Featured Jazz Performances For June

Ballard Jazz Walk- Sat Jun 1, 6 PM/ 10 venues Ballard

The final night of the 4 day Ballard Jazz Festival is the heart and the soul of the event now in its 17th incarnation. Featuring the best of the Seattle jazz scene with special international guests, the walk takes place in 10 venues in old Ballard on Ballard Av., and Market St. The venues are now closer together, enabling patrons to easily flow from one venue to the next, taking in the amazing talent the event attracts. The gorgeous new venue, Cathedral, serves as the center of the walk, featuring a performance space, wine tasting, as well as ticketing, merchandise, and general information.

Festival resident artist Lage Lund is featured in trio with Michael Glynn and Matt Jorgensen. The highly regarded Norwegian guitarist is riding the energy of his new release Terrible Animals. In the course of one evening, patrons will experience a Bourbon St. vibe, and witness the best of the best of resident Seattle players. Featured are Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, Rick Mandyck, Johnaye Kendrick, Dawn Clement, Brittany Anjou, Overton Berry, Chris Symer, Byron Vannoy, Nathan Breedlove, Phil Sparks, Brian Kirk, Xavier Lecouturier, Dylan Hayes, Ben Feldman, Gail Pettis, Jacqueline Tabor, Jay Thomas, Brent Jensen, Evan Flory-Barnes, Oliver Groenewald, Farko Dosumov, and more!

A rite of spring in Seattle, this is one event that should not be missed.http://ballardjazzfestival.com/jazzwalk.php

Tim Kennedy Quartet with Ahamefule Oluo- Tue Jun 4, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist Tim Kennedy is featured in a monthly residency at Tula’s that is consistently excellent, drawing musical guests from the top tier of Seattle musicians. For this evening, multi-talented trumpeter Ahamefule Oluo joins Kennedy along with bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Max Wood.

While Kennedy has been displaying his prodigious talents for a number of years now, he seems to have elevated his artistic sensibility after a year in the Thomas Marriott Quintet, not to mention several life changing events in his life. While lightly attended to date, this monthly residency produces some of the best jazz music heard in the city all year. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Overton Berry & Bruce Phares- Thu Jun 6, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist Overton Berry is living, walking jazz history, being the last remaining active musician to have played on the Jackson St. scene in Seattle in the 1950’s. HIs legacy includes directing the music at the 1962 World’s Fair, and a legendary run at the Doubletree Inn. Bruce Phares has nearly 40 years of history with Berry, and the uber talented bassist is on a comeback mission of his own after a decades long hiatus. The two have a chemistry that exudes love and respect. This monthly engagement at Tula’s sells out fast so make your reservation in advance.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Kareem Kandi Quartet- Fri Jun 7, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

The hard working Tacoma saxman drops by Tula’s for an upbeat evening of  music at Tula’s. Bassist Greg Feingold and pianist John Hansen are joined by NYC drummer Ben Zweig, creating a solid rhythm section behind Kandi’s soaring tenor. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Lucas Winter Quintet- Tue Jun 11, 7 PM/ Royal Room

Part of the recent surge in young jazz talent in Seattle, guitarist Lucas Winter convenes a quintet for his UW Masters recital. Winter has created an original approach to single note jazz improvisation, as well as the full array of guitar skills encompassing the entire jazz tradition. In the process, he engenders hope for the music going forward, not only with his brilliant playing, but his intuitive approach to composition. Joining winter will be fellow young lions Ben Feldman (bass), and Xavier Lecouturier (drums), as well as Gus Carns (piano), and Rex Gregory (saxophone). Don’t be fooled by age, and the fact that this is a Masters recital- this audience will be treated to a top tier performance by some of the top players in the city. http://theroyalroomseattle.com/

Art of Jazz: Seattle JazzED – Girls Ellington Project- Thu Jun 13- 5:30 PM/ Seattle Art Museum

Earshot’s monthly free interaction between music and art features Kelly Clingan’s ensemble that features female-identified students grades 9-12 performing the music of Duke Ellington.https://www.earshot.org/event/art-of-jazz-seattle-jazzed-girls-ellington-project/

Greta Matassa Quintet- Sat Jun 15, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

One of Seattle’s great jazz exports, vocal artist Greta Matassa returns to her main stage at Tula’s with special guest, vibraphonist Susan Pascal. Matassa has emerged as the best jazz vocalist to come out of the Emerald City since the heyday of the great Ernestine Anderson. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Raul Midon & Lionel Loueke- Sun Jun 16- 7:30 PM/ Triple Door

African born Lionel Loueke came to the US via a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music and from there has evolved into one of the most in demand musicians in jazz. Raul Midon has released 10 albums as a solo artist, and has gained a reputation as an eclectic vocal artist in the jazz world and surrounding universe. Together, this should prove to be a special night on the 2019 Seattle jazz calendar. http://www.thetripledoor.net/thetripledoor.html

Kenny Garrett- Tue, Wed Jun 18, 19, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett in a career that has spanned more than 30 years, has become the preeminent altoist of his generation. Preceding his stellar solo career, Garrett learned the ropes through stints with Duke Ellington, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. Garrett’s solos are energetic with an original approach to melodic improvisation. Band members TBD.https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5065

Matt Williams Quintet with Jay Thomas- Tue Jun 18, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Brilliant young pianist Matt Williams crosses paths with Seattle jazz icon Jay Thomas, leading an all-star quintet at Tula’s. Rex Gregory joins on saxophone, along with first call bassist Paul Gabrielson and drummer/composer Xavier Lecouturier. This is a gig that demonstrates the immunity of jazz from generational bias- simply put, age doesn’t matter in jazz. What matters is a stage featuring five ambitious, inspired souls immersed in America’s quintessential art form. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Duende Libre- Wed Jun 19, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Using jazz as a jumping off point in exploring global rhythms and melodies, pianist Alex Chadsey, electric bassist Farko Dosumov, and drummer Jeff Busch have created an original approach to the music. The band has been exploring their core experience as a trio in this monthly residency at Tula’s, and the results have been fabulous. Chadsey’s original vision now has a few extra layers to it, as expressed by the uber talented Dosumov, and the amazing diversity and virtuosity of drummer/percussionist Busch. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Donny McCaslin.

Donny McCaslin- Thu Jun 20, 7:30 PM/ Triple Door

It’s almost humorous how saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been receiving so much acclaim for working on David Bowie’s last project, as if he hadn’t done anything in the jazz world prior. We, of course, know better. He has gained international acclaim as both a veteran solo artist and sideman, including his well known performances with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. This performance gives Seattle jazz fans the opportunity to see him with a top shelf ensemble. Donny McCaslin – sax;  Ryan Dahle – vocals / guitar; Jason Lindner – keys;  Tim Lefebvre – bass; Zach Danziger – drums.https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=1613

Gail Pettis Quartet- Fri Jun 21, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Vocal stylist Gail Pettis has an intuitive and natural sense of tonality and rhythm uncommon in modern jazz vocals. Her shows are always a great pleasure, backed by the veteran rhythm section of Darin Clendenin (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass), and Mark Ivester (drums). Pettis’ brand is steeped in the blues/jazz tradition. Her ability to accentuate a lyric, to tell a story, is unmatched on the Seattle jazz scene. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner- Mon Jun 24, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Three time Grammy winner Cecile McLorin Salvant has been called the greatest jazz singer of her generation, a notion difficult to dispute. On this evening, she performs one show only with pianist Sullivan Fortner, with whom she recorded her latest release, The Window. Together, they explore the piano-vocal duo and all of its creative possibilities. The two improvise freely, stretching the boundaries of harmony, melody, and time. Salvant recently performed at the Moore Theatre, so just one show at Jazz Alley is a bit of a surprise. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5069

David Marriott Jr.’s Triskaidekaband- Tue Jun 24, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

What happens when you put 13 of the best jazz musicians in Seattle on one stage, at one time, and add trombonist/arranger David Marriott Jr. as a leader? You get the best large ensemble jazz band in the Northwest, that’s what happens. Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgensen, Rich Cole, Travis Ranney, Geoff Harper, and Pete Gallio are just some of the players frequenting this gig. This is a jewel of a residency performance monthly at Tula’s and should be on the top of every jazz fan’s list for the month of June. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Bill Frisell Trio featuring Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen- Thu-Sun Jun 27-30, 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Bill Frisell has firmly established himself as a musical visionary defying category. This makes every one of his performances an opportunity to witness something extraordinary. His guitar style is truly original, and his compositions an active interpretation of the American music tradition. With bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen in trio, Frisell will no doubt find new ground to explore human emotion with passionate irreverence. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5024

Marc Seales Band- Sat Jun 29, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Seales is one of the true greats in the history of jazz in Seattle, and has gained a well deserved reputation nationally, performing and writing with the likes of saxophone great Ernie Watts among others. Each of his Tula’s performances include different musicians, in different formations, and the results over 35 years have been amazingly consistent, and more importantly, excellent. His passion for the music is keenly evident in his joyful approach. If you have never seen Seales in action, you owe it to yourself to do so. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html


Origin Records All-Stars featuring Brent Jensen, Rick Mandyck, Jeff Johnson & John Bishop- Sun Jun 30, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

In their 20 plus years, Seattle-based indie jazz label Origin Records has produced a plethora of recording artists that could be viewed as “all-stars.” This particular combination of players has produced solo works, as well as collaborations such as Wellstone Conspiracy, and Scenes. All of the above are on the table this one evening at Tula’s, with saxophonists Brent Jensen and Rick Mandyck holding down the front line. Trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson, and Origin founder and drummer John Bishop are a known quantity as a team on stage and in the studio. This will prove to be a special evening, and a great way to cap the weekend in the intimate confines of Tula’s.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html