Brad Gibson Presents

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Drummer Brad Gibson likes to feature a rotating cast of the city's best musicians in his monthly performances at Vito's. Gibson and Co. offer a contemporary spin on classic jazz repertoire, performed with a daring yet refined attitude.


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Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys. Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette. MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs. Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Grace Love

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Grace is Seattle's hardest working and brightest young powerhouse vocalist. Bringing deep, heartfelt resonance and perfect intonation to the microphone, she delivers performances of original songs and classic soul, R&B and pop masterpieces strongly reminiscent of many of soul music's greatest masters - think Betty Wright and Mahalia Jackson. But, never an imitator, Grace possesses a completely captivating vocal experience that is all her own.

Max Wood Trio

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Max Wood is often described as one of the most versatile drummers in the Seattle area, and you may have heard him with notable artists such as Johnaye Kendrick, Casey MacGill, Nearly Dan, Sumi Tonooka, The Sam Boshnack Quintet, Kareem Kandi, Jennifer Kienzle, and Hotels, whose album "Night Showers" was named one of 2016's top ten by Seattle Met Magazine. 

 When leading his own groups in the jazz realm, audiences will hear the influence of such artists as Brad Mehldau, Thelonious Monk, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brian Blade, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Miles Davis, just to name a few. 

Jerry Zimmerman

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Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

James Band

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The James Band, featuring James Baumgart on guitar, is a straight-ahead jazz group that draws from the well of American music.  Though most of the tunes were written before we were born, they are flavored with modern twists of phrasing and rhythm. Sometimes swing, sometimes funky, sometimes moody, at times even hip hop influences emerge; come get down to the joyful noise of The James Band.

Lennon Aldort

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lennon Aldort has been playing the piano his entire life. Mostly self-taught, he blends together classical, jazz, blues, film scores, and many other genres, delivering a unique and highly personal performance.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

 

 

Wally Shoup Quartet

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The Wally Shoup Quartet brings its own film noir soundtrack to Vito's each time they play. Torch songs, blues ballads, Beatles and classic jazz tunes are filtered through a Lynchian prism by way of Sun Ra and John Coltrane. Led by the soulful, deep-toned alto sax of Wally Shoup and vibist Bob Rees, the quartet is equally at home casting a sultry spell or lifting off into the sonic spaceways. Bassist John Seman and drummer Mark Ostrowski round out this exceptional group, propelling the music forward with their subtle and compelling rhythmic stylings.

 

Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys. Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette. MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs. Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Walking Hat Trio

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The Walking Hat Trio is Jonas Myers, Cutts Peaslee, and Ryan Donnelly. Taking a fresh approach to the classic jazz piano trio, The WHT plays catchy, inventive originals and an eclectic selection of jazz and pop tunes—classics and rarities alike—with a focus on keeping things grooving. The result is a unique and infectious sound born of the trio's skill, creativity, and love of playing.

Jovino Santos Neto

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Three-time Latin Grammy nominee and Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame member Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal.  He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.
Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

The Tarantellas

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In a salute to Vito's Italian heritage, we are proud to present The Tarantellas as our dinner show on the first and third Saturdays of each month for a festive and loving tribute to "The Legendary Favorite Songs of Italy."  Bandleader/vocalist Richard Sclafani holds forth with his antique Neapolitan Mandolin, a little work of art in itself, with a unique sound that has been described as the "heart and soul of Southern Italy".  On various nights, he is accompanied by special guests, including accordion virtuoso Bonnie Birch, acoustic guitarist Juan "Giovanni" Barco, and harmony vocalist Lana Brown.  Romantic Italian love songs, classical waltzes, haunting Sicilian melodies, and wild Tarantella dances are all part of the authentic mix. Plus, The Tarantellas add their unique touch to many Italian-American favorites by Dean Martin, Al Martino, Julias LaRosa, Jerry Vale, and other great crooners of the '50s and '60s!

(Hint: Bring your Sweetheart, and upon request, The Tarantellas will perform a romantic table-side serenade just for you.)  Viva Italia!

