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Masters of Swing Violin: James Mason with guitarist Vince Brown

  • Traditions Cafe

    300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA (map)

    47.043949 -122.904205

  • The fourth show in the Masters of Swing Violin Series features James Mason.

    At age 11 James entered his first fiddle contest and at age 13 began learning Texas Style fiddling from the legendary Benny Thomasson while keeping within earshot of Swing and Jazz... always inspired by Bob Wills, Stephane Grappelli, and Joe Venuti.

    Throughout his career James has played and recorded Bluegrass, Country, Swing and Jazz and over the years has taught at a number of camps and  workshops including the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance in New York.

    James currently resides in the Portland area and is active in two Gypsy jazz bands, Swing Papillon and Everything’s Jake. Both of which feature the music  of Django Reinhardt.

    For thirty years James has been repairing, restoring, and making violin bows at the David Kerr Violin Shop in Portland, OR.

    Tickets are $15.00 or $50.00 for the four show series. Call (360)[masked] for tickets and information. 


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  • Vince B.
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    I'm a swing/jazz guitarist working out of Olympa, Washington.

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