Photos: Grace Kelly and the Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra at The Triple Door

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Photos by Jim Levitt

The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, featuring Grace Kelly, performed at The Triple Door as part of the Earshot Festival. The concert drew a standing room audience. Grace Kelly played saxophone, and sang. The concert featured two world-premiere performances, pieces written by the winners of the orchestra’s second annual competition for women jazz composers.

Saturday Jazz

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TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Taj Mahal Trio
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

BRASS TACKS: Thomas Marriott Trio
6031 Airport Way S, Seattle, 206-397-3821, 8:00pm

SERAFINA: Don Hopwood and By The Way
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Leah Stillwell Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 6:00pm: Jerry Zimmerman; 9:00pm: Rabia Shaheen Qazi
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

CALAMUS AUDITORIUM: Billy Strayhorn Project w/Tyrone Brown & Nate Omdal Trio
517 E Pike, Seattle, 7:30pm

GRAZIE: Nuage Jazz
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

SUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Deems Tsutakawa and Josephine Howell
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Conrad Tovar
9pm – Carol LaMahr and Paul Green
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

Friday Jazz

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TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Stephanie Porter Quartet
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

CALAMUS AUDITORIUM: Billy Strayhorn Project w/Tyrone Brown & Nate Omdal Trio
517 E Pike, Seattle, 7:30pm
from Earshot: The Billy Strayhorn Project is a celebration of the life and music of William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967), an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, arranger, and LGTBQ artist best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington lasting nearly three decades. The Project features Tyrone Brown (LGTBQ artist and lead vocals), Nate Omdal (music director and bass), Michael Owcharuk (piano), Jacques Willis (drums), playing original arrangements from the Billy Strayhorn songbook such as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Lush Life.” The Billy Strayhorn Project is presented as part of Gay City Arts 2014-2015 Season: Crossing the Line. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBT artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBT artists, and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across the full range of artistic disciplines from theater, dance, music, and performance art to spoken word, film/video, new media and interdisciplinary work. Show at 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 15, 21, and 22 in the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 East Pike.

JAZZ ALLEY: Taj Mahal Trio
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

BOXLEY’S: Susan Pascal Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Amy Kramer Hawks
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 7:00pm

SERAFINA: Tim Kennedy Trio
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

DUOS LOUNGE: Jeff Ferguson’s Triangular Jazztet
2940 SW Avalon Way, 206-452-2452, 7:30pm

ROYAL ROOM: Terrence Brewer/ Message from Guinea/ JeConte & The Mali Allstars
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, 206-906-9920, 8:00pm

GRAZIE: The Christel Trio
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Yada Yada Blues Band
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 8:00pm

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Peter “2Saxy” Jordan
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: 6:00pm: Gotz/Lowe Duo; 9:00pm: Rod Cook and Toast
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-454-2776, 6:00pm

Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa Concert on Jazz Northwest, KPLU, this Sunday

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Pianist and composer Ann Reynolds brought her Clave Gringa band to The Seattle Art Museum to warm up a cool evening  for this month’s Art of Jazz Concert, presented by Earshot.  The concert was recorded for broadcast and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, November 23 at 2 PM Pacific and stream at kplu.org.

Ann Reynolds has made annual pilgrimages to Cuba to study Cuban music and folklore since 2000.  She has collected her impressions in eleven original compositions on her new CD Para Cuba con Amor.  Music from the new CD was featured in this concert at the Seattle Art Museum. Included are classic forms such as rhumba, danzon, songo and bolero.  Clave Gringa includes Kiki Valera, cuatro, Daniel Barry, trumpet, Dean Schmidt, bass Steve Smith, congas & bongos, and Pedro Valera, bongos and timbales.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  The program airs every Sunday at 2 PM Pacific and is also available as a podcast at kplu.org after the broadcast.

