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Bosa Nova Salute at Sudden Valley Dance Barn – Saturday April 27th at 3:00 PM


Drummer, Jeff Busch, now lives in Seattle, but has deep Bellingham roots. Interested in rhythms that originated outside the U.S., he has revisited his hometown with groups playing African and Latin American music that feature many artists from foreign lands who now call Seattle home. Jeff will be bringing up two fabulous musicians originally from Latin America as part of a salute to the unique Brazilian contribution to the world of jazz, the Bossa Nova.
The first Brazilian is Marco de Carvalho who will providing both the guitar and vocal contributions to the Bossa Nova Quartet Marco is a Brazilian musician, originally from Rio de Janeiro. He graduated from the prestigious Music Conservatory of Rio de Janeiro under Juarez Carvalho and Sergio Vale. He studied composition and harmony under Luiz Eça and Ronaldo Miranda. Marco has been a performance guitarist, composer and arranger for thirty years. He plays an extensive repertoire of music from Rio de Janeiro as well as his own compositions. Marco has played with many musicians in Brazil and the USA. He has recorded on numerous CDs and sound tracks also producing and arranging.
The pianist is Julio Jauregui who was born in Louisiana and grew up in Mexico City.
In 1990, Julio moved to Eugene, Oregon. In Eugene, he attended Lane Community College for two years where he received best theory student of the year award. He later enrolled at the University of Oregon to finish his music degree. He studied jazz piano with Gary Versace and jazz improvisation with saxophone player Steve Owen.

Bassist Jeff Johnson will be appearing with the group as well.

Since bossa nova music was created for dancing as well as listening, we’ll be keeping a large portion of the dance floor available for those who would like to express their enthusiasm vertically.

Concert is on Saturday, April 27th from 3-5pm at the Dance Barn in Sudden Valley (Gate 2), 8 Barnview Court. Tickets are in aid of the South Whatcom Library and cost $20 with a special student discount prices of $10. Tickets are available at Village Books, the Sudden Valley Office or on-line at http://lcj3.com/websites/suddenvalleyjazz/. For more information or special requests, call Mr. K.C. Sulkin at 360-670-1709.

Pegasus Gallery Owner, Heidi Wood, Features Cameo Jazz on Tuesdays

The owner of the Pegasus Art Gallery, Heidi Wood, loves art and loves jazz and always wanted to combine the two. Starting Tuesday evening, Jan. 23rd she’ll be featuring small jazz groups, ranging from soloists to trios, at her gallery from 7-9 pm. The gallery is located at the corner of Holly and Bay in downtown Bellingham in the building that used to feature another jazz/art gallery, The Blue Horse.

All concerts are free to the public and there will be light refreshments available. Opening night will feature the vocal/piano duo of Kirk Roa and Sage Romey to be followed on Tuesday, Jan. 30, by the solo jazz piano stylings of Scott Ranney.
For further information, contact Heidi Wood at 360-599-7731 or K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. More information on the gallery can be found at www.gallerypegasus.com.


The new season of Jazz at Sudden Valley has been booked and should be a great one. And once again, concertgoers at the final concert of this season on November 11th, will be able to buy the entire series, an $80 value, for only $60. This offer is for this concert only. The price then goes to $70 which is still a $10 savings.

Next season’s opener takes place on Saturday, April 14 and features New York reedman, Evan Arntzen, along with his brother, guitarist and banjo player, Arnt Arntzen, in a quintet that will be playing both swing and dixieland music for listening and dancing. Evan just permanently joined the prestigious New York swing orchestra, Vince Giardano’s NightHawks, in the reed section. He is also a fine vocalist and last played the Dance Barn as part of the Salute to Louis Armstrong. The quintet will also include Jennifer Hodge, a fine bass player from Vancouver and Bellingham’s own, Julian MacDonough, on drums.

The second concert follows on May 5th and features a wonderful Olympia-based vocalist, La Von Hardison, with her quintet. Players include Eric Verlinde on piano, Osama Affifi on bass, Jeff Busch on drums and Jerome Smith on tuba and trombone.

After a break for the hot summer weather, we’ll be back in the fall with the final two concerts. On October 6th, drummer Jeff Busch is back with a group called Magic Circle that is devoted to jazz music from Cuba, Brazil and South Africa. It features Alex Dugdale who is both a wonderful sax player and tap dancer, Steve Mostovoy, Jerome Smith, Julio Jauregui, Dean Schmidt along with Jeff on drums. Once again, we’ll keep the dance floor open for those who like to dance to jazz.

The final concert of 2018 is on Nov. 10th and features a wonderful tribute to Miles Davis, with Kevin Woods playing the Miles solos. The rest of the group is made of some wonderful local players who haven’t been heard on the Dance Barn stage before. Josh Cook will be taking the John Coltrane tenor solos, Blake Angelos is on piano and the rest of the rhythm section consists of Roger Yamashita on bass and Jazz Project head, Judd Sherwood, on drums. Since Kevin is head of the jazz program at Western, the No. 1 Western Jazz Band will open the concert with a short set.

Pictures are of the Arntzen Brothers, La Von Hardison, Magic Circles and Kevin Woods.

Jazz Vocalist Rebecca Kilgore Closes Sudden Valley Salute to Singers Series

The Sudden Valley Jazz 2017 series has concentrated on presenting both male and female jazz singers throughout this year. Starting with Western Washington students Sage Romey and Kirk Roa, then presenting husband and wife team Greta Metassa and Clipper Anderson, followed by blues-oriented Josephine Howell and Paul Klein, it seems fitting that we end with one of the finest jazz singers in the Pacific Northwest, Rebecca Kilgore. She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. Becky is honored to have been inducted (in 2010) to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and to the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall Of Fame, and to have been invited to perform at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention for three years at Town Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the guest of honor at the 2013 Roswell (New Mexico) Jazz Festival, and honored as a Jazz Legend at the San Diego Jazz Party in 2016.

In keeping with this year’s theme of honoring both male and female jazz singers, Rebecca has a wonderful singer/composer in her quartet, Los Angeles drummer Dave Tull. For thirty years, Dave Tull has been known as a world-class jazz and big band drummer. For the last ten years, he has built a reputation as a great jazz singer, songwriter and bandleader. In July 2016 Dave became the drummer for the iconic Barbra Streisand and has played three US tours, including the live recording in Miami for a soon-to-be-released Netflix special. For those of us who really dig Dave Frishberg, there’s a lot of Frishberg in Tull.

The Rebecca Kilgore concert happens on Nov. 11th at 3 p.m. at the Dance Barn (Gate 2) in Sudden Valley. It will be a wonderful wind-up of a memorable season.

Tickets are $20, in support of the South Whatcom Library, and can be purchased at the YMCA desk in the Dance Barn, Village Books in Fairhaven and online at Friends of the South Whatcom Library. For questions, contact K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709.