Eastside Jazz Club’s Jazz Extravaganza 2018 – September 22

The 2018 Eastside Jazz Extravaganza is coming up on Saturday, September 22, which this year features vocalists Kelley Johnson, Bernie Jacobs and Stephanie Porter along with the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets are on sale now … and if you buy this weekend use promo code EJCXTRA for the biggest savings.

There are two shows, 5:00pm and 8:00pm, so pick your show and get your tickets!

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Annual Coltrane Birthday Celebration Announced

Tula’s Jazz Club will celebrate the life and legacy of jazz icon John Coltrane with performances September 21 & 22 at the storied club in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. The performances, hosted by drummer/composer and Origin Records recording artist Matt Jorgensen, will begin at 7:30 PM.

Charlottesville, VA based saxophonist Charles Owens will be the featured artist, accompanied by bassist Ben Shapiro from New York, Seattle piano great Marc Seales, and Jorgensen. This is a presale event. Reservations can be made for $30, by calling 206-443- 4221.

The annual celebration at Tula’s features the compositions of Coltrane, whose cultural imprint transcends the music and extends into the realm of spirituality. Each year Jorgensen brings in new featured artists to present a fresh look at Coltrane’s different periods of sound, from his early recordings with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, to his adventurous output on the Impulse label.

A veteran of the New York City jazz scene, tenor saxophonist Charles Owens has gained a reputation for sterling performances before the most demanding jazz audiences in the world.

Owens held down a weekly Friday-night spot at the famed Smalls jazz club for 8 years. His style is hard swinging, and introspective. Influenced by such tenor saxophone masters as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter, Charles Owens channels the spirit of these masters through his own unique and dynamic approach to improvisation and composition.

Drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen has made his mark on the international jazz scene as a master drummer, composer, and principal of the major independent jazz label, Origin/OA2. He as well is the co-founder and artistic director of the Ballard Jazz Festival. He has recorded four albums on the Origin label with his band +451, and a groundbreaking recording Tattooed By Passion (Origin, 2010), containing music based on the paintings of his late father in law, abstract artist Dale Chisman.

Pianist Marc Seales has been the first call pianist in Seattle for more than three decades. His style reflects a blues-based modernism that he has taken to the stage and recording studio with such notables as Ernie Watts, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, and Bobby Hutcherson. Much of his time is spent molding young talent and promoting jazz awareness as a Professor of Music, at the University of Washington.

Read the interview with the weekend’s special guest, saxophonist Charles Owen below.

 

 

Johnaye Kendrick: Flying

Once, maybe twice in a generation, a singer enters the world of jazz and captivates the genre so dominated by jazz instrumentalists. There are qualities in the voice, delivery, the exquisite phrasing, and inexhaustible ability to deliver a narrative in such a way that expresses the jazz and blues tradition in a special and personal way. Johnaye Kendrick is one of those singers. Upon graduating from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, then sequestered at Loyola University in New Orleans, Kendrick was hired by trumpeter Nicholas Payton, who remarked, “Johnaye has the potential to be a vocalist of the highest order, the likes of which we have seen seldom since the grande dames of the golden era of jazz roamed the earth. She’s got it!”  Continue reading here-

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/flying-johnaye-kendrick-johnygirl-review-by-paul-rauch.php

John Coltrane Birthday Celebration: Charles Owens Interview

The annual John Coltrane Birthday Celebration at Tula’s has become a symbolic jazz new year of sorts. It is performed in a time of transition in the northwest, when we begin to seek a bit more shelter both without and within.

The music of Coltrane is a spiritually unifying force of nature, a gust of wind to push our humanity ever forward to each new day.

Each year, event organizer Matt Jorgensen brings in special guests to offer their interpretations of Coltrane’s art. This year saxophonist Charles Owens is our guest, arriving from Charlottesville, VA. along with New York-based bassist Ben Shapiro. The two will form a quartet with Jorgensen on drums and pianist Marc Seales. In a way, it continues a tradition that began on Jackson St., and continues to this day of welcoming great players from yonder scenes and surrounding them with the best the Seattle jazz scene has to offer.

Owens was so kind as to answer a few questions, and provide some insight as to who he is as an artist, and what we might anticipate at this year’s performances.

You spent 12 years on the scene in New York City and moved to Charlottesville VA. Talk about your reasons for the change, and how that transition has been for you musically.

The year 2002 was a big one for me. I got married, turned 30, and my wife became pregnant with our first child. I was looking for a better life for myself and my family, I was looking for some space and some quiet. I grew up in VA and my mom has some property out in the country. So we moved out there to get our footing and then shortly thereafter moved to Charlottesville. Being in VA as a musician has been beautiful! I am a big part of the scene in Cville but also in Richmond which is a short drive away. I play and record with guys in Butcher Brown like Devonne Harris (DJ Harrison) Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, Morgan Burrs, and Marcus Tenney as well as guys like Kelli Strawbridge on drums Cameron Ralston (Matthew E White) on bass.  Also, there’s a great bunch of cats in Richmond that are in a band called Future Prospect. I love to gig with them. Cleandre Foster, Brandon Lane, Jacob Ungerleider, Trey Sorrels. In Charlottesville, I have the pleasure of playing with guys like Dane Alderson who’s the bass player in the Yellowjackets and John D’earth who is a master trumpeter and improviser. He was really close with many people in the Brecker generation in NY. All of these people and more have indeed changed my playing. Virginia has a laid back, funky, and soulful vibe. Virginia music is greasy and sexy and hot. It’s got its own special sauce that everybody needs to experience. I treasure what its done to my saxophone playing, improvising, writing and arranging.

You are often linked stylistically to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter. How do you use those voices to create and impact your own voice as a player?

Well, those men had a huge hand in creating Charles Owens the improvising saxophonist, so the voices have created, and continue to impact my sound. I don’t just study their playing but I also study the spirit in which they bring forth their truth. These men played in a way that spoke to humans through key facets of their humanity. Their music appeals to people on a visceral level because they are accessing the most truthful regions of their muse, and bringing to fruition sublime improvised musical art. I want to create at this level 100% of the time.

You are coming to Seattle to be featured at the annual John Coltrane Birthday Celebration at Tula’s Jazz Club. First off, how did this association with Seattle come to be?

I was lucky enough to attend the New School for Social Research (Jazz performance and composition)  in NYC alongside the amazing Seattle drummer Matt Jorgensen and the great Seattle based bassist Ben Shapiro. Matt and I had been talking for a while about playing together again and when the Coltrane celebration came up, we all thought it would be a perfect fit and opportunity for us to make it happen. I’m so grateful! This will be my first time in Seattle and I’m thrilled.

