Mike and Val James will be playing at The Port Townsend Vintage Wine Tasting Room on Saturday, April 8, 4:30-6:30. The Vintage is located at 725 Water Street, Port Townsend. They will be joined by Bruce Cannavaro on bass. Their "mixed bag" of songs will include originals, standards, jazz, easy listening, and folk influenced selections. No cover.
Mike and Val James have performed to a variety of audiences in concerts, festivals, and private venues in the northwest and beyond for over 25 years. They accompany themselves on guitar (s), or enjoy performing with a jazz trio in the Port Townsend area. Their broad musical styles range from the traditional, to 1940’s, through 1980’s. Much of their music has “American Songbook”, folk, jazz, maritime, originals, or “bluesy” influences. Val, whose mother sang with Bing Crosby on the radio and in films, loves jazz standards. Just Makin’ It Up, her new CD, includes all original tunes. Mike is known for his original treatment of familiar songs across a variety of eras. Their most recent CD’s are Mixed Bag, a collection of songs ranging from traditional to modern folk and Broadway favorites. Back To Back with Dawn Clement, Steve Christofferson, Jeremy Jones, and Kevin McCarthy, as well as Live at the Upstage with The Pete Toyne Trio are collections of jazz standards. They also have an album of original songs for kids called, Carry Your Own Rainbow.