Frequently Asked Questions and Information:
What is a house concert?
Just what it sounds like – enjoy fantastic music within the intimate and comfortable environment of someone’s home. The intent for house concerts is that it is in a private home for an extended circle of friends and family of the presenter, home owners and musicians. You probably found your way to this website by being referred by a friend who has been to a concert in the past. Please consider joining the mailing list so the information comes to you. We keep the quality as high as you would experience in a club only with a smaller audience and without the ringing of a club phone or dishes clanking or people walking around. Want to meet the artists? Not a problem – in fact they often interact with the audience during the concert.
I want to go! / Refund policy
Nich just keeps a list. Reservations are available in advance either by check (email me for payment address) or via credit/debit card using PayPal on the website. Reservations confirmed and directions provided by e-mail (usually withing 24 hours). Seating is limited to approx. 30-40 guests depending on location. I like to collect donations in advance so that I have one less thing to do that night and you can just come and enjoy. ***Cancellation/Transfer policy***: Up to 7 days before the concert, you may cancel and request a refund or transfer your donation to another upcoming concert. Within 7 days, please feel free to find someone to come instead of you and email/text me to change the name on the guest list. As it gets close to the concert, it is difficult to get the word out to find potential replacement concertgoers / adjust for food preparation / etc.
What’s the focus of JazzVox?
We strive to bring jazz singers from around the world for Seattle-area audiences to enjoy in an intimate environment. Often they are paired with Seattle’s best pianists, but sometimes bring incredible duo partners with them.
There is always a food buffet unless otherwise noted. Brunch before the show for afternoon concerts or pre or post-concert nibbles for evening performances. Wine and other beverages are available but you are certainly welcome to bring a bottle of your favorite wine to share.
Location of concerts?
Why no address/directions on the website? This isn’t a business. The hosts don’t make money on the events. It’s all about having a great time and putting some green in the artists’ pockets who usually are doing this at a very discounted amount because it’s a rewarding experience. One of the requirements for this not to be considered a business is that the address not be listed on the website – done! When you make your donation to reserve your seat, I will send you a confirmation email along with address and other information.
Some of the locations:
Auburn (though think NE Federal Way):
Nich’s condo is located in a gated community between I-5 and 167 approximately 25-30 mins (in great traffic) from downtown Seattle, Tacoma or Bellevue.
Andy and Patti Carr’s lovely home –
approximately 60 mins (in great traffic) from downtown Seattle. There are two cats at this location which are locked away during the concert.
Paul Frankel’s lovely home –
located near the Northgate mall / Pinehurst / Lake City neighborhoods.
Shoes off at the door please at this location. There’s a cat here, FYI
Ziggy and Teresa Spiz’s new home –
Shoes off at the door please at this location. Slippers ok
Mike Spiz & Alyssa Hays’ contemporary new home located east of Capital Hill.
Shoes on is OK. They even have their own sound system!
We are fortunate enough to have several homes in this lovely community.
One (Sue and John Anderson’s home) has a water view of the ferry coming and going just a few minutes walk/drive from the terminal. Seattle folks can literally walk on the ferry if they would like. Shoes off at the door please. Others (Helene Smart’s, David and Joyce Veterane’s and Leigh Manheim’s) are of course equally *amazing* and charming but ferry riders would need to drive to.
Is there an age restriction?
Ages 14+ please. High school students have a suggested donation of $20 but must be accompanied by an adult (at full donation) or another student.
Friday performances (usually on Bainbridge) vary.
Saturday performances: Doors open and food at 7:00pm. The concert is 8:00pm – 9:30pm (or so…)
Sunday afternoon performances check for times. (often 1:00pm doors open/food, 2-3:30pm performance but sometimes Seahawks need to be watched or other factors are at play).
Please verify show times on the website/ e-mails as your show approaches in case adjustments need to be made.
Do I need to bring anything?
Artists usually have CDs available for purchase (usually $15-20/CD) and artists love to sign them. Some people like to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to share.
Allergic to cats?
All but the Madrona and Downtown locations have cats – you should be fine unless REALLY allergic. Cats are locked away in bedrooms at the Auburn and Camano locations.
Auburn has stairs.
While Camano has stairs, there is a small elevator that can be used for those in need – just let us know. There is however a steep driveway to get to the house – let us know in advance and we can save you a spot so you can drive up to the garage for easier handicapped access.
Northgate has good accessibility as does Downtown
Please let Nich know at least a week in advance and we can do our best to have some options available to you.
Who picks the artists?
Nich (with input from a variety of people). I usually book the following year’s series during the spring and try to mix returning artists with new. Artists: the best time to approach me for consideration is Jan/Feb.
Are there other house concert series in the area?
Other questions / Suggestions?
If you have questions, or to obtain a mailing address (for those who prefer to make advance donations by check), e-mail Nich at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 206-963-2430.