Monday Jazz Events

There will be a wake for Jack Brownlow at Canlis Restaurant on Monday, November 19th, at 1:00pm.

Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313

Tonight’s music events:

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Vocal Jazz Jam


TOST: Michael Shrieve Group

Anything else happening? Send us an email.

Sunday: Eastside Jazz and more!

The Eastside Jazz Extravaganza
The Meydenbauer Theater
Music begins at 2:00pm

Vancouver vocalist Kate Hammett-Vaughn headlines the third annual Eastside Jazz Extravaganza at The Meydenbauer Theater on Sunday, November 18th starting at 2:00pm. Always an amazing full day of music, this year’s performers include: The Bill Ramsey Nonet, Thomas Marriott, Ben Thomas, Brent Jensen, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, Overton Barry and more. For tickets and more information, call 425-828-9104

The Meydenbauer Theater
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Other events today …

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band (4:00pm); Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra (8:00pm)

JAZZ ALLEY: Taj Mahal Trio

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Tor Dietrichson & Mambo Cadillac

NEW ORLEANS: From San Francisco, John Worley Quartet

GRATZIE BOTHELL: Reuel Lubag Trio leads a jam session (6-9pm)

SERAFINA: Ann Reynolds and Tobi Stone, piano-sax duo

Go out and hear live music!

New Origin Records Podcast Episode Published

A new Origin Records podcast episode has been published featuring the music from Rob Lockart, John McLean, Upper Left Trio, Darrell Grant and the Deep Blue Organ Trio.

You can listen here or goto the Origin Records Podcast page to download the episode. While you are there, go ahead and subscribe to the podcast so you get all the latest episodes.

Click here for more info.

Use the player below to stream or download the episode

Today on Jazz Northwest

Today (Sunday, Nov 18) on KPLU 88.5fm at 1:00pm

Raymond Scott’s music of the Thirties renounced swing era convention with zippy, programatic music played with abandon by his “Quintette”. Hear his music played by The Raymond Scott Project of the Monktail Creative Music Concern in a concert recorded at The Seattle Art Museum, Sunday, November 18 on Jazz Northwest at 1 pm on 88-5, KPLU.

Listen to Jazz After Hours tonight!

Jim Wilke has been in broadcasting for 50 years … this weekend on his show he is looking back. Listen to KPLU tonight on 88.5fm.

From the Jazz After Hours website:

A triple celebration – beginning the 24th year of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International, Jim’s 50th year in radio, and music from one of the greatest years of jazz recording, 1957. Hear the “new sides” of ’57 by Miles, Coltrane, Basie, Ellington, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Brubeck, Hawkins, Dizzy, Mingus, Quincy, Rollins, Monk, Louis, Nat Cole, Gil Evans and more!

Saturday Live Jazz

It’s Saturday so you should go hear live music!

Ben Thomas Trio / Daniel Barry Group
Olympic Recital Hall at South Seattle Community College

Olympic Recital Hall
6000 16th Ave. SW
South Seattle Community College

Tickets and Directions: (206) 937-2899 or
$18 General; $16 Senior; $12 Youth under 25 at the door or FREE if ordered in advance.

7pm – Dorothy Rodes (vocalist) with John Hansen (piano) and Michael Emswiller **SJS Recommended
9pm – Zingara
11pm – CK Quartet, with Christian Krehbiel

BAKES PLACE: Trish, Hans and Phil

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo Quartet with Sue Nixon

TUTTA BELLA: Gypsy Jazz Trio

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Brian Bromberg’s Downright Upright All-Stars featuring Randy Brecker, Mitchell Forman, Gary Meek and Dave Weckl

JAZZ ALLEY: Taj Mahal Trio

Sunday – Eastside Jazz Extravaganza

The Eastside Jazz Extravaganza
Sunday, November 18
The Meydenbauer Theater
Music begins at 2:00pm

Vancouver vocalist Kate Hammett-Vaughn headlines the third annual Eastside Jazz Extravaganza at The Meydenbauer Theater on Sunday, November 18th starting at 2:00pm. Always an amazing full day of music, this year’s performers include: The Bill Ramsey Nonet, Thomas Marriott, Ben Thomas, Brent Jensen, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, Overton Barry and more. For tickets and more information, call 425-828-9104

The Meydenbauer Theater
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Click here for more information

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Friday Jazz

Here is what’s on tap for tonight:

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Milo Petersen and the Jazz Disciples

JAZZ ALLEY: Taj Mahal Trio

HIROSHI’S JAZZ & SUSHI: Greg Williamson Quartet

SERAFINA: Kiko de Freitas, Brazilian duo

9pm – Kristin Woodbury
11pm – Baby Bok Choy with Chris Spencer

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Brian Bromberg’s Downright Upright All-Stars featuring Randy Brecker, Mitchell Forman, Gary Meek and Dave Weckl


LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio (5:30 – 7:30pm)

Jazz Hang-Third Place Commons

A few weeks ago, I was itching to get out and listen to some jazz. It was a Saturday night. There was plenty going on, including loads of Earshot performances on top of the usual club offerings. There were complications, however. It was my night to have my boys, ages 10 and 14. I was also a little low on dough. I couldn’t drag them out to a club. God no! On top of that, they were hungry, and it was still pretty early. After a little head scratching and rumination, I checked the trusty to see if there were any possible options for someone in my situation. The Third Place Commons jumped out at me.

The Third Place Commons is a large open area in the Lake Forest Park Towne Center. There are several long tables, a stage and multiple restaurant offerings around the perimeters. It’s the typical food court fare: Pizza by the slice. Cheap Chinese. Burritos. Perfect for the teen and tween palates. There’s also a Honey Bear Bakery with espresso drinks and humongous layer cakes. Adjacent to all of this is Third Place Books, a large and inviting bookstore. The whole scene is a little reminiscent the Market Stage area at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. There were all kinds of people hanging out: Families with toddlers screaming through the room. Groups of Emo-esque teenagers. Clusters of elderly people, playing cards and laughing. It is definitely a something for everyone situation.

We got our food and found a comfortable spot in the middle of the room. The band playing that night was the Chuck Deardorf Group: Chuck with Bill Anschell, Hans Teuber and John Bishop. I kicked back in relief. It was going to be a good night. The band started playing fairly quickly after we sat down. Although the mix was a little lopsided (More sax, please!) and the room was clanky, the band sounded great. Given the team roster, how could they not?

My 14 year-old, a budding jazz musician himself, was happy to hang with the music. Predictably, my 10 year old got a little antsy. I let him go peruse the kids’ section of the bookstore and also check out the giant chess set right by the entrance. He was happy. His brother was happy. Mom was happy. We were able to hang for the first set. Overall, the mission was accomplished. The kids were fed. We didn’t spend too much cash. I got to hear some really great live jazz. Sure, driving from our place on Beacon Hill all the way up to Lake Forest Park was a bit of a hoof, but well worth the trouble.

The Third Place Commons has live music regularly on Friday and Saturday nights as well as a few other errant nights as well. (Jazz fans should check the schedule before heading out. They do a wide spectrum of programming and don’t always have jazz. If you show up with a hankering for modern jazz only to discover a hillbilly hoe down quintet, well, this could be tragic.) Aside from music, the Third Place Commons has all kinds of crazy stuff going on: A knitting club. A French conversation group. A regular Mah Jonng game. These are just a few. While this may seem like a goofy place to spend your Saturday night, for me it offered an opportunity to listen to live jazz as opposed to nothing at all. If you’re looking for a family-friendly jazz hang, Third Place Commons gets a big thumbs up. For more information take a peek at

Thursday Live Jazz

Here is what’s happening tonight in Seattle.

JAZZ ALLEY: Tuck and Patti


Tarik Abouzied Quartet

7pm – Byron Vannoy’s Meridian, with Byron Vannoy (drums), Chris Symer (bass), Kacey Evans (keyboards), Chris Spencer (guitar), and Eric Barber (saxophones) [Website] ($8 cover)

9pm – Doug Acosta CD Release, with Primo Kim (piano), Chris Clark (bass), Ken French (drums) and Jim Day (guitar) [Website] ($15 cover – includes a signed copy of Doug’s CD!)

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

A bit of recording news

Saxophonist Richard Cole is heading into the studio today to work on a new CD with guest trumpeter Randy Brecker. Let’s hear it for the hardworking Cole … his new CD, Shade, comes out next week and he is already at work on a new one.

Check out Rich’s new CD, Shade

This Weekend At Bake’s Place

Plan an evening out to Issaquah this Saturday to enjoy the newly remodeled Bake’s Place.

Saturday November 17, 2007 – Trish, Hans & Phil
Trish, Hans & Phil have a refreshing approach – three voices, harmonies, and great jazz interpretations of pop songs. Trish, Hans and Phil are one of the most innovative and entertaining groups in the Northwest today. In addition to their unique and superb musicianship, they bring with them a joyous and exhilarating sense of showmanship to the stage. With Trish Hatley on vocals, Hans Brehmer on piano, and Phil Demaree on bass, this exciting group combines their soaring, swinging vocals for a sound that is truly their own.

Other Up-Coming Events:
Friday November 23
Karen Shivers Quintet

Saturday November 24
Greta Matassa ~ A tribute to Cole Porter

Saturday December 1
Ben Thomas Quartet ~ Special Holiday Show

Saturday December 8
Pearl Django

For more information, visit

It’s Wednesday again!

Go out and hear live music … lots of things happening tonight!

THE HENDRIX LOUNGE: Conversations featuring Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen

JAZZ ALLEY: Tuck and Patti


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Randy Halberstadt Vocal Showcase

6pm – Keepers of the Groove, a Roosevelt High combo with Andrew Campbell (tenor sax), Matt McClusky (piano), Xavier McHugh and Matthew Muntz ($5 cover)
8pm – Vocal Jam, hosted by Carrie Wicks ($5 cover)

TUTTA BELLA (Columbia City): Scott Lindenmuth

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

VICTORY LOUNGE: Joe Doria Trio with Byron Vannoy and Chris Spencer

Jack Brownlow Wake to be held Monday

There will be a wake for Jack Brownlow at Canlis Restaurant on Monday, November 19th, at 1:00pm.

Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313

Jack Brownlow made a mark as jazz pianist
By Linda Shaw, Seattle Times staff reporter

Jack Brownlow learned to play the piano by ear at age 12. By his late teens, he was an accomplished professional. Although he never sought a national stage, he made a stir here as a musician’s musician, a quiet pianist known best for his harmonic sophistication and his encyclopedic knowledge of songs.

When he first heard Mr. Brownlow play, Paul Desmond, the alto saxophonist and lead soloist in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, reportedly remarked: “If I played piano, that’s how I’d want to play it.”

Mr. Brownlow died Saturday (Oct. 27) of kidney failure. He was 84.

{read the entire Obituary at The Seattle Times}

What to hear tonight (Tuesday)

Here is a short list of what to go see tonight:

JAZZ ALLEY: Tuck and Patti
TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra
EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: John Nelson CD Release with special guest Alice Stuart (7pm)
THE NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband
OWL ‘N THISTLE: Bebop and Destruction Jam Session

And mark your calendars for Wednesday night:

THE HENDRIX LOUNGE: Special quartet performance featuring Thomas Marriott (trumpet); Mark Taylor (saxophones); Paul Gabrielson (bass); Matt Jorgensen (drums)

MCMC Benefit Concert with Wayne Horvitz – Nov. 14

The roaring engine behind last summer’s free of charge, out of doors, creative music concert series, Sounds Outside, and winners of the 2006 Earshot Golden Ear Award for Concert of the Year (for the Raymond Scott Project), the Monktail Creative Music Concern has been working tirelessly for the last 10 years to propagate uncompromising creative artistic events in the Pacific Northwest. This week we ask you to join us in raising funds and celebrating the next wave of MCMC activities.

Monktail Creative Music Concern Benefit Concert
featuring Wayne Horvitz, Paul Rucker, Stephen Fandrich

Wednesday, November 14th 2007, 7 PM
Gallery 1412

1412 18th Ave (at 18th and Union)
$10-$25 suggested donation / All Ages

Seattle is a hotbed of creative activity right now, and is being hailed as one of the most dynamic and supportive artistic communities in the county. This is very much due to organizations like the MCMC who are constantly generating new adventures for artists and audiences alike. Things are difficult in today’s world, and the arts are certainly feeling the impact of that fact. We can’t wait for opportunities, we must create our own, and let’s face it, that takes a big vision, some intense motivation, and well, to put it frankly, a lot of cash. So come on people, throw down!!!

Internationally acclaimed pianist / composer Wayne Horvitz, along with cellist / composer / installation artist Paul Rucker, and pianist / composer / vocalist Stephen Fandrich, have generously donated their time and creative energy for Wednesday’s event, in support of the Concern. Please join us for this usually intimate performance experience with three of Seattle’s finest.

Live Review: Byron Vannoy’s Meridian / Ziggurat Quartet

Tuesday, October 30, Seattle Jazz Scene, Seattle Drum School
By Cynthia Mullis

Byron Vannoy’s Meridian
Byron Vannoy (drums), Chris Symer (electric bass), Kacey Evans (piano), Chris Spencer (guitar), Eric Barber (saxophone)

This night during the third week of the Seattle Jazz Showcase was a concert of serious listening. The Seattle jazz brain trust was well represented in the audience and on stage. It was a night of deep thinkers, forward reachers and a departure from the well-trod path of standard repertoire and time feels.

The first band of the evening was drummer Byron Vannoy’s new group Meridian. This group has only been in the works for a few months and originated from Vannoy’s desire to play and record a collection of his compositions. All of the tunes in this set were composed by the drummer and he took on a subtle but clear leadership role in steering the group. The band had a definite electric bent and apparently this direction developed less intentionally than by circumstance. The musicians all brought a jazz sensibility to the ensemble but were able to “rock out” when necessary. As this was only their second performance as a band, there was a bit of the feeling that it wasn’t completely cooked—it still felt like individual players grouped together to play the compositions but I can see where it will coalesce over time.

The compositions were interesting, challenging and still entertaining. I enjoy hearing jazz on the electric side of the spectrum and I especially enjoy bands that use electric bass, which Chris Symer played on this gig. His bass concept transferred nicely to the horizontal orientation of electric bass and he sounded like someone who enjoys the instrument rather than someone who is making a compromise. I noticed some interesting unison lines between bass, guitar and Kacey Evans’ electric keyboard. Chris Spencer had some nice guitar solos that reminded me a little of Walter Becker, which complemented the subtle Steely Dan influence that I detected. To my ears, the group leaned more in the direction of the restrained, structured Yellowjackets/Steely Dan fusion than to the wilder freeform sounds of Miles’ electric bands. The wild card for me was Eric Barber on tenor sax, who never lost his unique style in the process—I was relieved to hear hard blowing, modern tenor sax playing that didn’t become mired in poor man’s “Breckerisms” that usually accompany this style of music. Unfortunately though, his sax sound got a little lost in the all of the amplification.

Tunes that I caught the names of included: Mejototo which was recorded on Julian Priester’s In Deep End Dance which began with a section of improvised bass detuning and moved into a very sweet groove; Valid Alibi started with a drum solo and went from there; The last tune of the set was a composition in seven entitled Expedition and set the odd-metered stage for the second group of the night. All in all, the music was fresh and creative and the playing very musical and accomplished. I’m sure that given a little more time to settle in, that the whole will become greater than the sum of the parts very quickly.

Ziggurat Quartet
Eric Barber (saxophone), Bill Anschell (piano), Doug Miller (bass), Byron Vannoy (drums)

The second band to perform on this Tuesday concert during the third week of the Seattle Jazz Showcase was the Ziggurat Quartet. This band is a meeting of equal minds in the loftiest of musical territory. The group played complex original compositions that were steeped in jazz, blues, East Indian music, chamber music, and rhythmic experimentation. Each member of the quartet brought their broad musical outlook and accomplished musicianship to the table for a musical mix that was actually greater than the sum of its substantial parts.

The sound of the group reminded me of a series of Black Saint label recordings that I had the opportunity to absorb several years ago and this group would be right at home in the Black Saint roster. While intellectual in its approach, the group was earthy and captivating—as an audience member, I was never left out of the proceedings as I am with some groups that are pushing the boundaries. The group had the mature, well-defined approach that four excellent musicians with strong opinions about music can create when they get the chance. The resulting music was thoughtful, experimental, and original without becoming mired in the “fad du jour” of the avant-garde.

I’m not sure if the group has a leader or if it is an equal collaboration but individually each musician is exceptional. Doug Miller is equally comfortable plying his earthy bass grooves in 4/4 as in some other mathematically mutated odd-meter. Byron Vannoy’s drumming was more subdued than with his own group earlier in the evening—he had a strong rhythmic presence but he did not distract attention from the ensemble effort. Bill Anschell held down the harmonic fort and straddled the line between notey, virtuostic lines and Bill Evans-like contemplation. I thoroughly enjoyed Eric Barber’s saxophone playing: he has a clean, classical technique, a dynamic, centered, expressive sound and he explored a range of extended sax techniques that reminded me of the modern classical saxophone repertoire. In addition to this, his lines consisted of long intricate patterns that avoided the slew of modern jazz saxophone clichés.

The closest to a 4/4 swing tune the band came was “10 to Five,” a blues in five by Anschell, based on a complex Indian mathematical rhythmic series that still maintained a serious swing. This was followed by Barber’s “Sezmora” which explored different modes and key shifts, also in an odd meter (I stopped trying to figure out the time signatures and just enjoyed the grooves). Anschell’s tune “Prizmic” was followed by another Barber tune entitled “Flattering Misconceptions,” which he explained was about being praised and pigeonholed at the same time. The set finished out with two tunes by Doug Miller, another blues in five entitled “The Jordy Strut” and then “Vindaloo,” which kept things in the mode of exploring East Indian tonalities and rhythms. It is interesting to me that a group that is exploring a world music tradition did not play anything from the Afro-Cuban, Brazilian or African side of things—not a complaint, just an observation. In the end though, it was a very inspiring, entertaining and satisfying night of music at the Seattle Jazz Showcase.

(These will also appear in print in the November issue of Seattle All Abut Jazz.)

Up-Coming Alerts

Friday, November 23 – Tula’s
Thomas Marriott Live Recording!

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott is documenting this night at Tula’s for a future release on Origin Records. Joining him is Marc Seales on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums. Come and be a part of history! Call 206-443-4221 for reservations. {more info}

Friday, November 30 – The Ballard Jazz Walk
The fall edition of the popular Jazz Walk will take over historic downtown Ballard on Friday, November 30th, with 16 groups performing in 12 venues and will celebrate 10 years of Origin Records. Scheduled to perform is Chicago guitarist John McLean, saxophonist Hadley Caliman, Portland’s Upper Left Trio, Thomas Marriott, Brent Jensen, John Stowell and many more. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of November so check back for more information. {more info}

December 6 – 9 – Jazz Alley
Mike Stern Band

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents four-time Grammy nominated guitarist Mike Stern for four nights. Supporting Stern is Anthony Jackson (bass), Bob Franceschini (saxophone) and Dave Weckl (drums). {more info}

December 11 – 12 – Jazz Alley
The Moutin Reunion Quartet

Returning to Seattle after their memorable appearance at April’s Ballard Jazz Festival, the Moutin brothers are supporting their new release, Sharp Turns, a CD/DVD release recorded live at Chicago’s Skokie Theater. {more info}

It’s a rainy Monday

Here are a couple show happening tonight.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Darin Clendenin Jazz Jam
NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

From the Earshot Jazz Calendar
TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Hauschka: A Singular Fellow
A singular young man, indeed, Hauschka isn’t quite jazz, but he’s not quite anything in particular, but rather…well, singular, like we just said. He plays a mean prepared piano in a way that recalls the repetitive insistence of Phillip Glass, but he’s far more intent on appeal to musical receptors of varied preparation than even that studiously accessible master of modern composition. Hauschka, a Dusseldorf–based pianist and composer born Volker Bertelmann, clamps wedges of leather, felt, and rubber between the piano strings; prepares the hammers with sheets of aluminum or other stuff; sticks corks on the strings; weaves guitar strings around the piano’s innards; or fixes strings with gaffer tape. The outcomes, when he plays the piano, are far from novel; pianos and other keyboard instruments have been being prepared for centuries – church organs and harpsichords, in their design; pianos, in some early designs and particularly in the hands of early-to-middle 20th-century innovators like Erik Satie, Henry Cowell, and John Cage. But Hauschka is remarkable for producing a friendly and accessible but still bewitching range of tonalities, registers, and textures, and wedding them to bubbling, compelling music that could liven up radio programming of many eclectic ilks, and yet could air on pop radio without horrifying the commercial sponsors and habit-bound listener. There are strong hints of electronica, but the repetitive, jangling textures of his work really emphasize, and utilize, more than anything, that the piano is a percussion instrument, and that its expected sounds are not ones it necessarily must emit. Hauschka’s music is really quite charming.

Full day of jazz at Tula’s and more

It’s Sunday so that means there is a double-bill at Tula’s and lots more happening in Seattle.

The Jazz Police Big Band (3-7pm)
Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra (8:00pm)

JAZZ ALLEY: Bob James Quartet
SERAFINA: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo (11:30am – 1:00pm)
GALLERY 1412: Gust Burns / Jeffrey Allport duo
TUTTA BELLA (Wallingford): Casey MacGill & Blue 4 (5:30pm)
NEW ORLEANS: John Holte Radio Rhythm Orchestra directed by Pete Leinnonen
TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Rhythm Syndicate

And no Sunday would be complete without a jam session …
6:00 – 9:00pm
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy SE
Bothell, WA
(425) 402-9600