Poster Image by Gary Ellis.
3rd Saturday of the month, 7pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
901 N. J Street, Tacoma, WA
BY EMMA GAROFALO
Kicking off on January 15, jazz fans in and around Tacoma will be able to catch the first show in a brand-new monthly series presented by the B Sharp Music Society. Live from the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, the first show sees two lauded headliners: the tenor sax stylings of Pete Christlieb and his wife trombonist Linda Small, in concert with their quintet. If you’re itching to get out of the house this January, this is the perfect opportunity to expose you and your family and friends to everything that you already love about jazz, live music, and this dynamic genre as an art.
While Chirstlieb and Small are currently enjoying their golden years in the Pacific Northwest, Christlieb’s pedigree include two decades of collaboration with the infamous Johnny Carson band, as well as recording work with Steely Dan and Natalie Cole.
A veteran of the big band scene and one of the most talented symphonists of our time, Small provides the perfect accompanying act for the evening. She’s an extremely diversified artist, who has worked alongside such legends as Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, and has performed as part of the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Ballet, the Detroit Symphony, among many other world-class troupes.
Originally held at the B Sharp Coffee House, the B Sharp Music Society are a group of music-makers and music-lovers who believe in the power of community, art, and support for local talent. This group’s primary mission is to bring incredible live music to Tacoma, up close and personal. By way of this free-spirited, whole-hearted endeavor, fans of jazz are able to come together under one roof, transforming this humble, nondescript area into one of the city’s most vibrant jazz epicenters for enthusiasts.
While the B Sharp Coffee House is sadly no more, its spirit and legacy both live on through this highly-anticipated series of jazz concerts. So whether you choose to mingle for a little or jam until the last call, Jazz on J Street’s opening night will not be one to miss. The event is free to attend, however if you can afford to donate, your contribution will be used to fund the musicians and future events.
February’s Jazz on J Street event features vocalist Stephanie Porter and her quartet. To stay up to date on the series and with B Sharp visit bsharpmusicsociety.com.