Wednesday Jazz

The Ballard Jazz Festival starts tonight

BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM
8:00pm: Julian MacDonough
9:00pm: Gene Coye
10:00pm: Michael Shrieve

CONOR BYRNE PUB
5140 Ballard Avenue NW (PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW IS 21+)
Showtime: 8:00pm


 

JAZZ ALLEY: Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kareem Kandi Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: The Minor 9/ Chaotic Noise Marching Corps/ Sazerac Orkestra
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, (206) 906-9920, 8:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Dina Blade Student Showcase
9pm – Elizabeth Perera (vocals), with Eric Verlinde (piano) and Geoff Harper (bass)
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

BOXLEY’S: Mount Si Jazz 2
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

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

VITO’S: Brad Gibson Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 8:00pm

Earshot Jazz previews The Ballard Jazz Festival

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 6-9
Various venues

View Ballard Jazz Festival WebsiteBuy Tickets

Thirteen is a lucky number for local jazz fans: The 13th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is just around the corner. Hitting on multiple stages from May 6-9, Seattle’s uniquely homegrown jazz fest has developed into an eagerly anticipated annual event that hasn’t lost touch with the intimate and collaborative atmosphere that made it special in the first place. Since its early days as the Ballard Jazz Walk, the reputation and reach of the festival have grown while the vibe has remained welcoming and accessible.

“I want to make sure it’s a local festival, so it sounds like Seattle,” says festival organizer and Seattle jazz impresario John Bishop. “It will be a celebration of that.”

Rather than putting the focus solely on individual marquee gigs, Bishop’s approach is to bring in carefully selected out-of-town talent and pair them up with local musicians for a variety of performances. This gives everyone a chance to mix and mingle, to have a good time over a period of a few days. As Bishop says, invoking a sage perception of what makes a jazz scene vital, “It’s about the hang.”

I want to make sure it’s a local festival, so it sounds like Seattle
– JOHN BISHOP
Another key piece of Bishop’s goal is to present the full range of jazz-related activity in town, mixing old and new, traditional and cutting-edge. To achieve your balanced jazz diet, for example, you could sample some renegade experimentalism at the Table & Chairs showcase and then drop in for classic jazz trio sounds from legendary pianist Overton Berry – “Two massively different experiences within a half block of each other,” says Bishop.

Bishop has also wisely retained festival elements that have proven popular over the years, including the opening night’s Brotherhood of the Drum and night two’s Guitar Summit concerts (both at Conor Byrne Pub), as well as the Ballard Jazz Walk, where you can take in 17 artists in eight venues for the price of a single ticket.

Every minute of the Ballard Jazz Festival is packed with great music, so selecting highlights can be an exercise in frustration. Just a few to consider: Brotherhood of the Drum will no doubt be special, as this year’s edition features Michael Shrieve, Gene Coye, and Julian MacDonough each leading their own bands. Shrieve is well-known to audiences locally and around the world as the original drummer for Santana. He has a staggering resume, which includes a wide range of music in many genres from rock and jazz to electronic and global experimentalism. Coincidentally, one of Los Angeles-based Gene Coye’s first gigs after high school was also with Santana, and he has since toured with guitarists Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. Julian MacDonough is a fixture on the West Coast scene, well-known for his work with saxophonist Mike Allen’s quartet and pianist Aaron Parks.

This is an especially notable year for guitar fans, with three legendary axe men taking the stage at the Guitar Summit. Peter Bernstein is internationally acclaimed for his mastery and taste as a thoughtful straight-ahead maestro. The NYC stalwart has toured with Diana Krall and Joshua Redman, and the legendary icon Jim Hall sang his praises. John Stowell is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, an original voice with a uniquely cliché-free take on the jazz tradition, informed by a modern harmonic sense. Jerry Hahn was one of the first to occupy the guitar chair in Gary Burton’s pivotal groups starting at the close of the 60s, and was a key figure in laying the groundwork and establishing a musical vocabulary for later eclectic innovators such as Pat Metheny.

This is only scratching the surface: Other appearances include bassist David Friesen, saxophonists Eric Alexander and Lucas Pino, plus a cross-section of supremely talented local luminaries that will make you glad to call the Pacific Northwest home. Don’t miss it!

Tickets and information available at ballardjazzfestival.com.

Andrew Luthringer

Ballard Jazz Fest Schedule

Wednesday, May 6
Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Avenue NW
Brotherhood of the Drum, 8pm
Michael Shrieve, Gene Coye, and Julian MacDonough
Tickets $15 / $13 advance. Ages 21+.

