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Gail Pettis

Gail Pettis is a remarkably original song stylist who does not bring to mind Billie or Ella or Sarah or any other vocalist, past or present. In jazz, she found an ideal outlet for expressing herself as an individual. “It feels like I’ve been looking for this all my life,” she explains. “Jazz invites you to be yourself, and that really appeals to me. You’re not required to sound like anyone else nor do you ever have to sing a song the same way twice. Jazz only asks that you live in the moment. That is tremendously freeing.” Gail was born in Henderson, Kentucky, on May 30, 1958 and grew up in Gary, Indiana

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Gail Pettis

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Gail Pettis" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in ...

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Tula's Jazz Club: Soliloquy to a Seattle Jazz Institution

Read "Tula's Jazz Club: Soliloquy to a Seattle Jazz Institution" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It was the tail end of a long weekend. Temperatures had risen to 80 degrees under a sunny only-in-Seattle blue sky, the waterways and markets humming with a sea of humanity. It was not a night one would expect many to venture into the quiet, dark solitude of Tula's Jazz Club, where for nearly 26 years ...

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Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

For vocalist Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour ...

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Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other “stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's ...

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Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Anton Schwartz To Release "Flash Mob" Jan. 28

Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Anton Schwartz To Release "Flash Mob" Jan. 28

With Flash Mob, his first new recording in seven years, the expressive and swinging tenor saxophonist/composer Anton Schwartz delivers a disc notable for its well-crafted tunes, riveting ensemble work, and abundance of attitude. Schwartz’s Antonjazz label will release the CD, his fifth since his 1998 debut When Music Calls and first since 2006’s Top 5 radio ...

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Jazz in the Valley - This Weekend

Jazz in the Valley - This Weekend

Jazz Port Townsend is not the only major jazz festival this weekend in Washington. The 14th annual Jazz In The Valley takes place July 29-31 in Ellensburg, a two hour drive east of Seattle on I-90. This year' performers include Gail Pettis, Gary Hobbs Quartet, Lloyd Jones Struggle, John Gross Trio, Little Bill and the Bluenotes, ...

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Gail Pettis at Jazz Alley, April 19-20

Gail Pettis at Jazz Alley, April 19-20

Vocalist Gail Pettis will at Jazz Alley for a special two-night run April 19-20. April 19-20: JAZZ ALLEY 2033 6th Avenue Seattle WA 98121 Reservations: 206-441-9729 Tickets are only $10.00 Pettis, the four-time nominee and 2010 winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards “Northwest Vocalist of the Year," traveled to Kobe, Japan in 2006 to perform as ...

Here In the Moment

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2010

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 3, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 3 1 Catherine Russell Inside This Heart Of Mine (World Village/Harmonia Mundi) 322 151 +171 1 67 1 5 2 24 35 Trombone Shorty Backatown (Verve Forecast) 273 90 +183 20 62 2 3 3 2 4 John Pizzarelli Rockin In Rhythm: A Tribute ...


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