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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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Upcoming events (5+)

The Women Be Jammin'

Rhythm and Rye

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women In Jazz Olympia Jazz Central Presents: The Women Be Jammin’ An Evening of Jazz Improvisation We will have an all-star rhythm section: Marina Albero/piano Lorree Gardener/bass Darlene Jones/drums Susan Tuzzolino/Mistress of Ceremony We are all looking forward to a wonderful jam session with local, out of town, and out of sight musicians/vocalists ~ tell everybody! Bring your instrument, your voice, your heart, and your charts (try to have Eb & Bb charts for horns)! The Rhythm & Rye Sign up at 7:30pm ~ grab a drink, mill around, share ideas Downbeat at 8pm Let’s create on the spot ~ let’s be our bad selves and make a joyful noise! We’ll play till around 10:30pm

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.

The Joe Mailhot Jazz Unit at the Pig Bar

The Pig Bar

Come to the Pig Bar and enjoy amazing music while downing great drinks and fantastic Tacos on Taco Tuesday. Featuring the music of composer/guitarist Joe Mailhot, with Craig Hoyer on keyboards, bassist Erich Hahn, Dylan Johnson on drums, and new addition Jim Pribbenow on tenor saxophone , The JMJU draws from styles ranging among modern jazz, funk, soul, free and psychedelic. Joe Mailhot's original compositions are inspired by jazz masters like Coltrane, Coleman, Davis, Ayler and The Art Ensemble of Chicago as well as by modern European composers like Pendercki, Crumb, and Stravinsky. Come and travel to musical soundscapes bombastic, tender, wild, beautiful, brilliant and dark. It's not about the music but where the music takes you.

Smoocho Gusto live at Cascadia Grill in downtown Olympia!

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!

Past events (3,218)

Tipsy Jazz Jam

Tipsy Piano Bar

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