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Top acts to play February jazz series at Auburn Wine and Caviar

Mark Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano, author of more than 1,600 compositions.  - Courtesy photo
Mark Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano, author of more than 1,600 compositions.
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Saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis performs at the Auburn Wine and Caviar Company on Saturday nights in February with a different featured guest musician (or two) from around the region.

Performances are 6-9 p.m. at the venue, 2402 A St. SE,

February's featured guest musician lineup:

• Feb. 2: Bud Schultz, piano; Ted Enderle bass

• Feb. 9: Norm Bellas, piano

• Feb. 16: Jim Day, guitar

• Feb. 23: Milo Petersen, guitar

About the musicians:

Mark Lewis

Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano, author of more than 1,600 compositions, and has recorded and produced more than 20 albums on various labels.

Rotterdam, Holland was Lewis' home base for many years. He toured and played in most of the better clubs throughout Europe, and taught jazz theory and improvised music classes in several music conservatories.

Lewis lived and performed for several years in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C., as well. Lewis' CD "In The Spirit," recorded at Music Annex in Menlo Park, Calif., made the Top 40 on Billboard Magazine's Jazz Albums chart.

Lewis has performed and recorded with pianists Mark Levine, Overton Berry and Ted Gioia; drummers Candy Finch, Eddie Moore and Billy Higgins; bassist David Friesen; saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Art Foxall; trumpet player Randy Brecker; and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Lewis often subbed for Stan Getz and John Handy during his time in San Francisco.

Bud Schultz holds a bachelor of music degree from University of Puget Sound and completed extensive graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. Schultz has played and recorded with such greats as Milt Hinton, Larry Bunker and Martin Denny. He is the former accompanist for Patti Suzuki, and has accompanied such jazz notables as Mel Torme, Johnny Desmond, Dorothy Dandridge and Helen O'Connell.

Ted Enderle was originally from Philadelphia where he studied double bass with noted jazz bassist Al Stauffer and with Roger Scott, principal bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Enderle is one of the Olympic Peninsula's busiest jazz bassists, and has performed on both coasts of the U.S. with musicians that include Larry McKenna, Chuck Anderson, Darryl Brown, Hadley Caliman, Art Foxall and Paul Moen.

Norm Bellas holds a master of music degree in composition. He won the Washington State Blues Society "BB" for Best Keyboard and was nominated for best songwriter. Bellas' eclectic style is a synthesis of jazz and blues with bursts of funk, R&B, Latin and country. He might be said to play bluesy jazz or jazzy blues. Bellas' CD of original jazz compositions "Out of the Norm" was played on heavy rotation for six months on the Seattle jazz station, KPLU. Bellas has played with jazz artists such as Tutti Heath, Don Lanphere, Jessica Williams, Frank Wess and Art Lande, and has played and/or recorded with many blues and R&B legends including Big Momma Thorton, Buddy Miles, Carlos Santana, and the Temptations.

Jim Day plays fingerstyle on an acoustic jazz guitar with a bit of amplification. Day has played with many jazz legends, including Miles Davis, Freddy Hubbard, Stan Kenton, Della Reece and Henry Mancini. In his early rock and roll days, he played with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, Connie Stevens and Brenda Lee. Day has three CDs of his own and has been on numerous recording sessions with national and regional recording artists.

Milo Petersen is on the affiliate faculty at Seattle Central Community College and was recently honored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 1993 he was awarded a composition grant by the Seattle Arts Commission. Milo Petersen and the Jazz Disciples were featured in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music by James Bush. Petersen has performed with a wide array of artists, including Eartha Kitt, Ernestine Anderson, Julian Priester, Cedar Walton and Mose Allison. He has also played for a variety of shows including The Fifth Dimension, The Bob Hope Show, The Coasters and The Drifters.

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For more information, call the Auburn Wine and Caviar Company at 253-887-8530.

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