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Norah Jones guitarist headed to Blues Vespers

Jazz guitarist Adam Levy – who played in Norah Jones’ band from 2001 to 2007 – will headline Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s Blues Vespers show on Oct. 17, the church announced today. Levy will appear during the 5 p.m. performance and play a song during the church’s 10:30 a.m. service in support of his latest solo album, “Washing Day.” Learn more about IPC’s monthly Vespers series here.


More acts headed to new Rhythm & Brews

It appears Gary Grape of the South Sound Blues Association will handle most of the booking down at the new Rhythm & Brews club downtown, which tells you what the musical focus will be. Hey, can’t make any assumptions just based on the name (see also: Jazzbones and Sax.) And along with this weekend’s grand opening festivities, here are a few more shows Grape has lined up for this month.

Oct. 8: Little Bill and the Bluenotes
Oct. 9: Billy Roy Danger and the

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Wayne Horvitz to head University of Puget Sound Jazz Band

The University of Puget Sound has announced that avant-garde keyboardist, composer and producer Wayne Horvitz will directed the school’s Jazz Band beginning this fall.

Horvitz, a native of New York, lives in Seattle. Along with several critically acclaimed solo albums he’s known for his work with Naked City, MyLab and the Gravitas Quartet, among other projects.


7th annual Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival on for May 29

The 7th annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will be held May 29 at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, the Harmon Pub & Brewery and Stonegate Pizza, organizers announced Wednesday. The schedule is as follows:

Big bands jazz stage at Freighthouse Square’s Rainier Room
Johnny Lewis Big Band (1 p.m.)
Roadside Attraction (2:30 p.m.)
Mukilteo’s Outrageous Jazz Orchestra (4 p.m.)
Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra (5:30 p.m.)

Blues stage at the Harmon Pub & Brewery
The Crossroads Band (12:30 p.m.)
Little Bill & the Bluenotes (2

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Chris Botti, Natalie Cole headed to Puyallup Fair

Singer Natalie Cole and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti will share a bill on Sept. 17 at the Puyallup Fair grandstand, organizers announced today. Ticket prices are $25 to $60 and will go on sale beginning noon Saturday (March 13).

It’s the second Puyallup Fair concert announcement. Willie Nelson will perform on Sept. 16. Find the most up to date grandstand schedule here<


Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival confirmed for Memorial Day weekend

Organizer Rich Wetzel tells me his Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will be held again Memorial Day weekend this year. He confirmed that performance will be held on May 29 at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, the Harmon, the Varsity Grill and possibly another bigger venue.

Wetzel hasn’t yet put together the lineup, but expects to post it on the venue site in the next few weeks.


New jazz series kicks off at Stonegate on Sunday

Yesterday, local big band leader Rich Wetzel sent me details on a new jazz series set to kick off this weekend at South Tacoma Way’s newest hot spot, the Stonegate.

“Tacoma Just Got Hipper – Jazz at the Stonegate” will go on from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 10). The kickoff event will feature Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra playing jazz and funk tunes, ranging from Maynard Ferguson to James Brown.

For more info on the Stonegate, check here.


Norah Jones headed to Seattle in April

Pop crooner Norah Jones will headline Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on April 18, 2010, EMI announced today. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will be out in support of her new album “The Fall.” Tickets will go on sale on Jan. 23, according to Jones’ fan site.


Bebel Gilberto cancels Seattle show

Brazilian pop star Bebel Gilberto’s Dec. 13 stop at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market was called of for “logistical reasons,” according to a press release just sent out by Seattle Theatre Group.

Refunds are available at point of purchase, the release says.