Concert was foot-stompin’ good

Apr 24, 2014


My wife and I went to a jazz concert on April 6 at the Performance Center in Kirkland.

The ensemble, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, was performing some high-energy songs from the "Thirties" that were popular during the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dance craze era.

Some of the songs played were the familiar ones by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.

The band, SRJO, is on their 19th season with very talented musicians.  The concert started with a couple songs that drew enthusiastic response from the audience, then two pair of award-winning dancers danced to Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Edgar Simpson's "Stompin' at the Savoy" and were so good it was hard to concentrate on the music.

The music and the dancing was a great complement all the way to the last number, "One O'Clock Jump."  It turns out that this program will be performed at the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. on April 27.

SRJO has two locations where they perform, the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Center and the Kirkland Performance Center.

They would like to add another venue here if the attendance is sufficient.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts would be a favorable site for the South Snohomish County area.

Their program themes cover a wide range of jazz music and composers plus guest performers like Gail Pettis, a popular singer from the Seattle area and the sax player Branford Marsalis from New Orleans.

The Art of the Jitterbug is the fourth concert of the 2013-2014 season.  The last is "West Coast Jazz:  The Music of Stan Kenton and Gerry Mulligan."  Other performances can be viewed on the website

This would be a good opportunity to draw attention to the area, and would be a showpiece for the great jazz music programs in the schools locally, if we could get the Repertory Jazz group to have all their concerts in the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The single ticket price range is $15-34.  Please come and enjoy a great show.

Ralph and Ida Mathews


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