The Sea Monster is a new venue to me in Seattle, but I'm sure that I'll be going back after my experience last night with Lamar Lofton's Middle Passage, an interesting mix of reggae and jazz styles with original music and traditional jazz standards. A fun gig with more than its share of strange moments, the real trivia moment on the gig was the realization that 4-out-of-5 members of the band graduated from Garfield High School: Lamar Lofton (80s), myself (early 90s), Chris Patin (mid 90s), and Carter Yasutake (new millenium). Add Marc Fendel to the mix (from Portland) and you've got Middle Passage! Lamar has been playing around town for years in both jazz and reggae situations, and if you don't know his playing you might've heard him with Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band. If not, keep an eye out for Lamar (you can't miss him!) and this great band -- hopefully we will be playing together again soon.