Bill Anschell Quartet- Saturday June 2. 7:30 pm/ Tula’s
Pianist Bill Anschell has been on quite a roll the past two years. His monthly gig at Tula’s alternates between his standards trio, and his quartet. The quartet features guitarist Brian Monroney, bassist Chris Symer, and drummer Brad Boal, and performs Anschell’s sophisticated compositions. His recent release Shifting Standards (Origin, 2018) is with the standards trio, while his well received CD Rumbler (Origin, 2017), features the unique qualities offered by guitarist Monroney. Either way, Anschell is a skilled composer and artful pianist, who consistently delivers high level performances.
The Racer Sessions- Sundays, 8pm/ Cafe Racer
If you haven’t heard, the legendary Racer Sessions have come home to Cafe Racer each Sunday at 8pm. An outgrowth of Cuong Vu’s program at the UW, the sessions have long been the proving grounds of the avant-garde, improvised music scene in Seattle. Check the link below for specifics of each weekly session. Call the music what you may, the Racer Sessions are a must stop for any fan of jazz music in Seattle.
Chano Dominguez Flamenco Sketches- Monday June 4, 7& 9:30pm/ Triple Door
Chano Dominguez from Cadiz, Spain, is a historic figure in the history of both jazz and flamenco. He introduced the piano to flamenco guitar cadence, and in turn, started a movement fusing jazz and flamenco. Dominguez will perform flamenco interpretations of the music of Miles Davis, as well as his original compositions with a Spanish band featuring legendary gitano singer, Blas Cordoba. The legendary pianist doesn’t perform very often in Seattle, so these performances are highly recommended.
Tim Kennedy Band featuring James Falzone- Tuesday June 5, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
What happens when a versatile and innovative jazz pianist, shares a stage with a classical/avant-garde, improvising clarinetist? You’ll have to attend to find out, but whatever happens will surely be fascinating. Clarinetist James Falzone arrived from Chicago in the past year to direct the music program at Cornish College of the Arts, and has actively engaged the improvised music community in Seattle, including the jazz scene. Kennedy’s bandmate in the sensational Thomas Marriott Quintet, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Eric Eagle would seem to be the perfect pair to bridge the multiple musical worlds encountered in this performance.
KO Ensemble- Friday June 8, 9pm
Vito’s has been offering late night sets at the historic Italian Bistro for some time now, offering a days gone by nightclub vibe. Saxophonist Kate Olson has been a regular participant on the scene there, with her KO Ensemble. Though many know Olson for her more exploratory offerings, this ensemble, though not remotely “straight ahead,” features her high level improvisational skills more within a loosely defined harmonic structure.
Susan Pascal Quartet- Saturday June 8- 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Vibraphonist Susan Pascal returns for her monthly gig at Tula’s featuring an all-star quartet of bassist Chuck Deardorf, pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer Mark Ivester. Pascal’s performances are consistently seamless with her long time band, each member offering their own unique approach to jazz improvisation.
Kenny Washington- Monday June 11, 8pm/ Royal Room
New Orleans vocalist Kenny Washington brings his traditional jazz stylings, and four octave range to the Royal Room, joined by some of the top jazz musicians in Seattle. Saxophonist Anton Schwartz, pianist Marc Seales, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis provide support for the blues/gospel influenced Washington.
Wellstone Conspiracy- Thursday June 14, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
In a rare live performance, Wellstone Conspiracy will perform compositions from their two albums on Origin Records, Motives, and Humble Origins. this band acts as a true collective, featuring compositions from all four players. Pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop are Seattle jazz icons, and through recordings and live performances, have impacted modern jazz on an international scale. Saxophonist Brent Jensen adds his melodic approach to improvisation and composition to the proceedings.
Dee Daniels with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra- Saturday June 16, 7:30pm/ Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Renowned vocal star of the international stage Dee Daniels joins the SRJO for a swingin’ concert of her favorite music—from the jazz hits of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn to great American songbook classics by Gershwin, Porter and Kern. Daniels has a long and renowned history in Seattle. This concert is a welcome home for Dee, and could well be the highlight of the SRJO season.
Marina Albero Quartet- Tuesday June 19, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Barcelona born pianist Marina Albero has been thrilling audiences in Seattle since her arrival in 2014. A brilliant pianist and composer, Albero also is a renowned innovator on the psalterium (hammered dulcimer), and a fine vibraphonist. Her music is a fusion of all of the music in her life- jazz, flamenco, traditional Catalan, classical, and the music of her father, the great Marian Albero. For this performance she leads a quartet featuring bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, drummer Jeremy Jones, and her daughter, singer Serena Dominguez.
Aaron Parks’ Little Big- Wednesday June 20, 7& 9:30pm/ Royal Room
Earshot Jazz brings Seattle native Aaron Parks back to Seattle, featuring his new band, Little Big. The band will debut new music on the west coast tour, in support of their their new recording on Ropeadope Records. Aaron Parks (piano), Greg Tuohey (guitar), Vicente Archer (bass), Tommy Crane (drums).
Spanish Harlem Orchestra- Thursday June 21- Sunday June 24, 7:30 & 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley
Direct from New York, SHO was founded, and is led by pianist Oscar Hernandez. While they often play for dance crowds in ballrooms across the country, the band thrives in a listening room like Jazz Alley as well. Adding to local intrigue, two Seattleites will be featured. Carlos Cascante will be the featured vocalist, and Thomas Marriott will play trumpet.
D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition- Friday June 22, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Fourth generation Seattle musician D’Vonne Lewis may be the busiest musician in Seattle. Known for his uber band, Industrial Revelation, Lewis’ solo band, Limited Edition may offer a better glimpse into the all around talents of the drummer/composer. Lewis’ band includes fabulous electric bassist Farko Dosumov, vibraphonist Jacques Willis, pianist Eric Verlinde, and Breckeresque saxophonist Cliff Colon.
David Marriott Jr.’s Triskaidekaband- Tuesday June 26, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Triskaidekaband, for some odd reason, seems to be a “flying under the radar” monthly gig at Tula’s. This is a bit baffling, as the 13 piece band may be the most talented and hip large jazz ensemble in the city. Each month, Marriott challenges some of the best players in town with new compositions and arrangements. Band members include Marriott’s brother, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, saxophonists Richard Cole and Travis Raney, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Every jazz aficionado in the city should include this performance in their itinerary at least once.
Duende Libre CD Release Party- Friday June 29, 8pm/ Rainier Arts Center
Duende Libre is pianist Alex Chadsey, bassist Farko Dosumov, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch. They are performing to support the release of their second album, Drift. A riveting trio that blends jazz with Cuban rhythms, the band incorporates vocalists Chava Mirel, and Frank Anderson for this performance. Bassist Dosumov is without peer on the electric bass, and is reason alone to check out this performance. Good opportunity to check out the Rainier Arts Center as well!
Marc Seales Band- Saturday June 30, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Pianist/keyboardist Marc Seales is Seattle jazz royalty for sure, but aside from his performances, recordings, and UW professorship here, he has been a first call sideman for jazz luminaries such as Ernie Watts for three decades. Seales mixes things up in terms of band personnel month to month at Tula’s, always bringing expert musicianship, and inspired performance to the stage. This is one gig you can count on to be first rate, one way or another.