Volunteer for the 2018 Ballard Jazz Festival

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns to downtown Ballard May 16-19, and will feature headliner Clarence Penn & Penn Station. This year brings some added excitement as the Mainstage concert will be held in the brand new Nordic Museum on Market St. The new facility features a brand new auditorium that will double the capacity for the event. In addition, the Mainstage event takes place on Friday evening, the ever popular Jazz Walk on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Volunteerism is the glue that binds this community event together, now entering its 16th year. Participants are needed for the Mainstage Concert and the Jazz Walk. Volunteers experience the music, the people, the true sense of community that is the Seattle jazz scene. We welcome new jazz fans into the community as well, many of them young people new to the music and the experience. If you would like to volunteer, follow the link below. Previews, and feature articles about the festival will appear here in the weeks to follow.


Featured Performances March 19-25

Each weekend, we put together a selection of recommended jazz performances in Seattle, We encourage you to explore! Jazz and improvised music is best experienced live. Your support enables artists and the venues that support them to continue creating great music, and enhance the culture of our city. See you out there!

Lineup! with Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor- Tuesday March 20, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

This is a gig that should be on your calendar every third Tuesday of each month. On the heels of her new album Tandem (Origin, 2018), pianist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor have a working chemistry that is unique and special. They welcome the best of the Seattle jazz scene each month to the stage of Belltown’s Tula’s Jazz Club. This evening, they will welcome multi instrumentalist Hans Teuber, young bass phenom, Ben Feldman, and drummer extraordinaire, Byron Vannoy.


Fred Hersch/ Anat Cohen Duo- Tuesday March 20- Wednesday March 21, 7:30pm/ Jazz Alley

Fred Hersch is certainly one of the most influential pianists in jazz over the past decade, performing in solo, duo and trio configurations. His innovative approach to improvisation, combined with the fluidity and tonal elegance of clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, is a unique pairing not to be missed!


KNKX presents: Piano Starts Here: In Memoriam (Two generations of the avant-garde) – The Music of Geri Allen/Muhal Richard Abrams- Wednesday March 21, 7:30 pm/ Royal Room

The music world lost two giants of the piano in 2017. Muhal Richard Adams mentored trailblazing artists such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Anthony Braxton. He is known as the grandfather of the AACM. The music of Geri Allen is wide reaching, and though pushing the boundaries of the music, steeped in the blues. Her elegant piano style was identifiably her own, her work a true inspiration to a generation of women in jazz. Featured will be Wayne Horvitz, Nelda Swiggett, Victor Noriega, and Jillian Lebeck Noriega. Hang in the lounge after for a 10pm performance of the Wayne Horvitz Trio featuring Geoff Harper.


Black Diamond with special guest Jared Hall- Thursday March 22, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Trumpeter and Spokane native Jared Hall arrived in Seattle after mentoring with ace trumpeter Brian Lynch in Miami. Hall now is in residency at Tula’s, following his fine release, Hallways (Hollistic Music Works, 2017). Hall is joined by Chicago’s Black Diamond, featuring tenor saxophonists Hunter Diamond, and Artie Black. They will be performing music from Hallways, and the new release from the tenor duo, Mandala (Shifting Paradigm, 2018).



Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Scope- Friday March 23, 8pm/ Poncho Concert Hall

Boundary pushing vocalist/composer Sarah Elizabeth Charles brings her Scope project to Poncho, presented by Earshot Jazz. This concert represents in many ways what Earshot does best- bringing to Seattle artists that push the boundaries of jazz music to its perimeter. Charles’ soulful articulation is a perfect instrument to express her contemplative lyrical approach. She speaks to the many sociological challenges we currently face with a powerful narrative, and ambient explorations. She is joined by trumpeter/co-producer Christian Scott, bassist Earl Travis II, keyboardist Jesse Elder, and drummer John Davis.


Richard Cole Quintet- Friday March 23, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Origin recording artist Richard Cole brings an all-star quintet to the bandstand at Tula’s, featuring Portland based drummer Gary Hobbs, saxophonist Pete Gallio, and two absolute icons in Seattle jazz history- pianist Marc Seales, and first call bassist, Chuck Deardorf. Cole has long been one of the true innovators of jazz in the northwest, and doesn’t get out and gig all that often. All of this firepower within the intimate confines of Tula’s should generate some serious heat!



