- Dick Metcalf Contemporary Fusion Reviews Live Show Reviews
- Paula Santoro exciting live concert Paula Santoro/Jasnam Daya Singh house concert at Dr. Wheelz’ pad
- True jazz stars I-5 Allstars at ArtHouse Designs in Olympia, Washington
- Montavilla Jazz Festival Day 1, Act 6 – Rich Halley 5 with Vinny Golia
- Montavilla Jazz Festival Day 1, Act 5 – David Friesen Quartet
- Montavilla Jazz Festival Day 1, Act 4 – Joe Manis Double Drums Quartet
- Montavilla Jazz Festival Day 1, Act 3 – PJCE with Jasnam Daya Singh
- Montavilla Jazz Festival Day 1, Act 2 – Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer
- Montavilla Jazz Festival Day 1, Act 1 – Ron Steen Quartet
- Charlie Saibel Tipsy piano bar Charlie Saibel’s first gig at Tipsy Piano Bar
- Montavilla jazz festival forefront creative expression Montavilla Jazz Festival 2017
- * jazzcamp portland ryanmeahger * Ryan Meahger’s Jazz Camp 2017
- Smoocho Gusto at Cascadia Grill, 2017/06/21
- A Tribute to John Keeslar LIVE SHOW review by Dick Metcalf
- Breaks and Swells Olympia fall arts walk Breaks and Swells LIVE SHOW review, Rhythm & Rye, Olympia, WA
- Steve Bentley Ensemble Great Northwest jazz supreme Steve Bentley Ensemble at Rhythm & Rye LIVE show Review
- Rob Scheps supercharged dynamic quintet Rob Scheps – Gil Evans Legacy Quintet – Olympia, WA
- Enchantingly memorable musical magic with FLOW (the Group) – Live Show Review, Royal Room, 2018/05/15
- Exciting jazz house concert LaVon Hardison – Live Show review
Steve Bentley Ensemble Great Northwest jazz treasure STEVE BENTLEY ENSEMBLE AT RHYTHM & RYE LIVE SHOW REVIEW: It was only a month or so ago that I reviewed another act with Steve Bentley’s fantastic drums, when he played with The I-5 Allstars… he’s truly a Great Northwest jazz treasure, having played with too many great bands/artists around the globe to itemize here – suffice it to say that the “night went well”.
Thanks are definitely in order for the folks in Olympia Jazz Central, who put these events together, as well as the venue owners for Rhythm & Rye… without their efforts, our town wouldn’t have the solid jazz presence and reputation that it enjoys.
Steve’s ensemble players were – Jeremy Shaskus – saxophone; John Hansen – keyboard; Chris Symer – bass and, of course Steve Bentley on drums… as you’ll hear in the short clips I captured during the show, these are totally professional players who play at full-tilt, all the time – every time. Whether it’s a slow jazz ballad, or a more “out” tune penned by another of Olympia’s jazz legends (Bert Wilson), these gents NAIL IT, and breathe new life into each piece!
Before I get too far caught up in my ranting, though, give these folks a listen…
You see? You hear? Members of our community here at the very bottom edge of Puget Sound are indeed privileged to have such precision jazz to go out for… on top of that, as you witnessed in the videos, it’s not just their technical expertise… these cats play with SOUL, and (as most of my readers know) – THAT’S what jazz is really all about.
My hat is off to this excellent ensemble; they get a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me… lastly – they play in different formations around the Great Northwest, and you should DEFINITELY catch them when they show up in your city’s listings! Rotcod Zzaj