It Makes A Great Gift

Need a last minute gift idea? Want to get something special for that musician in your family? Pick up a Great Day In Seattle photo.

On May 6th, 2007 nearly 300 local jazz musicians met on the steps of Seattle’s City Hall for a photograph in the spirit of Art Kane’s 1958 “A Great Day in Harlem.”

Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Daniel Sheehan captured the event as the musicians who cross jazz music’s many generational and stylistic boundaries were photographed together for the first time in Seattle’s legendary jazz music history.

Posters are now available for purchase through this site. A very limited number of signed prints (by all involved in the photo) can be purchased through special arrangement.

All proceeds of sales will be donated to The MusicCares Foundation, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. The MusiCares Foundation is an affiliated charitable entity of The Recording Academy.

Click here to order and for more information.

Tuesday Jazz

Today is a great day for jazz with lots of gig happening around town …

Two-time nominee for the Earshot Golden Ear “Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” and recent winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition, Gail is a welcome addition to the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. Gail’s style is at once subtle and elegant, sultry and soulful. Her rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have inspired comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae.

Sherman Clay Piano Store – Bellevue
1000 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa. 98004
7:30pm; $12 ($6 musicians/students)

JAZZ ALLEY: The Moutin Reunion Quartet
From Earshot Jazz: The Moutin Reunion quartet performs straight-ahead jazz full of energy and spontaneity, emotion and imagination. Twin brothers Louis (drums) and Francois (bass) Moutin formed the group in 1999 in order to perform their own original compositions. They share the stage with Pierre de Bethmann (piano) and Rick Margitza (saxophone). On tour in support of their new release Sharp Turns, the ensemble was nominated for the French award ‘les Victoires du Jazz 2006” in the category of French Jazz Artist of the Year. François and Louis Moutin have won the prestigious “Prix Django Reinhardt 2005.”

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra


NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Sue Nixon and the Leo Raymundo Trio

MARTIN’S OFF MADISON: Karin Kajita (1413 14th Ave, 325-7000)

OWL ‘N THISTLE: BeBop and Destruction Jam Session

NPR Music: The Versatile Musicality of Dave Peck

KPLU, November 27, 2007 – When I first heard Seattle jazz pianist Dave Peck in the 1980s, he was the first-call pianist for almost every internationally known jazz musician who came to town and needed a pick-up band. That being the case, I had the opportunity to hear him a lot — and I loved what I heard. It was amazing to see him adapt his skills to the needs of a wide variety of visiting musicians and still maintain his own strong musical personality.

As much as I admired him, though, I was scared to tell him so. He had (and has) a somewhat brooding and mysterious physical presence that kept me from approaching him. When I finally did, however, I was pleasantly surprised and greatly relieved. In addition to being a fine composer and pianist, Peck is a gracious man with a wonderfully wicked wit. These characteristics come through loud and clear in this interview with KPLU’s Jazz Northwest host, Jim Wilke.

Click here to read the entire article.

Tue-Wed: Moutin Reunion Quartet at Jazz Alley

DECEMBER 11-12, 2007

From Earshot Jazz: The Moutin Reunion quartet performs straight-ahead jazz full of energy and spontaneity, emotion and imagination. Twin brothers Louis (drums) and Francois (bass) Moutin formed the group in 1999 in order to perform their own original compositions. They share the stage with Pierre de Bethmann (piano) and Rick Margitza (saxophone). On tour in support of their new release Sharp Turns, the ensemble was nominated for the French award ‘les Victoires du Jazz 2006” in the category of French Jazz Artist of the Year. François and Louis Moutin have won the prestigious “Prix Django Reinhardt 2005.”

Sunday Jazz

Tonight is the last night to catch Mike Stern and friends at Jazz Alley. Plus a jam session and more …. here are the details for Sunday:

JAZZ ALLEY: Mike Stern Band

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: The Jazz Police (3pm); Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra (8pm)

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Tor Dietrichson & Mambo Cadillac

THE NEW ORLEANS: John Holte Radio Rhythm Orchestra directed by Pete Leinnonen

TUTTA BELLA (Stone Way): Casey MacGill and Blue 4

SERAFINA: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo (11:30am – 3:00pm)

GALLERY 1412: Wally Shoup Trio (open rehearsal at 1:00pm)

GRAZIE: Reuel Lubag Trio jam session (6:00 – 9:00pm)

Moutin Reunion Quartet at Jazz Alley

The Moutin Reunion Quartet at Jazz Alley
December 11-12, 2007


Call for reservations: 206-441-9729

KBCS 91.3FM and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley present the Moutin Reunion Quartet for two nights, touring in support of their new release Sharp Turns. Band members are Francois Moutin (bass), Pierre de Bethmann (piano), Rick Margitza (saxophones) and Louis Moutin (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm on Tuesday and 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Touring in support of their new release Sharp Turns, the Moutin Reunion Quartet will be bringing their straight-ahead jazz to Seattle for two nights only! Formed in 1999, twin brothers Louis and Francois Moutin decided to form the quartet in order to perform their original compositions. They had a common desire: to create music expressing the energy of life; full of emotion and spontaneity – a music close to them, to what they intimately feel, inhabited by jazz, spirit, swing and grooves, inviting listeners and musicians to celebrate beauty and imagination.

