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.

Jazz band rocks: Mount Si selected for return to Essentially Ellington

Mention: 2/25/2015
Original article available here:

Comment:  Super proud of these kids.  And yes… that’s my daughter playing lead trumpet.

Jazz band rocks: Mount Si selected for return to Essentially Ellington

Mount Si High School Jazz Band I director Matt Wenman, right, cues his students in rehearsal for the band’s upcoming “Hot Java Cool Jazz” concert performance. Last week, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced that Mount Si was chosen for a return trip to the annual Essentially Ellington festival. - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Mount Si High School Jazz Band I director Matt Wenman, right, cues his students in rehearsal for the band’s upcoming “Hot Java Cool Jazz” concert performance. Last week, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced that Mount Si was chosen for a return trip to the annual Essentially Ellington festival.

— Image Credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Feb 26, 2015 at 11:53AM

They were just selected for one of the most prestigious youth jazz events in the country, and for a second time, but the Mount Si High School Jazz Band I is, on the Monday after spring break, all business, no celebration.

A group of 15 students, assembled at 6:30 a.m., is working away on a new tune, feet tapping, lips pursed, eyes on the sheet music. The students, and their director, Matt Wenman, are intent on getting this piece right.

The piece, called “Bodysnatchers,” is not actually for their return trip to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington event in May, but for a March 20 event that could help get them there.

“Our first really big fundraiser is Hot Java Cool Jazz, which is March 20, right after the (North Bend) Jazz Walk, and it’s at the Paramount,” said Wenman.

The Starbucks-sponsored concert will feature five area high school bands, and each band will receive the proceeds from ticket sales at their local Starbucks shops. Tickets went on sale last Thursday at the Snoqualmie Ridge Starbucks.

Wenman estimated the cost to bring the band to New York in May for Essentially Ellington at about the same as last year.

He’s hopeful that between this concert in March and another “Little Town Blues” gala being planned at Boxley’s, the band will meet most of its fundraising needs — music boosters are setting their goal at $22,000.

Since the announcement was made last week while Mount Si students were on spring break (Wenman asked Jazz Band II director Danny Kolke to play for the students a video of him making the announcement), most of the students hadn’t thought much about their goals for this year.

“I think just having the experience under our belts will be a huge benefit to us in going back, knowing a little more what to expect,” said JT Hartman.

“Our goal is to relax more and have a little more confidence, since we know what to expect.… There are all these great musicians there, so we want to connect with people,” added Hayden Kajercline.

“It’s the top-tier jazz festival in the country,” said Wenman, and a great experience for everyone selected, no matter how they place in the final competition. Only 15 schools are selected, he said, adding, “It’s exciting and energetic, it doesn’t feel cut-throat competitive.”

As a group, the band has also discussed leaving a day early for the event, to spend more time at workshops and just explore New York.

That, of course, will depend on flight costs, and funds available.

In the worst case, Wenman jokes, “We’re going to charter a private Volkswagen bus.”

Mount Si’s Jazz Band I will be part of the North Bend Jazz Walk’s high school big band performances. The show starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the North Bend Theater.

Hot Java Cool Jazz is 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now at the Starbucks on Snoqualmie Ridge.

Learn more about the band and fundraising efforts at

Leslie Kolke solos on trumpet at Essentially Ellington 2014.

Hayden Kajercline performs a solo at the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation fundraising luncheon last year.

Mardi Gras celebration marching in North Bend

Originally posted:
By Sherry Grindeland

Contributed Musicians pause from the marching during a past Mardi Gras celebration.

Musicians pause from the marching during a past Mardi Gras celebration.

Beads, yes. Hurricane drinks on the sidewalk, no.

But in North Bend it will be the traditional “laissez les bons temps rouler” when the Mardi Gras celebration takes to the streets at 5 p.m. March 4.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler” is the Mardi Gras slogan and means “Let the good times roll.” Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday.

Locally that’s when musicians Jay Thomas, Dan Marcus and Danny Kolke lead the parade on North Bend Way.

The event begins outside Boxley’s on North Bend Way. Kolke, as the lead “krewe” (Mardi Gras organizer), welcomes everyone to join the parade.

“We march around the downtown area,” he said. “We dress a bit wacky and play some fun music.”

This is the fifth year of the North Bend Mardi Gras celebration.

Like the traditional New Orleans wild party leading into the season of Lent, Kolke said the participants throw beads to passers-by and act a little crazy.

“We even tote Mardi Gras umbrellas, like they do in New Orleans,” Kolke said. “But I don’t think the New Orleans version is for the rain.”

They play jazzy music and wander the streets. The march around downtown North Bend will actually be done on the sidewalks, not in the streets, because the group doesn’t want to disrupt traffic. As if, Kolke joked, a bunch of folks playing music and wearing funny clothes on the sidewalks won’t disrupt traffic.

He has high hopes that the parade this year will set a record.

The first year there were eight people in the parade. The group attracts newcomers each year, and in 2013, there were 30 participants.

“I hope we break 50 this year,” he said.

You don’t, he added, need to be a musician to join the fun. Just show up and march with the group.

The parade continues until either 6 p.m. or when the cold weather drives the group into Boxley’s – whichever comes first. It’s usually the cold.

The Mardi Gras celebration will continue indoors with appetizers, a no-host bar and featured Creole favorites on the dinner menu. Dixieland jazz begins at 7 p.m.