A fundraiser for Seattle jazz legend Buddy Catlett is Sunday, Sept. 14th from 5 to 11 p.m. at The Pampas Room, 90 Wall St., Belltown. Catlett is suffering from a failing heart valve, and friends recently moved him into an assisted living facility. They're trying to raise money to help keep him there as well as help with his medical expenses. Organizers are calling upon the Seattle music community to help share some of their time and talent at the event to help raise some of the money Catlett needs.
"Seattle has always had a strong sense of community concerning our arts, and I believe it is quite important to take care of those who have helped nurture and sustain our musical community here," says Catlett's friend and band mate Brian Nova. "Buddy is one of our crown jewels, and I believe should to be treated as such. "
The event features performances all evening, and a silent auction.
Catlett is a stand-up bass artist whose career spans half a century. He's played behind icons around the nation, such as Louie Armstrong, Quincy Jones, Anita O'Day and sax artist Ben Webster.
Catlett, whose roots are deep in Seattle, has made more than 100 recordings, from straight-ahead to smooth jazz and Latin. More recently he recorded a live release with the Seattle Jazz Orchestra.