Genre-bending Industrial Revelation in concert on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest, February 21

The popular Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation will be featured in concert on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest on Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM Pacific. The quartet has earned a reputation for combining jazz, hip hop, electronica and other styles in music that has cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal. Their standing-room-only concert filled the Brotman Forum of the Seattle Art Museum in this month’s Art of Jazz concert presented by Earshot Jazz and SAM. The concert coincided with the opening of the new exhibition by Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Industrial Revelation was formed ten years ago, when all four were either students at Cornish, playing with or studying with noted saxophonist Hadley Caliman, or both.  Led by drummer D’Vonne Lewis, with Aham Oluo on trumpet, Josh Rawlings, piano and electric keyboards and Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, the group plays with intensity and urgency, but cools to a quiet simmer for soulful ballads. All four compose and arrange music for the quartet. In the last year, Industrial Revolution has received music awards from The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly and Earshot Jazz.

The Art of Jazz concerts are presented on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and are coordinated by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director. Next in the series is The Tiptons saxophone quartet on March 10.  Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and and airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. After broadcast, programs are archived for streaming at

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Garfield, Roosevelt and Mount Si headed to NYC

from The Seattle Times:

Three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands have been selected as finalists in this year’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in New York.

Bands from Garfield High School, Roosevelt High School and Mount Si High School, in Snoqualmie, are in the running. There are 15 finalists. Nearly 100 schools entered for consideration.

The competition and festival take place May 5-7 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which sponsors the event.

All three Seattle-area bands are old hands at Essentially Ellington. Garfield has been a finalist 14 times since 1999, when the festival opened up to bands west of the Mississippi River, and has won first place four times. Roosevelt has competed in the finals 16 times and has won first place three times. This will be Mount Si’s third round as a finalist.

“It’s a real honor,” said Mount Si band director Matt Wenman. “We feel privileged to be going with Garfield and Roosevelt.”

Between 2002 and 2010, Seattle schools dominated the event, but since then no Seattle-area band has won first place.

"Sit Down, Hang On," the powerhouse septet, closes the 2015 Port Townsend Jazz Festival in McCurdy Pavilion. All the members of the group served as faculty at the weeklong jazz workshop that lead up to the Festival.
Bob Mintzer, tenor sax;
Dayna Stevens, tenor sax;
Sean Jones, trumpet (light shirt)
Terell Stafford, trumpet;
Benny Green, piano;
John Clayton, bass;
Jeff Hamilton, drums

All Star Septet from Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest this Sunday

Seven musicians, each a leader in his own right, teamed up for the finale at the 2015 Jazz Port Townsend festival presented by Centrum in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden. Two trumpets, Terell Stafford and Sean Jones; two saxophonists, Bob Mintzer and Dayna Stephens, and a great rhythm section with Benny Green, piano, John Clayton, bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums shared their enthusiasm for playing together with the crowd. The concert was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, streaming at

The musicians were all members of the jazz faculty at the Centrum’s Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival on the last weekend of July each year. The music by Bob Mintzer, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell and Thelonious Monk stretched out to include rich solos by each member of the group.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU, and airs and streams at on Sundays at 2 pm Pacific. Thanks to John Clayton, Gregg Miller and staff at Centrum and special thanks to Rick Chinn and Neville Pearsal for their help in recording at Jazz Port Townsend. An archive of previous Jazz Northwest programs is available for streaming after broadcast at Next week (2/21), Industrial Revelation in an Art of Jazz Concert at The Seattle Art Museum.

Note: Terell Stafford will be featured with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra on February 18, 20, 21 in Edmonds, Seattle and Kirkland.

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Photos by Jim Levitt

Get your tickets for Hot Java Cool Jazz

Friday, March 25, 2016
Show at 7:00 pm

911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Use promo code MSR to buy during the presale, February 8-9

STG Presents Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz at The Paramount Theatre on March 25, 2016.

Year after year, jazz fans come together in the true spirit of the Seattle jazz tradition, to celebrate the finest local talent for one evening at the Paramount Theatre.

Join us for a swinging, music-filled evening at Starbucks 21st Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz, featuring performances by the award-winning jazz bands from Mount Si, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Garfield and Roosevelt high schools. 100% of all ticket sales from this concert go to their school music programs.

