Ronnie Pierce

Clarinet, saxophone.

A student of Frank Waldron as well as Johnnie Jessen, Pierce was a colorful character and a hip raconteur who played with bandleaders such as Vern Mallory and Bumps Blackwell and also formed the first experimental big band in Seattle, in 1947, an all-star affair modeled on Stan Kenton’s group. Pierce also worked in the pit band at the Palomar Theater backing touring artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine and the Mills Brothers. From 1962-74 he ran his own club downtown, the Vault.

Jackson Street After Hours (print).