He takes the unusual role of playing lead with his long horn, often picking up guitar licks and paving the sound for the rest of his accomplished band.
Oxford has played with plenty of bands including Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Fat Cat and Junkyard Jane. But he's won national acclaim with the latest incarnation, the Randy Oxford Band.
Known for funk, blues and good old rock, the Randy Oxford Band is playing Seattle's Triple Door with special guest drummer Michael Shrieve and his band, Spellbinder.
The concert will start at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door at www.thetripledoor.net or 206-838-4333.
A pair of great jazz artists are booked to play Dimitriou's Jazz Alley over the next week.
Seattle-based Pearl Django winds up for its annual week of sets.
The band is a living ode to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Originally started in Tacoma in 1994, the band has grown over the years and now tours internationally.
They've recorded 10 albums, including System D released last year. The latest album introduces guitarists Troy Chapman and Ryan Hoffman who took the place of founding band member Neil Andersson.
The two newest players are joined by Rick Leppanen on bass, Michael Gray on the violin and David Lange on accordion. Renowned jazz guitarist Martin Taylor is sitting in with the band.
Pearl Django's set times vary. They're booked through Sunday at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle.
Tickets are $24.50 at www.jazz-alley.com or 206-441-9729.
The great Cuban jazz trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval is a master of the Afro-Cuban genre.
He grew up in Cuba following Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1997, Sandoval met Gillespie and two years later while touring with the famous sax player, Sandoval defected to the United States.
Sandoval has played at the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards and now he returns to the intimate room at Jazz Alley.
His gig begins Thursday evening with various set times through Sunday at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle.
Tickets are $28.50 at www.jazz-alley.com or 206-441-9729.
Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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