A Summer of Free Jazz

10 Jul

WHAT: 14th Annual Jazz under the Stars

COST: Free

WHEN: Thursdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – July 12 to August 16

WHERE: Pacific Lutheran University – Mary Baker Russell Amphitheatre

Pacific Lutheran University is once again starting its popular and free series “Jazz Under the Stars” which will begin July 12.  This series runs through mid-August and will feature a variety of artists and Big Bands to excite jazz lovers alike.  Come out and join fellow music lovers to appreciate man made sounds and natural beauty!



The Performance Schedule Courtesy of PLU:

July 12 – Sommer Stockinger and Kareem Kandi

Sommer Stockinger, a native of Tacoma, has been performing jazz throughout the Northwest since 1997.  Sommer has evolved through traditional and Brazilian jazz, blues, and R&B, listing her strongest influences as Nina Simone, Chet Baker, João Gilberto and Nat King Cole among others. Sommer was mentored by the proprietor, big band legend, bassist Red Kelley, who was best known for playing with Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton during the reign of the big band.


July 19 – Tracy Knoop

Tracy Knoop, received his musical training at Berklee School of Music in Boston Mass. After leaving Berklee, Tracy, joined the world famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with which he was a member for ten years. Tracy has performed with such greats as Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Buddy Rich, Bernadette Peters just to name a few.


July 26 – Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra

Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra bring an exciting and unique mix of big band jazz, jazz-rock fusion with an all-star lineup of top performing northwest jazz musicians from all over the Puget Sound.


August 2 – David Deacon-Joyner Trio with Dennis Hastings

David Deacon-Joyner is Professor and Director of Jazz studies at Pacific Lutheran University. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, mentored by jazz piano great James Williams. He has performed with jazz artists such as Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Marc Johnson, Ed Soph, and others.


August 9 – Neil Andersson and Malibu Manouche

Malibu Manouche is a quartet that blends Gypsy jazz, surf, guitar classics, and original compositions to form an eclectic mix of instrumental music. Members are guitarists Peter Pendras and Neil Andersson, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Mark Ivester.


August 16 – Tribute to Bill Ramsay Big Band

Bill has performed on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones with many of the world’s greatest musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Benny Goodman to name a few.




One Response to “A Summer of Free Jazz”


  1. News & Updates | THE JAZZ GUMBO PROJECT - June 30, 2013

    […] A Summer of Free Jazz | Tacoma Arts – WHAT: 14th Annual Jazz under the Stars. COST: Free. WHEN: Thursdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – July 12 to August 16. WHERE: Pacific Lutheran University – Mary Baker Russell Amphitheatre. Pacific Lutheran University is once … […]

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