Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour

8:00pm

Beginning on August 28 in Vancouver, Canada and continuing through the first day of October on the Mexican border, composer and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum will present his Acoustic Bicycle Tour – a five week, 1800-mile performance journey where Bynum travels solely by bicycle, presenting solo concerts and playing with ensembles of area musicians.

Tonight, for his stop at The Royal Room, Bynum will perform with Cuong Vu (trumpet), Carmen Rothwell (bass), and Dylan van der Schyff (drums).

Bynum sees the entire trip as a kind of composition. Like all his music, it looks to combine the predetermined, indeterminate, improvised, intuitive and structured into an organic whole. The endeavor is a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise in extreme physicality. There are clear analogies between choosing to travel by bike and the path of creative music: the trip may be slower and more arduous, but it is ultimately more rewarding in its acoustic pleasures and unexpected delights.

Ted Poor Andrew D'Angelo Duo

After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2003, drummer Ted Poor moved to New York City, where he has made a deep impression on the jazz and improvised music scene. Modern Drummer describes his playing as “adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking.” Jazz Review writes, “Ted has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums.” This unique approach has caught the ears of many of jazz’s most established musicians and quickly placed him amongst those drummers most in demand.

Andrew D'Angelo's charismatic presence and iconoclastic musical ambition have been well-established over the course of his twenty year plus career and his key roles in bands like Human Feel, the Matt Wilson Quartet and Tyft. His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas have been powerful inspirations to his peers and to a new generation of improvisers. His forceful tone and aggressive improvisational style have made him one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his time.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hot Nut Riveters

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Tickets: $12 advance/ $15 at the door, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

From the diabolical mind of Guy Forsyth, the man who brought you the famous (some would say infamous) Asylum Street Spankers, and the somewhat less inventively named but no less infamous Guy Forsyth Band, we proudly present The Hot Nut Riveters - Texas’s Original Recession Era String Band.

Guy Forsyth leads an all-star Austin cast including several other former Asylum Street Spankers. This Vaudevillian string band makes any venue come to life with their instrumental prowess and amazing showmanship. Their debut studio album, "Moustashe Girl," features 7 voices, countless instruments, and, at last count, 5 hilarious commercials. Expect classic American tunes as well new original material from some of Austin's finest!
Hot Nut Riveters' website.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

The Royal Ramble

9:00pm

Modeled on the legendary Levon Helm's The Midnight Ramble, the Jelly Rollers present a monthly night of blues and more. Acoustic set begins at 9:00 pm, followed by an electric set to closing.
Joining the Jelly Rollers are Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, check out their music at their website

CASEY NEILL & THE NORWAY RATS are a crack gang of musicians from Portland Oregon. Their sound combines high energy diesel fueled rave-ups and haunting ballads. Neill's original weather beaten narratives eschew irony in favor of romance, celebrate society's miscreants, and explore the hidden corners of the American landscape. The Norway Rats, a crack gang of Portland's finest musos, perform Neill's originals with unhinged live energy. Their 2010 record "Goodbye to the Rank and File" garnered rave reviews from radio, online blogs, and press.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Eugenie Jones & Friends

8:00pm

Eugenie Jones
Earshot Jazz NW Recording of the Year Artist, vocalist/composer, Eugenie Jones headlines the evening bringing a vocal style characterized by Seattle Weekly as, "a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones." Jones' debut release, Black Lace Blue Tears was favorably reviewed in DownBeat magazine, selected to be featured among "Best of" independent releases in Jazziz Magazine, nominated to NPR Best Of 2013 for Top CD Release and Top Vocal Release and is currently in the running for International Music & Entertainment Association's Jazz Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. Jones is ranked #1 ReverbNation local Jazz artist and is within the top twenty on the Reverb national and international artist rankings. Jones is a prolific composer and arranger with a stage presence that lights up the room and brings fiery emotion into every melody.
Eugenie Jones' website.

D'Vonne Lewis
Earshot Jazz Instrumentalist of the year, band leader, drummer, D'Vonne Lewis will bring the beats to tonight's performance. One of Seattle's most sought-after drummers, a multi-band leader and grandson of Seattle R&B legend, Dave Lewis, D'Vonne has incredible rhythm style and endearing grace. With a smile that melts hearts and playing that keeps every toe tapping Lewis makes the complexities of rhythm look far too easy.