Wayne Horvitz/Snowghost Unplugged

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A 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, composer and pianist, Wayne Horvitz brings the music of his long standing quartet, Sweeter Than the Day to Bar Lunatico, featuring an all NYC band. Horvitz’ work ranges from the recent premiere of a concerto for the Seattle Symphony featuring guitarist Bill Frisell to his long association with a myriad of artists including Butch Morris, Gus Van Sant, John Zorn, Robin Holcomb, Reggie Watts etc.

 “there's nobody else out there I hear even attempting to cover some kind of similar range, and do it so convincingly” — All About Jazz

In the spring of 2015 Wayne Horvitz, with long time collaborators Eric Eagle (drums) and Geoff Harper (bass) spent a week in residence at Snowghost Studios in Whitefish, Montana. The Snowghost Sessions was released in 2018,  andthe trio continues to perform original compositions from this CD, plus the occasional standard. 

"If Sartre made a noir flick, he’d have wanted Wayne Horvitz to score it." Giovanni Russonello The Playlist New York Times

Scotty Bemis

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Scotty Bemis is an award-winning jazz pianist based in Seattle. He won the Lionel Hampton Piano Solo Competition and outstanding piano solo awards at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City and other jazz festivals. He was a member of the Roosevelt Jazz Band, which won first place at the Essentially Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Reno Jazz festivals. While at Roosevelt, he was also in the Bellevue Community College Jazz Band which toured China, the Czech Republic, and Peru. With the Roosevelt Jazz Band, he toured the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.

 Scotty plays solo piano, leads The Scotty Bemis Trio, and performs as a member of various groups at well-known Seattle venues such as Canlis, Vito’s, North City Bistro, Egan’s Ballard Jam House, and Osteria La Spiga. He also plays for private parties and weddings. Scotty’s jazz influences include the gospel blues of Gene Harris, the bebop lines of Oscar Peterson, the swing march of Erroll Garner, the stride piano of Fats Waller, and the block chords of George Shearing. He also plays pop, rock, funk, Latin, and other genres.

 

 

 

 

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Bar Tabac

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Bar Tabac deftly veers between pulsating exotica and tortured ballads without ever losing their sensuous warmth. The deep baritone guitar melodies from Jonathan Sampson, the mercurial drum echoes from Andru Creature and the lyrical bass lines from Aaron Harmonson combine to create refreshing interpretations of Movie Themes from the '60s and '70s as well as Sampson's own haunting tunes from film soundtracks recorded in Paris, London, New York and Seattle. At Vito's their performances may be worthy of your undivided attention, but they truly relish being enjoyed as the ideal background music for fine cocktails and sordid conversations. 

Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys. Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette. MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs. Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Marina Christopher Trio

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Marina Christopher is an awarding-winning bassist and vocalist in Seattle. She recently won the Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist from Earshot Jazz, and she took home a Special Mention from the 2018 Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist Audition at Jazz Alley. Her motto is “Jazz eats every kind of music for breakfast”, which is obvious from her fun, jazzy takes on decades of jazz, funk, pop and rock. Marina’s own songwriting has clever lyrics, catchy melodies and rich jazz harmonies.

Marina has a sultry voice and an unstoppable bass groove which attracts other top-shelf Seattle musicians to join her onstage. You don’t want to miss the performer Abe Beeson of 88.5 KNKX called “one hip cat”.

Also check out Marina’s neo-soul project Marina and the Dreamboats, as well as her electric bass playing in the instrumental progressive jazz group, The Bad News Botanists.

Michael Owcharuk Ensemble

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The Michael Owcharuk Ensemble is a modern jazz ensemble influenced by the sounds of swing, rock, pop, funk, classical, and more. Performing original music written by Michael and other Seattle composers, choice jazz standards, and have been known to thrown in some TV show theme songs too. The Quartet has a rotating cast of some of Seattle's greatest musical talents, often featuring Kate Olson-sax, Nate Omdal-bass, and Jacques Willis-drums.

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Jerry Zimmerman

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Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

Kareem Kandi

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from both critics and audiences alike.  Kareem attended Cornish College of the Arts where he studied composition and performance from some of the greatest jazz musicians in Seattle WA. Currently his band plays a mixture of originals and arrangements of standards which cover many styles ranging from jazz, funk, rock, blues, and ballads. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing with many other top notch bands in the Northwest, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver B.C.

