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Jazz vs Cancer Round 2–save the date!

POSTED ON May 12, 2017

So pleased to be part of this important event again, this time benefitting City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. Stay tuned for more info soon.

Upstream Festival Artists Announced!

POSTED ON May 12, 2017


What a huge honor to be selected to participate in the inaugural Upstream Festival showcasing and celebrating the sounds of regional and national artists! Upstream Music Fest is a 3 day, open campus fest & industry summit taking place in Pioneer Square May 11-13, 2017. Over 200 emerging and established artists of all genres will be represented in performances will take place from the Main Stage in CenturyLink Field North Plaza. More info at https://upstreammusicfest.com

“From Braces to Grace Notes”: NPR Morning Edition/All Things Considered; interview with Ed Ronco (KNKX 88.5 FM),

POSTED ON December 02, 2016

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Had a wonderful time sitting down with KNKX-FM’s Ed Ronco to discuss music, life and my crazy career path! Link includes interview highlights and info on KNKX Holiday Jam at the Rialto Theater/Broadway Center for the Performing arts in Tacoma WA on December 4 at 7:30. Event is sold out but will be broadcast live on KNKX FM88.5.

Full page feature in October issue of “O, the Oprah Magazine”

POSTED ON September 12, 2016

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                          Gail featured in October issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. Grab a copy; on newsstands now!

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Love triumphs at “Jazz vs. Cancer” benefit!

POSTED ON February 20, 2016

What a fantastic event on Sunday at Catalina Bar and Grill, Los Angeles! I enjoyed sharing the stage with Antonia Bennett, Kiki Ebsen, Mark Winkler, Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer and many other fantastic performers in a fundraiser for weSPARK Cancer Support Center. weSPARK is an organization offering free integrative therapies, support groups and creative/educational workshops to all those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Kudos to Jackie Gibson, Cathy Segal-Garcia and Gary Brumburgh along with Jazz del Corazon and Human Connection for a stellar event! There was hardly anyone in attendance whose life hadn’t been touched by cancer in some way and there was a palpable atmosphere of support and love along with a general feeling of celebrating life.

Meet Yäger, weSPARK mascot! Sure hope there was enough in the budget for an extra treat for this special little guy!

Meet Yäger, weSPARK mascot! Sure hope there was enough in the budget for an extra treat for this special little guy!

A particular highlight was a visit to the weSPARK facilities the following day for a firsthand look at the facility and the incredible services they provide.

Another treat was having a chance to duet with organizer Gary Brumburgh, a good friend and past recipient of weSPARK services. He tells the funny story of how we met and why this was the song we had to sing!

 

Earshot Jazz feature: Cultivating Creative Freedom

POSTED ON January 07, 2016

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Excited to be featured in the January issue of Earshot Jazz Magazine. Had a wonderful time sitting down with staffer Edan Krolewicz to discuss music, creativity and life. Which may all be the same thing. Read more at: http://www.earshot.org/project/jan2016-gail-pettis-cultivating-creative-freedom/

Happy New Year from Jazz Alley!

POSTED ON January 01, 2016

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Very happy to start 2016  with some of my favorite musicians on the planet!

What a great time with guest drummer Brad Boal. Great to experience a fantastic response to our new material! Speaking of new things, recent and upcoming changes to Pearl Django have been announced. I’ve enjoyed being able to work with guitarists Ryan Hoffman and Troy Chapman but am excited about the chance to work with returning founding member Neil Andersson and Tim Lerch.

Come join us on Jan 30 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts as the group wishes Troy a fond farewell at his last official concert and extends a welcome and welcome back to Tim and Neil.

Inaugural Orcas Island Jazz Festival a huge success!

POSTED ON September 30, 2015

Congratulations to producer Martin Lund for a very successful and well-received three days of exciting and diverse music! Also many thanks to Orcas Open Arts and the sponsors and volunteers, stage, lighting and sound crew who went “above and beyond” in every way. Besides the joy of being made to feel so welcome, the thing that made this festival so much fun for me was the variety of music. A huge thrill to share the stage with Martin, Brazilian vocalist Paula Santoro, guitarist Gene Nery, the excellent Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto and everyone’s favorite (mine for sure!) Hot Club style group, Pearl Django! But I also really enjoyed the quiet contrast of the small groups Martin put together on the spot throughout the festival. Here we are enjoying a tune with bassist Rick Leppanen.

 

St. Petersburg White Nights Jazz Festival / Russian tour June 18-28

POSTED ON June 03, 2015

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June 18   Private event, St. Petersburg

June 21    Esse Jazz, Moscow

June 25    Live studio appearance

June 26    St. Petersburg Jazz Fest: Jazz Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg

June 27    St. Petersburg Jazz Fest: Jazz Cruise, St. Petersburg (daytime)

June 27    TBA (evening)

June 27   St. Petersburg Jazz Fest: Russian Museum

 

 

Photos from Spring Tour to Russia

POSTED ON May 17, 2015

Check out more tour photos on the Gallery Page!

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