Eric Verlinde
On piano is one of Seattle's top-of-the-food-chain pianist, Eric Verlinde. An award-winning composer and pianist that believes “jazz to be an intrinsic part of our culture,” and who has played all over the world - including Paris, Berlin, London - with over 150 original compositions and five recordings to his credit Eric is a tremendous talent to hear and see.

Ahamefule Oluo
On trumpet an immensely talented and master of many arts as a writer, comedian, musician, and composer is horn front-man Ahamefule Oluo. Ahame's original musical compositions have been described as, “....the most beautiful melodies...heard coming from a stage.” Be prepared to be literally and figuratively blow away by this trumpet player extraordinaire.

Marina Christopher
Growing up in Seattle's live music world, you can find this talented young bassist on stages all over town. From jamming with the Seattle Women's Orchestra, to assemble featuring at Jazzy Alley to the Lincoln Center stage with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Marina has demonstrated mad-skills as a bassist and is a fantastic addition to this evening's line-up.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, September 6 2014

En Canto

9:00pm

Tickets: $10, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

En Canto brings you music as rich and varied as the people and places of Brazil: forró and baião from the northeast, bossa nova and choro from Rio, and sambas from every city and town. These lively, danceable rhythms get everyone onto the dance floor, while the occasional slower tunes (such as Tom Jobim's "Falando do Amor") evoke the romantic Brazilian mood of saudade (longing). Led by Brazilian-born vocalist Adriana Giordano, this septet combines consummate musicianship with an infectious sense of fun, delighting everyone from the discriminating music aficionado to anyone who just wants to groove.

En Canto's website.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Sunday, September 7 2014

Benefit Concert with Tom Price Desert Classic/ The Swords of Fatima/ The Gallow Swings

6:00pm

Admission: $10 suggested donation

Suzanne (Wuz) Bolyen - sister of Nick Scott and friend to many - is seriously ill. She is a very committed single mom to her amazing daughter Vaile. They live in Ellensburg, WA where Vaile is entering her senior year and need our help to provide immediate relief and some long-term security for Vaile!

How You Can Help: Join us for a benefit on 9/7 at the Royal Room in Seattle. Please come and offer your support! You will be treated to three crazy-good bands! Tom Price Desert Classic
The Swords of Fatima
Gallow Swings
PLUS: Hot Dog Cart! Carnival Games! Tom Price Desert Classic Record Release!

All proceeds from the benefit will go to Wuz and Vaile. We hope to establish an account in Vaile's name to provide her some future security and to help her understand that despite hardship, others are here to help!

If you are not able to attend the benefit show you can still help!
Donate here!
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Monday, September 8 2014

First Monday Wine Tasting

6:00pm

Expand your knowledge and palette with Kate Bond (former Verve proprietess) at the First Monday Wine Tasting at the Royal Room! Featuring 6 great wines from Vinum.

$15 per person (includes a light appetizer). Reservations are recommended.

Koto Jazz/ Ron Weinstein Trio

8:00pm

Koto Jazz is the integration of Japanese koto music with western jazz and rhythm, performed by pianist Chris Beer.
Koto Jazz's website.

Ron Weinstein Trio, featuring Ron Weinstein (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass) and D'Vonne Lewis (drums). Jazz piano trio reminiscent of the New York styles of the late 50's, early 60's.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Wednesday, September 10 2014

Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink

7:00pm

Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink program brings hosted conversations on provocative topics and new ideas to pubs and tasting rooms around the state. Tonight's topic is race and music. The event will tackle the racial history of American music, including the minstrel tradition, the commercialization of hip hop and how that has impacted our society, and how hip hop continues to grow and change as a global art form. Free and open to the public.

Pebble Trio

9:00pm

Through the wood, sinew, skins, metal and fingers, one hears the years of experiential exploration, responsive nuances and overwhelming power in the Pebble Trio's joyfully intense playing. They cover a lot of territory in their performances conjuring epochs and eras, terrains and cultures. Improvised music, composed spontaneously out of the breadth of experiences.

