The Jazz Hang: Ship Canal Grill

By Katy Bourne

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The Ship Canal Grill is Eastlake’s newest live music venue and jazz-friendly hang spot. I was making the rounds the other evening and decided to pop in and check out the scene.

The Ship Canal Grill is situated on Eastlake Ave., just southwest of the University Bridge and a beat away from the large intersection at Eastlake and Harvard Ave, where I-5 towers overhead. The spacious room is sleek and modern, with a slight industrial feel. Big windows look out on the busy street. There is an ample stage with tasteful lighting. Serving as a backdrop is a large quirky mural that includes figures from Seattle history sitting together on a girder that floats above Lake Union. There was a pile of instrument cases next to the stage.

I dropped in for the Wednesday night jam session, which is hosted by Jay Thomas and the Cantaloupes. The band featured Jay Thomas on sax and trumpet, Chuck Kistler on bass, Adam Kessler on drums and Gus Carns subbing for John Hansen on keys. The jam, which is all ages, included both student musicians and professionals from the Seattle jazz community. Thomas has a nice touch as host and the vibe is upbeat and friendly. Although the room is mostly hard surfaces with very little to absorb the sound, the acoustics were surprisingly good. The crowd was mixed: couples on dates, families and a host of folks hanging out at the bar. Most people seemed to be there for the jam. I might add that I counted at least three television sets positioned throughout the room. All of them were on but, mercifully, the sound was muted.

Mark Taylor at Ship Canal Grill The Ship Canal Grill has a full bar and a Mediterranean-leaning menu that includes an appealing assortment of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. There are a variety of options for vegetarians. The bar offers a nice selection of wines, beer (bottled and draft) cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. They serve $4 mojitos and margaritas all day. I would describe the service as aloof. My waiter brought me my drink but never came back to my table after that. In fact, I had to hunt him down to get my check. That was the only negative in an otherwise pleasant experience.

The Ship Canal Grill has live music several nights a week. Weekday Happy Hours are from 4-6pm and after 9pm. There is free parking in the adjacent garage. I was also able to easily find street parking close to the restaurant. For more information about the Ship Canal Grill, check out www.shipcanalgrill.com.

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Music Works Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Ed Reed and the Peck Allmond Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Boston to Austin, with Liz Stahler and Brianna Lane
9pm – Victor Noriega Trio Plus 2, with Victor Noriega (piano), Jay Thomas (horns), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Willie Blair (bass) and Kassa Overall (drums)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

MARTIN’S ON MADISON: Karin Kajita

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam Session

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Vocal Workshop

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Sunship, with Brian Heaney (guitar), Michael Monhart (saxophone), David Revelli (drums), Andrew Luthringer (bass) and Stuart Dempster (trombone)
9pm – Tom Baker Quartet, with Tom Baker (guitar and fretless guitar), Greg Cambell (drums), Jesse Canterbury (clarinet) and Brian Cobb (bass)

JAZZ ALLEY: Holly Cole

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Monarch Duo

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy & Friends

THAIKU: Jon Alberts / Jeff Johnson / Tad Britton

LO-FI: The Teaching

MARTIN’S OFF MADISON: Karin Kajita

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Umalali: The Garifuna Women’s Project

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Monarch Duo / Ramana Viera

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: The Teaching w/ Jeremy Jones, Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

GALLERY 1412: More Zero w/ Chris Stover, Jeff Norwood, Ben Thomas,  Matt Jorgensen, Stuart McDonald

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Beth Wulff (piano) and Jim Wulff (vocals/drums)
9pm – Vocal jazz jam session

