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Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club:

July 29, 2014 at 7:30PM
$15 Cover charge

The Critical Mass Big Band is proud to present a reprise performance of our "Sinatra & Basie at the Sands" show, with vocalist Danny Quintero, at Tula’s Jazz Club on July 29.

If you are a jazz fan and even just a little bit of a Frank Sinatra fan, you probably know that Frank’s best album of all time was "Sinatra & Basie at the Sands." After many years of being a pop crooner, Frank returned to his jazz roots in 1966, in a series of concerts with the Count Basie Orchestra, including a performance recorded at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Jazz fans generally agree that the "Sinatra & Basie at the Sands" album was the best recording Sinatra ever made. He was then 50 years old and was at the peak of his vocal powers. The Basie Band was unquestionably the best jazz big band in the world at the time.

"Sinatra & Basie at the Sands." was also a triumph for the orchestrators who wrote the music for the show. Most of the arrangements were written by a young upstart from Seattle -- Quincy Jones -- who also directed the band. Others were written by the great Billy Byers and Nelson Riddle. After some extended detective work, we have located the original scores for all those arrangements and will present them exactly as recorded by the Basie Band 48 years ago. We have also found some additional tunes that we did not perform in our show last year.

Our "Frank Sinatra" is DANNY QUINTERO, a wonderful local vocalist who has studied and performed the complete Sinatra repertoire. When we called Danny to propose the idea to him last year, he said "Wow, what a great idea! I listen to ‘Sinatra & Basie at the Sands’ every night in my car when driving home from work!"

We will also have a surprise mystery guest (a famous jazz pianist) who will sit in for a couple of tunes.

This promises to be a great show and a full house, so make your reservations now. The music will start at 7:30, but we suggest you arrive by 7:00 to get a good table and enjoy Tula’s fine dinner menu.

North City Jazz Walk:

August 12th, 2014

Previous Gigs...

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club:

April 29th at 7:30PM
$8 Cover charge

OK, Critical Mass Groupies and Fans, our next show at Tula’s (April 29th) is going to be the best show in the history of the band. We hope you will be there.

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club:

July 30, 2013 at 7:30PM
$15 Cover charge

This is going to be SPECIAL !! If you are a jazz fan and even just a little bit of a Frank Sinatra fan, you probably know that his best album of all time was "Sinatra & Basie at the Sands." After many years of being a pop crooner, Frank returned to his jazz roots in 1966 by doing a series of concerts with the Count Basie Orchestra. They gave several concerts that year throughout the country, including a performance recorded at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Jazz fans generally agree that this was the best recording that Sinatra ever made. He was then 50 years old and was at the peak of his vocal powers. The Basie Band was unquestionably the best big band in the world at the time.

"Sinatra & Basie at the Sands." was also a triumph for the orchestrators who wrote the music for the show. Most of the arrangements were written by Quincy Jones, who also directed the band. Others were written by the great Billy Byers and Nelson Riddle. I am pleased that, after some extended detective work, we have located the original scores for all those arrangements and will present them with the same enthusiasm as the Basie Band did 47 years ago.

Our "Frank Sinatra" is DANNY QUINTERO, a wonderful local vocalist who has studied and performed Sinatra’s complete repertoire. When we called Danny to propose the idea to him, he said "Wow, what a great idea – I listen to "Sinatra & Basie at the Sands" every night in my car when driving home from work!"

This promises to be a full house, so make your reservations now. The music will start at 7:30, but we suggest you arrive by 7:00 to get a good table and enjoy Tula’s fine dinner menu.

North City Jazz Walk:

August 13, 2013

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club:

Featuring Bill Ramsay
January 29, 2013 at 7:30PM
$15 Cover charge
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Bill Ramsay, making his home in Tacoma, Washington, is a veteran Pacific Northwest saxophonist, performing on alto and baritone saxophone with his own bands and recording with groups up and down the West Coast, New York and Japan. He recently formed a nonette featuring the works of Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan. He has his own l0-piece band co-led by Milt Kleeb, which produced the album Kelly's Heroes, featuring Pete Christlieb (CARS productions).

Bill is a current long-time performer on baritone sax with the award-winning Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra; and has been an instructor and performer are Pt. Townsend's Centrum Jazz Workshops and Jazz Festivals for over 30 years. He works with the Seattle Symphony in their POPS concerts and works with high schools and colleges as a mentor and performer.

Bill's career is impressive. He is a veteran of the Count Basie Ochestra on alto and baritone saxophones; the Benny Goodman Octette on tenor saxophone; and the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones, Grover Mitchell All-Stars, Mel Lewis, Gene Harris, Ray McKinley, Buddy Morrow, Duke Ellington, The Frank Wess/Harry "Sweets" Edison Band, and Frankie Capp's Juggernaut. In addition, he has worked with a wide variety of singers, from Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra and Joe Williams; including many great female singers such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Ernestine Anderson, and Nortwest singers Primo Kim and Greta Matassa.

Among Bill's recordings are two CDs with Mel Torme on Concord Records; a recording by Grover Mitchell's all-star orchestra, Hip Shakin'; the Frank Wess/Harry "Sweets" Edison Orchestra's recording Dear Mr. Basie (Concord); and recordings by composer/arranger Phil Kelly. In addition, he is on a video with the Count Basie Orchestra and Joe Williams at Disneyland. His arrangements have been recorded by Ernestine Anderson, one of which, Never Make Your Move Too Soon, was nominated for a Grammy.

Bill was inducted into Earshot's Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.