Enhance your gathering with the elegant sounds of jazz, played by Seattle's finest musicians. Pianist Bill Anschell was voted "Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist the Year" in 2005 and 2010 by the Seattle jazz community, and his trio was voted "Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year." He'll put together an ensemble to suit your needs, adding any configuration of bass, drums, sax, guitar, trumpet, and/or vocals. Anschell has a huge repertoire of standards from the American songbook, and also plays compositions by the great jazz composers. Free demo CD available on request.
Peter is an experienced and dynamic player who performs as a solo or with various small groups. He has studied with Joe Pass among others and finds great joy in sharing his passion for improvised music with anyone who cares to listen. Along with Jazz he is equally at home playing Latin, Brazilian and Classical guitar. A sought after instructor, he also keeps a private teaching studio on the east side.
Making his Home in Port Orchard Washington, A small hamlet about an hour from Seattle, Dick Coolen has performed throughout the Northwest area in such venues as the Sorrento Hotel, Edgewater, Four Seasons, Meany Hotel, Red Lyon, Marriot, Top of the Town, Grovner House, Westin Hotel, and El Gaucho’s in Tacoma. To See a video and listen to the music go to his website.
Composer and trumpeter David George received his BA in Music with honors from Cornish College. He was trumpeter/arranger with the Frank Grasso Big Band and Charles Green’s “Trumpetissimo” while based in Amsterdam. George has performed throughout Europe. From 1996-2000 George relocated to Tokyo, where he was trumpet instructor at the Iida Jazz School. He also served as musical arranger and trumpeter for the Jimmie Smith 5tet.
Charles offers several performance acts, (to suit your individual style and budget requirements), that include: Solo, Duet, and Full ensembles.
Local band leader/bassist Pete Leinonen has six bands that range from Swing, Big Band, modern Jazz, Latin, and Hawaiian, to a true Mardi Gras Dixieland Brass band!
Bren Plummer is a double bassist and composer from Seattle, Washington. Known as an insightful interpreter of both jazz and classical music, Plummer is a member of two professional orchestras in Washington state and a regular contributor to jazz venues and night clubs all around Seattle. With access to some of the best musicians in the Seattle area, Bren can always assemble a great jazz group for any event or occasion. Solo, Duos, Trios and larger ensembles available.
Robert began playing professionally in 1993. Since then he has performed jazz, funk, Latin and pop music in various clubs and at many different music festivals in Europe. In 1997-1998 he attended Music Academy in Budapest where he learned to read sheet music. In 2002 he was awarded first prize at the competition of drummers in Budapest where Jack DeJohnette was the head of the jury. As a band leader of a jazz trio and a show band, he has been contracted by some of the most prestigious companies offering entertainment, such as Grand Hotel, Aida Cruises and Color Line Cruises. His musicianship has been enriched by the experience of playing in a big band as well as numerous recording studio sessions.
Murl Allen Sanders is a free-lance musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who has been active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan for over thirty years. He performs and records regularly with his own bands, as a soloist, and with numerous bands in the Northwest.
Murl plays piano, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, electronic keyboards, harmonica, sings, teaches and composes music. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Leroy Bell, Peter Duchin, Alarm Will Sound, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Pearl Django, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others.
Marc Smason has a contemporary band, Better World, that plays fusion to bebop, vocal ballads to latin grooves & r&b and a vintage jazz group, the Chicago 7, playing tunes from the early 20th century.
Singer/Songwriter Ryan Smith’s music has been featured in "Hip Hoods" on KSTW Channel 11, in "Northwest Spaces" on KIRO Channel 7, and other documentaries on KCTS Channel 9. He fuses styles of Blues, R&B, jazz, gospel and folk into his own style for a dynamic performance!
Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Orchestra - A Jazz, Rock, Latin & Funk Big Band Rich and his Groovin Higher Orchestra, not your granddaddy's big band! This is a modern variety of jazz, rock and roll, Latin and funk, an ideal show for clubs, casinos, trade shows, concerts, or your special event. Their show ranges from a total show covering hits from Maynard Ferguson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, to James Brown, Chuck Berry, Tower of Power, and Michael Buble. If you want something different, with a great mix and variety - putting on a total show in the Vegas style, a variety high energy show, this is the band to hire.
Doug and his groups have a very wide variety of styles and songs in their repertoire. Suitable for background and dancing, Doug covers material from the the Dixieland era to present. For more information please go to: