Terence Blanchard headlines all-star line-up at Bellevue Jazz Festival

A Seattle Jazz Scene Preview
For more information, visit www.bellevuejazz.com.

Whether intentional or not, the organizers of the 2010 Bellevue Jazz Festival could not have picked a more appropriate headline act than trumpeter Terence Blanchard. His career represents all the aspirations of the three-year-old festival, to be commercially successful, critically respected, and to be involved and invested in its community’s culture and education.

Blanchard, who performs Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, is 48 years old, a composer, arranger, band leader, and teacher. A native of New Orleans, he grew up in the same circles as the Marsalis family. Wynton Marsalis was the one who recommend that Blanchard replace him as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, considered then to be the ultimate finishing school for jazz music’s most promising talent.

He moved to New York and lived in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, considered then to be the African-American SoHo, with neighbors like the film director Spike Lee, who asked Blanchard to play trumpet for some of his films like “Mo’ Better Blues,” about a jazz trumpet player. That led to Blanchard writing the score for “Jungle Fever,” and his lucrative career composing music for films took off.

Of course, Blanchard continued to perform and record his own albums, riding a graceful line between hard bop and more traditional standards. He earned his reputation as a serious composer with his Grammy Award-winning album, “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” his musical reflections and interpretation of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Going a step further, as artistic director of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, he persuaded leadership to relocate the school from Los Angeles to his hometown of New Orleans, doing his part to restore the rich artistic tapestry of his city.
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Sunday Jazz

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

JAZZ ALLEY: Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

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

SERAFINA: Ann Reynolds /Geoff Cooke

TOST: WACO (Washington Composers Orchestra)

NEW ORLEANS: Art Blakey Tribute w/ Thomas Marriott (trumpet), David Marriott (trombone), Matt Jorgensen (drums), Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), 8pm

Art Blakey Tribute at The New Orleans – Sunday, May 30

114 First Avenue, Seattle
8:00pm, $10.00, All Ages
Reservations: (206) 622-2563

The New Orleans Creole Restaurant will play host to a living retrospective of the music of Art Blakey and his famed band The Jazz Messengers. The all-star band of local heavyweights features brothers Thomas & David Marriott on trumpet and trombone, Matt Jorgensen on drums, pianist Bill Anschell and bassist Phil Sparks. Beginning at 8:00 pm, the ensemble will play music from the Jazz Messengers’ 50-year history.

Drummer Art Blakey was at the forefront of the bebop movement of the 1940’s and ‘50’s in New York. The Jazz Messengers, first formed by Blakey in 1947, quickly became a proving ground for most of the major names in jazz in the last 50 years. Keith Jarrett, Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Horace Silver, Kevin Eubanks (of the Tonight Show), Kenny Garrett, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter and scores of other influential musicians were members of The Jazz Messengers at one time or another and gained from Blakey’s tutelage. Blakey, also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after his conversion to Islam in the late 1940’s, recorded over 130 albums as a leader in his lengthy career as a bandleader and drummer.

This one-time event will take place on Sunday, May 30th at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square, an all ages venue featuring a full bar and authentic Creole cuisine. The music begins at 8:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 and reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. There will be a second seating on a first-come-first-served basis at 9:30 pm. For reservations, call (206) 622-2563.

The New Orleans is located at 114 First Avenue South.

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

Rochelle House sings her style of “Cold Jazz” on Jazz Northwest at 1 PM PDT on Sunday, May 30 on 88.5, KPLU. She leads an unusual ensemble including African percussionist Thion Diop, with Andy Cole, guitar, Geoff Harper, bass and Teo Shantz on drumset in a wide ranging program from standards to Coltrane, Cat Stevens and her own songs. She has recorded two CDs, “Dreams of Love” and “Water”. For more about Rochelle House, see http://www.rochellehouse.net/site/

The concert was recorded at The Seattle Art Museum on May 13, 2010 as part of the Art Of Jazz series presented by Earshot on the second Thursday of each month, with the support of The Weekly and 88.5 KPLU. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast after the airdate.

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S: Susan Pascal Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio

7pm – Fabian Zone Trio, w/Christian Fabian (bass), Reuel Lubag (piano), Ed Littlefield (drums)
9pm – Perry Robinson, w/Jump Ensemble
11pm – Jim Knodle and the Distract Band

BAKE’S PLACE: Doug Acosta


GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

BOXLEY’S: Bernie Jacobs

THIRTEEN COINS: Lance Buller w/ Phil Sparks, Chris Spencer, Mike Slivka

CONCERT: Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival
Downtown Tacoma, tacomajazzfestival.com

A Big Weekend of Music

Folklife Festival is this weekend. In addition there is a lot of great jazz music which will hopefully keep the rain away.

Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio
featuring Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller is at Jazz Alley all weekend.