Featuring:
Thollem McDonas - piano
Tim DuRoche - drums/percussion
André St. James - bass
Thollem McDonas's website.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Thursday, September 11 2014

Zarni "New Love" Video Release

7:30pm

Official Music Video Release Party and Live Show- After months of working with talented producer Tyler Johnson (associated with Nettwerk Records), Zarni is ready to release her upcoming Single titled “New Love” as well as the Official Music Video- All in one night at The Royal Room in Seattle. For those that attend, you will view the video before it is actually released to the public. Also there will be special free giveaways for those that attend.

Visit www.zarnimusic.com for more info as well as Zarni's Facebook.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Friday, September 12 2014

Sundae + Mr. Goessl CD Release Extravaganza!

8:00pm

Celebrate the release of Sundae + Mr. Goessl's debut album and video "Cheek to Cheek" with a vaudeville show!

Performers include:
Jasper McCann as our fearless leader!
Prom Queen as our extra special musical entertainment
Allison Lizotte as our riotous comedian
Andrew Miller and Ryan Henry Ward as our aesthetically pleasing painters
The eloquent and acrobatic stylings of The'Trojan Original and Jenny Penny
And introducing The Big Boss Band with Jason Goessl, Kate Voss, Birch Pereira and Tom Zgonc!

Wittypixel Photography will be providing a photo booth with costumes to take home a treasure from the night and Kate and Jason will be available to take a photo with you and sign your brand new CD!!

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, September 13 2014

African Music Nights featuring Jimu Makurumbandi/ Eckaman and Super Mokako

9:00pm

Jimu Makurumbandi: Hailing from Zimbabwe, Jimu Makurumbandi is a multi-talented instrumentalist, vocalist, dancer and choreographer with boundless energy onstage. An accomplished mbira and marimba player, Jimu encountered the West African kora in Scandinavia, and brings a Shona mbira sensibility to the instrument.

Eckaman and Super Mokako: Vocalist extraordinaire Eckaman and Super Mokako perform Congolese soukous music and original Afro-funk. If you haven’t heard them, you’re in for a real treat; the group regularly has everyone on their feet!

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Sunday, September 14 2014

Electric Circus

7:30pm (2 Sets)

BeatWalk is a monthly music festival featuring live music at multiple venues in Columbia City every second Sunday from June through October. BeatWalk always features a diverse line-up of first-rate, local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages. Since 1994 BeatWalk has brought music lovers together for a fun and safe night out on the town!

Electric Circus remixes classic soul and rock for the 21st century with sampled grooves, improvised sonic exploration, light projections and a reinventions of mid 20th century psychedelia.

BeatWalk is always FREE to all attendees. The Royal Room is all ages until 10:00pm.

Monday, September 15 2014

Forgotten Space

8:00pm

Tickets: $10, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

There are nearly three hundred Grateful Dead tribute bands, only two that tour nationally. Dark Star Orchestra and Forgotten Space from Texas. Forgotten Space is a North Texas-based band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook. Formed in 2006, Forgotten Space has developed a penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with an appreciation of the storytelling component of the Dead’s music. With a repertoire of more than 100 Dead-related songs, the musicians have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Staying true to form, the instrumentation of two guitars (Hunter Hendrickson and Kenny Withrow), bass (Bob McConville), keyboards (Will Hodges), two drummers (Bryant Russell and Jerry Saracini), and strong three- and four-part vocal harmonies creates an uncannily accurate representation of the real enchilada. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead’s body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all-out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration.

Forgotten Space's website.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Tuesday, September 16 2014

Daniel Rosenboon Quintet/ Netcat

8:00pm

Tickets: $10 advance/ $12 at the door, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

*4 STARS* from DownBeat Magazine
*4.5 STARS* from Sydney Morning Herald
"Complex and exciting, Fire Keeper burns, lurches, and leaps with intelligent virtuosity and a breathtaking sense of ensemble cohesion. This might be where jazz is heading—so strap in and enjoy the ride."
— Robert Bush, All About Jazz

The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet is an electrifying ensemble that brings together some of the Los Angeles creative music scene's most distinctive instrumental voices! Their debut album, Fire Keeper introduces a new brand of American music, unbound by genre or stylistic idiom. The quintet seamlessly blends elements of jazz, progressive and experimental rock, electronic music, blues, grunge, and contemporary classical music into an unprecedented sound that is fiery, grooving, intelligent and exciting. The band rocks hard, but flies with the freedom of inspired jazz. The sound is fresh yet grounded, and for all its brazen metal edge, this is joyous music!

