Photos: Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson- The Art of Jazz, SAM

Lisa Hagen Glynn has been doing some great work out on the music scene in Seattle, photographing performances. These were taken on May 10, during a riveting duo performance by Hans Teuber and Jeff Johnson. The performance was part of the Art of Jazz series at SAM, presented by Earshot Jazz. Thanks to Lisa for the wonderful shots!

CD Review: Bill Anschell- Shifting Standards (Origin)

Seattle based pianist Bill Anschell has created a tremendous body of work over the past 30 years, as a composer, musical director, and pianist. He returned to Seattle in 2002 after 25 years abroad and formed a relationship with Origin Records, releasing more than a dozen records both as a leader and co-leader. Whether composing and performing original pieces, or interpreting standards ranging from Cole Porter to Lennon/McCartney, Anschell has consistently upheld a rare standard of excellence.

Anschell’s musical personality can perhaps be best experienced within the confines of Tula’s Jazz Club, an intimate jazz spot in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. He typically performs with two separate combos, a quartet that performs his own works, and a standards trio featuring trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson, and wonderfully talented drummer D’Vonne Lewis. The trio has been performing on and off since 2007, and have achieved an intuitive, almost telepathic musical relationship that produces moments only attained through the one-mindedness of the piano trio format. They perform in the area of 80 standards, never play from a set list, and are subject to the momentary whims of Anschell’s inventive curiosity. At long last, the trio has released a definitive collection of standards aptly titled Shifting Standards on the Origin label. To continue reading, please follow this link-

Featured Jazz Performances for June

Bill Anschell Quartet- Saturday June 2. 7:30 pm/ Tula’s

Pianist Bill Anschell has been on quite a roll the past two years. His monthly gig at Tula’s alternates between his standards trio, and his quartet. The quartet features guitarist Brian Monroney, bassist Chris Symer, and drummer Brad Boal, and performs Anschell’s sophisticated compositions. His recent release Shifting Standards (Origin, 2018) is with the standards trio, while his well received CD Rumbler (Origin, 2017), features the unique qualities offered by guitarist Monroney. Either way, Anschell is a skilled composer and artful pianist, who consistently delivers high level performances.

The Racer Sessions- Sundays, 8pm/ Cafe Racer

If you haven’t heard, the legendary Racer Sessions have come home to Cafe Racer each Sunday at 8pm. An outgrowth of Cuong Vu’s program at the UW, the sessions have long been the proving grounds of the avant-garde, improvised music scene in Seattle. Check the link below for specifics of each weekly session. Call the music what you may, the Racer Sessions are a must stop for any fan of jazz music in Seattle.

Chano Dominguez Flamenco Sketches- Monday June 4, 7& 9:30pm/ Triple Door

Chano Dominguez from Cadiz, Spain, is a historic figure in the history of both jazz and flamenco. He introduced the piano to flamenco guitar cadence, and in turn, started a movement fusing jazz and flamenco. Dominguez will perform flamenco interpretations of the music of Miles Davis, as well as his original compositions with a Spanish band featuring legendary gitano singer, Blas Cordoba. The legendary pianist doesn’t perform very often in Seattle, so these performances are highly recommended.

Tim Kennedy Band featuring James Falzone- Tuesday June 5, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

What happens when a versatile and innovative jazz pianist, shares a stage with a classical/avant-garde, improvising clarinetist? You’ll have to attend to find out, but whatever happens will surely be fascinating. Clarinetist James Falzone arrived from Chicago in the past year to direct the music program at Cornish College of the Arts, and has actively engaged the improvised music community in Seattle, including the jazz scene. Kennedy’s bandmate in the sensational Thomas Marriott Quintet, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Eric Eagle would seem to be the perfect pair to bridge the multiple musical worlds encountered in this performance.

KO Ensemble- Friday June 8, 9pm

Vito’s has been offering late night sets at the historic Italian Bistro for some time now, offering a days gone by nightclub vibe. Saxophonist Kate Olson has been a regular participant on the scene there, with her KO Ensemble. Though many know Olson for her more exploratory offerings, this ensemble, though not remotely “straight ahead,” features her high level improvisational skills more within a loosely defined harmonic structure.

Susan Pascal Quartet- Saturday June 8- 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Vibraphonist Susan Pascal returns for her monthly gig at Tula’s featuring an all-star quartet of bassist Chuck Deardorf, pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer Mark Ivester. Pascal’s performances are consistently seamless with her long time band, each member offering their own unique approach to jazz improvisation.

Kenny Washington- Monday June 11, 8pm/ Royal Room

New Orleans vocalist Kenny Washington brings his traditional jazz stylings, and four octave range to the Royal Room, joined by some of the top jazz musicians in Seattle. Saxophonist Anton Schwartz, pianist Marc Seales, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis provide support for the blues/gospel influenced Washington.