Coltrane was a primal force that forged so many creative pathways through the music. How will you approach this performance as a saxophonist? Will it be more of a repertory approach, or will you seek more personal insights into the music?

I’ve been playing Coltrane’s music since I was a teenager. These songs are simply part of the Black American Music Canon. We will certainly choose compositions that span his career and make sure that the repertoire is varied in tempo, tone, and timbre. I will approach this music saxophonistically the same way I approach all music. I will be calm, clear and confident. I will gain my inspiration from a mix of spirituality, intellect, and passion. I will treat this and every opportunity to play music for my fellow humans as a sacred and rarified privilege. I will have an open heart and mind and proceed without fear.

With so much material to choose from, how do you go about selecting a set of music from the vast Coltrane library?

For me, it’s the compositions that have meant the most to me personally over the years and also the ones that I enjoy improvising on. But we will also rely on the tried and true method of putting a good set together which is to not have songs with a varied tempos, feels and forms.  We want to produce a different mood and vibration on every song so as to make it a rich and satisfying experience for us and the audience. Luckily we have a wide range of genius material from which to choose. We will also put in a couple of songs from the American songbook that were favorites of Coltrane’s.

You performed “A Love Supreme” in Charlottesville last year at UVA. In preparing for, and performing this music, did it at all impact your personal view of this classic?

It had a huge impact on my personal view of the album. I actually performed the suite in Richmond two years before the Charlottesville performance. I never dreamed I would be in a place where I could convincingly perform the Suite. So when the opportunity arose I made sure to prepare thoroughly. I studied the transcriptions heavily and memorized passages that I thought were classic parts and then improvised other parts. This was his ultimate opus. He is thanking God for his life and acknowledging that to him God is the only thing he is doing anything for forever.

This is going to be your first visit to Seattle. The city is noted for its eclectic music scene.  What have you learned about Seattle, and what do you anticipate encountering on the scene here?

I know little about the music scene in Seattle other than every musician I’ve played with from there has been great. Matt Jorgensen, Shawn Schlogel, and Max Holmberg.

Coltrane transitioned his sound towards the end of his life, employing what he saw as a spiritual approach, a soul cleansing series of cries and vocalized effects. Some in the audience did not receive the music in the same light in which Coltrane created and performed it. What is your personal perception of this period of Coltrane’s sound, and what impact did it have on your approach to playing?

Coltrane always pushed himself forward and never seemed to want to stay in the same place for long. This is one of the normal hallmarks of an artist/creative person. It’s really the same old story. An artist becomes popular by doing their art in a certain way. That art lives in the fans heart as sublime. Then the artist pushes themselves to create something new (again) with the same energy, focus, and attitude that they used in the past. The established fan usually reacts in 1 of 2 ways- they move forward with their artist despite the fact that things are different, or they stop and stick with what they like about the artist and pine away for “the old stuff.” This is what happened with Trane. I don’t listen to as much of his avant-garde as I do Crescent, A Love Supreme, Coltrane’s Sound etc., but I still do listen. The thing that has most influenced me from his later work is how much his tone continued to evolve, Listening to his tone on the Olatunji Concert recordings makes me feel that he had transcended the saxophone and turned it into his interstellar voice of his worship. No one has ever evoked the universal power of love through a saxophone like him. I learned a lot from the vocalized effects as well. One of my first gigs in NYC was with Reggie Workman’s ensemble at the Knitting Factory. We were playing free, free, free as a bird. Many of the things I’d heard Trane doing, I did especially on those gigs.

Jazz education has become largely institutionalized in modern times, much like classical music in the twentieth century. So many giants of the form learned through the oral tradition, with mentorship provided by the experienced players of the day. Talk about your own personal experience learning the saxophone and jazz music, and how that experience has impacted your approach as an educator.

I’ve been quite lucky to have great saxophone teachers. Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, Grant Sewart, Eric Alexander, Makanda McIntyre, Arnie Lawrence. I’ve never had a “big break” gig with a master. The people that I learned the most about actual improvisation though were John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker. I learned a lot about swing from Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  I also came up in NYC in the 90’s at my home club, Smalls. I met, and hung out with, listened to, and learned from just about every great jazz musician you could think of that was still around at the time. Smalls was the place where I really learned what the music should sound like, and more importantly, the attitude and ethos one needs in order to be a successful improviser, performer, bandleader, and composer. My first gig in NYC was running the Sunday jam session at the Village Gate. That’s where I first met people like Brad Mehldau, Dwayne Burno, Ben Wolfe, Leon Parker, Gonna Okegwo, Ari Roland, just to name a VERY few. I also learned a lot during my time at the New School. Some of my teachers there included Jim Hall, Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Bernard Purdie, Peter Bernstein, Reggie Workman… I also was lucky enough to take some advanced jazz harmony classes with Kenny Werner. But I also never stop learning and growing and pushing myself to be better. So I woke up this morning with the same attitude towards music and saxophone that I’ve always had. How can I be better? When I educate people on the tradition of Black American Music, I am very careful to point out that the concepts that we cover are intellectual, but this music needs more than just intellectuality. The other essential ingredients are spirituality and passion.

Environment and lifestyle impacts culture on all levels, including music. New York is like an incubator for new talent, and is unquestionably the living gathering place for jazz, convening sounds from all over the world. The energy and whirlwind of cultural activity drives the music and seems to give it an ardent physicality like nowhere else.  Seattle is a touch more relaxed, reflecting the physical beauty and lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest. Talk about the musical environment in Charlottesville, your current residence, and how it differs from other musical scenes you have encountered.

Charlottesville has a wide variety of bands in different genres. It reminds me a lot of other scenes in other cities, just smaller. The energy is, of course, more relaxed and certainly reflects the terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love the scene here though. Being in Cville and Richmond has taught me that it’s cool to relax and not go for the “touchdown” solo every time. It’s helped me to let go of my ego and not play solos where I’m “checking boxes” i.e the out part, the fast part, the part, the altissimo part, where I trick the audience into clapping more etc… It’s taught me that it’s ok to groove and be sparse and play longer notes. That VA grease!

What projects are you currently engaged in?

I am of course busy with my trio and quartet but I also play in a wide variety of bands here in VA and NYC.

Jack Kilby and the Front Line. Drummer Jack Kilby is about to release his debut album and it’s gonna be amazing. I wrote a song for the Album titled “Love Is A Song Anyone Can Sing.” Jack liked the tune so much that he named the album after it and has taken the concept and run with it. We have a couple of release shows in October and the album is just fantastic. Allyn Johnson, Kris Monson, John D’earth, and Antonio Hart are playing on it.

