Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Eliane Elias with Marc Johnson and Adam Nussbaum

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: N.O.Net, Nate Omdal Nonet, with Brian Bermudez (alto sax), Mike Dodge (tenor sax), Andrew Morrill (bari sax), Corey Dansereau (trumpet), Jason Parker (flugelhorn), Andy Clausen (trombone), Mike Owcharuk (piano), Dave Bush (drums), Nate Omdal (arranger, bass)

SERAFINA: Josh Hickman, solo guitar

UGLY MUG COFFEEHOUSE: Norm Bellas & Bob Antolin
11425 Rainier Ave S, 772-3151

Eliane Elias at Jazz Alley with Marc Johnson and Adam Nussbaum

The Pacific Jazz Institute and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley present for two nights only, Brazilian vocalist /pianist Eliane Elias, touring in support of her latest release Something For You: Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans. Band members include Marc Johnson (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30PM. Doors open at 6pm on Tuesday and 5:30pm on Wednesday.

It takes a rare artist to make a statement through music that extends his or her legacy through the act of paying tribute to someone else. Eliane Elias is one of the few who can pull off this contradictory tour de force. Throughout Something for You: Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans, her latest album and the first to mark her return to the Blue Note Records family, she does exactly that. While touching the essence of the late great Bill Evans, she also brings her own unique gifts to the surface, as a composer, interpreter, outstanding instrumentalist and beguiling vocalist as well.

Every moment of Something for You radiates the sound that Elias had begun developing back in her home country of Brazil as a child, based on her unique juxtapositions of elegant phrasing, adventurous harmony and breezy swing, each element complementing the others. In this sense, this album will be no surprise to those who have learned to expect excellence from Elias as a matter of course.

With many awards under her belt including a Grammy Nomination, Ms. Elias was featured in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s televised Second Annual “Celebration of America’s Music” at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the JVC Festival with Sting, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Caetano Veloso at Lincoln Center in New York, the televised Piano Grand , and a Gala celebration for the 300th Anniversary of the piano in Washington DC, just to name a few.

Monday Jazz

Here is what’s happening tonight:

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam w/ Darin Clendenin Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

SERAFINA: The Piper Olson Duo

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin & Sam Chambliss

Herbie Hancock wins top Grammy award

If you thought the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl was a major upset, imagine the shock when a jazz musician won the top Grammy award for Album Of The Year!

From the AP:

In a major shocker, Winehouse lost the final award of the night, album of the year, to Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters.”

“You know it’s been 43 years since the first and only time that a jazz artist got the album of the year award,” Hancock said.

“I’d like to thank the Academy for courageously breaking the mold this time. In doing so, honoring the giants upon whose shoulders I stand, some of whom like Miles Davis, John Coltrane … unquestionably, deserved the award in the past. But this is a new day, that proves that the impossible can be made possible.”

Monday Jazz

Here’s what is happening tonight:

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam with Darin Clendenin

THE NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

SERAFINA: The Piper Olson Duo

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin & Sam Chambliss

Sunday Jazz

Find some relief for that post-caucus hangover with this list of worthy candidates:

JAZZ ALLEY: Hugh Masekela’s Chissa All Stars

TULA’S: Jazz Police Big Band, 3pm. Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, 8pm


TUTTA BELLA: Casey MacGill and Blue 4

SERAFINA: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser/Cynthia Mullis Duo, 11am-1:30pm.  Alex Guilbert, solo jazz piano, 6:30pm

NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT: John Holte’s Radio Rhythm Orchestra

LA SPIGA: Marco de Carvalho

GRAZIE: Reuel Lubag Jam Session, 6pm

GALLERY 1412: Seattle Improvised Music Festival, 8pm. For tonight’s line-up, please visit www.seatttleimprovisedmusic.com.

Saturday Jazz

 A virtual avalanche of jazz tonight. No chains required.