Hot Java Cool Jazz is part of Starbucks’ ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young people in the local community. Last year, more than $55,000 from ticket sales went back to the participating schools and since 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised more than $450,000 to help local students pursue their love of music.


Joe Locke performing at Tula’s this Friday, Feb 5

from Thomas Marriott:

Just a note to let you know the incredible Joe Locke will be performing at Tula’s this Friday evening, February 5th at 7:30 PM. Joe is one of the most intense and soulful musicians on the scene today and his performances are usually quite an experience. If you consider yourself a jazz fan or a supporter of the music scene in Seattle, please consider dropping in to hear the show. You won’t be disappointed! Joe has been keeping the bar very high for many years and as you know, the folks in the audience always make a difference. I hope you can join us for a wonderful evening.

Joe Locke Quartet
Joe Locke – vibraphone
Jeff Johnson – bass
John Bishop – drums
Thomas Marriott – trumpet


Art Lande Quartet Reunion at Earshot Festival next on Jazz Northwest

One of the many highlights of last Fall’s Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle was the reunion of Art Lande’s Seattle Quartet from the early 80s, when Art Lande was teaching at The Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts). An hour’s worth of outstanding original music and spontaneous improvisation from the concert will air on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, simultaneous streaming at .

The quartet of musical friends reassembled on the stage of Poncho Theatre at Cornish on Capitol Hill and played mostly compositions by pianist Art Lande and guitarist Dave Peterson. Art Lande has made his home in Boulder, Colorado for many years, bassist Dean Johnson has long been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene, and they were back in Seattle again with guitarist Dave Peterson and drummer Dave Coleman.

This was not a nostalgic retracing of steps, but fresh original music and spontaneous interaction for this reunion quartet, back together again after many years and having fun playing as a group.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is also available as a streaming podcast at after the broadcast. Next week (2/14) will feature an all-star septet from last Summer’s Jazz Port Townsend at the Saturday night finale. Sit Down, Hang On features Bob Mintzer, Dayna Stephens, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, Benny Green, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.



Photos: Louis Hayes at Boxley’s

Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band featuring Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Rick Germanson, and Michael Glynn, performing earlier this week at Boxley’s. They will be performing at Jazz Alley on Monday, September 28 … and it is only $10!






Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: John Coltrane Birthday Celebration featuring Rob Scheps
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Monty Alexander with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton 40th Anniversary Celebration!
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICIQUARIUM: Birch Periera and the Gin Joints; Joe Doria Trio
216 Union Street, Seattle, 206-838-4333

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

BOXLEY’S: Blues Walk Kick Off Party with Paul Green
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

SERAFINA: Frank Reynolds Duo
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

DUOS LOUNGE: Jeff Ferguson’s Triangular Jazztet
2940 SW Avalon Way, 206-452-2452, 7:30pm

GRAZIE: Michael Powers
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Yada Yada Blues Band
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 8:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Lache Cercel/ The m9/ The Gypsy Entertainers
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle

1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 8:00pm

317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

Spin Quartet

Tonight: Spin Quartet at Tula’s

Chad McCullough’s Spin Quartet is in town tonight performing at Tula’s. The group is finishing up a week-long tour.

Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm

2214 Second Ave

Chad McCullough – trumpet
Geof Bradfield – saxophone
Clark Sommers – bass
Dana Hall – drums

Check out the Spin Quartet’s music at Origin Records.

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: The Spin Quartet featuring Chad McCullough
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Kyle Eastwood Band
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Jimmie Herrod Sings The Carpenters/ Delvon Lamarr Trio
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 8:00pm

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde
808 Post Ave, 206-621-7777, 10:00pm

2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

THE PINK DOOR: Casey MacGill Trio
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, 8:00pm

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Stephanie Porter Quintet
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Hiromi: The Trio Project
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

BOXLEY’S: Leslie Kolke: Student Showcase
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

SERAFINA: Tim Kennedy Trio
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9:00pm

DUOS LOUNGE: Jeff Ferguson’s Triangular Jazztet
2940 SW Avalon Way, 206-452-2452, 7:30pm

GRAZIE: Hook Me Up
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

VITO’S: New Triumph
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 8:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Joe Doria Trio / Swindler
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle

2202 N 45th St, (206) 992-1120, 10:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Elspeth Savani Latin Jazz
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, 206-365-4447, 8:00pm

SHUGA JAZZ BISTRO: Peter “2Saxy” Jordan
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 8:30pm

Bad Luck & Lorraine Lau perform “R.B.G.”

