Saxophone and country are on the bill Saturday at a benefit for programs that provide musical instruments and education to area youths.
The concert for the Ted Brown Music Outreach Program will feature saxophone player Paul Sawtelle and his band Brotherhood of Soul, along with country singer-songwriter Jessica Lynne & the Cousins.
The house-party-style benefit is all ages and includes a silent auction.
Proceeds from the show will allow the nonprofit arm of the Tacoma music store to refurbish donated instruments and give them to kids who couldn’t otherwise afford them. It also supports several youth music programs, including Live It OutLoud (for kids 12-18), Teddy Bear Music (for children as old as 6) and Instrument Exploration Camps.
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The instrument program, which began in 2007, provided 140 instruments to kids in 2014, said Ted Brown’s Susan Renville.
On Saturday, Sawtelle will perform some of the songs from his just-released album.
A performer for more than 30 years, Sawtelle has worked as a big band leader, arranger, session player and soloist on a career’s worth of recording projects and shows. In 1993, he performed for sax fan President Bill Clinton during a Seattle visit.
Sawtelle released his first album, “Virtual Insanity,” in February. It’s a collection of some of his favorite songs along with two he co-wrote with Grammy-nominated composer Jeff Lorber.
Sawtelle said the album is not a watered-down smooth jazz compilation.
“I went back before smooth jazz. The jazz that I grew up with. You can hum a tune to it.”
While it’s rooted in funk/rock/jazz instrumentals, it also incorporates vocals. Vocalist Izzy Parker and hip-hop artist Mr. Von join in on “Why Can’t We Live Together.”
“I had to make (the song) my own,” Sawtelle said. “I thought Mr. Von would tell a good story.”
Sawtelle, who plays both the tenor and soprano sax, said his new role took some getting used to. “Learning to be the front man instead of the side man and being more exposed to the audience, more than I’m used to.”
Saturday’s show isn’t the first time Sawtelle and Lynne have shared a bill. They’re often on stage together. Sawtelle was in Copenhagen earlier in the year performing with Lynne’s band. (She’s originally from Denmark.) In turn, Lynne provided vocals on a number of tracks on Sawtelle’s album.
Two more concerts to benefit the Music Outreach Program are coming up this year, Renville said.