Tracking Down the Illusive Tom Trudell

Apr 5, 2016 | 2 comments

Tom Trudell

Tom Trudell

Carol Wachsmuth, my friend and neighbor, has almost completed the scheduling for the upcoming Oysterville Music Vespers season.  Last year, after 20 years of doing that very job, I gratefully handed over the contact information to her – the phone numbers and email addresses and office hours of ministers, musicians, organists, and potential participants – and I told her I’d help in any way I could.  However, Carol has sailed through the getting-ready process like an old pro.  No assistance needed.

Where Tom is on Saturdays

Where Tom is on Saturdays

But (and there’s always a but), invariably there are one or two “regulars” that are hard to connect with.  So, when she mentioned that she hadn’t heard back from pianist Tom Trudell, we decided to grab our husbands and go on a double date to the Shelburne Restaurant.  Tom plays there on Friday nights and, although it’s probably not de rigueur to talk business with an entertainer on someone else’s nickel, it’s just that sort of networking that makes this Peninsula the-best-place ever to live!

Tom plays jazz piano favorites and original compositions at the Shelburne on Friday nights from six to nine.  He also plays at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria on Saturday nights.  And, he told me recently, “I’ve been doing it for ten years!  I love it!”

The Shelburne Inn

The Shelburne Inn

We went for dessert and coffee so Tom’s Friday night session was well under way when we arrived.  As we walked in the front door, we could hear the piano and the rather tentative sound of softly singing voices.  When we rounded the corner we were a bit nonplussed to see most of the chairs taken by ‘adults-of-a-certain-age’ clutching their cell phones and staring at the screens!

“I think they’re reading the song lyrics,” Nyel said.  And indeed they were!  It was sort of a new-age singalong.  Tom later called it “Tom’s Karaoke.”  I was so intrigued I forgot to get a picture.  Fortunately, Carol stayed focused on her quest and nailed Tom on a Vesper’s date.

The dessert was fabulous, the coffee delicious, and Tom’s music, sublime.  My jury’s out on the karaoke aspect.  It’s one of those cutting edge things that will take some getting used to I think.  We didn’t ask if it was a ‘regular’ event or strictly impromptu.  I guess we’ll have to go back another Friday to find out.  No problem!  Tom provides delightful listening with or without accompaniment!  And, of course, the desserts are to die for.

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Sunday I went to church at my mom’s nursing home. My mind kind of wandered a it’s want to do during the prelude, and as I mused on how hard it is for the elderly to hold heavy hymnals, I wondered if tablets would be a solve.

    The next Friday we are in town I will ask for dessert at the Shelburne!

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  2. Caroline Miller

    Well can we expect of a nurse but that she be organized and stays focused. Gladd you bagged your prey.

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