Photos: Jason Parker Quartet at Lucid

from Eyeshot Jazz

The Jason Parker Quartet’s second album, No More, No Less, was released at this special Lucid Jazz Lounge event. The JPQ is: Jason Parker (trumpet), Josh Rawlings (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums). They will be joined on stage, as they are on the album, by guest Cynthia Mullis (tenor saxophone). “No More, No Less” is the follow-up to the JPQ’s self-titled debut album from 2007. The new CD documents the growth the band has gone through during the past two years and illustrates the cohesive, passionate playing that prompted Earshot Jazz to call them “the next generation of Seattle Jazz.”

Monday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL:
Triple Door: Anne Drummond Quartet
Tula’s Jazz Club: Eldar Trio

and the rest …

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

Photos: Chad McCullough at Tula’s

from Eyeshot Jazz


CHAD MCCULLOUGH and MARK TAYLOR live at Tula’s Tuesday night as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival turning in a wonderful evening of jazz.

The performance featured Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, winner of the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands, Mark Taylor (alto/soprano saxophones), Matt Jorgensen on drums, and Jeff Johnson (bass).

Sunday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tula’s Jazz Club: Thomas Marriott – plays the Music of Thomas Marriott

Town Hall: Khoomei Taiko

and the rest …

GALLERY 1412: Saadet Türköz & Bill Horist

CONCERT: Gail Pettis Quartet
Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr NE, Tacoma, 5pm

BOXLEY’S: Greg Williamson Quartet
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend, 6pm

CONCERT: Geoff Harper’s Endeavor
Seattle Drum School LAB, 12510 15th Ave NE, 8pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Fairly Honest Jazz Band, 3pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Photos: Myra Melford Be Bread

from Eyeshot Jazz:

MYRA MELFORD BE BREAD on stage at the Seattle Art Museum on Friday night played to a pretty full house and were simply amazing. Myra on piano, Stomu Takeishi, bass, Ben Goldberg, clarinet, Cuong Vu, trumpet, Matt Wilson, drums, and Brandon Ross, guitar

Photos: Hal Galper Trio at Tula’s

from Daniel Sheehan’s Eye Shot Jazz blog:

Well known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods, pianist Hal Galper brings crazy chops and a lifetime of jazz knowledge to each new project. As on the outstanding disc, Furious Rubato, he points to new directions for jazz with drummer John Bishop and bassist Jeff Johnson. The performance tonight, and again tomorrow on Saturday night are being recorded. Looks like a possible live album in the works.

Saturday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tula’s Jazz Club: Hal Galper Trio w/ John Bishop & Jeff Johnson

Kirkland Performance Center: Helen Sung Trio

Chapel Performance Space: Ikue Mori & Zeena Parkins Phantom Orchard,
Peggy Lee & Saadet TÜrkÖz

and the rest …

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Overton Berry Ensemble, with Overton Berry (piano), Rick Spano (drums), Jeff Davies (bass) and Special Guest Bernie Jacobs (flute and saxophone)
9pm – Overton Berry Ensemble
11pm – Jim Knodle and the Distract Band

LUCID: Jason Parker CD Release

BAKE’S PLACE: Kelley Johnson Quartet

SERAFINA: Voodoo Trio

BOXLEY’S: Karen Shivers Quartet
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Latonya Horace
1083 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton

LOMBARDI’S: Christopher Woitach Trio

LOCAL COLOR: Stacy Davis

JAZZ ALLEY: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Jason Parker Quartet at Lucid – Oct.24

from Earshot Jazz:
The Jason Parker Quartet’s second album, No More, No Less, will be released at this special Lucid Jazz Lounge event. The JPQ is: Jason Parker (trumpet), Josh Rawlings (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums). They will be joined on stage, as they are on the album, by guest Cynthia Mullis (tenor saxophone). “No More, No Less” is the follow-up to the JPQ’s self-titled debut album from 2007. The new CD documents the growth the band has gone through during the past two years and illustrates the cohesive, passionate playing that prompted Earshot Jazz to call them “the next generation of Seattle Jazz.”

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE
5241 University Way NE, Seattle
9:30pm, No Cover, 21+

Friday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tula’s Jazz Club: Hal Galper Trio w/ John Bishop & Jeff Johnson
Seattle Art Museum: Myra Melford Be Bread

and the rest …

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – David George Quartet, with David George (trumpet/flugelhorn), Steve Yusen (drums), Joe Casalini (bass) and Sam Pannunzio (piano)
9pm – Mark Bullis Trio, with Mark Bullis (bass), Sam Pannunzio (piano) and Ray Price (drums)
11pm – Mon Cheri, with Brandon Vasquez (drums), Caroline Francis (vocals), Kurt Olson (upright bass), Patrick McHenry (guitar/vocals/harmonica), Parker Moosman (keys), Dan Spalding (baritone sax)

