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Ramsay Omdahl Big Band
Big Band jazz is back in July. Come to dance or to listen with the Ramsay Omdahl Big Band. Under the leadership of sax legend Bill Ramsay and All Star trumpeter Andy Omdahl. Bill "Rams" Ramsay's career spans decades; he has played with some of the best including the Buddy Morrow band, Maynard Ferguson Band, Ray Mckinley Band, Benny Goodman Octet, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Grover Mitchell's All-Star Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Sweets Edison, Les Brown, Mel Lewis, Gene Harris and Quincy Jones Band. He is a Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and has also been a member of the Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra since its founding in 1995. Andy Omdahl has distinguished himself as a top call lead and jazz trumpet player and is very active throughout the Pacific northwest. He has performed for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, many R&B acts, Broadway touring shows and many celebrity acts from Frankie Avalon, Bernadette Peters, Wayne Newton, Don Rickles, Frank Foster, Arturo Sandoval, Pete Christleibe, Tom Scott, Poncho Sanchez, Milt Hinton, O’Jays, Temptations, Earl Klugh, Quincy Jones, John Clayton, Josh Groban, James Ingram to name a few. Andy worked as a lead trumpet player and musical director with several cruise lines before making Olympia, Washington his home in 1999. Andy holds the position of 1st trumpet for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, a premier northwest big band, and is a member of “Nearly Dan” a twelve-piece group performing the music of Steely Dan. He is a regular participant of the annual Jazz Port Townsend in addition to performing in countless shows and concerts throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area. Suggested Donation $5 -25. Sponsored by Olympia Jazz Central

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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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