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Surf Monk


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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Yada Yada Blues Band

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

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, showtunes, 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.

The New Triumph

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). Their album 'Starship Estrada' can be streamed, downloaded, and bought at www.thenewtriumph.bandcamp.com

 

www.thenewtriumphmusic.com

Bob Hammer

Howard Robert "Bob" Hammer (born March 3, 1930) is an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger.

Hammer studied music at Michigan State University and the Manhattan School of Music. He familiarized himself with early jazz styles (his father had performed with territory bands during the 1930s), and while living in New York, he performed with musicians such as Red Allen and Bud Freeman. During the early 1960s, he studied with composer Henry Bryant (alongside Tom McIntosh and Julian Priester).

Hammer led a band with Bob Wilber (1955). He worked in the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra, the Roy Eldridge Quartet (1956) and with Gene Krupa (1956/57). He was a member of Red Allen’s band (1958–1962) and Eddie Condon (1959/60) Band. At that time he recorded with Charles Mingus (who called him his "Beethoven") and began to work as arranger for the bassist on Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and the celebrated The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. In 1963 he played with Pee Wee Russell, Krupa and Eldridge. In 1964 he was on tour with Bobby Hackett. From 1965 to 1967 he worked as arranger for the Merv Griffin Show. He recorded with Jimmy Knepper Johnny Hartman, Woody Herman, Clark Terry and Elvin Jones. Between 1967 and 1982 he worked as a member of show bands in Las Vegas. After moving to Los Angeles in 1983, he had an engagement with Slide Hampton he worked as instructor for jazz improvisation at El Camino Community College and played in the Jimmy Cleveland Octet. He also worked with Barbara McNair, the Tommy Newsome Quartet and the MDA Labor Day Telethon. In 2004 he recorded with Floyd Standifer's quintet. He also arranged dance charts for the Nicholas Brothers, Skip Cunningham, Chester Whitmore, Jacqueline Douget, Deborah Lysholm or Tim Hickey.

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 every Sunday from 6-9 pm.

Ron Weinstein Trio

  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.

 

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

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. 

William Beatty Trio

Composer and pianist William Beatty is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, working both as a sideman and band leader.  Early in his career, he was a member of The Jules Broussard Band, an ensemble that featured arrangements from a wide palate of American music- early jazz and blues and 50's and 60's R&B, to modern jazz and funk.

For many years he led the group "Countdown" which worked as the house band for Pasand's Lounge in San Francisco, backing up the premier vocalists of the local music scene.  Vocalists Jacquii Marshall, Nicolas Bearde and Dianne Witherspoon were among the many talents that performed regularly at the venue on Union Street.  His latest project titled "The Path of Green Stones", featuring the stellar playing of bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Deszon Claiborne, will be released this fall.  

William's recording can be heard at soundcloud.com, and on his website, williambeattymusic.com.  

Jovino Santos Neto

 

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

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

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

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.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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

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.

Jennifer Kienzle

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.

Elvis Times

 

Wesley Moses is a singer from Zürich specializing in songs from Elvis Presley's era. He was led to sing from his early childhood and participated in a number of school choirs.  His repertoir consists of many different genres from Elvis Presley's era such as Rock'n'Roll, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Soul or Pop and of course the songs from Elvis' 31 movies. Wesley is performing mostly as a solo artist and the instruments are provided by high quality backing tracks.

Jerry Zimmerman

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

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandihas 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

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 every Sunday from 6-9 pm.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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.

Kate Voss and the Big Boss Band

Full-time musician Kate Voss has her hands in many pies here in Seattle. In 2016 alone she released 3 of her own albums, recorded with Seattle bands The Gin Joints, Supermassive, Fox Hunt, and Michale Wohl, received Honorable Mentions at the Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Competition and was crowned Vocalist of the Year from Earshot. She lends her talents to bands in town like Sundae + Mr. Goessl, The Western Bluebirds, Mannequin BBQ, Collapsible Rodeo, The Barrelhouse Jive Cats and, of course, her own band: Kate Voss & The Big Boss Band. A multi-instrumentalist, Voss has been spotted playing piano, bass, drums, melodica, percussion, ukulele and accordion. 

Some of her influences include: Anita O'Day, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Greta Matassa, Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Eartha Kitt, Carol Burnett. 

www.katevoss.com

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Allegra Levy

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 "The core of the young jazz singer Allegra Levy, at the moment, lies in negative or desperate statements. . . . She’s got a good thing going: fresh and gloomy, light-voiced and grim-tempered. She’s not out to clobber you with speed or skill or projection — she hangs back but arrives at the notes responsibly, without a big show, incorporating careful 1950s cool but authentic modern cynicism, too." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Micheal Owcharuk Quartet

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.

The Tarantellas

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!

Casey MacGill Trio

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.

Bob Hammer

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

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.

Random Guys

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.

Dio Jean-Baptiste and Paul Matthew Moore

Featuring Dio Jean-Baptiste on drums, and Paul Matthew Moore on keyboard, this duo's music is a collage of techno, chillstep, dance, hip-hop and classical, using various methods and techniques.  They aim to have as much fun as they possibly can, while exploring several different genres of music. 

Lushy

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 popto 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. 

Jerry Zimmerman

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.

Bob Hammer

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 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 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.

D'Vonne Lewis Ensemble

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.'

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The Tarantellas

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!

Monty Banks

Monty Banks is an authentic, professional, experienced, award-winning singer, pianist, bandleader, and entertainer.  His musical style is an entertaining mix of Rat Pack-era swing, traditional jazz, and New Orleans R&B.

Monty lives in Seattle every summer (June, July, August, September), and in New Orleans the rest of the year (October through May).

From the roots of Rock ‘N Roll, to the swingin’ good times of the Rat Pack Era, Monty’s adventures in music have taken him from New York City, to his native Seattle, to Las Vegas, to cuise ships, Indian Casinos, and now the city where jazz was born. “I love mixing the swingin’ sensibilities of Frank Sinatra with the syncopating blues of Jelly Roll Morton, when combined with the upbeat, Creole boogie of Fats Domino,” he says. “That’s the right recipe for my kind of good times music!”

www.montybanks.com

Lennon Aldort

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

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

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. 

Ron Weinstein Trio

 

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.

Kate Olson Ensemble

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 influence 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.

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Jerry Zimmerman

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

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandihas 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

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 Weintstein Trio

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

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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Jennifer Kienzle

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.

Afrocop

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).

The Tarantellas

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!

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Bob Hammer

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

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

 

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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Rik Wright

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."

 

 

Yada Yada Blues Band


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

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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Bob Hammer

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

 

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

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.

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.

Jerry Zimmerman

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.

Homenaje

Homenaje, which means “tribute” in Spanish, is a trio led by guitarist Will Brahm, fusing Latin, jazz, and classical stylings. The trio incorporates these traditions with a distinct Los Angeles flavor. Will Brahm tours the world as co-leader of the New West Guitar Group, contributing arrangements and sure fire musicianship. He is a 5 time K-Jazz scholarship recipient,

Percussionist/drummer, Chris Wabich joins on the new project. He has worked with Leonard Cohen, Stanley Jordan, Mark Murphy, the Zappa family and many others.

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