Join us for a special evening of music with: Raul Reynoso, Cyd Smith & Cary Black!
(Artist Bios below)
Guitarist, singer and composer Raul Reynoso was born in Los Angeles, California. He started playing bluegrass guitar in 1974 and soon acquired the skills that would earn him two California State Flatpicking Guitar championships as well as many Western regional titles. Today, he is most noted for his expertise on acoustic guitar and mandolin with a mastery of styles ranging from bluegrass and western swing to ‘30s jazz in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Along with John Jorgenson, Raul is one of the pioneers of the Gypsy Jazz movement, and has been nominated Instrumentalist of the Year three times by the Western Music Association.
Cyd Smith started out as a classic guitarist, but was lured away early on by the soulfulness and sheer fun of playing American roots music: bluegrass, vintage country, jug band, swing, jazz, and rock & roll. Over the years she has lived in many corners of this country, playing guitar and bass with different bands, including contra dance and swing music in Boston with Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, swing with The Wholly Cats, Bob Brozman, and many others in the Northwest, and bluegrass with Laurie Lewis in the Bay Area.
Cary Black is a bassist, teacher, vocalist, and producer who lives in Seattle, Washington. Described by Alan Senauke in Sing Out! magazine as “a musician's musician,” Cary is at home in a wide variety of musical settings. His performance and recording credits include work with Laurindo Almeida, Ernestine Anderson, Tex Beneke, The Boys of the Lough, Bob Crosby, Nokie Edwards, Dan Hicks, The Kingston Trio, Laurie Lewis, Rose Maddox, Mollie O'Brien, Eddie Pennington, Johnny Ray, Kay Starr, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Ernie Watts, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.