Growing up, Kevin Woods was surrounded by music from the swing era, in part because his dad was a trumpet player with a big band in Walla Walla.
“He gave me a bugle at age 2, a cornet at age 5, then a trumpet in junior high school,” Woods says.
Family car trips were filled with music tapes of Louis Armstrong, and Woods says he learned all of the trumpet solos and melodies from the tapes. Now an assistant professor of music at Western Washington University in the jazz studies program, Woods will perform with bassist Roger Yamashita at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Eat Restaurant and Bar, 1200 Cornwall Ave.
A Western graduate, Woods also teaches occasionally at Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St., and often plays there with the Miles Black Octet. Woods is the headliner at the Art Center at 7 p.m. April 27. Hlans to record an album of original music this summer, and Bellingham’s Zoo Patrol, an electric-groove group he plays in, made a live video and audio recording at Mount Baker Theatre a few weekends ago.
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Joe and Carol Young perform
Guitarist and singer Joe Young got his first guitar in 1958 and right away he started learning as many chords as he could. “I studied music theory in the late 1960s, began writing music, and never stopped,” he says.
Young and his wife, Carol Young, perform at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Jansen Art Center’s Piano Lounge, 321 Front St., Lynden, and at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road.
Carol has been playing bass with him for the last couple of years. Joe says they are working on a new album of material they’ve been performing lately, and have enjoyed the positive audience response. They play a variety of genres, from the Beatles to Pat Boone. “I try to let the audience or the venue choose the mood and the songs for each performance,” he says.
Chris Eger plays from new CD
The Chris Eger Band, fresh from their sold-out CD release concert at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, plays from the album, “Show Me Where to Sign,” at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. The Naughty Blokes open. Tickets: $10.
Jackie Greene at the Buffalo
Guitarist and vocalist Jackie Greene, who splits his time between Brooklyn and Salinas, Calif., performs from “Back to Birth,” his first album in five years, at 9:30 p.m. April 9 at The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Greene plays frequently with Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as the Black Crowes and Warren Haynes. Tickets: $18.
Also playing Thursday
Tanya Hladik Trio, 8:30 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.
Chuck and Carr, 8:30 p.m., McKay’s Taphouse, 1118 E. Maple St
Marvin Johnson & Friends, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Friday
Mick Byrd, 8 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison
Justin Smith, 9 p.m., Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive
Micro Management hosts Stevey B, 2Troublesome, Kyle Vest, Raccunem MC Gan, Taj Eye, Tik & Tek, 9 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St.
3 Parts Jazz, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Saturday
Chuck Dingee, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road
Wes Mackey, 9 p.m., Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive
The Spencetet, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Sunday
Bow Diddlers, 5:30 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison
Also playing Monday
Also playing Tuesday
Timba Tuesday, 9 p.m., Glow Nightclub, 202 E. Holly St.
Also playing Wednesday
Aaron Guest, 6 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.
Ryan Sandholm, 6:30 p.m., Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive
The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St., 4 p.m. Sundays, slow jam; 7 p.m. Mondays, music hosted by Trace Rezideux; 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Guffingham (comedy).
Cafe Bouzingo, 1209 Cornwall Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St., 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, with Chuck Dingee.
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., blues jam with Patrick McFarland.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Feb. 23, blues jam with Andy “Badd Dog” Koch birthday show.
Glow Nightclub, 202 E. Holly St., 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with DJ J-Will; 9 p.m. Saturdays, with DJ Boombox Kid; 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Western Wednesdays with Gray Matter.
Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, 9 p.m. Thursdays with DJ Clint Westwood.
Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave., 11 p.m. Thursdays, with DJ Enz; 9 p.m. Saturdays with DJ Robby Clark.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Feb. 19, Elvish Freshley and Boombox Kid; 9 p.m. Feb. 20, Pressha, Pinky Promise, Dream Journal, Roman Candle, Sensebellum; 9 p.m. Wednesdays with Boombox Kid.
Bellingham Bar and Grill, 1408 Cornwall Ave., 9 p.m. Mondays.
El Gitano, 1125 E. Sunset Drive, Suite 110, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Royal, 208 E. Holly St., 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave., 9 p.m. Mondays, with Zack Zinn.
The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aireeoke with Aireekah.
Swillery Whiskey Bar, 118 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., 8 p.m. Fridays.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Mondays, Lip Sync Battle!
Archer Ale House, 1212 10th St., 7 p.m. Sundays.
Kulshan Brewing Co., 2238 James St., 7 p.m. Mondays.
K2, 1538 Kentucky St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
McKay’s Taphouse, 1118 E. Maple St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Slo Pitch Sports Grill & Casino, 3720 Meridian St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Table, 100 N. Commercial St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
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