Jazz in Seattle in the month of February is Tula’s/Jazz Alley- centric. Tula’s, in eliminating some of its Sunday big band dates has upped their game to a six night a week calendar of stellar performances. Jazz Alley has taken a respite from their fill-the-seats R&B mindset, and is serving up a heaping serving of live jazz reminiscent of its jazz roots in the community. Don’t stop here- find something new to enjoy each month, and dig the opportunities a jazz fan has in Seattle this month!

Ashlin Parker Quintet with Rex Gregory, Matt Jorgensen, Dan Kramlich, and Greg Feingold- Fri Feb 1, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

New Orleans trumpeter Ashlin Parker comes to Tula’s and reunites with saxophonist Rex Gregory, himself a New Orleans transplant currently living in Seattle. Parker is a regular with legendary New Orleans musicians Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. Drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen, pianist Dan Kramlich, and bassist Greg Feingold round out this stellar quintet.  http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Sara Gazarek + Horns- Seattle Only New Album Preview- Fri, Sat, Sun Feb 1,2,3- 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Seattle’s own Sara Gazarek returns home to Jazz Alley to perform music from her highly anticipated nwe release, Thirsty Ghost. She will as well feature her arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook.https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5012

Bill Anschell Standards Trio with Jeff Johnson & D’Vonne Lewis- Sat Feb 2, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Three of Seattle’s top musicians convene for an evening of spontaneous improvisation, led by pianist Bill Anschell. Anschell does not work from a playlist, so the band must listen and interpret on the spot. Jeff Johnson is one of the great trio bassists in the history of the genre, while D’Vonne Lewis is one of the most intuitive and original drummers on the scene today. The intimate listening environment of Tula’s fits this trio perfectly. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Rex Gregory Sextet with Johnaye Kendrick- Wed Feb 6, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Saxophonist Rex Gregory has burst on to the scene in Seattle over the past year after relocating from New Orleans. He makes his debut as as leader at Tula’s, convening a top shelf band to do so. Johnaye Kendrick, an acquaintance from her time in New Orleans joins Gregory, reason in itself to attend this debut performance. Trumpeter Jared Hall adds an eclectic element, as does bass stylist Chris Symer. Pianist Gus Carns, and drummer/composer Xavier Lecouturier have been leading a surge of fine young musicians entering the fray here in Seattle over the past few years. This is a can’t miss night at Tula’shttp://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Overton Berry & Bruce Phares- Thu Feb 7, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist Overton Berry has been thrilling jazz fans in Seattle since his time as musical director of the ‘62 World’s Fair. His association with bassist Bruce Phares goes back nearly 40 years. Mr. Berry still plays with style and grace, and is a true entertainer, Reservations recommended as OB’s faithful followers are sure to fill the room. email hidden; JavaScript is required http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Manhattan Transfer- Thu Feb 7- Sun Feb 10, 7:30, 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

The 10- time Grammy winners come to Jazz Alley for four nights in celebration of their new release, The Junction. It may seem that another MT run at JA is getting a bit worn out, but this iconic group continues to perform at a high level after all these years. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4993

Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott- East/West Trumpet Summit- Fri Feb 8- Sat Feb 9, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Trumpeter Ray Vega has served as a mentor for Seattle trumpet great Thomas Marriott since Marriott’s time as as young musician testing the waters in New York. Their two releases on Origin Records have been the recipients of critical acclaim. Here, B-3 master Joe Doria and drummer Matt Jorgensen join to create a two trumpet quartet.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Richard Cole Quintet with John Bishop, Marc Seales, Dave Peterson, & Paul Gabrielson- Sun Feb 10, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Saxophonist Richard Cole leads a quintet of Seattle’s finest for a can’t miss performance at Tula’s. With Seattle greats Marc Seales (piano), Dave Peterson (guitar), John Bishop (drums), and Paul Gabrielson (bass) in tow, Cole has a perfect canvas to offer his eclectic stylings on tenor, soprano, and bass clarinet.  http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Earshot: The Art of Jazz- Kendra Shank with John Stowell- Thu Feb 14, 5:30 PM/ Seattle Art Museum

A Valentine’s homecoming for vocalist Kendra Shank, accompanied by a true master of harmony, guitarist John Stowell. Free admission at this monthly Earshot event. https://www.earshot.org/event/art-of-jazz-kendra-shank/

Valentine’s Day with The Gail Pettis Quintet- Tue Feb 14, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

