This year’s final winter jazz concert at The Merc Playhouse showcases local and regional musicians on piano, trumpet, bass, drums and guitar.
The first set in the Friday show (March 28) features the Hunt/Westendorf Quartet. Guitarist Terry Hunt will play music from some of his favorite guitarists, including gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and jazz greats Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. Pianist Lynette Westendorf will focus on some of her favorite pianists, including Grammy award–winner Chick Corea and the legendary Thelonious Monk.
The quartet’s percussionist, Mike Conrad, and bassist, Steve Sanders, both professional musicians from Wenatchee, will also get a chance to step into the limelight.
The second set in the concert showcases the stylistic range of the jazz trumpet in the hands of two accomplished artists on the instrument. Jim Knodle, a composer and veteran of Seattle’s creative jazz and improv scene, will demonstrate his wide experience in African and Latin music, along with other styles. Knodle and Westendorf have collaborated for decades, including playing with the Sun Ra Tribute Band.
Bob Hougham, a trumpeter from Okanogan, will showcase his work in styles including big band, horn band and orchestra.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students.