 For more information visit: www.kareemkandi.com

Lennon Aldort

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lennon Aldort has been playing the piano his entire life. Mostly self-taught, he blends together classical, jazz, blues, film scores, and many other genres, delivering a unique and highly personal performance.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

 

 

Brazil Novo

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Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo recreate the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Caetano Veloso. On the trumpet, Puerto Rican-born Michel Navedo evokes a mellow, soulful tone. If you can imagine Chet Baker singing in Portuguese, Spanish, and English backed by an incredibly talented group, this is what it would sound like!

 “Brazil Novo provides Seattle with access to the city of Rio de Janeiro in the ’50s and ’60s” — Charles Mudede, The Stranger

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Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys. Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette. MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs. Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Jennifer Kienzle

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Since her arrival to Seattle in 2008, international jazz vocalist Jennifer Kienzle has emerged as a singer adept at conveying a direct and honest interpretation of the American songbook. Jennifer's playful lyricism and beautiful, pure tone pull her listeners in to the stories she sings.

 Jennifer and her musicians alike enjoy creating music in the moment. The songs you hear will be unique and never to be heard the same way again.

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The Tarantellas

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In a salute to Vito's Italian heritage, we are proud to present The Tarantellas as our dinner show on the first and third Saturdays of each month for a festive and loving tribute to "The Legendary Favorite Songs of Italy."  Bandleader/vocalist Richard Sclafani holds forth with his antique Neapolitan Mandolin, a little work of art in itself, with a unique sound that has been described as the "heart and soul of Southern Italy".  On various nights, he is accompanied by special guests, including accordion virtuoso Bonnie Birch, acoustic guitarist Juan "Giovanni" Barco, and harmony vocalist Lana Brown.  Romantic Italian love songs, classical waltzes, haunting Sicilian melodies, and wild Tarantella dances are all part of the authentic mix. Plus, The Tarantellas add their unique touch to many Italian-American favorites by Dean Martin, Al Martino, Julias LaRosa, Jerry Vale, and other great crooners of the '50s and '60s!

(Hint: Bring your Sweetheart, and upon request, The Tarantellas will perform a romantic table-side serenade just for you.)  Viva Italia!

Johnny Astro

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Johnny Astro is a surf/lounge band from Seattle, Washington formed in 1997 by guitarist Mark Bombara. They perform instrumental surf, lounge, ’60s spy and movie soundtrack music and originals. The band combines the talents of guitarist, song writer and band leader Mark Bombara, drummer Shane Peck, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Noah Wilson and saxophonist Marty Jourard.

Lennon Aldort

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lennon Aldort has been playing the piano his entire life. Mostly self-taught, he blends together classical, jazz, blues, film scores, and many other genres, delivering a unique and highly personal performance.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Brad Gibson Presents

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Drummer Brad Gibson likes to feature a rotating cast of the city's best musicians in his monthly performances at Vito's. Gibson and Co. offer a contemporary spin on classic jazz repertoire, performed with a daring yet refined attitude.

 
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Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys. Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette. MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs. Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Marina Albero Trio

Marina Albero burst onto the Seattle jazz scene in September of 2014. Since that time, she has energized the scene with her quartet, and in duo and solo piano performance. Her style reflects her musical journey that began with touring the world as a child with her musical family, to her teen years spent studying in Cuba, to her association with flamenco forms in Spain. The listener can hear a world of music in her playing, from jazz, to classical, to flamenco, and undeniably, the Afro-Cuban rhythms that are so foundational in jazz music. 

Yada Yada Blues Band

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Preaching old blues from the sixties and seventies, the Yada Yada Blues Band was formed as a side project of touring Seattle musicians. Their repertoire has a big collar, zoot suit strut to it and dips in the well of Freddie King's Leon Russell days.
The band had a chance to back up Motown recording artist Dennis Coffey in 2011 and absorbed a little funk into their set. They avoid typical covers and focus on deeper cuts of artists lesser known to today's listener.

