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 instrumentalist who is just as comfortable playing Jazz and Latin styles as he is playing Classical music. He has a warm and engaging style and is very good at tayloring his performance to the setting and the tastes of the audience. He is also a sought after instructor and keeps a private teaching studio on the east side.
Julian Catford – guitarist, plays Spanish and classical guitar, Latin, jazz, swing, Brazilian, tango, French waltzes and Flamenco. From studies in classical guitar with Guillermo Fierens (a student of Andre Segovia), jazz performances with Cab Calloway and Rosemary Clooney, appearances at many local festivals, including Bumbershoot, and release of his Latin jazz CD ŒSonoroso, Julian has over 25 years performing experience. He teaches guitar at Seattle Pacific University. Solo & Small Groups available.
Julie Cho took studies in Germany. She is currently playing for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and coaches group classes for the Seattle Conservatory’s Eastside Chamber Program.
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.
Mary Frank is a classically trained harpist, who for the past 35 years has specialized in bringing the lyrical sound of the harp to weddings, receptions and funerals. The expressive quality of her music has won her a loyal following. In addition to the harp, Mary sings and plays the piano professionally. With her wide range of musical experience, including her special ability to improvise, Mary can match the music of the harp to meet whatever mood you would like to express.
Seumas Gagné has been playing the music of the Highland and Irish Gaels on the Celtic harp for more than thirty years. After finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, his attention returned to his first love, the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland. This music led him deeper into the world of the Gael until learning the Gaelic language became the natural next step. Seumas was one of the founding members of the band Wicked Celts and recorded one CD with them, Prophecy and Blessing in 1997.
Robert Gale has been playing and teaching trumpet in the Seattle area for 20 years. His teachers include Fred Sautter (Oregon Symphony), Christopher Leuba (Chicago Symphony) Jerry Oram, and Claude Gordon. He plays in the Northwest Sinfonietta, Federal Way Symphony, Seattle Trumpet Consort, and Pacific Brass Quintet. He also teaches band and private lessons at several locations in Renton, Kent, and his home in Mountlake Terrace.
Susan has been a professional harpist for 27 years and has played at least 2500 weddings. This experience gives her a fascinating perspective, much of it poignant, memorable and hilarious!
Storyteller. author, historian, poet, riddler, folklorist, puppeteer, musician, singer, teacher, dad, and now a grandpa!
Al Hirsch performs for Schools, Libraries, Fairs and Festivals He knows more songs, stories and riddles, than anybody else his size or shape. He has at least one story or song for every occasion. He has more whistles than you can shake a stick at. Children of all ages love his "Limberjack" routine. His original musical games are a hoot! He often uses puppets with the younger children, including "Billy Bear the Silly Bear", "Jack Rabbit Dagnabbit". and "Toby the Tortoise."
Maggie Laird's solo piano adds flair and elegance to any occasion: cocktail jazz, swing, Latin, blues, classical, ragtime, and holiday specials. For higher-energy shows Maggie sings, performing an array of works from Peggy Lee to Bob Dylan, award-winning originals, and has received rave reviews for her solo cabarets featuring songs in French and German.
Experience the beautiful sounds and emotional expressiveness of Brian Lally's classical guitar and vocal performances. Perfect for weddings, parties, fund-raisers, and social events where delightful music is the essential requirement, Brian's exquisite touch stimulates, soothes, and inspires. His solo guitar repertoire includes Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Spanish, and original music. Depending upon your needs, Brian's beautiful vocal performances of classical, jazz standards, and contemporary songs may be included as well.
Solo Guitar and Ensembles Create a memorable occasion with exceptional solo guitar music or an ensemble featuring Glenn Lestz. Choose music to suit your taste, including classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk, pop, and ethnic, to ensure a truly wonderful event.
Mary's studies took place in Europe. She has lived and performed in the Seattle area since 1990. Her music includes Christmas carols from all around the world, as well as classical guitar and lute music from Italy, Spain, England, Germany and South America from medieval to present day.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Leslie McMichael's musical pursuits include performance, teaching, recording, and composition. Her musical arrangements are available from Mel Bay Publishing and Vanderbilt Publications, and she's currently in the recording studio working on two releases of traditional music for lever harp and original songs on her electric harp.
Pianist, Angela Rinaldi has been a Dance Musician in the Seattle area since 1979 at Pacific Northwest Ballet, University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Whitman College and Spectrum Dance Theater, to name a few. Of her dance music, the San Francisco Ballet says “Angela's artistry and knowledge of ballet technique inspires the student to execute the desired quality of movement." She is also an actor, director and composer. Her new album, Dancer’s Choice, is available from her website.
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.
Maria is a Seattle-based classical and alternative style cellist, and is available for events (weddings, parties, funerals) and shows. After her Graduate studies, Maria moved to Hollywood and performed with Florence Henderson, Cat Power, Beth Thornley and String Theory. Seattle became her home in 2009, and since, Maria has collaborated with: Jherek Bischoff, Eyvind Kang, Wayne Horvitz, Jason Webley, Ahamefule Oluo, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Scrape, B'shnorkestra, Led to Sea, Mirah, Paul Kikuchi, The Angel Band Project, Bill Frisell, Lee Oskar, Hauschka, DeVotchKa, Al Gore, Karin Stevens Dance, and Dance Theater of Harlem. As a recording artist, Maria holds credits with John Zorn, The Head and the Heart, Recess Monkey, Jason Webley, ÄÄNIPÄÄ, Amanda Palmer and Fightstar. www.groovecello.com
Monica Schley is a classically trained Seattle harpist who freelances in many styles: classical, new music, improvisational, jazz and rock. She has 20 years of experience playing for private engagements, weddings, recording, live performance, and funerals. Some of the musicians she has worked with are Butch Morris, Evan Flory-Barnes, Jherek Bischoff, Masada, Jesse Sykes, Jim Knapp, Hey Marsailles and Kanye West. She has played at venues such as Bumbershoot, The Triple Door, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and Microsoft.
Seattle-based harpist Marian Sussman will create the perfect ambiance for your wedding, event, or special occasion. Solo or ensemble, classical, popular, or world music including Celtic and Israeli. 206/290-8192 firstname.lastname@example.org
After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology, in 1981, I moved to the Seattle area. Since then, I've been playing in local bands, drawing on many different styles such as rock, pop, jazz, latin, country, and even Hawaiian. I also began teaching guitar, which I continue to do. Beginning in the 1990's I began to play as solo instrumentalist, adding classical music to my repertoire. I love performing music in many styles and for all types of occasions.
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: