Marine View Church hosts steel drum jazz guru Andy Narell April 8



Steel drum player Andy Narell performs Jazz Live at Marine View Church on Sunday, April 8 at 5 p.m. Photo courtesy Marine View Jazz Live

The jazz concert series at Marine View Church keeps on ticking into its 10th year! On Sunday, April 8 at 5 p.m., the church will host Andy Narell, one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians in the world, in a rare Pacific Northwest appearance.

With his first solo album in 1979, Narell ( took the steel pan out of the steel band and brought it into the jazz band, and with every recording and concert since, he has explored the possibilities and expanded the role of the pan in contemporary music. Narell has made a total of 15 albums/CDs as a leader and has collaborated on recordings with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Sakesho. Along the way he has worked with such diverse artists as Spyro Gyra, Bela Fleck, Marcus Miller, Tito Puente, Nancy Wilson, Etienne Charles, Aretha Franklin, Toto and numerous others. He has contributed on a long list of movie scores, TV shows and commercials and as a bandleader and soloist has played hundreds of concerts throughout the world. In addition, Narell has been an artist-in-residence at more than two-dozen universities. Narell splits his time between his Paris hub and St. Lucia in the Caribbean, close to the “birthplace” of the steel drum in Trinidad. Marine View Church is ecstatic to have Narell appear at Jazz Live at Marine View, as are the three exceptional musicians appearing with him: Eugene Bien on keyboards and piano, Dean Schmidt on bass and Teo Shantz on drums and percussion. Don’t miss a fabulous evening of steel drum-centered music in the beautiful confines of Marine View.

Admission, as always, is free to all ages. Marine View Church is located at 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. For information, visit or call (253) 229-9206.

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