George Colligan

George Colligan performing at Tula’s Friday Night

Pianist George Colligan will be performing Friday night (May 1) at Tula’s Jazz Club in a bit of a different role … as the drummer in his new project Theoretical Planets. The show is a CD Release for their new recording, Risky Business (Origin Records).

Check out the video here from the recording session.

Friday, May 1st, 7:30pm
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 Second Ave, Seattle

Reservations: 206-443-4221

George Colligan – drums
Nicole Glover – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Joe Manis – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Jon Lakey – bass

Keep on Keepin’ On

There are a bunch of new music-related movies coming out soon. Here is a trailer for Keep On Keepin’ On featuring the legendary Clark Terry.

Snow has arrived!

Well … it looks like the snow finally arrived so everyone will probably spend the day indoors … so we will be posting some videos throughout the day.

Hardcoretet – “Steady” from Jazz Now! Seattle presents Live From London Bridge Studio

Ryan Burns plays Off Minor

Monk Heads on Wurly (The Series) featuring Ryan Burns playing 206a Wurlitzer Electric Piano. Compostion by Thelonious Monk. Filmed at Burien School of Music. All Monk Head videos are archived at www.ryanburnsmusic.com

Video from Byron Vannoy’s Thread

“Everybody’s Hero” by Byron Vannoy’s Thread. Recorded live at the Seamonster May 19th 2011.

Byron Vannoy – drums
Jacques Willis – keytar/composition
Thione Diop – djembe/talking drum
Dean Schmidt – electric bass

Jazz Drummer Joe Morello, Of ‘Take Five’ Fame, Dies At 82

via NPR:

Drummer Joe Morello, the longtime drummer with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died.

Raised in Springfield, Mass. with impaired vision from birth, Morello eventually found his way to New York City, where he played with many leading jazz musicians. In the 1950s, he was a regular member of pianist and NPR host Marian McPartland’s band. In 1990, that band, known as the Hickory House Trio after the venue of their employment, reconvened to tape a special reunion episode of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.

However, Morello is best known for his tenure with Brubeck, who employed him for over 12 years during the height of Brubeck’s fame. Famously, the smash hit “Take Five” was arranged as a solo feature for Morello.

New Seattle label Table and Chairs launch concert Saturday

Chemical Clock – Undercurrent (Dec 2010) from Table & Chairs on Vimeo.

from The Seattle Times:

A new Seattle label, Table and Chairs, launches Saturday with a concert at the Q Café, in Interbay. The label features experimental jazz, but not exclusively. It is associated with students of University of Washington music professor Cuong Vu. The same circle of musicians are involved with the Improvised Music Project (IMP), which presents monthly concerts and a festival, and Café Racer, which features Sunday night shows in the University District. “I think of IMP as the little brother to Racer, which then feeds into TnC,” said Vu, in an e-mail. “It’s one fluid path that starts at the UW, then to Racer where then more of the non-UW public is now joining.” The launch concert features Friendly Creature, guitarist Kristian Garrard, Small Face, Chemical Clock and saxophonist Neil Welch.

The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Q Café, 3223 15th Ave. W., Seattle; $10 (206-352-2525 or http://www.qcafe.org).

Esperanza Spalding wins Best New Artist Grammy

Congrats to Esperanza Spalding and her win for Best New Artist last night at The Grammys. Anytime Joe Lovano and other jazz artists are thanked on national television it is a good thing. Spalding’s star will certainly continue to rise … next stop, the Portland Jazz Festival which starts this weekend.

Here is a video of her backstage at The Grammys after her win:

Chad McCullough video from Belgium

Chad McCullough and John Bishop are in Europe in support of their new release, Imaginary Sketches, with Belgium pianist Bram Weijters and bassist Piet Verbist. A video has been posted from their performance at The Appeltuin Jazz Festival in Leuven, Belgium.

On this show Lionel Beuvens was filling in for John Bishop on drums, who missed the show due to illness.