Wellstone Conspiracy- Thursday June 14, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

In a rare live performance, Wellstone Conspiracy will perform compositions from their two albums on Origin Records, Motives, and Humble Origins. this band acts as a true collective, featuring compositions from all four players. Pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop are Seattle jazz icons, and through recordings and live performances, have impacted modern jazz on an international scale. Saxophonist Brent Jensen adds his melodic approach to improvisation and composition to the proceedings.

Dee Daniels with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra- Saturday June 16, 7:30pm/ Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Renowned vocal star of the international stage Dee Daniels joins the SRJO for a swingin’ concert of her favorite music—from the jazz hits of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn to great American songbook classics by Gershwin, Porter and Kern. Daniels has a long and renowned history in Seattle. This concert is a welcome home for Dee, and could well be the highlight of the SRJO season.

Marina Albero Quartet- Tuesday June 19, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Barcelona born pianist Marina Albero has been thrilling audiences in Seattle since her arrival in 2014. A brilliant pianist and composer, Albero also is a renowned innovator on the psalterium (hammered dulcimer), and a fine vibraphonist. Her music is a fusion of all of the music in her life- jazz, flamenco, traditional Catalan, classical, and the music of her father, the great Marian Albero. For this performance she leads a quartet featuring bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, drummer Jeremy Jones, and her daughter, singer Serena Dominguez.

Aaron Parks’ Little Big- Wednesday June 20, 7& 9:30pm/ Royal Room

Earshot Jazz brings Seattle native Aaron Parks back to Seattle, featuring his new band, Little Big. The band will debut new music on the west coast tour, in support of their their new recording on Ropeadope Records. Aaron Parks (piano), Greg Tuohey (guitar), Vicente Archer (bass), Tommy Crane (drums).

Spanish Harlem Orchestra- Thursday June 21- Sunday June 24, 7:30 & 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley

Direct from New York, SHO was founded, and is led by pianist Oscar Hernandez. While they often play for dance crowds in ballrooms across the country, the band thrives in a listening room like Jazz Alley as well. Adding to local intrigue, two Seattleites will be featured. Carlos Cascante will be the featured vocalist, and Thomas Marriott will play trumpet.

D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition- Friday June 22, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Fourth generation Seattle musician D’Vonne Lewis may be the busiest musician in Seattle. Known for his uber band, Industrial Revelation, Lewis’ solo band, Limited Edition may offer a better glimpse into the all around talents of the drummer/composer. Lewis’ band includes fabulous electric bassist Farko Dosumov, vibraphonist Jacques Willis, pianist Eric Verlinde, and Breckeresque saxophonist Cliff Colon.

David Marriott Jr.’s Triskaidekaband- Tuesday June 26, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Triskaidekaband, for some odd reason, seems to be a “flying under the radar” monthly gig at Tula’s. This is a bit baffling, as the 13 piece band may be the most talented and hip large jazz ensemble in the city. Each month, Marriott challenges some of the best players in town with new compositions and arrangements. Band members include Marriott’s brother, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, saxophonists Richard Cole and Travis Raney, bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Every jazz aficionado in the city should include this performance in their itinerary at least once.

Duende Libre CD Release Party- Friday June 29, 8pm/ Rainier Arts Center

Duende Libre is pianist Alex Chadsey, bassist Farko Dosumov, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch. They are performing to support the release of their second album, Drift. A riveting trio that blends jazz with Cuban rhythms, the band incorporates vocalists Chava Mirel, and Frank Anderson for this performance. Bassist Dosumov is without peer on the electric bass, and is reason alone to check out this performance. Good opportunity to check out the Rainier Arts Center as well!

Marc Seales Band- Saturday June 30, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Seales is Seattle jazz royalty for sure, but aside from his performances, recordings, and UW professorship here, he has been a first call sideman for jazz luminaries such as Ernie Watts for three decades. Seales mixes things up in terms of band personnel month to month at Tula’s, always bringing expert musicianship, and inspired performance to the stage. This is one gig you can count on to be first rate, one way or another.

Featured Jazz Performances for May


The Ballard Jazz Festival has an impact on the Seattle jazz scene throughout the year. It creates jazz fans. It introduces many of the top jazz musicians in the city to its patrons, and in turn helps creates a fan base in clubs and concert halls throughout the city. Attending the festival May 16-19 can well shine a light on jazz events happening in our city this very month. Here are some featured performances for the month of May.

Tim Kennedy Band- Tuesday May 1, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Pianist Tim Kennedy plays Tula’s every first Tuesday, and has a different approach each time. This month, he welcomes saxophonists Kevin Norteness, and Marc Fendel to the fold, as well as bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Eric Eagle. Kennedy has been playing at a very high level as of late, as is witnessed by his performances with the Thomas Marriott Quintet.


