Save the Date: Inside Out Jazz Awards Show at Benaroya Hall, May 31

Darius Willrich performs at the Inside Out Jazz Awards on Tuesday, May 31 at Benaroya Hall.
Anyone want to take a guess at how the owner of a small jazz club in the U District is going to fill the 2,400-seat S. Mark Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall? According to David Pierre-Louis--owner of Lucid Lounge--the quality of the city's evolving jazz scene will take care of it. Given the room, they'll fill it, he says.

"We're just trying to cultivate the jazz community from the inside out," Pierre-Louis says. "There are a lot of people who are creative. To give these guys an opportunity to shine will definitely be an amazing thing." To that end, Pierre-Louis is hosting the Inside Out Jazz Awards at Benaroya Hall on Mon., May 31.

"For me personally, it's much bigger than just Lucid," he says. "I could have done an awards show here at Lucid, but I wanted to open it up to Seattle because this is what we're about, and there's just so much going on, I wanted to make sure it was going on at a much higher level."

Awards--as voted on at be handed out in categories ranging from outstanding vocalist to outstanding stage presence, and the evenings performers include Greta Matassa, the Tom Baker Quartet, and a tribute to Miles Davis. Tickets start at $15, and all the evening's proceeds benefit relief efforts in Haiti, where Pierre-Louis' mother makes her home.

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