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jam w/ Kelley Johnson

THE NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin’s Version Of Cool

The Jazz Hang: Martin’s Off Madison

THE JAZZ HANG by Katy Bourne

It had been awhile since I’d been up to Capitol Hill. However, for some time I’ve been hearing about a happening piano bistro that has live music 7 nights a week, so I decided to pay a visit. Off to the hill I went. Martin’s Off Madison is a bustling neighborhood joint that is located on 14th street just off, well, Madison Avenue. This straight-friendly bar and restaurant is lively and welcoming. It almost feels like the neighborhood living room. Patrons sit in comfortable, red easy chairs that are situated around little, round center tables with votive candles glowing away on top. More tables sit flush against the wall, and all provide a view of a playing area with a small grand piano. Burnt- orange colored drapes and tear-shaped lights hang around the piano and add an elegant touch. Behind the piano is a cheerful print of a chimpanzee swigging from a bottle of liqueur. The bar is separated from the dining and music area by a dividing wall. Busy waiters donned in black polo shirts and Utilikilts buzz around the room. When you walk in the door, you are greeted with smiles and nods from customers and staff alike.
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Saturday Jazz

It’s a great weekend for a jazz road trip!

JAZZ PT. TOWNSEND: Various artists, click here for a full schedule.

JAZZ IN THE VALLEY: Various artists, Ellensburg, WA. For more information visit the Jazz In The Valley website.

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Das Vibenbass

JAZZ ALLEY: Eartha Kitt

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jim Cutler Quartet

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
4-6pm – Buckshot Jazz jam session, during the Ballard Seafood Fest, with special guest artists Karen Shivers and Karin Kajita. Other musicians welcome to join in!
7pm – Anomalous Quintet with Jason Newsom (guitar), Michael York (tenor sax), Daniel Covrett (baritone sax), Arcellus Sykes (bass), and Ronnie LaGrone (drums).
9pm – Isabella Du Graf  withAndrew Mulherkar (sax), Aaron Otheim (piano) and Tim Kerry (bass).

HENDRIX LOUNGE: Big Neighborhood

SERAFINA: Voodoo Trio, acoustic blues

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

BAKE’S PLACE: Jackie Ryan

 

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hal Sherman & the BCC Jazz Orchestra

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

JAZZ ALLEY: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio

NECTAR: Earshot Jazz Presents: Ben Allison and Man Size Safe
412 N 36th St, Seattle, WA, 8:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: Legend Band with Clarence Acox

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
6pm – Oghale and Marti MacEwan
8pm – Vocal jazz jam session with Carrie Wicks and the Bruce Barnard Trio

BELLEVUE DOWNTOWN SERIES: Greta Matassa
Civica Office Commons, 205 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 5:00pm

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

GALLERY 1412: Jim DeJoie Group, More Zero featuring Chris Stover

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: PGM Trio

Tuesday Jazz

EASTSIDE JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Sextet
Sherman and Clay, 1000 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, Wa. 98004
7:30pm, (425) 454-0633

JAZZ ALLEY: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Nate Omdal Nonet, with Jacob Stickney (alto sax), Mike Dodge (tenor sax), Andrew Morrill (bari sax), Corey Dansereau (trumpet), Jason Parker (flugelhorn), Andy Clausen (trombone), Mike Owcharuk (piano), Jim Parsons (drums), and Nate Omdal (arranger/bass)
9pm – Free Jazz Jam Session hosted by the Trio Concept, with Chris Icasiano (drums), Luke Bergman (bass), and Neil Welch (saxophones)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam Session

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam with the Darin Clendenin Trio

THE NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

WASABI BISTRO: Brazilian Jazz

Anything else? Let us know by posting a comment!

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: John Densmore’s Tribal Jazz
Legendary Drummer of THE DOORS plays his Tribal Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Sonando

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Garfield High’s Bulldog Brass Band, with Carl Majeau (clarinet/tenor sax), Riley Mulherkar (trumpet), Willem deKoch (trombone), Jonas Meyers (piano), Colleen Gilligan (bass) and James Squires (drums)
9pm – Mack Grout Band, with Tony Falteisek on Drums

HIGH DIVE: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
513 N 36th, Seattle, 9pm

VERTIGO LOUNGE: Katy Bourne w/ Bill Anschell & Doug Miller

MONA’S: Jason Parker & Ty Bailie
6421 Latona Ave NE, 526-1188

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

Thursday Jazz

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM: Tom Varner Tentet

JAZZ ALLEY: Diane Schuur

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: The Jason Parker/Josh Rawlings Duo (5:30pm)

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: John Hansen/Bert Gulhaugen Vocal Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Cocoa Martini, with Karen Shivers, Kimberly Reason and Mercedes Nicole ($15 cover)
9:30pm – Kevin McCarthy Quartet, with Al Lindbom (guitar), Paul Gillespie (sax/flute), Larry Bergman (drums) and Kevin McCarthy (bass)

VERTIGO LOUNGE: Gayle Cloud
989 112th SE, Bellevue

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Monday Jazz

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: First Mondays with Jim Knapp Orchestra 12510 15th Ave NE, Seattle, 8pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jazz Jam with the Kelley Johnson

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin

Let us know if we missed something by posting a comment!

Sunday Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Tonight’s a good night to start appreciatin’…

JAZZ ALLEY: David Sanborn

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:
4:00 : Reggie Goings / Hadley Caliman
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

GRAZIE: Ruel Lubag Jam Session

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Salsariba, Sunday Night Salsa

LA SPIGA: Marco de Carvahlo

TUTTA BELLA STONE WAY: Casey McGill and the Blue 4 Trio

SERAFINA:
11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9pm: The Piper Olson Duo

Thursday Jazz

Gettin’ revved up for the weekend!

THE TRIPLE DOOR: Elspeth Savani with Jovino Santos Neto and Friends

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Dave Anderson w/John Hansen, Chuck Kistler, Adam Kessler

JAZZ ALLEY: David Sanborn

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Cyrille Gosselin – solo guitar and quartet w/ Bob Frazier (trumpet), Joe Casalini (bass) and Bob Merrihew (drums).
9pm – Black Math Quartet, nu-jazz jam band with Brian Heaney (guitar), Liam O’Connor (drums), Tony Sodano (bass) and Matt Reid (trumpet)

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

LO-FI: The Hang

As always, let us know if there’s something else going on by posting a comment.

Tuesday Jazz

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Jump Ensemble

JAZZ ALLEY: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jubilee

THE NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

DEXTER & HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

OWN ‘N THISTLE: Tuesday Jam Session

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: New York Voices

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Jose Gonzales Trio

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Sonando

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – “joie tet”, with James DeJoie (sax/flute/clarinet), Walter White (bass), Evan Buehler (vibraphone) and Eric Samse (drums)
9pm – Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators

MONA’S BISTRO AND LOUNGE: Jason Parker Duo
6421 Latona Ave NE, 9pm

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

Tuesday Jazz

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: ** SJS Recommended **
7pm – Bridget Kearney/Victor Noriega Trios with Jeremy Udden (alto sax), Victor Noriega (piano), Bridget Kearney (bass), and Sean Hutchinson

JAZZ ALLEY: Bettye LaVette, The Great Lady of Soul and W.C. Handy Award Winner

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Roadside Attraction

THE NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

DEXTER & HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

OWN ‘N THISTLE: Tuesday Jam Session

Sunday Jazz

Set your clock ahead or else you’ll be an hour late for Sunday’s music.

JAZZ ALLEY: Spyro Gyra

THE TRIPLE DOOR: Sunday Night Salsa: Rhythm Syndicate

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:
3:00 – 7:00pm: Jazz Police
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

TUTTA BELLA (Wallingford): Casey MacGill and Blue 4

SERAFINA: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser/Cynthia Mullis Duo (11:00am – 1:30pm); Ann reynolds/Tobi Stone Duo(6:30 – 9:00pm)

GRAZIE: Reuel Lubag Jam Session

LA SPIGA: Marco de Carvalho

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Spyro Gyra

THE TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: PGM Trio (5:30pm)

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Katie King Vocal Showcase

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Bob Jackson Band

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Mercedes Nicole, with Beth Wulff (piano), Jim Wulff on (drums), Bernie Jacobs (saxophone) and Tim Romain (bass)
9pm – Natalie Rose

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson and Tad Britton

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session