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SUDDEN VALLEY JAZZ 2020 SHOWS



Sudden Valley Jazz 2020 Opening Concert Postponed (read more)

portfolio Pearl Jango & Gail Pettis
Sat. Apr. 25, 2020 @ 3PM
at the Dance Barn

Pearl Jango

With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s "All Things Considered." The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform. Press Info



portfolio Vocalist Gail Pettis

Named " 2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail's rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as "deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. Gail enjoys interacting with listeners as well; her live performances have been described by Earshot jazz as going "…from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz.". As artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2006, she was featured artist with the New Manhattan Big Band, also Eddie Conard and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and smaller combs in venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at KAVC Hall as First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. She has also performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise, Idaho, Jazz at the River Festival in Eagle, ID. Most recently, Gail completed Russian tours in the spring of 2015, performing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Ivanova and Perm and returning in the summer for a tour anchored by the White Nights Jazz Festival. Website Biography

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, Apr. 25 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.

 



Jorge Pacheco
Sat. May 16, 2020 @ 3PM
at the Dance Barn

portfolio Pianist Jorge Pacheco

Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. Is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.” He has performed all over the world including prominent jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York.as well as the Sziget Festival in the City of Budapest, Hungary.He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington with his quartet and solo piano several times as well as the legendary Apollo Theater in where a lifetime achievement award was presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Arturo O'Farrill and the Legendary Lenny White as well as with Dave Weckl and Richie Goods in trio format in 2018. Pacheco is a passionate, extravagant,exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy. Pacheco, JoJAzz Award 2007 in Havanna, is also the winner of the "Audience Award" and the "Second Jury Award" at the International Jazz Piano Competition Montreux Switzerland in july 2014. In 2017 Pacheco won the best solo and performance award in the jazz contest "Made in New York" in New York City whit one of his on compositions. Website Biography

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, May. 16 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.

 



Vocalist Josephine Howell
Sat. Sep. 26, 2020 @ 3PM
at the Dance Barn

portfolio Josephine Howell

Josephine Howell (Josie) was born in Chicago, IL. She has always been fascinated with music and the arts, captivating family and friends at an early age. She first explored her interest and abilities for singing in the children’s choir at her childhood church, The True Right M. B. Church. It was the beginning of the foundation that would sustain her through a life filled with the type of experiences that inspire every song, every word, and every moment she is on stage. Excerpt: Seattle Medium

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, Sep. 26 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.

 



Vocalist Laila Biali
Sat. Oct. 31, 2020 @ speical starting time of 2PM
at the Dance Barn

portfolio Laila Biali

Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her accolades include a 2019 JUNO Award for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, a JUNO nomination for her studio recording Tracing Light, and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s "Best Albums of the Year" list for her follow-up Live in Concert. Website Bio

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.



2020 SUDDEN VALLEY

ANNOUNCEMENT

Date: March 31, 2020

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SUDDEN VALLEY JAZZ 2020 SERIES CANCELLED BECAUSE OF COVID-19...

When Sudden Valley Administration announced the closing of the Dance Barn in response to the coronavirus epidemic, it was first said that the closing would be reviewed at the end of March. While we on the jazz committee never thought it would be reopened in the Spring, we were at first hoping for an opening in the summer and the rapid reduction of the coronavirus threat. It is now quite obvious that our hopes will not come to fruition and that the threat is larger than ever. Rather than try to salvage half the series on the hope that coronavirus will disappear in the summer months, we have decided to try to recreate the same series for 2021 when a vaccine will hopefully be available and people can safely congregate in large groups again. We already have scheduled our opening act, Pearl Django and Gail Pettis, for the final Saturday of April, 2021 and are waiting to hear from the other performers, some of whom, being from overseas, have to organize Pacific Northwest tours and are, quite naturally, waiting to see what the future brings in these uncertain times.

We have sold 105 series tickets so far which will be good for future concerts in 2021 and hope that those of you who bought them at our last concert will keep them in a safe place for use at that time.

We would have loved to present the series for 2020, but, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it would be reprehensible to try to do so until the threat of coronavirus is safely behind us. Until then, we at Sudden Valley Jazz and the Friends of the South Whatcom Library wish that you all stay healthy and safe and that we’ll see you when we reopen our series in the spring of 2021. I will also try to keep you informed when we line up the rest of the dates for next season.

