Frank joined me last Friday night. He is one of the most in-demand guitarists in the area. Frank has the ability to play a wide variety of musical genres. Whether he is playing straight ahead jazz or bop, he can also wail on hard rock, funk, heavy metal (in his much younger days), and Motown/R&B styles. Frank is also a music teacher in the Seattle school district. Here is a cut from our gig of a tune called Beatrice.
On Saturday night we had stellar pianist Reuel Lubag in the house. Reuel is someone whom I have always known around the jazz music circles for years but seldom crossed paths. We did one gig together a few years back as sidemen on a big band gig. I was very excited to finally get to play with Reuel in a more focused context together. This night was a great opportunity to spend a full gig of playing together in depth as a jazz duo. We explored lots of musical ground. It was really fun to call some tunes I haven't played in a long time. It's always a pleasure to play with cats that know many tunes. Here's a song called Alone Together.
Please visit my YouTube channel to see and hear more tunes with Frank and Reuel as well as many videos from Jazz in The Georgian and highlights of Smooth Groove Productions special events.
Jazz in The Georgian every Fridays and Saturday nights, 6pm-10pm at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101.
Come on out! Hope to see you all soon!