Max Holmberg

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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.

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.

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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.

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).

Ron Weinstein's Birthday Celebration

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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.

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).

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.

Cole Schuster

A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers and Jeff Hamilton. Cole studied at Berklee School of Music, and also co-leads the 200 Trio. His most recent project, the Cole Schuster Organ Trio, is a high-energy band performing mostly original music that is rooted in jazz and heavily influenced by genres such as hip-hop, Afro-pop and funk.

Marina Christopher

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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. Marina has a sultry voice and an unstoppable bass groove which attracts other top-shelf Seattle musicians to join her onstage.

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!

Don't Move

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

Seattle locals Don’t Move are a piano trio specializing in unique musical concepts. Strictly instrumental, their music is improvised, deliberate, and exploratory. A typical set delivers a clever combination of original compositions and very non-standard standards. Their sound debates the merits of reckless behavior against a boundless and compassionate curiosity, and the result is a perfect entree of angst, wonder and golden creatures past.

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

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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.