, it’s just more fun when others join in. Tell us about your newest/ la te st re cor di ng. W ho produced it? Where was it rec orded ? Who’s on it? What’s uniqu e about it? Include release date and label. Becki: A new CD recorded by Ni ck M oon at Sup ern atur al Sound in Oregon, with overdubs curre ntly bein g record ed by Jason Lackie at Fastback Studios in Seattle, is in process and is yet to be titled. It will feature several originals by Jim, Les, Jeff and Tom, and is being coproduced by Steve Murray, from Portland, and Tom Boyle. Our latest, already released CD, is “Big City Blues” which recorded in 2007 on our own Root Note Records; it was produced by Tom Boyle, recorded and mixed at Fastback Studios by Jason Lackie, and features several originals by Les, Jeff and Tom. The CD has been favorably reviewed by Blues Review Magazine and Alligator Records founder, Bruce Iglauer, won several regional awards and still sells surprisingly well. It really represents what we do “live,” while still being a studio album with extra instrumentation. Special guests include Candye Kane, Mitch Woods, Ron Weinstein, Peter Dammann and Two Scoops Moore. What were some of the obstacles you had to overcome to make the project a reality? Tom: Money and Time.

Tell us about the inner workings of your production company. Who does what? Becki Sue: Jeff and Tom do most of the band business. To date, what are your most significant achievements as performers? Tom: Being able to balance the rigors of playing in a band together that travels just about every weekend it seems, both of us working full time day jobs, and being married and trying to find balance and making sense of it all. It can be mind boggling! Be cki Su e: Be ing re cog niz ed ou tsi de of Washington State is a huge achievement. We won Portland’s Cascade Blues Association award for “Best Regional Band.” To me, being honored with that award was like “we’ve arrived.” Wh at pe rs ona l g ro wth h ave y ou experienced during the last year? Tom: We got married so that was a big, GOOD change for me! Becki Sue: Becoming a respected singer among singers. Over the years, I’ve come to know Duffy Bishop, Candye Kane (thanks to Les J) and Janiva Magness. When a musician of their

horrible of a singer I was, and how her “friend” was so much better. Her husband apologized for her behavior, although she couldn’t even be thrown out of the club because she pays dues and had a “right” to be there. Other than performing on stage, which activities do you enjoy as a couple? Tom: Just hanging out at home in Olympia with our wiener dog, Frankie, and spending time with family, especially my daughter Adriane, my son Alex, and their brother, Elliot and Becki’s son, Colin. Becki Sue: I enjoy hanging out with Tom, going skiing, and just being a couple. You have been on the scene for many years. Is the scene healthier now than it was 20 years ago? Tom: The scene is always so mobile with bands and clubs coming and going. There has always been more good bands than there are places to play. Twenty years ago, we had Isaac Scott, Dave Conant, Tom McFarland, and a host of other REAL bluesmen. There are still some left, but most of the really great ones—original Seattle blues pioneers such as like Mike Lynch, Mark Dalton, Kirk Tuttle, Brian Butler, Jack Co ok, Dav id Bre wer, Ma rk Whitman, Ron Ussery, Steve Bailey, John Lee, John Stephan, and many more—just do not get their due respect in this area like they should. When did you two tie the knot? Beckie Sue: August 30th, 2008. Wh at a re th e k ey s to ba la nci ng th e di ffe re nt facets of your professional life with your family life? Tom: A certain level of insanity and immaturity. Hell, I don’t know.

caliber asks you to share their stage, you know you’re doing something right. In a non-musical light, marrying Tom was a huge step in the right direction of life. What are your thoughts concerning the stat e o f t he mu si c/e nt ertain me nt industry? Tom: We “live” musicians are a dying breed. Describe yours “Gig from Hell.” Tom: Any of them where I got stiffed on the money. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened in a long while! Becki Sue: We played a birthday party at a country club and some girl got drunk and belligerent and was screaming about how

Becki Sue: Knowing where the band ends and where our marriage begins. Sometimes that line gets crossed and it can be tough to deal with, but we DO deal with it!. What do you know for sure? Tom: I love Becki with or without the music. Becki Sue: Tom and I will always be together whether we’re in a band or not. What do you want people to remember about you and your music? Tom: That I was a bluesman with an original voice, a good husband, a good dad to Adriane and Alex, and a positively contributing member of my family and of society... not necessarily in Continued on page 28



BLUES Rafael Tranquilino Randy Oxford Band

There are usually four main elements that come together to make a hot blues band. Of course there are the vocals, the bass and the drums, but the average blues band just wouldn’t be able to deliver that in-your-face, burning urgency without a guitarist who’s really laying it down. When you’re ready to hear some great blues, and dance your butt off, use this guitarist showcase as your guide to the areas hottest blues bands. See you at the show.

Rafael Tranquilino, of the Randy Oxford Band, is one of the hottest young guitar-slingers in the region. His style is spirited and energetic, a skillful blend of Blues with Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Latin. He has a smooth, soulful voice and a knack for writing songs that speak to the heart, whether the words are in English or Spanish. Rafael has several side projects, including an up-coming CD and his own band, Jesse the Wolf.