I am in a band called The ATM Unit that plays every Monday at a club called Rapture here in Cville. The band is lead by Australian electric bass virtuoso Dane Alderson who is also currently in the Yellowjackets. It’s a fusion sound coming out of bands like Yellowjackets, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, etc. It is such a killer band and it’s been a fun challenge learning all the new music.

Reginald Chapman is a great bass trombonist and composer formerly with No BS Brass Band. He has just released a fantastic album called Prototype, and I will be playing his VA release shows in September.

I also play with a ton of great rock, funk, and should bands. I stay very busy with recording sessions, and I have a full studio of wonderful private saxophone, theory and improvisation students. I’m also a pianist and stay busy with solo piano work and duo work with singers.

What can we expect from Charles Owens in the near future in terms of recordings and live performances?

Well, Jack Kilby’s album is on deck next. I just recorded a live album at Smalls with the great Joel Frahm on tenor saxophone, Ari Hoenig on drums and Alexander Claffy on bass. That was released back in April. The next record I want to do will be a trio record with electric bass, drums, and saxophone. I am currently compiling repertoire and testing it out on gigs. My M.O. for recording is to gig with material/band for a year then go to the studio for one day and record it all. I just got a new horn so I will be playing a lot on it before I decide to go back to the studio again.

 

Featured Performances for September

The month of September is incredibly exciting for Seattle area jazz fans. Considering that it is the ramp up month to the Earshot Jazz Festival, it is ample evidence of the vitality of the Seattle jazz scene. The selections are numerous this month, so happy wading!

Tim Kennedy: The Music of Wayne Shorter- Tue Sept 4, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist Tim Kennedy convenes four of the top players in town to pay homage to the compositions of the great Wayne Shorter. The band will focus on the music from two classic Shorter albums, Speak No Evil, and Adam’s Apple. Eclectic bass talent Evan Flory-Barnes, and drummer Tarik Abouzied join Kennedy, along with trumpeter Thomas Marriott. The quartet will perform the music of perhaps the greatest small ensemble composer in the history of jazz, in a not-to-be-missed leadoff to an amazing month of jazz in Seattle.

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Larry Fuller Trio- Tue Sept 4- Wed Sept 5, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Seattle jazz fans got to know Larry Fuller through his tenure with SRJO, and as pianist for the great Ernestine Anderson. This performance is celebratory not only for the return of Fuller to Seattle, but for the fact that Jazz Alley is actually presenting jazz music! Fuller brings his New York-based trio to the alley with bassist George DeLancey, and drummer Jason Tiemann.

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Eric Verlinde Trio with Special Guest Hans Teuber- Wed Sept 5, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Pianist Eric Verlinde continues his monthly residency at Tula’s with his trio featuring bassist Dean Schmidt, and drummer Jeff Busch. Verlinde welcomes multi-reedist Hans Teuber to the fold for this performance, giving area fans a chance to see Teuber before he begins his next run at Teatro Zinzanni. There is no musician in Seattle that can turn a good night to a special evening like Teuber. Add the intimate ambience of Tula’s and you have the best of reasons to attend.

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Reunion Quartet with Jay Thomas, John Bishop, John Stowell & Bruce Phares- Thu Sept 6, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

35 years in the making, four of Seattle’s finest reunite for an evening of jazz at Tula’s. Guitarist John Stowell is an international phenomenon. Drummer John Bishop has recorded and toured with dozens of international voices in jazz, including the groundbreaking Hal Galper Trio. Jay Thomas is a Seattle jazz legend, featured on both trumpet and saxophone. Bruce Phares has as well performed with a variety of jazz legends, among them James Moody, Larry Coryell, George Cables, and Ernestine Anderson.

Over this period of time each has made a prominent imprint on the music, and its culture here in Seattle. Their contributions have as well put a worldwide spotlight on the vibrant jazz scene here, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto- Fri Sept 7, 7:30 pm/ Tula’s

Jovino has played with the same band since his arrival in Seattle 25 years ago, creating a comfort zone for eclectic creativity like no other band in the city. He applies the musical wisdom he was gifted by Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal to this band that includes bassist Chuck Deardorf, a Seattle jazz institution himself. Drummer Mark Ivester, and percussionist Jeff Busch create the rhythmic undertow as one mind. Jovino will be the resident artist at the 2018 Earshot Jazz Festival.

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Greta Matassa Quintet- Sat Sept 8, 7:30 pm/ Tula’s

Greta Matassa has been thrilling Seattle jazz audiences for more than 25 years, and in the process has through recording and live performances established herself as the most important jazz singer to come out of Seattle since the great Ernestine Anderson. In terms of the pure instrument that is her voice, and  her advanced technique, there is none better. She as well has an intuitive relationship with her long time band that includes bassist Clipper Anderson, pianist Darin Clendenin, and drummer Mark Ivester. Uber talented saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev joins for this special performance.

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Tim Fitzgerald Quartet featuring Anton Schwartz- Tue Sept 11, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Continuing an amazing month, Tula’s brings in Chicago based guitarist Tim Fitzgerald to team up with saxophonist/composer Anton Schwartz for an evening featuring the music of the late great Wes Montgomery.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant Duo- Tue Sept 11- Wed Sept 12, 7:30 pm/ Jazz Alley

Winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Cecile McLorin Salvant teams up with pianist Sullivan Fortner for two intimate performances at Jazz Alley. Her debut album WomanChild on Mack Avenue Records won her a bevy of honors aside from the Grammy. She now tours supporting her sophomore release, For One To Love, a more intimate and confessional effort that she describes as being, “ Almost like a diary entry.” Fortner, who Seattle jazz fans have come to know through his Jazz Alley performances with Roy Hargrove, would seem the perfect pairing on piano.

