Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Tingstad and Rumbel

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison

7pm – Kimberly Reason Quartet, w/Kimberly Reason (vocals), Bill Anschell (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass), Brian Kirk (drums)
9pm – Ann Brittain, w/ Bill Anschell (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass), Brian Kirk (drums)
11pm – Marcus Eaton, w/percussionist Kevin Rogers

LUCID: Bridgid Roney & Katrina Kope

BOXLEY’S: Pete Petersen Quartet

SERAFINA: Alex Guilbert Trio

GRAZIE: Deems Tsutakawa

Also, if you feel like getting out of town … Jazz Port Townsend and Jazz In the Valley (Ellensberg, WA) are both happening this weekend.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Gail Pettis Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: Stuart MacDonald Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa & Jay Mabin

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison

LUCID: Cyndi Moring Trio

BOXLEY’S: Clark Gibson Trio

HIROSHI’S: Kelly Eisenhour Quartet

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Fred Hoadley Trio

SERAFINA: Pasquale Santos

Also, if you feel like getting out of town … Jazz Port Townsend and Jazz In the Valley (Ellensberg, WA) are both happening this weekend.

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Josh Deutsch Quintet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison

INTERBAY GOLF CLUB: Roosevelt Jazz Combo

BARCA: Clark Gibson Trio

THE CHAPEL: Jazz in the Second Century: Trio Illogic and Helix

LUCID: The Hang w/ The Teaching

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

Review: SRJO, Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search

from All About

Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath is highly respected by his peers and by serious listeners, but he isn’t well known outside the jazz world in the way that Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane are. He played with those legends and many more. He formed The Heath Brothers in 1975 with his siblings, drummer Albert “Tootie Heath and bassist Percy Heath, and has penned numerous tunes that have become classics, including “CTA” and “Gingerbread Boy.” Like Gillespie before him, he reaches beyond jazz in his endless artistic search, having penned suites, compositions for string quartets and a symphonic work.

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, under the dual directorships of drummer Clarence Acox and multiple reedman Michael Brockman, enticed Heath into their fold for the timeless and marvelous Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search Suite. It is an orchestral offering that leaps out of the speakers with a rich fanfare of gorgeous harmony and tight rhythmic zest. Then Heath solos, and proves himself—for those unfamiliar—a giant of melodic invention and improvisational energy; in his eighth decade, and still kickin’ it. For comparison’s sake, Heath the soloist is probably closest to a fellow under-sung tenor man, George Coleman—another all-too-brief Davis cohort. Both saxophonists stay firmly within the mainstream, with extraordinary intelligence, invention and no-holds-barred verve.

Besides Heath’s efforts, there is no shortage of premier soloing happening in the Seattle Repertory Orchestra. On the suite itself, Brockman wields an alto axe that cranks up the intensity a notch, giving way to a bright and shining trumpet turn by Jay Thomas. All this in the eight-plus minute “Part I.” It stays just as stellar in “Part III: Where It Started.” Heath, pianist Randy Halberstadt, the inimitable tenorist Hadley Caliman, and an especially inspired David Marriott, Jr. on trombone, all take things to the highest level of jazz improvisation.

Continue reading at All About

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Chelsea Crabtree Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison


LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: Vocalize It w/ Cyndi Moring

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Band w/ Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

7pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Kim Rushing, with Darin Clendenin (piano), Larry Halloway (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)
9pm – Vocal Showcase featuring Jenny Kienzle, Cara Francis and Fathia Atallah – hosted by Kim Rushing, with Darin Clendenin (piano), Larry Halloway (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

Gail Pettis gets 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine

Gail Pettis, “Here In The Moment”
by Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat, August 2010

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A former orthodontist, Pettis finds new vistas of emotion in the words and music of standards and surprises on her second album. Her wonderful version of “I Thought About You,” usually identified with Ella Fitzgerald, reflects the melancholy of a sad-faced train passenger with an intimacy that few singers in any genre have knowledge of. Another ballad, “How Did He Look?” a favorite of cabaret singer Mabel Mercer, is rendered poignantly with an easy elegance built of curiosity and lingering heartbreak over a lost love affair. This granddaughter of a Mississippi bluesman freshens Cole Porter’s “Night And Day” with exhilaration over sharing “sweet love” with her partner. Similarly, the directness of feeling she reveals about a blossoming romance does more than ample justice to Etta James’ old r&b hit “At Last.” All the other songs, too, whatever the tempo or mood, each graced by the surety of her delivery, have an unmistakable air of honesty about them. Minor compliant: Pettis’ two pianists and bassists are clearly talented by their solos don’t so much develop the songs as mark time between verses.

