Review: Human Spirit, Dialogue

from All About Jazz | Buy Dialogue at Human Spirit’s website

The three players who now call themselves Human Spirit—drummer Matt Jorgensen, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and alto saxophonist Mark Taylor—have a very successful track record of recording together. They teamed up on Jorgensen’s magnificent Tattooed by Passion (2010) and Another Morning (2008), and on Marriott’s strange and splendid Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (2008) and Flexicon (2009), all on Seattle’s Origin Records. But the idea of the group’s name came certainly from Marriott’s Human Spirit (Origin Records), teaming the trio with organist Gary Versace for one of 2011’s most dynamic and modern-sounding recordings.

Dialogue finds the group—with special guests sitting in on piano and bass—in a live setting at the Earshot Jazz Festival, and sounding very spirited indeed. Jorgensen, Marriott and Taylor have a special genius for for taking the standard jazz quintet—sax, trumpet and rhythm section—and breathing new life into the format. The distinct ensemble sound comes, in part, from the melding of Taylor’s tart tone, with its “lemonade a couple of teaspoons short on the sugar” tang blending with Marriott’s clean, pure timbre. A vibrant simpatico rises up, whether the horn men are playing unison lines or interweaving long notes, leading to always-inspired soloing. Jorgensen, in the drum chair, channels tumultuous grooves and—as the best of the best drummers seem to do (like the late Paul Motian, and Al Foster)—makes everyone sound better, as he subtly boosts the music and catches the ear with the unexpected.

Dialogue‘s tunes are all originals: two by Jorgensen; two from Taylor; and four from perhaps nominal leader Marriott. It’s a live show, and the energy level is high, with mostly up-tempo workouts and lots of fire. And the special guests are inspired choices, as they’ve always been with Human Spirit—whether, as on previous recordings, it was guitarist Corey Christiansen and keyboardist Ryan Burns, or bassists Geoff Harper, Dave Captein or Jeff Johnson. The guest slots on Dialogue go to pianist Orrin Evans, who plays with percussive gusto, and bassist Essiet Essiet, who supplies a solid foundation for the horns’ soaring free flights.

Human Spirit offers up high wire jazz quintet sound with Dialogue, an outing that takes a standard lineup and shifts it into a different dimension.

Track Listing: In Unity; Stepford and Son; Reversal of Fortune; Song for Samuel; After Hours; 148 Lexington; Pelham Gardens.

Personnel: Thomas Marriott: trumpet; Mark Taylor: alto saxophone; Matt Jorgensen: drums; Orrin Evans: piano; Essiet Essiet: bass.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Dave Peck Trio
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Flexicon
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 8:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Kevin Eubanks Quartet
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

HIROSHI’S: Jazz and Sushi
2501 Eastlake Ave E, 726-4966

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Greta Matassa and Darin Clendenin
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, (206) 772-6891

BOXLEY’S: Donny Osborn Trio w/ Pete Peterson
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

SCOTCH AND VINE: Jose Gonzales Trio
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Casey MacGill
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: David George Quartet
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: 8:30: Sam Boshnack Quintet; 10:30: Ari Joshua’s Extreme Camping Jazz Group
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle

GRAZIE: Barbie Anaka
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

CMA GALLERY: Middle School & High School Jam Session
4501 Interlake Ave N #9, 206-354-4985, 6:30pm

Thursday Jazz

BERGEN PARK IN BALLARD: Matt Jorgensen / Peter Daniel / Paul Gabrielson (2:30 – 3:00pm)
Part of the Norwegian Constitution Day Celebration in Ballard. Corner of Market and Leary Way. Free.

