North City Bistro and Wine Shop

North Seattle's Hidden Gem

North City Bistro and Wine Shop

North City Bistro & Wine Shop- Seattle’s Hidden Gem

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto – SHOW CANCELLED!

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

I started the Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto right after I arrived in Seattle in 1993, as a vehicle to develop my original voice as a composer, arranger and musician. My goal was to join traditional Brazilian rhythms with a contemporary harmonic language and a strong focus on improvisation. Since then, I have written over 150 pieces for the ensemble, which became a Quintet in 2000. The core rhythm section of myself on piano and flute, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Mark Ivester on drums have remained together since the start. Jeff Busch on percussion and Ben Thomas on vibraphone joined us at different times. Over the years, the group has evolved a unique sound built upon solid grooves, world-class musicianship and interactive cohesion. In 1997 Liquid City Records released "Caboclo", our first CD. It was followed by "Live in Olympia" in 2000. In 2003 we were awarded a CMA New Works: Creation and Presentation Award for jazz composition. The commissioned music was recorded in the CD "Canto do Rio", which was nominated for the 2004 Latin Grammys as Best Latin Jazz Album. Since then, I have had 2 other CDs nominated for Latin Grammy Awards, "Roda Carioca" in 2006 and "Live at Caramoor" in 2009. In 2011 Adventure Music released another JSN Quinteto CD "Current", featuring a new set of my compositions and arrangements. In 2012 and 2015 we received the Seattle Golden Ear Award as Best Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the year. In 2018 we released Por Causa de Você”, a a live recording tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. The Quinteto, still with most of its original members, rehearses constantly, exploring deeper ways to engage in creative interpretations of our Brazilian-tinged music while allowing for greater individual explorations within the collective language of groove and improvisation.

Lee Oskar & Friends – SHOW CANCELLED!

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Lee Oskar is an internationally acclaimed harmonica virtuoso, composer,
producer, manufacturer and lifelong musical explorer. He is renowned for his
iconic role as a founding member, co-composer and lead harmonica player of the
pioneering funk/jazz band that composed and recorded such hits as “Low
Rider,”“Spill the Wine,” “Cisco Kid,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “Slippin’ into
Darkness,” “Why Can’t Be Friends,” and many more chart-topping songs from
Since then, Oskar and his original band mates from that era perform as the
LowRider Band. Oskar also performs around the world with outstanding musicians
from the Pacific Northwest, known as Lee Oskar & Friends, featuring his own new
arrangements, innovative compositions and well-loved hit songs.
Artistically, Oskar has earned critical and popular acclaim for nearly four decades
with his wide-ranging portfolio of unforgettable compositions evoking different
moods, rhythms and genres. In the words of Seattle Times critic Misha Berson,
“The harmonica man can really blow, but he can croon, too.”
Lee Oskar has earned ASCAP writing awards, and had his signature sound
celebrated in Pitbull and Kesha's recent hit, "Timber," which was inspired by
Oskar's harmonica contributions in the song "San Francisco Bay."
Lee Oskar established his own recording label, Dreams We Share™ in 2020. He
proudly produces professional recording artists as well as his own music. Most
recently, Oskar brought in highly accomplished instrumentalists to play exciting
new arrangements of his original compositions, that will be released in late 2021.
The first collection of Lee’s original works under Dreams We Share is the about-
to-be-released master work, “Never Forget”(2021), which serves as a culmination
of his life’s work and an artistic memoir of his life. Other recording projects with
Lee Oskar & Friends are in development.
Also under his Dreams We Share™ label, Oskar recently produced and released
the much-anticipated album, “So Much Trouble,” featuring original songs written
and performed by David Rotundo, a well-received Canadian artist and Lee Oskar
Harmonicas Featured Artist (Dreams We Share; October 2020). This album has
been highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, performing consistently well on
numerous blues charts since its release.
In addition, Oskar has brilliantly produced the work of other artists playing Oskar

compositions, including Takahiro Miyazaki from Japan, who Oskar considers to be
one of the world’s greatest saxophone players
Oskar is proud to be a featured artist on globally recognized Playing for Change's
“Songs Around the World” album and the “Listen to the Music” project, in
collaboration with musicians around the world.
Through his company, Lee Oskar Harmonicas, he has

Brian Monroney Quartet

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

After over three decades as busy sideman and session musician, guitarist Brian […]

New Rhythmatics

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Twist, shag, jive and watusi to the retro repertoire of The New […]

Adriana Giordano & Marina Albero

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Brazilian vocalist/composer Adriana Giordano and Spanish pianist/composer Marina Albero collaborate to bring an infectious collection of celebratory original music.  They are joined by one of Seattle's most versatile rhythm sections; bassist Dean Schmidt & drummer Jeff Busch.  An uplifting night, not to be missed!

Gail Pettis Quartet

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

“… a retro air that hints at the silken sophistication
and storytelling elan of the young Nancy Wilson…”
Christopher Loudon

Named ” 2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine.

Abby K with John Candler

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Abby K draws upon many influences in her music from her childhood days […]

Ann Reynolds & Clave Gringa

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Clave Gringa returns to North City Bistro this time with 2 horns! Daniel Barry (trumpet) and Darian Asplund (tenor sax and flute). And, we have a new fabulous percussionist, Willie Garza. What remains the same is the great selection of Cuban tunes - standards and a couple of new originals by Ann Reynolds. The joy and warmth of Cuba! Please join us.