Thursday, May 7
Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Avenue NW
Guitar Summit, 8pm
Peter Bernstein, John Stowell, and Jerry Hahn
Tickets $15 / $13 advance. Ages 21+.

Friday, May 8
Various venues, downtown Ballard
Ballard Jazz Walk, 6:30pm
17 groups in eight venues for a single ticket price
Jazz Walk Only, $30 / $26 advance. Tickets available day-of at New York Fashion Academy, 5201 Ballard Ave NW. Most venues all ages, with some 21+.

Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St
Friday Night Concert, 7:30pm
The Peter Bernstein Trio and David Friesen Circle 3 Trio
Friday Night Concert + Jazz Walk, $30 / $26 advance. All ages.

Saturday, May 9
Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St
Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch, 11am & 12:30pm
Thomas Marriott Quartet
Tickets $15 non-museum members, $12 museum members, $40 families of four. All ages.

Mainstage Concert, 7:30pm
Eric Alexander w/ the Peter Bernstein Trio
Lucas Pino No Net Nonet
Tickets $35 general, $55 reserved, $18 students. All ages.

Tim Berne at The Royal Room tonight

Monday, May 4
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S (Columbia City)

Tickets available at strangertickets.com
$18 general, $16 Earshot members & seniors, $9 students & veterans

Tim Berne’s third ECM album, You’ve Been Watching Me, sees the saxophonist-composer again leading his dynamic New York band Snakeoil, now a quintet with the arrival of guitarist Ryan Ferreira. Just as Berne has hit a new peak with his writing on You’ve Been Watching Me, his band has reached a heightened state of collective interaction, realizing the compositions to a tee. Snakeoil – with the leader on alto sax alongside pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, percussionist Ches Smith, and Ferreira on electric and acoustic guitars – can still be bracingly kinetic. But there is new space in these compositions and more lyrical focus to the improvisations, leading to a dynamic, even cinematic experience.

Monday Jazz

ROYAL ROOM: Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, 206-906-9920, 8:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: D’Vonne Lewis & Limited Edition with Delvon Lamar and Skerik
2214 Second Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Green River 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

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: T8P
2202 N 45th St, 206-992-1120, 8:00pm

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

Photos: Spike Wilner Trio at Tula’s Jazz Club

Photos by Jim Levitt

The Spike Wilner Trio performs at Tula’s Jazz Club in Seattle. Pianist Spike Wilner runs two New York jazz clubs, Small’s and Mezzrow.Spike Wilner, piano;Michael Glynn, bass;Matt Jorgensen, drums (and Thomas Marriott, trumpet, joins at the end of the set)

Special Night at Tula’s tonight!

from Bill Anschell:

Tonight will be a special evening at Tula’s. The club’s owner, Mack Waldron, is receiving a “Jazz Hero” award from the Jazz Journalists Association; he’s one of two dozen jazz advocates around the country chosen for the honor.

At the bottom of this email, you can read Mack’s bio, put together by KPLU host (and JJA board member) Robin Lloyd. What isn’t mentioned, and is unknown to many people, is that Mack kept Tula’s open when it wasn’t in his financial interest to do so; he knew the club’s importance to the local jazz community and didn’t want to let down the musicians who play there.

He’s also probably the only jazz club owner in the country who tunes his own piano, almost daily, and very well. It’s always a treat to play there, and the jazz scene wouldn’t be nearly the same without it. I’m honored that Mack chose my trio to help celebrate his well-deserved award.

At 6:30 the award presentation will take place, then at 7:30 my trio will hit the stage. It’s my Standards Trio, with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. None of the music is pre-arranged, and Jeff and D’Vonne always manage to surprise me (which is what spontaneous arrangements are all about).

The goods:
Thursday, April 30th, Tula’s (www.tulas.com), $10 cover.

I’m guessing it will be a full house, so reservations are a good idea; while you’re at it you can pick your own seat. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the city’s best players stop by and sit in. Highly recommended.

–Bill

Mack Waldron
2015 Seattle Jazz Hero

Elliott “Mack” Waldron is the proprietor of Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club in Seattle, which for two decades has featured local and regional jazz musicians seven nights a week, filling an important cultural niche here. Seattle is just lucky enough to be Waldron’s wife’s hometown.

To explain: Mack began his personal association with jazz in his youth. He played in his high-school jazz band in Kilgore, Texas (in the northeastern part of the state), and continued when he attended Kilgore Junior College. He enlisted in the Navy, joined the band and eventually becoming a bandleader – making that his career for 26 years. He was stationed at Sand Point Naval Base on Lake Washington when he retired, and he and his wife Tula (yes, the club is named for her: it’s a diminutive of Demetra) decided to stay.