They are sharing this desire with their two outstandingly skilled partners: the amazingly talented pianist Pierre de Bethmann and the gifted saxophonist Rick Margitza. Not only is Rick a former partner of Miles Davis, he and Pierre can pride themselves on their profoundly creative and extremely successful respective solo careers.

The band was nominated for the French award ‘les Victoires du Jazz 2006” in the category of French Jazz Artist of the Year. François and Louis Moutin have won the prestigious “Prix Django Reinhardt 2005”.

The Moutin Reunion Quartet started 2007 with a US tour in January (Chicago, Minneapolis and New York) and a tour in Europe in February (France and Austria). In April the band was in residence for a week at the Opera National de Lyon and for three days this summer at the Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle, WA.

Saturday Jazz

BAKE’S PLACE: Pearl Django

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mike Stern Band

7pm – Karin Blaine
9pm – Kevin McCarthy Quartet

CROSSROADS BELLEVUE: An Origin Records Holiday Celebration

SERAFINA: Kay Bailey

GALLERY 1412: Douglas Ferguson, List of Likes, Matthew McDowell

GRAZIE: Poindexter Jazz Quartet

Review: Mike Stern at Jazz Alley

By Cynthia Mullis

Jazz Alley, Thursday Night Dec. 6th
Mike Stern – guitar
Bob Franceschini – tenor sax
Anthony Jackson – electric bass
Dave Weckl – drums

If you are a fan of the guitar hero musical aesthetic, head over to Jazz Alley this weekend to catch the pyrotechnics of the Mike Stern Band. I really dig his guitar playing and this was a night of excellent chops, high level musicianship and no surprises, promoting his new release “Who Let the Cats Out?” Mike Stern was in prime form with his intricate lines of running notes, funky chords and bouncing right leg. The band is full of intense playing all around and it will be a satisfying night of music if you are in the mood for the full-on jazz version of rocking out.

photo by Carolyn Caster

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Seattle Times: Cellist and all-around artist seeks beauty in improv

From The Seattle Times:

When Paul Rucker calls himself a cellist, bassist, composer, band leader and visual artist who plays pop, rock, jazz and classical music, he’s not padding his résumé. He’s just being honest.

In July, this brilliant polymath added yet another tag to his name: community arts liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

“It’s been an interesting year,” reflects the 39-year-old musician in a mellow, measured voice reminiscent of his primary instrument, the cello. “The weird thing is that I’m playing more than I’ve ever played in my life.”

Read the complete article at The Seattle Times

Jazz Hang: Do It For the Kids

By Katy Bourne

Way back when I was a kid growing up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, I played alto saxophone. I first learned to play in elementary school, where a couple days a week, we would be excused from our regular class to go to the cafeteria where the aged and beloved Mr. Hartman gently worked with us on embouchure, time signatures, scales, etc. (I have a vague recollection of playing “Ave Maria” again and again and again.) Unfortunately, the only way to continue instrumental music education past elementary school was to be in the middle, then high school marching band, which in Ponca City was basically an accessory to the football team more than a focused music program. On top of learning songs, we were required to also master new choreography for each and every football game. We would drag out to the field for early morning practices or sometimes after school, when the September sun was a scorcher. On games days, we had to wear itchy, blue wool suits, which were hot, uncomfortable and looked about as attractive as a female police officer’s uniform. The band director was mean, plain and simple. I don’t remember his name. I do recall that he was short and would snap, snarl and froth at the mouth. He would scream at us if we didn’t get the requisite moves down correctly. I could never remember the choreography and not being a multi-tasker, I found playing and marching at the same time to be almost impossible. I was often the target of the angry band director’s wrath. Being young and at that point, unconscious of a musical world beyond Oklahoma, I drew the erroneous conclusion that if I was going to play the alto saxophone, then this was the best I could hope for. I was miserable and gave up playing. There was no one around spinning John Coltrane or Charlie Parker records. “Jazz” was not in the musical vocabulary in Ponca City, Oklahoma in those days. (Er, and probably still isn’t.) I was unaware that playing the saxophone could be fun and that music could be hip.

