Sudden Valley Jazz 2014

After successful Jazz Series in 2012 and 2013, the Friends of the Library have announced the performers for the 2014 Jazz Series in Sudden Valley to benefit the South Whatcom Library.

Tickets are $70 for the 4 concert series, or $20 each for single concert tickets.  Tickets are available at Village Books, Sudden Valley Community Center or Administration Office (Gate 2), or by calling either K.C. at 360-671-1709, or Mary at 360-306-1800.


Champian Fulton2Champian Fulton, April 26: We are fortunate to have this wonderful singer/pianist from New York as our 2014 season opener. Among Champian’s early vocal influences were Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and Nat King Cole. Fulton has performed in many New York City venues, including Birdland and the Garage, and has played with jazz masters including Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donaldson and Louis Hayes, among others. She played Corey Weed’s Jazz Cellar in B.C. last year, and is excited to perform on the U.S. side of the border.

Dan BrubeckDan Brubeck, June 7Dan Brubeck, son of the legendary Dave Brubeck, will play with a quartet performing songs written by his father with lyrics by his mother, Iola Brubeck.  Of all the musical Brubecks, Dan was acknowledged as the most intense and assertive. It was quite natural for him to gravitate toward the drums since he had unbounded energy as a child. He learned from two of the best polyrhythmic drummers in the world, Brubeck Quartet members Joe Morello and Alan Dawson. Dan played extensively with his father, and has been an integral part of the various Brubeck bands.  He has been a featured soloist with many prestigious symphony orchestras, and has played at top jazz festivals in the US and Europe.

Miles Black2Miles Black Octet with Greta Matassa, September 27Miles Black began his professional music career in 1980 (at age 14) in Victoria, B.C. after studying piano with George Essihos.  Miles has a wealth of musical experience as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, musical theatre director, music therapist and matassa-smallcollege level music instructor. He has performed on countless albums, and has played with many music greats around the world.

Miles has written tributes to two of jazz’s greatest legends, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to be played by an octet featuring Mike Allen on reeds and jazz series favorite, Greta Metassa, on vocals.  One half will be all Basie and the other half all Ellington.  Who could ask for anything more?

Josephine Howell2Josephine Howell with the Paul Rudd TrioNovember 15: Josephine is a soulful Blues singer from Seattle, who took the Dance Barn by storm in June 2013, starting with a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner!  Josie is an all-around entertainer definitely in the Pearl Bailey tradition.  She’ll be bringing her backing trio from Seattle as well as an excellent tenor sax man named Kareem Kandi.  Kareem plays great traditional jazz and has also appeared with groups like the Paperboys, so he should be able to keep up with all the different styles that Josephine brings.   Don’t miss this return engagement!

All concerts take place at 3 p.m. in the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, Gate 2, 8 Barnview Ct., Bellingham.  Seating is limited.  Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the concerts.  There is plentiful free parking.