Friday Jazz

Lots of great music happening tonight … support live music!

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Thomas Marriott Quartet

JAI THAI CAPITOL HILL: Tom Varner / Phil Sparks / Matt Jorgensen

JAZZ ALLEY: Ain’t Misbehavin’ featuring Dehner Franks on piano

7pm – Katy Bourne and Randy Halberstadt
9pm – Elise Kloter (vocals), with Karin Kajita (piano), Steve Marx (bass) and Ed Littlefield (drums)

SERAFINA: Kiko de Freitas, Brazilian duo

GRAZIE: Dennis Hastings Quartet


HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Greg Williamson Quartet with Greta Matassa


Seattle Times: Ben Roseth is a study in sound

From Paul de Barros’ column in The Seattle Times:

“Since I was 9, I’ve been planning my schedule,” said saxophonist Ben Roseth, as he headed into his last final exam at the New England Conservatory earlier this week. “As of Monday, I will have no plans.”

That’s a new state of flux — and relief — for Roseth, who has been artfully juggling homework with Hebrew school, music lessons, practice and performance since his days at Seattle’s Graham Hill Elementary School. He first attracted citywide attention with his jaw-dropping musicianship in the Washington Middle School jazz band.

Roseth is back in town next week, performing with musical mate Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet) in the Here and Now Quintet. The band plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Triple Door in Seattle ($15; 206-838-4333 or The other players are Sean Hutchinson (drums/percussion), David Dawda (bass) and Drew Pierson (piano). Roseth and Greenblatt also perform with the Jay Thomas Sextet at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Tula’s ($15; 206-443-4221).

Also, make sure and read our preview of Ben’s show at the Triple Door with the Here and Now Quintet. Click here to read more.

Thursday Jazz

Latin jazz group Sonando performs tonight at Tula’s

JAZZ ALLEY: Ain’t Misbehavin’ featuring Dehner Franks on piano



THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Aspen Jordan
9pm – Moraine, a dynamic electric string quartet plus drums with Alicia Allen (violin), Ruth Davidson (cello), Jay Jaskot (drummer), Kevin Millard (bass/Warr guitar) and Dennis Rea (guitar)

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Tad Britton and Geoff Cooke

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

CD Review: The Cool Season: An Origin Holiday Collection, Vol. 2

By John Barron
originally published on All About

With no shortage of holiday music blasting through shopping malls and restaurants this time of year, it’s easy to understand why some might want to escape the incessant bombardment of the overdone and out-of-date. If one looks hard enough, however, hope for Christmas music burnout can be found. One place to look is Origin Records’ The Cool Season: An Origin Holiday Collection, Vol. 2. With fresh and swinging vitality, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop provide an invigorating alternative to the average holiday fare.

The disc’s selections range from familiar, to somewhat obscure, to brand new—Johnson contributes two original pieces. The strength of the session lies in the creative arranging of household melodies. The Vince Guaraldi classic “Christmas Time Is Here” moves along at a brisk 6/8 pulse, contrasting, yet maintaining the spirit of the original. “The Christmas Song” is re-shaped into a dark-tinged, modal frame for Marriott and Anschell to explore patiently.
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Tom Varner Trio this Friday

Composer and French horn player Tom Varner will be performing this Friday, December 21, at Jai Thai, with Phil Sparks on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums.

(Capitol Hill)
235 Broadway Ave. East
7:00 – 10:00pm
No cover

Tom Varner – french horn
Phil Sparks – bass
Matt Jorgensen – drums

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Ain’t Misbehavin’ featuring Dehner Franks on piano

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Vocal Showcase

6pm – Mark Lilly
8pm – Vocal Jam with Carrie Wicks

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band with Clarence Acox

TUTTA BELLA: Steve Mason

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio


HENDRIX LOUNGE: Matt Jorgensen and Thomas Marriott

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Roadside Attraction Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Ain’t Misbehavin’ featuring Dehner Franks on piano

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Messick Franklin Group, with a mix of standards and arranged holiday tunes!

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Bebop and Destruction Jam Session

2007 Golden Ear Award Nominations

– Thomas Marriott, “Both Sides of the Fence”
– Richard Cole, “Shade”
– Gail Pettis, “May I Come In?”
– Greta Matassa, “The Smiling Hour”

– Ziggurat Quartet
– Sonando
– Jim Knapp Orchestra
– Hadley Caliman Quartet

– Rick Mandyck/Gregg Keplinger Duo
– Frieze of Life
– More Zero
– Paul Rucker Quintet

– Thomas Marriott
– Chuck Deardorf
– Dawn Clement
– Hadley Caliman

– Byron Vannoy
– Evan Flory-Barnes
– Jon Hamar
– Elspeth Savani

– Greta Matassa
– Gail Pettis
– Karin Plato
– Kelley Johnson

– Joe Locke at Jazz Port Townsend
– Brotherhood of the Drum at the Ballard Jazz Festival
– Cuong Vu at the Earshot Jazz Festival
– Ahmad Jamal at the Earshot Jazz Festival

– Sonny Buxton
– Jack Brownlow
– Dean Hodges
– John Bishop

The 2007 Golden Ear Awards Ceremony will take place 2007 January 20th at 7:00 pm at the EMP.

