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Smoocho Gusto is Lorree Gardener on bass and vocals and Steve Luceno on guitar and vocals. They have been active in the Olympia/Northwest music scene for 40 years. Their repertoire includes funky beats, swing, jazz, pop, instrumentals and Caribbean sounds, all performed with personalized twists and improvisational spirit!
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!
Good Greetings to All You Lovers of Jazz and The First Sunday of The Month Jazz Jam ~ John and I are missing this session more than ever as we know in our whole being how much this jam means to us and our jazz loving community. Music is a healing force: it connects us in ways we may not see ~ we feel the vibratory sensations of live music ~ it ripples through us and we in turn send that out to the wider community as we live our lives. We miss you all! We miss the improvisation, the new players and singers who graced the stage with such courage, and we certainly miss all of those who showed up every month to play, to grow, to and listen. Oh, how we miss you all! We talk about those wonderful times when someone would show up to play at 4:45 with 15 minutes left and we'd feel like the jam was just getting started!! We miss how surprised some people were when they would stumble upon the jam when all they thought they'd be doing was eating a bowl of ice cream or drinking a glass wine and conversing ~ how happy they were to have done so. And we miss all the beautiful people who work at The New Traditions Fair Trade Cafe ~ you all lifted us higher! I'm singing songs of social justice and deep freedom and physical and mental well being. I'm hoping with all my heart and soul that we will be together again, that justice will cover the land, and music sweet music will bring us to the freedom we all deserve. In the mean time please be good to each other, wash your hands, and wear a mask when you're with a bunch of people. Physically distance and be social in the best sense of the word. With a song in my heart, Susan
Choro Tomorrow is excited to bring you a livestream concert. We will be playing choro (pronounced "show - roe") which is an early Brazilian jazz form. "Choro" means "to cry" in portuguese, but the music is not sad! Its exciting, its fun, its infectious in its complex melodies, harmonies and rhythm. This music predates other brazilian music we know, like samba and bossa nova. So its really the roots music of Brazil. On Sunday will will playing both early and modern tunes. We are - Lisa Seifert, clarinet, Betsy Perkins, percussion, John Ridgway, accordion and Lorree Gardener, upright bass. The event is free! Please tune in. Donations that day can be accepted online. Here is the link! https://youtu.be/gSi7_ZiG79s