The Piano Starts Here series highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room's Steinway B grand piano.
Alex Guilbert, host of the Piano Starts Here series, has been playing and composing music professionally as part of the Seattle scene for more than 20 years. Although he’s got a firm grounding in the jazz tradition, he’s been a side man and leader in ensembles of many different styles. From traditional jazz and rock to electronica and classical, Alex’s appreciation for a range of musical genres continues to inform and inspire his work.
After its birth and childhood in New Orleans, jazz spent its adolescence, and early adulthood, in Chicago before moving to New York. The windy city was home to too many greats of early Jazz to list here, some of the pianists among them-Earl Hines, Jelly Roll Morton, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan and many more, were among the best to ever play the instrument. Native son Ray Skjelbred will surely be a fine guide through this musical journey.