SHMP and KNKX Present: Piano Starts Here- The Music of Ramsey Lewis/Les McCann

Wed, Sep 20, 2023 at 7:30pm

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Doors: 6:30pm

Advance tickets can only be purchased online-we do not sell advance tickets at the venue. Refunds are not available within 48 hours of the event. Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. 

We are now accepting reservations for diners! After purchasing tickets, please visit the Reservations page to book a table. Table reservations require advance tickets, and are only for guests who plan to dine at the Royal Room.  We do not take reservations over the phone.

Seating for non-diners is first come, first served. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat!

The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

We’re kicking off the ’23-’24 season with an homage to the recently departed Ramsey Lewis, and his Soul Jazz colleague Les McCann. Both of these incredible performers blurred the lines between Jazz, Soul, Blues and Funk, and had widespread appeal that pushed outside the realm of Jazz fandom.


Shawn Schlogel

Carolyn Graye

Alex Guilbert

Rhythm section:

D’Vonne Lewis-drums

Greg Feingold-bass

The Piano Starts Here series highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room’s Steinway B grand piano. Past PSH performances have highlighted the work of Sonny Clark, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Annette Peacock, Bill Evans, Mary-Lou Williams, Fats Waller, Herbie Hancock, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Nichols, and countless others.

Curated by Wayne Horvitz and Alex Guilbert. Hosted by Alex Guilbert.


Royal Room

5000 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118