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Photo: Carolyn Bick

Nu Trio- The Art of Jazz- Thu Sept 13, 5:30 PM/ Seattle Art Museum

Earshot Jazz presents the monthly Art of Jazz series, this month featuring Nu Trio, an ensemble of longtime musical collaborators  Nathan Breedlove, Phil Sparks, and Brian Kirk. Trumpeter Breedlove disappeared off the scene for 15 years before his recent comeback, and has gradually regained the form that made him a dues paid musician in the truest sense within many different communities in the jazz and ska worlds. Bassist Sparks has played with a plethora of local and international artists during his 30 years on the scene in Seattle and is the longtime bassist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Kirk has been integral in Seattle jazz education at Seattle Central College and came up playing with the likes of stars such as Joe Henderson. This trio plays on the cutting edge of the jazz tradition while dipping into the entirety of that musical heritage. As Breedlove would say, “The spirits are willing.”

https://www.earshot.org/event/art-of-jazz-nathan-breedlove-nu-trio-with-phil-sparks-and-brian-kirk/

DXL Quintet with Xavier Lecouturier- Thu Sept 13, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Young drummer/composer Xavier Lecouturier at 20 years of age has earned his stripes on the Seattle scene as drummer for the renowned Thomas Marriott Quintet. His musical maturity and prowess belie his age. Young lions Lucas Winter (guitar), and Gus Carns (piano), are joined by veteran bassist Michael Glynn. Saxophonist Rex Gregory, a recent transplant from New Orleans makes his official Tula’s debut rounding out this superb quintet.

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Marc Seales Band- Fri Sept 14, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Marc Seales has a performance and recording resume that includes stints with Ernie Watts, Joe Henderson, and Art Pepper. As a leader, his work as a solo artist, and with the trio, New Stories has established him as one of the true pivotal figures in the history of jazz in Seattle. His monthly residency at Tula’s has produced top-tier performances at the storied Belltown club for 25 years. No matter the configuration of the band on a given evening, Seales always delivers.

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Christian McBride New Jawn Quartet- Mon Sept 17- Wed Sept 19, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Six-time Grammy winner Christian McBride returns to Seattle with yet another incarnation for the ever-evolving bassist. His New Jawn Quartet features saxophonist Marcus Strickland, trumpeter Joshua Evans, and drummer Nasheet Waits.

McBride’s passion for swing and his energetic approach to music is like a bridge between a variety of musical communities. Seattle is fortunate to have him in town on a fairly regular basis.

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Madeleine Peyroux- Mon Sept 17- Tue Sept 18, 7:30 pm/ Triple Door

A continuing trend, as the Triple Door continues to book acts we are accustomed to seeing perform at Jazz Alley. While it is difficult to define the genre in which Madeleine Peyroux resides, jazz audiences seem to be very comfortable claiming her as one of their own. This is a judgment arising from her typically sold out shows, and rising sales of her recordings. Her sound draws from early jazz, blues, and folk, and expresses clearly her life between American and French cultures. Her performances are intimate affairs reflecting that very unusual personal journey in life.

https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=936

Thomas Marriott Quintet- Thu Sept 20, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

When trumpeter Thomas Marriott announced that he would perform with one quintet for 2018, it created quite a buzz around the Seattle jazz scene, knowing it would enable his ability to rehearse and perform his brilliant original compositions. Indeed, it has been fascinating to watch performance by performance, as the band evolves and breathes life into many compositions heard previously only on Marriott’s 10 solo releases on Origin Records. Joined on the front line by Rick Mandyck on tenor saxophone, and backed by the fine-tuned rhythm section of pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier, this quintet embodies the essence of Marriott’s unique sense of intimacy and intensity.

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John Coltrane Birthday Celebration- Fri Sept 21- Sat Sept 22, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

 

One of the highlights of the jazz year in Seattle, Matt Jorgensen’s annual autumnal salute to John Coltrane features tenor saxophonist Charles Owens (see the interview with Owens at seattlejazzscene.com). Jorgensen features different music each year, highlighting the music and career of the legendary saxophonist whose impact reaches spiritual proportions for many in the jazz world.

Owens, currently a resident of Charlottesville, VA, has gained long time prominence on the New York scene, and brings New York bassist Ben Shapiro with him to join Seattle stalwarts, drummer Jorgensen, and pianist, Marc Seales. This is a prepay event that sells out fast.  Call 206-443-4221 for reservations.

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Tarik Abouzied: Happy Orchestra Trio- Sat Sept 22, 9 PM/ TD Musicquarium

Tarik Abouzied’s Happy Orchestra can take on many different configurations, but always delivers funk-tinged jazz music presented in an air of positivity unique to the drummer/bassist/composer’s personality. Featuring many of the area’s top improvisers, this trio version features drummer Evan Woodle, keyboardist Joe Doria, and Abouzied on bass. A great opportunity for a late night hang with some of the best players in town.

http://thetripledoor.net/Calendar/Events/Musicquarium-New/September/Happy-Orchestra-Trio.aspx?date=2018-09-22

Clipper Anderson Quartet- Sun Sept 23, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Sunday evenings have been a big band night at Tula’s for many years, nice to see a bit of a change up featuring more intimate musical inclinations. Master bassist Clipper Anderson is often seen with the band led by his wife, the great singer Greta Matassa. Here Anderson ventures into his own musical world, filled with original compositions and skillful renditions of jazz classics. Longtime mates Mark Ivester (drums), and Darin Clendenin (piano), join him, along with uber-talented saxophonist, Alexey Nikolaev.

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Donny McCaslin/Kneebody- Mon Sept 24, 7 PM/ Triple Door

When two grand adventurers of the tenor saxophone convene in one place, for one special performance, one is left with little choice but to be there in the middle of the creative flow. This performance is an exercise in musical innovation, and anticipatory elation. One of the highlights of the jazz calendar in Seattle for September.

https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=1474

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio- Tue Sept 25- Wed Sept 26, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Returning home after extensive touring, DLO3 arrives at Jazz Alley in triumphant fashion. Lamarr’s distinctive organ style is a blend of the jazz sensibilities of the historic greats of the Hammond B-3, filtered through his extensive experience playing multiple instruments in the jazz realm. DLO3 however, is not exactly a jazz gig, but then again, how many performances at Jazz Alley are? This is a great opportunity to welcome home one of the hardest working musicians, and great humans on the scene in Seattle.

https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4943

James Falzone, clarinet

Gordon Grdina Trio with Matt Shipp and Mark Helias / James Falzone Trio with Wayne Horvitz and Abbey Blackwell / The Nathan Breedlove Quintet- Thu Sept 27, 8 PM/ Royal Room

Gordon Grdina, innovative practitioner of the guitar and oud, leads a triple bill that features three very distinctive bands, heading in original directions. Grdina brings in Matt Shipp, and Mark Helias to form a unique and adventurous trio.

Classical and avant-garde clarinetist James Falzone has been shaking up the musical universe here in Seattle since his arrival as Chair of Music at Cornish College of the Arts. His virtuosity and curiosity are unquestioned. Add the ardent eclecticism of pianist Wayne Horvitz, and that of bassist Abbey Blackwell, and we are set for a few orbits around the outer reaches of the musical universe.

Trumpeter Nathan Breedlove is a dues paid musician in the truest sense, having returned to the scene after a 15 year hiatus. His history with ska revolutionaries, The Skatalites, the Greenwich Village loft scene, and jazz greats Mulgrew Miller, Hadley Caliman, Donald Brown, and Jemeel Moondoc speaks to his post bop/avant-garde sensibilities that make him a unique quantity in the jazz world. Breedlove teams with Seattle saxophone legends Gary Hammon and Booker T. Williams on this evening, along with longtime mates Phil Sparks on bass, and Jamael Nance on drums.

Be sure to make a dinner reservation after purchasing your tickets, as the Royal Room does not guarantee a seat with your ticket purchase.

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Jared Hall Quintet- Thu Sept 27, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Since his arrival in Seattle, trumpeter Jared Hall has consistently staged fine performances with a variety of the best players in town. His significant chops were well enhanced under the tutelage of trumpet legend Brian Lynch in Miami prior to his arrival, but his voice as a player and composer can only be described as original.

Hall welcomes another newcomer to the scene, saxophonist Rex Gregory on this gig. Add drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen, pianist John Hansen (who is playing out of his mind these days), and bassist Michael Glynn, and you have a quintet that will keep you glued to your seat for two sets. The intimate confines of Tula’s adds to the allure of this Thursday evening getaway.

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Featured Jazz Performances for August

Jeremy Bacon Quartet- Wed August 1, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Pianist Jeremy Bacon moved to Seattle from New York in recent times and has generated some excitement on the scene. At Tula’s, Bacon will team up with another recent New York arrival, extraordinary drummer Stefan Schatz. Rick Mandyck, one of the true tenor saxophone voices in Seattle jazz history joins along with longtime top tier bassist Paul Gabrielson.

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band- Thu Aug 2- Sun Aug 5, 7:30 & 9:30pm

Master conguero, bandleader, and Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez has released 25 albums over the past three decades on the Concord label, cementing his legacy as one of the true titans of Latin Jazz. His music is full of infectious rhythms and melodies, acquired from a lifetime of integration in the Latin and Jazz worlds. He is joined by a stellar lineup including fellow percussionists Joey De Leon, and Angel Rodriguez.

https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4910

Richard Cole Quartet- Fri Aug 3, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Origin recording artist Richard Cole has somewhat flown under the radar it seems in Seattle, often not receiving the accolades enjoyed by other titans of the tenor saxophone in town over the years, such as Don Lanphere, Rick Mandyck, and Hans Teuber. Cole plays with a relentless, probing energy, pushing the boundaries of post-bop modernism to the extreme edge. Cole brings in two of the city’s finest for this date in pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen. Bassist Jon Hamar, in town for a bit from Nashville, completes this can’t miss quartet.

Sidney Hauser Quartet- Tue Aug 7, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Alto saxophonist Sidney Hauser has had quite a year. She was hired as 2nd alto saxophonist in the renowned Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, only the second female full time hire in their history. She has recently been the subject of a front page article at All About Jazz (see link below). Her ability to engage music in the entirety of the jazz tradition, from swing to the avant-garde is unusual and inspiring. Hauser makes her Tula’s debut featuring a cross-generational quartet featuring acclaimed pianist Bill Anschell. Bassist Jon Hamar, and young drummer Luca Cartner round out the band. This is a great gig to support if you want to witness the next wave of Seattle jazz!

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/sidney-hauser-justice-and-jubilation-sidney-hauser-by-paul-rauch.php

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Art of Jazz: Orchestra Zarabanda- Thu Aug 9, 5:30pm/ Olympic Sculpture Park

Earshot continues its Art of Jazz series with a summer evening outdoor concert featuring the Cuban salsa sounds of Orchestra Zarabanda. It’s hard to imagine a better setting for listening and dancing to los ritmos cubanos, surrounded by sculpture and immense natural beauty. A great opportunity to celebrate summer in Seattle!

https://www.earshot.org/event/art-of-jazz-orchestra-zarabanda/

Thomas Marriott Quintet- Sat Aug 11, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has established himself as one of the most prominent voices in jazz trumpet today, backed up by ten releases on the Origin label, as well as more than a hundred credits as a side musician. Over the course of the year, Marriott has decided to perform with a single quintet, exploring in depth his original compositions. Witnessing the evolution of this band at Tula’s, and the Ballard Jazz Festival has been an extraordinary experience. As well, the band covers three generations, with veteran saxophonist Rick Mandyck, and young drummer Xavier Lecouturier joining Marriott, along with bassist Geoff Harper and pianist Tim Kennedy. This is perhaps the one performance in August you should not miss under any circumstances.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

KO Ensemble- Wed Aug 15, 5pm/ Musicquarium

Saxophonist Kate Olson brings her KO Ensemble to the Triple Door’s Musicquarium Lounge for a happy hour performance. This band is thought of as a jazz alternative ensemble, featuring the improvisational prowess of Olson on saxophones and flute.

http://thetripledoor.net/Calendar/Events/Musicquarium-New/August/KO-Ensemble.aspx?date=2018-08-15

Arete Quartet- Wed Aug 15, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

With a respectful nod towards the traditions of jazz, Arête Quartet’s main troublemaker Joe Doria (Fender Rhodes keyboard) makes detours into electronica, trip-hop and controlled maelstrom, all the while parrying and playing off long-time collaborator and melodic master Dave Carter (trumpet). Ranging from a whisper to a scream, the band is capable of amazing subtlety and improvisation. Good to see this quartet land a gig at a venue that values listening and sustains an environment supporting music to that end.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Maceo Parker CD Release and 75th Birthday Celebration!- Thu Aug 16- Sun Aug 19, 7:30 & 9:30pm

The name Maceo Parker is synonymous with jazz funk, and has been since his early days recording and touring with James Brown. He has done the same with Prince, but standing on his own, Parker embodies the legacy of funk music over the past half century.

https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4930

Jay Thomas Quintet- Thu Aug 16, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Jay Thomas is a true titan in the history of jazz music in Seattle. His sound has been synonymous with the city since the early 70’s. His virtuosity on both trumpet and woodwinds is both unusual and extraordinary. Thomas is especially impressive when he employs a drummer who can hold his own and swing hard, doing so for this performance with Julian MacDonough. Underappreciated pianist John Hansen, solid bassist Michael Glynn, and trumpeter Michael Van Beeber round out the quintet.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Greta Matassa Quintet- Fri Aug 17, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Greta Matassa is the most important jazz singer in Seattle since the days of the great Ernestine Anderson. Matassa has that kind of talent as well and is unafraid to chart journeys into unknown territory along with her savant-like knowledge of hundreds of tunes. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument capable of articulating a lyric beautifully or scatting freely like a horn player over challenging material. She welcomes uber talented tenor saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev to the fold, along with her steady band of bassist Clipper Anderson, pianist Darin Clendenin, and drummer Mark Ivester.