Joel Astley Band

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

You can expect Joel Astley to bring you an upbeat blend of […]

Jenny Davis Jazz Quintet – SHOW RESCHEDULED FROM JAN 22

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Composer, bandleader and Seattle native Jenny Davis is a critically acclaimed
jazz vocalist, music educator, and passionate human rights proponent. Refusing
to conform to more vocal jazz idioms, Davis began composing her own material,
hiring instrumentalists, and taking her ideas onto the bandstand. With a desire to
focus more on writing, she was led to graduate school, and to alliances with
arrangers, producers and co-founders of her cooperative record label, Three
Penny Records.
Pushed to the creative edge, her fourth album as leader, and latest release,
REARRANGED, is inspired by a devotion to gender rights advocacy. It is an
album in which the art of composition takes center stage, as all but three works
featured here have been crafted by Davis. Attracting collaboration from both jazz
and cross-genre arrangers , the album features an all-star cast, of seventeen
world-class musicians, including: multi-Grammy© nominated pianist, Jovino
Santos Neto, Dmitri Matheny; Mark Taylor, Kate Olson, Cynthia Mullis, Jim
Dejoie, Heather Bentley, David Lange, Chuck Deardorf, Jeff Busch, Lorrie Ruiz,
Vanessa Littrell and NYC Sirius String Quartet.
Jenny’s tour schedule has included both national and international destinations
— most recently performing to sold out audiences in Lyon, France, with the
David Bressat Trio. Jenny holds an MFA in Music Composition from Vermont
College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Cornish
College of the Arts. She currently lectures at various Pacific NW colleges and
schools and is on music faculty at Island Music Guild, Bainbridge Island, WA.
“Passionate…brilliant!    EARSHOT JAZZ
“A talented singer-composer – knocking it out of the park!” ROOTS MUSIC REPORT
“With REARRANGED, Davis has catapulted her career out of the jazz standards vocalist idiom
and conveyed a depth of writing with profundity.”  CONTEMPORARY FUSION
“Her voice resonates with a crystalline serenity—hauntingly beautiful”  EARSHOT JAZZ
“Wise Up” is an instrumental wonder!”  CONTEMPORARY FUSION
“An impressive vocalist… equally captivating as a composer.”  THE SENTINEL & RURAL TIMES
"Like any good jazz musician Jenny uses her voice as an instrument… the kind of singer that
gets deep into the songs and makes you feel the lyrics.” JAZZ TIMES

Pearl Django

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

With a performance history spanning more than 27 years and having released […]

Dmitri Matheny Group Featuring Holly Pyle

North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, WA

Jazz artists Dmitri Matheny and Holly Pyle join forces for one night only in an all-star celebration of Joni Mitchell!

Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, classical, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect on social and philosophical ideals as well as her feelings about romance, womanhood, disillusionment and joy. Winner of nine Grammy Awards and an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she has been called “one of the greatest songwriters ever” (Rolling Stone) and “the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century” (All Music Guide).

Known for her “soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice” (Phoenix New Times), Los Angeles vocalist Holly Pyle started out as an opera major before studying jazz and psychology. Now one of the most popular vocalists in the west, Holly performs with leading jazz groups, tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations.

Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”

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Bistro dining & take out for Wednesday 4-7 • Thursday 4-8:30 • Friday & Saturday:4-9:30

Wine Shop Hours: Wed-Sat— 12p-close
Open some Wednesdays at 2pm, so please call ahead

218 reviews on
Bill Ray (BillRayDrums)
Bill Ray (BillRayDrums)
November 3, 2021.
Thanks to Ray and Sharon for providing a great place for so many talented artists to do their thing. The music is always top notch, the food is incredible (Scallops w/ Risotto is my favorite), and it's always a great time.
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Hanna McElroy
Hanna McElroy
October 31, 2021.
Monica Jones de Borges
Monica Jones de Borges
October 27, 2021.
We went to see some live music. There's a pricey cover charge but the music was really good. The food was excellent. Delicious pork loin with cream sauce. Good portion size of antipasto. Wonderful cheeses and salami. Very delicious seafood pasta. The prices were reasonable. We picked a great Italian Amorone wine off the shelf. The corkage was pretty steep, 12.00 given we had appetizers, full dinner and 20.00 cover. But the wine was fantastic and a fair price. Lots of wines from most important wine regions. The shelves are full and the prices fair. We'd definitely return. Service was very good especially given it was a full house. Small venue, quaint and enjoyable.
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Kevin Starkey
Kevin Starkey
October 24, 2021.
Close, tightly packed room, but comfortable. Soft lighting, exceptional wine selection. The wonderful, smooth vocalizations of Gail Pettis backed by her talented quartet. Hot and delicious shrimp fettacini paired with a perfect chardonnay. Fantastic. A winner all the way.
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Lee Schroth
Lee Schroth
October 8, 2021.
Great spot, love the small plate options. Outdoor seating was a great option. My favorite this time was flatbread with goat cheese, figs and balsamic glaze. Yum
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Daniel Torres
Daniel Torres
October 6, 2021.
Lisa Weller Ashton
Lisa Weller Ashton
August 27, 2021.
They helped make our 8th wedding anniversary so special. Amazing food, excellent cocktails, and such a fun and classy wine shop. I will be coming here more often, and hopefully have time to go see some of the live music soon.
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Chris Lapins
Chris Lapins
August 8, 2021.
Diane Howerton
Diane Howerton
August 1, 2021.
I almost hate to post as this is small and exquisite and I really don't want to share! However, everyone should have this experience; toothsome menu choices just right sized for visiting and music listening. And live music! First time out post covid and I felt like I'd been nervous system detoxed; hallelujah for establishements that are here for us all in the transition time. Thank you to the owners and the musicians!! And saftey is top notch with vaccine proof required; another thank you!
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David Johnson
David Johnson
August 1, 2021.
Delicious cuisine and great drinks. Wonderfully supportive of musicians, with a killer lineup of talent throughout the year. Highly recommend you check it out!
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