Drummer Adam Kessler and bassist Phil Sparks have been co-leading Thursday Jazz Nights at the Barça Lounge on Capitol Hill in Seattle for over a decade. Generally, it's the rhythm section and a guest soloist.
To celebrate 10 years of this on-going weekly event, they made a CD featuring a dozen musicians on various tracks, recorded in performance at Barça. For this "Art of Jazz" concert, three of those soloists are featured together in a special edition of the band - Dave Peterson on guitar, Alexey Nikolaev on tenor sax, and Bernie Jacobs on flute, alto sax and vocals. The concert at the Seattle Art Museum was presented by Earshot and recorded for radio.
The CD "Live at Barça, Vol. 1" is now available and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Sanctuary Art Center, a non-profit organization providing a safe, warm and calm environment for homeless and street involved youth to experience creativity and success through art.
Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on knkx and knkx.org. Programs frequently feature location recordings of resident and visiting artists. The program is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for knkx.