Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters Quartet- Thu Nov 1- 7:30 PM/ Royal Room
Stateside friends, drummer John Bishop and trumpeter Chad McCullough, meet up with Belgian friends Bram Weijters (piano), and Piet Verbist (bass). The quartet has three albums together on the Origin label, the most recent being Imaginary Sketches (Origin, 2011). This should prove to be an innovative evening of music, and a bit of a homecoming for Seattle native McCullough who has since relocated to Chicago.
Jeremy Bacon Quartet- Thu Nov 1, 7:30PM/ Tula’s
Since his arrival from New York, Jeremy Bacon has been earning a reputation as a top tier jazz pianist, and has assembled a top tier quartet to accommodate his prodigious talents. Seattle saxophone legend Rick Mandyck joins, along with bassist Paul Gabrielson, and drummer Stefan Schatz, also a recent arrival from New York.
Jovino Santos Neto Big Band- Fri Nov 2, 8 PM/ Seattle Art Museum
While Jovino has performed and written many scores for big band under his name, and for Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal, he has never done so here in his chosen home city of Seattle. The artist-in-residence at this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, Jovino wrote the score he will perform, and will vacate the piano chair in order to conduct. This should be one of the highlights of Earshot’s season.
Dawn Clement & Jay Clayton Birthday Celebration w/ Special Guest, Julian Priester- Sat Nov 3, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room
From their days teaching together til present, Dawn Clement and Jay Clayton have celebrated their birthday -in- common together. Now, joined by legendary trombonist and friend Julian Priester, they take the stage at the Royal Room to renew that tradition. Both Clement and Clayton have wandered away from Seattle, so for local jazz fans, this is a great opportunity to welcome them back, and celebrate.
NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider with SRJO- Sat Nov 3, 7:30 PM/ Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
NEA Jazz Master, and Grammy winner Maria Schneider comes to Benaroya to work with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Schneider may just be the most influential woman in jazz today. She has virtually revolutionized the art of managing and guiding a big band in the modern age, as well as her approach to releasing recordings on Artist Share. Her bold and expressive compositions have earned her international acclaim, and in the case of The Thompson Fields, a Grammy. Will SRJO be up for the challenge? It surely will be fun to find out. A must see on this year’s Earshot calendar.
Bill Anschell Quartet- Sat Nov 3, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Uber talented pianist Bill Anschell returns to Tula’s with his “Rumbler” quartet, featuring guitarist Brian Monroney. Bassist Chris Symer and drummer Brad Boal round out this quartet who were featured on Bill’s 2017 release Rumbler (Origin, 2017). Anschell’s performances are always one of the highlights of the month at the storied Belltown jazz spot.
Tia Fuller Quartet- Sat Nov 3, 8 PM/ Seattle Art Museum
Riding the crest of a new album, Diamond Cut, and a residency at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival, alto saxophonist Tia Fuller plays Earshot at the heights of her considerable talents. Known as a member of Beyonce’s all women band, Fuller is a bright star of her own with her melodic approach to improvisation, strong tonality, and fearless concept of composition. A true highlight of this year’s offerings from Earshot.
Tim Kennedy Trio +1- Tue Nov 6, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
There is an undeniable chemistry forming between pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier. As the rhythm section of the Thomas Marriott Quintet, they have been a huge part of perhaps the most exciting band on the scene in Seattle in 2018. Multi-reedist Hans Teuber is one of the most unique and eloquent voices in jazz today, his addition making this gig a very special, can’t miss evening at Tula’s.
Anton Schwartz Sextet- Thurs Nov 8, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Saxophonist/composer Anton Schwartz features new original material never performed in Seattle before, fielding an all-star sextet to do so. Trumpeter Jared Hall, and trombonist Dan Marcus along with Schwartz is a formidable front line, with pianist Tony Foster, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer Julian MacDonough on the back line. Schwartz chooses his engagements carefully, so this evening promises to be memorable.
Karrin Allyson CD Release Celebration- Some of That Sunshine- Tue Nov 6- Thu Nov 8, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley
Karyn Allyson has gained a reputation as a fine interpreter of song over the years, but for this engagement at Jazz Alley, she takes on a new role- as songwriter. She will feature 13 new originals with her working band behind her. For Seattle jazz fans, there is extra interest in that her bassist is none other than trailblazing Seattleite, Jeff Johnson.
Thomas Marriott Quintet- Fri Nov 9, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Thomas Marriott’s current working quintet is perhaps the most notable and exciting offering on the Seattle jazz scene in 2018. The quintet has interpreted Marriott’s original compositions in great depth, and found new ways to explore some notable standards, as well as the originals of the band’s saxophonist, Rick Mandyck. Pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier have developed an intuitive sense between them that has made this quintet’s performances a can’t miss phenomenon. Marriott continues to press forward with new ideas, utilizing this quintet as the perfect vehicle for his original brand of modern jazz expressionism.
