Three Northwest jazz greats meet up for a winery gig

Cool jazz and award-winning wines will both be on hand on Sunday, July 14,

Cool jazz and award-winning wines will both be on hand from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, when three of the Northwests’ most in-demand jazz artists team up to play at Palouse Winery.

Vibraphonist Ben Thomas, guitarist Tim Lerch, and island jazz bassist Bruce Phares will perform for folks under the shaded seating areas at Palouse, exploring classic jazz repertoire.

An accomplished virtuoso on the vibes, Thomas is perhaps best known for his role the hugely popular Jovina Santos Neto Quintelo. He has also led his own ensembles, composed and written solo albums, and otherwise explored cutting-edge jazz for decades.

Lerch, a world-famous guru of jazz guitar, is one of the most sought-after teachers and musicians in the Pacific Northwest. He holds the soloist’s chair with the ever-popular jazz group Pearl Django, and has shared the stage and/or recorded with Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, Brenda Lee, Duke Robillard, John Popper, and the Coasters, among many others.

Ubiquitous island bassist Bruce Phares and more of his impressive friends can also be heard on the first Saturdays of each month at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Jam In The Atrium series, playing to packed audiences at the arts center.

Make reservations for the show at Palouse, located at 12431 Vashon Hwy SW, at