As October comes to an end and November ushers in shorter days and longer nights, malaise can easily set in. Fill those nights with some of the best live jazz you can find. While the 9-to-5 crowd shutters its doors, singers and musicians are just getting started.
On the set list, some NW and Hawaii bands to warm those nights: Nancy Erickson, Carrie Wicks, Jacqueline Tabor, Gypsy 808, and Honolulu Jazz Quartet’s John Kolivas.
Nancy Erickson Trio gives Alexa’s Café extra treat
Earshot Jazz Golden Ear winners, pianist Eric Verlinde and bassist Clipper Anderson, join 2012 Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Nancy Erickson for a night of standards at Bothell, WA’s Alexa’s Café, November 2, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. No cover, but call (425) 402-1754 for reservations.
Carrie Wicks goes slightly sideways with Nick Allison, Chris Symer
The “one to watch [88.7 FM Sacramento’s Dick Crockett],” young Seattle vocalist Carrie Wicks has slowly been receiving critical and popular attention as she makes the most of every intimate jazz experience. On November 2, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., she’ll do something different with pianist Nick Allison and bassist Chris Symer in downtown Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel Fireside Room. They’ll go through eclectic jazz covers and originals. No cover, but lots of fine dining and sophisticated ambience. Relax!
Jacqueline Tabor brings best in town to Tula’s
The 2011 Seattle-Kobe Jazz Queen only plays with the finest musicians. On November 7, 7:30 p.m., at the legendary Tula’s in downtown Seattle, Jacqueline Tabor will play with pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Clipper Anderson, Russian saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev, and drummer Steve Korn.
Saturday at Mezz 127: Gypsy 808 revives Hot Club of France in Hawaii
Gypsy jazz is big in the islands. The latest, contemporary incarnation of Django Reinhardt’s 1934 Hot Club of France is Gypsy 808, made up of acoustic guitarists Emmett Mahoney (pictured here, from a Colorado gig) and Travis Smilen. They’ll jam with soprano saxophonist Jason Gay and acoustic bassist Alika Lyman, November 2, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at downtown Honolulu’s Mezz 127.
John Kolivas Trio warms Kahala Resort
The John Kolivas Trio — pianist Tommy James, drummer von Baron, and Kolivas on bass — makes beautiful music at Kahala Resort’s Veranda Lounge … to enjoy the sun and surf by, November 11, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. No cover. Call (808) 383-3909.