Marcus Printup JazzClubsNW

Jazz Clubs NW sponsors a week of Marcus Printup concerts, clinics and workshops.

Marcus Printup, a trumpeter with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will perform live on KPLU with local high school jazz students on October 15 at 12:15 p.m., and will be featured in a series of live jazz performances in the Northwest from October 13-17. All of these activities are made possible by JazzClubsNW.

The live studio session is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz mentoring program. Printup will perform with the Will Crandell Project, a group of jazz students from three area high schools (Santosh Sharma, tenor sax and Ravi Sharma, guitar–Roosevelt; Luis Ross, bass—Edmonds-Woodway; Will Crandell, drums and Jered Byford, trombone–Mt Si) hosted by Abe Beeson. KPLU’s School of Jazz program, now in its 12th year, supports the next generation of local jazz musicians by providing professional mentors for high school and college jazz groups, culminating in live, on-air performances. Also, once a month KPLU invites a jazz student to program an hour of their favorite jazz and share it with Abe on Evening Jazz.

Printup will join well-known local jazz musicians including pianist Danny Kolke, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummers Greg Williamson and Julian MacDonough in performances at Boxley’s in North Bend, Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) in Bellingham, Bellevue College, and at venues in Tacoma and Lynnwood. He’ll conduct pre-concert clinics and workshops and in-school rehearsals with students. (See schedule below.)

About Marcus Printup

Printup was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia. He is known as a facilitator for master classes and clinics at middle schools, high schools, and universities across the U.S. When he was a student at the University of North Florida, he won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 1993, his talent in jazz and trumpet brought him an invitation to join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Printup has recorded with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Madeline Peyroux, Ted Nash, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Roberts, among others. He has recorded several albums as a leader: Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace in the Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby Ballads All Night, and A Time for Love. He made his screen debut in the 1999 movie Playing by Heart and recorded on the film’s soundtrack. August 22 has been declared “Marcus Printup Day” in his hometown of Conyers, Georgia.

About JazzClubsNW

JazzClubsNW is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz performance, venues, arts/cultural festivals, that provides educational opportunities for young musicians to meet and perform with professionals across the Northwest. Since 2010, JazzClubsNW programming has made a significant impact in the communities with hundreds of members throughout the Pacific Northwest. They started as the Boxley Music Fund that supports one venue in North Bend. Students who are actively involved in their mentorship program have also received college scholarships for music from varies institutions, including Central Washington University, Berklee College of Music in Boston and New School of Music in New York.

Marcus Printup’s schedule is as follows:

  • Tues 10/13 – Boxley’s, North Bend, WA – 7:30pm *
  • with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.
  • Wed 10/14 – WJMAC, Bellingham, WA – 7:30pm **
  • Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.
  • Thurs 10/15 – Live studio session at KPLU in Seattle, 12:15pm with the Will Crandell Project (jazz students from Edmonds-Woodway, Roosevelt and Mt. Si high schools).
  • Thurs 10/15 – Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA – 7:30pm*
  • with the Bellevue College Band under the direction of Jim Sisko
  • Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.
  • Fri 10/16 – BSharp Cafe, Tacoma, WA – Concert at 8:00pm
  • Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.
  • Sat 10/17 – Roy’s Place, Lynnwood, WA – Concert at 7:30pm*
  • with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.
  • The clinics are open to the public and targeting students
  • for JazzClubsNW’s combo/mentor program.


  • *Clinic/Master Class pre-concert at 5:30pm
  • **5pm Clinic/Master Class start time.



JazzClubsNW & KPLU Sponsor School of Jazz with Marcus Printup and the Will Crandell Project

Will Crandell – drums, Jered Byford – trombone, Santosh Sharma – sax, Ravi Sharma – guitar, Luis Ross – bass, Marcus Printup – trumpet

Listen to the entire show here:


Video excerpts below:



Festival names Danny Kolke Grand Marshal

EVAN PAPPAS,  Snoqualmie Valley Record Reporter 

Aug 7, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Aug 10, 2015 at

Danny Kolke, founder of Boxley’s  Place, has been named Grand Marshal for the Festival at Mount Si.

Being named a Grand Marshal of a city event is something that he never pictured.

“My reaction was ‘wow.’ I think I said that seven times in a row,” Kolke said.

Having lived in the Valley for almost 18 years, Kolke has made his mark on the town of North Bend. He founded Boxley’s Place, a live jazz club and restaurant, with his wife six years ago. From there he created the Boxley Music Fund, A non-profit foundation that now owns the club, manages the music programming and hosts events like the North Bend Jazz Walk and Blues Walk.

“You can make the argument that it would be more successful in a bigger city but I don’t know if that’s true or not. I think it has the advantage of being part of a small town and in a big city, if it goes away, nobody cares,” Kolke said. “In a small town we become part of the experience, so it’s nice to be part of a community.”

Kolke not only created a jazz club in the city but also teaches kids jazz. He teaches piano, improvisation, and leads Mount Si High School’s Jazz Band 2.

“The kids are learning everything from basic team collaboration, because there are a bunch of them on stage, there’s no arrangement so they are figuring this out on the fly, they also have to learn to be good communicators, who is going to do what first and who goes next,” Kolke said. “There is so much thinking on your feet. I think it’s really great for kids.”

According to Kolke, the reward from all of this is just to see students get excited about the music.

“It’s fun to see kids learn it, and get excited about it, and do well with it,” Kolke said. “It’s rewarding in ways I never expected. We didn’t start this venue to do kids’ programming, it happened by accident and now I can’t imagine not doing it because it’s one of the best things about it.”

One of the opportunities Boxley’s has given young players is the venue to play with older, more experienced musicians. There are times that Kolke has a 12-year-old playing with people who are 70, playing with somebody who’s 40.

“These guys have become friends with people who could be their grandparents,” Kolke said. “It’s really cool to see them develop friendships performing together.”

Last year Kolke let the Boxley Music Fund take over the restaurant, in addition to already running the music programming. More than 200 families are members of the Boxley Music Fund.

“The goal is that it’s less about me and more about the community doing this together,” Kolke said. “I think it’s easy to get so busy and so wrapped up into routines and it’s easy to lose sight of things that are important and doing this project and connecting with the kids as often as I do is a great reminder that it’s very rewarding to invest in other people.”

Through investing in other people, creating events like the jazz and blues walks and Boxley’s itself, Kolke has been able to share his love of music with the community.

“Music is a magical thing, especially when you share it with other people and do it with other people; I can’t say enough positive about that.”


Google Sheets Powers My Restaurant & Jazz Club

Six years ago I did probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done.  I bought a restaurant and started a jazz club. What’s crazier is that I started this club in the small town of North Bend Washington. Never heard of it?  Well, Twin Peaks was filmed here.  That’s probably our claim to fame.  Plus now, Boxleys is rated one of the Best Jazz Clubs in the World by Downbeat Magazine, 5 years in a row.

So here is the deal.  I have a full time job.  This jazz club thing is both a hobby and a passion for me, sharing the music that love along with some great food and wine. People ask me all the time, “why did you start a Jazz club here”.  My answer is simple,  “I live here”.  

Now six years into this endeavor our restaurant is community owned by a non-profit organization called the Boxley Music Fund. That’s pretty cool. But what I think is really awesome is that our venue is managed almost entirely by part time staff using Google Spreadsheets and Cloudward CloudSnippets.  That’s correct. Let me run down the list of things that Boxleys uses Google Spreadsheets for.

Who’s playing at Boxley’s Tonight?

If you visit Boxleys website, the first thing you are greeted by is who’s playing tonight.  This is a rotating banner starting with today and goes through the next couple weeks. If you click on any image, you can make  a reservation for that night.

This banner is a Google Sheet powered Cloud Snippet. (Maybe I should say that the other way around).

Clicking on the banner takes to you reservations for that night.

This content is all managed by a Google Spreadsheet that a part time assistant updates 1 to 2 times a month.  The Spreadsheet looks like this.


All the content is in the sheet.  The images usually come from the musicians website and she just pastes the URL in the right column for them.  The start and end dates determine when the banners show up.

Scrolling through the Month

Visitors on our website can see descriptions of everyone thats coming, on the Music Tab. This is the same format for the data, but in list format not a rotating banner.  Just scroll down the page and see.

Here it is:

The cool thing is that my assistant updates 1 spreadsheet and the content is updated in multiple places using Cloud Snippets. Yay!

What’s for Dinner?

Want to know what’s for dinner? Our chef updates the menu every day and he uses a Google Sheet to do that.  

Here is the spreadsheet.


But wait… it get’s cooler.

Our point of sale system is Web Based. Servers carry iPad’s around the restaurant and take orders at the table.  The same menu is loaded into the POS via a snippet we customized.  

Chef updates menu, goes on website and into the point of sale.

Cloud Snippets and Sheets in action. This is Nancy taking an order on her iPad.

Printed Menu’s?

You guessed it.  We made another snippet that outputs the same spreadsheet data so we can print menus.

Awesome? Yeah!

More Snippets… More Sheets!

Other ways we use snippets and sheets.

  • Our Time Clock
  • The staff timeclock is a snippet that saves data to a Google Sheet.
  • Sending payroll to PayChex is a snap!
  • Scheduling
  • The floor manager uses Google Sheets to do staff schedules
  • Special Events
  • Special event requests are a Cloud Snippet that saves to a Google Sheet and sends an email to the special events manager and a confirmation to the requestor
  • Sponsors
  • We are a non-profit and our sponsors banners and advertisements are displayed using Sheets and Snippets just like the upcoming musicians
  • More?
  • Any interim thing that I need done or managed – I use a Cloud Snippet and a Sheet

What Does Dinner Look Like?

