KNKX PRESENTS: Piano Starts Here: Re-opening Night, MC KNKX’s Abe Beeson

September 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
KNKX PRESENTS: Piano Starts Here: Re-opening Night, MC KNKX's Abe Beeson

Doors at 7:00pm
$15 adv/$20 dos

COVID PROTOCOLS: All events will require proof of vaccination to enter the venue, masks worn unless actively consuming food or drink, and we will be closely monitoring guidelines and recommendations to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our community.

To guarantee a good seat, please make your dinner reservation through our reservations page on our website. 

Advance tickets can only be purchased online-we do not sell advance tickets at the venue. Refunds are not available within 48 hours of the event. Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

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. On September 15, hear Seattle based musicians and improvisers perform the music of their favorite pianists including Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Cole Porter and Earl Hines amongst others.


Alex Guilbert, host of the Piano Starts Here series, has been playing and composing music professionally as part of the Seattle scene for more than 20 years. Although he’s got a firm grounding in the jazz tradition, he’s been a side man and leader in ensembles of many different styles. From traditional jazz and rock to electronica and classical, Alex’s appreciation for a range of musical genres continues to inform and inspire his work.


Darrius Willrich plays Duke Ellington

Ann Reynolds plays Carla Bley

Jose Gonzales plays Cole Porter

Ray Skjelbred plays Earl Hines

Alex Guilbert plays Teddy Wilson

Special guest Wayne Horvitz plays Wayne Horvitz


This show will also be live streamed! Watch and donate at

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