Mike Wright Guitarist Mike Wright began performing as a young man when he was in the Air Force, and he continued playing professionally until he was thirty-one years old. He took a hiatus to raise a family, and after twenty four years he came back in full swing, rediscovering his love for an old friend, his guitar. He carefully reworked his 1970 Les Paul Custom “tuxedo”, revitalizing this fine instrument that he plays today. Mike says he is grateful to the South Sound Blues Association and the other blues organizations for keeping the blues alive, and for welcoming and encouraging musicians to participate in this great art form, called “the blues.”

Tom “T-Boy Neal” Boyle

Kimball Conant

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies!

Kimball Conant & the Fugitives

Known for his signature stingin’ Texas and Chicago blues style, Tom “T-Boy Neal” Boyle is a 5-time winner (‘03, ’05, ’06, 0’7, ’09) of the WA Blues Society’s “Best Electric Guitar” BB Award. He is a founding member of one of the Pacific Northwest’s hottest blues acts, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies!

Credits: Bumbershoot, 2005 Fisherman’s Restaurant last 3 summers, Seattle Sunbanks Blues Festival 2006 & 07 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival 2006, 07, 08 New Orleans Creole Restaurant, Seattle Interbay Golf Course “Jazz on the Green” 2007, 08, 09 Everett Waterfront Festival 2007, 08, 09 EMP Seattle Center, 2006 - - Cell: 360-790-6105 - Fax: 360-357-5454

Styles: Jazz, Blues, R & B Standards, Samba, Rhumba, Salsa, Tex-Mex, Polka, Cumbia, Rockabilly, Country and Western, Western Swing, Folk, 50s/60s/70s Rock ‘n Roll Hits.

Booking: 206-661-7177

Billy Shew

Preston Miller

Billy Shew Band

Michal Miller Band

Billy has played in many diverse bands, which include Blues, Jazz, Rock and Concert Bands. He has performed in various clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest and West Coast including Big Reds in Amarillo Texas, Hwy 99 club in Seattle, Dawson’s in Tacoma, Jazz Bones Tacoma, Halftime Saloon in Gig Harbor, The Firecreek in Kent, The Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Tacoma just to name a few. Contact info:, billyshewband and email:

I was born in Alabama but I never called that home. A big Influence when I was a kid were Yazoo Records of old Blues 78’s with that nice scratchy sound KACHUNCK they’re all on Cd’s now. Michal Miller Band has been sent twice to the IBC in Memphis. With luck a little juice and a lot of pain maybe we can go again. The Blues Rollon...

Al Alto Maia Santell and House Blend Intense and edgy, and sometimes over the top. Al Alto’s guitar playing is finger pickin’ wild, with a tone and style that give him ranges of expression that few others come close to. He owes his claim to fame “redneck jazz” finger-style to guitarist Danny Gatton. Like many musicians he was a fan of BB King and Jimi Hendrix, and studied Hendrix’s unique style, rooted in blues. Like Hendrix, Alto is a multistylist, often playing four or five styles in one - jazz, blues, rock, funk and country. To check out Al with Maia and the rest of the band see: 16


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Rig 7 Drummer with 4 More Seattle, WA

Rig 7

Rig 7 is an in-demand, Seattle based drummer who also happens to be a doctor of alternative medicine, writer, and teacher. In this interview, he has some things to say about working with 4MORE, the “Seven P’s,” and a little something about the music industry and his own direction. WH AT ’S NE W WIT H YO UR PERFORMANCE CAREER? Well, thanks for asking. Whenever 4MORE puts on a show, I keep seven “P’s” in mind: Pulse, Precision, Personality, People, Power, Punctual, and Personal. In a dance band, the drummer has to make sure the people are on their feet and feeling the pulse. Precision is critical, but I don’t want the band to sound like a machine. Wi th 4MO RE, I’ m al low ed to bri ng my personality to the front. In fact, when there’s just four players, each of us has to be as colorful as possible. Of course, it’s always about the people who come to the show. One thing I really like about the players in 4MORE is that they’re on time and make a personal commitment to a great performance. WHAT’S NEW WITH YOUR RECORDING CAREER? Ah, yeah ... recording. It seems everyone and their brother is making records these days. I just updated to a Mac Book Pro and I’m amazed

by the technology. Right now, I’m focusing on my video presentation. People hear with their eyes.

For me and the rest of 4MORE, music is our personal life. We’re all full-time musicians with part-time interests.

WHAT’S NEW WITH YOUR CIRCLE OF FRIENDS? Speaking of the “Seven P’s,” let me read an email I got a few months back from a friend of 4MORE: “When you play the drums, I see the passion and intensity that you put into each beat. I can sit in my seat (when not dancing) and feel the strength of the vibrations. I have always loved the sound of the drums ... and admire those that have a great talent for it.” I know the other members of the band are getting similar responses.

WH AT’ S N EW WIT H YOU R FAMI LY LIFE? Musicians always have more than one family. If “family” means those people who are there for you no matter what happens, 4MORE and the fans are definitely our second family. The “more” after the four represents the members of our “extended family” who come to see the show.

WHAT’S NEW WITH YOUR THOUGHTS CO NC ER NIN G THE S TATE OF T HE MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY? As technology becomes more accessible, people with little or no music training will be making mu si c. It’s a d ou ble -e dge d s wo rd. A ll expression has value; yet, when there’s scads of it, dilution is a real concern. 4MORE strikes the right balance between technology and musical talent. WHAT’S NEW WITH YOUR PERSONAL LIFE?

