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.

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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!

The Moonspinners

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Imagine an early 60s girl band singer defected and joined a garage band of the same era, with the sweet vocals complimented by Dave Clark Five style harmonies, jangly guitars that ain’t afraid to scream, it’s got backbeat you can’t lose it! The Moonspinners (named after the 1964 Disney motion picture) play a wide variety of music with a 60’s-esque pop sensibility and attitude, ranging in style from girl-group, soul, Ye Ye, lounge, garage rock and even some 70’s punk. The MoonSpinners combine insouciance with sophistication — and people love it! ”

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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. 

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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.