At first, Mack worked booking musical acts, but then he decided to plunge into the business directly. “It had always been my dream to own a jazz club,” he’s said.

Mack knows his jazz. In the service he’d been considered a players’ bandleader, and today he’s considered a players’ club owner. He books the bands, treats the musicians well and in turn is well respected by the musicians he hires. “We have a mutual admiration,” he says. “I admire them for their musicianship, and I think they do appreciate me for providing a venue for them to perform.” He acknowledges difficulties in keeping Tula’s open for the past 21 years, but has always accepted them as a personal challenge. He’s quick to credit the support of his family and abundance of highly talented players in the region for the club’s success.

Wynton Marsalis has ranked Tula’s among his top 10 clubs in the nation for USA Today, saying “This is a cool place.” Tula’s has been featured in DownBeat’s guide to the world’s “150 Great Jazz Rooms,” too. Mack has been honored with Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for providing a key showcase for our local musicians.

And he’s trying to make sure there are more of them to come. In support of music education, Mack invites high-school bandleaders to bring their bands to the club. “Seattle has a wealth of good high-school band directors and music teachers,” he believes. “The parents are also very supportive of music education. We have a wonderful education system here. It’s very exciting to participate and I feel like I’m contributing something to further young musicians in the Seattle area.” Which makes Mack Waldron a Jazz Hero for everyone in hailing distance, and even further.

– Robin Lloyd
JJA Board Member
(from Earshot Jazz profiles written by Jason West, 1999 and Gregory Brusstar, 2012)
Photo: Daniel Sheehan

George Colligan performing at Tula’s Friday Night

Pianist George Colligan will be performing Friday night (May 1) at Tula’s Jazz Club in a bit of a different role … as the drummer in his new project Theoretical Planets. The show is a CD Release for their new recording, Risky Business (Origin Records).

Check out the video here from the recording session.

Friday, May 1st, 7:30pm
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 Second Ave, Seattle

Reservations: 206-443-4221

George Colligan – drums
Nicole Glover – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Joe Manis – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Jon Lakey – bass

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Journalists Awards Celebrations (6:30pm); Bill Anschell Trio
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour
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: Solo Piano Night
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 5:30pm: Casey MacGill; 9:00pm: Sweet Spot Combo
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

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

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Chris James Quartet
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 7:30pm

Spike Wilner at Tula’s tonight!

Jazz pianist and impresario Spike Wilner takes the stage at Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club tonight for one night only!

In addition to being a top-flight pianist, Wilner is owner of two New York City jazz clubs, Smalls and Mezzrow.

Joining Wilner is Michael Glynn (bass) and Matt Jorgensen(drums).

Opening the show will be a set by the fantastic young saxophonist Santosh Sharma and his trio.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 / 7:30PM
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2215 2ND AVE, SEATTLE

Reservations: 206-443-4221

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Spike Wilner Trio (Santosh Sharma Trio opens)
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: The Jones Family Singers
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: CKMS Jazz Night
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Ancient Future
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, 206-906-9920, 8:00pm

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, 6:30pm

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Thomas Marriott Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

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

SERAFINA: Shawn Mickelson Duo
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Milo Petersen & Steve Griggs Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

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

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

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

THE ROYAL ROOM: Tim Kennedy presents: Favorites from Reggaeband & Richie Aldente, Katrina Kope with Soul Kata and friends, and the Tai Shan Band/
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 206-906-9920

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – MaqueAttack, with Elena Maque (alto sax), Davy Nefos (drums), Joey Walbaum (keys) and Dean Schmidt (bass)
9pm – Lil’ Sara and the Nightowls
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

This week on Jazz Northwest

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This week on Jazz Northwest we’ll sample some new and recent recordings including a new old one from 1962 being issued for the first time! Ernestine Anderson was just 34 years old and in the first bloom of her career when she sang at The Penthouse, a Pioneer Square jazz club where Jim Wilke was producing a weekly live and direct broadcast on KING-FM. The aircheck of the broadcast is the source for this new first time issue on a HighNote CD. Also this week: Barney McClure with the Central Washington University Jazz Band, Pearl Django, Tom Collier, and a preview of the Ballard Jazz Festival (May 6-9) and best bets for live jazz in the coming week. Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program airs at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org. A podcast is available after the broadcast.

