With the sad passing of our singer/keyboardist James "Jimmy" Holden, the task at hand was to fill Jimmy's seat. We're excited to share that Tacoma's own Michael Jaap, one of most talented musicians in the Northwest, has joined forces with Red House. A fine singer & multi-keyboardist, Mike is contributing greatly to the band. He's played in numerous local bands over the years including Alive 'n' Well, The Reputations, Lady A and his own bands: Michael Jaap Band & Dr. Jop's Funk Shop. He has also played with such blues/R&B greats as B.B. King, James Brown, Al Jarreau, The Temptations and Elvin Bishop to mention a few, with a musical score so broad to include repeat engagements with jazz greats Bud Shank, George Benson, Ernie Watts, Larry Coryell, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, etc...Mike has also recently retired as a music educator, teaching at UPS School of Music & the Tacoma Public Schools. He's currently doing some some work on our upcoming CD & we're in rehearsals for future gigs, as rooms start booking bands again. It's a new chapter as we enter into our 11th year as Red House!
Photo by Merri Peterson Sutton