David Marriott Jr.’s Triskaidekaband- Tuesday April 24, 7:30pm/Tula’s
Fresh off a performance with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, trombonist/composer/arranger David Marriott, Jr. leads his thirteen piece band for their monthly residency at Tula’s. With heavy hitters such as Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgensen, Rich Cole, and Geoff Harper in the fold, Triskaidekaband is Seattle’s best large jazz ensemble.
Tuesday Nights at the Owl ‘n Thistle- Tuesday April 24, 7:30pm/Owl ‘n Thistle
Every Tuesday night, this late night jam session is where Seattle jazz musicians find community, and hone their chops. The event has occasionally attracted well known out-of-towners such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. There is a set band from 10-11pm, with a jam session following. A must for all dyed in the wool jazzers in Seattle.
Eliane Elias Album Release Party- Thursday April 26- Sunday April 29, 7:30& 9:30pm/Jazz Alley
Celebrating her new release Music From Man of La Mancha, Brazilian born pianist Eliane Elias breezes into Jazz Alley with a top tier pedigree that spans 35 years. Just as comfortable with Brazilian rhythms, or in this case, Spanish cadences, as she is with standard piano trio jazz, or fusion, Elias fills her musical canvas with broad strokes. To that point, ex-Evans bassist Marc Johnson is in the trio, along with drummer Tiago Michelin.
International Jazz Day Concert- Julian Priester, Overton Berry, Eugenie Jones, Bruce Phares, & D’Vonne Lewis
Trombonist Julian Priester is THE dues paid musician in Seattle. With a stunning discography that includes recordings with Sun Ra, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, John Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock to mention but a few, Priester has performed on some of the most important records in jazz history.
Overton. Berry bears the same trademark, but in more of a local sense. He has been performing with bassist Bruce Phares for some forty years, and at 81 years old, is still playing well, and maintains his remarkable ability to entertain. This is a concert celebrating International Jazz Day, so including two gems like Priester and Berry is an amazing tribute to jazz music.
Singer Eugene Jones performs as well.
Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao- Thursday April 26, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Carlos Cascante, Grammy winning vocalist with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is bringing his sizzling Latin jazz band, Tumbao to Tula’s. The band, which features trumpeter Thomas Marriott, and pianist Julio Jauregui, typically performs at dance venues, such as the Century Ballroom. For this performance, the band plays for a listening audience in the most intimate jazz room in town, storied Tula’s Jazz Club in Belltown. There, Latin Jazz aficionados can appreciate the band for the music itself, the instrumental virtuosity of its members, and the spot on vocal prowess of Cascante himself.
Marc Seales Band- Saturday April, 28, 7:30pm/Tula’s
Pianist Marc Seales is a genuine Seattle jazz icon. If you have been on the scene for a period of time, you have seen him playing with visiting jazz dignitaries, and as a leader fronting bands featuring the best players the region has to offer. His recordings as a leader and co leader with the trio New Stories count among the finest jazz recordings ever to come out of Seattle.
Seales’ monthly gig at Tula’s is always a red letter date on the monthly jazz calendar. There are constants in place here, in terms of the musicianship of the players in his band, and in the standard of musical excellence from the Seales himself, both on piano and keyboards. His broad interpretations of modern classics, original compositions, and jazz standards arise from a deep attachment to the ever changing jazz tradition, and a commitment to soulful interpretation. Simply put, this is a can’t miss evening of music, in Seattle’s most intimate listening room.