(excerpt of a two album review, Gail Pettis and Pamela Rose)

More about this CD at OA2 Records

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Musicworks Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband


BOXLEY’S: Courtney Cutchins

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison


THE MIX: Don Mock

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

Review: Nathan Eklund, Coin Flip

from All About

NewYork-based trumpeter/composer Nathan Eklund assembles a fiery, swinging quintet for Coin Flip, his fourth release as a leader and first for Seattle’s OA2 Records. The nine track disc is as much a showcase for Eklund’s convincing abilities as a composer and arranger as it is for his dynamic trumpet playing.

Eklund demonstrates an immense trumpet tone with technical agility, rooted in the post-bop tradition. Echoes of the late trumpet giants Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw can be heard on the meter-shifting opener “Rooicka’s Castle” and the groovy “Professor Dissendadt,” a tune reminiscent of a CTI Records date from the early 1970s.

Continue All About

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

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

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

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

BAKE’S PLACE: Sunday Breakfast w/ Michael Gotz

DARRELL’S TAVERN: Kevin McCarthy & Friends Jam Session
18041 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, 8pm

TOST: WACO (Washington Composer’s Orchestra)

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Music of Wayne Shorter for Brass

JAZZ ALLEY: Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

BAKE’S PLACE: Visiting Songbird Series: Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Frishberg

7pm – Cheryl Hodge
9pm – Max Holmberg Standards Quintet, w/Max Holmberg (drums), Rodger Pegues (piano), Xavier del Castillo (sax), Riley Mulherkar (trumpet), Nolan Woodle (bass)
11pm – Jim Knodle and the Distract Band

BOXLEY’S: Dave Anderson Quartet

JAZZ VOX: Dena DeRose & Chuck Deardorf
Auburn,, 7:30pm

SERAFINA: John Sanders and Gypsy Reeds

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Stephanie Porter Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa: The Music of Ray Charles

NEW ORLEANS: Thomas Marriott’s Flexicon

LATONA PUB: Hadley Caliman, Phil Sparks & Matt Jorgensen
(5:00-7:00pm, no cover)

7pm – Hugh Sutton and Susan Harper
9pm – Honeypie, with Kristy Smith (vocals/guitar/ukelele), Dawn Clement (vocals/piano/nord-electro), Geoff Harper (bass) and Steve Smith (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Clark Gibson Trio

AMORE: Lonnie Williams

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Deems Tsutakawa

JAZZ VOX: Dena DeRose & Chuck Deardorf

THE CHAPEL: Andy Hayleck & Paul Neidhardt

LUCID: Mack Grout Group

SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio


The Music of Wayne Shorter – Saturday at Tula’s

w/Tom Varner, Thomas Marriott and Dave Marriott

2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
7:30pm $15

from Tom Varner:
Tom Varner, Thomas Marriott, David Marriott: The Wayne’ing Brass (New Looks at the Music of Wayne Shorter, with a brass trio–trumpet, horn, trombone, with piano, bass, and drums). With Bill Anschell, piano, Phil Sparks, bass, and Matt Jorgensen, drums.

I have always loved the soulful, intelligent, and searching music of Wayne Shorter, from his three-horn writing for Art Blakey to his more recent projects such as “Alegria.” I’m really excited that the David and Thomas Marriott will join me on an “all-brass Shorter celebration,” and I’m sure that the crack rhythm section of Anschell, Sparks, and Jorgensen will UP the party and keep us honest. A big thanks to David M. for providing the lion’s share of the charts. I haven’t played with a tpt/bone/horn sextet since moving to Seattle in ’05, and I LOVE this sound. Come on over and join us at Tula’s this Saturday, July 24!

Thursday Jazz

INTERBAY GOLF CLUB: Leah Natale & Ambience
2501 15th Ave W, 5:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Beth Winter Showcase w/ students of Cornish College and Roosevelt High School

JAZZ ALLEY: Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson and Tad Britton

7pm – Jessica Stenson with Darin Clendenin
9pm – Jennifer Hoyt with Darin Clendenin

BARCA: Clark Gibson Trio

THE CHAPEL: Owcharuk 5; Paul Kikuchi’s Portable Sanctuary

LUCID: The Hang w/ The Teaching

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Leah Stillwell and Jose Gonzales Group

JAZZ ALLEY: Jacqui Naylor

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio


Photos: Hadley Caliman Quintet at Jazz Alley

There was a packed house last night at Jazz Alley to hear Hadley Caliman’s Quintet featuring Thomas Marriott, Bill Anschell, Phil Sparks and Matt Jorgensen.

The audience was treated to a 90-minute set by the Seattle jazz legend who performed material from his two recent CDs, Straight Ahead and Gratitude. Vocalist Gail Pettis made a special appearance on two songs as well.

Photos by Carolyn Caster

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam with the Darin Clendenin Trio


TOST: Michael Shrieve’ Spellbinder

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

AMORE: New Orleans Quintet


POGGIE TAVERN: Better World w/ Marc Smason & Joanne Klein