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Jazz great Greta Matassa to sing in Snoqualmie at Arts Live event

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Greta Matassa, a unique voice on the Northwest jazz scene, is headlining the next Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live concert with her instrumental trio on Sunday, Jan. 25. Curtain time is 4 p.m. in the Mount Si High School Theater, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie.

The Seattle Times says, "Purists might argue there will never be another Ella (Fitzgerald) or Billie (Holliday). These cats have obviously not heard Greta Matassa!" You'll understand when you hear her effortlessly hit the highest riffs and then belt out the darkest whisky tones, matching the excellence of other jazz greats Ernestine Anderson and Dianne Shurr.

The Mount Si High School Jazz band, directed by Adam Rupert, opens the show. Matassa will sing the vocals for one of its selections, a great opportunity for these young musicians to interact with an artist of her caliber.

She has four times been voted the Northwest Best Jazz Vocalist by Seattle's Earshot Jazz Organization and has appeared with, among others, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Seattle Men's Chorus and numerous local big bands, as well as with her own group. Her recordings include a 2003 release called "Greta Matassa and Mimi Fox, Two for the Road," a live concert available on DVD and CD.

This performance is sponsored by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. Tickets are $15 regular, $10 senior and $5 youth. They are available at Nature's Marketplace in North Bend; Isadora's in Snoqualmie; Video Nites in Fall City; or at the door the day of the concert.

* For information, call (425) 888-1514 or visit www.snoqualmievalleyartslive.org.

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