Thursday Jazz

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TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Fred Hoadley’s Sonando
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Leo Kottke
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BARCA: Adam Kessler/Phil Sparks Trio
1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 325-8263, 9:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Frank Kohl CD Release “Invisible Man”
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 5:30pm: Casey MacGill; 9:00pm: Jason Parker Quartet
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

BLUE MOON: Blue Moon session w/ Dave Abramson
712 NE 45th St, 206-675-9116, 4:30pm

PINK DOOR: Greg Ruby Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 206-443-3241, 8:00pm

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Irae Pagofie
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 7:00pm

THE CHAPEL: Empty Boat + New Art Trio
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, 8:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Beth Winter Cornish Vocal Student Showcase
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

Rochelle House performing Friday at Mt. Baker Lofts

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Rochelle House

Rochelle House and Andy Coe will be performing music from Rochelle’s new CD, Songs From A Bookmark, this Friday at the Mt. Baker Artist Lofts.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 / 8:00pm
MT BAKER ARTIST LOFTSCOMMUNITY ROOM
2915 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, 98144

Enter though the doors facing the Mt. Baker Light Rail Station

Last Eastside Jazz Club concert of the year is tonight

Posted 18 November, 2014 in Seattle Jazz - Comments Off comments

from the Eastside Jazz Club:

Tonight at 7.30 pm is the last concert of 2014 year so Jazz Friends please join us for the Fabulous Jazz Group,
MIKE ALLEN’S WWU FACULTY JAZZ QUARTET.

Featuring
Mike Allen – Saxophones
Miles Black – Guitar and Keyboards
Adam Thomas – Bass and Vocals
Eric Eagle – Drums.

It’s going to be a great evening.

MARRIOTT COURTYARD HOTEL
11010 NE 8th Street
Bellevue WA 98004

with free parking on P3.

Inquiries 425 828 9104.

Tickets available at the door $13 Adults, 18 and under $8.
Come early and enjoy “Happy Hour” until 7pm

Tuesday Jazz

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JONES PLAYHOUSE: Sun Ra Tribute Band
4045 University Way NE, Seattle, 7:30pm
from Earshot Jazz: Costumes and processionals in the spirit of Sun Ra are the order of the day for this event along with group vocals and other features of Sun Ra’s music. Pieces to be performed include Call for All Demons; Enlightenment; Space Loneliness; and Somewhere Else. Herman “Sonny” Blount officially became Sun Ra in the early 50s, declaring that he was from the angel race whose mission it was to be a cosmic communicator. This incarnation of the Sun Ra Tribute Band first performed at On the Boards when the Hubble Telescope got its corrective lens, and the images of the universe became forever imprinted on our collective psyches. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Playhouse, 4045 University Way NE.

JAZZ ALLEY: Leo Kottke
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Roadside Attraction Big Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Mount Si High School Jazz Jam
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde
808 Post Ave, 206-621-7777, 10:00pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff
2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Gotz / Lowe Duo
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004, 425.454.2776, 7:00pm

Monday Jazz

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TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra
2214 Second Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: JeConte and the Mali Allstars
2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: 5:30pm: Mt. Si Vocal Workshop; 7:30pm: Mt. Si Vocal Jazz
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BLUE MOON: Andy Coe Band
712 NE 45th St, Seattle, 206-675-9116, 10:00pm

NECTAR: Mo’ Jam Mondays w/ Morgan Gilkeson
412 N. 36th St., Seattle, 206.632.2020, 9:00pm

CAPITOL CIDER: Entre Mundos jam w/ Ernesto Pediangco
818 E Pike St, 9:00pm

Buddy Catlett featured today on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest

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Buddy Catlett, a much-revered pillar of the Seattle Jazz community died last Wednesday at the age of 81. Buddy Catlett was a contemporary of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson and had an international career, touring and recording with Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and many others. Jazz Northwest will remember him with several unpublished recordings of the Local 493 Reunion Band on Sunday, November 16 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. The group included veterans of the Black musicians union Local 493 in the years before it merged with the white musicians union Local 76.

The recordings of the Local 493 Reunion Band date from the 90s and include Buddy Catlett, Floyd Standifer, Jabbo Ward, Billy Wallace, and guests, Ed Lee, Freddie Greenwell, Brian Nova, Jack Perciful and others. Some have been broadcast once before, but none has been issued on commercial recordings.

