Jazz Alley’s the place to be for music

  • By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer
  • Friday, April 1, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

If you can’t wait until July to see the real Steely Dan at the WaMu Theater, you can check out Nearly Dan, a top-notch cover band playing Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Sunday.

Based in Seattle, Nearly Dan is made up of a dozen musicians who share a passion for the distinctive jazzy pop that defines Steely Dan. Nearly Dan is a fun way to hear familiar favorites in an intimate setting. The band rocks and sounds uncannily like the original.

The individual Nearly Dan members come from a variety of musical genres including rock, R&B, country, fusion, swing and jazz. Band members have played with the likes of Ray Charles, George Benson, Diane Schuur, Lou Rawls, Basia, Huey Lewis and Tower of Power .

Join Jack Klitzman on saxophone and flute, Ed Weber on keyboards, Bryon Atterberry behind the drums, Galen Green singing lead vocals, Becca Atterberry also singing, Jeff Volkman on bass, Sue Nixon on vocals, Michael McGee on guitar, Art Bromage on guitar, Andy Omdahl on trumpet, Nathaniel Paul on saxophone and flute and Carl Kelley on vocals.

7:30 Sunday; Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $21.50; tickets at www.jazzalley.com or 206-441-9729.

Checking in at Jazz Alley for a three-night run later in the week is Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars.

De Marcos is the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club. He’s a Cuban bandleader, producer and extraordinary impresario.

He’s brought together the cream of Cuba’s expatriate musicians to form the Afro-Cuban All Stars.

After several years of tremendous and unexpected success following their genesis in the early ’90s, the All Stars have certainly become one of the best-known and successful Cuban orchestras today.

Quite simply, they’re smoking hot and really great.

The All Stars, now incorporating a younger generation of Cuban artists alongside legendary performers, can be counted on to play the full range of Cuban music.

“This band will sound and even behave exactly like one coming straight from Havana,” de Marcos said. “Cubans never change and if you’ve been in Miami you’d know what I mean; dominos, mojitos, pork, chicharrones and all.”

7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $35; tickets at www.jazzalley.com or 206-441-9729.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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