What better way to celebrate St. Valentine’s day than in the romantic, intimate setting of Tula’s, serenaded by the elegance of vocalist Gail Pettis? With flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny offering his jazz noir chops, and the mastery of bassist Jeff Johnson, this promises to be a memorable evening.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Clipper Anderson Quartet- Sun Feb 17, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Clipper Anderson is a skilled bass soloist and vocalist, and leads his regular quartet that is often seen backing Anderson’s wife, the great vocalist Greta Matassa. Tasteful pianist Darin Clendenin, drummer Mark Ivester, and uber talented saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev make this a happening event on a Sunday eve. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

The Bad Plus- Tue Feb 9- Wed Feb 10, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

By adding pianist Orrin Evans to the trio, The Bad Plus has upped its game, if that is possible. One thing is for sure, Evans’ presence gives jazz fans yet another reason to see this innovative, risk taking trio in action at Jazz Alley. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=4995

Brian Monroney Quartet- Tue Feb 19, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Veteran guitarist Brian Monroney has spent the last two decades backing some of the best in the business, and now unleashes his splendid Seattle quartet for a string of performances at the Belltown jazz spot, Tula’s. Buoyed by the rock solid rhythm section of Dean Schmidt (bass), and Heart drummer Ben Smith, saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev joins Monroney as as soloist in this new and innovative quartet. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Jessica Lurie Ensemble with Andy Coe, Evan Flory-Barnes & Tarik Abouzied- Wed Feb 20, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Bi-coastal resident, and native Seattleite Jessica Lurie makes a stop at Tula’s, with an eclectic ensemble featuring guitarist Andy Coe. Drummer Tarik Abouzied, and Living Daylights mate, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes round out this no holds barred quartet. A New York resident for the most part, Lurie doesn’t perform all that often in Seattle. To hear her music in the fine listening room at Tula’s should be a special evening. http://tulas.com/calendar.html


Marc Seales Band with Steve Rodby- Fri Feb 22, 7:30 Pm/ Tula’s

Marc Seales welcomes multiple Grammy winning bassist/producer Steve Rodby to Tula’s for this special performance. Drummer Mark Ivester, and mallet magician Tom Collier join to from a quartet with limitless possibilities. Seales’ monthly Tula’s engagements are always a thrill, this month however, has a special element with the addition of long-time Pat Matheny bassist Rodby. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Chuck Deardorf “Perception” CD Release Performance- Sat Feb 23, 8PM/ Poncho Concert Hall- Cornish 

Bassist Chuck Deardorf has long been the first call bassist for touring jazz musicians in Seattle, beginning in the late 70’s at Parnell’s and the old Jazz Alley in the U-district. This show celebrates his second release as a leader on Origin Records, Perception. He is joined by a stellar cast that includes Dawn Clement, Matt Wilson, Hans Teuber, Thomas Marriott, Marc Seales, and Gary Hobbshttps://www.earshot.org/venue/poncho-concert-hall-kerry-hall/

Terence Blanchard E-Collective- Tue Feb 26- Wed Feb 27, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Master trumpeter Terence Blanchard put this band together with young people in mind. He saw many young musicians not learning theory or the music itself, not having an interest in jazz per se. He aimed to have instrumental music played at its highest level, which in many aficionado’s view would be, well, jazz. Call it what you like, Blanchard is a generational talent, and brings it every night to the bandstand.  https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5002

David Marriott’s Triskaidekaband- Tue Feb 26, 7:30 Pm/ Tula’s

Trombonist/composer/arranger Marriott brings challenging arrangements for a 13 piece band consisting of some of the finest jazz musicians in the city. The hippest large ensemble in the Pacific Northwest, expect the unexpected from a band that includes Thomas Marriott, Richard Cole, and Matt Jorgensen. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Jared Hall Quintet with Rex Gregory, Matt Jorgensen, John Hansen & Michael Glynn- Thu Feb 28, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Trumpeter Jared Hall has burst upon the scene in the past two years, both with his debut release Hallways, and his well received live performances at Tula’s. Hall knows how to put a band together to suit his sound as well. Drummer Matt Jorgensen is himself a well known recording artist and composer. Pianist John Hansen and bassist Michael Glynn define the art of the rhythm section, and saxophonist Rex Gregory brings his roots in New Orleans to the bandstand completing this perfect quintet. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Joey Alexander- Thu Feb 28- Sun Mar 3, 7:30 & 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

What else can one possibly say about this 14 year old phenom? He is not just a great 14 year old player- he is bonafide BAD. For this occasion he leads a quartet. If you are not convinced of his ardent virtuosity, a quick check on youtube should convince you! https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5003

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