This week in Jazz, the Alley is the place to be. A number of outstanding shows will take the chill out of winter and warm the heart of any music lover. Beginning tonight, Hiroshima brings it's unique blend of east meets west presentation to Jazz Alley for three shows, then on Friday Ricki Lee Jones with special guest Jesse Dee appears at the Alley for the weekend Friday through Sunday.
On Monday the 21st, The King County Executive's Award For Excellence in Hip Hop and Musica Festival arrives in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. From the Jazz Alley website.."he King County Executive's Hip Hop Awards and ceremony acknowledges and honors innovative performance, community service and entrepreneurial achievement by locally based members of the hip-hop community whose work has had significant impact in King County. King County Executive Dow Constantine presents the awards along with a keynote address.
Musical guests include a line-up of King County’s previous winners of the award and Northwest talent that have impacted not only King County through Hip Hop, but regionally, nationally and even internationally: Americas Got Talent semi-finalists the EriAm Sisters, International Dance Champions the Massive Monkees, James Burchfield, aka AudioPoet, the human beatbox. Also performing, Robbie Hill and Family Affair with Cookin’ Bag 70’s funk from “Wheedles Groove”, Black Stax, powerhouse blues vocalist Josephine Howell and more. The Alley will be jumpin' for this one night event, make your plans now to be in attendance.
Also in January, Kenny G returns to Jazz Alley for four nights, the 24th- 27th. If you're a fan of Kenny G, you'll definitely want to make a reservation as he sold out all four shows the last time he was here. Also of note in the pre-sale category, Dr. John and his All-New Band, on the 31st through February 3rd, En Vogue swings harmoniously through town for Valentine's Day, for four nights 14th-17th. Tower of Power follows on the 21st through the 24th, and Leo Kottke will bring his unique talents to the stage in March. As the previously mentioned are Pre-Sale shows, you need to plan in advance. Make your reservations for the Pre-Sale shows now as they are expected to be sold out.
Else where around town...Tula's calendar is pack with artists from the local scene. Something different every night of the week... ROADSIDE ATTRACTION BIG BAND on the 15th 7:30pm $8, Wednesday night more big band jazz with Hal Sherman's Bellevue College Jazz Band at 7:30 $7, Contempo for Thursday $10 - Friday, Phillip DeMaree Quartet featuring Pete Olstad begins at 7:30 that's $10 show and on Saturday a double bill with Teen Jazz in the afternoon at 3p-5p followed by the Reigning Queen of Seattle Jazz, Greta Matassa at 7:30pm ($15). You can see more by visiting Tula's calendar here
Speaking of calenders, the Earshot Jazz Calendar is probably the most comprehensive look at Jazz going on around the sound that there is.. check it out here..That's just a brief look at what's to come in what remains in January and into February. Stay tuned, and stay jazzed!