Marc Seales Band- Saturday March 24, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Marc Seales may be the finest jazz pianist to ever grace our city in residence. Heady statement, I know, but Seales has provided us ample evidence over 30 plus years of performing in Seattle. Seales performs in different configurations each month at Tula’s, consistently providing world class performances on piano and electric keyboards. He brings the top tier of Seattle resident musicians to join him.


Erik Deutsch Band featuring Skerik, Alwyn Robinson , Greg Garrison , and special guest Victoria Reed- Sunday March 25, 10pm/ Royal Room

Need a nightcap to your weekend? New York based pianist Erik Deutsch has made his mark as a solo artist, and as a sideman with Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, and Steven Bernstein among others. He is a full fledged member of the legendary jam-grass band, Leftover Salmon. He is joined by saxophonist Skerik, bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and vocalist Victoria Reed.








Preview: Spike Wilner Quartet at Tula’s

Spike Wilner has impacted the Greenwich Village jazz scene in New York city, both as a pianist and as the proprietor of two village jazz venues. Few jazz spots offer what Small’s, and Mezzrow jazz clubs do. The jazz fan experiences an intimacy at both venues that accentuates the jazz experience exponentially. There is direct participation between musicians and audience, a give and take that creates a warm and comfortable vibe.

There is a sense of jazz tradition and history, something one can hear in Wilner’s unique piano style as well. He can be just as comfortable playing stride piano as he is fronting a quartet that is steeped in post bop modernism.

This performance is a rare opportunity to experience a piece of the village scene in NewYork, as Wilner will have his NY quartet in tow, featuring mercurial hard bop trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. While he is well known for his work as a sideman with Jack McDuff, Lionel Hampton, Gary Smulyan, and Harry Connick, Jr. to mention a few, Magnarelli has released seven albums as a leader on the Criss-Cross and Posi-Tone labels.

Bassist Paul Gill, and drummer Anthony Pinciotti, two heavyweights on the New York scene, round out this world class quartet.

Tula’s, essentially the only true jazz club in Seattle, provides the intimacy that emulates many of the historic jazz venues in New York. For this performance, the room is a perfect match. In a day when many jazz clubs stray from the genre generously, Tula’s remains true to jazz in all its forms. The calendar reveals a stunning array of the top resident players in Seattle, as well as visiting players often surrounded by Seattle’s best.





Roxy Coss Interview

Seattle born and bred, New York based saxophonist Roxy Coss has seen her star ascend in recent years. From 2012-2014 she gained international visibility touring with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. She has been on a torrid recording pace as well, with the objective of releasing an album a year. Her past two releases Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016), and Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017) have established her place in the upper echelon of saxophonists in jazz today.

Coss has also played a major role in the fight for gender equality in jazz, forming the organization Women In jazz Organization (WIJO). You can check out their website here: http://wearewijo.org/

On March 30, Coss will release a new album on the Posi-Tone label that expresses both her ardent musicality, and activism. Entitled The Future Is Female, the album stands as an important statement in support of modern feminism, and most specifically, to gender equality in jazz. In November 2017, just after she recorded the record, I had the opportunity to interview her while she was in town for the Earshot Jazz Festival. The result was compelling.

All About Jazz: You have recently released a new CD, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), just a year after the release of Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016). Albums are like a snapshot of a timeframe, how has that musical image changed in a year?

Roxy Coss: More back story is it was recorded more than a year apart, even though they were released a year apart, so there was actually more time between recordings, almost two years. When I worked with Jeremy Pelt, he taught me a lot about the industry. His release schedule is every year, and I saw that really work for him, so that’s my goal right now, to continue now that I have the momentum going. From my experience, I’ve seen how important it is to keep getting contact out there, regardless of what it is. The more stuff you put out there, the more chances of someone hearing you.

read the entire interview here at All About Jazz: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/roxy-coss-standing-out-roxy-coss-by-paul-rauch.php


Featured Performances March 12-18


Darius Jones in Solo Performance- Tuesday March 13 8pm/ Chapel Performance Space

Since his arrival in New York in 2005, alto saxophonist Darius Jones has established himself as an expressive voice residing on the edge of multiple aspects of the jazz tradition. Though Jones doesn’t see himself as a “free” jazz musician along the lines of Albert Ayler, or as a traditionalist such as Johnny Hodges, he cites both as sources of inspiration. In solo performance, Jones leaves us a musical trail blazed by perceived diametric opposites that in reality, represent reflective images of the same.https://www.earshot.org/project/darius-jones-march2018/

KO Ensemble- Tuesday March 13, 5pm/ Musicquarium

Saxophonist Kate Olson performs in duo with bassist Tim Carey, performing original compositions by Olson, Tim Kennedy, Birch Pereira, and more. http://www.kateplayssax.com/ko-ensemble/