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Susan Pascal Quartet with Special Guest Pete Christlieb- Sat Aug 18, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Master vibraphonist Susan Pascal has held down this gig at Tula’s for many years, with the same quartet. And why not the same quartet? She is joined by bassist Chuck Deardorf, pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer Mark Ivester, achieving a rare chemistry acquired only through years of intimate playing.

Tenor saxophone giant Pete Christlieb joins them for this one evening. Christlieb is a time-honored veteran of the LA studio scene, and the Tonight Show band. His work with Steely Dan is legendary as well. The purity of his sound is striking, his solos a study in melodic improvisation.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Sweeter Than The Day/ Robin Holcomb Band- Sun Aug 19, 7:30pm/ Royal Room

Wayne Horvitz leads Sweeter Than The Day, his piano based ensemble created in 1999. They as well serve as the backup band for pianist/composer Robin Holcomb. Holcomb made her mark more than three decades ago on the downtown scene in New York, bringing her magic to the Northwest in recent times.

Defining the music of Holcomb can be difficult, but she brings touches of folk and chamber music to the jazz idiom within the context of her own original brand of eclectic expressionism. This will be a very special evening deserving of an attentive, and open-minded audience.

http://theroyalroomseattle.com/2018-08.php

Owl ‘N Thistle Weekly Jam Session- Tuesdays, 10pm/ Owl ‘N Thistle Pub

The weekly gathering spot for the Seattle jazz scene, The evening begins at 10 with a house band, and evolves into an all out, no holds barred jam session. Many of the city’s top players stop in to hone their chops, as well as a plethora of young talent displaying their considerable abilities. Every once in a while someone extraordinary drops in. Recent years have seen the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra drop in to play. One of the few late night hangs in Seattle.

https://www.facebook.com/tuesdaynightowljamsession/

Jared Hall Quintet- Thu Aug 23, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Spokane native Jared Hall has been turning heads since he arrived in Seattle after time spent in Miami studying with trumpet master Brian Lynch. In his time here, he has released a fine album, Hallways (Holistic MusicWorks, 2017), and delivered fine live performances in his monthly residency at Tula’s. On this evening, he is joined by drummer John Bishop, bassist Paul Gabrielson, pianist John Hansen, and reedman Derek Smith. If you have not had the opportunity to hear Hall, I highly recommend this performance.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Keiko Matsui- Thu Aug 23- Sun Aug 26, 7:30 & 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley

Highly regarded pianist and humanitarian Keiko Matsui visits Jazz Alley performing compositions that impact her in all facets of her life. It is nice to actually recommend a jazz performance at the iconic jazz spot that has gravitated towards R&B and world forms in recent years. Matsui is joined by guitarist JP Mourao, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer Jimmy Branly.

https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4911

D’Vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition- Fri Aug 24, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Drummer extraordinaire and composer D’Vonne Lewis is a fourth generation musician in Seattle. He carries forward the legacy of his grandfather, B-3 organ master Dave Lewis who created the “Seattle sound,” blending jazz instrumental sensibility with the rock ‘n roll movement of the 50’s. He is an integral part of the integration of music in the city long separated by racial divide.

Lewis has forged an identity all his own, both as a drummer and composer. His fusion band, Industrial Revelation, has thrilled audiences in Seattle both live and on record for over 15 years now. Limited Edition finds the ebullient drummer in a different kind of fusion movement, buoyed by master electric bassist, Farko Dosumov. Add the energetic style of mallet artist Jacques Willis, and the bold sound of saxophonist Cliff Colon, and you have a driving force of jazz eclecticism in the first degree.

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Marc Seales Band- Sat Aug 25, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Seattle’s first call jazz pianist for three decades, Seales brings a different aspect of his substantial jazz resume to the stage of Tula’s for each of his monthly performances at the storied Belltown nightclub. Seales can go straight jazz, or fuse electric elements into his sound. Either way, his performances are the stuff of legend, and always deliver.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Jane Monheit- Thu Aug 30- Sun Sep 2, 7:30 & 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley

Blessed with an angelic voice, Monheit has at times struggles to find her voice in the genre despite accolades such as Grammy nominations. She is currently touring in support of her new Ella Fitzgerald tribute album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, the first release on her new record label Emerald City Records. Monheit is joined by Andy Langham (piano), Dave Robaine (bass), and Jamey Tate (drums).

https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4917

Alex Dugdale Fade Quartet- Thu Aug 30, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Multi-talented Alex Dugdale (saxophones and tap), leads his Fade Quartet for an engagement at Tula’s. Bassist Chris Symer, long one of the most underappreciated jazz musicians in Seattle, is on bass, along with pianist John Hansen and drummer Max Holmberg. Dugdale is a wonderful player on both tenor and alto, and a master tap dancer who applies that art form to non-traditional ends, soloing as an instrumentalist in hard bop and post-bop forms.

http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Johnaye Kendrick Flying CD Release Party- Fri Aug 31, 7:30pm/ Royal Room

Johnaye Kendrick is more than a vocalist, more than a composer. She is a complete musician who uses her marvelous voice as an instrument, and delivers an authentic, original sound. Celebrating the release of her new album, Flying, Kendrick is joined by pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Chris Symer, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis, for what should prove to be an extraordinary evening.

http://www.johnaye.com/site/

 

 

 

Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers

Seattle based Origin Records has released the debut recording of Korean born pianist Bongwool Lee. A young classical piano prodigy in her native Korea, Lee gravitated to jazz, and offers a unique sound and approach to jazz composition and improvisation.

Much has been written about the different creative processes engaged between classical and jazz musicians, more specifically, as applied to the collective worlds of jazz and classical piano. New York based pianist Bongwool Lee has an intimate relationship with these perceived differences. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, she was exposed by her parents to a variety of music at a very early age, winning her country’s acclaimed Samik Competition at age seven. Considered a prodigy in the classical world, Lee’s focus shifted to jazz upon hearing Oscar Peterson on the radio. After graduating as a music major from Dongduk Women’s University, she relocated to New York City, where she engaged in jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music earning a Master’s degree. More importantly, she engaged in and began to flourish on the heralded jazz scene in Gotham. Continue reading here

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/my-singing-fingers-bongwool-lee-origin-records-review-by-paul-rauch.php

CD Review- Chamber 3: Transatlantic

Chamber 3 began as a trio effort started by German guitarist Christian Eckert, and Seattle based drummer Matt Jorgensen, who forged a friendship while studying at the New School in New York in the early nineties. Over the years, they engaged in many projects and tours together, culminating in this project that includes German tenor saxophonist Steffen Weber. The band added a fourth member in the person of Seattle bassist Phil Sparks for their last release, Grassroots (OA2, 2017), and returns the same lineup for the new Origin release, Transatlantic (OA2, 2018).