Quincy Jones wrote: “RIP to my brother and bandmate Buddy Catlett, one of the greatest bass players to ever take the stage. From Charlie Taylor’s and Bumps Blackwell’s bands when we were starting out in Seattle to my Free and Easy tour of Europe, we traveled the world playing the music we love. A lot of notes, a lot of laughs, a lot of great memories. We will all miss you Buddy, but you will live on in our hearts.”

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.

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Friday Jazz

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TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Dave Peck Trio with Jeff Johnson and Eric Eagle
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

CALAMUS AUDITORIUM: Billy Strayhorn Project w/Tyrone Brown & Nate Omdal Trio
517 E Pike, Seattle, 7:30pm
from Earshot: The Billy Strayhorn Project is a celebration of the life and music of William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967), an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, arranger, and LGTBQ artist best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington lasting nearly three decades. The Project features Tyrone Brown (LGTBQ artist and lead vocals), Nate Omdal (music director and bass), Michael Owcharuk (piano), Jacques Willis (drums), playing original arrangements from the Billy Strayhorn songbook such as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Lush Life.” The Billy Strayhorn Project is presented as part of Gay City Arts 2014-2015 Season: Crossing the Line. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBT artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBT artists, and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across the full range of artistic disciplines from theater, dance, music, and performance art to spoken word, film/video, new media and interdisciplinary work. Show at 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 15, 21, and 22 in the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 East Pike.

JAZZ ALLEY: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

BOXLEY’S: Dan Kramlich Grunge Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Arlene, Elise & Pat
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 7:00pm

SERAFINA: Shawn Mikelson Trio
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

DUOS LOUNGE: Jeff Ferguson’s Triangular Jazztet
2940 SW Avalon Way, 206-452-2452, 7:30pm

GRAZIE: TBA
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Jovino Santos Neto
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 8:00pm

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Michael Powers Group
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: 6:00pm: Gotz/Lowe Duo; 9:00pm: Little Bill & the Blue Notes
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-454-2776, 6:00pm

Buddy Catlett, Seattle jazz legend, dies

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Note: Make sure and pick up a copy of Saturday’s print edition of The Seattle Times for obituary on Buddy Catlett

From The Seattle Times:

George James “Buddy” Catlett, one of the most illustrious musicians to come up on Seattle’s Jackson Street jazz scene of the 1940s, died Wednesday, Nov. 12. Catlett was 81. He had been living at the Leon Sullivan Health Care Center in Seattle’s Central District and had not performed for some time.

Best known as a swinging, “in the pocket” bassist with a muscular, full-bodied sound, Mr. Catlett anchored the bands of  Count Basie, Quincy Jones and Louis Armstrong for long stints, recording with them, as well.

Born in Long Beach, Pacific County, Mr. Catlett grew up in Seattle and came from a family of black pioneers that traces its history back to the early 1900s. The diminutive, rotund musician —  nicknamed “Bumblebee” by his friends — attended Garfield High School and started out on alto saxophone, which he played with Jones in a band led by their classmate, Charles Taylor. However, in 1950, the young sax man was struck with pleurisy, which his doctor feared was tuberculosis, so he was advised to stop playing a wind instrument. This led to his taking up the bass fiddle.

After “paying his dues” in local bands led by trumpeter Floyd Standifer and others, Catlett left town in 1956 to join Horace Henderson (Fletcher Henderson’s brother). Mr. Catlett subsequently worked with guitarist Johnny Smith and Latin vibraphonist Cal Tjader. In 1959, the bassist’s former classmate Jones hired Mr. Catlett in a new big band, which Jones took to Europe as part of a musical called “Free and Easy,” starring Sammy Davis Jr. The show folded after a few performances, but the band — which also featured Standifer and Seattle pianist Patti Bown — stayed in Europe for eight months.

Jones’ big band — legendary in the annals of modern jazz and rivaled at the time by only Basie and Ellington – was economically unsustainable, but it nevertheless recorded highly-regarded albums, notably “Birth of a Band.” With Basie, Mr. Catlett also recorded a classic album with Frank Sinatra, “With Rose Colored Glasses,” and subsequently worked with pianists Red Garland and JuniorMance, drummer Chico Hamilton and saxophonists Coleman Hawkins,  Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis.