200 Trio- Thursday March 15, 9pm/ Musicquarium

Guitarist Cole Schuster, bassist Greg Feingold, and drummer Max Holmberg have a rare chemistry that began at the Berkeley School of Music in Boston. Since that time, all three have developed into top tier players on the Seattle scene. https://www.200trio.com/

Greta Matassa Sextet with special guests- Friday March 16, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Over the past 25 years, Matassa has established herself as the most important jazz vocalist to come out of Seattle since the great Ernestine Anderson. She still commands the most dynamic instrument in town, and as of late, is presenting new music, including vocal interpretations of the music of Pat Metheny. Along with her long time quartet of pianist  Darin Clendenin, uber bassist Clipper Anderson, and drummer Mark Ivester, Matassa welcomes vibraphonist Susan Pascal and saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev to the fold. http://tulas.com/index.html


Susan Pascal Quartet- Saturday March 17, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Master vibraphonist Susan Pascal has established a rapport with her long time quartet that resembles an intimate conversation among friends. Bassist Chuck Deardorf and pianist Bill Anschell are Seattle jazz icons, and drummer Mark Ivester is a versatile and finely tuned addition to the band. http://tulas.com/index.html

Electric Circus- Saturday March 17, 7pm/ Royal Room

Electric Circus remixes classic R&B, soul and rock for the with sampled grooves, improvised exploration, light projections and interpretations of 20th century psychedelia. This large ensemble features Wayne Horvitz, Ray Larsen, Beth Fleenor, Greg Sinibaldi, Geoff Harper, and many more  http://theroyalroomseattle.com/




Dawn Clement Interview

Dawn Clement is like a primal force of nature. From being the mother of three young children, to her professorship at Cornish College of the Arts, to her performing career as a touring and recording artist, she maintains a musical standard of excellence achieved by very few. Her piano style is strong and versatile, whether she is playing at the most intense tempo, or in more tender and vulnerable moments colored in alluring sincerity.

On February 20th, she officially released her new CD Tandem on Origin Records. The album is a series of duo performances with some of her closest musical collaborators over the past 20 years. The project was celebrated in earnest that evening at Tula’s, with Clement performing in duo, trio, quartet, and full quintet with Dr. Julian Priester, Johnaye Kendrick, Mark Taylor, Michael Glynn and Byron Vannoy. The audience was populated heavily with many of the top jazz musicians in town, a gesture of great respect for the artist Clement has become, and has been throughout this new century. The performance was inspired, memorable, the vibe in the room during the performance and after hang, warm and welcoming.

Dawn Clement is a voice in jazz that needs to be heard.  Read the full interview at All About Jazz here:




Featured Jazz Performances- March 5-11

Jazz is best experienced live! At SJS, we encourage you to support the art form, and the artists themselves by getting out to the many venues that present the music live. Each weekend, we list some featured performances for the week going forward. On the front page, we provide links to jazz venues in the Seattle area. We encourage you to explore!

Tue March 6, Wed March 7- Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio/ Jazz Alley

Upcoming 23 year old swing and bebop vocalist Veronica Swift is accompanied by hard bop piano master, Benny Green



Thu March 8- Sun March 11- Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project/ Jazz Alley


The absolute standard for jazz fusion drumming



Tue March 6 Tim Kennedy Trio with Jeff Johnson & Eric Eagle/ Tula’s


Pianist Tim Kennedy continues his monthly residency at Tula’s welcoming trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer Eric Eagle. Tim has been playing extremely well, and in this case choosing his company well, with Jeff Johnson, an absolute master of the piano trio on bass. This is a can’t miss gig.



Thu March 8 Delvon Lamarr’s disORGANized/ Tula’s


Delvon dives into jazz standards with Cole Schuster on guitar, and Tacoma based drummer Alek Geyton in tow. This is a monthly residency gig that needs your support. The trio has found a groove that is very special, and very different from Lamarr’s DLO3 band.



Thu March 8 Art of Jazz: Stuart MacDonald: Trace Generations/ Seattle Art Museum


The Saxophonist/educator Stuart MacDonald hosts an inter-generational evening, pairing jazz veterans with up-and-coming talent.



