Duffy Bishop pays homage to Etta James

  • Wed May 23rd, 2012 1:22pm
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

Duffy Bishop, the powerhouse blues singer from Portland, is coming to The Triple Door for an evening to celebrate the great Etta James.

The Blue Velvet Rhythm and Blues Dance Revue presents “Rock me Baby,” a production to pay homage to James, 73, who died in January.

James is revered as one of the best blues singers ever.

In this new production, Bishop, one of the best blues belters of the Northwest, brings James’ legacy to life.

The night features three Seattle performance artists dancing alongside a five-piece band, with Bishop taking the lead vocals.

Expect to hear James’ great songs including “At Last,” and “The Wallflower.”

Two shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 on the day of the show, $30 for VIP seats, at www.tripledoor.net or 206-838-4333.

“Silfra” is the result of the masterful collaboration of Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, the stage name of the prepared piano composer Volker Bertelmann.

Hahn is a classically trained violinist.

This album, completely improvised and recorded in Iceland, is far out, profound and fascinating.

The two players use their instruments to produce music that sounds like the cosmos, like brainwaves, like base emotions.

Often lacking melody and rhythm, their music is haunting and uplifting.

The duo have scheduled just five U.S. concerts, including a stop at Seattle’s Neptune on Tuesday.

They’ll present a live version of their improvisations.

Catch them at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle. Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Pearl Django, the gypsy jazz group based in Seattle, is celebrating the recent release of “Eleven,” the band’s 11th recording.

Founded in the late ’90s in Tacoma as a trio, Pearl Django has amassed a national reputation and over the years grown to five including: Troy Chapman and Ryan Hoffman on guitar, David Lange managing an accordion, Michael Gray on violin, and Rick Leppanen on bass.

They play in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, but their sound is their own.

Most of the tracks on “Eleven” are composed by the band, with the exception of a Thelonious Monk tune and a number by Count Basie. Guitarist Martin Taylor also sat in and is credited with writing one of the songs.

Catch the official CD release party at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $21.50 at www.jazzalley.com or 206-443-8247.