In the late ’60s, Mr. Catlett was hired by Armstrong, with whom he played, recorded and toured until 1969.

Throughout his early life and middle age, Mr. Catlett struggled with alcohol. In the ’70s, when jazz work became scarce, he dropped out of music for a while, and decided to come back to Seattle to recover. Gradually, he re-entered the jazz world on the home front, becoming an important part of the local scene, working at now-defunct clubs such as the New Orleans Restaurant and Lofurno’s, where national figures from his days on the road, such as Clark Terry and Jones, would regularly drop by. His accomplishments were celebrated by the Seattle jazz non-profit Earshot Jazz when it inducted Mr. Catlett into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, in 1991.

Miguel Zenón among Earshot’s remaining don’t-miss acts

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From The Seattle Times:

The Earshot Jazz Festival has served up a panorama of wildly divergent styles the past four weeks, from big band and Afro-pop to ethno-punk and Latin jazz. Its concluding week features two saxophonists who ought not to be missed — Pharaoh Sanders and Miguel Zenón.

This past Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Kirkland Performance Center’s sweet little theater, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist Michael Brockman and drummer Clarence Acox, paid a finger-popping tribute to Seattle’s two most illustrious Jackson Street era veterans, Quincy Jones and Ray Charles.

The band played with panache and accuracy, offering such favorites as Jones’ “Stockholm Sweetnin’ ” and Charles’ “One Mint Julep.” Guest shots by Hammond B-3 organ ace Delvon Lamarr and vocalist Reggie Goings brought a tangy taste of barbecue to the proceedings.

Clarinetist Beth Fleenor’s performance at Barboza Monday, Nov. 3, with her cheekily named Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, lived up to that Capitol Hill venue’s hipster rep, though the small crowd thinned rapidly once old-school fans discovered what Fleenor was really up to. Best known as a superb jazz clarinetist — she brought both her B flat and bass — she primarily sang with Crystal Beth, offering fare perhaps best described as world music from an imaginary planet — or at least one recently visited by Yoko Ono.

Shrieking and stuttering over long, modal vamps and jagged punk rhythms, Fleenor offered a nonstop hour of new material she called “scenic overpasses” in a “liberation ritual.” Overall, it was quite compelling and magical, though it could do with a little editing.

One of the festival’s unusual highlights came Saturday, Oct. 25, when drummer Barry Altschul’s trio, “3dom Factor,” played an entire set at Cornish College’s Poncho Concert Hall in the dark — sans microphones, thanks to a power outage. So who needs electricity? Altschul flowed flawlessly with round-toned bassist Joe Fonda and alto saxophonist Hayes Greenfield in a program of deliciously multidirectional originals.

Poncho offered the only real disappointment, when virtuoso saxophonist Greg Osby delivered a spiritless concert with a trio of young musicians not in his league. Leaving early felt like a good option.

Anyone who has never bathed in the shimmering light of Sanders’ tenor saxophone should take the opportunity now that he is 74 to see him at Town Hall Friday, Nov. 7. Ferocious and abrasive when he came up under the aegis of John Coltrane, Sanders later migrated to a milder place more inspired by Trane’s “After the Rain” than by “Live in Japan.”

Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Zenón’s unusual new album, “Identities are Changeable,” explores the fluid self-image of Puerto Ricans who, unlike, Zenón, were born in the U.S. The writing is layered and sparkling, but the interview material interspersed throughout gives it a National Public Radio feel. Presumably there will be no chatter during his set Monday, Nov. 10, at Poncho, a concert worth attending if only for Zenon’s thundering pianist, Luis Perdomo.

