Jeremy Bacon Quartet- Wed August 1, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Pianist Jeremy Bacon moved to Seattle from New York in recent times and has generated some excitement on the scene. At Tula’s, Bacon will team up with another recent New York arrival, extraordinary drummer Stefan Schatz. Rick Mandyck, one of the true tenor saxophone voices in Seattle jazz history joins along with longtime top tier bassist Paul Gabrielson.
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band- Thu Aug 2- Sun Aug 5, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Master conguero, bandleader, and Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez has released 25 albums over the past three decades on the Concord label, cementing his legacy as one of the true titans of Latin Jazz. His music is full of infectious rhythms and melodies, acquired from a lifetime of integration in the Latin and Jazz worlds. He is joined by a stellar lineup including fellow percussionists Joey De Leon, and Angel Rodriguez.
Richard Cole Quartet- Fri Aug 3, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Origin recording artist Richard Cole has somewhat flown under the radar it seems in Seattle, often not receiving the accolades enjoyed by other titans of the tenor saxophone in town over the years, such as Don Lanphere, Rick Mandyck, and Hans Teuber. Cole plays with a relentless, probing energy, pushing the boundaries of post-bop modernism to the extreme edge. Cole brings in two of the city’s finest for this date in pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen. Bassist Jon Hamar, in town for a bit from Nashville, completes this can’t miss quartet.
Sidney Hauser Quartet- Tue Aug 7, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Alto saxophonist Sidney Hauser has had quite a year. She was hired as 2nd alto saxophonist in the renowned Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, only the second female full time hire in their history. She has recently been the subject of a front page article at All About Jazz (see link below). Her ability to engage music in the entirety of the jazz tradition, from swing to the avant-garde is unusual and inspiring. Hauser makes her Tula’s debut featuring a cross-generational quartet featuring acclaimed pianist Bill Anschell. Bassist Jon Hamar, and young drummer Luca Cartner round out the band. This is a great gig to support if you want to witness the next wave of Seattle jazz!
Art of Jazz: Orchestra Zarabanda- Thu Aug 9, 5:30pm/ Olympic Sculpture Park
Earshot continues its Art of Jazz series with a summer evening outdoor concert featuring the Cuban salsa sounds of Orchestra Zarabanda. It’s hard to imagine a better setting for listening and dancing to los ritmos cubanos, surrounded by sculpture and immense natural beauty. A great opportunity to celebrate summer in Seattle!
Thomas Marriott Quintet- Sat Aug 11, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has established himself as one of the most prominent voices in jazz trumpet today, backed up by ten releases on the Origin label, as well as more than a hundred credits as a side musician. Over the course of the year, Marriott has decided to perform with a single quintet, exploring in depth his original compositions. Witnessing the evolution of this band at Tula’s, and the Ballard Jazz Festival has been an extraordinary experience. As well, the band covers three generations, with veteran saxophonist Rick Mandyck, and young drummer Xavier Lecouturier joining Marriott, along with bassist Geoff Harper and pianist Tim Kennedy. This is perhaps the one performance in August you should not miss under any circumstances.
KO Ensemble- Wed Aug 15, 5pm/ Musicquarium
Saxophonist Kate Olson brings her KO Ensemble to the Triple Door’s Musicquarium Lounge for a happy hour performance. This band is thought of as a jazz alternative ensemble, featuring the improvisational prowess of Olson on saxophones and flute.
Arete Quartet- Wed Aug 15, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
With a respectful nod towards the traditions of jazz, Arête Quartet’s main troublemaker Joe Doria (Fender Rhodes keyboard) makes detours into electronica, trip-hop and controlled maelstrom, all the while parrying and playing off long-time collaborator and melodic master Dave Carter (trumpet). Ranging from a whisper to a scream, the band is capable of amazing subtlety and improvisation. Good to see this quartet land a gig at a venue that values listening and sustains an environment supporting music to that end.
Maceo Parker CD Release and 75th Birthday Celebration!- Thu Aug 16- Sun Aug 19, 7:30 & 9:30pm
The name Maceo Parker is synonymous with jazz funk, and has been since his early days recording and touring with James Brown. He has done the same with Prince, but standing on his own, Parker embodies the legacy of funk music over the past half century.
Jay Thomas Quintet- Thu Aug 16, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Jay Thomas is a true titan in the history of jazz music in Seattle. His sound has been synonymous with the city since the early 70’s. His virtuosity on both trumpet and woodwinds is both unusual and extraordinary. Thomas is especially impressive when he employs a drummer who can hold his own and swing hard, doing so for this performance with Julian MacDonough. Underappreciated pianist John Hansen, solid bassist Michael Glynn, and trumpeter Michael Van Beeber round out the quintet.
Greta Matassa Quintet- Fri Aug 17, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Greta Matassa is the most important jazz singer in Seattle since the days of the great Ernestine Anderson. Matassa has that kind of talent as well and is unafraid to chart journeys into unknown territory along with her savant-like knowledge of hundreds of tunes. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument capable of articulating a lyric beautifully or scatting freely like a horn player over challenging material. She welcomes uber talented tenor saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev to the fold, along with her steady band of bassist Clipper Anderson, pianist Darin Clendenin, and drummer Mark Ivester.
Susan Pascal Quartet with Special Guest Pete Christlieb- Sat Aug 18, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Master vibraphonist Susan Pascal has held down this gig at Tula’s for many years, with the same quartet. And why not the same quartet? She is joined by bassist Chuck Deardorf, pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer Mark Ivester, achieving a rare chemistry acquired only through years of intimate playing.
Tenor saxophone giant Pete Christlieb joins them for this one evening. Christlieb is a time-honored veteran of the LA studio scene, and the Tonight Show band. His work with Steely Dan is legendary as well. The purity of his sound is striking, his solos a study in melodic improvisation.
Sweeter Than The Day/ Robin Holcomb Band- Sun Aug 19, 7:30pm/ Royal Room
Wayne Horvitz leads Sweeter Than The Day, his piano based ensemble created in 1999. They as well serve as the backup band for pianist/composer Robin Holcomb. Holcomb made her mark more than three decades ago on the downtown scene in New York, bringing her magic to the Northwest in recent times.
Defining the music of Holcomb can be difficult, but she brings touches of folk and chamber music to the jazz idiom within the context of her own original brand of eclectic expressionism. This will be a very special evening deserving of an attentive, and open-minded audience.
Owl ‘N Thistle Weekly Jam Session- Tuesdays, 10pm/ Owl ‘N Thistle Pub
The weekly gathering spot for the Seattle jazz scene, The evening begins at 10 with a house band, and evolves into an all out, no holds barred jam session. Many of the city’s top players stop in to hone their chops, as well as a plethora of young talent displaying their considerable abilities. Every once in a while someone extraordinary drops in. Recent years have seen the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra drop in to play. One of the few late night hangs in Seattle.
Jared Hall Quintet- Thu Aug 23, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Spokane native Jared Hall has been turning heads since he arrived in Seattle after time spent in Miami studying with trumpet master Brian Lynch. In his time here, he has released a fine album, Hallways (Holistic MusicWorks, 2017), and delivered fine live performances in his monthly residency at Tula’s. On this evening, he is joined by drummer John Bishop, bassist Paul Gabrielson, pianist John Hansen, and reedman Derek Smith. If you have not had the opportunity to hear Hall, I highly recommend this performance.
Keiko Matsui- Thu Aug 23- Sun Aug 26, 7:30 & 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley
Highly regarded pianist and humanitarian Keiko Matsui visits Jazz Alley performing compositions that impact her in all facets of her life. It is nice to actually recommend a jazz performance at the iconic jazz spot that has gravitated towards R&B and world forms in recent years. Matsui is joined by guitarist JP Mourao, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer Jimmy Branly.
D’Vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition- Fri Aug 24, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Drummer extraordinaire and composer D’Vonne Lewis is a fourth generation musician in Seattle. He carries forward the legacy of his grandfather, B-3 organ master Dave Lewis who created the “Seattle sound,” blending jazz instrumental sensibility with the rock ‘n roll movement of the 50’s. He is an integral part of the integration of music in the city long separated by racial divide.
Lewis has forged an identity all his own, both as a drummer and composer. His fusion band, Industrial Revelation, has thrilled audiences in Seattle both live and on record for over 15 years now. Limited Edition finds the ebullient drummer in a different kind of fusion movement, buoyed by master electric bassist, Farko Dosumov. Add the energetic style of mallet artist Jacques Willis, and the bold sound of saxophonist Cliff Colon, and you have a driving force of jazz eclecticism in the first degree.
Marc Seales Band- Sat Aug 25, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Seattle’s first call jazz pianist for three decades, Seales brings a different aspect of his substantial jazz resume to the stage of Tula’s for each of his monthly performances at the storied Belltown nightclub. Seales can go straight jazz, or fuse electric elements into his sound. Either way, his performances are the stuff of legend, and always deliver.
Jane Monheit- Thu Aug 30- Sun Sep 2, 7:30 & 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley
Blessed with an angelic voice, Monheit has at times struggles to find her voice in the genre despite accolades such as Grammy nominations. She is currently touring in support of her new Ella Fitzgerald tribute album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, the first release on her new record label Emerald City Records. Monheit is joined by Andy Langham (piano), Dave Robaine (bass), and Jamey Tate (drums).
Alex Dugdale Fade Quartet- Thu Aug 30, 7:30pm/ Tula’s
Multi-talented Alex Dugdale (saxophones and tap), leads his Fade Quartet for an engagement at Tula’s. Bassist Chris Symer, long one of the most underappreciated jazz musicians in Seattle, is on bass, along with pianist John Hansen and drummer Max Holmberg. Dugdale is a wonderful player on both tenor and alto, and a master tap dancer who applies that art form to non-traditional ends, soloing as an instrumentalist in hard bop and post-bop forms.
Johnaye Kendrick Flying CD Release Party- Fri Aug 31, 7:30pm/ Royal Room
Johnaye Kendrick is more than a vocalist, more than a composer. She is a complete musician who uses her marvelous voice as an instrument, and delivers an authentic, original sound. Celebrating the release of her new album, Flying, Kendrick is joined by pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Chris Symer, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis, for what should prove to be an extraordinary evening.