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RAISE IT UP
October, 9th at Benaroya Hall, Kirk Whalum and Eric Benet help the Atlantic Street Center raise funds and awareness for a much beloved Seattle Youth Center. The Raise It Up concert benefits children, youth and families of Seattle and King County. It’s going to be an exciting and soulful evening of music, starring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Benet. So, learn more and come help Atlantic Street Center celebrate 105 years of service.
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WILL DOWNING – JAZZ ALLEY
Will Downing, is an American singer, songwriter and producer, known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals, and his interpretations of R&B and pop classics that stretch back to the early 1980s. In March of 2015 Downing released his 18th studio album, Chocolate Drops. Like any good sampler, it’s a pleasing mix of the things you love and expect along with a few tasty surprises. Listen for yourself live Oct. 15-18th and enter to win a pair of tickets and two dinner entrees for Friday night Oct. 16th.
A MUSICAL FIRST
Over 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING. For 25 years, keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East have been musical collaborators. Whether it’s been side by side in the quartet, Fourplay, or studio sessions playing on others releases these two musical masters have literally spent thousands of hours playing music together. The experience and empathy of knowing each others musical language, dialect and vocabulary makes these artists as fluid as any two artists can be together.
The outcome of The New Cool is nothing short of gorgeous. In the tradition of other piano and bass recordings, James and East deliver an organic and richly complex yet simple album that makes you hit the repeat button. It glides by with ease and feels like one cohesive piece. If you have ever heard these two play live together, it will not surprise you to hear them sound as one in this recording. For those who know the music of pianist and arranger Bob James, you know the complex harmonics are executed matter of fact, as if we all know his special language the way bassist Nathan East does. A special nod to track nine called Seattle Sunrise, but personal favorites include “All Will Be Revealed”, “Waltz For Judy” and “Ghost of a Chance” and “Turbulence”.