Ballard Jazz Festival kicks off tonight!

The 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with Brotherhood of the Drum. Three drummers, Gregg Keplinger, Tarik Abouzied and John Bishop, lead their own groups at Conor Byrne Pub.

Tickets are available at the door.

5140 Ballard Avenue NW

Order for tonight:
8:00pm: Tarik Abouzied
9:00pm: Gregg Keplinger
10:00pm: John Bishop

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Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival: June 1-5

The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates community and the creative power of music. We invite the community to explore and share their passion for live jazz and blues at the Eastside’s premier showcase for top national and regional artists.

2016 Featured Artists

9 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 | Bake’s Place | $15
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The Seattle-based funk and jazz band began in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ greats Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff. The three-person ensemble is known for playing powerful funk and jazz led by Joe Doria’s hard-hitting Hammond B3 organ.

Lee Oskar & Special Guests
9 p.m. Thursday, June 2 | Bake’s Place | $25
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Known for his unique, cross-over blend of blues and jazz, funk, Latin and rock, Oskar has been connecting with musical audiences throughout the world for over 40 years. His unique role as a founding member and former lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz group that brought the world such hits as, “The World is a Ghetto”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, “Slippin’ into Darkness”, “Cisco Kid”, “Lowrider” and many more, won him international renown for over two and a half decades.
Etienne Charles
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 | Theatre at Meydenbauer Center | $25 (Students $10)
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Trinidadian born Trumpeter/Percussionist Etienne Charles brings his fiery brand of calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception. Having already recorded three impressive and well-received albums, his new album, Creole Soul, is a captivating journey of new jazz expression. Charles is one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into a groundbreaking new territory. He is also the Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

Shemekia Copeland
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4 | Theatre at Meydenbauer Center | $30 (Students $15)
Buy tickets: 7 p.m. | 9:30 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland showcases a wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music. She recorded her first album at 18 years old which was well-received by music fans around the world. Copeland went on to record three Grammy-nominated albums between 2000 and 2005, earning her eight Blues Music Awards. Most recently, her album Outskirts of Love was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best Blues Album. She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana and James Cotton.

Save KPLU at Jazz Alley

Photos by Jim Levitt

A sold out crowd enjoyed a wonderful concert at Jazz Alley by many of the Seattle area’s best jazz musicians. The proceeds go toward the $7 Million Save KPLU campaign.

The event featured performances by Gail Pettis, Anton Schwartz, Greta Matassa, Lance Buller, Thomas Marriott, Dave Peck, Pearl Django. The house rhythm section was Bill Anschell, Phil Sparks and Matt Jorgensen.

Ballard Jazz Festival: May 11-14, 2016

Mike Stern headlines the 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival

Embracing the unique & vibrant community feel of Old Town Ballard, the Ballard Jazz Festival celebrates its fourteenth year with four days of modern American music in venues ranging from clubs & bars, to store fronts, shops, and finally, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s concert stage.

The festival kicks off Wednesday with 2 nights of themed events at Ballard Avenue’s Conor Byrne Pub – the BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM, featuring three bands led by acclaimed drummers including TARIK ABOUZIED, GREGG KEPLINGER, and JOHN BISHOP, and THE GUITAR SUMMIT, with a creative mix of guitarists including COREY CHRISTIANSEN, DAVE PETERSON, TIM VOLPICELLA, and Northwest icon, JOHN STOWELL.

The perennially-packed Friday night BALLARD JAZZ WALK features many of the Northwest’s finest jazz musicians along with visiting artists. One ticket covers 19 bands in 9 venues along historic Ballard Avenue with their doors open to streets full of jazz lovers. Artists include Corey Christiansen, Marina Albero, Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor’s Lineup!, George Colligan Quartet, Wayne Horvitz and The Royal We, Julian MacDonough Trio, Gail Pettis, Jacob Zimmerman, Table & Chairs Label Showcase, Kareem Kandi, Todd Bishop Group, Steve Grigg’s Panama Hotel Project, and more.

Saturday’s events start at 11:00am with the SWEDISH PANCAKE JAZZ BRUNCH at the Nordic Heritage Museum along with a classic auto show presented by Washington’s vintage Volvo/Saab Sports Club. The evening’s MAINSTAGE CONCERT is hosted by Seattle jazz treasure Jim Wilke and features performances by the legendary guitar Mike Stern, with the George Colligan Trio, and New York pianist Hal Galper, with his trio. Prior to the concert will be a reception and a showing of 1970s jazz photographs from New York photographer Tom Marcello.


Chano Domínguez at the Triple Door – May 7

Chano Dominguez Trio
Saturday, May 7 / 7:30pm
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Latin Grammy award winner and internationally renowned pianist and composer Chano Domínguez​ brings his signature flamenco jazz to the Triple Door on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30PM ​for one night only. From his roots in Andalucia, Chano serves up fresh compositions and re­imagines standards from Miles Davis to Manuel de Falla, all filtered through the lens of traditional flamenco forms: the soulful tangos, the exuberant bulerías and seguidillas, and the bluesy soleá. He will be joined by bassist Jeff Johnson ​and drummer John Bishop​.

Growing up playing guitar in a family of traditional musicians in Cadiz, Chano switched to the piano when he heard the music of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans. Since then, he has collaborated with top artists in both jazz and flamenco: Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Hancock, Paco de Lucia, Tomatito, and many others. Today, he tours internationally and has recorded numerous albums including “Flamenco Sketches” which gave a Spanish flavor to Miles Davis’ classic album “Kind of Blue.” His compositions have been played by WDR Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Latvia Symphonic Orchestra, and Ballet Nacional de Espana. Domínguez won a Latin Grammy for the soundtrack of the movie Calle 54 (2001), directed by Fernando Trueba, as well as a Grammy nomination for best Latin Jazz Album category with “Flamenco Sketches” (2012) and “Bendito” (2016). Seattle audiences got their first taste of Chano’s music last October, when he performed at Teatro Zinzanni as part of the 2015 Earshot Festival. Tickets are $30


Mack Avenue Superband at The Triple Door tonight

Tuesday, April 5 / 7:00 & 9:30pm
The Triple Door
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“These are musicians with the cojones to play as part of an ensemble, where the whole is more important than the parts.” SEATTLEPI.COM

The lineup for this night is:

Tia Fuller / Saxophone
Kirk Whalum / Saxophone
Christian McBride / Bass
Christian Sands / Piano
Carl Allen / Drums

The MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up and coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s group presented exclusively for the 2015-2016 season and featuring Gary Burton and Christian McBride as musical directors, tops them all.

Old and new jazz around the region on Jazz Northwest – March 27


Jazz old and new is featured on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU this Sunday, March 27. The second East West Trumpet Summit CD featuring Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott (East and West) is sampled, and the late Ham Carson is heard playing at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant where he played every week for over 20 years. The Full Circle Jazz Ensemble is heard in music from a forthcoming CD, and Portland’s Alan Jones Sextet plays a tune inspired by the late bassist Leroy Vinegar, “The Walker.” Vinegar is also heard playing with pianist Jessica Williams at a jazz club in Portland.

Jazz Northwest is produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific, streaming at After broadcast, programs may be steamed at

Next week on Jazz Northwest, a special one-time concert billed as “Latitude Adjustment” from the 2015 Jazz Port Townsend features an unusual trio with alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo and pianist George Cables.

Jazz Friends for Save KPLU – A Benefit Concert


KPLU 88.5 and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou’s Jazz Alley have partnered to present a collage of jazz friends performing to support Save KPLU! This benefit concert includes performances by seven Northwest jazz artists and KPLU favorites! Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

When jazz performers unite for a cause they believe in, something very special happens. Some of KPLU’s favorite Northwest jazz musicians are doing just that, on stage at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for an incredible night of music with proceeds benefiting Save KPLU. KPLU has been the source for award-winning jazz and blues in the Northwest for 32 years and is proud of its strong connection to the local jazz scene. KPLU is the nation’s preeminent jazz station, and its jazz programming also has a large online global audience which includes its all-jazz service, Jazz24. It’s hard to imagine life without KPLU’s unique brand of curated jazz at 88.5 FM and online—but if the station’s impending sale by Pacific Lutheran University to the University of Washington goes through, that’s exactly what will happen. Join the party and help KPLU meet its goal of raising $7 million so 88.5 FM can become an independent, community-licensed station.

The evening will be emceed by KPLU Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson. Other KPLU air hosts will be there, too—like Dick Stein and Robin Lloyd. Opening remarks by KPLU’s General Manager Joey Cohn and Director of Content Matt Martinez.

Click here for more info.

Thomas Marriott with Orrin Evans tonight at Tula’s


Trumpeter Thomas Marriott joins forces with the award-winning Orrin Evans Trio featuring Evans at the piano, Luques Curtis on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. The group is performing tonight at Tula’s starting at 7:30pm

2214 Second Ave
Seattle, WA
Reservations: 206-443-4221
link: Facebook Event Page

Also, the group is performing in Arlington on Saturday. Click here to read more.


Earshot Golden Ear Award Winners

Vocalist: Eugenie Jones

Instrumentalist: pianist Dawn Clement

Emerging artist: trumpeter Raymond Larsen

Alternative group: Industrial Revelation

Acoustic ensemble: Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

Recording: guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi, for “Tenebrae”

Concert: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, with Anat Cohen

Hall of Fame: Randy Halberstadt (piano), Ruby Bishop (piano), Sonny Booker (trumpet)

Triskaidekband at Tula’s tonight

Monday, March 14 at 7:30pm
Tula’s Jazz Club
2214 Second Ave

Reservations: 206-443-4221

David Marriott and company take you on a tour of the world of jazz, from Ellington to Kneebody, from Dizzy Gillespie to Woody Shaw to Alex Sipiagin, from Sidney Bechet to Branford Marsalis, from swingin’ to funky, we’ve got it covered!

Seattle singer Ernestine Anderson remembered on Jazz Northwest Sunday at 2 PM on 88.5 KPLU

Much beloved Seattle singer Ernestine Anderson died on March 10 at the age of 87. Her career spanned six decades, thirty albums, four Grammy nominations and hundreds of performances all over the world. This Sunday on Jazz Northwest, host Jim Wilke remembers his friend and her performances around the Seattle area including live broadcasts, jazz festivals and club gigs. Recordings on the show range from her 1955 debut to her late recordings up to 2010.

Ernestine Anderson grew up in Seattle, attending Garfield High School where her contemporaries included Quincy Jones, Floyd Standifer, and Buddy Catlett. Though she spent time living in London and L.A., Seattle was home to Ernestine when she wasn’t on the road literally around the world. She gave generously of her time and talent, with the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble being the special recipient of many benefit performances. She was a regular performer at The Bellevue Jazz Festival, Jazz Port Townsend, and Jazz Alley and lent her name to a Seattle jazz club, Ernestine’s (formerly Parnell’s) where she also performed. She was one of the first persons to be named to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and will be honored at this year’s Golden Ear Awards presented by Earshot at The Royal Room on March 15.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and After broadcast, programs may be streamed at The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. Next week, a concert at the Seattle Art Museum by The Tiptons saxophone quartet.

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott's Urban Folklore performs at the Royal Room, the night before heading in to the studio to record.

Orrin Evans in Arlington – Saturday, March 26

Saturday, March 26 / 7:30 PM
Byrnes Performing Arts Center
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd.
Arlington WA

The great jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Orrin Evans leads a stellar trio featuring Jeff Johnson (bass) and John Bishop (drums), for an evening of jazz at the Bpac in Arlington.

Arlington HS Jazz One will open with a set featuring guest Thomas Marriott on trumpet.

A unique setting for this event, Bpac is a 600 seat acoustic gem in Arlington, at the foot of the Cascade Mountains. It is less than an hour to drive from Seattle, or Bellingham.

Tickets are available at Brownpaper Tickets at this link

Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased at Flowers by George in Arlington at 335 N Olympic Av

Roxy Coss

Jazz Northwest for Sunday, February 28

This Sunday (2/28/16) on Jazz Northwest on KPLU we’ll showcase a wide variety of jazz talent from around Puget Sound to Vancouver and Victoria BC. Included are two new releases with a New York connection – Thomas Marriott with Ray Vega, and tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss (formerly from Seattle, now in New York), plus a new CD from Victoria BC singer Miranda Sage. We’ll hear two different ten piece bands who will play music by veteran arrangers Bob Hammer and Milt Kleeb in separate upcoming engagements. We also highlight a couple of the bands playing the Tacoma Jazz Walk next Saturday (3/5).

Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and streams at Past programs are available for streaming at Next week’s show will be a concert by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet.


‘Jazz, Hip-Hop and the Avant-Garde’ at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

from The Seattle Times:

A lot of jazz lovers cringe when they hear hip-hop, which is too bad, since the two genres share so much rhythmically and thematically. When it comes to sophisticated syncopation and surprise, the pop and crackle of a good MC is often right up there with Charlie Parker.

Perhaps the triumph of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliantly cinematic “To Pimp A Butterfly,” which draws deeply on jazz roots, will open some ears again in the ways Digable Planets did so long ago.

In the meantime, stellar Seattle drummer Chris Icasiano — associated with Seattle’s avant-garde label Table & Chairs — has programmed an eclectic night called Jazz, Hip-Hop and the Avant-Garde at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery Thursday (Feb. 25) that tries to illuminate the threads that tie these genres together.

Read the entire story at The Seattle Times.


KPLU adds Jazz Night In America to its Friday Night Programming

KPLU is excited to announce a new addition to its Friday night lineup beginning February 26.

(From 7:30 to 8 p.m., Abe Beeson hosts KPLU’s Evening Jazz as per usual.) Then from 8 to 9 p.m., KPLU will air NPR’s Jazz Night in America. The show features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues—and each other—through radio broadcasts, an array of live signature videocasts, and on-demand video of jazz events from today’s great artists and venues, hosted by jazz bassist Christian McBride. Over the last year, KPLU partnered with Jazz Night on bringing two Northwest performances to the fore: trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler’s tribute to jazz composer Kenny Wheeler at the Royal Room in March 2015; and pianist/composer Wayne Horvitz’s paean to poet Richard Hugo during the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival.

“I’ve been listening to and watching NPR’s Jazz Night in America for many months now,” said KPLU Director of Content Matt Martinez,”and I think it’s the perfect show to put on our schedule: a mix of live jazz performances and rich storytelling.”

February 26’s show puts the spotlight on jazz-fusion stars and Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy. The show teams up with the band’s bassist and bandleader Michael League for an exclusive conversation about his compositional process, and features a live hometown concert at The Prophet Bar in Dallas.

KPLU’s Evening Jazz will continue from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Genre-bending Industrial Revelation in concert on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest, February 21

The popular Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation will be featured in concert on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest on Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM Pacific. The quartet has earned a reputation for combining jazz, hip hop, electronica and other styles in music that has cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal. Their standing-room-only concert filled the Brotman Forum of the Seattle Art Museum in this month’s Art of Jazz concert presented by Earshot Jazz and SAM. The concert coincided with the opening of the new exhibition by Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Industrial Revelation was formed ten years ago, when all four were either students at Cornish, playing with or studying with noted saxophonist Hadley Caliman, or both.  Led by drummer D’Vonne Lewis, with Aham Oluo on trumpet, Josh Rawlings, piano and electric keyboards and Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, the group plays with intensity and urgency, but cools to a quiet simmer for soulful ballads. All four compose and arrange music for the quartet. In the last year, Industrial Revolution has received music awards from The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly and Earshot Jazz.

The Art of Jazz concerts are presented on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and are coordinated by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director. Next in the series is The Tiptons saxophone quartet on March 10.  Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and and airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. After broadcast, programs are archived for streaming at

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Garfield, Roosevelt and Mount Si headed to NYC

from The Seattle Times:

Three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands have been selected as finalists in this year’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in New York.

Bands from Garfield High School, Roosevelt High School and Mount Si High School, in Snoqualmie, are in the running. There are 15 finalists. Nearly 100 schools entered for consideration.

The competition and festival take place May 5-7 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which sponsors the event.

All three Seattle-area bands are old hands at Essentially Ellington. Garfield has been a finalist 14 times since 1999, when the festival opened up to bands west of the Mississippi River, and has won first place four times. Roosevelt has competed in the finals 16 times and has won first place three times. This will be Mount Si’s third round as a finalist.

“It’s a real honor,” said Mount Si band director Matt Wenman. “We feel privileged to be going with Garfield and Roosevelt.”

Between 2002 and 2010, Seattle schools dominated the event, but since then no Seattle-area band has won first place.