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).

Random Guys

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With roots in jazz, blues, and fusion, the Seattle, Washington-based band, Random Guys, has a unique style that ranges from smooth jazz sounds to driven rock-jazz rhythms and funk patterns. Although it's not easily classified, it’s a sound reminiscent of r&b-tinged hard bop of the 1960's, Pat Metheny, and fusion groups such as Weather Report. This diversity of influences and styles is reflected in an eclectic blend of original compositions and standards. The band features Erik Olsen on piano and keyboard, Edgar Haimerl on electric guitar, Matt Eaves on drums, and Andrew Luthringer on electric bass.

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 players 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 other worldly groove (SCREENS, Stereo Sons, Undersea Passage).

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

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.

Surf Monk

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Surf Monk is a Surf band that plays the music of Thelonius Monk, as well as referencing some iconic bass lines that "mash-up" with Monk's famously obtuse melodies.

Adhering to the Surf style, songs are short and catchy, touching on the likes of The Ventures, Dick Dale, and quoting such groups as The Violent Femmes, The Cure, and even the Batman theme song. It makes for a fun set of music.

Fronted by the raucous and exciting guitar work of Jason Goessl(Prom Queen, The Pornadoes), and anchored by the mighty rhythm section of PK(bass, Rockin' Teenage Combo) and David Bush(drums,Caleb & Walter), the grooves are tight, in-the-pocket, and tough as nails.

This group truly has a unique sound that will appeal to a large group of listeners. Jazzheads will dig the quirky idea of it, Surf fans will enjoy the new melodies on top of familiar grooves, and the everyday fan will recognize the pop music references and will not feel put off by an overt "Jazz" vibe. It's supposed to be fun, and it is.

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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.

Rik Wright

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Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces is an innovative collective of modern progressive jazz players who are known for their genre-bending performance - world beat one minute, rock the next, a touch of jam band and back to the core of jazz. Blending forward thinking arrangements with a core groove that listeners can tap their toe to, their music allures at every turn. That allure has propelled them all the way to #1 on the CMJ Jazz charts. In fact, altogether, Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces has placed three full-length recordings on the CMJ Jazz Radio Top 10 Jazz charts, one on the Top 10 Roots Music Jazz Album chart, and two records on the JazzWeek charts in four consecutive years.

All the while, Wright and cohorts have won critical praise across the board for their forward thinking approach, prompting AXS.com to proclaim,"Wright's music is innovative, paving a path of his own making through the jazz kaleidoscope. Eclectic sounding with a flair for the exotic,Fundamental Forces is artistically imaginative and ventures into synthesizing a breed of blues, bebop, and rock that expands the public's perception of jazz."

The New Triumph

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Comprised of some of the best players from Seattle's World/Jazz/Funk scenes, The New Triumph plays an energetic, eclectic and original mix of Funk, Latin and Jazz music.  Members include Camilo Estrada (bass), Scott Morning (trumpet), Arie Pytel (guitar), Adam Kessler (drums), Ivan Galvez (percussion) and Marc Hager (keys). 

www.thenewtriumphmusic.com

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!

Don't Move

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From the shadows comes a strained whisper…Don’t Move.

Hailing from Seattle, Don’t Move is a piano trio specializing in doing their own thing. Strictly instrumental, their music is improvised, deliberate, and exploratory. They push it every night. A typical set delivers a clever combination of original compositions and very non-standard standards. While their sound debates the merits of reckless behavior, against a boundless and compassionate curiosity, the end result is a perfect meal of angst, wonder, and golden creatures past.

Lennon Aldort

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Lennon Aldort is a professional pianist, violinist, violist, and composer who grew up on Orcas Island, WA and began playing the piano at the age of three.  He studied music at the Academy in Vancouver, BC, the Conservatory in Victoria, BC, and the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.  He earned his B.A. in music from the University of Washington in 2012.  Lennon currently resides in Seattle and plays piano for restaurants, weddings, and all manner of private events.

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.

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.

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.

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.

www.jovisan.net

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

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

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.

Jason Goessl Group

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Wisconsin native Jason Goessl built a strong pedigree in jazz, neoclassical guitar, and world music before arriving in Seattle. While here, he fell in love with electronic, experimental, and avant-garde music.

Playing only one style of music never sated Jason's appetite. His next move found him with a Telecaster draped over his shoulder, steeping himself in country swells and surf-stylings and coming full circle back to the jazz of the 1950s that fueled his earliest musical drive.

Today Jason can be heard playing guitar several nights a week, deftly traversing a musical terrain that moves from country to electronic to jazz to pop and all the spaces in between. He plays at Vito’s with such diversely styled groups as the Pornadoes, Prom Queen, Brazil Novo, and Sundae & Mr. Goessl (with spouse and fellow musician Kate Voss). Under his own headlining night, you can expect to begin with finger-picked jazz classics and expand upon the sounds as the night progresses.

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.

Frank Vitolo Quartet

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Frank Vitolo is a local saxophonist born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Music program under the direction of Mike Allen and Miles Black, both international touring artists from BC. His sound and style has been compared to music titans like Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins. The jazz vocabulary is apparent in every moment of his fluid and unapologetic playing.  Frank performs a mix of traditional jazz from New York and New Orleans approach, as well as a variety of original music composed and arranged by himself. Frank is currently associated with a multiple projects in Seattle including; Bad News Botanists, Scarlet Parke, Marina Christopher, Jazz Night School Big Band, La Fonda, Home Sweet Home, and High Cloud Cover. 

Michael Owcharuk Ensemble

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The Michael Owcharuk Quartet 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.

www.owcharukmusic.com

 

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!

Lushy

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Progressive cocktail pop – Think the Jetsons with fuzzy guitars – danceable and lounge-y !!!

Drink up people–it’s LUSHY! Bossa beat flavored alterna-pop that goes down nice and easy. Lounge-y and danceable with hints of exotica and a touch of electronica…nutty and hip…intriguing and soothing–must see live!

Lushy concocts a refreshing pop style that blends original samples and Bossa beats with elements of vintage-Latin jazz, exotica, surf, new wave and sixties pop  to create their own distinctive intercontinental sound. Most importantly, they have established a solid reputation for originality far beyond their roots in the lounge and exotica scene. What started as a lighthearted recording session among friends has now turned into a lasting and successful project. In the basement tiki den, with fully stocked cocktail bar, that is their studio, Lushy was formed and began compiling an extensive catalog of original songs. With scores of successful gigs from Vancouver BC to Los Angeles to Berlin, Lushy has steadily risen through the ranks of Seattle’s musical landscape. Led by dynamic vocalist Annabella Kirby, musical mastermind Andy Sodt, guitars wizard Matt Nims, Patrick Napper on trumpet/guitar and Shane Peck on drums. Lushy holds sway over every stage they inhabit. 

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

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.

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.

Kate Voss

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Voted Best Jazz Artist of 2017 from Seattle Weekly, vocalist Kate Voss sings the classics with a twist. 

www.katevoss.com

 

Joe Doria

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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.

Birch Pereira Trio

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Born out of a love of the early years of swing, country and rock 'n 'roll, Birch Pereira's  sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features many of Seattle's most skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

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 Quarter

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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.