JAZZ ALLEY: Kevin Eubanks Quartet
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Fred Hoadley’s Sonando
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

LUCID: 7:30: Sheldon Botler; 9:30: Roots, Vibes & Rhythm w/ Ernesto & Friends
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042

COPPER GATE: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Chris Clark & Darin Clendenin
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BARCA: Adam Kessler & Phil Sparks Trio
1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 325-8263, 9:00pm

VITO’S: Ron Weinstein Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

MONA’S: Hash#Tag Trio w/ Ari Joshua
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

SCARLET TREE: How Now Brown Cow
801 NE 65th St, Seattle, 9:30pm

Dave Peck at Tula’s this weekend


photo by Jim Levitt

Pianist Dave Peck will perform this weekend at Tula’s Jazz Club, May 18-19. Joining Peck will be bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Eric Eagle.

FRIDAY – SATURDAY, MAY 18-19
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB

2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
7:30pm, $15.00

Arrive before 7:00pm with dinner reservations for a $10 cover
Call (206) 443-4221 for reservations.

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Janiva Magness
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Roadside Attraction
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Jaques Willis
6006 12th Ave South, 206-767-0280, 9:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa Quartet with percussionist Jeff Busch
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Future Jazz Heads
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde & Jose Martinez
808 Post Ave, 206-621-7777, 10:00pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff Trio
2202 N 45th St, 206-633-1824, 10:00pm

COPPER GATE: Suffering F#ckheads
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Cornish at the Royal Room
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 206-906-9920, 7:00pm

MONA’S: The Schwa
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

Janiva Magness: ‘Stronger For It’ at Jazz Alley

from The Seattle Times:

Tough but tender blues singer Janiva Magness has come into her own with her first album featuring original, confessional songs, “Stronger For It” (Alligator). The titles — “Whistlin’ in the Dark,” “I Won’t Cry” and Ike Turner’s “You Got What You Wanted” — tell the story of pain, loss and redemption. Magness, who won the 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, only the second woman (besides Koko Taylor) so honored, celebrates the release of her new album in Seattle. Magness performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $22.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).

Sunday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:
3pm – Jazz Police Big Band
8pm – Randy Burgeson Quintet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221

JAZZ ALLEY: Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Jon Hamar Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 6:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Dee Daniels
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-454-2776, 7:00pm

CAFE RACER: Aaron Otheim
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, 8pm

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

FAIRE GALLERY CAFE: Monktail session
1351 E Olive Way, Seattle 206-652-0781

SERAFINA: 11:00am: Pasquale Santos; 6:30pm: Anne Reynolds & Tobi Stone
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807

VITO’S LOUNGE: 6pm: Ruby Bishop; 9:30pm: Ron Weinstein Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 6:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Scrape
5000 Rainier Avenue South, (206) 906-9920, 6:30pm

PROHIBITION GRILL: Bob Strickland jam
1414 Hewitt Ave, Everett, 425-258-6100, 5:00pm

As Bake’s Place reopens, Bellevue jumps with jazz

from The Seattle Times:

The last time someone tried to open a jazz club in Bellevue, it lasted all of seven weeks.

But that was almost 30 years ago. Craig Baker thinks it’s time to give jazz another shot.

On Friday, he is moving his popular weekend supper club, Bake’s Place, from Issaquah to a new million-dollar establishment in downtown Bellevue, where it will be open seven nights a week. The new boîte joins the revived Bellevue Jazz Festival and the monthly 10-year-old Eastside Jazz series in a troika that may finally give jazz a permanent foothold on the Eastside.

Some see Bake’s — and jazz itself — as a harbinger of urban sophistication, a natural evolution for Bellevue’s newly dense downtown core. Along with the Bellevue Arts Museum and the Tateuchi Center (in the planning stages), it can be read as part of the burgeoning aspirations of a place that has tired of crossing the lake for its cup of culture.

“It’s a city that’s hungry for more than restaurants,” Baker says of Bellevue.

It’s also a city that has grown exponentially. Thanks to intense condominium development, there are 10,000 people living in Bellevue’s downtown core now and Baker’s new club sits right on the edge of it, in the Columbia West Building at the corner of 108th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Second Street. Baker speculates that 30 to 40 percent of the patrons for his new club will come from the neighborhood.