To cast your vote, print out a ballot from the December 2007 issue of Earshot Jazz. You can find one throughout Seattle of you can download a PDF version of the ballot by clicking here.

For more information about the awards, visit the Earshot Jazz website.

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jam with Kelley Johnson

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Pocket Change CD Release Party

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

Know of any other gigs happening tonight? Send us an email or post a message in the Comments section.

New York Times: In Seattle, a Fugue for Orchestra and Rancor

The lead article in Sunday’s New York Times Arts and Entertainment section was a lengthly piece about The Seattle Symphony and the multiple dramas currently taking place.

From the New York Times:

Much of the orchestra’s success can be attributed to its conductor, Gerard Schwarz, a throwback to the era of long-ruling maestros, having held the podium for nearly a quarter-century. He has been the kind of music director often held up as the ideal, heavily involved in fund-raising for the orchestra and active in the civic affairs of Seattle.

But like many long-serving maestros Mr. Schwarz has also made enemies and generated reservoirs of ill will among the players. Now a lawsuit brought by an orchestra member, scheduled for trial next month, suggests a more complete picture of dysfunction at the Seattle Symphony. It paints a damaging portrait of Mr. Schwarz, 60, who was long prominent on the New York music scene: as trumpeter at the New York Philharmonic, founding music director of the New York Chamber Symphony and music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Click here to read the entire article.

Review: Jim Snidero at Tula’s

by Cynthia Mullis

Occasionally over the past several years I have had the odd experience of playing an idea in a solo that felt familiar but whose influence was not obvious to me. Was it a Parker lick? A Coltrane lick? Oliver Nelson? No…it was a Jim Snidero line that had seeped its way into my consciousness via the excellent Jazz Conceptions series of method books. I have played out of those books so many times with students that an improvisation on “Misty” can easily morph into “Mist and Grits.” If you are a teacher that uses these books in lessons, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. After endlessly telling my students to do a “mind meld” with the “saxophone guy” on the play-along CD, I’ve learned as much from those etudes as my students have (probably more, actually). So with that in mind, I needed to go hear the real Jim Snidero at Tula’s this weekend.

Photo by Carolyn Caster

On Friday night, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero performed sets of straight ahead, honest, swinging music: no pyrotechnics, no tricks, no weird time signatures, no jive, just old school virtuoso saxophone playing developed over years of practice and studying the tradition. Marc Seales, Phil Sparks and Matt Jorgensen staffed the rhythm section and once again demonstrated why New York musicians on the road are happy to make a stop in Seattle. The craftsmanship was very impressive and the evening of music was quite satisfying. It was an intimate jazz club experience that included a relaxed, fun hang with a number of musicians present in the audience.

Snidero has a classic, warm, round alto sound that combines elements of Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean and Sonny Stitt and it immediately felt familiar and comfortable (I also wondered if that’s how it would have been with Lennie Neihaus if I’d grown up with play-along recordings for his Jazz Conceptions etude books). Snidero’s playing is solidly grounded in tradition—I could hear numerous influences but no one particular voice predominated. Throughout the night Snidero interwove a hip and modern harmonic vocabulary into this traditional bebop foundation. While I could hear the patterns, they drew me into his solos without being clichéd and predictable. Most of the playing was pretty inside but I was happy to hear some “Snidero-isms” evolve out of his creative combination of modern harmony and classic bebop. He is an impressive saxophonist, delivering fluid ideas in clean eighth note and double-time lines. I found his musical integrity and saxophone technique very inspiring and enjoyable.

The rhythm section was nonchalant and relaxed on their home turf and they never sounded like they were trying to prove anything. Together, Marc, Phil and Matt sounded like a true rhythm section rather than three players called for the gig and they blazed through the repertoire of standards and originals from Snidero’s new CD Tippin. The pace of the night leaned more towards the up tempo and they had no problem keeping things percolating. With Phil Sparks on bass combined with Matt on drums, you can always trust that things are going to be solid and happening. Marc Seales played some very creative, melodically extroverted solos and was the perfect harmonic complement to Snidero—I always enjoy his playing, especially how he steers clear of the 89-key school of piano playing. It was a night of good music and this rhythm section easily kept pace with Snidero.

So take a break from the shopping and office Christmas parties this weekend and head over to Tula’s to hear Jim Snidero with Matt Jorgensen, Phil Sparks and Marc Seales. It will definitely be a welcome relief from the canned Christmas music, cranky store clerks and drunk office mates.

