Featured Jazz Performances for August

With summer fully engaged, August offers a wide selection of jazz offerings to take in. It as well marks the final 2 months of Tula’s, which for 26 years has offered the best of the best of Seattle jazz. The closing of the club is the end of an era. Having lost the New Orleans in Pioneer Square, and now Tula’s, resident jazz musicians will be searching for a venue where they can not only perform, but be compensated fairly. This is our next challenge. Look for an upcoming feature on the club in the weeks ahead, and by all means, support live jazz in Seattle!

Max Holmberg Student Jam- Thu Aug 1, 7 PM/ Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Drummer Max Holmberg is addressing a great need in the Seattle jazz community by hosting this jam session for younger players. It offers jazz students real life opportunity to find their voice and interact with other like-minded musicians when most sessions in town are in 21+ establishments. http://ballardjamhouse.com/schedule.html

Randy Halberstadt Open Heart Band- Thu Aug 1, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist Randy Halberstadt convenes the Open Heart Band for an evening of original compositions, and bold interpretations of classic material. The band is replete with talent, featuring Seattle jazz stalwarts Jay Thomas, Chuck Deardorf, David Marriott and Ben Thomas. Drummer Adam Kessler and young alto saxophonist Sidney Hauser round out this top shelf septet. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Greta Matassa Quintet- Fri Aug 2, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Anybody even remotely connected to the Seattle jazz scene is familiar with vocalist Greta Matassa, one of the true greats in the vibrant jazz legacy of the city. Still, if you think you have seen it all from the veteran vocal artist, think again. While this performance will likely feature her familiar approach to vocal improvisation and splendid renditions of standards, Matassa has been venturing into previously untrodden territory, covering lyrical interpretations of prog-jazz heroes such as Pat Metheny. She hits the stage of Tula’s upon the release of her new, well received album on Origin Records, Portrait. The record features her long-time quintet featuring quicksilver bassist Clipper Anderson, elegant pianist Darin Clendenin, versatile drummer Mark Ivester, and uber talented tenor saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev. This crew will as well grace the stage for this performance at Matassa’s home turf, Tula’s. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Bill Anschell Standards Trio- Sat Aug 3, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Bill Anschell has contributed mightily to the vibrance of the jazz community in Seattle for many years, both as a leader and sideman. His prowess as a pianist, composer, bandleader, and musical director is well established. But it is in the trio format where his intuitive sensibility as an improviser rises to the surface. Anschell could not have chosen better mates to share the conversation with. Bassist Jeff Johnson is a true original, and a legendary presence in the groundbreaking rubato trio of pianist Hal Galper. His unique vibrato and unparalleled use of harmonics and chords has graced the trio of Jessica Williams, and in recent times, that of Spanish flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez. Drummer D’Vonne Lewis, while a spectacular practitioner, is as well a great listener, making him the perfect musical personality for this trio. A lesson in spontaneous, reactionary musical prose, Anschell begins each tune without a set list, and without informing the band of his intentions. The result is pure magic. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Jessica Lurie & Yoshi Fruchter Quartet- Wed Aug 7, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room

Bi-coastal saxophonist Jessica Lurie can seemingly be a musical chameleon, adapting to the moment and the situation. Whether it be the intensity of the trio Living Daylights, the sheer fun of The Tiptons, or the more ethereal fabric of her latest release, The Long Haul, Lurie continues to probe, adapt, embellish, and explore new territory. On this date, she collaborates with experimental guitarist Yoshi Fruchter, her bandmate in the Jon Madof’s afrobeat band Zion 80. Fruchter’s music combines elements of jazz, klezmer, rock, and heavy metal, while exploring spiritual  themes. His albums have been released on John Zorn’s’ Tzadik records. The commonality they share in adventurism, and the familiarity they have established in past endeavors should make this a great evening to venture to Columbia City. https://www.strangertickets.com/events/97183324/jessica-lurie-yoshie-fruchter-quartet

Overton Berry & Bruce Phares- Thu Aug 8, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

A duo with a forty year history, the relationship both on and off the stage between bassist Bruce Phares and Seattle jazz legend Overton Berry is steeped in love, respect and musical playfulness. The vibe is intimate, with Tula’s being the perfect venue for Berry’s performances that play to a devoted fan base. Berry is one of those performers that you don’t want to miss as a Seattle jazz fan. His music brings an understanding of what jazz has meant to this city, and its people. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Thomas Marriott Quintet- Fri & Sat Aug 9 & 10, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Thomas Marriott’s performances at Tula’s are as close to a sure thing as there is on the Seattle jazz scene. The internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader delivers no matter what players he decides to bring along for the ride. On this evening, he convenes a veritable who’s who of Seattle post-bop players for 2 nights of original compositions and modern interpretations of standards. Tenor saxophonist Rick Mandyck is a long time friend and mentor playing out of the tradition of Coltrane and Shorter. Pianist Marc Seales is a west coast jazz icon. Trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson has a jazz pedigree that includes stints with Philly Joe Jones, Hal Galper, and Jessica Williams to name but a few. Drummer Matt Jorgensen is a long time associate of Marriott, and the author of 4 albums on the Origin Records label. For fans of modern post-bop, straight ahead jazz, this two night run at Tula’s is not to be missed. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Jane Monheit- Thu Aug 8- Sun Aug 11, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Vocalist Jane Monheit has had her share of career highlights along the way to becoming one of the most in demand performers in jazz. Her new independent release The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald is the Long Island native’s homage to the late great singer, something very personal for her. This show will feature tunes featured on the recording, backed by a superb band featuring pianist Michael Kanan. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5076

Brian Monroney Quartet- Sun Aug 11, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Versatile guitarist Brian Monroney has spent his career largely as a top shelf sideman, including a 20 year run with show biz legend Tom Jones. Since his move to Seattle, jazz fans have witnessed his incarnation as a bandleader. In a quartet featuring saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev, bassist Dean Schmidt, and drummer Brad Boal, Monroney dips into his large bag of tricks to produce a fusion that draws from jazz and the many influences that have forged his musical personality over three decades in the business.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Rex Gregory Quintet- Tue Aug 13, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Since his arrival from New Orleans nearly two years ago, multi-reedist Rex Gregory has turned heads on the scene with not only with his virtuosity on several instruments, but with his overall sound. His deep, resonant sound on tenor is especially original, an interesting fact given his reputation as largely an alto player in the Crescent City. Gregory as well plays clarinet in a post-bop setting with a strong, forceful sound so unusual in jazz today. Gregory has as well surrounded himself with some of the best on the Seattle scene since he touched down here, on this occasion tapping into the talents of young guns Xavier Lecouturier (drums), Ben Feldman (bass), and Gus Carns (piano). Trumpeter Jared Hall completes this fine quintet. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Marquis Hill Blacktet- Wed Aug 14, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Chicago based trumpeter Marquis Hill is all about blending styles, or better said, playing from a place that embraces the entire African-American creative heritage. “It all comes from the same tree,” he says. “They simply blossomed from different branches.” Hill brings along another pioneer of this approach in drummer Makaya McCraven, as well as bassist John Ramos, vibraphonist Justin Thomas, and alto saxophonist Christopher McBride. The band will delve into jazz influenced by hip hop, blues, and r&b, with HIll’s style reflecting the pensive space of Miles, the phrasing of Lee Morgan, and the rapid fire attack of Freddie Hubbard. At just 32 years of age, Hill appears to be at the precipice of something new and exciting in jazz. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5079

Gail Pettis Quartet- Fri Aug 16, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Vocal stylist Gail Pettis always leaves her audiences with a warm feeling, with a delivery that seems very personal to every member of the audience. Her prodigious natural talent allows her to access standards from a place deeply embedded in the blues. Pianist Darin Clendenin, bassist Clipper Anderson, and drummer Mark Ivester are the rhythm section of choice for NW singers, adding a perfect harmonic base for Pettis’ melodic interpretations. Fans of vocal jazz in Seattle are well acquainted with Pettis’ now renowned appearances at Tula’s, so make your reservation in advance for this one. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Roxy Coss Quintet Album Release Party- Wed Aug 21, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room

Saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss left Seattle a dozen years ago on a jazz odyssey to New York. In that time, she has established herself as a rising star in the genre, as well as an activist for gender equity in jazz. She founded the Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO) to further opportunity and community for women jazz musicians worldwide. Her most recent release The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone, 2018) expresses her feminism, while as well displaying her deep, resonant tone on tenor and soprano. The Royal Room will welcome her home for a performance in the Columbia City neighborhood of her youth. Coss will be celebrating her new release, Quintet, with an all Seattle band, featuring long-time mentor Randy Halberstadt. guitarist Milo Peterson, drummer D’Vonne Lewis and bassist Michael Glynn. https://www.strangertickets.com/events/96060970/roxy-coss-quintet-album-release

Keiko Matsui- Thu Aug 22- Sun Aug 25, 7:30 & 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Veteran pianist and composer Keiko Matsui comes to Jazz Alley for a four night run. Matsui’s new album Echo is a call for oneness in a world divided by innumerable factors. Her music has always had a spiritual quality about it, warmly expressed by her haunting melodies and marvelous articulation. Joining her will be JP Mourao (guitar), Edwin Livingston (bass) and Jimmy Branly (drums). https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5080

Marc Seales Band- Sat Aug 24, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Mark Seales has long been an iconic presence on the jazz scene here, and a noted artist and sideman on an international scale. What continues to keep his live performances fresh at Tula’s is his penchant for bringing different musicians with different sounds to the stage each month of his residency. The results are always inspiring, as Seales’ tenure attracts the best talent in the NW. Seales has represented the best Seattle jazz has to offer for some time now, with each monthly gig at Tula’s adding to that legacy.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Francesco Crosara Trio- Thu Aug 29, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

Pianist Francesco Crosara makes his Tula’s debut, leading a trio with bassist Osama Afifi, and drummer Jeff Busch.  Crosara will be joined by bassist Osama Afifi and drummer Jeff Busch. The program will feature Crosara’s original compositions in a blend of Jazz, Latin, and World music, plus select jazz standards. Born in Milan, Italy, and residing in the Pacific Northwest since 2017, Francesco Crosara is a pianist, composer and educator. He has performed with Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan and more. Crosara has authored six albums over the course of over two decades, featuring guest artists such as Von Freeman and Lilian Terry. His album Colors received 4 stars from Downbeat magazine.http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto- Sat Aug 31, 7:30 PM/ Tula’s

To say that we are fortunate that Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto landed in Seattle is an understatement to say the least. A brilliant pianist and educator, Jovino is as well the keeper of the flame for the music of the legendary Hermeto Pascoal. His long-time quinteto is a study in synchronicity, chemistry, precision, and joy. Featuring bassist Chuck Deardorf, vibraphonist Ben Thomas, drummer Mark Ivester, and the amazing Jeff Busch on percussion, the quinteto leaves its audiences feeling the love, emotion, and ardent positivity the music expresses. This may be the finest latin jazz band on the west coast. http://tulas.com/generalinfo.html