Both he and Leslie Lloyd, president of the Bellevue Downtown Association (which presents the Bellevue Jazz Festival), think the new bridge toll on Highway 520 might help keep people on the Eastside at night, too.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Saturday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Dee Daniels
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-454-2776, 7:30 & 10:00pm

IMPFestIV: Vu-Karpen Project, Chemical Clock
Hughes Penthouse Theatre, University of Washington, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Leah Stillwell Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Julian Smedley’s Jazz Violin
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 206-772-6891

SORRENTO HOTEL: Gail Pettis
900 Madison St, 206-622-6400, 7:30pm

SCOTCH AND VINE: Brian Lee & the Orbiter
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 6pm: Ruby Bishop; 10:00pm: Barrett Martin Group
927 9th Ave, Seattle

ROYAL ROOM: The Meter Maids
5000 Rainier Ave South, 206-906-9920, 9:00pm

GRAZIE: Edward Paul Trio
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

THE CHAPEL: Novi_Sad
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, 8:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
4pm – SWOJO (Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra) girls jazz jam! ($5 cover, free for students)
7pm – Chris McCarthy Trio, with Chris McCarthy (keys), D’Vonne Lewis (drums) and Nate Parker (bass)
1707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

Seattle musicians on the move


Mark Taylor and Jay Thomas performing in Japan

Northwest jazz musicians have been making their mark on jazz scenes beyond our own.

Here are some quick updates on recent and up-coming travels by Seattle jazz musicians:

Jay Thomas made another semi-annual trip to Japan in March for a week of performances with the CUG Jazz Orchestra. Joining him on this trip was saxophonist Mark Taylor.

Pianist Bill Anschell, along with bassist Chris Symer and percussionist Jeff Busch, traveled to Peru in April.

Bassist Phil Sparks will head to Japan at the end of this month for three performances with Mose Allison.

Human Spirit, featuring Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen, are performing at The Cellar Jazz Club this weekend in Vancouver, BC. They are promoting their new CD, Dialogue, which comes out next Tuesday.

Trumpeter Chad McCullough introduced his new group, The Spin Quartet, on a recent mini-tour of the Northwest.  He also headed down to Eugene, OR, for a concert of original music at The Broadway House. Next month he heads across Canada with the group Tunnel Six and later this year heads back to Europe for performances with pianist Bram Weijters. McCullough and Weijters will also be performing at Boxley’s on May 24, a house concert on May 25, The Castle Key in Port Townsend on May 26 and Locol in West Seattle on May 27.

Bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop continue to accompany New York pianist Hal Galper on performances throughout Canada, Seattle, Portland, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Denton, TX, at the University of North Texas.

The Teaching (Josh Rawlings – piano; Evan Flory-Barnes – bass; Jeremy Jones – drums) recently returned from a mini-tour of Denver and other stops in Colorado.

Vocalist Katy Bourne is headed to Oklahoma, with pianist Randy Halberstadt, for a performance this weekend.

Trumpeter and composer Daniel Barry received a Fulbright Award to serve as a Composer-in-Residence at the Federal University in Campinas (Unicamp). He’s currently been there for 10 weeks and will return to Seattle at the end of May. Barry writes, “I’m rehearsing and conducting several orchestras in the state of Sao Paulo. We are performing the music of Ellington, Mingus and my own compositions.”

Bad Luck, which is Neil Welch on saxophone and Chris Icasiano on drums, is currently on a tour that will take them Santa Barbara, Lost Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkley, Eugene, Portland and Seattle.

Note: I’m sure there are plenty of artists we are missing.  If you can add to this list, send a quick note to email hidden; JavaScript is required and we’ll update in a few days.

