Thursday, October 24th at 9:00 pm I will be playing some outstanding music with Marina Albero on piano and Jeff Johnson on Bass at the well-known Hangout Vito's off of Madison in Seattle this will be a very cool night of music in Seattle https://www.vitosseattle.com/
Marina has been researching in many different music styles such as jazz, flamenco, early music, andalusie, Latin (son & Latin jazz)… She loves composing and improvising with a wide personal language carved by her colorful background. Here in Seattle she has been the piano chair at Teatro Zinzanni in several shows and has been invited to present her music at the Ballard Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival and KNKX live studios and Jazz Northwest. The Marina Albero Project features some of the finest musicians like Hans Teuber, Evan Flory-Barnes, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Jeff Johnson among others. She has been nominated for the Golden Ear Awards 2018 as best jazz instrumentalist and as best emergent artist. In 2019, Albero is presenting her first release in the US which includes two new volumes of her ongoing project “A life soundtrack”. One of original music and jazz standards with her band and the other one is made by improvisations on solo piano and duos with Hans Teuber.
I have the honor of finally playing a gig with the legendary bassist Jeff Johnson, who at the age of 9 he began his personal musical journey. British rock and American soul music were his earliest influences. Early 1960’s AM radio became his first “teacher”. Jeff learned the licks and chords of popular music of the time by listening and copying what he heard. At age 15, Jeff took a job offer to play electric bass guitar in a steadily working band which introduced him to jazz. By age 17 he was teaching himself the acoustic double bass, learning onstage with veterans and peers of the fertile “Twin Cities” jazz scene.
The History of Vito's
Vito’s is an iconic restaurant and lounge located on First Hill, on the eastern edge of downtown Seattle. Opened in 1953 by Vito and Jimmie Santoro, it has a history rich in cocktail culture, live music, politics, and East Coast family-style Italian food.
In 2010, Jeff Scott and Greg Lundgren purchased this Seattle institution and began a major restoration of the space. The goal was to return Vito’s to its original mid-century glamour and style, respecting its colorful past and setting the course for a 21st-century resurrection. A grand piano returned to the lounge, featuring live music five nights a week and highlighting the vast and diverse talent that graces the Pacific Northwest.