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.

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 […]


It is close to impossible to get a rehearsal scheduled in Seattle.  I know everyone is busy here, and most all musicians have day jobs, but is there no desire to sound polished?  Having fun sight reading on the gig is fine, but listening to the playback of gig recordings is leading me to want […]