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When you live on the West Coast of Canada, there aren’t a lot of weekend escapes that you can make without flying somewhere. Hawaii is over 5 hours by plane. We can drive to the interior but it’s already getting cold with hazardous driving conditions on the Coquihalla Highway in October. 

If you’re a music lover, the choice is clear – head down to Seattle for the weekend and check out Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley located in the heart of downtown.

This is a fabulous, classy, jazz club with three tiers of seating, candlelit tables, and a central stage that brings in some of the best musical acts anywhere. We went down last weekend to enjoy our favourite vocalese band – The Manhattan Transfer. 

The Stage at Jazz Alley (candlelit tables surrounding)

We arrived at 6:30 pm for dinner and I am happy to say that the quality of the food has gone way up since our last visit. We enjoyed an appetizer of coconut prawns with mains that included fish, short ribs and steak – all nicely prepared. 

Ready to go!

The 75 minute show started promptly at 7:30. We were treated to a fabulous jazz trio – piano, bass and drums – as well as the talents of the wonderful singers. MT has been together for almost 50 years!  The band consists of vocalists Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne and the newest member, Trist Curless. The band is led by musical director/keyboardist,  Yaron Gershovsky.

The Manhattan Transfer – New Album – The Junction

We stayed overnight in the Sheraton Grand Seattle – a 10 minute walk from Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley and also a short walk to Pike’s Place Market

Pike’s Place Market, Seattle, Washington

On your way down from Vancouver to Seattle, we recommend a stop at the town of La Conner which is about 15 minutes off the I5 motorway. (Read about La Conner HERE.)

Seattle is about a 2.5 hr driving from the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. It is very scenic in the fall.

Be sure to check out the calendar of upcoming events for Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley HERE.

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