Sinatra at the Sands at The Triple Door

June 24th I’ll be with Joey Jewell and Jim Kerl & the Swingin’ 60’s Orchestra at the Triple Door performing in their “Sinatra at the Sands” show. This show always sells out!  If you’re planning to be there, get your tickets now.  Two shows: 7:00 & 10:00.

Tula’s in June

This month at Tula’s the Smith-Staelens Big Band is so lucky to have Scott Ketron back on drums.  We’re dragging out a bunch or arrangements that we haven’t done for ages, so come down & see if the band’s sight reading skills are up to it!

Ushering in the holiday season

Join us at Tula’s on December 7 as we usher in the holidays with some seasonal classics.  By December 7, you probably won’t be sick of hearing Christmas songs – unless you spend a lot of time at the mall.

Life gets in the way

I start each year vowing that I’ll pay more attention to my social media profile.  The trouble is, life always seems to get in the way.  That, however, isn’t always a bad thing.  Though my Kickstarter campaign to finance a new recording of Steve Sample arrangements wasn’t successful, it put me back in touch with […]

Great Community at UW

I had a great time participating in “Ovations,” at Meany Hall at UW.  It was a show featuring staff from the University of Washington.  A great, supportive atmosphere and camaraderie helped make it a night to remember.  Best of all was the professional debut of Kevin Murphy on drums who absolutely killed!  This high schooler is a […]

Slowing down

Is society’s “instant gratification” mentality causing us to lose our appreciation for things?  I have a lovely old Royal Albert china teapot that was given to me by my parents one Christmas long ago.  I was pouring myself a cup of tea from the pot yesterday and it ran down the side of the pot […]


It’s 42º outside and I’m watching our resident hummingbird visiting our hummy feeder repeatedly.  I’m amazed at the resilience of these tiny, fierce birds! If you have a hummingbird feeder, don’t forget to bring it inside when it’s going to freeze overnight.  Put it out the next morning so they can enjoy the nectar.