Griggs Plays Coltrane Plays The Blues- Sun Jan 11, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Steve Griggs has been a major contributor to the jazz scene in Seattle, as a noted saxophonist, historical archivist, writer, and project artist. His deep, earthy tenor should be a great match for this exploration into the blues of John Coltrane. An interpretation of an interpretation you say? Indeed, as Griggs, who has recorded with legendary Coltrane associate, Elvin Jones, takes on the roots of Coltrane’s artistry with a top shelf quartet. A grand way to spend a Sunday evening. John Hansen-piano; Chuck Deardorf– bass; D’Vonne Lewis– drums
Greta Matassa Quintet- Sat Nov 17, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Greta Matassa has been singing at Tula’s longer than the iconic jazz spot has been Tula’s. Over the years, per her recordings for Origin Records, live performances, and mentorship, she has established herself as the best, and most important jazz singer in Seattle since the great Ernestine Anderson. Her instrument in unquestionable, and her sense of musical adventurism has enabled her interpretation of non- lyrical jazz material, including the compositions of Pat Metheny. Her legendary performances at Tula’s are intimate, living room type experiences, with Greta as the ultimate host.
Marina Albero Trio- Sat Nov 17, 9 PM/ Vito’s
Marina Albero burst onto the Seattle jazz scene in September of 2014. Since that time, she has energized the scene with her quartet, and in duo and solo piano performance. Her style reflects her musical journey that began with touring the world as a child with her musical family, to her teen years spent studying in Cuba, to her association with flamenco forms in Spain. The listener can hear a world of music in her playing, from jazz, to classical, to flamenco, and undeniably, the Afro-Cuban rhythms that are so foundational in jazz music.
KNKX Presents: Piano Starts Here: Individualism with Grace – The Music of Andrew Hill/Mal Waldron- Wed Nov 21, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room
On a dozen albums over 10 years on Blue Note, Andrew Hill established his unique sense of artistry. A uniquely talented musician, composer, and educator, Hill is known more within the music community than the public at large. The same could be said for Mal Waldron, who along with Booker Little, Julian Priester, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln and Eric Dolphy, revolutionized the post-bop movement of the early sixties. Pianists Tim Kennedy, Matt Williams, and Alex Guilbert interpret these important works for the modern listener. While Kennedy and Guilbert are known quantities on the scene, Williams is a brilliant young pianist on the rise.
Richard Cole Quartet- Wed Nov 21, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Saxophonist Richard Cole is known for his adventurous albums on the Origin label featuring such jazz luminaries as Randy Brecker. Cole brings his probing saxophone style to Tula’s fronting an all-star quartet featuring Seattle jazz giant, bassist Chuck Deardorf. Pianist Bill Anschell, himself a prominent Origin recording artist, and drummer Brad Boal complete this outstanding combo. A great way to start the Thanksgiving long weekend, in repose at Tula’s with some of the best Seattle has to offer.
Evan Flory-Barnes BET Trio with Special Guests Thomas Marriott & Kate Olson- Sat Nov 24, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Bassist/composer Evan Flory- Barnes has been amazing us with his prodigious talents for some time now, whether through his uber band Industrial Revelation, or touring with such jazz luminaries as Chico Freeman, Flory-Barnes consistently creates original sounds, and transformative ideas. Pianist Tim Kennedy, and drummer Brad Gibson form the nucleus of the band, while trumpet star Thomas Marriott and saxophonist Kate Olson join in what promises to be a very special evening of music. Marriott’s star in Seattle is well established through his live performances and series of well conceived albums on Origin. Olson is all over town, it seems, whether leading her KO Ensemble, or show gigs. Her appearance here welcomes her to the Tula’s audience, and it’s about time! A can’t miss evening to put a final accent to your Thanksgiving weekend.
David Marriott’s Triskaidekaband- Tue Nov 27, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Each month of this residency, trombonist/composer/arranger David Marriott challenges some of the best players in Seattle with his artful arrangements. This 13-piece band features the likes of Thomas Marriott, Richard Cole, Tim Kennedy, Geoff Harper, and Matt Jorgensen. Perhaps the most under appreciated regular jazz engagement in town, this is an evening of music not to be missed. In terms of large ensembles in Seattle, Triskaidekaband is second to none.
Steve Gadd Band ft. Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Landau and Walt Fowler- Thu Nov 29- Sun Dec 2, 7:30 & 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley
Steve Gadd’s place in the history of percussive arts is firmly in place. Whether as an in demand LA session musician, or playing with the likes of Steely Dan and Chick Corea, Gadd has amazed the music world with his versatility and ardent musicality. Fronting a band of well know LA session and performing artists, Gadd does not frequent Seattle all that often, so a must see, especially for area drummers and their students.
Thomas Marriott Quintet/ KO Ensemble- Thu Nov 29, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room
The Thomas Marriott Quintet has over the course of the past year, established itself as the perfect vehicle for Marriott’s progressive compositions. KO Ensemble has given saxophonist Kate Olson a platform to show her considerable skills as a player and bandleader. Together, they form an excellent evening of jazz in Columbia City. Marriott will be joined by Seattle saxophone icon Rick Mandyck, pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier. Olson’s ensemble features pianist Alex Guilbert, bassist Chris Symer, and drummer Brad Gibson.
Alex Dugdale Fade Quintet- Thu Nov 29, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Saxophonist Alex Dugdale can kill on tenor and alto in the hard-bop/ post-bop tradition with the best of them. His ability to apply tap dancing to the same jazz lineage, far outside of traditional tap repertoire is completely unique to him. His entertaining personality adds to the attraction of his much anticipated appearances at Tula’s. Backed by the 200 Trio plus pianist John Hansen, Dugdale as well knows how to put a band together. Cole Schuster- guitar; Greg Feingold- bass; Max Holmberg- drums; John Hansen- piano