D'Vonne Lewis Trio

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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 their 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, but extensively tours and performs 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 leads 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 bands: “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.'

Jacqueline Tabor

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The Seattle Chanteuse Jacqueline Tabor is a rising star on the scene. Her soulful renditions of the American standard is a refreshing approach to the genre. Tabor is a true performer and can be bold on stage. She is unafraid to showcase what her music offers to listeners. Jacqueline has an uncanny ability to make you feel at home no matter where you are sitting and handles a jazz standard with purity and confidence. Current Earshot recipient of Vocalist of the year, Jacqueline is working her blues-infused jazz into the hearers of souls of those who have the honor of listening and experience what she does in person.

Lushy

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Progressive cocktail pop – Think the Jetsons with fuzzy guitars!!!

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… a 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 60’s 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 a 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. 

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.

DJ Vodka Twist

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DJ Vodka Twist will be providing halloween tunes for our annual ER costume crawl. Get ready to boogie all night long!

Tim Kennedy

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Tim Kennedy is a Seattle-based pianist and composer. He can be found on any given night performing jazz, pop, or gospel around town. A lifelong student of jazz, Tim has toured all over the world performing this music. He is currently the front man for the pop dance outfit Richie Aldente, and leads the electric jazz trio Gravity.

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 brings together some of Seattle’s most expressive musicians with a different arrangement each week, always tying the gig together with his creative perspective and distinctive playing style.

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.

Marina Albero Trio

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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.

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.

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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!

Wayne Horvitz

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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’s 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

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

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 brings together some of Seattle’s most expressive musicians with a different arrangement each week, always tying the gig together with his creative perspective and distinctive playing style.

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 enjoy providing the ideal background music for fine cocktails and sordid conversations.

Marina Christopher Trio

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Marina Christopher is an awarding-winning Seattle bassist and vocalist. 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, improvisational takes on decades of jazz, funk, pop and rock. Marina’s own songwriting has clever lyrics, catchy melodies and rich jazz harmonies.

Kate Olsen Ensemble

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KO Ensemble is a rotating cast of Seattle’s best jazz and creative musicians, including Tim Kennedy, Samantha Boshnack, Naomi Siegel, Robby Beasley, Simon Henneman, Chris Icasiano, Eric Eagle, Wayne Horvitz, Geoff Harper, Andy Roth, Chris Credit, Evan Flory-Barnes and Michael Owcharuk. This is Kate’s most straight-ahead jazz project, and her compositions are heavily influenced by the music of Thelonious Monk, as well as the compositions of her contemporaries in the Seattle music scene. KO Ensemble has many incarnations, from duo to sextet. 

www.kateplayssax.com

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. 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. 

www.kareemkandi.com

Jonas Myers

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Jonas Myers grew up in Seattle and started gigging on piano and bass at age 12. For three years he played piano in the prestigious Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble. After studying creative writing in college, he returned to Seattle to begin his career as a musician, establishing himself quickly as an in-demand pianist all over the region. Jonas has performed frequently at Seattle jazz hotspots like Tula's, Vito's, Egan's, and The Royal Room, as well as live on KNKX. He plays regularly at Canlis. He is also a singer-songwriter who plays lots of living room concerts. His playing encompasses a wide range of styles and influences, but his sound is rooted in his jazz education. You might detect some Bill Evans, some Thelonious Monk, some Dr. John, some Brad Mehldau—to name just a few. Audiences connect with Jonas's lively energy, his lyrical improvisation, his strong rhythmic feel, and the obvious pleasure he takes in playing music.

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 brings together some of Seattle’s most expressive musicians with a different arrangement each week, always tying the gig together with his creative perspective and distinctive playing style.

Tim Kennedy Trio

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Tim Kennedy is a Seattle-based pianist and composer. He can be found on any given night performing jazz, pop, or gospel around town. A lifelong student of jazz, Tim has toured all over the world performing this music. He is currently the front man for the pop dance outfit Richie Aldente, and leads the electric jazz trio Gravity.

Marina Albero Trio

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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.

D'Vonne Lewis Trio

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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. 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 their 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, but extensively tours and performs 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 leads 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 bands: “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.'

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!

The 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.

Alex Guilbert

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Alex Guilbert has been a mainstay as a sideman, leader and soloist in the Seattle jazz and swing scene for over a quarter century. Alex has omnivorous musical tastes, but is also a serious student of both early and modern jazz. He’s spent plenty of time energizing lindy hoppers and balboa dancers, but also exploring bebop, modern jazz and beyond. Sit down for an hour with Alex behind the piano and you’ll experience a journey, from the stride piano of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller to the modern, maybe even an original or two…wait, is that an Outkast song? Yeah… I think it is!

https://www.alexguilbert.com/

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 brings together some of Seattle’s most expressive musicians with a different arrangement each week, always tying the gig together with his creative perspective and distinctive playing style.

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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Prom Queen

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Prom Queen's sound is cinematic, vintage and dark: drawing comparisons to classic artists such as the Roy Orbison, Nancy Sinatra and Loretta Lynn as well as contemporary artists such as Cat's Eyes, Lana Del Rey, Broadcast and Dirty Beaches.

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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.

Birch Pereira

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Earshot Jazz "2017 Vocalist of the Year" nominee and bassist Birch Pereira brings together some of Seattle's most talented musicians to play their unique blend of covers and originals that throwback to the hot jazz, classic country, and 50s rock 'n' roll eras.

Tim Kennedy

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Tim Kennedy is a Seattle-based pianist and composer. He can be found on any given night performing jazz, pop, or gospel around town. A lifelong student of jazz, Tim has toured all over the world performing this music. He is currently the front man for the pop dance outfit Richie Aldente, and leads the electric jazz trio Gravity.

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 brings together some of Seattle’s most expressive musicians with a different arrangement each week, always tying the gig together with his creative perspective and distinctive playing style.

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).

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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.

Max Holmberg Trio

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Max Holmberg is a Seattle-based drummer and educator. He first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa's house at age two. Born into a family of actors and musicians, it's no surprise that the first music he remembers listening to is Count Basie. Max was primarily self-taught on the drum set through his time in the jazz programs at Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School, though several mentors (listed below) have helped him along the way. Max then moved to Boston for four years where he completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle where he can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the Kareem Kandi Band, as well as teaching out of his studio and at the Seattle Drum School. Max hosts the Sunday night jam session at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood.

Max’s influences range from traditional Malian/Guinean drumming to Brad Mehldau to Earth, Wind and Fire but what will likely best represent what people will hear at Vito's is Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Rosenwinkel, etc.