Thankfully, things couldn’t be more different for my boys, ages 10 and 14. The Seattle Public Schools offer some of the most outstanding jazz programs in the country, at both the middle and high school level. Two of the most notable are Roosevelt High School, directed by Scott Brown, and Garfield High School, directed by Clarence Acox. (My oldest son is a freshman at Garfield and is a member of the jazz ensemble III there.) Both of these schools offer in-depth jazz education as well as multiple opportunities for students of various skill levels to play in an ensemble and/or big band and to gain valuable performing experience. The level of musicianship of these young players is truly amazing, and both of these programs turn out some of the best jazz bands in the city. There are many opportunities to see these groups perform. Here are few upcoming dates for the Garfield Jazz Bands:

Winterfest-Student Showcase
December 8, 2007 11:30am
Seattle Center House Stage
Garfield Jazz Ensemble II opens their performance season with a free concert of holiday music.

Winterfest-Seattle’s Best Jazz
December 14, 2007 8:00pm
Seattle Center House Stage
This free concert features James Caddell, Lisa Loud and Darren Motamady, backed up by the Garfield Jazz Band I.

Tula’s Jazz Club
December 16, 2007 3:00pm
2214 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA
Under the tutelage of Jay Thomas, the Garfield Jazz Ensemble III makes their second public performance. The Jay Thomas Big Band follows immediately afterwards.

If you’re not familiar with these groups, do not for a second let the fact that they are students dissuade you. These kids have some serious chops. You will be delighted by solid jazz performances from any of these groups. It is very important to support all of the school jazz programs here in Seattle and attending performances is a great way to do so. My friend, jazz photographer Ron Hudson, said it best, “They’re the ones who will perpetuate the music”. Please consider dropping by one of these performances. Do it for the kids.

Origin Records heads to LA

Last weekend saw Origin Records celebrate their 10th Anniversary with capacity crowds at The Ballard Jazz Walk and this weekend John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen are in Los Angeles to host “A Night With Origin Records” at the Pasadena Jazz Institute on Friday, December 7.

Presented as a “Jazz Party,” this evening offers time to mix with the performers and will feature artists including Grammy-nominated saxophonist Kim Richmond, Grammy-nominated trumpter and composer Chris Walden, Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott, Los Angeles saxophonists, Rob Lockart, David Sills & Matt Otto, plus several more, all performing music from their recent Origin recordings.

Friday December 7th
$15 / $10 Students
Pasadena Jazz Institute
260 East Colorado Blvd. Suite 206
Pasadena CA 91101

Friday Night Jazz

Lots of things happening tonight:

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Pascal Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Trish, Hans & Phil

JAZZ ALLEY: Mike Stern Quartet

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Carolyn Graye and friends

7pm – Natalie Rose – Vocal-and-keyboard soloist!
9pm – Grupo Amoroso
11pm – Chris Bendt

SERAFINA: Jazzukha, original world jazz

GRAZIE: Shear Jazz

and don’t forget the Columbia City Beatwalk!

Go out and hear live music tonight and support local jazz presenters.

Columbia City BeatWalk – Tonight

Columbia City BeatWalk-Tonight
Friday, December 7, 2007 7-10pm
5 bucks! All venues! Kids free!

The line up:

Zydeco Local
High energy, traditional Zydeco music from Louisiana..

Columbia City Fitness Center
Lora and Sukutai
Traditional amrimba and dance ensemble from Zimbabwe bring you the music and culture of the Shon people.

Columbia City Gallery
Correo Aereo
Passionate and thoughtful, this duo plays music from Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Peru. Lush, smoky vocals with guitar, harp, percussion and always a few surprises.

Reggie Garrett & The Snake Oil Peddlers
Purveyors of fine urban acoustic folk music.

Verve Wine Bar
Lost Pedro
This guitar trio plays an eclectic mix of Latin, jazz and contemporary.

Columbia City Bakery
This acoustic trio plays an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary music in the bluegrass style.

Bookworm Exchange
Katy Bourne Quartet
Fun-loving vocalist and her top-notch band playfully perform the standards.

Seattle meets L.A.

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott, and Drummers John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen have the perfect way to beat the N.W. winter weather…

Go to Los Angeles.

Tonight the guys will perform at the first ever “L.A. Origin Records Jazz Party.” Hosted by 425 Productions, the event will feature several artists from the record label in a jam session-style hang. Grammy-nominated artists Chris Walden and Kim Richmond will be joined by tenor saxophonists David Sills, Rob Lockart and Matt Otto, with Seattle native Gary Fukishima on piano as well as several other guests.

After the recent success with the Ballard Jazz Walk, and a 10th Anniversary pin, the Origin boys haven’t even thought about taking a break. “When we get back to Seattle, it’ll be time to get to work on our trip to Toronto for the IAJE in early January…” says Bishop, “and then another Ballard Jazz Festival.” The coming Ballard Jazz Festival (the 4-day event) is scheduled to run April 23-26.

Since most of this site’s readers live in Seattle, you’ll want to tune in Friday morning (through the web) for an on-air interview with Matt, Tom, and John. Visit 88.1 KKJZ for more info.

