Heading across the country to the Northwest coast to Seattle, Washington where this Jazz Voyager will be sitting in Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club at 2214 2nd Avenue, to catch the 7:30 pm Saturday performance of the vibraphonist Susan Pascal and her Quartet. Joining her are pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer John Bishop for a cover charge of $20.00.
Tula’s presents live jazz seven days a week, has table seating outdoors though the city enjoys 300 days of rain a year. If you make your dinner reservations for Northwest and American cuisine at 206-443-4221 before 7pm on Friday or Saturday, you’ll get $5 off your cover. Packed my umbrella because it’s possible that it will rain while I am there since they experience some 300 days of rain! #wannabewhereyouare
The Jazz Voyager is on a flight to Illinois to experience what has been lauded as one of the best live music venues in Chitown. Located at 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, FitzGerald’s Nightclub is officially in Berwyn, 60402, just half a dozen blocks from the Forest Park Blue Line stop at Oak Park Avenue.
In the early 1900s it started out as a roadhouse, then transitioned through several nightclubs and a lodge until the FitzGerald family bought it in 1980 and brought it to national attention as a music establishment.
I am told in no uncertain terms, it’s worth the commute. This Sunday the jazz Voyager will be privy to the talents of the Jazz Community Big Band Holiday Show with vocalist Ava Logan at 6:00pm with a $10.00 cover, $5.00 for 17 and under.
Be advised, always call ahead at 708-788-2118 to see when big band swing is being played, for they also showcase zydeco, country, folk and bluegrass.
The Jazz Voyager is on his way to his old stomping grounds in the nation’s capital to navigate his way to the cobblestone street where the intimate little club Blues Alley has been a Georgetown landmark for jazz since 1965. Located in the alley below M Street, at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 2007 it has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz over their half century of existence.
Dinner and jazz is this weekend’s fare as I will be enjoying the talented trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. There’s nothing like an up close and personal experience for jazz. Two shows nightly at 8:00 and 10:00pm and tickets are $60-$65 plus $12 minimum per person. For more information the number is 202-337-4141.
The skies are clear and blue as the Jazz Voyager heads once again across the big water to East Africa, landing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There I will experience the sights and sounds of the country as I make my way to the Ghion Hotel on Ras Desta Damtew Avenue that houses The African Jazz Village to hear jazz from a new perspective.
Opened in 1951,it is situated in the heart of downtown Addis Ababa on thirty acres adjacent to what was once the jubilee palace of emperor Haile Selassie I. As the hotel is just 5 Km from Bole International Airport, it is also within a walking distance from museums and points of interest of which I will be taking advantage.
This outing will be a true adventure as I am unable to discover who will be playing this weekend. Room rates are reasonable and I have made my hotel reservations at 251 91 189 7438. #wannabewhereyouare
This weekend the Jazz Voyager is heading to Queens to soak in a dose of history when I visit a national historic and New York City landmark, the Louis Armstrong House Museum located at 34-56 107th Street, in the working class Corona neighborhood in New York 11368. The brick house was designed by architect Robert W. Johnson and built by Thomas Daly in 1910. Now a museum, the house was given to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in 1983 after Lucille’s death, and is managed by Queens College.
I will be taking the 40-minute tour through the small, impeccably preserved home and explains the significance of each room to both Louis and Lucille. They moved into this modest home in 1943 and lived for the remainder of their lives. Open to the public, I will be hearing audio clips from Louis’s homemade recordings and hear Louis practicing his trumpet, enjoying a meal, talking with his friends and enjoy the Armstrongs’ beautiful Japanese-inspired garden.
For those voyagers who will follow in my footsteps, the museum is closed on Monday, open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is Adults: $10, Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7, Group rate: $6 and Children under 5 and Members: Free. For more information on the Louis Armstrong House Museum that was added to the National Registry for Historic Preservation in 1976, the number is 718-997-3670. #preserving genius #wannabewhereyouare