Jazz in the City | Tor Dietrichson


Sunday, April 21, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Tor Dietrichson is a percussionist, vocalist, composer, music educator, and nationally recognized recording artist with over 35 years of experience. His extensive knowledge of both East Indian tabla and Afro Cuban conga gives him a unique perspective among his peers. He has been a grant recipient from the Washington State Arts Commission to teach Indian tabla drums and has received the prestigious Min-On Art Award from Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the Buddhist lay organization Soka Gakkai International. Dietrichson has also had a thriving teaching career, having instructed well over 1,000 local students in both tabla and conga drums. He has performed and recorded with a great variety of bands and solo musicians in the area as well, including Bochinche, Mangoson, and Children of the Revolution.

He currently performs with numerous bands of his own around the area. Four of his ensembles are featured on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster. Mambo Cadillac is a Latin Jazz/Salsa band that has been thrilling audiences since April 2005 and features some of Seattle’s finest Latin musicians. His Blues oriented band, Tor Dietrichson Blues Machine, gives him a chance to show his skill as a Blues singer after honing his craft behind the scenes for 40 years. The Pleasure Seekers is collaboration with two great singer/songwriter guitarists, Reggie Garrett and Paul Benoit. The Cosmonauts is a mix of R&B, Brazilian, Cuban, Jazz and Blues. Orquesta Caribe is a Latin Jazz band, which features the amazing pianist Eric Verlinde. Global Village, his world fusion ensemble, is gearing up once again for local performances highlighting Dietrichson's original compositions.

Jazz in the City at the Frye Art Museum is a free, bi-monthly performance series produced in partnership with Ariel Media, with a purpose to celebrate the art form of jazz music and its long-standing influence and vibrancy in the city of Seattle. The Frye's First Hill location is adjacent to Seattle’s historic Jackson Street Jazz District: a combination of The Central District and the current International District, which comprised the historic China Town, Japan Town and Filipino Town. The Jackson Street Jazz District nurtured such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Jimi Hendrix.

This musical program is supported by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation and the Frye Foundation.


Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets will be available at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium.

  • Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
  • Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
  • All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.