Editor note: Jim Snidero concludes his weekend at Tula’s Jazz Club tonight, Saturday, December 16 beginning at 8:30pm. Call 206-443-4221 for reservations.

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Saturday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Tower of Power

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jim Snidero Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Jake Bergevin Quintet – Special Holiday Show

7pm – Thornton Creek
9pm – Brooke Pennock Band

TUTTA BELLA: Darrius Willrich Trio

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo Quartet with Sue Nixon


GRAZIE: Reuel Lubag Trio


THIRD PLACE COMMONS: Mach One Jazz Orchestra

Friday Night Jazz

Get a great start to this weekend … go hear live jazz!

NY Saxophonist Jim Snidero with Marc Seales (piano); Phil Sparks (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums)

JAZZ ALLEY: Tower of Power

GRAZIE: Reuel Lubag Trio

7pm – “Jam for Cans” with Buckshot Jazz – Bring donations for Northwest Harvest!
9pm – Jim Ryan’s Forward Energy Northwest Tour with Jim Ryan (alto/tenor flute and spoken word), Marc Smason (trombone), Kevin McCarthy (bass) and Andrew Wilshusen (drums)
11pm – Better World CD Release Party, with Marc Smason (trombone), Kevin McCarthy (bass), Aham Oluo (trumpet), Diane Peterson (reeds), Michael Gotz (guitar), and Greg Campbell (drums)


GALLERY 1412: Kevin Patton/Greg Sinibaldi Duo; Goat

SERAFINA: The Djangomatics


PACIFIC PLACE: Susan Pascal Quartet plays holiday music (Free – 12 noon)

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

Saturday at Bake’s Place

Saturday, December 15: Jake Bergevin Quintet – Special Holiday Show
Bake’s Place at Providence Point

4135 Providence Point Dr. SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
phone: 425-391-3335

Join Jake and the band for an intimate and enjoyable evening of holiday tunes and some selections from his new CD “Holding Back the Dawn”.

Jake Bergevin joins the ranks of many successful hyphenates as a singer-trumpet player. Like Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr. or he has continued to refine his craft in both arenas.

His first CD, “My Name is Jake”, available at, is a combination of sensitive jazz vocals and romping party/dance music. Conceived as a tribute to his heroes Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles, Jake puts his own stamp on some classic tunes and demonstrates his crooning, blues shouting, scat-singing and trumpet solo skills in fine fashion.

Jake has played performances at many of Seattle’s most prestigious venues and events, including the Showbox Theatre, The Triple Door, Paramount Theatre, Bumbershoot, Folklife Festival, ten years running at the Ellensburg Jazz in the Valley Festival.

On his first visit to Bake’s Place, he plans to perform new material from his forthcoming CD “Holding Back the Dawn”; a mix of mostly bossas and ballads. Music will include new treatments of jazz standards such as “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, “No Moon At All”, “How Insensative” as well as music of Sting, Pat Metheny and some original compositions and new lyrics.

For more information, visit

This Weekend at Tula’s: Jim Snidero


with Marc Seales (piano); Phil Sparks (bass); Matt Jorgensen (drums)


2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
8:30pm; $5

Jim Snidero is considered to be one of the top alto saxophonists and authors in jazz today. A resident of New York City for over 20 years, he has made numerous recordings as a leader, and has performed and/or recorded with many important jazz artists. Snidero is on the faculty at the New School University, is an active jazz clinician for the Selmer Company, and author of the best selling 3 series of books entitled Jazz Conception, Easy and Intermediate Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.

Jim Snidero’s recordings have received critical acclaim by leading jazz critics. Several have received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, in which critics hailed Snidero as “a master musician” and “alto sax virtuoso”. ‘Strings’- which he both composed and arranged, was released on Milestone Records in March 2003, his first recording for a major label. Jazziz magazine called it “a masterful blend of composition, arranging and improvisation”, while Swing Journal, Japan’s #1 jazz magazine, stated “this is miraculously wonderful jazz… a masterpiece”. Celebrated jazz critic and author Gary Giddens, featured on Ken Burns PBS Jazz Series, said Snidero has “ a wonderfully aggressive broadsword of a sound, recalling Bird in its sheer jubilance” (Village Voice), while the New York Times called his solos ”dazzling”. His second recording on Milestone was entitled “Close up” , which features tenor great Eric Alexander.

Snidero is also listed in the Encyclopedia of Jazz and nearly every guide to jazz cd’s, including the Penguin Guide, which called him “ a talented musician and a passionate musical advocate…a genuinely significant figure in jazz composition”.