Continue reading here https://www.allaboutjazz.com/transatlantic-matt-jorgensen-origin-records-review-by-paul-rauch.php

Photos: Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson- The Art of Jazz, SAM

Lisa Hagen Glynn has been doing some great work out on the music scene in Seattle, photographing performances. These were taken on May 10, during a riveting duo performance by Hans Teuber and Jeff Johnson. The performance was part of the Art of Jazz series at SAM, presented by Earshot Jazz. Thanks to Lisa for the wonderful shots!

CD Review: Bill Anschell- Shifting Standards (Origin)

Seattle based pianist Bill Anschell has created a tremendous body of work over the past 30 years, as a composer, musical director, and pianist. He returned to Seattle in 2002 after 25 years abroad and formed a relationship with Origin Records, releasing more than a dozen records both as a leader and co-leader. Whether composing and performing original pieces, or interpreting standards ranging from Cole Porter to Lennon/McCartney, Anschell has consistently upheld a rare standard of excellence.

Anschell’s musical personality can perhaps be best experienced within the confines of Tula’s Jazz Club, an intimate jazz spot in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. He typically performs with two separate combos, a quartet that performs his own works, and a standards trio featuring trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson, and wonderfully talented drummer D’Vonne Lewis. The trio has been performing on and off since 2007, and have achieved an intuitive, almost telepathic musical relationship that produces moments only attained through the one-mindedness of the piano trio format. They perform in the area of 80 standards, never play from a set list, and are subject to the momentary whims of Anschell’s inventive curiosity. At long last, the trio has released a definitive collection of standards aptly titled Shifting Standards on the Origin label. To continue reading, please follow this link-

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/shifting-standards-bill-anschell-origin-records-review-by-paul-rauch.php

Roxy Coss Interview

Seattle born and bred, New York based saxophonist Roxy Coss has seen her star ascend in recent years. From 2012-2014 she gained international visibility touring with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. She has been on a torrid recording pace as well, with the objective of releasing an album a year. Her past two releases Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016), and Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017) have established her place in the upper echelon of saxophonists in jazz today.

Coss has also played a major role in the fight for gender equality in jazz, forming the organization Women In jazz Organization (WIJO). You can check out their website here: http://wearewijo.org/

On March 30, Coss will release a new album on the Posi-Tone label that expresses both her ardent musicality, and activism. Entitled The Future Is Female, the album stands as an important statement in support of modern feminism, and most specifically, to gender equality in jazz. In November 2017, just after she recorded the record, I had the opportunity to interview her while she was in town for the Earshot Jazz Festival. The result was compelling.

All About Jazz: You have recently released a new CD, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), just a year after the release of Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016). Albums are like a snapshot of a timeframe, how has that musical image changed in a year?

Roxy Coss: More back story is it was recorded more than a year apart, even though they were released a year apart, so there was actually more time between recordings, almost two years. When I worked with Jeremy Pelt, he taught me a lot about the industry. His release schedule is every year, and I saw that really work for him, so that’s my goal right now, to continue now that I have the momentum going. From my experience, I’ve seen how important it is to keep getting contact out there, regardless of what it is. The more stuff you put out there, the more chances of someone hearing you.

read the entire interview here at All About Jazz: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/roxy-coss-standing-out-roxy-coss-by-paul-rauch.php

 

Dawn Clement Interview

Dawn Clement is like a primal force of nature. From being the mother of three young children, to her professorship at Cornish College of the Arts, to her performing career as a touring and recording artist, she maintains a musical standard of excellence achieved by very few. Her piano style is strong and versatile, whether she is playing at the most intense tempo, or in more tender and vulnerable moments colored in alluring sincerity.

On February 20th, she officially released her new CD Tandem on Origin Records. The album is a series of duo performances with some of her closest musical collaborators over the past 20 years. The project was celebrated in earnest that evening at Tula’s, with Clement performing in duo, trio, quartet, and full quintet with Dr. Julian Priester, Johnaye Kendrick, Mark Taylor, Michael Glynn and Byron Vannoy. The audience was populated heavily with many of the top jazz musicians in town, a gesture of great respect for the artist Clement has become, and has been throughout this new century. The performance was inspired, memorable, the vibe in the room during the performance and after hang, warm and welcoming.

Dawn Clement is a voice in jazz that needs to be heard.  Read the full interview at All About Jazz here:

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/dawn-clement-here-in-the-moment-dawn-clement-by-paul-rauch.php

 

 

Seattle Jazz Scene Update

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be in full exploration mode here at seattlejazzscene.com. The aim is to bring the page up to date in terms of jazz calendar, feature articles and reviews chronicling jazz music in Seattle, festival and event previews, and all things relevant to highlighting the music and its performers. Just for fun, I plan to go full on guerilla mode at times, publishing directly from jazz events in the area.

I want the vibe to be welcoming to the entire jazz and improvised music community. The growth and overall health of the scene is dependent on participation and a true sense of community between musicians, fans, writers, promoters, club owners, record companies, radio stations, and all of those who love the music and sees it as a vibrant part of our culture.

Once fully integrated, jazz fans in Seattle will be able to enter the site and learn who is playing around town on a daily basis, and stay up to date on what is happening in and around the scene.

If you are interested in submitting articles, reviews, photographs, calendar entries, etc, contact me per email at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please no self promotions.

And so the journey begins.

Paul Rauch

 

 

 

Human Spirit at Tula’s: Friday, September 16

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Human Spirit (Thomas Marriott – trumpet, Mark Taylor – saxophone and Matt Jorgensen – drums) are joined by Marc Seales (piano) and Greg Feingold (bass) for two sets of music at Tula’s Jazz Club on Friday, September 16.