Featuring:
Daniel Rosenboom – Trumpets
Gavin Templeton – Saxophone and Flute
Alexander Noice – Electric Guitar and FX
Kai Kurosawa – Bear Trax and FX
Dan Schnelle – Drums
Daniel Rosenboom's website.

Netcat is Andrew Olmstead, Brandon Lucia, and David Balatero. Their music explores the intersection between complexity, computers, and free improvisation. Playing cello, synthesizer, drums, and chango, the band interacts with custom sound generation software through long-form textural compositions.
Netcat's website.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ivan Peña Quintet

A Night of Gypsy Jazz
7:30pm

Tickets: $12 advance/ $15 at the door, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

Ivan Peña is a guitarist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. currently tours with the Hot Club of Detroit. He has spent years traveling throughout France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium gigging and studying music from icons like Fapy Lafertin, Angelo Debarre, Christophe Lartilleux, Tcha Limberger, and Serge Krief. Jay Wilkinson works as a trumpeter, vocalist, composer and educator. He is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Oklahoma, a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and a member of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra. These affiliations have allowed him to perform around the country and back iconic musicians like Ray Charles, Steve Allen, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, and others. He has arranged music for multiple blues and pop artists and completed one album of his own. He recently became the lead trumpet and vocalist for Boyd Street Brass. Adam Ledbetter began taking piano lessons at the age of 10. By the age of 13 he was performing solo concerts featuring the works of Chopin and Beethoven alongside his original compositions. He went on to study at Langston, OCU and UCO's music department where he soaked up jazz and other styles of music. In 2010 he co-founded The New Growth Jazz Quartet and now performs original music with his wife, Kizzie Ledbetter, in the group Adam & Kizzie. 28 year old Matt Hayes was born and resides in Tulsa, Ok. He has a widespread recording and touring career, including work with the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Ivan Peña, and Malcolm Holcombe. Matt currently plays full time with Wayne Newton and Eric Himan. Zach Miller is also from Tulsa, Ok. He and Ivan went to high school together. He holds a music composition degree from the University of Oklahoma and has played guitar since his youth. He also produces beats for the group Hi-Pop.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tayla Lynn

8:00pm

Tayla Lynn, the granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, joins forces with Eric Eagle, Wayne Horvitz, Andy Stoller, Darren Loucas and Sean Divine for a night of country! Sharing the bill tonight is Varmint, featuring Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Keith Lowe, Jon Hyde and Darren Loucas.

Tayla Lynn's website.
Varmint's website.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wil Blades Trio

8:30pm

From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum internationally. He has been named “Rising Star” for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Stanton Moore Trio”, “Steppin” and Billy Martin Wil Blades Duo". In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, “Sketchy”, on Doodlin’ Records. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

Born in 1979, Wil began playing drums at the age of 8, guitar at 13, and then found his true calling on Hammond B-3 at 19. While studying Jazz at New College of California with bassist Herbie Lewis, Wil landed weekly gigs at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Barely of legal age, veteran musicians, such as trumpeter Oscar Myers, took him under their wings. Being self-taught on organ, the weekly gigs proved to be the best lessons of all. In the years since, Wil has received tutelage from Jazz Organ master, Dr. Lonnie Smith. “Yeah, he does it...he’s on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3.”

Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. In Wil’s words, “I feel indebted to the tradition and masters of the Hammond Organ, but while trying to keep it going, I’m also focused on bringing my contemporary influences to the table.” His playing is rhythmic, funky and bluesy, yet his original compositions are harmonically intriguing and unique.
Wil Blade's website.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bob Schulz' Frisco Jazz Band/ Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet

5:00pm

Bob Schulz' Frisco Jazz Band: The seven piece Bob Schulz' Frisco Jazz Band has been playing a relaxed swing style Jazz from the 20's and 30's on through the big band era, as well as the current favorites for over 25 years. The band features Cornet, Piano, Clarinet/Sax, Trombone, Tuba, Banjo and Drums. They have played often for the Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society, and are excited to play at The Royal Room!

Bob Schulz' Frisco Jazz Band's website.

Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet

9:00pm

This collection of 6 of Seattle's finest musicians spanning 3 generations pays homage to the great jazz legends of the 1940's through the 1960's. The Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet plays the music of Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk,Sonny Clark, Ornette Coleman, Bud Powell, Herbie Nichols, Henry Mancini and more.
Steve O'Brian-Trumpet
Levi Gillis-Tenor Sax
Greg Sinabaldi-Baritone Sax
Wayne Horvitz-Piano
Paul Gabrielson-Bass
Andy Roth-Drums

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zooma Bella

8:00pm

Zooma Bella will bring it, so you can swing it! An 8 piece show band of seasoned music veterans, capturing the style and flavor of the Louis Prima/ Keeley Smith Era, with a punchy horn section, a snappy rhythm section, and the dual vocal stylings of Joe Fromaggio and Atsa Nice.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mack Fisher/ SpiceRack

8:00pm

Mack Fisher: Details TBA.

SpiceRack: Composer/guitarist Tristan Gianola whips out SpiceRack, a trio of grooving, riffing, ripping and chicken scratching music for people looking to shake their booties (or wiggle in your chair if you’re shy). Bits and pieces of Motown, Funk, Free Improv and Classical music find a place together in Gianola’s music written specifically for SpiceRack, where things open up and anything can get piled on top of some catchy tunes.
SpiceRack's Facebook
SpiceRack's Bandcamp

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Piano Starts Here: Interpretations of Bartok

8:00pm

Tickets: $10 advance/ $12 at the door/ $5 students w/ ID, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

Jazz musicians have always managed to quickly grab hold of devices the contemporary classical composers were using, and have been inspired by many of the great early 20th century composers who contributed those devices. Béla Bartók certainly inspired his fair share of jazz musicians. Benny Goodman commissioned Bartók’s Contrasts for clarinet-violin-piano trio. In an interview of Charlie Parker with Marshall Stearns and John Maher, Parker asserts “Bartók is my favorite, you know.” Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea recorded Ostinato for two pianos from Bartók’s Mikrokosmos. Eric Dolphy’s tonal bebop harmony and melodic lines have been known to suggest the influences of Bartók and Igor Stravinsky.

Tonight at The Royal Room, some of Seattle’s finest pianists come together to explore Bartók’s musical language and reinterpret the sounds of jazz with the composers approach, drawing from influences of his iconic works for piano such as the Mikrokosmos. Tonight’s performers will include Sumi Tonooka, Linda Dowdell, Aaron Otheim and Randy Halberstadt. Hosted by Tim Kennedy and Wayne Horvitz.

The Piano Starts Here series highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room's Steinway B grand piano. Past PSH performances have highlighted the work of Sonny Clark, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Bill Evans, Fats Waller, Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock and Herbie Nichols. Curated by Wayne Horvitz and Tim Kennedy. Hosted by Tim Kennedy.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Southside Swing with DJ Sean Donovan

7:00pm - Swing Dance Lesson
7:30pm - Dance

Tickets: $10
Tickets Available from Stranger Tickets

Romp at the Royal Room, with people who know how to have a good time -- dancers! Stomp and shout to a variety of great dance music, from smokin' swing to slow blues and all points between. Everybody welcome. Get in the groove with a beginning dance lesson and treat yourself to some good clean fun.
Brought to you by The Royal Room and Gator Boy Productions.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Arabona/ Sin Fronteras

8:30pm

Arabona: Flamenco inspired with funk, world music and jazz. Istvan Rez plays an acoustic nylon six-string guitar with Farko Dosumov on five-string electric bass and Ahmad Yousefbeigi playing traditional Persian and Middle Eastern percussion and cajon. Together, they produce a unique flamenco sound that includes many influences, such as funk and world music to jazz.

Sin Fronteras performs Latin American traditional and "Nueva Cancion" music throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Immerse yourself in vibrant rhythms, soulful melodies, breathtaking harmonies and, weaving throughout, the uncommon poetry of Latin America's common people. Songs of life, humanity, equality, justice, hope. Musicians are originally from Colombia, Mexico and Chile.
​For more info, visit www.sinfronteraseattle.com

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, September 27 2014

Jorge Alabe/ En Canto/ Choroloco

9:00pm

Tickets: $8 advance/ $10 at the door, are available now from Stranger Tickets.

