I honestly can't remember when I met pianist Tim Kennedy
, but it must have been at a jam session at the Owl and Thistle
. I don't recall ever having played a gig with him, and I can't you how excited I was when he asked me to play duo at a new club in the South end of Seattle, the Columbia City Theatre
. A great little bar-style in the front was our station for the evening, but the very inviting and larger back room is the true jewel of the establishment. This place has a history all its own, and it felt great to be just a part of it for one evening. In the tradition of the room, we tried to cover as many bases as possible from the classic jazz and standard repertoire, from I Cover the Waterfront
to Nica's Dream
. As a pianist, Tim really has a handle on a variety of approaches, from a Duke-ish kind of stride, to more open Tatum-esque runs, and dashes of blues, bebop and more in the mix. He just put the finishing touches on a new recording, so do look around for that, and possibly I'll play a bit on my podcast
. Tim appears every Thursday at the Columbia City Theatre, so if you have a chance, be sure to go check him out!