BAKE’S PLACE: Ben Thomas and Tangabrazo

JAZZ ALLEY: Chris Botti

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Pascal Quartet

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Henry Butler, solo piano, 7pm

7pm – Tom Boros, singer/songwriter
9pm – Siendo, with Evan Flory-Barnes

TUTTA BELLA: Steve Mason and Friends

SERAFINA: Jazzukha

LA SPIGA: Rhythm Suite

JAZZVOX HOUSE CONCERT: Pinky Winters w/ Randy Halberstadt. 7:30pm
Advanced ticket purchase required. For tickets and more information visit www.jazzvox.com or call (206) 963-2430.

CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE: 23rd Seattle Improvised Music Festival, 8pm, 
For more information and the full line up of performers, visit the Seattle Improvised Music Festival website. (4649 Sunnyside Ave. in Wallingford)

Also, check out these two workshops this afternoon:
SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Billy Kilson Drum Clinic, 1pm. More info at 206-364-8815 or visit the Seattle Drum School website

GALLERY 1412: Improvised Music Workshops, 12pm. More info at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival website

The 23rd Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Now in its 23rd year, the Seattle Improvised Music Festival will be held February 8-10, and 15-17, 2008 at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford, and Gallery 1412 in Capital Hill, Seattle.

The longest running festival of its kind in North America, SIMF is an annual meeting place for improvisers at the forefront of Improvised Music in North America, and from around the world. This year’s festival features representatives of Improvised Music communities in Tokyo, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, NYC, Portland, Oakland, Vancouver, and of course Seattle. The 2008 festival will feature visiting improvisers performing in solos and duos, as well as first-time collaborations with Seattle Improvisers.

This year’s SIMF is one of the most ambitious and international to date. It will also be presented without the help of any single large private donor or government funding. IMF 2008 is co-presented with Nonsequitur and Jack Straw Productions.

SIMF 2008 Performers include: Tetuzi Akiyama, Liz Allbee, Jeffrey Allport, Gust Burns, Greg Campbell, Mark Collins, Lesli Dalaba, Chris Delaurenti, Jean Paul Jenkins, Jason Kahn, Wade Matthews, Gregory Reynolds, Stephane Rives, Jonathan Sielaff, Greg Sinibaldi, Tyler Wilcox, and Josef van Wissem.
February 8, 9 and 15, 16
Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave
February 10 and 17
Gallery 1412 , 1412 18th Ave & Union
all shows: 8pm, $10-25 sliding scale

Improvised music workshops:
Saturdays, February 9 and 16 at Gallery 1412
12pm, $5-15 sliding scale

For complete festival information, please visit www.seatttleimprovisedmusic.com.

Friday Night Jazz

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early. It will be a heckuva lot cheaper and more fun tonight.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quintet w/Milo Peterson

JAZZ ALLEY: Chris Botti


7pm – Kimberly Reason Quartet, Kimberly Reason (vocals), Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), and Jeremy Jones (drums)
9pm – Backburner, bluegrass and swing

SERAFINA: The Djangomatics

LA SPIGA: Rhythm Suite

GRAZIE: Katie King

If you want to escape the inevitable onslaught of “My Funny Valentine” renditions, be sure to check out the 23rd Seattle Improvised Music Festival this weekend and next. Tonight’s show is at the Chapel Performance Space (4649 Sunnyside Ave. in Wallingford). For more information and the full line up of performers, visit the Seattle Improvised Music Festival website.

Ben Thomas and Tangabrazo at Bake’s Place

Bake’s Place regular Ben Thomas (vibes/bandoneon) brings a special new project for a night of tango music. Joining Ben will be Eric Rynes (violin), Jerrod Wendland (piano) and Jeff Norwood (bass). They have been playing milongas for dancers in dance halls throughout Washington, but will have a change of venue by playing at Bakes’ Place in Issaquah. Come join them and Craig and Laura Baker for a night of tangos, waltzes, milongas and great food.

Saturday February 9, 2008
Ben Thomas and Tangabrazo!

