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Do you know who Miles Davis is? You must also know that Bird, Trane and Cannonball are not politicians. How about Charles Mingus, Max Roach or Chick Corea? Maybe you have LP's of Oscar Peterson, J.J. Johnson or Stan Kenton or possibly Don Cherry? If this is you, you must be part of an exceptional crowd that seeks-out the solid groove or the smokin' jam session, where the sounds are cool and the standards are hot. Perhaps you are of the Latin side of jazz where Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez moves your being. Did I see you at the Maraca and The New Collective concert at SPSCC? Or Maybe it's hearing Night and Day by Sinatra or A-Tisket, A-Tasket by Ella or perhaps Tenderly by Sarah Vaughan or Honeysuckle Rose by Joe Williams? Now you don't have to go all the way to the Lincoln Center to see Wynton Marsalis or the Village Vanguard to hear the Maria Schneider Big Band. We've got the local jazz scene right here in Olympia. Sometimes Seattle is just too far to go and I-5 can be a real headache. Sadly, the IAJE conventions are now long gone but fortunately for us, the jazz party starts here. Did you know there are about 50-Olympia based jazz musicians and vocalists who perform right here in our local community? It's time to get the word out! Come join us to create a community where the music thrives, the musicians jam and the cultured gather to support Olympia live jazz. We are your classic jazz connection in Olympia! WEEKLY JAZZ HOT SPOTS!

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The Chuck Stentz Saxophone Quartet in Free "Fridays at the First" Concert

First Christian Church

Let's hear it for jazz, classical, and pop all in the same concert! If you have never heard a saxophone quartet, you might be surprised at the range of sounds produced by a four horn group, and by the extent of the musical literature covered by their arrangements. Anything from Bach to Gershwin is possible, with sounds pitched from the basso register on the baritone, to the sweet high notes of the soprano, and the rich organ-like chords with the alto and tenor added. The Quartet is pleased to bring you an hour of music from several worlds, some familiar and some likely new to you. We hope that you enjoy our concert.

Named for local icon of swing saxophonist Chuck Stentz, (July 12, 1926 – May 16, 2018), the Quartet was founded in 2014. Chuck came up in the world of jazz among great players, mentored by the fresh sounds of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He developed his unique swing improvisational style and beautiful vibrato while playing with the travelling bands, starting with Nat Pierce's Big Band. From the 60's until the present, he was on stage with many great northwest players including Bill Ramsay, Jack Perciful, Joe Baque, and Burt Wilson. Keeping his memory, his style, and his music alive: The Chuck Stentz Saxophone Quartet - John Beach, Soprano sax; Ron Smith, Alto; Jim Pribbenow, Tenor; and Rudy Draco, Baritone.

Free Jazz with Fred on KAOS Radio 89.3

KAOS 89.3 FM

with Fred Kellogg Jazz for the thinking listener. Current and classic avant-garde, modal and free jazz.

Smoocho Gusto at Cascadia Grill

Cascadia Grill

Smoocho Gusto is currently performing on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8pm, at Cascadia Grill in downtown Olympia. Lorree Gardener plays string bass and sings and Steve Luceno plays guitar and sings. They play many of Steve’s original compositions, along with songs written by other local composers. They also choose favorites from Public Domain. Come hear their variety of grooves and enjoy all that Cascadia Grill has to offer!

Vince Brown @ Swing Wine Bar & Cafe every Wednesday

Swing Wine Bar

Vince Brown has been performing and teaching acoustic music on guitar, tenor, 5-string banjo, and uke in a variety of styles for 30 years. You can enjoy his music every Wednesday at Swing Wine Bar & Cafe, home of the best crafted cocktail in Olympia!

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