The First Annual Couth Buzzard Books Jazz Festival

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The First Annual Couth Buzzard Books Jazz Festival

Kenny Mandell in front of Couth Buzzard Books photo by Daniel Sheehan

May 27-30
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Ave N

Rising out of the ashes from a massive gas explosion that destroyed four Greenwood-area businesses and damaged 34 other businesses, Couth Buzzard Books is producing its first Couth Buzzard Books Jazz Festival this Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30. It is all part of the greater Greenwood community’s efforts to rebuild and revitalize their neighborhood.

Couth Buzzard Books has hosted monthly jazz concerts, bi-monthly jazz open jams, jazz and poetry concerts, and other jazz-centric events for the past six years, so the venue is a familiar ground for many jazz musicians.

Couth Buzzard Books owner Theo Dzielak is a musician and an active member of the Seattle jazz community. He and the Couth Buzzard’s “Jazz Guy” and Greenwood resident Kenny Mandell have assembled a talented and diverse line-up of local jazz musicians. The festival will loosely cover a chronological sampling of jazz history, from the blues/jazz guitar of Orville Johnson to a tribute band of the hot and soulful hard bop of Charles Mingus to the experimental sounds of Mandell’s “Tonal Vision.”

It was important for Dzielak and Mandell to also feature jazzsters of all ages, from Kenny’s teenage students, to young lions like Max Holmberg, to 82-year-old bebop inspired saxophonist Jose Carrillo. It is all part of the Couth Buzzard’s motto: “Building Community: One Book, One Drink, One Note At A Time.”

– Ed., courtesy of Theo Dzielak

Admission by Donation. $5 minimum for single event / $10 minimum for day pass / $25minimum for Festival. For more information about the festival and Couth Buzzards Books, visit buonobuzzard.com or Couth Buzzard’s Facebook page.

Festival Schedule

Friday, May 27
Jump Monkeys, 7:30pm
Orville Johnson, 8:30pm

Saturday, May 28
Kenny Mandell Jazz Works High School All-Stars, 2pm
Sara Depp Trio, 3:30pm
Groove Kitchen, 5pm
Jump Ensemble/Greg Robinson, 7pm
Big Crinkly/Jim Knodle, 8:30pm

Sunday, May 29
Open Jazz Jam,2pm
200 Trio/ Max Holmberg, 6pm
Better Get It In You Soul/Mingus Tribute, 8pm

Monday, May 30
Simon Henneman solo guitar, 2pm
Dick Valentine Duo, 3:30
Empty Boat/Don Berman, 5pm
Kenny Mandell/Tonal Vision Trio, 7pm