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September 2020

Crack Sabbath

September 25 @ 8:30 pm

Crack Sabbath is an industrial jazz-punk band led by renowned Seattle saxophonist, Skerik. Crack Sabbath explicitly refuses to tour or be known outside of the Seattle area, honoring the Seattle scene from grunge to jazz. Listen in with rapture, as the bands eccentric energy loops along and transports you into another state. Featuring: Ron Weinstein- Hammond Organ; Keith Lowe-Bass; Mike Stone- Drums; Skerik- Saxophone View the livestream at  Live Concerts Stream  or the Royal Room Facebook page

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A Celebration of The High Holidays: The Music of John Zorn’s Masada

September 26 @ 7:30 pm

James Falzone photo by Marc Perlish. Joining together for a High Holiday celebration are Seattle musicians James Falzone, Wayne Horvitz, Darren Loucas, Keith Lowe, and Evan Woodle. They will combine to play John Zorn’s repertoire of radical Jewish music, a project entitled Masada. This music conjoins elements of 1960’s Ornette Coleman with sacred Jewish music. In the late 90’s Masada was considered one of the most important jazz bands of the decade. By taking inspiration from traditional klezmer ensembles while…

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The Klein Party

September 27 @ 3:00 pm4:30 pm

THE KLEIN PARTY plays ”klezmerish songs from All the Old Countries.” They bring a jazz sensibility and rock & roll energy to klezmer freylachs and bulgars, gypsy dance music, sentimental Italian tunes, novelty Americana, country-and-western favorites, Yiddish theatre music, Ellingtonia, and the occasional opera aria. Featuring:  Amber Wolfe- vocals; David Gassner- vocals; Sabrina Pope- clarinet; Brandon Campbell- saxophones; Erik Reed-trumpet; Mark Lutwak- accordion; Eric Ray Anderson- ukulele & vocals; Joe Casalini - contrabass. View the livestream at  Live Concerts Stream  or the Royal Room Facebook…

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Boka Kouyaté & The Djeliyah Band

September 27 @ 7:30 pm

Boka Kouyaté and The Djeliyah Band is a West African music and dance collective based in Seattle. Their music links traditional Djeli music and contemporary West African music together to fuse a music which is cross-disciplinary, multi-cultural and highly innovative. Originally orchestrated by multi-talented Djeli, Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyaté, this band has been working together since 2015, keeping the beat of mother Africa alive through the music’s oral tradition and pulsating movements. Featuring: Aboubacar Kouyaté – vocals, Djembe; Leif Totusek –…

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October 2020

Skerik’s LORBO

October 2 @ 8:30 pm

Created to perform at Northwest PsychFest 2016, LORBO melds thrashing heaviness into a dark yet ethereal soundscape, creating something meditative while at the same time ruinous. LORBO celebrates the release of their new record ‘LIZARD’ and the debut of their new music video. Featuring: B.R.A.D. Mowen-vocals; Lupe Flores-drums; Skerik-keyboards, Marshall amp and 4x12 cabinet, Plush amp, 18” cabinet and 4x10 cabinet. View the livestream at  Live Concerts Stream  or the Royal Room Facebook page

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The Klein Party

October 4 @ 3:00 pm4:30 pm

THE KLEIN PARTY plays ”klezmerish songs from All the Old Countries.” They bring a jazz sensibility and rock & roll energy to klezmer freylachs and bulgars, gypsy dance music, sentimental Italian tunes, novelty Americana, country-and-western favorites, Yiddish theatre music, Ellingtonia, and the occasional opera aria. Amber Wolfe- vocals; David Gassner- vocals; Sabrina Pope- clarinet; Brandon Campbell- saxophones; Erik Reed-trumpet; Mark Lutwak- accordion; Eric Ray Anderson- ukulele & vocals; Joe Casalini - contrabass. View the livestream at  Live Concerts Stream  or the Royal Room…

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Thomas Marriott’s Trumpet Ship

October 4 @ 7:30 pm
Thomas Marriott playing the piano wearing a hat and red tinted glasses

Thomas Marriott is the winner of seven Golden Ear Awards and the 1999 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition. He’s paid dues beside jazz elders such as Maynard Ferguson, Roy McCurdy, and Rosemary Clooney, and has been called on by contemporary standard-bearers like Joe Locke, Orrin Evans, Steve Wilson, John Clayton and Charlie Hunter. A chameleon of musical styles, Marriott’s horn has been in-demand with bands like the Grammy-Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, and hip-hop pioneer Deltron 3030.…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Bill Anschell

October 5 @ 5:00 pm
Bill Anschell playing the piano

Pianist Bill Anschell’s concert credits include seven European tours with vocalist Nnenna Freelon and seven South American tours leading his own trio. He is also a prolific composer; his original pieces have been heard on“The West Wing,” “The Wire,” “NCIS:  Los Angeles,” and many other cable shows and movies. Anschell, a Seattle native, returned to the Emerald city in 2002 after a long residency in Atlanta.  He received Golden Ear Awards as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Stephanie Anne Johnson

