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Nich Anderson and the Art of the Jazz Salon

Christopher Loudon on the JazzVox series of house concerts in the Seattle area

Kathleen Grace
Kevin Mahogany and Bill Anschell
Thomas Marriott, Chuck Kistler and John Proulx
Nich Anderson with Nancy King
Nich Anderson with Nancy King

As clubs large and small continue to shutter at an alarming rate, jazz artists must become increasingly resourceful about finding spaces to play. One of the most intriguing trends, fueled by jazz fans equally frustrated by the lack of decent venues, is the staging of cozy concerts in private homes. Few such fans have, however, been as relentless in their pursuit of at-home talent as Nich Anderson. Ten years ago, Anderson was invited to his first house concert, featuring one of his favorite vocalists, Nancy King, performing with guitarist John Stowell. “I was spellbound,” he says. “The intimate environment fostered respect and honor for the performers, and their connection with the listeners was magical.”

Anderson wanted to replicate the magic in his own home, but lacked adequate room until he and his partner, Steve Pedersen, moved to a larger house in Auburn, Washington. Teaming with friends Andy and Patti Carr, they launched their monthly JazzVox concert series, built around regional and visiting jazz vocalists, usually paired with a local instrumentalist.

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