Celebrate with Live Music!
We present a diverse membership of professionals who work in many sectors of the music industry. Whether you’re looking for classical, jazz, folk or contemporary artists to handle your orchestral, theatrical, recording, liturgical or party requirements it is likely we have the right musicians for you. The links provided will help you get to know many of our established soloists, ensembles and bands.
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Ryan SmithBlues, Jazz, Variety
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!
Dick CoolenJazz, Solo
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.
Purveyors of Blues, Boogie, Rhythm & Blues, and Vintage Rock & Roll.
Danielle McCutcheon is available for performances, whether a wedding, commitment ceremony, reception, private or corporate party, or memorial service. You have the choice of solo violin, String Thyme Duo (violin/viola, two violins, violin/cello), String Trio, or String Quartet.
Marc SmasonArranger/Composer, Ethnic, Jazz
As a young child in Texas, trombonist/vocalist/composer, Marc Smason learned to sing from his mother and later studied classical and jazz trombone with Ken Cloud, Stu Dempster, Julian Priester & Slide Hampton. He studied voice with Jay Clayton (jazz), Yo Jin Chong (Korean) & Ki Wasitodipuro (Javanese), and composition with Michael Young. Marc has a BFA from CA Institute of the Arts and is a long-time member of the AFM. He has performed with Big Joe Turner, the Funk Brothers, Carlos Santana, Eddie Henderson, Type A, Mark Levine, Wilbur Morris, Sam Shepard, Julian Priester, Buel Neidlinger, Rick Mandyke, Sonny Simmons, Eyvind Kang, Marc Graham and Baby Gramps. His playing encompasses many styles including jazz, latin, Brazilian, collective improv, klezmer and R&B.
Al Hirsch “Alleyoop”Solo, Speciality/Alternative
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.”
Seattle Labor ChorusSpeciality/Alternative, Variety
Directed by Janet Stecher, an experienced vocal performer and recording artist (in the duo Rebel Voices), the chorus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic and social justice, and the fundamental right of all workers to organize as a means of securing a living wage. Formed in 1997, the Seattle Labor Chorus sings for local unions, fundraising events and rallies; on picket lines, and in concert halls.
Leslie McMichaelClassical, Solo
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.
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.
Brian LallyClassical, Solo
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.
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.
Danny O’KeefeCountry, Speciality/Alternative
Danny’s songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins and many more. He is one of the finest folk musicians in the Pacific Northwest!
Jay C. EastonClassical, Variety
This unique multi-instrumentalist plays over 40 woodwind instruments, and specializes in the complete saxophone family, from the rare piccolo sax to the 6-foot-tall contrabass sax. In addition to performing as a soloist, Jay’s eclectic selection of small ensembles are available to provide classical, ragtime, Renaissance music, and more for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
Peter CarusoClassical, Jazz, Solo
This experienced and respected local guitarist is at home in any setting as a soloist or with orchestras and small ensembles. He is noted for his warm and engaging performance style, along with great attention to detail. In addition to classical music he is well versed in a range of other styles including Jazz, Latin and Brazilian. Peter is also a sought after instructor and keeps a private teaching studio on the east side.
Julie ChoClassical, Solo
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.
Bill AnschellJazz, Solo
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.
Maia Santell and House Blend perform a danceable mix of Swing, Blues, Rock, Ballroom, Big Band, Latin, R&B, Motown, Nostalgia and Jazz Standards.
Angela RinaldiSolo, Speciality/Alternative
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.
Glenn LestzBlues, Classical, Ethnic, Folk, Solo, Variety
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. Glenn teaches in-home guitar lessons in Sammamish, WA. He teaches beginner through advanced levels and can cover rock, pop, blues, folk, classical, jazz, and ethnic. Age level is 4 to 80 and on up.
Julian CatfordClassical, Ethnic, Solo
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.
Carmona FlamencoEthnic, Speciality/Alternative
The award-winning Carmona Flamenco has made extensive concert, festival, and cabaret appearances throughout Spain and the United States. Often performing with guest artists, Carmona Flamenco specializes in contemporary and traditional flamenco music, dance, and song.
Seumas GagnéCeltic, Ethnic, Solo
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 GaleClassical, Solo, Speciality/Alternative
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.
Monica SchleyClassical, Solo
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.
George TurnerSolo, Variety
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.
GreensleevesClassical, Solo, World
Susan McLain has been a professional harpist for 27 years. She has played at least 2500 weddings. This gives her a fascinating perspective, much of it poignant, memorable and hilarious!
Maggie LairdSolo, Speciality/Alternative
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.
Pete LeinonenArranger/Composer, Jazz, Pop/Rock, Variety
Pete has been an active composer/arranger for nearly fifty years. His work has featured in several films and has been documented in regional music history books. Pete has had many commissions and grants in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He has also collaborated with several well known poets, including the late Steven “Jesse” Bernstein and Roberto Valenza. Pete studied composition and arranging with William O. Smith, Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and others. He has a B.A. in music from the University of Washington and has done graduate work with Robert Garfias and John Wittwer.
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!
Marion SussmanClassical, Ethnic, Solo
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 email@example.com
Doug ZangarJazz, Solo, Variety
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:
Murl Allen SandersJazz, Solo
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.
Mary LordClassical, Solo
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.
Rich WetzelJazz, Variety
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.
South Sound StringsClassical, Variety
South Sound Strings serves the Tacoma and Kitsap Peninsula with exceptional quality wedding and party music. The standard ensemble is string trio, two violins (Mary Manning and Gwen Taylor) and cello (Margaret Thordill). South Sound Strings also offers duos and quartets. See thier website for more information and to hear musical selections.
Charles LambertJazz, Variety
Charles offers several performance acts, (to suit your individual style and budget requirements), that include: Solo, Duet, and Full ensembles.
Beth KolleCeltic, Ethnic, Folk
Performs on flute, whistle and harp, and sings in Gaelic and Norwegian. Involved in both the Gaelic and Scandinavian communities in Seattle, Beth performs solo and with the groups Stone Circle and Greensleeves.