The First Thursday Jazz Band — a delightful small group paying homage to Pee Wee Russell, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis (Armstrong and Prima) among others — was caught live for five video performances at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington.

The quiet heroes up there are Ray Skjelbred, piano; Steve Wright, trumpet, reeds; Dave Brown, bass; Mike Daugherty, drums.  For further information, visit the “islandstarfish” YouTube channel, where you can hear and see this band perform HELLO, LOLA!, CHASIN SHADOWS, a groovy BLUES IN THIRDS, and a tender IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN.

Here’s a sweetly meditative I’M ON THE CREST OF A WAVE — for Bix and Bing and the King of Jazz:

I hope to see more of this band!

3 responses to “THE FIRST THURSDAY JAZZ BAND (April 7, 2011)

  1. I just listened to ”I’M ON THE CREST OF A WAVE” and enjoyed it tremendously,,,That man on the piano, Ray Skjelbred is such a special man, with a style all his own, and like you, holds a very special place in my heart. Thank you NM

  2. Steve Wright

    I’m glad you enjoyed the band; many thanks for the kind words! Steve

  3. Happy to make your acquaintance: as I always say, “Not kind! Accurate!” Be well and keep swinging — Michael

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