Racer Sessions Fest busts out again
Friday through Sunday, Jan. 13-15, the Café Racer jazz crowd celebrates its discoveries and camaraderie with the second Racer Sessions Fest. Participants include saxophonist Neil Welch, drummers Chris Icasiano and Evan Woodle and influential UW jazz professor Cuong Vu.
A couple of years ago, a circle of musicians cohering around students of University of Washington professor and world-renowned trumpet player Cuong Vu started gathering at Café Racer, in the University District, to exchange ideas. It has been fruitful. This weekend, the Racer crowd celebrates its discoveries and camaraderie with the second Racer Sessions Fest. Participants include expressive, elbow-out tenor saxophonist Neil Welch (above), Bad Luck (Welch, drummer Chris Icasiano), Burn List (Vu's quartet with Icasiano), Chemical Clock (with drummer Evan Woodle) and others.
8-11:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Café Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; $10 Friday and Saturday, free Sunday (206-523-5282 or http://racersessions.com).
Paul de Barros, Seattle Times jazz critic