Jazz in the City | Deems Tsutakawa


Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

A native of Seattle, Deems is the second son of visual artist George Tsutakawa. He began playing piano at the age of five, and won the annual Washington State Music Teachers Association Award at the age of nine. Deems originally played classical music, but in high school turned his attention to jazz. His passion to perform and write continued to grow, from his early days at nightclubs in Central Seattle and the International District to worldwide concert halls and clubs, from Tokyo, Japan to London, England. He has had the pleasure of working with recording stars Kenny G, Roy Ayers, Tony Gable, and Julian Priester, as well as opening concerts for Spyro Gyra, Hiroshima, and Maynard Ferguson.

Jazz in the City at the Frye Art Museum is a free, bi-monthly performance series produced in partnership with Ariel Media, with a purpose to celebrate the art form of jazz music and its long-standing influence and vibrancy in the city of Seattle. The Frye's First Hill location is adjacent to Seattle’s historic Jackson Street Jazz District: a combination of The Central District and the current International District, which comprised the historic China Town, Japan Town and Filipino Town. The Jackson Street Jazz District nurtured such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Jimi Hendrix.


Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email rsvp@fryemuseum.org at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program.