October 5 @ 6:00 pm

A singer’s talent is complete when they can bring a crowded dive bar to a collective hush and also get one of the biggest audiences on the planet to a collective standing ovation. Stephanie Anne Johnson is that special singer. The front person for the Tacoma-based band, The Hidogs, can don a cowboy hat and sing over a slide as old timers weep. And they have wowed judges on the immensely popular NBC TV series, The Voice, showcasing their gifts.…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Brent Jensen

October 5 @ 7:00 pm

BRENT JENSEN'S "PURE DESMOND" BAND Brent Jensen says people often tell him that he sounds very much like Paul Desmond, the iconic cool jazz saxophonist from the Dave Brubeck Quartet. You've possibly heard Jensen playing around the Northwest, or on his very popular CD on Seattle's Origin Records, “The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond”. Jensen moved to the Puget Sound region three years ago after having served as the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Stacy Jones Band

October 5 @ 8:00 pm

Stacy Jones is continually nominated for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, guitar. They recently won "Best Blues Act" for the third year (2018-2020), and have won the 2018 “Best Band” award plus nine other “Best of the Blues" Awards from the Washington Blues Society including Best Female Vocalist, Blues harmonica, Blues songwriter and The 2018 NW recording of the year for her 2017 album ‘Love Is Everywhere.’ She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, SXSW,…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Cory Vincent

October 6 @ 5:00 pm

Drawing inspiration from genre-blending trailblazers like Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Jack White; Cory’s songwriting is a throwback to an era where the song was the king. His ability to write straight from the heart, impactful lyrics, along with innovative yet familiar guitar riffs, sets Cory apart from most. Whether it be an intimate acoustic setting in a small crowded bar room; or a powerhouse, guitar heavy performance on a festival stage; fans of every age are taken aback by…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Kareem Kandi Trio

October 6 @ 6:00 pm

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. Kareem is a versatile saxophonist and composer with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk, and has been performing throughout the U.S. and abroad for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike.  While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method

October 6 @ 7:00 pm

Polly O’Keary is today’s blues woman, rooted in tradition, but informed by the 21st Century. Pulling in influences from zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll, she and her trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, bring a searing and joyful performance of today’s blues to audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Polly O’Keary – Vocals/Bass Dave Miller – Vocals/Guitar Tommy Cook – Vocals/Drums    

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Eugenie Jones

October 6 @ 8:00 pm

Described as a singer/songwriter that makes listeners feel the music, Jones sings and scats her way vivaciously through classic jazz, heart-throbbing originals, blues, and soul. Characterized as an intelligent, thoughtful composer in the tradition of Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone, the award-winning performer is an engaging song stylist that dazzles and decisively wins the hearts of intimate and grand audiences alike. Eugenie Jones – Vocals Jeremy Bacon – Piano Paul Gabrielson – Bass Jamael Nance – Drums    

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Mercedes Nicole Trio

October 7 @ 5:00 pm

An extraordinary vocal jazz stylist and interpreter of standards, blues, original compositions, and New Gospel music, Mercedes Nicole brings to her performances a unique personality and vocal quality. Her rich, expressive voice is deepened by a refreshing vulnerability and ardor. She reveals an unending passion for probing the lyric, melodic and rhythmic nuances of her material. Mercedes has performed at numerous venues and festivals, including: Demetrio’s Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, Egan’s, 88 Keys Whidby Island, Langston Hughes Performing Arts…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: CD Woodbury Trio

October 7 @ 6:00 pm

From a reputation as an ace sideman and “The Northwest’s best kept secret” in the Pacific NW blues scene; CD Woodbury is emerging as an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The CD Woodbury Band album “Monday Night!” charted internationally in its genre, including 30 weeks at #1 for the Roots Radio Report’s Washington State independent radio chart and peaking at #8 on the international independent blues radio charts. CD Woodbury has eleven Best of the Blues awards from the…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: KO Ensemble

October 7 @ 7:00 pm

Kate Olson is an improvising saxophonist and music educator based in Seattle, WA. Since moving to Seattle in 2010, she has done her best to infiltrate the local, regional and international improvised music scenes. She can be heard performing with her own projects KO SOLO and KO ELECTRIC,  and as a collaborator with Syrinx Effect, Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

October 7 @ 8:00 pm

Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present. Through their songs, audiences witness current issues crop up again and again in folk songs, dance tunes, acoustic blues, and prison ballads. Ben & Joe bounce from fiddle & banjo breakdowns to a cappella field hollers,…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Chris Eger

October 8 @ 5:00 pm

Very few musicians are said to be extraordinary examples of excellence in any one genre of music. Even fewer can be described as exceptional across multiple. When considering Chris Eger fits into the latter category as both a guitarist AND vocalist, it is no doubt an especially rare gift. Fronting his own band for close to a decade now, Chris has taken his game to a new level and a new town. When Nashville called, he answered, and this highly…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Jacqueline Tabor & Marina Albero