“RBG” performed by
Neil Welch, tenor saxophone / live electronics
Chris Icasiano, drums
Lorraine Lau, dance
Performed live for the Earshot Jazz Series “Jazz, the Second Century.” Recorded July 23rd, 2015 at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, WA.
Video Footage by Jake Knapp, Wil Morrill and Peter Daniel
Final editing for release by Jake Knapp
Audio by Hamilton Boyce
RBG composed by Neil Welch and developed with Chris Icasiano and Lorraine Lau


Eastside Jazz Extravaganza this Saturday

The Eastside Jazz Extravaganza is taking place this Saturday in Bellevue.

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Theatre Resonance At Soma Towers
288 106th Avenue
Bellevue WA 98004

This year they are delighted to present The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s own QUINTET, featuring the Co-Leaders Michael Brockman & Clarence Acox, plus Bill Anschell on Piano, Thomas Marriott on Trumpet and Phil Sparks on Bass. Come and hear these magnificent Musicians perform in a Quintet setting in the wonderful new RESONANCE Theatre.

Seattle’s own songstress Stephanie Porter and her group will also be performing at the Extravaganza with Stephanie on vocals, Darrin Clendenin on piano, Dan O’Brien on bass and Steve Yusen on drums. A longtime figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Stephanie is an outstanding jazz vocalist with a clear sultry tone and a bright and appealing stage presence.

From Cooksie Kramer … here are a few details to be aware of:
1. Tickets will be available at the Door. But you should consider booking online to ensure your reservation because seating is limited and going fast.

2. Please arrive early we have a Super Trio performing in the foyer before the Concert at 7 pm, featuring Bob Hammer on the Keys (Bob Has played and arranged for Charles Mingus), Michael Barnett on Bass. (Michael has been Peter Nero’s Bassist for more than 18 years) and of course our own Lionel Kramer on his Yamahas.

3. Another reason for arriving early is that Parking in the building under the Theatre is also limited The first two hours are free, thereafter $2 per hour. However, the garage is monitored. To avoid a ticket, make certain to stop at the parking kiosk after you have parked your vehicle to print a receipt. Enter your stall number, select the appropriate time you anticipate being parked, print the receipt and leave it on the dash of your vehicle. As the Extravaganza will probably run more than 2 hours you will need to pay the extra charge of $2 per hour. There is also street parking beside and around the building

4. Finally another great reason for arriving early is that the Restaurant alongside the Theatre on the same level called La Bu La Authentic Sichuan Restaurant is offering 10% discount on your meal. Simply show your ticket and enjoy a great meal at 10% off!



$10 Jazz Alley Special: Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band on September 28

Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band ft. Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Rick Germanson and Michael Glynn
September 28, 2015

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98121

FALL SPECIAL – $10.00 (includes $4.00 service fee)

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes the return of Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band for one night only. Band members are Louis Hayes (drums), Vincent Herring (alto sax), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Rick Germanson (piano) and Michael Glynn (bass). Show time at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:00pm.

After developing his skills in the fertile musical ground of Detroit in the 1950’s with the likes of Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell, Doug Watkins and others, drummer Louis Hayes found himself at the tender age of 18 in New York as a member of the great Horace Silver Quintet. His first recording with Horace, the classic Six Pieces Of Silver would introduce him to the jazz world as a new force to be acknowledge Louis continued to enhance his reputation with Horace from 1956 until 1959 when he joined Cannonball Adderley where he propelled the quintet to joyous musical heights and timeless recordings through 1965. He has had numerous honors and awards, including: The Down Beat New Star Award – 1961, State Of Louisiana Special Recognition Award -1986, State Of Michigan Special Tribute 1996, The Society of the Culturally Concerned Appreciation Award – 1996, Spirit Of Detroit Award -2004, Life Time Achievement Award From Bakers Keyboard Lounge – 2004, United States House Of Representatives Special Tribute – 2004. His current endeavors primarily involve the leadership of The Cannonball Legacy Band, which pays tribute to the gifted art form of that heritage and The Jazz Communicators which is Louis’ desire to continue bringing exciting musical alternatives to audiences around the world. His latest release Live at Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club (2014) made it to #1 on the Jazz Week Charts for two weeks.

