On Saturday, April 27 we had superb tenor saxophonist Brian Kent featured at Jazz in The Georgian at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. It has been three years since he played with me on a weekend in The Georgian. I believe that Brian and I first met on a gig sometime in the mid-1990's. A native of Colorado and a graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Brian moved to Seattle in the mid-1980's, and has been a prolific saxophonist in the local music scene since.
Brian has played on many of my special event gigs. Here are just a couple past blog posts of events that Brian participated in: 25th-Anniversary Event for CKC Structural Engineers, and the staff party for The Fairmont Olympic Hotel last January. These events were with fabulous jazz pianist John Hansen who is a regular featured guest musician at Jazz in The Georgian.
Brian also has a long running steady gig every Saturday afternoon at a high end specialty women's boutique called Alhambra owned by Serpil and Shakir Kaymaz, right across from the Pike Place Market. His gig like mine here is a jazz duo in which he rotates a different musician every session.
We captured some good video moments from this night. The first video is actually the very first tune we played of the evening called It Could Happen To You.
It Could Happen To You
This next tune is of a good old standard called What Is This Thing Called Love for the beginning head and on the out head it's bebop version called Hot House.
What Is This Thing Called Love/Hot House
Here is All The Things You Are played as a waltz.
All The Things You Are
This is a song called Groovin' High by the late great bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie.
This last video is of the great Steve Swallow tune Falling Grace, which was featured in last week's post as well. It's a tune I learned recently that is one of the more challenging tunes that is getting lots of play here.
Next time you happen to be in the Pike Place Market vicinity on a Saturday afternoon, come see Brian Kent play at Alhambra located at 101 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101. He plays there from 1pm-5pm. Come in for some stellar live jazz and hot tea as well as some of the finest women's clothes to shop.
Jazz in The Georgian every Friday and Saturday nights, 6pm-10pm at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, Washington 98101, 206-621-7889.
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