BAKE’S PLACE: Patti Wicks

SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio

GALLERY 1412: F.O.D; Ross Hammond

BOXLEY’S: Bryant Urban & Pony Boy Brazilians

LOMBARDI’S: Christopher Woitach Trio

CYPRESS LOUNGE: Geoffrey Castle

BAKER ST. BOOKS: Ruel Lubag Trio

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Michael Powers

Thursday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tula’s Jazz Club: Marc Seales Group
Asian Art Museum: Matthew Shipp & Joe Morris; Peggy Lee & Saadet Turkoz

and the rest …

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts / Jeff Johnson / Tad Britton

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: The Hang

BOXLEY’S: Jay Thomas Trio

Wednesday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL:
The Triple Door: Omar Sosa’s Afreecanos Quartet
Tula’s Jazz Club: Marc Seales Group

and the rest …

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Band w/ Clarence Acox

SERAFINA: Rachel Curnutt

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Dave Anderson Quartet, with Dave Anderson (saxes), John Hansen (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums)
9pm – Vocal Showcase, featuring singers Marti MacEwan, Oghale and Jose Gonzales – Hosted by Susan Robinson, with Randy Halberstadt (piano) and Ed Littlefield (drums)

Tuesday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tula’s Jazz Club: Chad McCullough’s Where The Sky Cries
Asian Art Museum: Trio M
Film at Asian Art Museum: Animated Jazz Experiments, by Sarah Jane Lapp, with live accompaniment by Mark Dresser

and the rest …

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: David George Quartet, with David George (trumpet/flugelhorn), Steve Yusen (drums), Joe Casalini (bass) and Al Lindbom (guitar)

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

MARTIN’S ON MADISON: Karin Kajita

MIX: Don Mock

Monday Jazz

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tula’s Jazz Club: McTuff Trio
Triple Door: Matt Wilson Quartet & Roosevelt High School Jazz Band
The Chapel: 3rd Man

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Sunday Jazz

–Earshot Jazz Festival–
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Tarbaby

–Earshot Jazz Festival–
TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Allen Toussaint Quartet

–Earshot Jazz Festival–
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM: Matt Wilson Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis Trio

BOXLEY’S: Greg Williamson Quartet

CONCERT: Hanna Richardson and Patti Wicks
more info: jazzvox.com (Camano Island), 2pm

TULA’S: Jay Thomas Big Band, 4pm

SERAFINA: Ann Reynolds/ Tobi Stone Duo

ANACORTES JAZZ FESTIVAL:
from Earshot Jazz: Now known as the Anacortes Jazz & Blues Festival, mainstage events include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Kim Field & the Mighty Titans of Tone, and Stephanie Porter. More info: www.anacortes.org/jazzfestival.cfm

Saturday Jazz

–Earshot Jazz Festival–
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Tarbaby

–Earshot Jazz Festival–
TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Miguel Zenon Quintet and Byron Vannoy’s Meridian

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis Trio

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – MJ Bishop and Steve Mason
9pm – Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet, featuring the music of Hank Mobley
11pm – Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet, featuring the music of Hank Mobley

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Kelley Johnson

BAKE’S PLACE: Sandy Cressman w/ the Jovino Santos Neto Trio

BOXLEY’S: Karen Shiver’s Quartet

LOMBARDI’S: Carolyn Graye

LOCAL COLOR: Fathia Atallah

CONCERT: Hanna Richardson and Patti Wicks
more info: jazzvox.com (Auburn), 7:30

GALLERY 1412: Seattle Improvised Music presents:
Improvisation workshop with Greg Sinibaldi, noon

ANACORTES JAZZ FESTIVAL:
from Earshot Jazz: Now known as the Anacortes Jazz & Blues Festival, this years festival is stretched across three nights and features a handful of terrific visiting and regional jazz and blues acts. Mainstage events include the legendary Allen Toussaint and his quartet, the Dena DeRose Trio, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Kim Field & the Mighty Titans of Tone, and Stephanie Porter, while those who participate in Friday and Saturday night’s jazz walk can browse downtown Anacortes venues and enjoy the sounds of Thomas Marriott, Trish Hatley, Curtis Hammond Band, Mark Taylor, and Mia Vermillion/ Orville Johnson. The Anacortes Jazz & Blues Festival takes place from October 16-18. More info: www.anacortes.org/jazzfestival.cfm

The Jazz Hang: Sandy Cressman & Homage to Brazil

Sandy Cressman

Sandy Cressman is a San Francisco jazz vocalist, who has devoted the majority of her career to the study and performance of Brazilian music. This Saturday, Sandy will be appearing at  along with the Jovino Santos Neto Trio and together they will perform her Homage to Brazil- a “musical journey through the world of Brazilian jazz” at Bake’s Place. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sandy about her career and about Brazilian music. She was warm and engaging and clearly very passionate about what she does. The following are excerpts from our conversation:

It is clear from your bio that you’ve had a natural affinity for Brazilian music almost your entire life. What about it resonates with you?

In knew the first time I heard it, there was something about the passionate nature of the music that was appealing. Performing it myself really suited my own personal expression. Early on in junior high, I heard a girl sing Sergio Mendes’s hit “Mas Que Nada” and it totally floored me.  I didn’t know how to go out and seek the music at that time. But by the time I was into college and into jazz, I heard it again…..Tania Maria, Flora Purim….and was really excited. One time I was at a Pat Metheny concert, and the music that was playing on the break was so beautiful that I walked to the soundboard to find out who it was. It was Ivan Lins. I went out and bought as much as his music as I could.