 

Jerry Zimmerman

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Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

Afrocop

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Seattle trio Afrocop performs improvised soundscapes inspired by soul, psych, breakbeat, sci-fi and jazz. Noel Brass Jr. (keys) formed the band after moving to Seattle 5 years ago from the Chicago area to express his psychedelic gospel leanings. Veteran Seattle player Andy Sells has set his role in the group as the force on drums and percussion (FCS North, Cascadia ’10, Fascination Nation) Carlos Tulloss holds down bass & creates his own level of otherworldly groove (SCREENS, Stereo Sons, Undersea Passage).

Lennon Aldort

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lennon Aldort has been playing the piano his entire life. Mostly self-taught, he blends together classical, jazz, blues, film scores, and many other genres, delivering a unique and highly personal performance.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Ben von Wildenhaus

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Ben von Wildenhaus performs a mostly instrumental music that New York Music Daily has described as “transcontinental noir.” He has been compared to guitarists like Marc Ribot, Sir Richard Bishop and Sandy Bull, though his live show can evoke the intentional awkwardness of Neil Hamburger. Using an electric guitar, textless vocals, found audio and just about anything that can produce a tone, Wildenhaus produces, both live and on record, a seamless amalgam of Egyptian film music, Berber desert guitar, American folk melody, and avant-garde minimalism.

 Raised in the Pacific Northwest and refined in New York City, Wildenhaus has a diverse CV that includes Northwest heavy dudes Federation X, country nomads Juanita Family and Friends, and the City University of New York’s Middle Eastern Ensemble. He performs at Vito's with saxophonist and guitarist Jon Sampson (Bar Tabac, Shoddy Prototypes), drummer Andy Piper (Sugar Sugar Sugar), and bassist Jeff Gray (Dusty 45s).

Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys. Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette. MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs. Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Emma Caroline Baker

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Emma Caroline Baker is a powerhouse vocalist whose expressive style spans across Jazz, Soul, and R&B. Accompanied by Master guitarist, George Bullock, she delivers sultry jazz classics fused with contemporary hits, and of course, a healthy dose of old-school flair.

Joe Doria Trio

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NW-raised Joe Doria has been composing and performing on Hammond Organ, piano, and varied vintage keys/synths since the 90’s. Steeped in Hammond tradition studying the giants of the instrument, he never limits himself to one style and can often be seen working with new projects. Audiences are dazed with his ability to comp both the bass lines and the chordal structure of a song, while at the same time adding depth and dimension to every song he performs. At home and in touch with the Hammond, knowing the instrument and its history so well as to make it sing in any situation.

Jerry Zimmerman

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Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

D'vonne Lewis Passage

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Composer/band leader/poet/drummer D'Vonne Lewis is the grandson of the 'Godfather of rock and roll/soul, 1950's-1960's Northwest organ legend, Dave Lewis. At 33 years old, D'Vonne is a first-call drummer to many bands and legendary musicians, nationally and worldwide. Lewis graduated from Seattle's Roosevelt high school in 2002 and was a member of the award-winning jazz band, directed by SRJO trombonist, Scott Brown. While in high school, D'Vonne received the Essentially Ellington Drum soloist award for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002. Lewis resides in Seattle, WA, yet extensively tours and performs various gigs in styles ranging from jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, brazilian and African. Lewis is impeccable when performing within the tradition of America’s classical music, jazz. He also stays busy teaching privately and is currently teacher-adjunct at Cornish College of the Arts. He gives clinics in schools and camps and has recorded with Hadley Caliman; Marc Seales; Larry Fuller; McTuff and a host of other local and national artists. Lewis currently performs with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and composes for his own band's: 'D'Vonne Lewis' Limited Edition' and the hard-hitting, cutting-edge, 2014/2015 Earshot Jazz group winners and 2014 'Genius' award-winning band, 'Industrial Revelation'. In 2006, D'Vonne received the Earshot Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of the Year' and has also received the 2013 Earshot Golden Ear Award for 'Instrumentalist of the Year.'

Lennon Aldort

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lennon Aldort has been playing the piano his entire life. Mostly self-taught, he blends together classical, jazz, blues, film scores, and many other genres, delivering a unique and highly personal performance.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

 

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand-up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.