Andrew Oliver and Jonathan Doyle

February 13
7:30 PM, Tickets: $16.50, Student/low income: $12
Advance ticket sales available. Call Traditions at 360-705-2819

Pianist Andrew Oliver and clarinetist / saxophonist Jonathan Doyle present an evening of vintage jazz at Traditions.  Both specialists in vintage jazz and roots music, Andrew and Jonathan will join forces for the first time, performing a variety of material from the 1920s and 30s, both well-known and obscure, from musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Dodds, Fats Waller and Pee Wee Russell.  It will be an evening of stomps, blueses and swing from two unique stylists in the world of traditional jazz!

Andrew Oliver is a pianist from Portland, Oregon.  After growing up playing classical piano, he became fascinated with ragtime and early jazz in his teens, eventually leading him to study music at Loyola University New Orleans, absorbing the musical culture of the Crescent City until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. From 2005-2013 he was an integral member of the Portland jazz scene, playing both traditional and modern jazz.  Since moving to London, England in 2013, Andrew has continued to pursue his love of early jazz.  A long-lasting duo residency with clarinetist David Horniblow subsequently gave birth to the Dime Notes, a band focused on new interpretations of 20s and 30s repertoire within the framework of the traditional style, and the Vitality Five, a raucous quintet playing 20s small group stomps and jazz with unparalleled energy and authenticity.  Both bands have played extensively in London, the UK, and Europe.  Andrew and David have also recently released a new CD of Jelly Roll Morton’s compositions after learning all 96 of them in 2018 for their “Complete Morton Project” on YouTube.  Andrew’s playing is energetic and authentic, drawing on the styles of pianists such as Jelly Roll Morton, James P Johnson, and Earl Hines to deliver a stomping style which emphasizes the exciting groove and drive which brought jazz to the forefront of popular music in the 20th century and continues to excite and captivate audiences today.

Jonathan Doyle grew up and got his start in the Chicago area. In the mid-90s he left DePaul’s School of Music to begin playing professionally, at first with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms.  In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans led to touring with the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny. And his connection to Chicago led to playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. More recently he has started performing with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils, Hal Smith’s Swing Central, and the Casey MacGill Orchestra.  Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. 

Andrew Oliver and Jonathan Doyle

He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they’ll have him!  Jonathan has had a career that has allowed him to perform professionally on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, at Preservation Hall, on Austin City Limits TV show, at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, in the famous Spiegeltent, at Chichen Itza, and major festivals such as Chicago Jazz Fest, Chicago Blues Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, Detroit Jazz Fest, Umbria Jazz Fest, Port Ferry Folk Festival, WOMADelaide World Music Festival, Festival International in Lafayette. He’s also busked on street corners from New Orleans and Mexico to Australia and Europe.  Jonathan currently lives in Port Townsend, WA.