Arts & Entertainment

Dara Quinn Project plans CD release party Dec. 10

The Dara Quinn Project has released a new album and plans to celebrate that release with a party Dec. 10 at the Roxy Wine Bar in downtown Kennewick.

This Way That Way is a debut album of sorts, though Quinn has released other albums with different bands.

This CD features her signature jazz/funk/fusion sound but with new musicians in her Project band. There's Andy Evens on sax, Justin Chapman on bass and Luther Hughes on drums.

Quinn, a pianist, grew up in the Tri-Cities but as soon as she graduated from high school headed for the Seattle music scene, where she made some noise with musicians Oliver Klomp and Paul Kemmish as the Rockin' Teenage Combo.

That union resulted in a unique interpretation of improvised jazz that fused the elements of funk, rock and world music that Quinn described as "a shotgun marriage of styles that kinda resembled jazz."

The Combo had a good 10-year-run touring the West Coast from San Diego to Bellingham. They also became a favorite Seattle band performing frequently at Jazz Alley, the Experience Music Project, Bumbershoot, Hempfest and other festivals.

These days, a lot has changed in Quinn's life except for her love affair with music. She moved back to the Tri-Cities in 2004 to help her family run its restaurant, Emerald of Siam in Richland.

And four years ago she organized a new band with Evens, Chapman and Hughes called The Dara Quinn Project.

This Way That Way is the first collaboration for the foursome. The release party starts at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $8 at the door and includes a free copy of the CD.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;