Thomas Marriott will be in residency at The New Orleans performing tonight with his quartet and on Sunday night with a Tribute to Art Blakey (this show is filling up fast so call 206-622-2563 to make a reservation).

This weekend at Tula’s features the Katie King Quartet (tonight) and Susan Pascal’s Quartet (Saturday).

This Sunday is also the monthly performance of WACO at Tost (513 N. 36th St in Fremont). The show begins at 8:00pm and is only $5.00.

Monday, May 31, features two big shows. Lucid’s I/O Jazz Awards take over Benaroya Hall and the group Tunnel Six is performing at Tula’s Jazz Club.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Katie King Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio Featuring Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller

NEW ORLEANS: Thomas Marriott’s Flexicon

7pm – Ryan Burns (piano)/Saul Cline (sax/clarinet) Duo
9pm – Round Mountain

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa with special guest Overton Berry

AMORE: Lonnie Williams




HIROSHI’S: Jazz & Sushi

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Emily McIntosh w/ Karin Kajita

SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio

Doug Miller Farewell at The New Orleans next Tuesday

via Bill Anschell:

As most of you probably know, Doug Miller is moving to California in a couple of weeks. I thought it would be nice for him to have a chance to say goodbye to all the musicians he’s befriended over the years, so we’re having a very informal get-together at the New Orleans next Tuesday, June 1st. We’ll be in the bar section so we can make noise. Drop by if you can, have a drink, eat some cake, and bid Doug a fond farewell.

Please let me know if you think you’ll be able to make it. Gaye would like a rough idea of how many people to expect.

Thanks — hope to see you there.


To rsvp: email Bill Anschell

In case you missed it …

Catching up on some recent stories … remember, sign up for our Email List to receive updates from Seattle Jazz Scene.

Bellevue Jazz Festival less than two weeks away

Ron Carter Clinic – May 28

Art Blakey Tribute at The New Orleans – Sunday, May 30

Hadley Caliman, Origin Records and KEWU pick up JazzWeek Nominations

Riley Mulherkar joins Andy Clausen in heading to Julliard next year

Good One KPLU …

And don’t miss our new series, Catching Up With …
Greta Matassa
Chad McCullough
(more to come …)

Thursday Jazz


JAZZ ALLEY: Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio Featuring Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Nelda Swiggett Trio, with Nelda Swiggett (piano, vocals), Chris Symer (bass) and Byron Vannoy (drums)
9pm – Boyd Phelps Sax Attack!, with Boyd Phelps (alto sax), Dan Weckham (alto sax), Ken Kassover (piano), Pete Harris (drums) and Nate Parker (bass)


BARCA: Clark Gibson Trio

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

LUCID: The Teaching

SERAFINA: Karin Kajita

Catching up with Chad McCullough

Chad McCullough and the group Tunnel Six

Trumpter Chad McCullough has had a busy 2010 and things haven’t been letting up.

After a January spent performing in Europe under his own name, touring and recording earlier this year with Andrew Oliver’s Kora Band, McCullough is currently on an 14 city tour across Canada and the western U.S. with the international cooperative group Tunnel Six featuring Ben Dietschi, saxophones (Toronto, ON); Andrew Oliver, piano (Portland, OR); Brian Seligman, guitar (Toronto, ON); Ron Hynes, bass (Halifax, NS) and Tyson Stubelek, drums (New York City, NY). The group formed last year when McCullough and company were at the Banff Center for the Arts.

Speaking from a stop in Brandon, Manitoba, McCullough said, “This tour has allowed us to develop our sound, build on the existing chemistry, and take this music to a deeper level then any project I’ve ever been apart of.”

Tunnel Six performs in Seattle next Monday, May 31st at Tula’s Jazz Club. A complete tour schedule can be found here.

On the recording front, McCullough recorded a new CD with Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, Mark Taylor, Matt Jorgensen and Dave Captein earlier this year and will enter the studio in June for a new project with with Belgian pianist Bram Weijters, accompanied by John Bishop and Chuck Deardorf.

“I’m pretty excited by all of the artistically rewarding things going on right now. This [Tunnel Six] tour has been amazing. I’ll be going to the JazzWeek conference in Rochester with Origin Records and doing a West Coast tour with Portland-based pianist Ben Darwish in support of his new record. I’m just really humbled by all of the great experiences that I get to be apart of. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing right now!”

For more information, visit www.chadmccullough.com.


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Seattle, 8:00pm
Reservations: 206-443-4221

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Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Jazz Workshop

JAZZ ALLEY: Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

7pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Penelope Donado. Backed by Steve Rice (piano), Larry Holloway (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)
9pm – Vocal Showcase hosted by Penelope Donado. Singers are Deborah Shelton, Ann Brittain and Emily MacFadden. Backed by Steve Rice (piano), Larry Holloway (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: Vocalize-It w/ Emily McIntosh-Feliz

Hadley Caliman, Origin Records and KEWU pick up JazzWeek Nominations

JazzWeek, the the definitive national jazz radio airplay charting organization, has released their nominees for their 2010 JazzWeek Awards and a number of Northwest organizations are represented.

