An all-star sextet led by saxophonist and trumpeter Jay Thomas is featured in highlights from an Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum on Jazz Northwest on Sunday December 21 at 2 pm Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org. The group played jazz classics ranging from Miles Davis in the 50s to an original by Jay Thomas. In addition to Jay Thomas, the group includes Michael van Bebber, trumpet, Dan Marcus, trombone & flugabone (pictured), John Hansen, piano, Michael Glynn on bass and Adam Kessler on drums. This group had a long run at The Ship Canal Grill where they became known as the Cantaloupes for their arrangements of Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island and Grant Green’s Cantaloupe Woman and other pieces from the hard bop, soul and boogaloo music of the 60s.
Jay Thomas is one Seattle’s best known jazz musicians and is in demand as a guest soloist, sideman and leader of his own groups. He has toured widely, including performances in the US, Canada, The UK, Europe and Japan. He has appeared on more than 60 albums and is also active in jazz education.
The Art of Jazz concerts at the Seattle Art Museum are presented by Earshot Jazz, coordinated by John Gilbreath, Executive Director. The next concert in the series will be on January 8 at 5:30 PM and feature pianist Danny Kolke. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program airs Sunday afternoons at 2 PM Pacific and is simultaneously streamed to the web. It is also available as a podcast following the broadcast.