With a combined 16 albums as leaders, and appearing on dozens more as sidemen, Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen have defined the sound of modern jazz that has come out of Seattle and Origin Records over the last decade.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 Second Ave, Seattle

Reservations: 206-443-4221
http://tulas.com

Music starts at 7:30pm

Eastside Jazz Extravaganza: Saturday, Sept 17

The Eastside Jazz Club will present their Annual Jazz Extravaganza concert Number 12. A Night of Superstars A double-billed evening, the first set features Trish, Hans and Phil with a refreshing approach that showcases three voices, lush harmonies, and great jazz interpretations of popular song.

After intermission, join us for a second set with a true Seattle gem, the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, a thirteen piece band, noted for presenting innovative and fresh, groove-driven “small big band” arrangements and featuring Vocalists Janette West and Bernie Jacobs. Come and hear all these magnificent Musicians perform in the wonderful new RESONANCE Theatre.

Resonance and The Eastside Jazz Club are proud to present in formal partnership the first of our 2016-2017 series concerts.

Click here to buy tickets

 

Jazz across the generations this week on Jazz Northwest, Sunday August 21, 2 PM on 88.5

LanphereWe like examining the continuum of jazz (thank you, John Gilbreath!) on Jazz Northwest. The students become the rising stars, and the rising stars become the teachers of the next generation and so it goes. Don Lanphere and Larry Coryell were major figures in Seattle jazz, and Roxy Coss was one of Don’s students and played in the Garfield Jazz Band under Clarence Acox. Today, Roxy is active on the New York Jazz Scene. We’ll sample her newest CD and also one by pianist Ariel Pocock who was a product of Newport High School and has also gone on to national prominence.

Also on this week’s show are recent releases from The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Victoria-based singer Miranda Sage, Seattle singer Dina Blade’s new CD recorded in Brazil, and a bi-coastal meet-up with Seattle’s Jay Thomas and New York-based Gary Smulyan and more.

Jazz Northwest airs every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 and streams at kplu.org. The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke and is available for streaming after broadcast at jazznw.org. Next week’s show will feature The Jazz Port Townsend all-star big band playing a Tribute To Woody Herman, co-led by Jeff Hamilton and Joe La Barbera, both of whom played in the Woody Herman band. (8/28)

“Piano Ends Here” tonight at the Royal Room

Monday, August 15th 8 p.m.
PIANO ENDS HERE

The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118
theroyalroomseattle.com

In celebration of the major overhaul of the Royal Room Steinway B, and its tentative absence while its is undergoing repairs, The Royal Room presents “Piano Ends Here” on Monday, August 15th. Using a bizarre and very out of tune piano, the evening will be a preview of composer Wayne Horvitz “21 Pianos”, which will mostly take place in the state of Minnesota during the months of September-November. In this incarnation, local Seattle pianists, past luminaries of the Piano Starts Here series, will each perform a piece of standard repertoire, of their choosing, and an improvisation.

The evening’s pianists will include: Ryan Burns, Robin Holcomb, Alex Guilbert, Dawn Clement, Tim Kennedy, Wayne Horvitz and Josh Rawlings

For more information about the project “21 Pianos”, please visit:
www.waynehorvitz.com/projects/21-pianos/.

The newly refurbished Steinway B will return in late August and in plenty of time for “Piano Starts Here: Alice Coltrane and Lil’ Hardin” on Wednesday, September 21st.

Sonarchy Radio schedule for September on KEXP

Sonarchy is recorded live in the studios at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. This hour long broadcast features new music and sound art made in the pacific northwest. Sonarchy is now into it’s 21st year of airing on KEXP, Seattle (90.3 fm). Listen for the broadcast every Sunday evening at midnight (PST). The show can be heard live at KEXP.org and furthermore is available in its entirety for two weeks following the broadcast in several streaming audio formats. This months shows will also be available as podcasts shortly after they air. Go to kexp.org/podcasting/podcasting.asp for a vast permanent archive to choose from.

Doug Haire is the producer and mixes these live shows. Sonarchy would not be possible without the efforts and funding provided by Jack Straw Cultural Center. For more about this non-profit organization with a mission to support the sonic arts go to jackstraw.org Thanks for your interest and good music to you!

Sept 4: John Butcher – saxophones, Torsten Muller – bass and Dylan van der Schyff – drums. a spectacular hour of free improvisation. This show recorded in 2008

Sept 11: Swindler
A funk, jazz and groove fusion band. Mike Saskor – guitar, Willow Goodine – keys, Rob Cochran – bass and Chris Martin – drums.

Sept 18: Martin Bland’s Randomized Controlled Trials
Original recordings edited, processed and put onto cdr’s then performed by 6 cd players in shuffle mode. The results are highly entertaining and unique to each performance.

Sept 25: Stuart McLeod and Braintrust
Music for guitar orchestra featuring 4 guitars, 2 basses and Stuart on drums, brainwave sensors and compositions. A massive sound for radio.

Chico Freeman Plus+tet at the Triple Door August 16

Chico Freeman Plus+tet
The Triple Door
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
7:30 PM

 

Chico Freeman – tenor saxophones
Luke Carlos O’Reilly – piano
Kenny Davis – bass
Michael Baker – drums

Chico Freeman, the multi-reedman, composer and producer embodies the intent of jazz by finding new avenues of expression that embrace the heritage and tradition of the music. Many critics have compared him to the greats in jazz history, but the proof, beyond arguable opinion, is in the fact that he has played and recorded with some of the most innovative musicians in the world. Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Freddie Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Billy Hart, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Sting, and many others.

Seattle-German collective group Chamber 3 performs in the Northwest

Chamber 3, the group co-led by Seattle drummer Matt Jorgensen and German musicians Christian Eckert and Steffen Weber, will be performing around the Seattle area July 29 – August 6.

Chamber 3’s latest CD on OA2 Records is entitled Grassroots. They will be recording a new CD while in Seattle too.

Thursday, July 28: Triple Door Musicquarium, 9:00pm
216 Union Street, Seattle, 206-838-4333

Friday, July 29: Bellevue 6th Street Fair, 10:30am – Noon
NE 6th Street and 106th Avenue NE, Downtown Bellevue

Friday, July 29: The Latona Pub, 5:00pm
6423 Latona Ave NE, Seattle

Saturday, July 30: Scotch and Vine, 8:00pm
Chamber 3 performing with Jose Gonzales
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA

Wednesday, August 3: Ted Brown Music, 6:00pm
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA 98409

Thursday, August 4: Piccola Cellars, 7:30pm
112 West 2nd Street, North Bend, WA 98045

Friday, August 5: Edison City Ale House, 8:00pm
Chamber 3 performing with Kareem Kandi
5602 S Lawrence St, Tacoma, WA

Saturday, August 6: Tula’s Jazz Club, 7:30pm
2214 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA