Kandace Springs- Tue Feb 18, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley
“Citing Nina Simone as her inspiration, Springs evinces a similarly powerful beauty, a satin ‘n sinew verve, though her soul-infused sound more strongly suggests Cassandra Wilson by way of Whitney Houston.” ~ JazzTimes
Blue Note / Capitol recording artist Kandace Spring’s lands at Jazz Alley with a new album in tow. Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, it is her homage to the great female singers who inspired her to begin her journey. The performance will feature interpretations of songs from such icons as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae and Nina Simone. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5141
SIFF Presents: Bird- Thu Feb 20, 6:30 PM/ SIFF Uptown
Clint Eastwood’s highly acclaimed biopic of the legendary Charlie Parker features a soundtrack utilizing Bird’s saxophone tracks surrounded by modern re-recordings of his bandmates. Forrest Whitaker’s mesmerizing performance and characterization of the bebop pioneer is first-class. If you have not had the opportunity to see this film, now is the time. The presenting vibe at SIFF and the classic Uptown digs should add a marvelous ambience to the viewing. There is a pre-viewing discussion with Jim Wilke beginning at 6:30 PMhttps://www.siff.net/year-round-cinema/bird
Branford Marsalis Quartet- Thu-Sat Feb 20-22, 7PM, 7:30 PM, 10 PM/ Triple Door
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis takes the stage at the Triple Door with his superb, long-time quartet for a two night, three set swing.
The quartet is fresh off a Grammy nomination for their 2019 release, The Space Between the Shadow and the Soul. The music represents the latest evolution of a group of musical souls whose personal intuition has provoked musical conversation of intimate terms.
Between the genius of pianist Joey Calderazzo, the in motion artistry of drummer Justin Faulkner and the rhythmic pull off bassist Eric Revis, Marsalis has the perfect vehicle to maneuver. His melodic sense is steeped in the sounds of his native New Orleans but refined by his musical adventures as both a leader, and sideman for his brother Wynton, Sting, and the Grateful Dead to name a few.
For aficionados of unabashed Post-Bop modern jazz, this three show stretch has major marquee value. The sound, and visionary approach to the music is a welcome repose free of narrative attachment, and mindless electronic meandering. https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=1357
KNKX Presents Northwest Music Mondays with the Marc Seales Quintet- Mon Feb 24, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley
When Tula’s closed in September, it removed the monthly residency of iconic Seattle pianist Marc Seales from the local jazz calendar. It is only just that he land on the most esteemed stage in the city at Jazz Alley.
Seales will be joined by trumpeter Thomas Marriott, bassist Chuck Deardorf, drummer Moyes Lucas, Jr., and his brother, guitarist Jesse Seales. This is the February installment of Northwest Music Mondays, presented by KNKX. Bravo to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for featuring the best of Seattle jazz. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5167
Greta Matassa Quintet- Mon Feb 24, 7:30 PM/ Block 41
Brazilian vocalist/promoter Adriana Giordano and Giordano Productions continue the monthly Monday night sessions at Block 41 Event Space, this time featuring Seattle jazz icon Greta Matassa and her quintet. Mondays at the Block is a joint effort between Giordano and Block 41 proprietor Dan Temkin. Temkin took Giordano’s vision, and turned it into a non-profit organization whose primary goal is in support of the city’s vibrant music scene, and the musicians themselves.
Matassa is the most important singer to rise out of Seattle since the great Ernestine Anderson, continuing to break new ground with her approach to melodic improvisation. The vibe of the neighborhood should feel familiar to her, after performing across Second Avenue at the legendary Belltown jazz spot, Tula’s, for the entirety of its 26 year run. The same goes for her long-time band, featuring saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev. Pianist Darin Clendenin is the perfect foil for Matassa, with bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester filling out a formidable rhythm section. Anderson is a knockout soloist as well, highlighting another aspect of a Matassa performance you can rely on- she has a great band and she lets the cats play.
Seattle jazz fans are encouraged to support Mondays at the Block as well as the monthly Monday series at Jazz Alley. The closing of Tula’s has left a gigantic void in the Seattle jazz calendar. Efforts such as this provide a place for top tier performers to be heard and be compensated justly. It provides a space where we can congregate in celebration of the vibrant scene in our city. Kudos to Adriana Giordano and Dan Temkin for their vision and hard work. https://www.facebook.com/events/168861297719569/
Miguel Zenon Quartet- Sat Feb 29, 8 PM/ The Forum Town Hall
Alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon has been a widely influential force in jazz for the past decade. For his date at Town Hall, Zenón celebrates his traditional quartet featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Henry Cole. The quartet plays jazz on the cutting edge of Latin roots and post-bop modernism. Make no mistake- this is not music rising from Afro-Carribean Latin jazz forms. The compositions Zenón writes for this eclectic ensemble venture into a very modern aesthetic of jazz. Every performance is a reflection of what Zenón has referred to as a “reflection of friendship, creativity and purpose.” A can’t miss date on the 2020 Seattle jazz calendar. https://townhallseattle.org/event/miguel-zenon-quartet/