Friday Jazz

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EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Pharoah SandersTown Hall Seattle, 8pm
Pharoah Sanders Quartet
With his unmistakable questing, yearning tone, this legendary saxophonist has pursued a master plan through the major turns in jazz history of the last 50 years. His early classic recordings with John Coltrane, and then under his own leadership, explosively liberated jazz form and expectations, yet also embraced timeless melody and sonorities — and his intensity has never waned. His quartet includes pianist William Henderson, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. $26 general; $24 members & seniors; $13 students & veterans. $36 preferred seating   BUY NOW

Anton SchwartzTula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Anton Schwartz Quintet
Anton Schwartz creates brainy jazz that also thrills with “upbeat vibe, strong melodies, and unflagging sense of swing” (Jazziz). No less a master than Illinois Jacquet has said of Schwartz: “You play the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.” He performs the music of his much radio-played Flashmob with George Colligan (piano), Lorca Hart (drums), Jon Hamar (bass), and Thomas Marriott (trumpet). $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans
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JAZZ ALLEY: Euge Groove
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

BOXLEY’S: Ham Carson Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

SERAFINA: Alex Guilbert Duo
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

DUOS LOUNGE: Jeff Ferguson’s Triangular Jazztet
2940 SW Avalon Way, 206-452-2452, 7:30pm

VITOS: The Sweet Spot Combo
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 9:00pm

GRAZIE: Edward Paul Trio
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Jazz Pearls
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline. 206-365-4447, 7:30pm

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Josephine Howell
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Kevin Jones and Larry Murante
9pm – The Seattle Guitar Society presents guitarist Frank Kohl, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Greg Williamson.
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

Bad Luck returns to Seattle this Saturday

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BadLuck

The sax-drum duo Bad Luck (featuring Neil Welch and Chris Icasiano) returns to Seattle to cap off an extended US Tour this Saturday, November 8, with a performance at Vermillion Art Gallery. The show is part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Saturday, November 8,
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, 8pm

Bad Luck
Scott Cutshall / John Gross Duo

$5-15 sliding scale   BUY NOW

This summer, the world lost Charlie Haden, one of the true monsters, mentors, and masters of jazz. Haden once said, “Before music there was silence, and the duet format lets you build from that silence in a very special way.” November 8 will be a testament to those words as Bad Luck and John Gross & Scott Cutshall explore the sonic territory surrounding the silence.

Bad Luck, the duo of Chris Icasiano (drums) and Neil Welch (saxophone), are Seattle mainstays whose sound has gained the attention of All About Jazz and the New York Jazz Record. Described as “powerful and virtuosic” and “hard-edged and audacious,” Icasiano’s demanding drums and Welch’s waves of sound traverse from the bombastic to the wandering, creating an impressively diverse dynamic and sonic pallet for two instrumentalists.

Legendary saxophonist John Gross and drummer Scott Cutshall, who perform as part of the John Gross Trio, will be making the trip up from Portland to present their determined yet introspective improvisational explorations. Gross is heralded for his calm delivery and convincing ideas on the saxophone, and has been touted as one of the most significant players on the scene by the Saxophone Journal. Gross’s serenity creates a sharp contrast with Cutshall’s dry and feverish drumming, but forges a dynamic that is invigorating and pulsating with life. From the silence, both duos are sure to build tremendous and exceptional impressions of sound.

Wednesday Jazz

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JAZZ ALLEY: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Emily Asher’s Garden Party
216 Union Street, Seattle, 7:30pm
Seattle Times Concert Preview

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Smith/Staelens Big Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Jazz Jam w/ Darin Clendenin Trio
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 7:30m

VITOS: Synthesis
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 9:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm - Elizabeth Perrera (vocals), with Geoff Harper (bass), Ryan Burns (piano) and Reade Whitwell (drums)
9pm – Ron Stilwell (vocals) and John Hansen (piano) – a tribute to the artistry of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

BOXLEY’S: 5:00pm: Future Jazz Heads; 7:00pm: CWU Combo Night
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Gotz/Lowe Duo
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425.454.2776, 6:00pm

Anton Schwartz this weekend at Tula’s

Posted 4 November, 2014 in Seattle Jazz - Comments Off comments

Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8
Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm

Anton Schwartz Quintet

$16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans
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Anton Schwartz creates brainy jazz that also thrills with “upbeat vibe, strong melodies, and unflagging sense of swing” (Jazziz). No less a master than Illinois Jacquet has said of Schwartz: “You play the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.” He performs the music of his much radio-played Flashmob with George Colligan (piano), Lorca Hart (drums), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), and Jon Hamar (bass).