The L.A. Jazz Party is a project of former Origin Intern Jeff Watkins, a music business student at the University of Southern California. The event will be held at the Pasadena Jazz Institute, at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door.

This Weekend at Bake’s Place

The Eastside is alive with jazz this weekend with two shows at Bake’s Place from Northwest favorites.

Friday, December 7
Trish, Hans & Phil ~ Special Holiday Show

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.

Saturday, December 8
Pearl Django

Celebrating more than 11 years in existence Pearl Django continues to be one of America’s busiest Hot Club style groups. Their music reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences. The band’s fervent followers include Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli fans, guitar enthusiasts (and guitarists!), lovers of string music, including bluegrass devotees, who relish nimble, clean, intricate picking, “world music” fans drawn to French and Gypsy accents, plus jazz buffs and aficionados of the new swing music. Transcending simple categorization, Pearl Django packs in enthusiastic audiences at dancehalls and nightclubs, at folk music festivals and jazz festivals alike.

For more information, visit

Thursday Night Jazz

A listing of events …

THE CHAPEL: Earshot presents John Butcher, Torsten Muller, Dylan van der Schyff (more info)

JAZZ ALLEY: Mike Stern Band

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: James DeJoie Group

7pm – Gayle Cloud
9pm – Marco de Carvalho Trio – Brazilian Guitar! with Marco de Carvalho (guitar), Ben Verdier (bass) and Beri Puhlovski (drums)


THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

Earshot presents John Butcher, Torsten Muller, Dylan van der Schyff

Thursday, December 6th, 8pm
John Butcher, Torsten Muller, Dylan van der Schyff
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center (Wallingford)

Polestar and Earshot Jazz join forces to bring an international trio of virtuoso improvisors to the lovely Chapel Performance Space in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

John Butcher (UK) soprano and tenor saxophone
Torsten Mueller (Germany/Canada) bass
Dylan van der Schyff (Canada) drums

$5-$15 sliding scale, tickets available at the door
The Chapel Performance Space in the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, 4th Floor

SRJO Holds Open Rehearsals with Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath in Preparation for Studio Recording

Two rehearsals with Jimmy Heath
and the SRJO open to the public


Thursday, December 6
Kirkland Teen Union Building
(348 Kirkland Ave., directly behind the
Kirkland Performance Center)

Friday, December 7
Lincoln High School Band Room
(4400 Interlake Ave N, Seattle,
Located one block east of Stone Way &
one block south of N. 45th Street)

Leading to a studio recording of “The Endless Search” composed by Jimmy Heath and commissioned by the SRJO.

Free to the general public

The award-winning Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra SRJO brings jazz legend and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath from New York to the Seattl area during the first week of December for two special rehearsals that will be open to the public. Mr. Heath’s residence in Seattle will culminate in a studio recording session with the SRJO. Heath, a world-renowned tenor saxophonist and composer, is joining the SRJO to make a studio recording of “The Endless Search,” a three movement suite commissioned from Heath by the SRJO, and premiered at the orchestra’s November 2006 concerts. Heath led the SRJO and played saxophone for the 2006 premieres.

Prior to 2006, Mr. Heath had last come to Seattle in 2001 as a guest performer for two sold-out concerts with the SRJO. He is among the most widely revered and recognized musicians in the world of jazz. Born in Philadelphia, he began his career in the 1940s as a sideman with many famous band leaders, including Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, and Miles Davis. He went on to lead his own groups, and in 1975 joined with his brothers Tootie and Percy in forming a highly regarded band, The Heath Brothers, which recorded many critically acclaimed albums for the Riverside and Concord record labels. In 2003 he was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and awarded the title of an NEA Jazz Master. He maintains an active career world-wide as a performer, composer and band leader. His recent work as a composer includes a piece commissioned by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) and premiered by that group in 2005.

“The Endless Search” for jazz big band was commissioned by the SRJO through a grant from Meet the Composer, Inc. This is the third commission of a new, multi-movement work for the SRJO. Previous works have been commissioned by Seattle composers William O. Smith (in 2002) and Jovino Santos Neto (in 2005). The Heath commission is the first work written for the SRJO by a composer with a major national and international following, and the resulting recording will likely receive broad attention throughout the U.S.

Wednesday Jazz

There sure are a lot of things happening tonight … go out and hear live music!

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Wayne Horvitz’ Sweeter Than The Day

JAZZ ALLEY: Beatlejazz


NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band with Clarance Acox

6pm – Dan Sales Trio
8pm – Vocal Jam with Carrie Wicks

GALLERY 1412: The Amber Tone
Clark Gibson, alto saxophone
Brian Bermudez, tenor saxophone
Dawn Clement, piano
Jon Hamar, bass
Brad Gibson, drums

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

MEANY THEATER: UW Studio Jazz Ensemble