Master drummer Jorge Alabê grew up in Rio de Janeiro immersed in the rich musical culture of Brazil, becoming a master in samba percussion as well as in the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of candomblé. He is an “Alabê” connected with the oldest candomblé house established in Brazil, Casa Branca; the title of “Alabê” means that he has obtained the highest level in drumming and leading of rituals in the candomblé religion and signifies deep experience and authority. Jorge played percussion with the highest level samba groups in Rio and was the rhythm director of Minas Gerais Samba School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has performed in recordings with Brazilian stars Milton Nascimento and Martinho da Vila and appeared on Globo TV in Brazil during 1978–1980 on the entertainment program Brasil Pandeiro.

En Canto brings you music as rich and varied as the people and places of Brazil: forró and baião from the northeast, bossa nova and choro from Rio, and sambas from every city and town. These lively, danceable rhythms get everyone onto the dance floor, while the occasional slower tunes (such as Tom Jobim's "Falando do Amor") evoke the romantic Brazilian mood of saudade (longing). Led by Brazilian-born vocalist Adriana Giordano, this septet combines consummate musicianship with an infectious sense of fun, delighting everyone from the discriminating music aficionado to anyone who just wants to groove.

Choroloco is a Seattle based acoustic ensemble of clarinet, 7 string guitar, cavaquinho and percussion. This group has traversed the wondrous world of Brazilian music since 2008. Choroloco's sound is inspired by the streets of Rio de Janiero, the hot deserts of Brazil's Northeast, the salted air of Ipanema Beach and the Douglas-firs that blanket Western Washington. Choroloco's mission is to present choro as a living tradition, drawing on its historical influences as well as bringing our own influences to the music. This music transcends time and outshines boundaries and Choroloco continues to share the wealth of the repertoire through workshop presentations, performances and audience participation based jam sessions.



Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Garfield Jazz Jam

6:00pm

Nelda Swiggett Stringtet - CD Release Party​

7:30pm

Seattle pianist, composer and vocalist Nelda Swiggett will be celebrating the release of her fourth CD, "Blue-Eyed Painted Lady" (OA2 Records), at the Royal Room on September 28. This latest project features her 5-piece band, Stringtet, a collaboration between veteran Seattle Symphony musicians Rachel Swerdlow (viola) and Walter Gray (cello) and her long standing trio with bassist Chris Symer and drummer Byron Vannoy.

​ Described by reviewers as "gorgeous," "imaginative," and "delightfully left of center", Stringtet creates unique soundscapes with creatively unfolding melodies and supple harmonies.

​ Nelda's melodic originals are based in her passion for jazz, but also draw freely from her experiences performing Afro-Cuban​ music, gospel, classical and more. Stringtet's musical palette can range from lush and resonant string passages to high energy Latin and progressive rock grooves. Nelda's singing serves as only one ingredient in this tapestry, equal to all others.

​For more info, visit www.neldaswiggett.com​.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ryan Burns Trio/ Ron Weinstein Trio

8:00pm

A night featuring two of Seattle's finest piano trios.

The Ryan Burns Trio explores the classic piano trio format, much in the lineage of greats Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans. Ryan Burns has recorded a half dozen CD’s as a leader, his trio taking on many incarnations since his debut release “That’s The Ryan Burns Trio” in 1998. A veteran of rock and jazz fusion groups, Burns often works with fretless electric bassist Steve Kim and drummer Jacques Willis. RBT has also employed many of Seattle’s finest, including bassists Geoff Harper, Jeff Johnson and Geoff Cooke, as well as drummers Jose Martinez, Tad Britton, Matt Jorgensen and Mike Stafford. Material ranges from Thelonious Monk to The Rolling Stones, with a steady dose of originals by Burns and his band members.
The Seattle Weekly writes "Burns has a fantastically fertile brain, prodding the music with unexpected voicings and twisted runs; as with the best pianists, his comping is as intriguing as his solos."

Ron Weinstein Trio featuring Ron Weinstein (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass) and D'Vonne Lewis (drums). Jazz piano trio reminiscent of the New York styles of the late 50's, early 60's.

No cover – the musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

The Royal Room is open Wednesday through Monday and some Tuesdays.
Happy Hour drink and food specials 5:00-6:30pm.
The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.