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Jazz Friends for Save KPLU—
A Benefit Concert

Mon, Apr 25, 2016




$88.50 Service fee Included Minimum Donation All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

In the event the show is canceled or rescheduled, the $5.00 service fee is nonrefundable.


Vouchers, promotional certificates, donated gift certificates, student discounts, senior discounts, children under 12 free discounts and 2 for 1 cards are not applicable for this show.


KPLU 88.5 and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley have partnered to present a collage of jazz friends performing to support Save KPLU! This benefit concert includes performances by seven Northwest jazz artists and KPLU favorites! Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

When jazz performers unite for a cause they believe in, something very special happens. Some of KPLU’s favorite Northwest jazz musicians are doing just that, on stage at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for an incredible night of music with proceeds benefiting Save KPLU. KPLU has been the source for award-winning jazz and blues in the Northwest for 32 years and is proud of its strong connection to the local jazz scene. KPLU is the nation’s preeminent jazz station, and its jazz programming also has a large online global audience which includes its all-jazz service, Jazz24. It’s hard to imagine life without KPLU's unique brand of curated jazz at 88.5 FM and online—but if the station’s impending sale by Pacific Lutheran University to the University of Washington goes through, that’s exactly what will happen. Join the party and help KPLU meet its goal of raising $7 million so 88.5 FM can become an independent, community-licensed station.

The evening will be emceed by KPLU Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson. Other KPLU air hosts will be there, too—like Dick Stein and Robin Lloyd. Opening remarks by KPLU’s General Manager Joey Cohn and Director of Content Matt Martinez.

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Jazz Friends for Save KPLU

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. She’s been Artist In Residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, performed in Kobe, Japan, done tours in Russia and continues to perform at jazz festivals around the country. Gail’s latest CD, Here in the Moment, was released in January 2010 and became the most-played new female vocal CD on American jazz radio that year. Whether traveling, performing closer to home or spending time in the recording studio, what Gail continues to value is the freedom of personal expression she finds in music.

Anton Schwartz

Like the giants (Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane) from whom he draws inspiration, Anton approaches jazz as a vehicle for reaching the heart and the head. At a time when many of his contemporaries seem to be making music more for their musical colleagues than a wider audience, he stands out as a player determined to communicate with his listeners. His latest album, Flash Mob, surged to the sixth spot on the jazz radio charts and earned a coveted four-star review in DownBeat magazine, reinforcing his reputation as a passionate but poised improviser and smart purveyor of well-wrought melodies. He’s a long-time faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory and has been Artist in Residence at Harvard University.

Lance Buller

From cruise ships to radio concerts, trumpeter Lance Buller has done just about everything a musician could hope to do, often being featured with showbiz greats including Little Anthony, Bob Marley, and The Beach Boys. Throughout his career, he has made regular appearances at jazz festivals with his own band, The Monarchs and many other bands, and as a special guest star. Lance has recorded 24 albums including five with The Monarchs. He performs at restaurants, clubs, and private events, and also produces shows, such as the popular annual Jazz @TMP event at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Additionally, Lance has many students and works in local schools, to teach and mentor those eager teen musicians who remind him of himself at that age. It is an effort he considers his true calling.

Greta Matassa

Greta has been voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years which she won most recently in 2014 and was also honored that year with a lifetime achievement award and induction into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame. She’s been a mainstay on Seattle's Jazz stages for many years and with her recent successful dates at New York's Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, tours of Russia, Singapore and Hawaii and Japan, Greta's sound is now reaching new audiences. Greta has released seven CD's on Origin Records and a DVD live concert with guitarist Mimi Fox. She is also a respected and generous teacher, and has been on faculty at Jazz Camp West, Drayton Harbor Jazz Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Thomas Marriott

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge on the national jazz scene in more than a decade. The seven-time Golden Ear award-winner is a skilled instrumentalist, composer and producer, always seeking to expand the boundaries of jazz music in all its forms. Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Thomas performs on the stages of the world’s greatest jazz clubs and concert halls, as a leader and alongside the top names in jazz. His diverse interests and skills are reflected in the range and success of his albums, three of which have made the top-ten on national jazz radio airplay charts. Thomas’ ninth album, Urban Folklore, was released in 2014 and was the editor’s pick in JazzTimes’ January 2015 issue.

Dave Peck

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dave Peck is recognized as an outstanding composer, arranger and pianist. DownBeat Magazine says his playing is “lyrical and pastel, swinging and bluesy, with a ringing crystalline touch.” Dave has appeared on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland; other performances include Jazz After Hours, National Public Radio's Jazz Alive, VH1 and Canadian Broadcast Television. His music is featured internationally on terrestrial, satellite and internet jazz radio. Dave’s award-winning recordings on his own Let’s Play Stella label are all featured on the Jazz After Hours Best of the Year lists. He’s also won three Earshot “Recording of the Year” Awards. Formerly an Associate Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Dave currently maintains a private teaching studio where he teaches Jazz Composition, Repertoire, Improvisation and Piano.

Pearl Django

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. 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. Band members: Neil Andersson, Guitar; Tim Lerch , Guitar; David Lange, Accordion; Michael Gray, Violin; Rick Leppanen, Bass.

The Jazz Friends for Save KPLU House Band:

Bill Anschell, piano

Phil Sparks, bass

Matt Jorgensen, drums

About the Save KPLU Campaign

Since January 11, 2016 the Save KPLU campaign has raised over $2.2 million, which means that KPLU is well on its way to reaching their goal of $7 million by June 30, 2016. A purchase of the license from Pacific Lutheran University by the Friends of 88-5 FM means that the station will become independent with oversight from a community-based governing board. KPLU’s jazz and blues, including weekly live performances and the station’s support of jazz education in high schools and colleges will continue. In addition, KPLU’s award-winning, independent news department will remain intact, allowing for greater, in-depth local news coverage in the Puget Sound region, and the station’s NPR programming will be maintained. Supporters can make donations, learn more about the campaign and get updates at KPLU Website.

PLEASE NOTE: Event ticket purchases benefiting the Save KPLU campaign will be non-refundable. In the unlikely event that the Save KPLU campaign does not meet its goal the net proceeds from this event will be donated to Seattle JazzED.

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