There’s plenty of free jazz this weekend at two Tacoma churches. Jazz Live at Marine View features 23-year-old crooner Danny Quintero, while the Immanuel Presbyterian Blues Vespers this months features blues artist Bill Sims Jr.
Danny Quintero is becoming known for a vocal talent that gets him compared to Frank Sinatra. Says John Hanford of the Fabulous Wailers: “That Danny possesses a great set of pipes is obvious; what strikes one on first hearing is the sheer quality of the voice mature and burnished sonority that belies his age. There is also the confident sense of swing, and the evident ear of the subtle nuances of the Sinatra school of “bel canto” singing articulation, phrasing, dynamics, breath control, the works.”
Quintero will be joined by a solid line-up of legends in their own right: Randy Haberstadt on piano, Phil Sparks on bass, Clarence Acox on drums and Lance Buller on trumpet and vocals.
New York-based Bill Sims Jr. plays a wide range of blues in The Heritage Blues Orchestra, whose debut album got good reviews. At the Blues Vespers, a monthly event that combines blues, poetry and reflection in a casual church setting, he’ll be joined by Rod Cook, the 2012 Washington Blues Society Best electric blues guitar award winner.
Blues Vespers, 5 p.m. May 20. Free. Immanuel Presbyterian, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. 253-951-9870, ipctacoma.org