Featured Jazz Performances for August

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.





Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers

Seattle based Origin Records has released the debut recording of Korean born pianist Bongwool Lee. A young classical piano prodigy in her native Korea, Lee gravitated to jazz, and offers a unique sound and approach to jazz composition and improvisation.

Much has been written about the different creative processes engaged between classical and jazz musicians, more specifically, as applied to the collective worlds of jazz and classical piano. New York based pianist Bongwool Lee has an intimate relationship with these perceived differences. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, she was exposed by her parents to a variety of music at a very early age, winning her country’s acclaimed Samik Competition at age seven. Considered a prodigy in the classical world, Lee’s focus shifted to jazz upon hearing Oscar Peterson on the radio. After graduating as a music major from Dongduk Women’s University, she relocated to New York City, where she engaged in jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music earning a Master’s degree. More importantly, she engaged in and began to flourish on the heralded jazz scene in Gotham. Continue reading here


CD Review- Chamber 3: Transatlantic

Chamber 3 began as a trio effort started by German guitarist Christian Eckert, and Seattle based drummer Matt Jorgensen, who forged a friendship while studying at the New School in New York in the early nineties. Over the years, they engaged in many projects and tours together, culminating in this project that includes German tenor saxophonist Steffen Weber. The band added a fourth member in the person of Seattle bassist Phil Sparks for their last release, Grassroots (OA2, 2017), and returns the same lineup for the new Origin release, Transatlantic (OA2, 2018).

Continue reading here https://www.allaboutjazz.com/transatlantic-matt-jorgensen-origin-records-review-by-paul-rauch.php

Featured Performances For July

Summer is upon us, and the Seattle jazz scene is ripe with activity! Here are some offerings for the month of July for jazz performances right here in the city of Seattle.

Bill Anschell “Shifting Standards” CD Release Party- Sunday July 1, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Anschell’s latest release on Origin is with his Standards Trio, featuring bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. The trio has been playing Tula’s since the trio’s  inception seven years ago, playing without a set list or music. The result is inventive conversational playing between three of the best players the city has to offer.


Eric Revis Quartet- Sunday July 1, 8pm/ Poncho Concert Hall

Jazz fans have come to know Revis’ woody, percussive playing from his long term association with the Branford Marsalis Quartet. His performances as a leader are equally transcendent. Joining Revis will be pianist Kris Davis, drummer Chad Taylor, and multi- reedist Ken Vandermark.


Racer Sessions- Sundays, 8pm/ Cafe Racer

The legendary Racer Sessions have returned each Sunday at Cafe Racer. A proving ground of the local avant-garde, and improvised music community, the sessions have shed light on such innovative artists as Chris Icasiano, Neil Welch, Kate Olson, Naomi Moon Siegel, and Carmen Rothwell to name but a few. A must for jazz fans looking to expand their musical horizons.


Randy Halberstadt’s Open Heart Band- Thursday July 5, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Pianist/composer Randy Halberstadt has created a large imprint on jazz culture in Seattle, as a pianist, composer, and educator at Cornish College of the Arts. Upon his recent retirement from academia, Halberstadt can now focus more on performances outside of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, where he has held down the piano chair for the better part of two decades. He leads a stellar septet in the intimate confines of Tula’s for this performance of new material due out on a new CD in October. Chuck Deardorf- bass; Adam Kessler- drums; Jay Thomas- trumpet, saxophone; David Marriott- trombone; Nicholas Biello- saxophone; Ben Thomas- vibes


Thomas Marriott Quintet- Tuesday July 10, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Thomas Marriott has established himself over the past 20 years as Seattle’s best known jazz export with an international profile. His extensive discography on Origin Records as a leader, and equally impressive history as a sideman both on record and on tour has cemented his legacy as one of the true jazz greats to emerge from Seattle’s eclectic jazz scene. His performances with his new quintet in 2018 may be the most exciting development on the scene this year. Joining Marriott will be iconic tenor saxophonist Rick Mandyck, pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Geoff Harper, and young drummer phenom, Xavier Lecouturier.


Overton Berry/ Bruce Phares Duo- Thursday July 12, 7:30pm/ Tulas’s

Pianist Overton Berry has left a musical legacy in Seattle that began on Jackson Street, and saw him become musical director for the ‘62 World’s Fair. Since that time he has developed an amazingly loyal following both on record, and live performances. Bassist Bruce Phares has been along for much of the ride over the past 40 years. The duo playing within the listening environment of Tula’s gives fans an opportunity to see a Seattle jazz legend in the most intimate fashion possible.


Lineup! Featuring Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor- Tuesday July 17, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

The collaboration between pianist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor has evolved into one of the most anticipated residencies at Belltown’s iconic Tula’s Jazz Club. The recent news that Clement will be leaving Seattle at summer’s end for a new gig in Denver, adds urgency to this performance. If you have not seen her perform, this may be your last opportunity for a while. The duo brings the best players in town to perform with them on this monthly residency. Always a highlight on the Seattle jazz calendar.


Gratitude Trio with Dawn Clement, Chuck Deardorf, & Matt Wilson- Wednesday July 18, 8pm/ Chapel Performance Space

Part of the Wayward Music Series, this stellar trio will play music from Clement’s recent release, Tandem, Wilson’s new release, Honey and Salt, and a new upcoming recording from Deardorf. Any way you turn here, musical brilliance prevails. Clement’s physical piano style, blended with Wilson’s unique and inventive approach on drums, and Deardorf’s rock solid contributions on bass should make for an evening of jazz music not to be missed. Clement’s eminent departure for Denver make this performance, and her appearance at Tula’s the night before, a pressing matter for her fans.


Art of Jazz: Will Bernard Trio- Thursday July 19, 5:30pm/ Seattle Art Museum

Earshot continues their Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum. Always a great opportunity to witness great jazz, and take in the marvelous exhibits at SAM, guitarist Will Bernard brings his trio in from Brooklyn for this month’s edition. Bernard is currently exploring his roots in straight ahead jazz, recording for the Posi-Tone label out of LA. He has performed in a variety of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip-hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. For this performance, the Berkeley, CA native, and Brooklyn transplant is teamed with Seattle based B-3 organ master Joe Doria, and drummer Tarik Abouzied.


Gail Pettis Quartet- Saturday July 21, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

On the cusp of releasing her third album for Origin Records, vocalist Gail Pettis performs at Tula’s with her quartet. Since bursting on the scene in 2006, Pettis has brought her understated blues tinged style to the best venues here and abroad, as well as releasing two albums, May I Come In?, and Here In The Moment. Her appearances at Tula’s tend to be her best, the intimate confines suiting well her warm style steeped in the blues and gospel influences of her youth.


Mark Seales Band- Saturday July 28, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Pianist Marc Seales is an iconic figure in the history of jazz in Seattle. Indeed, his international profile has made him a first call sideman with the likes of Ernie Watts, and a prolific leader with recording credits as a solo artist, and member of the celebrated trio, New Stories. His performances at Tula’s have been the stuff of legend now going on 25 years. Seales will welcome eclectic saxophonist Richard Cole this go around. This is a monthly gig that adds new dimensions each performance.


East Meets West featuring Jay Thomas and Yuki Hirate- Sunday July 29, 7:30pm/ Tula’s

Jay Thomas has been wowing jazz audiences around the world for four decades now, showcasing his rare talents as a trumpeter, saxophonist, and practitioner of virtually any wind instrument. The Seattle native started touring Japan in the 90’s, and has made several alliances, including trumpeter Yuki Hirate. Thomas and Hirate will performs at Tula’s with saxophonist Steve Griggs, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Phil Sparks, and drummer/guitarist Milo Petersen. This promises to be a unique night on the 2018 Seattle jazz calendar.


John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer- Thursday July 26- Sunday July 29, 7:30pm, 9:30pm/ Jazz Alley

One of the prime modern interpreters of the Great American Songbook, guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli has re-popularized many of the dynamic standards frequented historically in jazz. For these performances, he features the compositions of the great Johnny Mercer. Pizzarelli will perform in trio with pianist Conrad Paszudzki, and bassist Mike Karn.


Kassa Overall Trio with Theo Croker- Tuesday July 31, 7:30pm/ Triple Door

A graduate of Seattle’s prolific jazz scene, drummer Kassa Overall returns home to perform with his trio featuring trumpeter Theo Croker. Overall will perform his original compositions, and those of his trio. Overall incorporates hip hop, and other elements into his music, so be prepared for a foray into modern music expressed through the jazz idiom.





Photos: Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson- The Art of Jazz, SAM

Lisa Hagen Glynn has been doing some great work out on the music scene in Seattle, photographing performances. These were taken on May 10, during a riveting duo performance by Hans Teuber and Jeff Johnson. The performance was part of the Art of Jazz series at SAM, presented by Earshot Jazz. Thanks to Lisa for the wonderful shots!

CD Review: Bill Anschell- Shifting Standards (Origin)

Seattle based pianist Bill Anschell has created a tremendous body of work over the past 30 years, as a composer, musical director, and pianist. He returned to Seattle in 2002 after 25 years abroad and formed a relationship with Origin Records, releasing more than a dozen records both as a leader and co-leader. Whether composing and performing original pieces, or interpreting standards ranging from Cole Porter to Lennon/McCartney, Anschell has consistently upheld a rare standard of excellence.

Anschell’s musical personality can perhaps be best experienced within the confines of Tula’s Jazz Club, an intimate jazz spot in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. He typically performs with two separate combos, a quartet that performs his own works, and a standards trio featuring trailblazing bassist Jeff Johnson, and wonderfully talented drummer D’Vonne Lewis. The trio has been performing on and off since 2007, and have achieved an intuitive, almost telepathic musical relationship that produces moments only attained through the one-mindedness of the piano trio format. They perform in the area of 80 standards, never play from a set list, and are subject to the momentary whims of Anschell’s inventive curiosity. At long last, the trio has released a definitive collection of standards aptly titled Shifting Standards on the Origin label. To continue reading, please follow this link-


Preview: The 2018 Ballard Jazz Festival

Clarence Penn.

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station will headline the festival’s Mainstage Concert, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the Grand Opening of the brand new Nordic Museum Auditorium.

Penn in many ways typifies the approach of artistic directors John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen, bringing in an artist highly regarded in the jazz community, ready for discovery by the Seattle jazz audience. Penn has established himself as both a leader and sideman, paying his dues performing with iconic artists such as Betty Carter, Jimmy Smith, Dave Douglas, and Stanley Clark. Penn Station explores the eclectic world of the compositions of the great Thelonious Monk, with a very contemporary twist. Stenmark approaches jazz through the lens of traditional Swedish melodies, tempered by New York style post bop sensibility.

Taking place over four days in historic Ballard, this year’s event has taken on a few notable changes. The Mainstage Concert, normally the closing event on Saturday evening moves to Friday, while the ever popular Ballard Jazz Walk will be held on Saturday. This enables the expansion of the walk to the afternoon hours, beginning with the Saturday Jazz Picnic at Peddler Brewery, an all ages event that welcomes families, and under 21 jazz fans. Vibraphonist Susan Pascal with perform with a quintet that includes legendary tenor saxophonist, Pete Christlieb.

Promoted by Seattle based Origin Records, the event has maintained a true Seattle feel, presenting Seattle jazz fans with the opportunity to take in the best of the Seattle jazz scene, mixed with national and international artists. “I want to make sure it’s a local festival, so it sounds like Seattle,” Bishop has maintained throughout the festival’s remarkable 16 year run. The Seattle jazz scene’s annual rite of spring connects the city’s historic and colorful jazz past, with the modern progressive mindset of its vibrant present.

The festival commences on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 with two individual concerts at Conor Byrne Pub, formerly the historic Owl Cafe. Wednesday’s event dubbed “Celebration of the Drum,” features three bands led by drummers, including legendary drummer/drum tech Gregg Keplinger. Also featured are veteran drummer and educator Brian Kirk, 20 year old wunderkind, Xavier Lecouturier, and New York drummer Stefan Schatz. Kirk will feature his Nu Trio with legendary performers Phil Sparks (bass), and Nathan Breedlove (trumpet). Lecouturier enlists young bass phenom Ben Feldman, along with two rising young stars in guitarist Lucas Winter, and pianist Gus Cairns. Schatz, who recently relocated to Seattle, will in a true sense introduce himself to his new city, and its jazz audience.

Thursday brings the “Guitar Summit” to Conor Byrne, featuring bands led by guitarists Milo Petersen, John Stowell, Christian Eckert and Andy Coe, each bringing their unique tie into the jazz tradition. Stowell has a long history in live performance and recordings, most notably with bassist David Friesen and the trio Scenes, with Jeff Johnson and John Bishop. 7 string guitar ace Petersen has long been Seattle’s first call guitarist, honing his chops with luminaries Cedar Walton, Ernestine Anderson, and Elvin Jones to name but a few. Andy Coe has taken his progressive approach to guitar into the jazz genre, as well as the established jam band scene in the Pacific Northwest. He is known in Seattle for his work with Skerik’s Bandalabra, McTuff, and the jam ensemble, The Andy Coe Band.

The Mainstage Concert on Friday evening, May 18, features the aforementioned Penn, and Stenmark, housed in the brand new Nordic Museum facility at 2655 NW Market St. in Ballard. The facility will open on May 5, so this performance will be literally “groundbreaking.”  The new digs also provide a larger capacity, enabling more seats for this perennially sold out show.

The Ballard Jazz Walk on Saturday, May 19, features 21 bands in 10 venues strewn from the Ballard Bridge, down old Ballard Avenue, and up onto Market St. The event creates a Bourbon St. like atmosphere for one celebratory evening in old Ballard. It gives area jazz fans the opportunity to sample the amazing depth and quality of the Seattle jazz scene in one location, on one night. The walk upholds the long held Seattle tradition of pairing the best of the Seattle scene, with visiting jazz dignitaries. It is how the festival began in year one, and remains the one day of the festival that is an absolute “can’t miss” event on the Seattle music calendar.

The uncertainty of the completion date of the new museum, coupled with the loss of a few venues on Ballard Avenue raised some concern about the viability of the event going forward this year.  Bishop and Jorgensen had to come up with an alternative plan. “The biggest challenge was out of fear, just the fear of not being able to come up with something,” says Bishop. In the end, the facility became available, and provided the means to create an even more viable future for the festival. “This is a huge step up. We thought we were lost, but now we’re found. There’s lots of room to grow if we’re smart about it,” remarks Bishop, alluding to the myriad of possibilities the new facility presents.

The Ballard Jazz Festival is a mirror that reflects the current state of affairs out on the jazz scene in Seattle throughout the year. In many ways, it upholds the tradition one can experience year- round in clubs and concert halls throughout the city. It is four days that jazz aficionados, and those new to the genre, can witness  jazz played at the highest level in a way that tells our story here in Seattle.

-Paul Rauch

For a full schedule, see the festival website below.

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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.


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


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:




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

Listen to a preview:

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