Sat March 10 Thomas Marriott Quintet/ Tula’s


Trumpeter Thomas Marriott may be the most important jazz musician in Seattle right now. After 11 albums as a leader, and hundreds of live performances, Marriott has settled on a quintet to play the length of 2018. Watching this band evolve, and create their own sound has been a fascinating work in progress. The band consists of three generations of notable players, including iconic tenor saxophonist Rick Mandyck. Tim Kennedy, who has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance himself, fills the piano chair. The vastly underappreciated Geoff Harper is on bass, with up and coming drummer Xavier LeCouturier on drums.



Tue Mar 6, Wed March 7  Dee Dee Bridgewater/ Triple Door


To see a historic vocalist like Bridgewater in the intimate confines of the Triple Door is a pleasure. A three time grammy winner, as well as a Tony recipient, she brings a rare blend of jazz elegance, and blues drenched tonality.



Sun Mar 11,  Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints/ Sundae & Mr. Goessl Double Album Release/ Triple Door


The Triple Door goes Prohibition style for an evening, as the city’s two finest exponents of vintage jazz team up for a double CD release. See a great show, buy a few CD’s, support our resident artists by supporting and purchasing their latest releases!


Mon March 5, Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble; Salute Sessions/ Royal Room


The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble is a 15 piece band featuring Wayne Horvitz’s compositions in a loosely constructed format which uses a combination of on-the-spot (re)arranging and various other techniques, some of which have come to be known as “conduction”.


Featuring: James Falzone, Jerome Smith, Kate Olson, Ivan Arteaga, Levi Gillis, Greg Sinibaldi, Al Keith, Sam Boshnack, Ray Larsen, David Marriott, Haley Freedlund, Ryan Burns, Geoff Harper, Eric Eagle, Christian Pincock, Wayne Horvitz and more!



Sun March 11 Racer Sessions/ rotating venues


Fans of the avante need not fear! The Racer sessions live every Sunday from 8pm- 10pm at rotating venues. As of this date, the March 11 date has not been announced. Keep up with the Racer Sessions here.



Sun Mar 11 Overton Berry- Bruce Phares Duo/ Bakes


Truly the last playing connection to Seattle’s Jackson St. days, pianist Overton Berry has developed an amazing and loyal fan base over 7 different decades. His rapport with bassist Bruce Phares is a work in progress over 35 years.



Seattle Jazz Scene Update

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be in full exploration mode here at seattlejazzscene.com. The aim is to bring the page up to date in terms of jazz calendar, feature articles and reviews chronicling jazz music in Seattle, festival and event previews, and all things relevant to highlighting the music and its performers. Just for fun, I plan to go full on guerilla mode at times, publishing directly from jazz events in the area.

I want the vibe to be welcoming to the entire jazz and improvised music community. The growth and overall health of the scene is dependent on participation and a true sense of community between musicians, fans, writers, promoters, club owners, record companies, radio stations, and all of those who love the music and sees it as a vibrant part of our culture.

Once fully integrated, jazz fans in Seattle will be able to enter the site and learn who is playing around town on a daily basis, and stay up to date on what is happening in and around the scene.

If you are interested in submitting articles, reviews, photographs, calendar entries, etc, contact me per email at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please no self promotions.

And so the journey begins.

Paul Rauch




Performances from the Ballard Jazz Festival’s Guitar Summit featured on KNKX

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Three guitar led trios were featured at the Guitar Summit at the 15th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival. Cole Schuster, Brad Shepik and Dan Balmer each led a set including their own original music as well as jazz standards. Representing Seattle, New York and Portland respectively, the three guitarists led three different ensembles that represented their own unique approaches to the guitar trio. The evening was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX on Sunday, June 4 at 2 PM Pacific, also streaming at knkx.org.

The Guitar Summit took place at the Conor Byrne Pub on May 18, 2017 and was recorded, edited and produced for KNKX by Jim Wilke. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is archived after broadcast and available on demand at jazznw.org.

Earshot’s Golden Ear Awards preview on Jazz Northwest, Sunday March 12 on 88.5 KNKX

The annual Golden Ear Awards for outstanding achievement in Seattle Jazz will be presented on March 13 at The Royal Room. There are five nominees in each of eight categories for individual and groups, including the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. Jazz Northwest will preview some of the nominees this Sunday at 2 PM Pacific on KNKX, including Bill Anschell, The B’shnorkestra, The Westerlies, and Anton Schwartz.

The program also includes music by the New York-based Ryan Keberle and Catharsis which will play at The Royal Room following the Golden Ear Awards. Also on this week’s show is an unpublished recording of the late Larry Coryell with the Gary Burton Quartet at The Penthouse in 1967.

Jazz Northwest is heard every Sunday at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and knkx.org. After broadcast, previous programs may be streamed at jazznw.org. Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke for KNKX.

Human Spirit at Tula’s: Friday, September 16


Human Spirit (Thomas Marriott – trumpet, Mark Taylor – saxophone and Matt Jorgensen – drums) are joined by Marc Seales (piano) and Greg Feingold (bass) for two sets of music at Tula’s Jazz Club on Friday, September 16.

With a combined 16 albums as leaders, and appearing on dozens more as sidemen, Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen have defined the sound of modern jazz that has come out of Seattle and Origin Records over the last decade.

2214 Second Ave, Seattle

Reservations: 206-443-4221

Music starts at 7:30pm

Eastside Jazz Extravaganza: Saturday, Sept 17

The Eastside Jazz Club will present their Annual Jazz Extravaganza concert Number 12. A Night of Superstars A double-billed evening, the first set features Trish, Hans and Phil with a refreshing approach that showcases three voices, lush harmonies, and great jazz interpretations of popular song.

After intermission, join us for a second set with a true Seattle gem, the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, a thirteen piece band, noted for presenting innovative and fresh, groove-driven “small big band” arrangements and featuring Vocalists Janette West and Bernie Jacobs. Come and hear all these magnificent Musicians perform in the wonderful new RESONANCE Theatre.

Resonance and The Eastside Jazz Club are proud to present in formal partnership the first of our 2016-2017 series concerts.

Click here to buy tickets


Jazz across the generations this week on Jazz Northwest, Sunday August 21, 2 PM on 88.5

LanphereWe like examining the continuum of jazz (thank you, John Gilbreath!) on Jazz Northwest. The students become the rising stars, and the rising stars become the teachers of the next generation and so it goes. Don Lanphere and Larry Coryell were major figures in Seattle jazz, and Roxy Coss was one of Don’s students and played in the Garfield Jazz Band under Clarence Acox. Today, Roxy is active on the New York Jazz Scene. We’ll sample her newest CD and also one by pianist Ariel Pocock who was a product of Newport High School and has also gone on to national prominence.

Also on this week’s show are recent releases from The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Victoria-based singer Miranda Sage, Seattle singer Dina Blade’s new CD recorded in Brazil, and a bi-coastal meet-up with Seattle’s Jay Thomas and New York-based Gary Smulyan and more.

Jazz Northwest airs every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 and streams at kplu.org. The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke and is available for streaming after broadcast at jazznw.org. Next week’s show will feature The Jazz Port Townsend all-star big band playing a Tribute To Woody Herman, co-led by Jeff Hamilton and Joe La Barbera, both of whom played in the Woody Herman band. (8/28)

“Piano Ends Here” tonight at the Royal Room

Monday, August 15th 8 p.m.

The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118

In celebration of the major overhaul of the Royal Room Steinway B, and its tentative absence while its is undergoing repairs, The Royal Room presents “Piano Ends Here” on Monday, August 15th. Using a bizarre and very out of tune piano, the evening will be a preview of composer Wayne Horvitz “21 Pianos”, which will mostly take place in the state of Minnesota during the months of September-November. In this incarnation, local Seattle pianists, past luminaries of the Piano Starts Here series, will each perform a piece of standard repertoire, of their choosing, and an improvisation.

The evening’s pianists will include: Ryan Burns, Robin Holcomb, Alex Guilbert, Dawn Clement, Tim Kennedy, Wayne Horvitz and Josh Rawlings

For more information about the project “21 Pianos”, please visit:

The newly refurbished Steinway B will return in late August and in plenty of time for “Piano Starts Here: Alice Coltrane and Lil’ Hardin” on Wednesday, September 21st.

Sonarchy Radio schedule for September on KEXP

Sonarchy is recorded live in the studios at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. This hour long broadcast features new music and sound art made in the pacific northwest. Sonarchy is now into it’s 21st year of airing on KEXP, Seattle (90.3 fm). Listen for the broadcast every Sunday evening at midnight (PST). The show can be heard live at KEXP.org and furthermore is available in its entirety for two weeks following the broadcast in several streaming audio formats. This months shows will also be available as podcasts shortly after they air. Go to kexp.org/podcasting/podcasting.asp for a vast permanent archive to choose from.

Doug Haire is the producer and mixes these live shows. Sonarchy would not be possible without the efforts and funding provided by Jack Straw Cultural Center. For more about this non-profit organization with a mission to support the sonic arts go to jackstraw.org Thanks for your interest and good music to you!

Sept 4: John Butcher – saxophones, Torsten Muller – bass and Dylan van der Schyff – drums. a spectacular hour of free improvisation. This show recorded in 2008

Sept 11: Swindler
A funk, jazz and groove fusion band. Mike Saskor – guitar, Willow Goodine – keys, Rob Cochran – bass and Chris Martin – drums.

Sept 18: Martin Bland’s Randomized Controlled Trials
Original recordings edited, processed and put onto cdr’s then performed by 6 cd players in shuffle mode. The results are highly entertaining and unique to each performance.

Sept 25: Stuart McLeod and Braintrust
Music for guitar orchestra featuring 4 guitars, 2 basses and Stuart on drums, brainwave sensors and compositions. A massive sound for radio.

Chico Freeman Plus+tet at the Triple Door August 16

Chico Freeman Plus+tet
The Triple Door
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
7:30 PM


Chico Freeman – tenor saxophones
Luke Carlos O’Reilly – piano
Kenny Davis – bass
Michael Baker – drums

Chico Freeman, the multi-reedman, composer and producer embodies the intent of jazz by finding new avenues of expression that embrace the heritage and tradition of the music. Many critics have compared him to the greats in jazz history, but the proof, beyond arguable opinion, is in the fact that he has played and recorded with some of the most innovative musicians in the world. Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Freddie Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Billy Hart, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Sting, and many others.

Seattle-German collective group Chamber 3 performs in the Northwest

Chamber 3, the group co-led by Seattle drummer Matt Jorgensen and German musicians Christian Eckert and Steffen Weber, will be performing around the Seattle area July 29 – August 6.

Chamber 3’s latest CD on OA2 Records is entitled Grassroots. They will be recording a new CD while in Seattle too.

Thursday, July 28: Triple Door Musicquarium, 9:00pm
216 Union Street, Seattle, 206-838-4333

Friday, July 29: Bellevue 6th Street Fair, 10:30am – Noon
NE 6th Street and 106th Avenue NE, Downtown Bellevue

Friday, July 29: The Latona Pub, 5:00pm
6423 Latona Ave NE, Seattle

Saturday, July 30: Scotch and Vine, 8:00pm
Chamber 3 performing with Jose Gonzales
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA

Wednesday, August 3: Ted Brown Music, 6:00pm
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA 98409

Thursday, August 4: Piccola Cellars, 7:30pm
112 West 2nd Street, North Bend, WA 98045

Friday, August 5: Edison City Ale House, 8:00pm
Chamber 3 performing with Kareem Kandi
5602 S Lawrence St, Tacoma, WA

Saturday, August 6: Tula’s Jazz Club, 7:30pm
2214 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA

Dawn Clement with Matt Wilson at Tula’s Jazz Club

photos by Jim Levitt

Pianist Dawn Clement performs with special guests Matt Wilson, Hans Teuber, Jay Thomas, and Chuck Deardorf, at Tula’s in Seattle.Dawn Clement, piano, vocals;Hans Teuber, saxophone;Jay Thomas, sax, trumpet, flute;Chuck Deardorf, bass;Matt Wilson, drums






Ballard Jazz Walk performance by Marina Albero Quartet next on Jazz Northwest, 88.5 KPLU, June 5 at 2 PM

The Marina Albero Group performs at the NY Fashion Academy during the 2016 Ballard Avenue Jazz Walk. The Walk features performances in ten venues on or near historic Ballard Avenue. Marina Albero, piano and hammered dulcimer; Ben Thomas, vibes; Chuck Deardorf, bass; Mark Ivester, drums

Spanish pianist Marina Albero brought a new quartet and two sets of new music to the Ballard Jazz Walk in May as part of the 14th annual Ballard Jazz Festival.  The SRO performance was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 5 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streaming at kplu.org.  Joining Marina Albero at the piano are Ben Thomas, vibes, Chuck Deardorf, bass and Mark Ivester at the drums. Marina Albero also plays hammered dulcimer on one selection.

Born in Barcelona, Marina Albero’s early musical experience including playing traditional music in her family’s band and formal music studies at musical conservatories in Spain and later in Cuba.  She moves easily between Spanish, Cuban and jazz styles, improvising with classical technique.  She first appeared in Seattle playing vibes in a duo with pianist Chano Domínguez at the Ballard Jazz Festival in 2014.  Music in this concert includes an opening song by her father Mariano Albero and original music by Marina and Ben Thomas.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  After broadcast, programs may be streamed at jazznw.org.

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