Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Woody Herman Centennial Celebration
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm
from Earshot Jazz: Bandleader Woody Herman turned 100 earlier this year, and Tula’s has put together an all-star band to perform some of the “Thundering Herd’s” greatest hits, December 12, 7:30pm. Clarinetist and saxophonist Woody Herman and his bands entertained audiences all over the world from the mid-1930s to the late 1980s. Known for keeping his big band current by hiring contemporary arrangers and personnel, his career in music is studded with hits, Grammy Awards and accolades from fans and critics alike. Tonight, trumpeters Jay Thomas and Thomas Marriott, saxophonist Pete Gallio, trombonist David Marriott and drummer Greg Williamson, formerly a member of the Woody Herman Orchestra, join a big band performing the music of Woody Herman. Admission is $20; reservations can be made by calling 206-443-4221 or emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required.

JAZZ ALLEY: Average White Band
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

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

BOXLEY’S: Randy Halberstadt and Jeff Johnson
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: 5:30: Casey MacGill; 9:00pm: Brazil Novo
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: The Suffering F**kheads
2202 N 45th St, Seattle, 206-992-1120, 10:00pm

LUCID: Davy Nefos Jam
Lucid Jazz Lounge, 5241 University Ave NE, Seattle,206-402-3042

BLUE MOON: Blue Moon session w/ Dave Abramson
712 NE 45th St, 206-675-9116, 4:30pm

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Mike Stern Band feat. Randy Brecker, Anthony Jackson, and Keith Carlock
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BENAROYA HALL: Pink Martini
200 University St, Seattle, 206-215-4747

SHIP CANAL: Jay Thomas Jam Session
3218 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, 206-588-8885, 7:30pm

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

BOXLEY’S: 5:00pm: Future Jazz Heads; 7:00pm: Jazz Heads
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307

VITO’S: Jerry Zimmerman
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 6:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Marge Rosen Purple Passion Swing Band
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: Eric Hullander Jazz Band
2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Flamenco Nuestro: Gustavo Lopez y Amigos / Alchymeia
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 8:00PM

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Mike Stern Band feat. Randy Brecker, Anthony Jackson, and Keith Carlock
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BENAROYA HALL: Pink Martini
200 University St, Seattle, 206-215-4747

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: The Jazz Pearls
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: Cascade Jazz Christmas Special
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

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

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE
7pm – Cornish College of the Arts jazz groups
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff Trio
2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Gotz / Lowe Duo
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004, 425.454.2776, 7:00pm

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band Featuring, Vincent Herring (saxophones) and Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm
From Earshot Jazz: For one night only, drummer Louis Hayes is in Jazz Alley with Vincent Herring (alto sax), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Rick Germanson (piano) and Dezron Douglas (bass), December 9, 7:30pm. From 1950s Detroit with Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell, Doug Watkins to NYC at age 18 with the Horace Silver Quintet, drummer Louis Hayes eventually joined Cannonball in 1959. His current leadership of the Cannonball Legacy Band pays tribute to the gifts of heritage in the art form. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Vincent Herring is a virtuosic voice, uniquely intense and vigorous with energy and direction. First with Lionel Hampton’s big band, he later worked with Nat Adderley. Herring is currently on staff at William Patterson University. Young trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has forged ahead from his early start with the Mingus Big Band. Also in the band, pianist Rick Germanson and bassist Dezron Douglas.

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

MEANY STUDIO THEATER: UW Jazz: Studio Jazz Ensemble & Modern Band
Meany Studio Theater, University of Washington, 7:30

TOWN HALL: Jose Gonzales Trio perform Charlie Brown Christmas
1119 8th Ave, Seattle, 7:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Night School’s Hal Sherman Big Band
2214 Second Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: 5:00pm: MSHS Vocal Clinic; 7:00pm: Christian Henriksen Project
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

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

EL GAUCHO: Paul Richardson
2505 1st Ave, 6:00pm

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

COASTAL KITCHEN: Josh Clifford Trio
426 15th Ave E, Seattle, 206-322-1145, 9:30pm

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

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

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

VITO’S: Joe Doria Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 8:00pm

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

BALLARD STATION: Christian Smith Standards Quartet
2236 NW Market Street, 7:00pm

CAFE SOLSTICE: IMP Showcase: Western Oracle w/ Steve Treseler, Jeff Johnson, Ted Poor
4116 University Ave, Seattle, 8:00pm

SERAFINA: Shawn Mickelson Trio
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

DUOS LOUNGE: Jeff Ferguson’s Triangular Jazztet
2940 SW Avalon Way, 206-452-2452, 7:30pm

ROYAL ROOM: Jimmie Herrod: The Music of Old White Ladies
5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 8:30pm

SORRENTO HOTEL: Nikki Dee & Blue Hawaiian
900 Madison St, 206-622-6400, 7:00pm

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

Wednesday Jazz

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

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

SHIP CANAL: Jay Thomas Jam Session
3218 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, 206-588-8885, 7:30pm

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

BOXLEY’S: 5:00pm: Future Jazz Heads; 7:00pm: Jazz Heads
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307

VITO’S: Michael Owcharuk Trio
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 6:00pm

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: Jaques Willis Presents
2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Dylan Ryan/ Sweeter Than The Day/ Robin Holcomb Plays Robin Holcomb
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 8:00PM

Leading Questions: John Bishop

Photo and interview by Steve Korn

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Someone once told me that it’d be good to get a day job sometime, so I worked a temp job once in 1981 where I made $36 for 10 hours of lifting slabs of bacon with a large hook. It ended up being a great motivator.

