Each weekend, we put together a selection of recommended jazz performances in Seattle, We encourage you to explore! Jazz and improvised music is best experienced live. Your support enables artists and the venues that support them to continue creating great music, and enhance the culture of our city. See you out there!
Lineup! with Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor- Tuesday March 20, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
This is a gig that should be on your calendar every third Tuesday of each month. On the heels of her new album Tandem (Origin, 2018), pianist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor have a working chemistry that is unique and special. They welcome the best of the Seattle jazz scene each month to the stage of Belltown’s Tula’s Jazz Club. This evening, they will welcome multi instrumentalist Hans Teuber, young bass phenom, Ben Feldman, and drummer extraordinaire, Byron Vannoy.
Fred Hersch/ Anat Cohen Duo- Tuesday March 20- Wednesday March 21, 7:30pm/ Jazz Alley
Fred Hersch is certainly one of the most influential pianists in jazz over the past decade, performing in solo, duo and trio configurations. His innovative approach to improvisation, combined with the fluidity and tonal elegance of clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, is a unique pairing not to be missed!
KNKX presents: Piano Starts Here: In Memoriam (Two generations of the avant-garde) – The Music of Geri Allen/Muhal Richard Abrams- Wednesday March 21, 7:30 pm/ Royal Room
The music world lost two giants of the piano in 2017. Muhal Richard Adams mentored trailblazing artists such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Anthony Braxton. He is known as the grandfather of the AACM. The music of Geri Allen is wide reaching, and though pushing the boundaries of the music, steeped in the blues. Her elegant piano style was identifiably her own, her work a true inspiration to a generation of women in jazz. Featured will be Wayne Horvitz, Nelda Swiggett, Victor Noriega, and Jillian Lebeck Noriega. Hang in the lounge after for a 10pm performance of the Wayne Horvitz Trio featuring Geoff Harper.
Black Diamond with special guest Jared Hall- Thursday March 22, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Trumpeter and Spokane native Jared Hall arrived in Seattle after mentoring with ace trumpeter Brian Lynch in Miami. Hall now is in residency at Tula’s, following his fine release, Hallways (Hollistic Music Works, 2017). Hall is joined by Chicago’s Black Diamond, featuring tenor saxophonists Hunter Diamond, and Artie Black. They will be performing music from Hallways, and the new release from the tenor duo, Mandala (Shifting Paradigm, 2018).
Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Scope- Friday March 23, 8pm/ Poncho Concert Hall
Boundary pushing vocalist/composer Sarah Elizabeth Charles brings her Scope project to Poncho, presented by Earshot Jazz. This concert represents in many ways what Earshot does best- bringing to Seattle artists that push the boundaries of jazz music to its perimeter. Charles’ soulful articulation is a perfect instrument to express her contemplative lyrical approach. She speaks to the many sociological challenges we currently face with a powerful narrative, and ambient explorations. She is joined by trumpeter/co-producer Christian Scott, bassist Earl Travis II, keyboardist Jesse Elder, and drummer John Davis.
Richard Cole Quintet- Friday March 23, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Origin recording artist Richard Cole brings an all-star quintet to the bandstand at Tula’s, featuring Portland based drummer Gary Hobbs, saxophonist Pete Gallio, and two absolute icons in Seattle jazz history- pianist Marc Seales, and first call bassist, Chuck Deardorf. Cole has long been one of the true innovators of jazz in the northwest, and doesn’t get out and gig all that often. All of this firepower within the intimate confines of Tula’s should generate some serious heat!
Marc Seales Band- Saturday March 24, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Marc Seales may be the finest jazz pianist to ever grace our city in residence. Heady statement, I know, but Seales has provided us ample evidence over 30 plus years of performing in Seattle. Seales performs in different configurations each month at Tula’s, consistently providing world class performances on piano and electric keyboards. He brings the top tier of Seattle resident musicians to join him.
Erik Deutsch Band featuring Skerik, Alwyn Robinson , Greg Garrison , and special guest Victoria Reed- Sunday March 25, 10pm/ Royal Room
Need a nightcap to your weekend? New York based pianist Erik Deutsch has made his mark as a solo artist, and as a sideman with Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, and Steven Bernstein among others. He is a full fledged member of the legendary jam-grass band, Leftover Salmon. He is joined by saxophonist Skerik, bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and vocalist Victoria Reed.