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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 Rainier Quartet at West Central Park

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The Rainier Quartet is an exciting ensemble of multi-talented jazz musicians. If you heard them last December at their "Fridays at the First" gig (billed as The Ben Martin Quartet), you know that a flurry of complimentary superlatives does not do them justice. They are to be experienced!
Experience them for yourselves when they play this Saturday evening at West Central Park. Their program will include a mix of jazz fusion, original tunes, and their arrangements of standards. The band members are Benjamin Martin, saxophone; Josh Hansel, drums; Josh Green, bass; and Felix Halvorson, guitar.

Ben Martin is a saxophonist from Olympia, WA. He graduated from North Thurston High School and received his degree in music education from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

Josh Hansel is a drummer from Idaho Falls, ID, now residing in Tacoma. He received degrees in Percussion Performance and Geosciences from PLU.

Josh Green is also a PLU graduate with majors in Senior Music Composition and Religion. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays saxophone, bass, piano, drums, clarinet, guitar and sings.

Felix Halvorson is a senior at PLU pursuing a double major in Communications and Writing. He also has a minor in German and a newly declared minor in Jazz Studies.

Although it goes without saying, I'm compelled to say it anyway. These musicians equal much more than the sum of their parts!

Free Jazz with Fred on KAOS Radio 89.3

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

Vince Brown @ Swing Wine Bar & Cafe every Wednesday

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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!

Smoocho Gusto at Cascadia Grill

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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!

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Smoocho Gusto at Cascadia Grill

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