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Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams photo by Jimmy and Deana Katz Jessica Williams, one of the finest jazz pianists of the modern era, passed away on March 12, 2022, just five days shy of her 74th birthday. Williams lived in Seattle off and on, performing here often through the 1990s...
Bob Hammer

Bob Hammer

Bob Hammer photo courtesy of Vito’s BY PAUL RAUCH Bob Hammer, celebrated composer/arranger/pianist, who had a long and successful career in New York and Los Angeles before coming to the Pacific Northwest, passed on December 26 at the age of 92. Born Howard...
Jim Knapp (1939-2021)

Jim Knapp (1939-2021)

Jim Knapp photo by Steve Korn. by STEVE GRIGGS James “Jim” Donald Knapp Jr. died at Cambridge Senior Care in Kirkland, Washington on November 13, 2021. He was born in Chicago on July 28, 1939 and given the same name as his father. His mother Mildred was from a musical...
Heather Hammond (1945-2021)

Heather Hammond (1945-2021)

Heather Hammond photo courtesy of the family. BY PAUL DE BARROS AND PETE LEINONEN Seattle jazz musicians of a certain age cherish memories of the Llahngaelhyn, a coffeehouse with a certain magical vibe that in the late ‘60s filled the fairytale-towered building at the...
In Memoriam: Deems Tsutakawa, Soul of Seattle Sound

In Memoriam: Deems Tsutakawa, Soul of Seattle Sound

Deems Tsutakawa photo by Daniel Sheehan. One of the brightest threads running through the Seattle music tapestry over the years has been funky R&B, whether you’re talking about Gene Argel and Dave Lewis in the ‘60s, Kenny G and Robert Damper in the ‘70s, Michael...