Pacific Northwest Scene


Pacific Northwest Scene

Gigs and news from jazz and world music scene in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver BC, etc. famous and local musicians encouraged to post, and fans of the music. Gigs, reviews, link up to your originals, etc.

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Comment by Yogi McCaw on September 23, 2012 at 4:00pm

I also run the Seattle Jazz Scene meetup, so Seattle Jazzers, or Jazzers visiting Seattle and have a show there, hit me up and I'll post it there. Over 200 ppl are signed onto that meetup page. I don't use it like like a regular meetup, but just as a resource where we can post our Seattle gigs.

Comment by Yogi McCaw on September 23, 2012 at 3:57pm

Hey PNW peps - I'm back after a big long TNJ hiatus! Anyway I have revived my blog, Yogis Music World  and will be specializing on listing the shows of the Seattle World Musicians there. I had stopped the blog in 2010 due to time considerations, but ran into a fan who used to read it all the time the other night, and she inspired me to  bring it back! Check it out, and if you are doing world music, international jazz, etc send me you gigs so I can post them there. As I found out out the other night, people actually do read that thing.

Comment by JOHNNY CONGA on June 20, 2010 at 2:50pm
Today at El Malecon restaurant on Poe Alley downtown Seattle is the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble-5pm NO Cover...ALL Fathers Welcome. I will be sitting in as 'guest artist'....Great Food! Great Music!...
Comment by D*** Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj on November 15, 2009 at 7:05am
I'm an editor/publisher (music review 'zine called IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION) here in the Great NW (Lacey, to be specific). If you're an artist (whether here or elsewhere), you may want to check the 'zine out, at

If you have music in need of review, don't hesitate to get in touch with me!

Lastly, I've played on (about) 65 CD's... check out some of my music on my page here!
Comment by D*** Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj on November 14, 2009 at 5:54pm

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Comment by Yogi McCaw on November 9, 2009 at 10:06am
Thanks fopr keeping us up on your gigs, guys! Tell people to sign up here so we can give it more presence on TJN and in the PNW.

Also wanted to post up two of the stations here that play jazz:
KPLU (Pacific Lutheran University Station) has anchored jazz radio in the PNW for decades. The home station of Jim Wilke, famous nationwide for his sundicated Jazz After Hours program, and he also does a JAZZ Northwest show featuring PNW artists.

And KBCS, with jazz in the mornings 9-12am pacific time, with DJ John Gilbraith, known nationally as the creator of seattle's earshot Jazz Festival. John plays all types opf jazz and improvised music on his show called "Caravan" so it is really an ear-and-mind opening show.
Also on KBCS, the saturday afternoon programming is decicated to latin and Brazilian music, with "Raizes" at 2pm Sat, co-hosted by Sharon Stevens and Samia Panni, bringing you the best in Brazilian music , classic and new stuff as well.
Then at 4pm is Sabor that features Latin Jazz, and at 6pm is Johnny Conga's "A Lado Latino" (On the Latin Side) a program that will really educate the listener about latin salsa, mambo and jazz music as JC chooses many pieces from his unque collection from 50 years of collecting latin music.
Enough for now. See you guysat gigs and on the web!
Comment by JOHNNY CONGA on October 23, 2009 at 11:55am
Spanish Harlem Orch. at Jazz Alley for 4 days..Saw them last night "they kicked butt!"...what a Great band!...tonight I will be with the Rhythm Syndicate at 3rd Place books at Lake Forest Park Town Center 7:30...
Comment by Dolores Gonzales on October 6, 2009 at 12:03pm

Please join us on Saturday night October 10th night as we bring you another great evening of Smooth/Contemporary Jazz in Windows in Red Lion at the Park in Spokane, WA. We’re featuring “Sessionz”, the Inland Northwest's premiere Smooth Jazz group creating a blend of Smooth Jazz and R&B . Come groove dance and mix to best of Smooth Jazz in this new venue! This will be an evening you won't want to miss!

Details: 8:00 pm – 12:30 am
Cover: $10.00
21 & Older
Dress to Impress

Contact: Smooth Jazz Society
(509) 340-3866
Comment by Yogi McCaw on August 17, 2009 at 12:33am
OK, besides Jazz Alley, where mostly national and international stars play (and pricey too)we have a second tier club called The Triple Door which features traveling international talent, national talents, and also local rising stars.
They have an absolutely killer sound system, and their mainstage room is a luxuriously remodeled old Movie Palace. And they have a fantastic lounge out front called the Musicquarium, where you can just walk in and hear really good music from local cats any night of the week. My buddy Tor Dietrichson and his group Mambo Cadillac have been anchoring the Sunday Salsa nights in the lounge for years. The bar is just great there. A really cool hang.

There's very cool, new little club called Lucid which is dedicated to giving indie jazzers a place to gig. This is the place to really find out what the indie jazz scene is like here.

And there's a club called Tula's which will appeal to all the trad-jazzers. Here you can hear straight-A six nights a week, and also Big Band (where else has big band as a regular part of their schedule?) They also do community-focused gigs like giving showcases for vocal students and up-and-coming young jazzers out of the high schools and places like Cornish School of Music. Several of the top-notch jazz faculty at Cornish perform there frequently too. And it's not too pricey. Solid jazz place.

You got more cool hangs around Seattle/Bellevue? List them here.

Kalaloo Restaurant in Columbia city has world music and sometimes jazz

Local Color is groovy little place and has jazz somtimes

I myself run a twice-a-month session at a coffee house called Seattle Mobile Espresso
We usually pack the place and a number of good players and singers drop in to do a tune or two. I anchor it with my rhythm section from the yoginis plus singer Nelea Lloyd. We call that group Jazz Montage.

Coffee shops are great places to get a little scene started. One thing Seattle is hip to is cafe culture. A lot of people with all kinds of things they do hook up at cafes. Starting up a regular session at a cafe is really a great way to plug into that whole vibe. You don't know who is going to walk in the door.

Tell your Seattle-Bellevue friends that like jazz to get on TJN and join this group. Let's bump it up!
Comment by Yogi McCaw on August 17, 2009 at 12:02am
Yogi and the Yoginis
here and at and

Jazz/world music, straight ahead, bossas, samba and latin jazz as well. Duets up to sextet with singer, sax, and latin percussion.
We do everything from house parties to concerts - art galleries, bar-b-ques, singles parties, poltical fundraisers, wedding receptions, you-name-it. Drop me a line on my page or email me at yogismusic(at)
references on request

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