This month, for the first time ever, music lovers will be treated with two performances as part of the increasingly popular concert series Jazz Live at Marine View Church. On Sun., Dec. 8 at 5 p.m., Seattle’s most beloved jazz vocalist, Greta Matassa, and acclaimed bassist Clipper Anderson will take the stage in a special holiday performance. Matassa has enjoyed a longstanding career as a performer, promoter and educator, and nearly every jazz vocalist in the Northwest calls her their teacher or mentor.
Anderson, a virtuoso bassist, has been a go-to musician for many local jazz artists. “I’m hoping Clipper sings a little,” said organizer Jim Foster. “He is an amazing bass player, too.”
Also performing this unique night of traditional jazz favorites are esteemed musicians Susan Pascal on vibraphone, Darin Clendenin on piano and Mark Ivester on drums.
Just one short week later, the natural and vibrant contemporary jazz performer Michael Powers will play a special Christmas show for his many fans. “Michael is such a showman,” Foster said. “People keep coming back because he puts on such a great show.”
Powers has made a name for himself as an all-around talent, with the ability to make his guitar sound like a variety of different instruments. “He is a great blues guitarist, but he can also play pop, rock, jazz, you name it and he can play it,” Foster added.
Powers will be joined by Eddy Ferguson on bass and Ronnie Bishop on drums to round out a solid performance of Christmas favorites.
As always, each performance is free, and played in the exceptional Marine View Church, which features unmatched acoustics and, as its name suggests, a beautiful view of the water.
It’s best to arrive early to these performances, as some productions garner up to 400 people. Although admission is free, organizers gratefully accept donations to support future productions.
“I’m hoping this series helps to keep jazz alive in Tacoma,” Foster added.
Performances take place Dec. 8 and 15 at 5 p.m. Marine View Church is located at 8469 Eastside Dr. NE in Tacoma. Info: http://www.marineviewpc.org.