Later, I was on touring Japan with a Japanese group. The guitarist for that group gave me recordings of Djavan to listen to. I was overwhelmed. When I got back from Japan, I bought all the Brazilian music I could find. At one point, the pianist Marco Silva sat in as a sub for Pastiche. He brought me cassettes of Brazilian music and fed my addiction further. In 1995, Marco asked me to come and sing Brazilian music with him. It was a little café duo gig. Each week we would bring in new tunes to try out. That was really the start for me.

Why do you think the popularity of Brazilian music is so enduring?

I think the rhythm is infectious. There’s a feeling of passion that’s very Brazilian yet not restricted to Brazil. A lot of people feel that passion. It makes you feel really good. It really takes you somewhere.

Tell me about putting together the music for “Homage to Brazil.”

Well, my first record was “Homenegem Brasileira”. I have known Jovino for fourteen years. We met at California-Brazil summer camp. He’s one of the rare pianists that can play the broad repertoire of Brazilian music that I like to sing with authenticity and freshness. The last time we played at Bake’s, it was Jobim’s 80th birthday. At that time, we decided to do a tribute to Jobim. This time, we decided to mix up composers. We came up with some songs that our quartet can explore and have fun with. Basic arrangements but not everything is planned.

Tell me a little bit about playing with Jovino.

Jovino is just a stellar musician. He knows his craft, knows Brazilian music and knows jazz. He has a certain openness to the unexpected and he’s non-judgmental, which makes it such a comfortable experience to play music together. I’m a guest on his soil. He respects the work that I’ve done to do it as well as I do. It feels like I’m being collaborated with and respected.

How do you think your approach to the music differs from other vocalists and musicians?

I’m not Brazilian but I try to be true to the spirit of the music. The musicians I use, the way I sing and phrase it. I typically sing to a non-Brazilian audience and I am able to give them a background on the tunes and why I like them. They get a history and exposure to things they might not have heard before.

To someone who is new to Brazilian music and wants some ideas as to what recordings to check out, what suggestions would you make?

Joao Guilberto. Also, I have a Brazilian music discography on the teaching page on my website.

What is playing on your i-Pod right now?

Chico Pinheiro. Really cool, modern Brazilian music.

For more information about Sandy, please visit http://www.cressmanmusic.com/.

For information about Bake’s Place, please visit the website at www.bakesplace.org. To make resvervations for the show, please call 425-391-3335 or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Earshot Jazz Festival: Week one

from The Seattle Times:

The 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival convenes tonight for a three-week run that features more than 50 performances at various venues in Seattle and on the Eastside, at a rate of two or three shows per night.

In its 21st year, the festival has garnered a reputation for showcasing jazz beyond the typical boundaries of the idiom. Experimental, or art jazz, is a sizable part of this year’s festival: Kinetic and surprising, Trio M performs Tuesday at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; $10-$20; www.cornish.edu/music_series_09). Led by pianist Myra Melford, a Cornish College of the Arts alum, the trio includes bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson, who also performs Sunday with his own quartet at the Seattle Art Museum ($10-$20; www.cornish.edu/music_series_09).

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Group

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis Trio

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Kim Rushing, with Steve Christofferson (piano), Jon Hamar (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)
9pm – RaChiChi, with Roger Espinor (drums), Ron Camacho (bass) and Debby Espinor (piano)
11pm – John Stowell and Kelley Johnson Duo

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Quick Fire

BOXLEY’S: Bryant Urban & Pony Boy Brazilians

LOMBARDI’S: Carolyn Graye

CYPRESS LOUNGE (BELLEVUE): Gail Pettis Trio

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL:
TRIPLE DOOR: Garfield High Jazz Band w/ Miguel Zenon

ANACORTES JAZZ FESTIVAL:
from Earshot Jazz: Now known as the Anacortes Jazz & Blues Festival, this years festival is stretched across three nights and features a handful of terrific visiting and regional jazz and blues acts. Mainstage events include the legendary Allen Toussaint and his quartet, the Dena DeRose Trio, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Kim Field & the Mighty Titans of Tone, and Stephanie Porter, while those who participate in Friday and Saturday night’s jazz walk can browse downtown Anacortes venues and enjoy the sounds of Thomas Marriott, Trish Hatley, Curtis Hammond Band, Mark Taylor, and Mia Vermillion/ Orville Johnson. The Anacortes Jazz & Blues Festival takes place from October 16-18. Visit http://www.anacortes.org/jazzfestival.cfm for more details!

Tonight: Ian Hendrickson-Smith and David Hazeltine at Tula’s

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
7:30pm

Reservations: 206-443-4221

Saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, who has been to Seattle a number of times recently with the wildly popular soul group Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, shares the bill at Tula’s Jazz Club with pianist David Hazeltine on Thursday, October 15. Joining the group will be Phil Sparks on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums.