Tuesday, July 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Make a Scene: Scott Cossu to make first appearance at local jazz series

Jazz Live at Marine View begins its fall season on Sept. 9 with a performance by Scott Cossu. The Olympia resident is an internationally-known pianist, composer and recording artist. One of the initial artists signed to the Windham Hill label, Cossu earned critical acclaim with a style that blends jazz, classical and ethnic music influences.

Cossu released his first album, “Still Moments,” in 1980. He followed this with “Spirals” in 1983. He signed with Windham Hill and they released his third album, “Islands,” in 1984.

Jim Foster created the series and books the acts. He listens to a lot of local jazz artists. He noted this will be Cossu’s first time playing in the series.

He finds Cossu’s arrangements to be appealing. “He has a nice piano sound,” Foster said. He likes how Cossu emphasizes percussion and flute.

He also appreciates how Cossu’s music has changed over the years. He points to his new album “Jazz, Boogie & Deja Blues” as an example. It caters more to blues fans with its boogie feel, he noted. “The new album is a departure from his earlier stuff.”

Foster said the series has grown in popularity since it began three years ago. He said it started with a trial run to determine the level of interest. The first show with Seattle guitarist Michael Powers drew about 200 people. Now some shows draw between 350 and 400.

He has booked big bands, Latin jazz outfits, traditional jazz vocalists like Greta Matassa, jazz/rock fusion artists such as Geoffrey Castle and gypsy jazz by Pearl Django. “I try to mix up the types of jazz we offer.”

He noted there is no other regularly scheduled jazz concert series in the Tacoma area. Jazz offerings in South Sound clubs are limited. Foster feels a jazz nightclub in Tacoma could be successful under the right circumstances.

While admission is free, patrons are encouraged to make a donation. Foster guarantees the performers payment for their time.

Foster said he organizes the shows because he appreciates the music and wants to provide something to the community. When attendees hear the music the appreciation they feel is evident.

For his Marine View appearance Cossu will be joined by Jon Croarkin on flutes, harmonica and sax, Steven Banks on drums, Dan O’Brien on bass and Tor Dietrichson on conga and percussion. 

The show begins at 5 p.m. at Marine View Church, located at 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E. For more information call (253) 229-9206 or visit