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Smokey Joes Café,coming to Jazz Alley!
Smokey Joes Café,coming to Jazz Alley!
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is getting ready to do some magic: morphing into Smokey Joe's Café from June 12 to 17. In Smokey Joe's Café, New York singers will serenade you during dinner with songs from your life. Remember the first time you heard "Hound Dog" or "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" or "Stand By Me." Go back to the beginnings of rock and roll and R&B, and get introduced to a couple of the best song writers of the 60s and 70s. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote some of the most famous songs of their time for the most famous performers, like Elvis.

Smokey Joe's Café was the longest running musical review on Broadway (1994-1999) and has won many Tony awards. Productions have been done in countries like England, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Turkey. Jazz Alley will be bringing a touring company from New York to the intimate 350 seat dinner club, where the performers can stroll in the audience, take the pulse of the room and find out what the favorite song of the night is, invite you to really sing along, things that they just can't do from a stage like the Paramount's.

Jazz Alley has brought the touring company for Ain't Misbehavin' to Seattle for a couple of years, now, and it sells out virtually every time. In fact, they're bringing it back in mid-December, if you want to mark your calendar. The success of a show like Ain't Misbehavin', which is also a review, created an opportunity to bring Smokey Joe's Café out, as well. The expectation is that the eight shows will sell out for this event, as well.

Seven New York singer-actors will be accompanied by four musicians, under the direction of Darius Frowner, the pianist. Frowner has worked as the musical director for shows such as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and regularly plays a cabaret show in The Village, where Broadway performers gather to hang out and sometimes sing with him. Three Seattle musicians, Milo Petersen (drums), Gary Ballard (guitar), and Larry Holloway (bass), will accompany Frowner at Jazz Alley.

The singers are all experienced performers. For instance, Famecia Ward was American Idol contestant that went to Hollywood and is now a Broadway actress. LaTasha Jordan has sung with Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle and others.

Jazz Alley draws a very musical crowd. It's not just a sit-there-and-listen type of environment. Smokey Joe's Café is the kind of event that can take unique advantage of the jazz club/nightclub environment. People who may have seen Smokey Joe's as a regular stage presentation may even find themselves liking this kind of experience better than a stage performance. Performers love the intimacy of this kind of performing and the direct contact with audience. Their reward is immediate, they can see the joy on the faces at the table. Seattle has a reputation of being one of the most musical towns in the country. A. Curtis Farrow, producer of this tour, says that singers who have performed at Jazz Alley before beg to be asked back because they have so much fun.

If this sounds like fun to you, get in touch with Dimitriou's Jazz Alley at or 206-441-9729.

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