Friday Jazz Happy Hour at Latona- Fridays, 5pm/ Latona Pub

Veteran bassist Phil Sparks has played with just about everyone on the Seattle scene for the past 30 years, so he draws from a deep pool of musicians each Friday to join him in trio at this long time Happy Hour hang in the Green Lake neighborhood. It is not a great listening room, as there is a lot of conversation, so come prepared for that. It’s a great hang to unwind, have a meal, a few beers, and celebrate the end of the week. It serves well as a pre gig hang also, departing to other venues around the city. Every jazz fan in Seattle should experience the this at least once!

Alex Dugdale Fade Quintet- Friday May 4, 7:30 pm/ Tula’s

Saxophonist Alex Dugdale has evolved into a major force on both tenor and alto saxophone. Many in Seattle know him from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra as both an alto saxophonist and tap dancer, but his true musical evolution can more fully be experienced with his gigs at Tula’s, backed by his Fade Quintet. He engages a a soulful approach on both instruments, and incorporates tap into rhythmic patterns not often approached. Guitarist Cole Schuster, bassist Greg Feingold, drummer Max Holmberg, and pianist John Hansen provide powerful support for the mercurial saxophonist.

Joey DeFrancesco Trio- Tuesday May 8, 7:30pm/ Jazz Alley

Organ master Joe DeFrancesco has been touring and making soulful albums for decades now, and frequents the emerald city often. This time around, saxophonist Troy Roberts is in the fold, along with drummer Michael Ode. DeFrancesco will be performing music from his latest release Project Freedom.


Art of Jazz: Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson, Thursday May 10, 5:30pm/ SAM

The latest incarnation of Earshot’s monthly series at the Seattle Art Museum, includes two distinct voices, those of multi-reedist Hans Teuber, and bassist Jeff Johnson. Celebrating their recent release on Origin Records, Deuce, the two long- time musical collaborators and friends will take listeners to various points in the listening universe seldom traveled. Both musicians have what few artists achieve- a voice that is distinctive, and constantly moving forward in an uncompromising way. The music, and the exhibits at SAM provides a mid week escape into the abyss of creative imagery.


Jared Hall Quintet featuring Vincent Herring- Thursday May 10, 7:30pm/Tula’s

A can’t miss opportunity to see the great alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, in the intimate confines of Tula’s. Herring, who has appeared on stage and in recordings with luminaries such as Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, and Larry Coryell, will appear as a member of the Jared Hall Quintet.

Trumpeter Hall, on the heels of his well received CD, Hallways, has assembled an excellent supporting cast with drummer Matt Jorgensen, bassist Michael Glynn, and pianist John Hansen. Hall’s playing has been a welcome addition to the scene in the past year, since his arrival from Miami, where he studied with Brian Lynch. A Spokane native, his full bodied tone, and lyrical approach has been earning him a rapidly rising following in Seattle. With the amazing Mr. Herring in tow, that interest should continue.


Susan Pascal Quartet- Saturday May 12, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Vibraphonist Susan Pascal has been playing at Tula’s since its inception it seems, always attracting a full house, and an attentive, active listening audience. Her playing is free flowing and melody based, and works well with pianist Bill Anschell, a constant in the Pascal quartet. This month she is joined by trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop, which could create a bit of a seismic shift in Pascal’s monthly musical odyssey at the Belltown jazz spot.


Linuep! with Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor- Tuesday May 15, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Dawn Clement has been receiving nationwide attention as of late. In the fall, she was resident artist of the Earshot Jazz Festival, and a few months after, released a brilliant collection of duos with her closest musical collaborators, Tandem, on the Origin label. She was featured in Downbeat as well.

Clement’s musical association with saxophonist Mark Taylor was represented well on Tandem, as it is on this monthly residency gig at Tula’s The evening attracts the best the Seattle scene has to offer, this month featuring bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. Both Clement and Taylor are two of Seattle’s finest both now and historically as well. This gig is always worth the effort.



The Westerlies- Wednesday May 23, 7:30pm/ Royal Room

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington. Trumpeters Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trombonists Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch perform with the precision of a string quartet, with an adventurous spirit attached. The band has shared the stage with such diverse acts as Radiolab, Bill Frisell, Vieux Farka Toure, and Juilliard Dance.


Sixth Annual Miles Davis Birthday Celebration with Thomas Marriott- Friday May 25, Saturday May 26, 7:30 & 9:00pm/ Tula’s

Thomas Marriott is back with his Miles Davis birthday celebration, each year approaching the music from a different perspective. This year the material is still a mystery, but the makeup of the band is a clue that the evening will be seen through a much different lens than ever before. Trumpeter Marriott, one of the most important of jazz voices emanating from Seattle in recent history, will incorporate voice into the music this year. Vocal artist Johnaye Kendrick will in essence, be replacing the saxophone in the standard quintet format, supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Jeff Johnson, and New York based drummer, Chris Beck.