Leading Questions: Gregg Keplinger

Photo and interview by Steve Korn

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Someone once told me don’t play what you hear …play what you feel

The drums are the heart

If I could do it all over again, I’d be a Flamenco dancer

Practice makes one stay off the streets

When I look at where I’m at right now I’m ok with that

Some of my best ideas come to me when my mind is disengaged

Fear is unnecessary

Motivation is necessary

In the big scheme of things, what really matters is love and passion

I cried when my drum teacher died
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Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Vocal Workshop

JAZZ ALLEY: Antonio Sanchez Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Vocal Jam hosted by Lisa Petion, with Kacey Evans (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Ed Littlefield (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Carolyn Graye Duo

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: Vocalize It w/ Katrina Kope

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

Collier and Dean kick off UW Week of Jazz

Collier and Dean, circa 1965

University of Washington Percussion Studies Professor Tom Collier and longtime friend and musical partner Dan Dean reunite for a 45th anniversary concert, performing original compositions and jazz standards from throughout their performance career. This event kicks off the UW’s Week of Jazz April 12-19, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UW Jazz Studies Program.

Monday, April 12, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Brechemin Auditorium

TICKETS: $10 cash or check at the door


Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Critical Mass Big Band w/ vibraphonist Susan Pascal

JAZZ ALLEY: Antonio Sanchez Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

BOXLEY’S: Courtney Cutchins Quartet

MIX: Don Mock

Up-Coming Jazz Project Schedule

For our readers up in Bellingham, The Jazz Project has released their up-coming schedule.

Join The Jazz Project on the last Sunday of each month from 4:00-6:30, January through November for an afternoon of jazz, food, and friends, when the region’s finest jazz performers converge on the Amadeus Project in downtown Bellingham, 1209 Cornwall Avenue. This series is made possible in part by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission. Sponsors for this series include Renegade Caterers, Boundary Bay Brewery, Ralf’s Bakery, Dorothy Sherwood, Sideman Productions, Village Books, and Boeing Matching Grants, ConocoPhillips, and Joyce & Terry Busch. This series is free to members and $15 at the door for non-members.

March 30: Jud Sherwood Trio with Blake Angelos & Chuck Kistler
April 6: Jennifer Scott Trio with Rene Worst & Jud Sherwood
April 13: Jeff Bongo Busch and the Peachpits
April 20: Victor Noriega Trio with Jud Sherwood drums, and Chuck Kistler bass
April 27: PDQ Jazz Ensemble
May 4: Jennifer Scott Trio with Rene Worst bass & Jud Sherwood drums
May 11: Gail Pettis Quartet with Gail on vocals, Randy Halberstadt piano, Jeff Johnson bass, and Jud Sherwood drums.

McTuff On Tour

McTuff, the group featuring Joe Doria on Hammond B3 organ, Skerik on saxophone, Andy Coe on guitar and D’Vonne Lewis on drums, is headed out on tour.

410 4th Avenue East, Olympia, WA 98501-1109

5213 Ballard Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107-4809

208 W. Holly, Bellingham, WA 98225

April 3rd – THE GOODFOOT
2845 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214

April 5th – The River City Saloon
207 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031-2019

310 Oak St, Ashland OR

April 7th – Ukiah Brewing Company
102 South State Street, Ukiah CA

( along with The Eric McFadden Trio )
1601 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115-3517

April 13 – Moe’s Alley
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-1701

April 14th – HOPMONK
230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472-4222

April 15th – THE BLUE LAMP
1400 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95816-6509

April 16th – RED FOX
415 Fifth Street, Eureka, CA 95501

April 17th – SAM BONDS
407 Blair Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97402-4510

April 25th – NEUMOS
for “Earth Day Benefit” (timeslot TBA)
925 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3816

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kathleen Grace Trio with Darin Clendenin

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

AMORE: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble

Sunday Jazz

3pm – Fairly Honest jazz Band
8pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Gonzalo Rubalcaba

BAKE’S PLACE: Nancy Kelly Quartet

SERAFINA: Jerry Frank

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Ralph Towner/ Paolo Fresu Duo
TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Orquestra Caribe

CAFE RACER: Racer Sessions
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, 8pm

TOST: WACO (Washington Composers Orchestra), 8pm

CONCERT: Hal Galper
American Museum of Radio & Electricity, 1312 Bay St, Bellingham, 3pm

CONCERT: Scott Lindenmuth Quartet
Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr NE, Tacoma, 5pm

CONCERT: Seattle Pianist Collective: Works for Piano and Cello
Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St, 2pm

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Direct Flight: Havana – Seattle

7pm – Grupo Amoroso
9pm – Ronin Trio, w/Kenny Mandell (sax), Don Berman (drums), Nate Omdal (bass)
11pm – Jim Knodle and the Distract Band

BAKE’S PLACE: Nancy Kelly Quartet

BOXLEY’S: Vocal Summit


GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

SERAFINA: Tim Kennedy Trio



White House ready to showcase classical music

from AP:

After showcasing jazz, country and Latin music, the White House is going classical next week.

The Nov. 4 lineup for an evening concert in the East Room includes Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Awadagin Pratt.

Earlier in the day, the White House will hold music workshops on violin, cello, piano and classical guitar for 120 students from middle schools and high schools across the country.

The White House lineup for the classical events appears designed to showcase a younger and diverse selection of accomplished musicians.

For example, Pratt, 43, became the first black pianist to win the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1992. Weilerstein, still in her 20s, is known as a premiere soloist and chamber musician of her generation. Bell is 41. Isbin, at 53, is the oldest of the four.

The day’s events also will include an afternoon workshop concert featuring the four artists. In addition, young musicians Sujari Britt and Jason Yoder will accompany Weilerstein in duets.

Jazz Northwest Spring Fund Drive Edition airs March 28, 2010

This special edition of Jazz Northwest features highlights from the past six months of programs, and some concert recordings not previously aired. Included are excerpts from two concerts
celebrating Seattle jazz legends Ernestine Anderson and Hadley Caliman, The Susan Pascal Quartet’s salute to the Modern Jazz Quartet, The Jim Knapp Orchestra in a festival performance and a preview of next week’s broadcast of the music of Monk and Mingus by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

This program is part of the Spring Fund Drive at KPLU, and Northwest Jazz fans and musicians are encouraged to support the only radio program devoted exclusively to regional jazz performers and
presenters. Pledges may be made by calling 1 800 677 5758, or online at www.kplu.org .

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5, KPLU and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast from kplu.org after the airdate.

Friday Jazz

NEW ORLEANS: Hadley Caliman Quartet

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Marc Seales Group

JAZZ ALLEY: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

5:30pm: Birch Pereira Trio
9:00pm: Motel 5

7pm – Dan Czaran with Karin Kajita (piano), Kevin McCarthy (bass) and Larry Bergman (drums), with guest vocalist Lori Woodbury.
9pm – Ian Lang and Thornton Bowman
11pm – Kathleen Grace with Darin Clendenin (piano)

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa and Nancy Kelly

BOXLEY’S: Milo Petersen Trio

LAUGHING LADIES: Better World w/ Marc Smason
17551 15th NE Shoreline, 7:30

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Andre Thomas & Quiet Fire


SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Stephanie Porter & Friends

LOCAL COLOR: Stacy Israel

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: Jim Knodle & Distract Band

Wife of Grammy-winning jazz star grazed by bullet

from AP:

An 81-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder for trying to shoot the wife of jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri near the elevator at their New York condominium, prosecutors said.

Maria Cartagena pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault Wednesday and was being held on $25,000 bail.

