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.
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, D’Angelo: Four incredible singers who also happen to play the hell out of the piano. When you’re listening to Aretha sing like a broken angel on "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, it’s easy to miss how equally brilliant her piano playing is. As Stevie Wonder said, “Your baby loves you, more than I love my clavinet!” Featuring: Dawn Clement, Darrius Willrich, J Charles Phillips, Alex Guilbert
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.