I was honored to be a part of the grand opening performances at The Royal Room in Seattle's Columbia City Neighborhood last night. Wayne Horvitz opened the venue along with the owners of the OK Hotel and Rendezvous. The vibe is great--it's a wonderful place to play and listen to music. The venue has a Steinway D piano and a house organ and drums. The highlight was Bill Frisell's solo set--very inspiring.
|Photo by Daniel Sheehan|
I performed with the Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO) directed by Wayne. We played his music and also compositions by Robin Holcomb and Tom Varner. This fourteen piece band features some of my favorite musicians in town including Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor, and Eric Barber.
I also played clarinet with Painting the Town Red: Johnaye Kendrick sings the music of Billie Holiday. Johnaye sounded stellar as always, and we were surprised and delighted to have Bill Frisell join us.
|Bill Frisell and Johnaye Kendrick|
|Photos by Jerry Morrison|
I will be playing at The Royal Room every month with WACO and the Jim Knapp Orchestra. Be sure to catch a show there sometime soon.