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Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is excited to announce the return of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, playing this December LIVE at Kenyon Hall. Based the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, playwright Joe Landry’s take on “It’s a Wonderful Life,” comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast as the ensemble of characters bring the town of Bedford Falls to the stage. You will feel the magic when George Bailey realizes the difference he makes in the lives of others. “No man is a failure who has friends.”

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November 2021 Shows

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Join us from your home for CASEY MacGILL (and friends)! 

Premiering November 26, 2021 at 7PM and streaming through November 29 at 11:59PM  

After the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, take some time to relax with our streamed concert from the one and only Casey MacGill!

Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. The artist, the ukulele, the cornet, the vocals! From the familiar standards, to boogie-woogie. to vocal pyrotechnics, to classic ballads, Casey brings the music! And for this Kenyon Hall streamed event, Casey brings an amazing group of supporting musicians to add to the fun!

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August and September 2020 Shows Still Available on YouTube

5Ct%20%22_blank"> to set a calendar reminder and to see the show beginning November 26th at 7PM. It will remain available to stream through Monday, November 29th. For more details about this remarkable musician, see Casey MacGill.

Thanksgiving is coming, and we at Kenyon Hall find ourselves thankful for you!
Thank you for the donations you have sent our way. You make it possible for Kenyon Hall to support artists like Casey MacGill and to “keep the lights on for Lou.” We look forward to continuing to keep the legacy of Louis Magor and this amazing place alive, and you make that possible. You have our sincere gratitude.

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Check out this interview from a year ago to learn more about Ray – his roots in Chicago, Seattle and the Bay area - and how he got to be the incredible musician that he is! Ray Skjelbred: Living a Jazz Life, Chicago Style – The Syncopated Times

In Ray’s words: “Actually, I’m just a neighborhood kid growing up in Chicago and growing older in Seattle, all at the same time! I have generally thought of myself as an English teacher first, then pianist and poet. My life has had the human influence of family, farmers, cowboys, baseball players, actors, writers and musicians, but perhaps I feel most affected  by rivers, forests and mountains.

I listen to red-winged blackbirds, wooden bats hitting baseballs, wind moving through poplar trees and dog yawns. Also music---Norwegian Hardanger fiddle music, Tibetan horns, Charles Ives, old cowboys and jazz. I always lean toward sounds that reassure me of the truth and beauty of the world we inhabit.

I love music that shows passion, daring and surprise. For me, the pianists I admire who most represent these ideas and to whom I listen most often are Earl Hines, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan, Mary Lou Williams, Art Hodes, Thelonious Monk, Zinky Cohn, George Zack, Cassino Simpson, Horace Henderson, Frank Melrose, Jimmy Yancey, Big Maceo, Bill Evans, Burt Bales, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Paul Lingle, Alex Hill, Sir Charles Thompson and Eddie Whitley.

I am proud that my father came from Norway, that my mother's family consisted of farmers in Wisconsin and that my wife and children are good guides and partners in my life.”

To see the show on November 12th, click here !  Can’t join us on the 12th, don’t worry - You can click to see and support this artist through the weekend! To get to know more about the inestimable Ray Skjelbred,  click here! 

October 2021 Shows

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Orville Johnson and Mark Graham
The Kings of Mongrel Folk

Premiering Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7PM
and streaming through Monday, November 1, 2021

Orville Johnson is a favorite with Kenyon Hall audiences and we are over the moon that he is back with us AND has brought his oft times musical partner Marc Graham along! Orville, as you know (or will soon see in the streamed event!), is a singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, session player, the top dobro player on the West Coast, and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician.

Orville and Mark Graham have played together as a duo since 1993. As Orville says, “Mark is a world class harmonica wizard, a humorous songwriter without peer, a tuneful clarinet blower, and all-round swell guy.”

Together they form the duo – The Kings of Mongrel Folk! They’ve had a lot of fun over the years playing music, writing songs together, traveling the hi ways and byways, festivals and concert halls, and meeting music lovers far and wide. We are delighted to feature them streaming from Kenyon Hall!

Through the generosity of these talented folks, the October From Home series is offered at no cost. We hope, though, that viewers will be moved to donate online during the stream in support of these world class musicians and the programming at Kenyon Hall as the performing arts struggle to come back joyously from the sad silence of the pandemic!

To see the show on October 29th (or set an alert on your calendar!), click here or in the column on the right! Can’t join us on the 29th, don’t worry - You can still click to experience and support these artists through the weekend!


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TOM COLLIER, vibes, marimba, drums, percussion Retired Director of the Percussion and Jazz Programs at the University of Washington School of Music, Professor Emeritus Tom Collier has performed and recorded with many important classical, jazz, and popular artists, in addition to recording and performing with his own jazz group. He is a veteran of more than 60 years in music-- his first public appearance was at age five, on xylophone, and his first professional performances were made as a nine-year-old marimba virtuoso.