As a side man, he has worked with some of the biggest names in both jazz and rock. He was in Frank Sinatra’s orchestra for 4 years, including the recording “Duets Two”. He was a member of the Downbeat poll winning Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra for 20 years, and toured extensively with The Mingus Big Band. Other jazz credits include Jack Mcduff, Frank Wess, Tony Bennett, Eddie Palmiari, Maria Schneider, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Walt Weiskopf, Joe Magnarelli and many others. In the rock field he has performed with Sting, Billy Joel, Elton John, Ricky Martin, and others.

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Tower of Power

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Andrianne Wilson Vocal Showcase

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Leif Totusek & His 1-2-3 Trio

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Monktail Creative Music Concern Night
7pm – Future Ex, featuring NY-based Fresh Sound recording artist Ila Cantor on guitar, Minneapolis-based George Marich on drums, and Reed Wallsmith on saxophone
9pm – Deal’s Number – CD release party!

THAIKU: Jon Alberts and Tad Britton

ROY’S PLACE: Jim Snidero Clinic & Performance (4926 196th SW, Lynnwood), 7:00pm

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (5:30pm)

CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE: Greg Sinibaldi and Sean Osborne

PACIFIC PLACE: Greta Matassa (5:30pm)

THE NEW ORLEANS: David Friesen Christmas Party

GALLERY 1412: Jim Ryan’s Forward Energy; Emperor Norton’s Cabal

Seattle Times: A late-blooming conga player makes his mark

By Paul de Barros
Seattle Times jazz critic

The animated fans at Grazie’s applauded enthusiastically Saturday night as Jim Coile finished a gorgeous flute solo on the Brazilian ballad, “Manha De Carnaval,” and the conga player launched into a solo of his own.

Wearing rimless glasses, a beret and a smart, loosely fitting black-and-white print shirt, the drummer tapped and slapped his three, tall Giovanni drums with white-taped fingers, extracting a thematic melody from the skins, careful not to overwhelm the dinner crowd, but feeding off the buzz.

Though the Grazie crowd is hip to jazz, few regulars probably knew that the percussionist they were hearing, Billy Poindexter, has an illustrious Seattle jazz lineage.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: The Moutin Reunion Quartet

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Andrianne Wilson Vocal Showcase

6pm – Mortimer Nelson (solo acoustic guitar)
8pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Marti MacEwan

TUTTA BELLA: Scott Lindenmuth

THE NEW ORLEANS: Legend Band with Clarence Acox

SERAFINA: Passarim (bossa nova)

GALLERY 1412: Death Worth Living, Snowman Plan, EET

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio


THE HENDRIX LOUNGE: The David White Trio featuring Phil Parisot

from Earshot Jazz: The event will celebrate the completion of Paul Rucker’s Project 12, a series of works conceived during a Rockefeller residency last summer in Bellagio, Italy in which Rucker set out to create a year of monthly visual art exhibits, with a different exhibit presented each month in 2007. This concert features two sets of Rucker performing live; on the first set Rucker performs solo cello, and on the second, he is joined by Isaac Marshal on flutes and thumb piano, Neil Gitkind on trombone, Bill Horist on guitar, and Erik Anderson on drums and percussion. Rucker’s interactive sound and video installations will also be on view. The concert begins at 7pm at the Chapel at Good Shepard Center (4649 Sunnyside Avenue North).

Review: Moutin Reunion Quartet at Jazz Alley

Tuesday, October 11, 2007

Tuesday night at Jazz Alley the Moutin Reunion Quartet showed why they are one of the best working bands in jazz today with an amazing 90 minute set that kept the audience engaged throughout. Their current lineup has been honing their sound over the past few years and are now on tour in support of their new CD/DVD release, Sharp Turns.

Twin brothers Francois (bass) and Louis (drums) are always an engaging pair to watch on stage. They move fluidly between grooves and time-feels like they are, well, twins! Saxophonist Rick Margitza is all business and a monster on the tenor saxophone. Pianist Pierre de Bethmann, who was not at the performance during the Ballard Jazz Festival, is the perfect lyrical balance to the Moutin brothers.

Seattle is the final stop on a west coast tour that ends tonight (Wednesday, October 12). Make sure and catch this group before they head back to Paris.

The Moutin Reunion Quartet perform at Jazz Alley on Wednesday, October 12 starting at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information, visit

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This weekend on Jazz Northwest

Three different groups are featured on this Sunday’s Jazz Northwest (December 16) – First is the Brent Jensen-John Stowell Quartet, followed by the Hadley Caliman Quintet with Thomas Marriott recorded during the recent Ballard Jazz Walk. Then we’ll go downtown to hear Jay Thomas’ Collateral Damage Big Band playing at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square. Musicians in this band span an age range of six decades!

Jazz Northwest airs Sunday afternoons at 1 on 88-5, KPLU and streams live to the web at – made possible by The Boeing Company. The program is also available as a podcast from .