Grammy Award winning saxophonist Vincent Herring has developed into a virtuoso with a voice that is uniquely intense and vigorous with energy and direction. He is considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation. Vincent first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band. As he developed his musicianship he began to work with Nat Adderley a liaison that continued for nine years. In addition to the legends and peers he has worked with Vincent is inspired by a collage of diverse musical influences, which is reflected in his original band called Earth Jazz Agents. Vincent is also involved in Jazz education. He is currently on staff at William Patterson University in New Jersey.

Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and many others.

Rick Germanson has been a highly in-demand pianist on the New York City Jazz scene for over a decade. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rick moved to New York City on the heels of winning the grand prize at The American Pianists’ Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996. His accomplishments have garnered much adoration from the media and led to him being chosen as Best of New Talent in 2004 by All About Jazz NYC.

Born in Seattle, Michael Glynn began playing bass at the age of 11. Beginning his jazz studies with former Count Basie and Louis Armstrong bassist Buddy Catlett, Michael starting working professionally while still a student at Garfield High School. Michael graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington, where he studied under Doug Miller and Barry Lieberman. He’s performed with jazz legends including Dave Grusin, Benny Green, the Cab Calloway Orchestra and many more.

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Fred Hoadley’s Sonando
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Hiromi: The Trio Project
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Boxley’s Pro-Am Big Band
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Brazil Novo
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 9:00pm

BARCA: Phil Sparks/Adam Kessler Trio
1510 11th Ave, Seattle, 206-325-8263, 9:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Leni Stern Trio/ Ben Von Wildenhaus
5000 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, 206-906-9920

7pm – Mike Buchman and Steve Wacker
9pm – The Sky is a Suitcase
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, (206) 789-1621

SHUGGA JAZZ BISTRO: Chris James Quartet
317 Main Avenue South, Renton, 7:30pm

Saxophonist Steve Wilson leads his quintet at Tula's Jazz Club and Restaurant in Seattle.

Jazz NW from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and Port Townsend

Each Sunday, Jazz Northwest presents music by resident and visiting musicians in the Pacific Northwest. This week’s show includes Triology from Vancouver BC, Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Music Collective Ensemble, Dave Frishberg from Portland, and New York based saxophonist Steve Wilson playing in downtown Port Townsend during the jazz festival in July. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM on 88.5 KPLU and streams at

There’s more, of course, plus our roundup of some of the best bets for live jazz in the coming week. Next Saturday, Steve Griggs presents a new extended work Listen to Seattle featuring the words of Chief Seattle at the Duwamish Longhouse.

Next week on Jazz Northwest (9/27), a full-length concert with the outstanding Brazilian group Trio da Paz, with Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka Da Fonseca recorded at this summer’s Jazz Port Townsend. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. Programs are archived at


Leni Stern Thursday night at The Royal Room

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Leni Stern Trio/ Ben Von Wildenhaus

The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave South

Leni Stern is a traveler. Borders are not important, as she fits in effortlessly from place to place. The many languages of rhythm are her passports, her love of people fixes her destinations, and time marks her well-earned path. For over 25 years Stern has found motivation in the ever-changing world around her for the music that she plays, a sound that is equally transforming, malleable, fluid, and moving. Traveling. She came from Europe, put roots down in America, followed the winds to Africa, and her sights are always on the horizon.

Ben Von Wildenhaus
After 10 years spent deploying sonic barrages with saturnine heavy-riffers Federation X, tinnitus wasn’t the only voice in the back of Ben Wildenhaus’s head. “I had always listened to surf along with garage and punk and all the heavy and angular Olympia stuff,” he says. “But at the same time I was playing and listening to a lot of jazz—Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Miles, especially electric Miles, and getting weird with experimental stuff.”