When I was 14 I was working through some very nice beats on my silver-sparkle Decca drums. The neighbors were not amused, but somehow I ignored the pain I was causing and persevered as I got to know my new friend.

My parents were always surrounding us with music, art, books, political talk and travel without making a big deal out of any of it. A nice result is that I’m afforded an ongoing wealth of inspiration from my sister and brothers, who each possess a bundle of imagination, curiosity, and follow-through. It’s what I aspire to.

The piece of music that I’ll always have somewhere in my brain is “So What.” My dad used to play Kind of Blue on many weekend mornings starting back when I was a toddler and that same record has been following me around ever since.

If I could do it all over again, I’d pay way more attention, practice more, brush more, act better, not waste as much time, learn a foreign language, be braver…or possibly not.

Discipline is a given to do anything competently, it’s a very unfriendly word though.

Some of my best ideas come to me at the last possible moment before I need them. And yes, I could venture that procrastination enters into it.

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Woody Herman Centennial

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Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club presents a celebration of the Woody Herman Centennial on December 12th, 2013 at 7:30 PM.  The famed bandleader turned 100 earlier this year, and the famed Belltown venue has put together an all-star band to perform some of the “Thundering Herd’s” greatest hits.

Woody Herman and his bands entertained audiences all over the world from the mid-1930’s until the late 1980’s. The clarinetist and saxophone player was known for keeping his big-band in step with the current times by continuously hiring contemporary arrangers and personnel in his bands to keep up with the trends of the day. His career in music was studded with number one hits, Grammy Awards and accolades from fans and critics alike.

The band assembled to perform the music of Woody Herman is comprised of the northwest’s top jazz professionals. Among those scheduled to appear are trumpeters Jay Thomas and Thomas Marriott, saxophonist (and newcomer to the Seattle scene) Pete Gallio, trombonist David Marriott and Greg Williamson, former drummer for the Woody Herman Orchestra.

The band will play two sets beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12th at Tula’s Jazz Club, 2214 2nd Avenue in Seattle. The cover charge is $20.00 and reservations can be made by calling 206-443-4221 or via email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.  Tula’s is now featuring an all-new dinner menu designed by chef Matt Puch, the most recent addition to the Tula’s staff.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club
206.443.4221
2214 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
www.tulas.com

Tuesday Jazz

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

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

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

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

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: McTuff Trio
2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Gotz / Lowe Duo
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004, 425.454.2776, 7:00pm

Earshot Jazz Presents a Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

SRJO_by_Daniel SheehanThe holiday concert of “Sacred Music by Duke Ellington,” will be presented at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 28nd, 2013, at Town Hall Seattle (1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle). This very special event, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, features the all-star Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalists Everett Greene and Nichol Venee Eskridge, the 30-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus, and tap-dancer Alex Dugdale.

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is directed by Ellington scholar Michael Brockman, professor of saxophone at the University of Washington, and Clarence Acox, drummer and award-winning band director at Seattle’s Garfield high school. Many of Seattle’s favorite jazz artists are to be featured, including trumpeter Thomas Marriott, pianist Bill Anschell, saxophonists Mark Taylor, Bill Ramsay and Travis Ranney, bassist Phil Sparks, and many more.  The SRJO’s double-album “Sacred Music of Duke Ellington” continues to be widely praised by the national media, including recognition as one of the “Best Recordings of 2006” by audiophileaudition.com.

For the fifth time, vocalist Everett Greene, a renowned Emmy Award winning vocalist and touring veteran with the Count Basie Orchestra, joins the cast. Returning for this year’s concert is vocalist Nichol Venee Eskridge (who is also featured on the SRJO’s Sacred Music of Duke Ellington CD), tap-dancer Alex Dugdale (a graduate of Roosevelt High School and the Eastman School of Music), and the Northwest Chamber Chorus under the direction of Mark Kloepper.

Duke Ellington is one of the great composers in American history. His engaging “Sacred Music,” both serious and swinging, premiered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in 1965 and was performed in programs around the world until his death in 1974. Embracing jazz heritage and diverse faiths, the concert celebrates Ellington’s Universalist philosophy that “Every man prays in his own language. There is no language God does not understand.” Full production includes big band, jazz vocals, choir, and tap dancer.
The Sacred Concerts are a long-standing holiday tradition presented by Earshot Jazz, Seattle’s nonprofit jazz organization.

Tickets for the concert are $28 general admission. Discounts available for Earshot members, senior citizens and students.  Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.

For more information, contact Earshot Jazz at 206-547-6763 or go online at earshot.org.

Monday Jazz

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

MEANY STUDIO THEATER: UW Jazz: Studio Jazz Ensemble & Modern Band
Meany Studio Theater, University of Washington, 7:30

THE ROYAL ROOM: The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, (206) 906-9920, 8:00pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bruce Cohn North Sound Jazz
2214 Second Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

BOXLEY’S: 5:00pm: MSHS Vocal Clinic; 7:00pm: Christian Henriksen Project
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

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

EL GAUCHO: Paul Richardson
2505 1st Ave, 6:00pm

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

COASTAL KITCHEN: Josh Clifford Trio
426 15th Ave E, Seattle, 206-322-1145, 9:30pm