Friday Jazz

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

JAZZ ALLEY: Sergio Mendes
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: Greg Williamson Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Frank Anderson
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 8:00pm

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

SALTY’S ON ALKI: Mel Brown and Jof Lee
1936 Harbor Ave SW, 206-937-1600, 7:00pm

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

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

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

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Chris James Quartet with Darelle Holden
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Janiva Magness
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

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

BLACK ZIA CANTINA: Ryan Burns
15212 6th Ave SW, Burien, 8:30pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, (206) 906-9920, 8:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Vocal Showcase featuring Matthew Raymond and Annie Thordarson. Hosted by Dan Czaran
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Dan Czaran
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

BOXLEY’S: 5:00pm: Future Jazz Heads; 7:00pm: Jazz Heads
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

The 7th Annual Improvised Music Project Festival

from Earshot Jazz

May 1-3, 7:30pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE

Springtime brings the possibility of better weather ahead, but it also signifies something more important for local creative music fans: the Improvised Music Project’s (IMP) annual festival. This year will be the seventh IMPFest, and it promises to be one of the strongest yet. Featuring on successive nights guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Chris Cheek, and iconic jazz bassist and composer Steve Swallow, all in tandem with students and professors from the UW Jazz Studies program, the three-day festival will take place May 1 through 3.

Each passing year brings further evolution and deepening of the UW Jazz Studies ecosystem, which encompasses the Racer Sessions at Café Racer, the Table & Chairs record label, monthly showcases at Café Solstice, and much more. The IMP acts as an anchor for these multiple streams of musical expression, linking the UW Jazz Studies program to the local community. UW professor and acclaimed trumpeter Cuong Vu was inspirational in encouraging students to extend their view of learning beyond the classrooms and practice spaces, and provided the spark and support for the formation of the IMP in 2008.

“Improvised Music Project” is a bit of a misnomer, as the range of approaches and styles explored varies greatly, from full-on free jazz improvisation all the way to intricately structured forms, with plenty blending in between, including experimental rock and hyper-eclectic hybrids. Compositional strategies seem to be as central an element of IMP activities as improvising.

As UW graduate student and IMP member Gregg Belisle-Chi points out, all the UW faculty have themselves collectively been involved in a tremendous number of different facets of jazz expression. This eclecticism becomes a part not just of the educational philosophy of the Jazz Studies department, but also the very DNA of the scene, as each new batch of students bring their own proclivities and talents to the mix.

“They pull out of the students what the student is already interested in, and a good student is open to anything and everything,” says Belisle-Chi.

In recent years, IMPFest has seen an increasing emphasis on student participation with guest artists. Students are assigned ensembles with teachers and guest artists. The shows will culminate with guest artist sets accompanied by a shifting “house band” led by Jazz Studies faculty Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Richard Karpen, and Luke Bergman.

Night 1 of IMPFest will feature Frisell, America’s eclectic maverick of creative guitar. One of the most sought-after musicians across the music spectrum, Frisell has a well-deserved mountain of accolades and acclaim. Ranging from pastoral Americana to unhinged flights of noisy improv, Frisell’s influence as both a guitarist and a composer is inescapable.

Night 2 brings to the stage St. Louis-born (and NYC resident since 1992) saxophonist Chris Cheek. Cheek’s impressive resume includes a number of superb solo albums on the influential Spanish label Fresh Sound, collaborations with Brian Blade, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein, and many others, and many brilliant recordings with groups under the late drummer Paul Motian.

Closing out the festival on May 3 will be Steve Swallow, a legendary figure in jazz. Swallow started his career in 1960 with pianist Paul Bley and was one of the genre’s very early adopters of electric bass. He has developed an utterly distinctive tone and guitar-like approach (he even plays with a pick), and is known for his complex and lyrical solos. He is also a key composer in the post-Great American Songbook jazz repertoire, with many of his compositions such as “Falling Grace” entering the must-play canon for aspiring musicians. Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Chick Corea, and many others have covered his pieces. Swallow is also well known for long-running musical partnerships with vibraphonist Gary Burton, guitarist John Scofield, and pianist/composer Carla Bley, among many others.

IMPFest VII is not to be missed: A priceless opportunity for students, and riveting listening experience for the audience.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors. Tickets and more information available at artsuw.org.