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Jack DeJohnette Trio with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Isabella Du Graf Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

LUCID: Sheldon Botler
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

COPPER GATE: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Alexey Nikolaev & Chuck Kistler
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BARCA: Adam Kessler & Phil Sparks Trio
1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 325-8263, 9:00pm

VITO’S: Kaylee Cole
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

THE ROYAL ROOM: Carlos Cascante Y Su Tumbao
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

MONA’S: Farko Collective
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

SIP: Jose Gonzales Trio
084 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, 6:00pm

SCARLET TREE: How Now Brown Cow
801 NE 65th St, Seattle, 9:30pm

Photos: Ballard Jazz Walk

Photos from The Ballard Jazz Walk, Friday, April 20, 2012


Human Spirit at Conor Byrne – photo by Daniel Sheehan


Gail Pettis at Bad Albert’s – photo by Jim Levitt


The Spin Quartet at New York Fashion Academy – photo by Jim Levitt


Dave Peterson Trio at Skarbo’s – photo by Jim Levitt


Jovino Santos Neto at Paratii – photo by Jim Levitt


Todd Bishop Group at Salmon Bay Eagles – photo by Jim Levitt


Chemical Clock at Salmon Bay Eagles – photo by Jim Levitt


Jazz fans having fun at the Ballard Jazz Walk! – photo by Jim Levitt

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Sarah Slonim & All Grooves w/ Thomas Mariott
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band with Clarence Acox
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Kenny Garrett
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: John Hansen
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Jerry Zimmerman
927 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, 206-397-4053, 9:00pm

418 PUBLIC HOUSE: 418 session w/ Claudio Rochat-Felix
418 NW 65th St, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Alejandro Loeza
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Unsinkable Heavies
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

LUCID: Tony Lewis Trio
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Vocal Showcase, featuring Chip Parker, Marti MacEwan, and Joseph Walbaum – hosted by Julie Olson, with Hans Brehmer (piano), Ted Enderle (bass), and Beri Puhlovski (drums)
9pm – Vocal Jam – hosted by Julie Olson, with Hans Brehmer (piano), Ted Enderle (bass), and Beri Puhlovski (drums)
707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

Roosevelt High Jazz Band places second at Essentially Ellington


PHOTO BY FRANK STEWART

from The Seattle Times:

The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band has placed second at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition in New York.

The Seattle school, with a world-renowned jazz program, has won three times previously, but on Sunday was bested by a Florida magnet school, Dillard Center for the Arts, from Fort Lauderdale, which took first place, as it did last year. Miami’s New World School of the Arts, which won in 2005, placed third.

The announcement Sunday night came at the end of a concert by the three finalists and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall.

“The kids were a little disappointed because of how coherently they played,” said Roosevelt jazz-band director Scott Brown after the announcement. “Which is not taking anything away from Dillard. They played great.”

Brown said the Roosevelt kids “blew the roof off Avery Fisher Hall at the Sunday night concert.” Afterward, Brown said Duke Ellington’s granddaughter said to Brown, “Duke would have been proud to have had his music represented that way.”

Two other Seattle-area jazz bands competed over the weekend — Mountlake Terrace and Ballard.

Darin Faul’s Mountlake Terrace bunch are old hands, having been finalists six times, placing third in 2005 and 2011. But for Ballard this was all new, and the school’s band director, Michael James, was extremely pleased.

“It’s been a very cool experience,” said James. “I’m very proud of how my kids did. They were so thrilled.”

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Monday Jazz

MEANY THEATER: Harry James Orchestra w/ Fred Radke
University of Washington, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam with Greta Matassa
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

PARATII: Paratii session w/ Jeff Busch
5463 Leary Ave NW, 206-420-7406, 9:00pm

EL GAUCHO BELLEVUE: Primo Kim
555 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-455-2734, 6:00pm

WHITE RABBIT: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder
513 N 36th St Suite E, Seattle, 9:30pm

ROYAL ROOM: The Seattle Conduction Band
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

MONA’S: Ask the Ages
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 9:00pm

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Trumpet Reunion with Fred Radke & Mike Vax; Tom Collier (drums); Dan Dean (bass); Butch Nordal (piano)
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Keiko Matsui
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Kelly Eisenhour Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Murl Allen Sanders
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 206-772-6891

SORRENTO HOTEL: Greta Matassa
900 Madison St, 206-622-6400, 7:30pm

SCOTCH AND VINE: Scott Lindenmuth
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 6pm: Ruby Bishop; 10:00pm: The James Band
927 9th Ave, Seattle

