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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 Jazz Festival and second Russian tour June 18-28

POSTED ON June 03, 2015

Russia Weds


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



Russian Tour announced: April 4-18, 2015

POSTED ON March 27, 2015

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No better way to celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month than to spend two weeks performing in Russia! Looking forward to an exciting time of sharing music and making friends. See you soon, Moscow, Ufa, Ivanova, Perm, Novosibirsk and St.Petersburg!!!

Mercer Island travels the world for arts education!!!

POSTED ON March 02, 2015

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So honored to be part of a benefit for arts education in my own community! Mercer Island Fine Arts Showcase, a 2-day fundraiser celebrating art education is put on by the Mercer Island Fine Arts Advisory Committee in conjunction with the School District and has been a tradition for over 30 years. Tuesday evenings “Spotlight of Visual Arts” will showcase an extensive art display along with an art scavenger hunt and other participatory activities. Music will be provided by MIHS Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir and other groups. On Wednesday evening I will be narrating the “Spotlight on Performing Arts” program. See website for a list of all artists and music groups for both nights and for ticket purchase.

5-night run with Pearl Django at Jazz Alley, Jan 2-4, 2015

POSTED ON December 05, 2014

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Pacific Jazz Institure at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents gypsy jazz artists Pearl Django and special guest
vocalist Gail Pettis. Band members: Troy Chapman (guitar), Ryan Hoffman (guitar), Rick Leppanen (bass),
Michael Gray (violin), and David Lange (accordion). Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
Show time Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

MORE Magazine feature

POSTED ON September 26, 2014

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Gail featured in October 2014 issue of MORE magazine on newsstands today!

UPDATE: Online archive now available:

Gail and Pearl Django!

POSTED ON January 01, 2014

Very excited about the invitation to appear with this phenomenal group of musicians!  Looking forward to this new collaboration and to our first show at the Whidbey Island Performing Center for the Arts on January 25th!

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Port Jazz Festival, Kobe Japan

POSTED ON May 19, 2012

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Having a wonderful time at the Port Jazz Festival at Asahi Hall celebrating 55 years of friendship between sister cities Kobe and Seattle! So delighted with the wonderful enthusiasm for jazz!

Jazz Benefit for Japan

POSTED ON April 22, 2011

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Thanks to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, KPLU 88.5 NPR and the Pacific Jazz Institute for the opportunity for this upcoming 2-night performance with proceeds benefitting the Japanese Red Cross Society. Please come out and help us make a difference!

Named “2010 NW Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz!!!

POSTED ON January 02, 2011

A HUGE honor to receive this award again! Many thanks to the entire music community!

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