Iraida Palmieri, 73, was inside an elevator at her Forest Hills condo when it stopped at the fourth floor Tuesday evening and the doors opened to reveal Cartagena in the lobby, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

“Move over or I’m going to kill you,” Cartagena told Palmieri, then drew a revolver from the fanny pack clasped around her waist and fired one shot, according to a criminal complaint.

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NYC organist Mike LeDonne at Tula’s tonight

Mike LeDonne is performing at Tula’s Jazz Club tonight before heading up to Vancouver to perform at The Cellar. The New York-based organist will be joined by Portland guitarist Dan Balmer, Cory Weeds on saxophone and Matt Jorgensen on drums.

LeDonne has been a long-time regular on the jazz scene and has backed up artists such as Benny Golson, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Charles McPherson, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan and more.

2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
Reservations: 206-443-4221

Mike LeDonne – Hammond B3 Organ
Cory Weeds – saxophone
Dan Balmer – guitar
Matt Jorgensen – drums

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: from New York – Mike LeDonne Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Angie McKenzie and Pat Johnston, with Hans Brehmer (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and Jeremy Jones (drums)
9pm – Max Williams Group, with Spencer Leroux, Andrew Morrill, Evan Woodle and Nolan Woodle

THE CHAPEL: Danny Holt

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

LUCID: The Hang w/ The Teaching

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: SCCC Big Band with Lonnie Mardis

JAZZ ALLEY: Robert Glasper Experiment

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Kenny Mandell Jazzworks student combos
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Barbara Molloy, with Darin Clendenin (piano), Larry Holloway (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Jon Hamar Duo


THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

Hadley Caliman currently #2 on JazzWeek

Hadley Caliman’s new CD Straight Ahead continues to dominate national jazz radio. This week he moved up from number 5 to the number 2 spot behind Ahmad Jamal. Currently in the number 3 spot is Mike LeDonne who will be performing this Thursday at Tula’s Jazz Club.

1 – AHMAD JAMAL A Quiet Time (Dreyfus)
2 – HADLEY CALIMAN Straight Ahead (Origin)
3 – MIKE LEDONNE The Groover (Savant)
4 – JEREMY PELT Men Of Honor (HighNote)
5 – STEVE HOBBS Vibes, Straight Up (Challenge)
6 – TIA FULLER Decisive Steps (Mack Avenue)
7 – JOE LOCKE For The Love Of You (E1 Entertainment)
8 – RUFUS REID Out Front (Motema)
9 – DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER To Billie With Love From Dee Dee (Emarcy/DDB)
10 – DON BRADEN & MARK RAPP The Strayhorn Project (Premium Music Solutions)

April 24: Claudio Roditi with Jovino Santos-Neto; Hadley Caliman Quintet

The Ballard Jazz Festival’s Mainstage Concert this year features a double-bill of two jazz living legends.

Trumpeter Claudio Roditi (called “one of the very best performers in jazz” by All Music Guide) brings his samba and jazz blend to the stage, with the help of Brazilian-born, Seattle-based pianist Jovino Santos-Neto and his trio featuring Chuck Deardorf on bass and Mark Ivester on drums. Roditi has shared the stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, and Joe Henderson, and has delighted audiences around the globe.

Also on the bill will be the dynamic Hadley Caliman Quintet, playing music from their latest release Straight Ahead, which has been in the Top 10 on the National Radio Airplay charts since its release last month. Caliman, arguably the most iconic Seattle jazz musician alive, has recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and pop, including Freddie Hubbard, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dexter Gordon and many others. His band includes Northwest luminaries Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgensen, Eric Verlinde, and Phil Sparks.

Visit the Ballard Jazz Festival website for more information and for special advance ticket purchase specials.

Saturday, April 24 at 7:30pm
The Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, ALL AGES

Tickets: $35 (Buy before April 1: $28)

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Sixth Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bellevue Community College Big Band with Hal Sherman

TRIPLE DOOR: Clark Gibson CD Release Party

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

AMORE: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble