Seattle's jazz, blues and roots musicians come out in full force to celebrate the life of beloved club owner Gaye Anderson, who owned the New Orleans Creole Restaurant. Anderson died in August.
When Gaye Anderson died in August, there was a huge outpouring of sorrow and sympathy from Seattle’s music community. For 27 years, Anderson owned and operated the New Orleans Creole Restaurant, in Pioneer Square, hosting jazz, blues and other American roots music.
“There was no one — I repeat, no one — that was as generous and kind and loving to the musicians as Gaye Anderson,” said drummer and Garfield High School Jazz Band director Clarence Acox when Anderson died.
Acox, who plays every Wednesday at the club with the Legacy Band, says so many musicians and friends wanted to pay homage to Anderson that instead of having one memorial, the club decided to host a weeklong “celebration of life” for the late club owner.
“Each house band will do their tribute on their night,” said Acox in an email that went out earlier this month to hundreds of players. “Musicians can sit in with the band on the night they feel most comfortable playing.”
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Folks who want to pay their respects should come down on the night they would usually come.
It’s a good plan. The New Orleans has regular nights for different kinds of music — Monday and Tuesday, traditional New Orleans jazz; Wednesday, bebop and modern; Thursday, swing or trad; Fridays, modern jazz with Thomas Marriott’s Flexicon; and Saturdays and Sundays, blues.
Here’s the schedule (with the caveat that some programming is still in flux):
6:30 p.m. Monday: The New Orleans Quintet
7 p.m. Tuesday: Holotradband
8 p.m. Wednesday: The Legacy Quartet
7 p.m. Thursday: The Skelbred/Jackson Quintet (trad) and the Ham Carson Quintet (swing)
8 p.m. Sept. 28: Flexicon
2:30 p.m. Sept. 29: Blues, with Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Dick Powell, Chris Stevens, Jet City Flyers, Junkyard Jane, Tim Sherman, Stickshift Annie, Kimball Conant, Eric “Two Scoops” Moore, Nick Vigarino, the Fabulous Roofshakers and others to be announced.
2:30 p.m. Sept. 30: Blues, with Alice Stuart, Patti Allen with John Hanford, Pat Hues, Tom Erak, Mark DuFresne, Leslie Milton, Eric Verlinde and Elnah Jordan, Filé Gumbo and others to be announced.
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