October 8 @ 6:00 pm

Don’t Explain: A Dialogue between Eleanor and Eunice is a theatrical, evolving piece of work presenting a powerful story through song and dialogue between icons Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Jacqueline Tabor on vocals and Marina Albero on piano pair together in masterful collaboration and partnership, paying tribute to the brave actions of these American Heroes. In response to our current Civil Rights movement and coming from activist families, both Tabor and Albero felt this a fitting time, opportunity, and…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Brian Butler Blues Band

October 8 @ 7:00 pm

Acclaimed musician Brian Butler plays bold blues and originals. A gifted storyteller, Brian backs his expressive vocals with dynamic guitar and harmonica. Brian's captivating songs touch on adventure in New Orleans ("Second Line Beat"), love in a winter storm ("When the Wind Blows"), nature's fate ("Snow River") and the loss of a friend ("The News About Billy"). In 2019 Brian’s CD Butler’s Blues won Best Blues Recording and in 2020 he won the award for Best Acoustic Blues Guitar, both…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: LaVon Hardison Trio

October 8 @ 8:00 pm

LaVon Hardison’s glossy, warm tone and infectious stage presence have been delighting jazz enthusiasts and lovers of live music for decades. Her training in jazz, musical theater and opera as well as extensive stage and TV acting, commercial voiceover work, and exposure to a broad sampling of musical genres have shaped her persona as a jazz singer with a rock-and-roll sensibility. LaVon’s burnished sound and expressive stage presence are influenced by the gospel music of her youth in her home…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Ben Thomas & Eric Likkel

October 9 @ 5:00 pm

Vibist Ben Thomas and clarinetist Eric Likkel have performed, composed, and recorded together for over 20 years. Their projects have spanned modern jazz, tango, and contemporary chamber music. Hundreds of concerts together have led to the highest level of musical connection and ESP. Their collaborations can be heard on Ben’s “The Mystagogue” and “Triskaidekaphobia”, as well as TORCH’s eponymous CD from 2018.    

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: The High Note Group

October 9 @ 6:00 pm

All-star 4 piece band, featuring sparkling original music blending elements of blues, rockabilly, soul & funk! Winner of three Washington Blues Society’s 2020 Best of the Blues awards. Joel Astley - Harmonica, Vocals Rafael Tranquilino - Guitar Lissa Ramaglia - Bass Chris Lucier - Drums    

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Alex Dugdale Quintet

October 9 @ 7:00 pm

Alex Dugdale was born in Cali, Colombia and was raised in Seattle from an early age. When he was 6 he began taking tap dance lessons with Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters.  At age 10, he began playing clarinet in his elementary school band and the next year he performed at the NYC Tap Festival.  He started playing saxophone in 6th grade and continued through high school.  Alex continued his musical studies in Rochester, NY at the Eastman School of…

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Bellevue Jazz & Blues: Lady A

October 9 @ 8:00 pm

Lady "A" has been a Pacific NW Blues favorite for many years and is known as “The Hardest Workin Woman in Blues, Soul & Funk”.  Her love of blues and soul music is generally likened to a pot of Louisiana Gumbo... throw in a mixture of soul, funk, the musicians and a venue, it makes for the best hand clappin’, foot-stoppin’ and dancin’ experience you can throw all together. This husky-sultry voice vixen mesmerizes audiences from Seattle to Portland; Memphis…

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Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints

October 9 @ 8:30 pm

Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints are a 5-piece band based in the Pacific Northwest. Their music is rooted in mid 20th century American music, a complex derivative of blues and jazz as well as soul, rock and roll and Americana. Their front man, Birch Pereira bears a deep tenor voice and in both 2017 and 2018, was nominated “Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz Festival. Through captivating arrangements, originals and carefully chosen covers, Birch Pereira & the Gin…

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The Klein Party

October 11 @ 3:00 pm4:30 pm

THE KLEIN PARTY plays ”klezmerish songs from All the Old Countries.” They bring a jazz sensibility and rock & roll energy to klezmer freylachs and bulgars, gypsy dance music, sentimental Italian tunes, novelty Americana, country-and-western favorites, Yiddish theatre music, Ellingtonia, and the occasional opera aria. Featuring:  Amber Wolfe- vocals; David Gassner- vocals; Sabrina Pope- clarinet; Brandon Campbell- saxophones; Erik Reed-trumpet; Mark Lutwak- accordion; Eric Ray Anderson- ukulele & vocals; Joe Casalini - contrabass View the livestream at  Live Concerts Stream  or the Royal Room Facebook…

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Marina Christopher & Friends

October 11 @ 7:30 pm

Marina Christopher photo by Todd-Bradley. After being diagnosed with a tumor that threatened her right arm, Marina Christopher felt a fire to further launch her dream project. Writing and recording in between surgeries and radiation therapy resulted in ‘Marina and the Dreamboats’, a sassy and soulful band performing songs with depth, humor and pure joy. ‘Marina and the Dreamboats’ deliver an addictive blend of jazz, soul, and classic pop and aren’t afraid to throw in a New Orleans second line…

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