Sincerely,

Mr. K.C. Sulkin

 

PAST SHOWS 2019


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Jazz Forest
Nov. 9, 2019
at the Dance Barn

Ron Jones' Jazz Forest 12 piece jazz recordings orchestra. Jones is a Los Angeles arranger who has worked extensively in television and movies and has recently moved to Stanwood and set up a recording studio. He convinced fellow Los Angeles based musicians, the husband and wife team of tenor sax player Pete Christlieb and trombonist, Linda Small, to move to the area with him. He then recruited the best talent from Seattle, including vibes player, Susan Pascal, to fill out his 12 piece ensemble.This band, with special guest soloist, the drummer/vocalist, Dave Tull, will close out our 9th year.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.

 


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Brubeck Plays Brubeck
Oct. 12, 2019 @
at the Dance Barn

Brubeck Plays Brubeck honors the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dave Brubeck with a concert of his music led by his son, drummer Dan Brubeck, saxophonist Steve Kaldestad, bassist Miles Hill and the return to Sudden Valley of Miles Black on piano. The current plan is to recreate Dave’s Time Out album, one of the biggest selling albums in jazz history, from top to bottom.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.
 


 


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BELLINGHAM NATIVE, JEFF BUSCH, BRINGS BOSSA NOVA TO TOWN
April 27, 2019 from 3-5pm
at the Dance Barn

Drummer, Jeff Busch, now lives in Seattle, but has deep Bellingham roots. Interested in rhythms that originated outside the U.S., he has revisited his hometown with groups playing African and Latin American music that feature many artists from foreign lands who now call Seattle home. Jeff will be bringing up two fabulous musicians originally from Latin America as part of a salute to the unique Brazilian contribution to the world of jazz, the Bossa Nova.

The first Brazilian is Marco de Carvalho who will providing both the guitar and vocal contributions to the Bossa Nova Quartet Marco is a Brazilian musician, originally from Rio de Janeiro. He graduated from the prestigious Music Conservatory of Rio de Janeiro under Juarez Carvalho and Sergio Vale. He studied composition and harmony under Luiz Eça and Ronaldo Miranda. Marco has been a performance guitarist, composer and arranger for thirty years. He plays an extensive repertoire of music from Rio de Janeiro as well as his own compositions. Marco has played with many musicians in Brazil and the USA. He has recorded on numerous CDs and sound tracks also producing and arranging.

The pianist is Julio Jauregui who was born in Louisiana and grew up in Mexico City. In 1990, Julio moved to Eugene, Oregon. In Eugene, he attended Lane Community College for two years where he received best theory student of the year award. He later enrolled at the University of Oregon to finish his music degree. He studied jazz piano with Gary Versace and jazz improvisation with saxophone player Steve Owen.

Bassist Jeff Johnson will be appearing with the group as well.

Since bossa nova music was created for dancing as well as listening, we’ll be keeping a large portion of the dance floor available for those who would like to express their enthusiasm vertically.

Concert is on Saturday, April 27th from 3-5pm at the Dance Barn in Sudden Valley (Gate 2), 8 Barnview Court.

Tickets are in aid of the South Whatcom Library and cost $20 with a special student discount price of $10, and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office.

For more information or special requests, call Mr. K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709.
 


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The Pacific Northwest salutes Jazz At the Philharmonic
starring Greta Matassa and the Julian MacDonough All-Stars
March 30, 2019
at the Dance Barn

Jazz At the Philharmonic (or JATP as it was referred to by hip fans), was the creation of legendary jazz impresario, Norman Granz. Granz saw the availability of a number of great jazz musicians after World War 2 (caused mainly by the collapse of the swing band era and the failure of be-bop to capture the public’s imagination) as an opportunity to feature great musicians in a jam session format for a reasonable price. He put on shows at the Philharmonic Hall in Los Angeles that were a tremendous hit and always featured a set with a leading female jazz vocalist of the day, usually Ella Fitzgerald. We have hired the Pacific Northwest’s answer to Ella, Greta Matassa, to fill that spot in the program.

She’ll be backed by Julian MacDonough’s trio, including Tony Foster on piano and Michael Glynn on bass. Musicians who may be included in the jam sessions are Jonathan Doyle, Thomas Harris, Brad Shigeta and Michael VanBebber although there may be personnel changes.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at Friends of the South Whatcom Library, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Office or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, Mar. 30 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.