ROYAL ROOM: A Song For You: A Tribute to Ray Charles and Leon Russell
5000 Rainier Ave South, 206-906-9920, 9:00pm

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

ST. CLOUD’S: Jose Gonzales Trio
1131 34th Ave, 206-726-1522, 8:00pm

THE CHAPEL: Nat Evans, Christopher Roberts, Jim Fox, Cristina Valdes
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, 8:00pm

Friday Jazz

IMPFestIV: George Garzone, Burn List, Bad Luck
Hughes Penthouse Theatre, University of Washington, 7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Flexicon
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 8:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Keiko Matsui
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

HIROSHI’S: Jazz and Sushi
2501 Eastlake Ave E, 726-4966

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Butch Harrison
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, (206) 772-6891

BOXLEY’S: Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

SCOTCH AND VINE: Jose Gonzales Trio
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Casey MacGill
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Paul Miranda Trio
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: The Meter Maids
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 9:30pm

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

CMA GALLERY: Middle School & High School Jam Session
4501 Interlake Ave N #9, 206-354-4985, 6:30pm

Bobby Broom Trio at The Ballard Jazz Festival next on Jazz Northwest, May 6 on 88.5 KPLU


Kobie Watkins, drums, and Bobby Broom, guitar at the 2012 Ballard Jazz Festival     (Jim Levitt photo)

What better way to celebrate April’s Jazz Month than the Tenth Annual Ballard Jazz Festival? There were four nights featuring drums and guitars, a jazz walk among a dozen venues featuring some of Seattle’s top jazz talent, and culminated in a concert which co-billed pianist Orrin Evans’ Quartet and The Bobby Broom Trio. The latter is featured in the first broadcast from this year’s festival on Jazz Northwest, Sunday May 6 at 1 pm PDT on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.

Bobby Broom grew up in Harlem, began guitar at 12 and played his first gig with Sonny Rollins at 17 at Carnegie Hall! Now based in Chicago, he’s toured and recorded with Sonny Rollins several times since then, and leads his own trio as well as being integral to the Deep Blue Organ Trio. Both groups have long-standing weekly gigs in Chicago as well as touring and recording for Seattle-based Origin Records.

For this concert, the Bobby Broom Trio played music featured in his 2009 release “Bobby Broom Plays for Monk” and his forthcoming Origin release, “Upper West Side Story.” The Bobby Broom Trio includes Dennis Carroll, bass and Kobie Watkins on drums, whose sensitivity and energy match the leader’s joyful spirit and intensity.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5, KPLU. It airs each Sunday afternoon at 1 pm Pacific and is streamed at kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast after the air date.

Thursday Jazz

ROGUE AND PEASANT: Poontet; Gravity; Byron Vannoy’s Thread
3601 Fremont Ave #207, 9:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jose “Juicy” Gonzales Trio
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Keiko Matsui
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

LUCID: Vocalize It! w/ Melissa Montalto
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

COPPER GATE: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton
6301 24th Ave NW, 206-706-3292, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Chris Symer Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BARCA: Adam Kessler & Phil Sparks Trio
1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 325-8263, 9:00pm

VITO’S: Jimmie Herrod and Company
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

THE ROYAL ROOM: Varmint
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

MONA’S: Hash#Tag Trio w/ Ari Joshua
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

Wednesday Jazz

EASTSIDE FOURSQUARE CHURCH: Wycliffe Gordon
14520 100th Ave NE, Bothell, 7:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Smith / Staelens Big Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band with Clarence Acox
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: The Tierney Sutton Band
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Chris Morton
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Jason Parker Quartet
927 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, 206-397-4053, 9:00pm

MONA’S: Joe Doria’s Fog
6421 Latona Ave NE, 206-526-1188, 10:00pm

418 PUBLIC HOUSE: 418 session w/ Claudio Rochat-Felix
418 NW 65th St, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Diane Fast-Neale & Bob Neale
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Jimmie Herrod and Company
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

LUCID: Owuor Arunga & Friends
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm