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Category: Jazz


Norah Jones announces world tour, including stops in Portland and Redmond

Norah Jones announced her new world tour today. The jet lag-inducing itinerary ping pongs back and forth between Europe and North America. The closest venues to us are Portland and Redmond in mid-August. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 30th.

The tour kicks off May 25 in Paris, heads to North America, then back to Europe and finally back to North America in August. The Portland stop is on August 17 at Edgefield Winery and the concert at Redmond’s Marymoor Amphitheater is on August 18.

Jones brings her unique voice to a style of music

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Kareem Kandi and original jazz at SOTA Thursday

For the past 10 years Kareem Kandi has been teaching jazz improvisation at The Tacoma School Of The Arts as an adjunct artist. Now, you have a chance to hear his original music written specifically for a free concert Thursday night.

Kandi received a grant from The Tacoma Arts Commission last year to compose and record several new pieces of music. Kandi will perform in a trio.

“The music encompasses several different styles but remains rooted in the jazz tradition,” he said.

Thursday’s show is at 7 p.m. in the SOTA theater, 1118 Commerce Street. It’s free and

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Blues/R&B/Jazz Showcase all month at Imperial Dragon

UPDATE: Ginn tells me he has canceled this series.

Local music producer and promoter Tony Ginn has started a blues, R and B and jazz series at the Imperial Dragon restaurant. Friday and Saturday features the The Al Earick Blues Band.

The weekend series will run through January after which Ginn and Dragon owner Dustin Luu will decide on whether to continue the series.

It’s all part of Ginn’s master plan to develop a circuit of venues in the South Sound for performers of those genres. “And to get paid well for their artistry,” Ginn said.

To make

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Maia Santell and House Blend holiday concert and dance Dec. 23

Northwest jazz and blues singer, Maia Santell and her backing band, House Blend, will perform a holiday concert and dance at Jazzbones on Friday, Dec. 23.

Blues guitarist Josh Violette will join the band in the second set.

The band’s repertoire includes blues, jazz, swing, Latin, R and B and holiday favorites like “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” Nancy Wilson’s “What Are you Doing New Year’s Eve?” and Mel Torme’s, “The Christmas Song.”

Maia Santell and House Blend
When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 23
Where: Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma; 253-396-9169

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Rickie Lee Jones at Jazz Alley Nov. 8-9

Tacoma’s own Rickie Lee Jones will play Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Nov 8-9.

The sometimes Tacoma, sometimes Lacey resident (maybe that’s our Pantages in “Chuck E.’s in Love”) will be joined by band members Reggine McBride (bass), Johnny Friday (drums) and Carlos Murguia (keys). Set time Tuesday and Wednesday is at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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Matt Jorgensen performs Sunday at Jazz LIVE

Jazz fans can follow up good music with good food Sunday at Jazz LIVE at Marine View
featuring The Matt Jorgensen Band. The program starts at 5 p.m. at Marine View Presbyterian Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE

From the press release:

Matt Jorgensen is considered one of the most innovative drummers on the music scene today, has toured extensively from New York to Los Angeles with an impressive list of musicians. Since returning back to Seattle in 2002 after 10 years in New York City, Matt has maintained a hectic pace in all facets of

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Classic Jazz at Saint Martin’s June 23-26

America’s Classic Jazz Festival will mark 21 years when it convenes again June 23-26 at Saint Martin’s University’s Marcus Pavilion in Lacey. But this festival is more than just music.

Dance and revelry – along with jazz – are the focus of this event. Dance lessons and four large dance floors set the stage for music from Portland’s Black Swan Classic Jazz Band and Uptown Lowdown from Bellevue. Also performing: Nashville’s Titan Hot Seven, Chicago–based West End Jazz Band and Louisiana’s Louis Ford and His New Orleans Jazz Flairs. Tom Rigney Flambeau will cover the Cajun and zydeco two

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PLU Jazz Ensemble play big band jazz this Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal, Olympia

The St. John’s Concert Series presents the Pacific Lutheran University Jazz Ensemble this Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia.

The band will play big band repertoire from Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider under the direction of Bob Miller, with a reception afterwards. Free childcare will be provided.

PLU Jazz Ensemble will play at 3 p.m. May 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Entry by donation. 360-352-8527,