Bio: Jake Powel|
Jake is Jeff's older brother and master of all things musical. He has played 4 string banjo, jazz guitar and Dixieland horns with the Evergreen Classic Jazz band, the Great Excelsior Jazz Band, and for the last two+ decades, with the New Orleans Quintet every Monday night at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. He loves all kinds of music and has even played saxophone with the Male Menotones, a 60's revival R&R group. Described by bands mates as a good family man, musician and professional, he delivers the goods whether it is playing an instrument or reminding the band, based on exhaustive notes, what chords the played the last time they were together on a given song. He has a celebrity son in law, has played with the Late Night band, and has grandchildren who show some musical promise as well from light opera and ballet to Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
IN an article by Curt Beard for the Jazz Soundings, written in March 1994, Jake was heralded as a multi-instrumentalist, a polyglot, and a musician other musicians respect above all else. He band mate from the Great Excelsior Jazz band, Bob Jackson, noted Jake to be accomplished on ten instruments, although Jake said he only played his guitar and the soprano, tenor, and bass sax. He also plays the trumpet, tuba, piano, and 4 string banjo. Whether in need of a dose of New Orleans jazz or just in the mood for some tasty vittles, spending an evening at the New Orleans on a Monday night is well worth the travel. On this web site there is only one song so far (LBP blues) on which Jake performs, but even this was a departure from his usual style. It was written by kid brother Jeff and that version can be found on this site; it was then covered again by Rod Lewis who added some pretty nice vocals to the mix.