Since 1995, Anton Schwartz has gained an enthusiastic following, as fans respond to what the San Francisco Chronicle calls his “warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.” Over the years, Anton has won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note in New York, Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco, Washington DC’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He recently performed an hour-long concert of unaccompanied saxophone at the San Francisco Jazz Festival (2013) and at Boston Symphony Hall as a featured soloist with the Boston Pops (2014).

Schwartz is also in great demand as a teacher. He is a longtime faculty member of The Jazzschool and Stanford Jazz Workshop, a clinician at the Brubeck Institute, and has been artist-in-residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony.

Tuesday Jazz

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EARSHOT JAZZ

Hal GalperPONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Hal Galper Trio w/ Jeff Johnson and John Bishop
Veteran bebop pianist Hal Galper, renowned since his collaborations with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods, joins the seasoned bass-and-drums pairing of Jeff Johnson and John Bishop for a night of what their 2006 Origin Records release of time-shifting originals and standards aptly called Furious Rubato. $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Grace KellyTriple Door, 7:30pm
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra featuring Grace Kelly
SWOJO has been showcasing our region’s talented female jazz artists for 14 years. This evening, the ensemble welcomes special guest Grace Kelly, already a master saxophonist at 22. The concert also includes two world premiere performances from the orchestra’s second annual competition for women jazz composers. (Presented in partnership w/ SWOJO. Supported by 4Culture.) $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW


JAZZ ALLEY: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Usual Suspects Big Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Jazz Vocal Jam Hosted by Kelly Eisenhour
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde
808 Post Ave, 206-621-7777, 10:00pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff
2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Gotz / Lowe Duo
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004, 425.454.2776, 7:00pm

Photos: Johnaye Kendrick Group

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Saturday Jazz

Posted 1 November, 2014 in Seattle Jazz - Comments Off comments

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Frank CatalanoTula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Frank Catalano Quartet
The brawny Chicago saxophonist ranges from tempered swing to the rapid-fire energy that has won him gigs with both Santana and Ministry. On the heels of two new recordings, the rock-solid quartet lights up two evenings at Seattle’s classic jazz club. $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans     Reservations at 206-443-4221 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Jacob FredRoyal Room, 8pm
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey & McTuff
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is the acclaimed, road-sharpened trio of Brian Haas (piano/Fender Rhodes/bass Moog/synth), Chris Combs (electric guitar/lap steel guitar/synth), and Josh Raymer (drums). “It swings, it sways, but the jazz trio form in their hands has an almost primitive, inside-your-head, idiosyncratic quality” (DownBeat). McTuff, Joe Doria’s full-bore organ trio with the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the dazzling Tarik Abouzied on drums, is becoming a Seattle legend. $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Battle TranceChapel Performance Space, 8pm
Battle Trance
In a “battle trance” this genre-defying tenor saxophone quartet of Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner reveals, as on their Palace of Wind debut album, a kinship with Evan Parker’s whirling soundscapes “with the ephemeral and unquestionable logic of a dream” (AdHoc). $14 general; $12 members & seniors; $7 students & veterans   BUY NOW

SRJONordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30pm
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Celebrating its 20th anniversary season, the region’s all-star big band salutes Seattle’s jazz innovators with “Quincy and Ray on Jackson Street.” Directed by Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox, SRJO has become a Seattle institution featuring many of the region’s jazz standouts and, for this weekend, vocalist Reggie Goings. (Presented by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.) $47 general; $44 seniors; $15 under 25   BUY NOW


 

JAZZ ALLEY: Karrin Allyson
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

THE TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Money Jungle
216 Union Street, Seattle, 206-838-4333, 9:00pm

SERAFINA: Sue Nixon Quartet
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Karin Blaine
9pm – Downtown Mountain Boys
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

BOXLEY’S: Kelley Johnson Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 6:00pm: The Tarantellas; 9:00pm: The Pornadoes
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

GRAZIE: Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

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