So our latest addition is a photo gallery powered by Cloud Snippets and a Google Sheet.  I may change that to just use one of the Google Drive Cloudward Snippets. Regardless, it’s cool.

How Cool is That?

The ability to use Google Sheets and Cloud Snippets makes it so we can have several people manage different content when it’s convenient for them.  These are real time saving and super practical solutions.  Just one example is updating the Point of Sale.  It used to take lots of time. Now it’s only minutes. And the same sheet updates the website, printed menu’s and the point of sale.  Really awesome!

Check out Boxleys here.

Also, here are some of the snippets I use from Cloudward.

Happy Birthday today to my hero! My dad!

Dad and Mom in Krakow
[photo above: Mom & Dad in Krakow Poland]

Happy Birthday today to my hero! My dad! Daniel Arthur Kolke, Sr. is 85 years young today. I took this first picture of my parents in Krakow Poland on a family trip to trace our roots. My dad was born in southern Poland 85 years ago today. When he was a boy his family lost everything in the invasion of Poland at the start of WWII. They were relocated to Germany as part of an “ethnic German relocation” (picture attached).  

[Photo of Ethnic German Relocation]

He spent the war working on a farm in central Poland until a soldier knocked on the door and told them to grab their weapons and defend their town from the advancing Russian troops. While my grandfather said okay, he shut the door and instead had everyone grab what they could and they fled west in horse drawn wagons. The picture of the church attached the Nazi’s had converted into one of their community centers, so my dad had never seen this building as “a church” when he was there as a boy. It was so amazing to see it restored.

[Church in Biala Poland]

[Church courtyard in Biala Poland]

And you know what? And believe it or not, this is not the most horrible thing my dad has been through. As an immigrant working in a lumber camp, someone accidentally pushed dad, while he was holding a lamp.  Dad fell, with the lamp on two cans of kerosene.  Dad bursted into a “living torch.”  All dad remembers was throwing himself on a bed, while covering his eyes with his hands and screaming, “Ich bin verloren” (I am lost).  This was December 20, 1951.  

[My dad when he left Germany after WWII]

He spent more than eighteen months at Toronto General hospital with burns covering most of his body.  His hands and face is all reconstructed.  Dad had 20 surgeries by Dr. Farmer (top burned specialist).  Severely debilitated, he struggled with survival and whether or not life as worth living. He was visited by local German speaking church youth group. Desmond Eagle was one of these young adults, an immigrant himself. Des and my dad became best friends for decades. My dad became a Christian and devoted his life to God.

Dad went back to school and finished not only his high school but went on to study at several universities including Princeton. Eventually earning several degrees, my dad was knighted Sir Reverend Doctor Daniel Arthur Kolke. How is that for a title? He is a real live theologian and a knight. Awesome! He also knows Greek, Hebrew, some Russian, of course German, some Polish… Oh yeah, English. But he struggles with pig latin.

My dad spent his career as a Baptist minister helping hundreds of people, even thousands. I remember the many nights he spent at hospitals and community events giving all he had. My dad is truly amazing. I am so proud to be his son. And so amazed by the life he has lived. He is a real survivor. A real encourager. A real lover of people. And the type of person that I believe God wants us to be.

I love you dad! Happy birthday… 

[My dad at Boxley’s. Helping us remodel… sort of. ]


This is what it’s all about…

Some people just don’t get why it’s a big deal…

On the eve of the fourth annual Jazz Walk I am reflecting on two conversations that I just had with two patrons of Boxleys while at Pioneer Coffee – the local morning hang.

Within 5 minutes, 2 people came up to me.

The first person had some suggestions to help us compete with the Bar & Grill down the street.  His suggestion was about expanding the bar area – more space away from the music so it can be in the background, “…but people can talk.”  Obviously they want Boxleys to be successful.  They were focusing on the ambiance.

Hmmm.  This is not the first time that this idea has come up, and it’s not that I haven’t thought it myself.  How do we “compete” with other places?  “How do we make everyone happy?”

As I sat in my chair thinking about these suggestions, the the next person came up to me and said, “…thank you so much for last night. We loved watching those students perform.  Watching them point at eachother for solo’s, learning how to lead the band.  Developing their confidence…”  they continued, “… I think I would rather see that than the professionals.”

That’s it. Right there.  That’s the magic of Boxleys.

It’s about the music people.  It’s about the students. It’s about the community.

Not that we don’t want people to have a place to talk. But is that what we want to “compete for?”  I think we want to focus on the music. Focus on the students.  Keep lifting them up.  Keep encouraging them.

Everybody is different.  But what makes Boxleys different and most special is not the food.  It’s the music.  It’s making it accessible for young students to play. And also be mentored and encouraged by musicians with decades more experience.  

You can get better food.  You can get better service.  You can’t get Boxleys anywhere else.

Middle School student Jason Berquist playing with Legends Ray Price and Michael Barnett