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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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Vendredi's Bag @ La Gitana

La Gitana Pizzeria

Vendredi's Bag comprises a group of musicians who love Django and Jobim right along with Irving and Miles. They draw songs from across continents and ages, incorporating jazz standards, Latin grooves, bebop, and gypsy swing into their performances. The group is based in Olympia, WA and includes mandolin, flugelhorn, electric piano, upright bass, and drums. Featuring: Danielle Westbrook - flugelhorn/vocals Theo Ragan - keys/accordion Austin Cooper - drums James Schneider - mandolin Nick Rawson - bass

The Joe Mailhot Jazz Duet

Basilico Ristorante

The Joe Mailhot Jazz Duet plays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Fridays at Basilico Ristorante 507 Capitol Way South in Olympia. The Jazz Duet plays an eclectic mix of original jazz inspired by the work of the masters including Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, as well as originals from some of our local composers. Call[masked] for reservations.

Vocalist Jessica Blinn w/ Guitarist Vince Brown

Vocalist Jessica Blinn with guitarist Vince Brown at La Gitana.

The Makedonians

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The Makedonians play the traditional music of the Balkans and Near East, inflected with a hint of American jazz. The Maks are not so much a band as a community of musicians. Based in Tacoma, Washington, members travel from as far away as Portland, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington to join in the fun. Their performances typically include eight musicians, sometimes more. Sometimes many more. Instruments can include any combination of the klarino, flutes and saxophones, the recorder, gajde, oboe, zourna, tambura, bouzouki, baglama, guitar, accordion, fiddle, viola, cello, mandolin, bass violin, tapan, dumbek, tambourine, and zills. They also make excellent use of the many fine singing voices at their disposal, with spine-tingling harmonies sung in the traditional languages. http://www.themakedonians.com/about.htm $5 -$25 suggested donation. Sponsored by Olympia Jazz Central.

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