For the third year in a row Origin Records was nominated for Record Label of the Year along with Concord Records, HighNote/Savant, Mack Avenue, Posi-Tone and Resonance Records.

Saxophonist Hadley Caliman‘s most-recent release, Straight Ahead, was nominated for Record of the Year. Other nominees for Record of the Year include: Dave Holland Octet, Tia Fuller, Gerald Wilson Orchestra (which Hadley Caliman played with many years ago), Orrin Evans and Claudio Roditi (whom Hadley shared the stage with at The Ballard Jazz Festival).

Spokane radio station KEWU picked up two nominations. The station was nominated for Station of the Year and their Program Director, Elizabeth Farriss, received a nomination for Programmer of the Year.

Awards will be announced during the JazzWeek Summit 2010 in Rochester, NY, June 17-19.


3. Station of the Year — Markets 80+
KANU, Lawrence
KCCK, Cedar Rapids
KEWU, Spokane
WAER, Syracuse
WGLT, Normal
WJSU, Jackson

6. Programmer of the Year — Markets 80+

Gina Carter, WJSU
Eric Cohen, WAER
Elizabeth Farriss, KEWU
Barry Gaston, KMUW
Bob McWilliams, KANU
Bob Stewart, KCCK

8. Record of the Year
Decisive Steps — Tia Fuller (Mack Avenue)
Detroit — Gerald Wilson Orchestra (Mack Avenue)
Faith In Action — Orrin Evans (Posi-Tone)
Pathways — Dave Holland Octet (Dare2)
Simpatico — Claudio Roditi (Resonance)
Straight Ahead — Hadley Caliman (Origin)

9. Label of the Year
Mack Avenue

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: MusicWorks Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband


THE CHAPEL: Oana Tomai

THE MIX: Don Mock

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde & Jose Martinez

Riley Mulherkar joins Andy Clausen in heading to Julliard next year

Riley Mulherkar, pictured here playing Flugenhorn, will be heading to Julliard next year.

The same day Riley Mulherkar competed in the Essentially Ellington jazz competition with the rest of the Garfield High School jazz band, he also auditioned for entrance into the jazz studies program at The Juilliard School.

According to Mulherkar, five minutes after the audition, Carl Allen, the artistic director of the jazz department, told Mulherkar, “I know you have a performance tonight and I hope this news doesn’t dampen your playing, but I’m sorry to have to tell you that you’ve been accepted to Juilliard.”

Mulherkar, Garfield’s lead trumpet player, completely “fell for it.”

He started the day by performing with the band before judges at Essentially Ellington. Garfield was announced as one of the top three bands. He then went next door to Juilliard to audition. After a 20-minute interview, and the 20-minute audition, he was told he got in. That’s not the way it usually happens, but Juilliard put in a rush order because a few spots unexpectedly opened up during the admission process. Mulherkar had been accepted to the New England Conservatory of Music, and had all but decided to go when Juilliard called.

After the audition, he played the evening concert at Alice Tully Hall, soloing with Wynton Marsalis, before Garfield was announced the winner of Essentially Ellington for the fourth time overall and the second time in a row. To top it off, Mulherkar was named the winner of the Ella Fitzgerald award for outstanding soloist.

“It was a huge day,” said Mulherkar, who got a partial scholarship to attend Juilliard. “I saw the Juilliard students play together at Essentially Ellington (at Dizzy’s club). I like the idea of being close to Lincoln Center.”

He will join friend Andy Clausen (the Roosevelt High trombonist who also competed at Ellington), who received a scholarship to attend Juilliard. Garfield alum Tatum Greenblatt got his master’s at Juilliard. He lives in New York and occasionally plays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Mulherkar is not the only musician from Garfield’s winning band who will study jazz in college. Alto saxophonist Evan Shay will attend Montreal’s McGill University on scholarship; Bassist Carmen Rothwell is enrolling in the University of Washington’s jazz studies program; and drummer James Squires has been accepted to Berklee although he has not yet announced a decision.

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Coalescence

TRIPLE DOOR: Lynnwood High School Jazz Bands

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

AMORE: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Sunday Jazz

3pm – Easy Street
8pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Bob James and Earl Klugh

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

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

We were so excited about this one that we accidentally listed it a week early
…but it’s NEXT Sunday, May 30th:

NEW ORLEANS: Art Blakey Tribute w/ Thomas Marriott (trumpet), David Marriott (trombone), Matt Jorgensen (drums), Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), 8pm