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Photos: Thomas Marriott at Jazz Alley

photos by Jim Levitt

The Thomas Marriott Quintet performing at Jazz Alley on Tuesday night, May 19, 2015. They’re there again tonight (Wednesday). Check it out!

Thomas Marriott, trumpet; Mark Taylor, saxophone; Dawn Clement, piano; Phil Sparks, bass; and Matt Jorgensen on drums.

Photos: Santosh Sharma Quartet at Tula’s

Saxophonist Santosh Sharma, a junior in the powerhouse Roosevelt High School jazz program, led a qu

artet at Tula’s, opening for the Spike Wilner Trio. Santosh was selected for the 2015 Grammy Jazz Band. Joining him on guitar was Lucas Winter, a Roosevelt graduate now studying at Cornish. Drummer Luke Woodle, a Roosevelt senior, will be studying at USC in the fall. Bassist Michael Glynn rounded out the band.

 

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Photos: Spike Wilner Trio at Tula’s Jazz Club

Photos by Jim Levitt

The Spike Wilner Trio performs at Tula’s Jazz Club in Seattle. Pianist Spike Wilner runs two New York jazz clubs, Small’s and Mezzrow.Spike Wilner, piano;Michael Glynn, bass;Matt Jorgensen, drums (and Thomas Marriott, trumpet, joins at the end of the set)

Photos: Grace Kelly and the Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra at The Triple Door

Photos by Jim Levitt

The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, featuring Grace Kelly, performed at The Triple Door as part of the Earshot Festival. The concert drew a standing room audience. Grace Kelly played saxophone, and sang. The concert featured two world-premiere performances, pieces written by the winners of the orchestra’s second annual competition for women jazz composers.

Photos: Kendra Shank and John Stowell in Bellingham

By Jim Levitt

Photos from the Bellingham show which concluded the Kendra Shank/John Stowell West Coast tour supporting the release of their “New York Conversations” recording on TCB.

This show, at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, was part of the Jazz Project “Art of Jazz” series. Kendra (vocals and looper) and John (guitars) performed the first set as a duo. In the second set, they were joined by Jeff Johnson on bass, and Jud Sherwood on drums.

Kendra and John kicked off their East Coast tour with a show at Roulette, in Brooklyn, on Sunday, May 4th.

Vocalist Kendra Shank and guitarist John Stowell finished their West Coast tour with a concert in Bellingham, WA, part of the Art of Jazz series put on by the Jazz Project.

Vocalist Kendra Shank and guitarist John Stowell finished their West Coast tour with a concert in Bellingham, WA, part of the Art of Jazz series put on by the Jazz Project.

Vocalist Kendra Shank and guitarist John Stowell finished their West Coast tour with a concert in Bellingham, WA, part of the Art of Jazz series put on by the Jazz Project.

Vocalist Kendra Shank and guitarist John Stowell finished their West Coast tour with a concert in Bellingham, WA, part of the Art of Jazz series put on by the Jazz Project.

Vocalist Kendra Shank and guitarist John Stowell finished their West Coast tour with a concert in Bellingham, WA, part of the Art of Jazz series put on by the Jazz Project.

Photos: Anton Schwartz at Jazz Alley

Photos by Jim Levitt

The Anton Schwartz Quintet has been on tour, supporting the release of Anton’s new recording, “FlashMob.” The Seattle stop featured the band that made the album, with one change: Eric Reed on piano, in place of Taylor Eigsti. The group also featured trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, who flew in from Doha, Qatar, where he has been working with the Jazz at Lincoln Center outpost there.

The Anton Schwartz Quintet, featuring Eric Reed on piano and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, performs at Jazz Alley in Seattle as part of the cd release tour for Anton's "FlashMob" recording.

The Anton Schwartz Quintet, featuring Eric Reed on piano and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, performs at Jazz Alley in Seattle as part of the cd release tour for Anton's "FlashMob" recording.

The Anton Schwartz Quintet, featuring Eric Reed on piano and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, performs at Jazz Alley in Seattle as part of the cd release tour for Anton's "FlashMob" recording.

The Anton Schwartz Quintet, featuring Eric Reed on piano and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, performs at Jazz Alley in Seattle as part of the cd release tour for Anton's "FlashMob" recording.

The Anton Schwartz Quintet, featuring Eric Reed on piano and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, performs at Jazz Alley in Seattle as part of the cd release tour for Anton's "FlashMob" recording.

Photos: Yosvany Terry Quintet – Earshot Jazz Festival

Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival prsented the Yosvany Terry Quintet at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

The Harlem-based Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry addresses both the ancient and the immediate, working in a sonic world of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms and sophisticated jazz structures – with Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano), Matt Brewer (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).

See more photos at EyeShotJazz.com

Photos: Trumpet Madness at Tula’s

from Daniel Sheehan’s EyeShotJazz.com

Friday night at Tula’s saw a return of Jay Thomas this time with his Trumpet Madness.  Jay Thomas brought Willie Thomas (trumpet), young Seattle trumpeters, John Hansen (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums) to Tula’s.

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Thomas began to develop his lyrical and bluesy tone as a teen on scholarship to Berklee. He then worked and studied for several years in New York, then, the Bay Area. Later, in Seattle, Thomas became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club, working with artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, Diane Schuur, Slim Gaillard and many jazz greats as they traveled through Seattle. Today, he is a member of one of Japan’s leading big bands, where he records and performs several times a year. Often, he shares those star players with audiences in the States.

For more photos from the Earshot Jazz Festival, check out EyeShotJazz.com

Photos: Bill Ramsay Tribute at Earshot Jazz Festival

Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

Earshot Jazz Festival presented the Bill Ramsay Tribute and it was wonderful. Featuring his septet – with Jay Thomas (trumpet), Travis Ranney (sax), Dan Marcus (trombone), John Hansen (piano), Greg Williamson (drums), Chuck Deardorf (bass) – legendary Northwest saxophonist Bill Ramsay (baritone saxophone) is among Seattle’s best.

A former member of the Count Basie Orchestra, and a veteran of many of the nation’s outstanding big bands, including the bands of Thad Jones, Cab Calloway, Mel Lewis, Gene Harris, Quincy Jones and the Benny Goodman Octet, Ramsay recently toured the western United States with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (under the direction of Paul Ellington). He was inducted to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.

View more photos of this show, and all Earshot Jazz Festival events at EyeShotJazz.com

Photos: Industrial Revelation at Tula’s

From EyeShotJazz.com

The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival kicked off with two shows, Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette at BENAROYA HALL and Industrial Revelation at TULA’S. They were both formidable performances. Here are pictures from Industrial Revelation since Keith Jarrett is camera shy.

Widely regarded as the best drummer in Seattle, D’Vonne Lewis proppeled Seattle’s homegrown, hard-hitting post-genre quartet – with bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, Rhodes pianist Josh Rawlings and trumpeter Aham Oluo.

See more photos from this event and other Earshot shows at EyeShotJazz.com.

Photos: Dawn Clement LP release show at Columbia City Theater

Photos by Jim Levitt

Dawn Clement marked the release of her Tempest/Cobalt LP with a show at the Columbia City Theater on Thursday, September 12th.

Dawn Clement – piano, Nord, vocals;
Johnaye Kendrick – keytar, voice;
Isacc Castillo – guitar and voice;
Ryan Burns – Moog, bass;
Jacques Willis – drums