Hot Java, Cool Jazz- Friday March 30, 7pm/ Paramount Theatre
Seattle Theatre Group and Starbucks stages this one night performance at the fabulous Paramount Theatre. A true celebration of the first rate area high school jazz programs, 100% of the proceeds from this event goes to performing high school jazz ensembles. Featuring performances from the award winning programs at Ballard, Roosevelt, Garfield, Mt. Si, and Mountlake Terrace High Schools, this will be one swingin’ evening for a great cause. You can’t beat the price at $22, or the grandeur of the classic Paramount Theatre.
David Marriott Jr.’s Triskaidekaband- Tuesday March 27, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Trombonist/composer/arranger David Marriott Jr. leads this monthly residency at Tula’s, challenging some of the best musicians in town with his skillful arrangements. The 13 piece ensemble has been appearing at the Belltown jazz spot for 5 years now, and is inhabited by such resident luminaries as trumpeter Thomas Marriott, saxophonists Richard Cole and Travis Ranney, and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Remarkably, the hard working trombonist has kept the gig alive with fresh compositions and arrangements. Hippest big band in the city!
Brittany Anjou Trio with Evan Flory-Barnes & D’Vonne Lewis- Tuesday March 27, 7pm/ Royal Room
Brittany Anjou explores original compositions inspired by Bartok, Stravinsky, Red Garland and McCoy Tyner, joined by the dynamic duo of bassist Evan Flory-Barnes and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. A graduate of Seattle’s storied Roosevelt HS jazz program, Anjou is currently based in New York, leading several bands, and working as a sideman. With her trio, she combines the tradition of the acoustic jazz trio with modern electronic techniques, reminiscent to the early 1960s work of exotica composer Martin Denn.
Taylor Zickafoose- Wednesday March 28, 7:30pm/ Royal Room
Up and coming jazz vocalist Taylor Zickefoose is the only singer to date to have won both divisions of the Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Competition. She has as well been a multiple recipient of the Downbeat Student Music Award. For this gig, she has surrounded herself with top notch resident talent. Cole Schuster is featured on guitar, along with bassist Ryan Donnelly and drummer Max Homberg.
Singer -songwriter Megan Moreau opens.
Spike Wilner Quartet with Joe Magnarelli- Thursday March 29, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
New York based pianist and club proprietor Spike Wilner breezes through Tula’s with a NYC based quartet, featuring mercurial trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. New York heavyweights Paul Gill, and Anthony Pinciotti join on bass and drums respectively.
This is a great opportunity to take in the sounds of Greenwich Village within the intimate confines of Tula’s, the Seattle club that most closely resembles a venue in that New York neighborhood. Reservations recommended.
Latona Jazz Happy Hour with Phil Sparks- Fridays 5-7pm/ Latona Pub
This long time weekly session is hosted by iconic bassist Phil Sparks. A very pleasant way to start your jazz weekend, this charming pub in the Green Lake neighborhood is a great spot to have a brew, and witness the veteran Sparks joined by a variety of players.
This is not a traditional jazz setting. There is a lot of talking and noise in general, so intent active listening is a challenge. The vibe is pure, the mood festive, providing the jazz fan with a proper launching pad for what is to come later in the evening and weekend.
Kareem Kandi Band- Saturday March 31, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Tacoma based sax man Kareem Kandi may be the hardest working musician on the scene in the Pacific Northwest. Between gigs, teaching, and raising his young family, Kandi is like a whirlwind of energy. His gigs are always highly satisfying, featuring crisp renditions of standards, along with original compositions.
Kandi fronts a quartet on this evening featuring on the rise guitarist Cole Schuster, bassist Greg Feingold, and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Jorgensen alone is grounds to attend this gig, having established himself internationally as a fine drummer, composer, and recording artist with Origin Records.
Ancient to Future- Saturday March 31, 8pm/ Royal Room
These performances are day 3 of a 3 day festival that begins March 29 at the Royal Room, continues at the Chapel Performance Space March 30, and ends with this date, returning to the Royal Room.
Ancient to Future was conceived in 2017 to celebrate the jazz and improvised music of the 1960’s, and the associated innovations that continue to this day. Day 3 presents a broad view of this period with four distinctly different performances.
Drummer/percussionist Greg Campbell is joined by drummer Alex Cline in a two drummer lineup featuring the music of Henry Threadgill.
Cline joins pianist Wayne Horvitz, Peter Kuhn, and Dave Sewelson in a salute to the music of the 80’s with these four long time collaborators.
Kate Olson appears solo celebrating the music of soprano sax pioneer, Steve Lacy. Lacy explored early jazz, bebop, post bop, and modern innovations in his brilliant career, leaving Olson a rich body of material from which to draw.
Beth Fleenor’s avant jazz, rock and noise band is the final act for Ancient to Future, certainly with an emphasis on the future. Fleenor’s sound is loud, primal, and energetic, displaying virtuosic instrumental prowess, and a unique vocal approach. Traditional boundaries of harmony beware! Lighting by Dave Verkade.