Claim to fame: Sulkin says he's known in the community as the mad jazz aficionado who used to run jazz clubs in London and is always talking about good jazz spots in Bellingham.
What he does: He's currently producing World of Jazz Builds a Library, a jazz series at Sudden Valley Dance Barn to raise money for a permanent library to serve Sudden Valley, Glenhaven and the Geneva neighborhood. The concerts raised just over $12,000 this year, attracted about 200 people to each concert, and provided some wonderful music, Sulkin says. The past season featured the Western Washington Faculty Collective, Pearl Django, Jovino Santos Neto, and Greta Metassa with tap dancer Jovon Miller.
What's next: Sulkin says he's been given the go-ahead for a follow-up series in 2013 that will feature female jazz and blues singers, along with some of the best jazz musicians from Bellingham, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Tickets for the new series will cost $60 for four concerts, so it's quite a bargain while also helping build a library, he says. Among the performers will be New York singer and pianist Laila Biali, and a return appearance by Pearl Django, with Anne Griffith providing French vocals.