5 Reasons Jazz Alley is the Place to Be in Seattle This Weekend


Jazz Alley continues to bring some of the best jazz to what is fast becoming known as the city of cranes. The Taj Mahal Quartet just closed out a weekend stand playing its iconic blues and roots music. Next week Average White Band rolls into town to throw down its funk – "Pick up the Pieces,' anyone? And Jazz Alley closes out the year with the classic sounds of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band.

But this Thursday through Sunday, Jazz Alley opens its doors to a perennial favorite – Roy Hargrove.

Here are five reasons why you don't want to miss Hargrove's upcoming set at Jazz Alley.

1. Although Smalls, Smoke and Zinc are fantastic New York jazz clubs to catch some of the best musicians playing today – including recent appearances by Roy Hargrove – you can save the grueling coast-to-coast flight and catch him in another great jazz venue right here in Seattle.

2. Roy has not one – but two Grammy Awards to his name.

3. Talent attracts talent and Hargrove is no exception. This time around Hargrove brings with him some of the best players to round out his quarter: Justin Robinson (sax), Ameen Saleem (bass), Quincy Phillips (drums) and Sullivan Fortner (piano).

4. Jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul and gospel – you never know what to expect, but whatever it is you know it's going to swing. If you're lucky, Hargrove may even step up to the mic and show off his smooth vocal styling for good measure.

5. You're guaranteed to walk away smiling. Hargrove makes his way through Seattle somewhat frequently – Seattle loves him, and he seems to love Seattle back. There's never been a show that he's played at Jazz Alley that hasn't brought the crowd to its feet. This four night stand should be no exception.

Roy Hargrove plays Jazz Alley Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4. Check out www.jazzalley.com for set times and ticket information.