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‘Jazz on the Lawn’ to End on a High Note Friday with Michael Gullo & Friends


Michael Gullo is young.

There! We said it!

But don’t let his mere 22 years fool you. Within the space of just over two decades Gullo has amassed some impressive credentials including “Best Male Vocalist” awards two years in a row at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, featured performances with a diverse group of well-known artists including Bobby McFerrin, Bruce Hornsby, James Moody, Steve Miller Band, Phil Woods, Jon Secada and Ricky Skaggs to name a few, not to mention a 2010 role as the young Sinatra, in legendary producer Phil Ramone’s production of the musical “Lanza.”

He may still have to pay an “under-age fee” to rent a car, but this boy can Swing! This Friday, Aug. 31, marks your last chance to catch local Jazz artists in a setting like no other on the south side – the plush Cedarbrook Lodge in Seatac welcomes Gullo, along with Greta Matassa.

“Greta has been a great teacher, friend and mentor to me,” states Gullo on his website. “To be able to perform with an amazing talent like her is such a great treat,” he adds.

The two vocalists will be joined by Darin Clendinen (Piano), Mark Ivester (Drums), and Jon Hamar (Bass). Expect Jazz standards and some original tunes, delivered in a distinct vocal style that is straight-forward and entertaining. Take a listen:

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Along with such melodic musings of a bygone era, Gullo can scat in a unique way that clearly comes from his youthful sensibilities. Do we detect a nod to Rap in the opening to his original composition “Gullorian”?

Along with the entertainment, guests can enjoy select small plates, wines and beers, all with a regional flair from the celebrated Copperleaf restaurant, while enjoying the show on Cedarbrook’s verdant lawn.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25.00 at the door. To buy tickets or for more information click here:

http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/jazz.php

Watching Michael Gullo brings to mind a semi-local sensation from up north – another Michael whose last name rhymes with Gou-lay (wink-wink, nudge-nudge). I recall seeing an interview with that famous Canadian songster talking about how he got his start in small clubs and pubs in Vancouver, BC. How I wish I could have caught one of those shows and secured the bragging rights to say “I saw him when….”

Perhaps this is our chance to catch the last show in this series and the right to to say:

“I saw him when he was just a pup!”

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