The Piano Starts Here series highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room’s Steinway B grand piano. On September 15, hear Seattle based musicians and improvisers perform the music of their favorite pianists including Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Cole Porter and Earl Hines amongst others.
Alex Guilbert, host of the Piano Starts Here series, has been playing and composing music professionally as part of the Seattle scene for more than 20 years. Although he’s got a firm grounding in the jazz tradition, he’s been a side man and leader in ensembles of many different styles. From traditional jazz and rock to electronica and classical, Alex’s appreciation for a range of musical genres continues to inform and inspire his work.
Darrius Willrich plays Duke Ellington
Ann Reynolds plays Carla Bley
Jose Gonzales plays Cole Porter
Ray Skjelbred plays Earl Hines
Alex Guilbert plays Teddy Wilson
Special Guest Wayne Horvitz plays Wayne Horvitz
Tickets are available to watch this event in-person. More details at theroyalroomseattle.com