 

IMPFest VII Schedule

Events below are at the UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3931 Brooklyn Ave NE), 7:30pm

Friday, May 1
Bill Frisell + students
Solo, and with Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, and Richard Karpen

Saturday, May 2
Chris Cheek + students
Chris Cheek, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Luke Bergman, and Bill Frisell

Sunday, May 3
Steve Swallow + students
Steve Swallow, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, and Bill Frisell

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Janiva Magness
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: Jam Session
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Soyaya
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, 206-906-9920, 8:00pm

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, 6:30pm

Swing to BeBop, Music of the 40s played by Jacob Zimmerman Quintet on Jazz Northwest April 18

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Continuing a series of unique live-on-location recordings for Jazz April, the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet plays music of the 40s in an Art of Jazz concert on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, April 18 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org.  The quintet takes on some challenging music from the transitional period which saw jazz morph from swing to bebop. Composers range from Benny Goodman’s guitarist Charlie Christian to Tad Dameron and Charlie Parker.

Joining saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman are Raymond Larson on trumpet, Jake Swenson on piano, Nate Parker on bass and Phil Parisot on drums.  The concert was presented by Earshot Jazz in cooperation with the Seattle Art Museum in the  Art of Jazz Series. The free concerts are held in the Brotman Forum on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30.   Next in the series is singer/songwriter Ana Velinova on May 14.

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

More info:
jacobrexzimmerman.com/
seattleartmuseum.org
earshot.org
jazznw.org
hatchcover.co

Ballard Jazz Festival tickets on sale

Eric Alexander

Tickets to the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival are now on sale. The festival runs May 6-9, 2015, with six events packed over four nights.

The festival kicks off Wednesday with 2 nights of themed events at Ballard Avenue’s Conor Byrne Pub – the BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM, featuring four bands led by acclaimed drummers such as Gene Coye from Los Angeles and Bellingham’s Julian McDonough, and THE GUITAR SUMMIT, with a creative mix of guitarists including New York’s Peter Bernstein, and Northwest icon, John Stowell.

The perennially-packed Friday night BALLARD JAZZ WALK features many of the Northwest’s finest jazz musicians along with visiting artists. One ticket covers 19 bands in 9 venues along historic Ballard Avenue with their doors open to streets full of jazz lovers. Artists include the Overton Berry Trio, Pearl Django, Dawn Clement Trio, Doug Beavers Latin Jazz Group, Roxy Coss Quintet, Michael Zilber Quartet, Gail Pettis, Sarah Partridge, Table & Chairs Label Showcase, Kareem Kandi, Gavin Templeton Group, Jay Thomas’ Cantaloupe, and more.

New for this year is a special FRIDAY EVENING CONCERT at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Featuring New York guitarist Peter Bernstein’s Trio and legendary bassist David Friesen with his Circle 3 Trio, the evening is hosted by PRI Jazz After Hours broadcaster, Jeff Hanley.

Saturday’s events start at 11:00am with the Thomas Marriott Quartet performing at the SWEDISH PANCAKE JAZZ BRUNCH at the Nordic Heritage Museum, along with a classic auto show presented by Washington’s vintage Volvo/Saab Sports Club. The evening’s MAINSTAGE CONCERT is hosted by Seattle jazz treasure Jim Wilke and features performances by the saxophone titan Eric Alexander, with the Peter Bernstein Trio, and New York composer/saxophonist Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet. Prior to the concert will be a reception and a showing of 1970s jazz photographs from New York photographer Tom Marcello.

For more information, and to buy tickets, visit http://ballardjazzfestival.com

Bobby Shew at Tula’s this Thursday

Trumpet legend Bobby Shew will be appearing at Tula’s which a quartet of Northwest veterans (Marc Seales, piano; Phil Sparks, bass and Matt Jorgensen, drums) this Thursday, April 16. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $15.00 (Tula’s is all ages for the first show – Reservations: 206-443-4221).

from Earshot Jazz: A seminal figure in jazz and jazz education since the early 1970’s, Shew is a world-class soloist and veteran of the ensembles of Horace Silver, Art Pepper, Woody Herman, Oliver Nelson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich, to name a few. Shew is also known for his work on the Hollywood studio scene of the 1970′s and 80′s, having played on the soundtracks to films such as “Rocky” and “Grease,” as well as television scores from popular shows such as “Taxi,” “Happy Days,” and “Hawaii 5-0.”

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 – ONE NIGHT ONLY!
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
206-443-4221

7:30pm; All Ages
$15.00

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Omar Sosa’s Quarteto Afrocubano
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Frank Kohl Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BLACK ZIA CANTINA: Ryan Burns
15212 6th Ave SW, Burien, 8:30pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Boss Guitar: Solo Electric Guitar/ All Star Dub Sessions
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, (206) 906-9920, 8:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Story Road and Hanz Araki
9pm – Gus Carns (piano), Dune Butler (bass) and Mike Gebhart (drums)
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

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

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

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Randy Cole w/ Eric Verlinde Trio
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 7:30pm

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