WHAT’S NEW WITH YOUR QUEST FOR PERSONAL GROWTH? Apart from 4MORE, I’m working on building the Rig 7 brand. A new website is underway that will have revolving video blogs to chronicle my ongoing development as a drummer and give instruction on the techniques I’m working on. Give us your performance schedule for November 2009. Following a busy October, 4MORE is at the Gr ea t A me ric an Ca sin o in La kew oo d, Washington on November 13th and 14th. Showtime is 9pm. Contact Rig 7 at




Josephine Howell Vocalist, Entertainer - Renton, WA Josephine, you are without a doubt the most soulful singer in the Seattle/Tacoma, Western Washington area and you’re a world-class entertainer. Why aren’t you out there on the world stage with all the other super singers? First, I want to say that I am only ONE of the soulful singers in the Seattle/Tacoma area and there is a time and a season for all things. I believe it’s time, but there are not many people hiring me. Many believe I am working a lot, but that is not the case. Were you born with your gift or did you cultivate it over years of hard work? Yes, I was born with the gift and it takes hard work to grow in all things, but what moves people is the anointing. How did you get started? Did you sing in church? I started at home and at church. At what age did you perform in your first professional show? Sixteen. What good things have been happening for you during the last several months? Th e b ir th of my gra nd dau ght er an d t he understanding of more of my purpose. In your opinion, is the voice the most difficult instrument to master? No, it is the discipline within yourself. Once you free my mind, you’re on the way. 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. By Request was produced by Dawn Mason and was recorded at Columbia City Studio with my buddies, Paul Richardson and Steven Banks. There will be a 2nd CD coming soon. I just went 18

into the studio and said, “Whatever happens, it will be the raw truth.” To date, w hat is your most s ignificant achievement as a performer? Going beyond the surface and healing others, as well as myself, through song.

Don’t sing anything that doesn’t speak to you. If you don’t understand it, how can you deliver the message? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I often times dial down so that others won’t feel sadden.

Ha ve yo u eve r hur t yo ur th roa t by performing under adverse conditions? If so, how did you heal it? Yes, I prayed a lot and really just drew from another place inside of me.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? That we all would love unconditionally.

Do y ou ev er dr eam a bo ut mu sic a nd

Do you believe there is life on other planets or in other dimensions? Never gave that much thought.

“My life wouldn’t be worth anything without God, the Father.” performing? If so, tell us about one of them. All the time. I see myself singing before a crowd and, all of a sudden, I raise my hands and there is an overwhelming peace that comes over us all.

Every pro musician has experienced a “Gig from Hell.” Describe yours. That wouldn’t be nice. Which gig/tour will you remember forever? Singing for a group of Kenyan youth and teaching them how to fly. What is the difference between joy and happiness? Joy is great delight and gladness of the heart. It is a characteristic of who I am. Happiness is a sens e of w ell be ing. It can d epend on a circumstance or situation. What does success mean to you? Getting up everyday and not giving up.

Is there a spiritual aspect to performing music? Definitely.

November Performance Schedule Nov.14th: Grinders w/ Paul Richardson

Why does Anita Baker occupy an important position in the history of American music? Because she didn’t give up.

Discography: Paul Rucker/ History of an Apology Bronwyn Edwards /Red Piano

What advice would you give to an aspiring singer?

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“I chose to be a singer because of my love for music and people. It is part of who I am. “




 Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Vibes,Toys Teacher, Educator Seattle, WA



“My life without music would be boring

and unexciting. Through music, I have been blessed to have been able to travel the world and perform with some of the greatest names in show business.” I chose the play percussion because... I played the flute for awhile, but was influenced more by the Conga drum at an early age, due to my fathers Cuban music. I put down the flute and picked up the drum… Why is music such an important part of being human? Music affects us physically, emotionally and spiritually. I believe that, through music, we allow ourselves to be ourselves in a variety of ways—when we listen to it, dance to it, and play to it. Wh ic h s ty les o f m usi c are y ou mo st comfortable playing? Most styles; Latin Jazz, Salsa, Rumba, R&B, Jazz, etc. Which internationally respected entertainers have you worked with? I’ve worked with Sergio Mendes, The Jackson 5, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Valentin, Juan Pablo Torres, Maynard Ferguson, John Klemmer, Gloria Estefan, and Gloria Gaynor; there isn’t enough room here to name them all. In what other countries have you performed? Well, I have performed in over fifty countries, from Australia to Zurich. What was the occasion? I have done seventeen international world tours with a variety of artists. Tell us about your career before moving to Seattle, WA. Where were you living? I really had no career in Miami, though I did a lot of one-nighters with artists like Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Johnny Pacheco, and others. However, the work was only seasonal in Miami. Why did you move to the Northwest? Well, there is no short answer to this question, but I came here for opportunities that I didn’t have in Miami. That is, basically, to have a “musical life.” I found one here in Seattle and I don’t regret the move at all.

Tell us about your radio program. My r adi o sho w, AL LA DO LATI NO (, is about Latin music—Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Salsa and more. I have been doing it for four years now, and it’s still going strong. What good things have been happening for you during the last several months? Well, I have been doing some session work with a variety of artists, teaching privately, and gigging with the Rhythm Syndicate, the Yoginis, Eric Fridrich Trio, the TYPE A band, and whomever else calls me. Which is t he most difficult percussion instrument to master? For me, it’s the Brazilian instrument—the Pandiero. Do you feel it’s a music educator’s obligation to escort a star student into the professional arena by showing him, or her, the ropes and introducing the student to pros who might consider working with a newcomer? I do n’t k now i f I w oul d use t he wo rd ‘obligation,’ but I turn star pupils onto gigs when I can, and educate them in the “business of show” and music. Is there ever a time when a teacher should tell a seemingly hopeless or lazy student that they should choose another path? I would leave that up to the student to decide, but I would try to guide them with positivity. Have you ever hurt your hands by practicing or performing for extremely long periods of time? If so, how did you heal them? Well, I did 45 one-nighters on three continents with Gloria Gaynor and my hands were beat up and hurting. I would soak them in a bowl of ice water, to help the swelling go down and that was it. Well, after 45 years of playing and hitting th e dru m, I am no w o n a p ro gra m of glucosamine and chondroitin. I found out about four years ago I had no cartilage left in my hands. Since using these, my hands and bones are feeling a lot better.

What else do you do to keep the home fires burning? I practice every day and teach every other day. Other than choosing a career in music, what is the most adventurous or dangerous thing you have ever done? U.S Army (Vietnam era), 1968-71. To date, w hat is your most s ignificant achievement as a performer? Performing at Carnegie Hall in NY City in front of my friends and family. What attracted you to the love of your life? The Music of Cuba—my motherland. What do you know for sure? That I will play until I die; even if I can’t, I wil l… What do you want people to remember about you and your music? That I treated the music with integrity and respect, and that I was a ‘giver’ of the drum.

November Performance Schedule Nov.1st: Paragon Bar(2525 Queen Anne Ave. N), 9pm with the Eric Fridrich Trio; it will feature Steve Kim on bass/piano and myself on congas/bongos. Nov.4th: DECA Lounge (Hotel DECA on 45th and Brooklyn Ave.), 8pm. Nov.6th: Private party with TYPE A BAND— Sheraton Hotel. Nov.7th: Greenlake Library—Latin percussion. Lecture/Demonstration from 1pm to 3pm. Nov.7th: TYPE A BAND-Triple Door from 7pm to 11pm. Nov. 18th: DECA Lounge (Hotel DECA on 45th and Brooklyn Ave.), 8pm. Website: Email:




Tracey Hooker Trumpet, Olympia, WA The one thing you must realize about the music business is the value of having a great/deep love for music. I think of my audience and what music I would want to hear. When the tip jar is filled and you see smiles on their faces, then you know you are making that connection. The bottom line is that if you make them happy, then you feel good about what you do for a living.

worked with the O’Jays, Frankie Valli, Bobby Shew, and Arturo Sandoval…to name a few. In what other countries have you performed? Having previously mentioned the Navy Music Program, I was fortunate enough to be stationed in Naples, Italy during the early to mid-90’s. The band spent much time on the road in

I chose the trumpet because of those Ha nna Ba rba ra c art oon s o f t he 1960’s; those screaming horns always caught my attention. I can still hear the tunes in my head; remember the “Jonny Quest” theme? You are primarily known as a trumpet player. Do you play any other instruments? Although I wish I had chops for Bass or P ian o, tr um pe t i s my on ly instrument. I remember my father saying to me when I would play my sisters flute, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” I have seen some musicians play the daylights out of mu lt ipl e ins tru me nts , so th at traditional school of thought doesn’t always apply. Which style of jazz are you most connected with? I mostly enjoy contemporary/smooth jazz. Melodic lines always seem to call to me. One of my favorite solos ever, believe it or not, is from the Eagles, “One of These Nights”—much energy and a great melodic line. I have always heard, “play something you can leave your audience whistling.” Which style of jazz are you least connected with? This is difficult to voice and admit and may make some readers cringe, but I have found that a little be-bop goes a long way. Of course, there is a time and place for many (not all) things. I would like to add in here that Van Gogh says, “To know life is to love many things.” So, having said that, I prefer the kind of music that relaxes, uplifts, excites, and sometimes mellows me if I am feeling a bit blue, but be-bop seems too frantic for me. Which internationally respected artists have you worked with? Although I have spent most of my adult life in the United States Navy Music Program, I have 22

a gift of mine. I have written one blues tune about my boat (“Mama Bleu“). If you own a boat, then there is only one style fitting—the BLUES. I do perform it on occasion and it has been requested many times. This would have be a recognition and understanding for others who share my misery. Do you have perfect pitch? Perfect pitch? I do know one person who has perfect pitch but sings flat; go figure that. I have relative pitch and I can thank Jamey Aebersold for that. Countless hours have been spent playing along with his CD’s…but wait…I started with his books and vinyl. Bb is still ringing in my ears man! How can a serious jazz artist reach a younger audience? Reaching a younger audience has no real trick but to play your music well and from the heart. I think people can feel you on stage. Again, I tend to play tunes with great melodies. If you are genuine with your audience, they will respond.

support of the 50th anniversary of D-Day. We traveled to some 18 countries during my three year tour. We were always treated well by our host countries and sponsors and, yes, I ate very well. For my money though, Italy has the best food! What is your academic background? Growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida I attended the local community college. Joining the Navy in 1982, I finally completed my B.A. in 1997 from SUNY (State University of New York) in Albany, NY. I guess you could say it took a while, but I was active duty and making music everyday. One perspective is that I was making a living in the field I was also pursuing. I have to put in a plug here: the Navy was a great education in itself. Where do you start when you’re composing original music? Original music has never quite been a desire or


Can jazz still be considered a party music? You can sell jazz and people will dance. We play tunes from the Charlie Brown (Vince Guaraldi) library and peopl e are up d oing the S noopy Dance. Programming is key. No dead air between tunes and carefully putting together your list thinking about styles, tempos, how one tune ends, and how one begins are all things that take work, but when you collect your bread at the end of the night and they book you for the next years event on the spot, you know you’re doing something right. Put your audience first. There will be times to show your musical prowess during the evening. Maybe you work a nice long cadenza and let your fingers rip. Bottom line, making them happy makes you happy. Which R&B, Soul or Rock artist has made a significant contribution to the contemporary jazz vocabulary? Contemporary Jazz is an ever-growing art form. It is difficult to credit any one group or artist with a greater influence over another. However, I am always happy to hear some hip tune performed with the flavor of smooth jazz. Continued on page 28




Butch Harrison Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, & Vocals - Federal Way, WA

“Once again, I’m pursuing music as a full time career and hoping to make the best of it.” PERFORMANCE CAREER BH : Wel l, so fa r, fo r N ove mb er I’l l be performing at the Southport Cafe on Friday the 13th, with Ms. Stephanie Porter and, Saturday the 14th, at Vino Bella with Good Company. There should also be some reoccurring dates at “Saigon Palms” in Renton for Thursdays. RECORDING CAREER The new CD is still selling well locally and moving around the globe. The US market is taking off a little slower than one would think it would. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS I’ve been blessed to be in a good circle of friends who continue to enjoy life and all that comes with it. Ms Josephine Howell is having fun in a new play, “Obama On My Mind,” and just celebrated her birthday (I wont tell which one). Darren Motamedy, Doug Barnett, Wadie Ervin, 24

and Brian Kirk are still doing their thing and continue to give me good sound advice when necessary. STATE OF THE BIZ The industry has changed so much (especially at the marketing end) that it has become difficult to maneuver in. You can’t get air play without sales, and you can’t get sales without air play. The music is out there but you really have to know where it is or hunt it down online. Meanwhile, the big producers are marketing what they see as commercial and they also are new on the scene. The labels of the past (Motown, Polydor, Capitol and Arista) are under new leadership and have been replaced by new players such as Def Jam, or Gangsta and Death Row. CD baby and Amazon have been saving graces for the independent artists to get their music out there, and it still remains a crap shot. For now, the recipe seems to be to throw enough stuff on several walls and see what sticks, but you have to be careful what walls you hit. PERSONAL LIFE Life is still good. Health is well, I’ve been blessed with a new grandson this year, my oldest son is engaged to be married next summer, and my youngest son stepped out on his first date this month and, of course, the CD was just released in August. FAMILY LIFE My wife of 18 years, and all my children, are in good health and doing well. PERSONAL GROWTH I continue to be a student of life and believe that learning is a life-long process; therefore, I continue to learn. NOVEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Thursday November 5th and 19th at Saigon Palms in Renton, with Good Company Thur sday, N ovember 12 th at Mer ende in Tacoma, with Jessie Rivera Friday, November 13th at the Southport Cafe in Renton, with Stephanie Porter Saturday, November 14 th at Vino Bella in Issaquah, with Good Company The CD is good and you can access it directly by going to Website: Butch Harrison on Face Book_ Email address:


Danny Welsh Tenor, Soprano Saxophones, Flute - Seattle, WA

PERFORMANCE CAREER Pretty much the same as the past few years; I’ve been playing clubs, events and doing studio work. RECORDING CAREER I’m in the middle of a new CD project that I’m very excited about. It marks my first time as composer, producer and, of course, saxophonist all on the same project. The target date for download release is March 2010. Look for it on iTunes. My goal is to release an entirely originally composed CD. I’ve got some good sounding covers in the wings, but I don’t know if I’m going to cave and add a few! CIRCLE OF FRIENDS My true friends are like gold to me! They’re all doing fine, My good friend, baseball historian Dave Eskenazi, has a recently opened Pacific Coast League display at the San Francisco Ai rpo rt. a mus t-s ee Sea ttl e P ilo ts’ 40 th anniversary display at Safeco Field, and a book co-written with the P.I.’s Dan Raley on the history of the PCL, titled Pitchers of Beer, which is being published this spring. STATE OF THE BIZ Well, obvi ously the internet h as changed everything . Music, being a do wnloadable commodity, has given so many more artists access to a much larger audience. In many ways, it’s a great era for musicians. PERSONAL LIFE Well, I’m newly single and pretending I like it! Lol! Hear that women? The silver lining is that I have more time to spend on music which is what I should be doing in the first place.

FAMILY LIFE My family’s all doing well, particularly my grown daughter who’s also my closest best friend. PERSONAL GROWTH As I grow older, I’m definitely much more in touch with what a true gift each and every day really is. It’s easy when your very young to see our time on this planet as infinite when, in fact, it is quite finite. NOVEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Fridays, at Blossom Asian Bistro in Renton, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Saturdays, starting Nov. 7th, at Chez Maison in Bellevue Square, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Please check for changes and updates! Email address:

of my favorite songs. Currently, funding is the only hindrance to my album being made. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Douglas Acosta, a good friend of mine, has taken his destiny into his own hands and moved to New York to boost his promising vocal career. He is picking up speed and I’m very proud of him. His web site is; check him out he is a true crooner. STATE OF THE BIZ I think the industry is what it has always been: hard to trust and hard to ignore. I haven’t had much personal experience with it, but what is being fashioned as “popular” has left something to be desired. I feel that individual artists need only keep true to their hearts and find their niche somewhere in the middle. My concern is how much one has to choose between being able to perform what they love and making a living performing. I do like that artist have found and are creating vehicles to sell their art that take some of the control out of the industry hands and put some into their own.

Oghale Agbor Vocalist - Seattle, WA

PERSONAL LIFE I am currently working on a book. It’s a book I’ve been looking for all my life but have never found, so I figured I may as well write it. It pegs questions that I’ve never really heard people ask about their lives, or life in general. It started with catching some of my more indepth conversations on tape, and now I’m compiling what I have so far into a blog called “Kneweyes.” I want to get a feel of how people will react to it, then, after that, who knows? Hopefully, a best-seller. I’m also learning Brazilian Portuguese, such a beautiful language to sing and speak. I will be adding some Portuguese songs to my repertoire, so stay tuned. FAMILY LIFE My mother is currently releasing her second book called “The ABC’s of Interpersonal Fitness.” Her aim is making people aware of the root of conflict and giving them the tools to resolve it in a healthy way. Her website is

PERFORMANCE CAREER I’m still making a name for myself—paying my dues if you will. I am currently working on booking some international performances; possibly some gigs on a deluxe cruise line or a very nice hotel. The demand that those kinds of gigs put on the performer, I believe, will make me even stronger. RECORDING CAREER I am in a good position to start my first album. I have, at my finger tips, some of the best mu sic ian s a rou nd, an d I ha ve an amp le repertoire and wonderful arrangements for some

PERSONAL GROWTH I am finding my “internal home” on stage; I’m getting to the place where it feels like I’m comfortably singing in my living room when I’m doing a show. I also find myself intensely craving the mic as one craves a lover, feeling jealous when some one else gets to love it. I am learning to store that energy and open it up completely when I do get my spin on the stage; it’s quite powerful. NOVEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE I actually don’t have any November gigs; I’m working on a promo CD—something that is Continued on page 28 BIG FUN ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS & LEISURE GUIDE • NOVEMBER, 2009


NW JAZZ PROFILE clubs popping up in south Seattle, sometimes with my singer-guitarist husband, Jim. Holiday band gigs are around the corner and, next year, I look forward to doing some touring again.

Sandra Locklear Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Music Educator

PERFORMANCE CAREER I’m happily into year three of polishing my technique on Steinway grand pianos at the Bellevue Collection, where I play 3 1/2 hours without sheet music. This fall, I’ve been working at some of the newer restaurants and



RECORDING CAREER “Girl Gone Jazz” was recorded in 2007 on my ThunderEye Music label. It’s cool that people from different countries are downloading cuts from my albums. Lately, my company has been working on editing video footage for YouTube. Last February, I shared new original material at the Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle that will be on my next album project. Then, there’s the music I recorded in Africa. There’s not enough time in the day! CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Well, they all seem to have a special calling in life. Last year, a friend on the See ds of Compassion committee gifted me with tickets and I took my family to hear the Dalai Lama speak at Key Arena. One couple I know connects goods and services with the needy and I can donate stage clothing to the local theatre company that another friend runs. I’m in awe of my band members; they’re all talented artists busy with their families, teaching and musical projects of their own. STATE OF THE BIZ I’ m co ncer ned abo ut t he s tat e of mus ic education in America and the future of the music industry. We now have legions of young people growing up with no musical opportunity or exposure to a musical role model. I spent all last year helping to lead an arts advocacy effort in the school district where I teach music parttime because we no longer have middle or high school choirs. Our best efforts failed because of a tidal wave of education trends over the past five years that have put music education in the back seat. Check out my research article at I agree with Michael Tilson, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, that “we must not sit idly by as artists.” If it weren’t for my mentor, I wouldn’t have evolved into a professional musician. FAMILY / PERSONAL LIFE Between career and marriage, mom care and college and scholarship searches, I am blessed to have a full and rich life that admittedly is sometimes hard to juggle. So, I exercise and hang out with my friends and try to pay attention to the small miracles of daily life, like my daughter getting all the way through “Fur D’elise” at her homecoming show without a single mistake! PERSONAL GROWTH I’m into shamanism and sweat lodge but didn’t start out that way. Pinning a Kleenex onto my head before being dragged into Catholic mass as a young girl was why I always played “The Impossible Dream” once I became their church organist.


NOVEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tuesdays 11-3 PM: The Bellevue Collection (see website calendar for details) Saturdays (except Nov. 21st), 7-10 PM with Jim Locklear: The House, located in Burien, 206-420-3338 Saturday, Nov. 21: Private event—Women’s Business Conference For mos t up- to-da te i nform ation , ch eck Website: Email address:

D’Vonne Lewis Drummer - Seattle. WA

I just try to continue to play lots of music, practice and learn. And I try to check out new music and come up with new ideas. Other than that, everything’s pretty cool. PERFORMANCE CAREER One of the bands I play in, McTuff, just completed a West Coast tour and we have a lot of upcoming tour dates. One of my other newly formed projects is a jam night at Waid’s Haitian Cuisine every Thursday night from 10pm to 1am; it’s called “Kool Vybes.” In addition to live music, there is also a live DJ—my good friend, Kuhnex. I mainly wanted to do this in the Central Area community, because there is a history there and members of the community who need to know that there is now a place where music can reach them. RECORDING CAREER I am currently involved with several recordings,

so look out for the release dates. I have a new album coming out with the “Jason Parker Quartet.” The CD release is at LUCID on Saturday, October 24th. I am really excited and loo king f orwar d to m y ban d, “I ndustr ial Revelation,” to release our debut recording called “Unreal Reality” soon. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS A lot of my friends are musicians, of course, and I feel that everyone is doing their part in the music community. There is pretty much a jam session every night of the week and I have been able to be a part of them in one way or another. A lot of my friends are composing a lot of new music and I feel real good to be able to share that experience with them. STATE OF THE BIZ In order for music to really progress and evolve, younger musicians have to understand the roots of music. I was heavily influenced to play music by my dad. I first became aware of my musical heritage by seeing a photograph of him at the drums. Later on, it was my grandfather, Seattle Organist Dave Lewis, and knowing that I came from this line of musicians that brought me my focus and appreciation. I think a lot of my generation understands this concept and the music is evolving as a result. PERSONAL LIFE You know, I tend to like to keep things like that private, but everything in life is good right now and I am thankful for everyday that I live and play music. Website: Email address:

Paul Richardson Keyboards - Seattle, WA

RECORDING CAREER I’m just starting two new recordings. One will be all original and the other will be cover tunes from my solo gigs.

PERFORMANCE CAREER I’m doing a lot more acoustic piano playing.

Vocalist - Seattle. WA

FAMILY LIFE Just appreciating every moment I have with every member of my family. PERSONAL GROWTH Focusing on people more. REMEMBER THIS I want to remembered as a family man that was honest, kind and genuine, that played music with his own passionate approach. NOVEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Sunday, November 1 1:00pm: NWAA Museum - Jazz Etc. Brunch 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Monday, November 2 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Thursday, November 5 6:00pm: Vince’s-Federal Way with Virginia Ashby Saturday, November 7 6:00pm: Vince’s Italian Restaurant Renton Sunday, November 8 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Monday, November 9 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant 8:30pm: 909 Coffee & Wine Restaurant Thursday, November 12 6:00pm: Vince’s-Federal Way with Virginia Ashby Saturday, November 14 8:00pm: Grinder’s w/Josie & Steve Sunday, November 15 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Monday, November 16 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Thursday, November 19 6:00pm: Vince’s-Federal Way with Virginia Ashby Sunday, November 22 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Monday, November 23 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Thursday, November 26 6:00pm: Vince’s-Federal Way with Virginia Ashby Sunday, November 29 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Monday, November 30 6:00pm: El Gaucho’s Restaurant Website: Email address:

“I live for my family.”

Mercedes Nicole

YOU CAN BE IN BIG FUN! 253-473-1866

PERFORMANCE CAREER Actually, I have carved out November for family time; I have family in Southern California that I’m long overdue to see! Both of my parents are still alive, so I’ll connect with them for Thanksgiving. It gives me time to line up and prepare for the 2010. December, I have several private shows up until the week of Christmas, so I can rest and refresh for the New Year! It was amazing to perform at the Blue Heron’s during the Panache Jazz Series, Maureen Gerard’s 88 Keys on Whidbey, and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley this past summer! The turn out blew me away! I’m already lined up to return there, Bake’s Place, and a few other great places. RECORDING CAREER I’m thrilled to be working with Bernie Jacobs, Eric Ve rlinde, Evan Flory Barnes , Andre Thomas, Thaddeus Spae, Wayne Porter, Clipper An de rso n, R and y Hal be rst ad t and t he phenomenal Ms. Alaine Fitz-Carter on a new vocal project entitled “Silk.” It’s a deliciously warm and sensual take on some of the songs from the Great American Songbook alongside a few originals. I’ve had a chance to work with a couple o f great new songwr iters—Pete Tomack, Lenard Jones, Beth Wulff—as well as some of my own compositions. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS My friends are gigging and gigging hard! Erin McGough, Josephine Howell, Special Kay (Karen Anthony), Elna Jordan, Katie King, Celestine Berrysmith, Grace Holden, Reggie Goings, Overton Berry and Michael Powers— Continued on page 28




Mercedes Nicole

Jazz Quiz

LJ Porter Vocalist

Jazz Quiz: Labels BY DAVE ANDERSON Record labels have helped spread jazz over the years… 1. This label has a series of jazz piano recordings recorded live at Berkeley’s Maybeck Hall: a.) Concord b.) Stretch c.) Red d.) Muse 2. Some of Charlie Parker ’s greatest recordings were a series of sides for this longdefunct bebop label: a.) Aladdin b.) Dial c.) Strata East d.) Emarcy 3. This label’s co-founder Ahmet Ertegun never thought he’d make a living signing artists he liked: a.) Elektra b.) Milestone c.) Atlantic d.) Sunnyside 4. John Coltrane’s “classic quartet” recorded mainly for this imprint: a.) Impulse b.) Prestige b.) India Navigation c.) Bethlehem 5. This label leases master recordings and issues limited edition jazz box sets: a.) Philology b.) Pablo c.) Mosaic d.) Vanguard 6. Miles Davis enjoyed a long association with this label: a.) GRP b.) Impulse c.) Columbia d.) CTI 7. Rudy Van Gelder engineered most of the early recordings of this famed label: a.) Palo Alto 28

b.) Riverside c.) Enja d.) Blue Note 8. Charles Mingus’ widow Sue reissued his bootlegs on a label she called: a.) Revenge b.) Capitol c.) Inner City d.) Candid 9. Which of the following current labels does not have founders based in Europe?: a.) Steeplechase b.) Palmetto c.) Criss Cross d.) ECM 10. Which of the following is not a Pacific Northwest jazz label? a.) Pony Boy b.) Soul Note c.) Origin d.) Cellar Live Answers:

Seattle jazz saxophonist and composer, Dave Anderson, contributes a quiz each month for BIG FUN. You can learn more about Dave’s music performances and projects at, follow him at, or contact him via



just to name a few—are just laying down music all over the Northwest and, in Josie’s case, the world! It’s cool! I love them! STATE OF THE BIZ Each of us are uniquely our own and that in it se lf is a be aut ifu l thi ng ! T he mu si c/ entertainment industry needs to trust in this reality NS embrace the fact that, when we artists give our gift of music and voice to the world, everyone will win! Everyone will get paid. There is no shortage or lack of financial base, so our fans and the people at large do not need to be manipulated or protected. They are intelligent enough to follow their hearts and honor what and who they feel connects with them. In doing so, the industry will do what it’s designed to do: ‘make money.’ It’s a true, winwin. PERSONAL LIFE Ah, the key here is ‘personal,’ so I try my best to keep it that way. I’m enjoying people! Enjoying other artists! I’m getting out there on a weekly basis and supporting live music! That excites me and inspires me! I wake up each day looking forward to my next gig as well as who I might see and hear. It makes my life full and rich, and it makes me a better performer! I’m definitely enjoying love; that’s all I can and am willing to say! LOL! PERSONAL GROWTH On a daily basis, I try and find my balance and put a lot of focus on what I am grateful for! I recognize that I am connected to the entire world family. We are part of a whole and not a “everyone for him/herself” nation. I do a lot of reading and a whole lot of forgiving myself and others. Suspending judgment has become pretty crucial. Who am I to judge and who am I to criticize? Like my mama says, “ If I don’t have anything good to say about someone or a situation, keep my mouth shut.” It’s easier said than done, but I work on it. 10. b DREAMS? 1. a; 2. b; 3. c; 4. a; 5. c; 6. c; 7. d; 8. a; 9. b;

To record with Herbie Hancock one day. To do a tribute to Miles Davis and Shirley Horne. They were pretty tight back in the day! My dream band? OMG! There are so many talented artists in the Pacific Northwest. There’s not enough room to in this magazine to start the discussion! mercedesnicolemakesmusic Booking/Questions Call: 206-235-0478

Becki Sue

Tracey Hooker

of my family and of society... not necessarily in that order. Becki Sue: That I was fun and entertaining, and a genuinely nice person. If I can make one person happy doing what I do, then I’ve done my job.

What attracted you to the love of your life? I found the LOVE of my life just recently; she is a classical pianist and her dedication to music and to me has finally led my heart to her.

Give us your performance schedule for the next two months. Nov 7th: Jim Flynn’s House Party -Portland, OR Nov 12th: Jam For Cans – Hwy 99 Blues Club, Seattle Nov 21st: Hwy 99 Blues Club, Seattle Nov 27th: Jazzbones, Tacoma Nov 28th: The Conway Muse, Conway, WA Dec 3rd: Benefit for Son Jack, Jr. – Hwy 99 Blues Club Dec 5th: Roadhouse 101 – Lincoln City, OR Dec 18th: Firecreek Alehouse – Lacey, WA Discography: Mechanic On Duty – Drivin’ Wheel Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ – Led Jaxson Somethin’ ‘bout That Woman – Led Jaxson Hot Blue Tracks – The Steamers Live At Jazzbones – Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies! The L.A.B. Results - Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies! Big City Blues - Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies! T-Boy’s Blues – Tom’s compilation CD [Mostly originals with the above named bands, 19862002] From There to Here – Beckie Sue [An early compilation of tunes recorded by both the TBoy Neal Band and Becki Sue & her Big Rockin ‘ Daddies!]

Other than jazz, what activities do you enjoy? Boating and music are my two great passions in life. I always wanted to try hang-gliding and actually did once; I was tethered though. What do you want people to remember about you and your music? When people leave our performance I want them to feel good because they had fun. Oh yeah, maybe they would think I still have nice hair for a man my age. November performance schedule: The performance schedule for the quartet is sh ow n a t the f oll ow ing w ebp ag e: I often perform with other groups; I have several bookings over the next couple of months.

Blues Writers and Photographers Needed!

Website: Email

Oghale Agbor available for venues as well as the public. A sort of precursor to my future album, it is a compilation of live and studio cuts that I’ve done in the past. I will have performances after November. To stay informed, check out my website and add your information to my e-mail list. Website: Email address:



Them Changes Can you spot the 10 differences in these photographs?

Frank and Sydne Albanese own and operate Local Color, a coffee shop and popular jazz venue located in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. The venue specializes in vocal jazz of all styles and features a large roster ofThe white label on the back of the computer monitor is narrower. 9. Sydne’s (woman’s) wall are missing. 6.upper The pendant is missing on 4. Sydne’s (woman’s) sweater. 7. The red dot the areas better singers. 3. Wine bottles on the right shelf are taller. The Post-It note on back wall is missing

1. The logo is missing on the business cards on the front counter. 2. Blue words on cash register

ANSWERS: gone. 30



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