Bill Anschell Standards Trio- Sat Dec 1, Sun Dec 30, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Three of the city’s most innovative musicians are turned loose on standards chosen spontaneously by Anschell. On the heels of their 2018 release on Origin, Shifting Standards, this trio has developed an intuitive sense that leads to musical adventurism in uncharted territory. Bassist Jeff Johnson is one of the great piano trio bassists, having earned that reputation in the trios of such greats as Hal Galper, Jessica Williams, and Chano Dominguez. Drummer D’Vonne Lewis is a fourth generation Seattle musician, and an in-demand force on the Seattle scene. The leader, pianist Bill Anschell has an extensive discography both as a leader and sideman, and a stellar reputation as a live performer. This is a can’t miss evening for Seattle jazz fans, who have two opportunities to see this great trio in December.
Mike Stern/Dave Weckl Band ft. Bob Malach & Tom Kennedy- Tue Dec 4, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley
To the past two generations, Mike Stern has gained a reputation as one of the great guitarists in music today. Beginning in the early 80’s with Miles Davis’ band, Stern has taken jazz/rock fusion to new heights. Add to the mix fusion drummer extraordinaire Dave Weckl, and the esteemed room at 6th and Lenora transforms into a launching pad for improvisational wizardry.
Greta Matassa Quintet with Susan Pascal- Fri Dec 7, 7:30PM/ Tula’s
In a proud lineage that dates back to Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson, Greta Matassa is the most important jazz singer to come out of Seattle over the past 25 years. Backed by her long-time band that includes uber bassist Clipper Anderson, Matassa will as well welcome special guest Susan Pascal on vibraphone.
Thomas Marriott “Romance Language” CD Release Party- Sat Dec 8, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott debuts his new Origin release Romance Language in performance with his new quintet. Marriott is joined by iconic saxophonist Rick Mandyck, pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier. Marriott’s performances always top the monthly calendar, but this evening will be especially celebratory.
Charlie Hunter Trio ft. Lucy Woodward & Derrel Phillips- Tue Dec 11, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley
Over 20 years and 16 albums, Charlie Hunter has become the standard on 7 and 8 string guitar. His current touring trio includes vocalist Lucy Woodward, and drummer Derrek Phillips, leaving the melody, harmony and bass parts in the hands of the innovative Hunter.
Peter Bernstein Trio with Matt Jorgensen & Chuck Deardorf- Tue Dec 11, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Guitarist Peter Bernstein arrives from New York to reunite with bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Matt Jorgensen for a special evening at the classic jazz spot. Bernstein is one of the great jazz guitarists of the past quarter century, and has developed a special kinship with Deardorf and Jorgensen over the years. This certainly qualifies as a must see event on the 2018 jazz calendar in Seattle.
Tristan Gianola Quartet/ Naomi Moon Siegel Band- Tue Dec 11, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room
Two friends return to Seattle and unite at the Royal Room. Guitarist Tristan Gianola returns from his new home in New Orleans, while trombonist Naomi Moon Siegel brings her avant approach home from Montana. This seems like an explosive pairing, so expect the unexpected.
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto- Fri Dec 14, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Since his arrival from Brazil 25 years ago, Jovino has played with legendary bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Mark Ivester. Through the years he has added world-class percussionist Jeff Busch, and ebullient vibraphonist Ben Thomas, who seem to match Jovino’s energy note for note. This perfect quintet in the intimate confines of Tula’s takes their audience on a musical journey from Rio to Seattle.
Clipper Anderson Quartet- Sun Dec 16, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Bassist Clipper Anderson steps out of the shadows as a sideman, and leads a quartet featuring tasteful pianist Darin Clendenin, drummer Mark Ivester, and saxophone virtuoso Alexey Nikolaev.
David Marriott’s Triskaidekaband- Tue Dec 18, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Each month, trombonist/composer/arranger David Marriott challenges 13 of the best jazz musicians in the city with new arrangements. This long-time residency is a highlight each month in the city, and constitutes the finest large jazz ensemble in Seattle.
Remy Morritt Trio- Thu Dec 20, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Drummer/composer Remy Morritt has been making a name for himself within the various sub-scenes in Seattle, but has seldom emerged as a leader. He does so here in a big way, debuting at the storied Tula’s Jazz Club. Morritt will add two powerful voices in Hammond B-3 organist Joe Doria, and saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev. Morritt’s style speaks to the jazz tradition in a broad sense, making this trio an interesting and potentially combustible combo.
Tyrant Lizard CD Release Party- Thu Dec 20, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room
A trio that grew out of Cuong Vu’s program at the UW, trumpeter Ray Larsen, bassist Carmen Rothwell, and guitarist Greg Belisle-Chi have remained a creative force despite all but Larsen relocating to New York. The group takes spatial liberties with both original compositions and standard material in a unique way, employing a communal spirit. With Rothwell and Belisle-Chi now in New York, this becomes a rare opportunity to see the triio in Seattle.
Gail Pettis Quartet- Fri Dec 21, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Vocal stylist Gail Pettis draws her unique approach to vocals from the blues, and the great tradition of jazz singers dating back to Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Dinah Washington. Her captivating presence, and penchant for hiring top tier musicians make her appearances at Tula’s a first-class experience.
Jeff Johnson & Brent Jensen- Sat Dec 29, 3 PM/ Craft 19 Espresso & Creperie
What happens when two great jazz voices get together in relaxed, intimate setting? A great musical conversation between two old friends! Two of the true heavyweights on the scene here, sax man Brent Jensen, and bassist Jeff Johnson have a few decades of musical kinship to draw from.
30th Anniversary Concert: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music- Fri Dec 28, 7:30 PM/ St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra has delivered a fine interpretation of the Ellington classic over the years at Town Hall, which in its previous incarnation was a house of worship. With the hall undergoing retrofitting, co-directed Clarence Acox felt strongly that the event be held in a church, and scheduled the concert at St. Mark’s, a great fit both acoustically and in terms of ambience. Ellington intended the work be a uniting force between all faiths. This performance is a fine way to express seasonal spirituality without denomination.
D’Vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition- Sat Dec 29, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s
Drummer/composer D’Vonne Lewis brings his uber band, Limited Edition to Tula’s. Featuring pianist Eric Verlinde, saxophonist Cliff Colon, guitarist Andy Coe, and bassist Farko Dosumov. Lewis is a force of nature behind the drum kit, and his original compositions perfectly facilitate this multi-talented band.
New Year’s Eve
Jazz New Year’s celebrations are of high quality this year, not to mention great variety! Please follow the links below to find out details and decide what is the best fit for you.
B-3 master Delvon Lamarr is leaving us for Austin, Tx., so don’t miss this celebratory way to say goodbye to this trio, while welcoming in the new year at the Triple Door.
Conguero extraordinaire Poncho Sanchez returns to Jazz Alley for his annual New Year’s show, while the great jazz vocalist Greta Matassa rings in the New Year at Tula’s.