Collier has appeared in concert with many important jazz and popular artists, including Eddie Daniels, Roger Kellaway, Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Emil Richards, Larry Coryell, Bill Frisell, Laurendo Almeida, Buddy DeFranco, Diane Schurr, Peggy Lee, Herb Ellis, Ernestine Anderson, Natalie Cole, Mannheim Steamroller, The Beach Boys, Gina Funes, Della Reese, Walt Wagner, and many more. Although his primary focus in recent years has been jazz, Collier has also performed occasionally as a featured mallet soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Denver Symphony.

As a solo artist, Tom has recorded several albums featuring original compositions beginning with Illusion in 1988 on TC Records featuring Collier playing vibes, marimba, synthesizer, drums and Los Angeles-based saxophonist Gary Herbig. Pacific Aire, released on Nebula Records in 1990, featured West Coast legendary saxophonist Bud Shank, keyboardist Don Grusin, New York pianist Peggy Stern, Seattle bassist Chuck Deardorf and Maui-based drummer Michael Buono. A series of recordings for Origin and Origin Classical labels began with 2004's Mallet Jazz featuring marimba/percussion extraordinaire Emil Richards and noted jazz drummer Joe Porcaro (as well as Dan Dean on bass), 2010's Mallet Fantastique, and 2012's Tom Collier Plays Haydn, Mozart, Telemann and Others. That recording, featuring Tom performing both parts of noted classical violin duets on vibraphone and marimba (by overdubbing), was placed on the 2013 GRAMMY ballot for best Classical Instrumental Album.

Before his retirement from the University of Washington School of Music in 2016, Tom was awarded a Royalty Research Grant by the University in 2014 to produce three new recordings in three different settings. The first project, a solo vibraphone album entitled Alone In The Studio, was released on Origin Records in March 2015. A second recording, Across The Bridge, was released by Origin in November, 2015 and featured nine original compositions for jazz quartet. World-renowned guitarists Bill Frisell and Larry Coryell joined Collier on this recording along with drummers Ted Poor and John Bishop as well as electric bassist/guitarist Dan Dean who also produced the album. The third project, an experimental free improvisation trio album entitled Impulsive Illuminations was released on Origin Records in November 2016. Guitarist Bill Frisell joined Tom once again on this session along with pianist Richard Karpen, trumpeter Cuong Vu, legendary free-form trombonist Stuart Dempster and avant-garde clarinetist William O. Smith. All three albums were placed on GRAMMY ballots in various jazz categories respectively for 2016, 2017, and 2018.

MARC SEALES - A noted pianist, composer and leading figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Marc Seales has shared stages with many of the great players of the last two decades. He has played with nearly every visiting jazz celebrity from Joe Henderson and Art Pepper to Benny Carter, Mark Murphy, and Bobby Hutcherson. With the late Don Lanphere he performed in such places as London, England; Kobe, Japan; The Hague in the Netherlands; and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

The musicians he admires most are Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Wynton Kelly, though he is quick to acknowledge that he owes the basically be-bop/post be-bop sound of his playing to his mentors, Don Lanphere and Floyd Standifer.

Critics have praised Seales variously for his "meaty piano solos," and "blues inflected, Hancock-inspired modernism." Winner of numerous Earshot awards (Instrumentalist of the Year in 1999 and Acoustic Jazz Group in 2000 and 2001; Jazz Hall of Fame, 2009), Seales is
today promoting jazz awareness and molding young talents as a Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where he is a professor in the Jazz Studies Program. He teaches an array of courses, including History of Jazz, Jazz Piano, and Beginning and Advanced Improvisation, as well as leading various workshops and ensembles.
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To see the show on October 1st, click here

Formed some 50 years ago while they were college aged, the Jerry Frank Trio, featuring Jerry Frank at the piano, Tom Collier on percussion, and Dan Dean on bass, found a musical affinity which is still mightily in evidence in this, their 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert, recorded live at Kenyon Hall and premiering as a streamed event for the Hall on October 1st


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Dennis James at the Mighty WurliTzer!

Kenyon Hall is pleased to re-open the doors to live performance with the return of Dennis James, the renowned Master of the WurliTzer theater organ! We welcome Maestro James as he and our mighty WurliTzer give voice to the three silent movie classics created by the kings of silent movie comedy: Buster Keaton (The High Sign), Harold Lloyd (Never Weaken), and Charlie Chaplin (The Kid)!   
We truly can’t think of a better way to invite you back to our venue than to feature the WurliTzer, played in the historic but timeless style of 1921 enhancing the magic on the screen. That’s right! It’s been 100 years since these three movies were released, so join us in a celebration of their centennial at Kenyon Hall!  

August and September 2020 Shows Still Available on YouTube

September 26, 2020

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Original Concert on August 15, 2020

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Original Concert on August 22, 2020

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