Each Sunday we introduce a listing of featured jazz performances for the upcoming week. The intent is to inspire Seattle jazz fans to experience the music at its spontaneous best, live. Here at seattlejazzscene.com, we encourage you to support the art of jazz by participating as an active listener. By supporting venues that present live jazz, you are enabling the art form to continue to blossom in our new century. We hope to see you out there!
Tim Kennedy Band with Hans Teuber, Evan Flory-Barnes & Brad Gibson- Tuesday April 3, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Tim Kennedy has been experiencing a bit of a personal renaissance in recent times. While he has always been a fine jazz pianist, many music fans around Seattle have come to know him through his pop and fusion adventures with bands such as Richie Aldente (his musical alter ego), and Happy Orchestra. 2018 has seen him settle in as the pianist for the Thomas Marriott Quintet, and establish a residency at Tula’s every first Tuesday of the month. Each month he changes things up a bit, playing trio with the likes of Jeff Johnson and Eric Eagle last month for example, and going quartet this month. In April he is joined by multi instrumentalist Hans Teuber, uber bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and drummer Brad Gibson. Teuber is a Seattle treasure, with a one of a kind approach to saxophone, flute, clarinet, and who knows what. Flory-Barnes, known for his work with the Seattle super band Industrial Revelation, is at his best in pure jazz situations with top tier musicians. His performance at Ballard Jazz Festival with saxophone icon Chico Freeman in 2017 introduced us to his ability to creatively enter any fray in the elite upper echelon of jazz, and perform inspirationally. Add the steady hand of drummer Brad Gibson, and you have a great evening of jazz in Seattle’s most intimate and iconic jazz setting, Tula’s.
Omara Portuondo- Wednesday April 4, 8pm/ Neptune Theatre
Not what you might specifically call jazz, but 87 year old Omara Portuondo gained notoriety in the jazz community as a member of the famed Cuban ensemble, Buena Vista Social Club. As both a singer and dancer, she blends Cuban son and bolero forms into a unique style that is all her own. Portuondo is the last surviving vocalist from Buena Vista, so the window is closing quickly in terms of opportunity to see the original members of this historic troupe.
Eric Verlinde Trio with special guest Thomas Marriott- Wednesday April 4, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Pianist Eric Verlinde has made his mark on the Seattle jazz scene over the years, playing with the legendary Hadley Caliman, and manning the piano chair for just about every important jazz musician in the city. While he is entrenched as the house pianist at El Gaucho, Verlinde’s residency at Tula’s every first Wednesday of the month is quickly becoming the pianist’s creative outlet, as he welcomes the best players in town to join him and his trio with bassist Dean Schmidt, and drummer Jeff Busch. This month trumpeter Thomas Marriott, perhaps the most important and visible jazz musician in Seattle, appears as Verlinde’s special guest.
Alex Dugdale Fade Quartet- Friday April 6, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Saxophonist and tap dancer extraordinaire Alex Dugdale is on somewhat of an upward ascent these days. His playing on tenor in recent times has established him as one of the top players in the city, worthy of a weekend slot at Tula’s. On top of that, he can utilize his tap skills to solo in rhythmic variations drenched in post bop modernism. New York pianist Dave Meder guests along with the 200 Trio with Cole Schuster, Greg Feingold, and Max Holmberg.
Kavita Shah & Francois Moutin Duo- Friday April 6, 7pm/ Royal Room
Earshot presents vocalist Kavita Shah and bassist Francois Moutin in a unique improvisational duo format at the Royal Room. The duo performs lyric driven and worldless pieces alike, coming to town following their new release on Dot Time Records, Interplay.
Bill Anschell Quartet- Saturday April 7, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
When Mac Waldron opened Tula’s some 25 years ago, he sang many praises of pianist Bill Anschell, who had returned to his native Seattle from years touring, and living in Atlanta. He has been a mainstay at the Belltown jazz spot ever since, playing before a sold out house virtually every month. Whether it is with his Standards Trio, or his quartet, his performances are equally satisfying, blending sublime technique with pure musicality. His current quartet features guitarist Brian Monroney, whose approach to jazz guitar adds a sonic element to the quartet . Add bassist Chris Symer, perhaps the most underappreciated jazz musician in Seattle, and drummer Brad Boal, and the results are electrifying. Reservations recommended.