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.

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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.

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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

Photos: Jazz at Bumbershoot

photos by Bill Brackin

Photos from the Origin Records 15th Anniversary Celebration on the Starbucks Stage at the Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts on Saturday, August 31, 2013.


Matt Jorgensen +451 and Human Spirit performed the first two sets. Two bands with the same members spanning over 10 years of recordings. (Ryan Burns, Phil Sparks, Mark Taylor, Thomas Marriott and Matt Jorgensen)


Thomas Marriott solos on trumpet


Marc Seales performing with Ernie Watts and New Stories


Doug Miller performing with Ernie Watts and New Stories


Ernie Watts (saxophone) and John Bishop (drums)

Photos: The Westerlies at The Royal Room

Photos by Jim Levitt

The Westerlies perform at the Royal Room, in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Fresh off recording an album of the music of Wayne Horvitz, the members of this New York based brass quartet return to their hometown of Seattle.

Photos from The Westerlies performance at the Royal Room Monday night. The band is just back from a week on Lopez Island, recording an album produced by Wayne Horvitz. Wayne sat in on a couple of tunes.

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet, whose members all hail from Seattle. Zubin Hensler and Riley Mulherkar, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones.

The Westerlies perform at the Royal Room, in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Fresh off recording an album of the music of Wayne Horvitz, the members of this New York based brass quartet return to their hometown of Seattle.

The Westerlies perform at the Royal Room, in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Fresh off recording an album of the music of Wayne Horvitz, the members of this New York based brass quartet return to their hometown of Seattle. Wayne Horvitz sits in.

The Westerlies perform at the Royal Room, in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Fresh off recording an album of the music of Wayne Horvitz, the members of this New York based brass quartet return to their hometown of Seattle. Wayne Horvitz sits in.

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Chemical Clock – Jazz: The Second Century

from Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

Cameron Sharif (keyboard), Ray Larsen (trumpet), Mark Hunter (bass), Evan Woodle (drums)

Following Syrinx Effect last Thursday evening was yet another band arising from Seattle’s embarrassment of avant-jazz riches, Chemical Clock,  an aggressive and determined young band with a lot of good ideas and more than enough chops to pull them off. Led by keyboardist and composer Cameron Sharif, the quartet’s self-titled debut CD EP is a brief and refreshing blast of post-everything avant fusion. Keep in mind that the word “fusion” is a bit loaded. Fusion, to Sharif and his colleagues, means something very different than it did back in the 20th century. The combination of Ray Larsen’s electric trumpet and Shari’s electric keys might suggest a set inspired by Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969) – but while such influences are unavoidable, Chemical Clock is not about reinterpreting or regurgitating the past. Indeed, there is very little nostalgia going on here. The fusion here encompasses aspects of jazz, electronic dance music, prog-metal, contemporary classical music, and the indefinable electro-acoustic music currently being explored by edgy rock bands such as Lightning Bolt and Hella.

Photos: Roscoe Mitchell at Benaroya Hall

Photos by Daniel Sheehan
(see all the photos at EyeShotJazz.com)

Roscoe Mitchell performed last weekend at a concert put on by Table and Chairs at Benaroya Hall. Table & Chairs, a New Music record label located in Seattle, brought the legendary saxophonist and composer ROSCOE MITCHELL to Benaroya Hall, where he was featured in a concert dedicated entirely to his landmark composition, “Nonaah” [no-NAY-uh]. The performance  featured a rare, extended solo saxophone performance by the composer himself, as well as several different arrangements of “Nonaah” spanning the length of Mitchell’s career. Starting off the musical performances was a Cello Quartet version of Nonaah featuring Sonja Myklebust, David Balatero, Maria Scherer-Wilson, and Natalie Hall. Then Roscoe Mitchell played his solo version of Nonaah, followed by an Alto Saxophone Quartet of Jacob Zimmerman, Ivan Arteaga, Andrew Swanson, and Neil Welch. Bad Luck, Neil Welch, tenor saxophone and Christopher Icasiano, drumset then played their version,  Nonaah Reimagined.

Photos: Evan Flory-Barnes at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes opened for Kendrick Scott at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival with a wonderful group of artists and played some beautiful new compositions. Evan Flory-Barnes on Bass, Dawn Clement on Piano, Craig Flory on Winds, Art Brown on Winds, Ahamefule J. Oluo on Trumpet, Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Nathan Vetter on Trombone, Jon Hansen on Tuba and  Jeremy Jones on Drums

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Photos: Jason Parker at Vitos

from EyeShotJazz.com

I really enjoyed hearing the Jason Parker Trio on Wednesday night at Vito’s. He was playing really well and had a bunch of other folks sitting in on various numbers. One of them Sax player Brian Hartman I have know previously only as a photographer and was pleasantly surprised to hear how good he sounded with Jason’s group. Here are a few pictures from the late set. Brian is in the last shot below. Daniel Sheehan

Photos: Clave Gringa at Tula’s

By Jim Levitt

Eariler this week I made it to Tula’s for a show by Clave Gringa, the band helmed by Ann Reynolds, with a decidedly Cuban flavor. Here’s a selection of photos.

A couple of Ann’s friends from the Afro-Cuban All-Stars (playing at Jazz Alley) came by after they finished their own set, but they got to Tula’s after Clave Gringa had wrapped up. Too bad!

Photos: Murl Allen Sanders w/ Warren Rand

by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

Murl Allen Sanders performed at Tula’s as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival on Saturday November 3rd along with  Seattle bassist Clipper Anderson, Tacoma drummer Mark Ivester and Portland saxophonist Warren Rand. “This is a high-energy ensemble combining modern and traditional aesthetics,” Sanders writes. Murl Allen Sanders describes his music as zyfusico – a fusion of jazz, pop and zydeco. He sings and performs on accordion, piano and harmonica.