Bake’s Place at Providence Point
4135 Providence Point Dr. SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
phone: 425-391-3335

Dinner Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Performance Time: 8:00 – 10:30pm
Dinner and show price: $49.50 (3 course; includes dinner salad, entree and gourmet dessert)
Show Price: $22.00

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Chris Botti

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Beth Winter / Dawn Clement Quartet

MAINSTAGE: Jessica Williams with special guest Aiko Shimada

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

Sets at 7:00 and 9:00pm. Reserved seating is full for both these shows. Any additional seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

SERAFINA: Graham Banfield, solo guitar

THAIKU: Tad Britton Trio

GALLERY 1412: Emperor Norton’s Cabal; McDowell – Norman

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Trio Jam Session

UW CONCERT: Mallet Head Series: Tom Coller, Marc Seales, Dan Dean
Brechemin Auditorium, UW Campus, 7:30

Review: Cuong Vu Trio with Bill Frisell, Meany Theater

By Bill Barton

FEBRUARY 6, 2008

I just returned from hearing the Cuong Vu Trio with special guest Bill Frisell at the University of Washington’s Meany Theater. This was a great show, one long set. Frisell did some of the best playing I’ve ever heard from him live. Strangely enough I’ve always enjoyed him more playing with other people’s groups than with his own. As I sort of expected he was delving into the louder, rockier side of his playing personality for the most part.

Vu’s trumpet and electronics never fail to create some varied soundscapes, ranging from the atmospheric and ambiant to the downright raucous. He is a real master at using looping in live performance. At one point he built up a beautifully meshed series of interlocking loops (I counted either 13 or 14 layers) that practically lifted me out of my seat: one hell of a big band for a quartet! His pure acoustic sound is gorgeous too and he can play in the high register with amazing control at very, very low decibel levels as well as anyone I’ve heard.

Then there’s the maniacal Stomu Takeishi on electric bass… The guy’s a wild man. Vu, Takeishi and Frisell had lots of the latest and greatest digital toys to play with, twisting dials, pushing pedals, adjusting this, tweaking that, but for me the highlight of Takeishi’s playing came when he was using what looked like a plain old tin can as a slide on his bass and standing in front of his amplifier’s speaker to obtain controlled feedback. Awesome set!

Be sure to hear “Accelerated Thoughts” from the new artistShare CD Vu-Tet; they played a fine version of this twisting, turning, hyper-fast almost-bebop tune tonight. The Vu-Tet disc is exceptional. Check it out.

Jessica Williams at The Triple Door

w/Special Guest Aiko Shimada

THURSDAY, FEB 7th, 7:30pm

216 Union Street
Seattle, WA
Tickets and Info: 206-838-4333

This evening, tradition meets innovation, as the great pianist, Jessica Williams embraces 21st Century America with new music, controversial ideas, and a powerful message for our times.

Playing piano since she was four, she grew up to be a world-famous, critically acclaimed pianist. Now, she forges a new vision and a new direction for her far-reaching creative gifts. Part concert, part talk-show, and part journey of self-discovery for her AND her audiences.

Jessica Williams:REDEFINED is more than a show: it’s a musical miracle, a life-changing experience, a constantly-evolving glimpse into the mind and life of one of today’s most important musical innovators and radical thinkers. Jessica Williams, piano, technologies, opinions, and inspiration.

Jessica describes her latest musical evolution as “changing my whole business model, working with synthesizers, using classical song forms.”

See the reinvented piano virtuoso Jessica Williams, up close and personal!

Wednesday Jazz

Lots of stuff happening tonight:

MEANY THEATER: Cuong Vu Trio with special guest Bill Frisell
University of Washington Campus, 7:30pm

GALLERY 1412: More Zero featuring Chris Stover

JAZZ ALLEY: Chris Botti
All shows are full except Wednesday and Thursday 9:30pm shows. Please call for assistance 206-441-9729.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Rochelle House Quartet

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band featuring Clarence Acox

6pm – BMG Trio, with Brendan O’Donnell (guitar), Mack Grout (piano), and Greg Larson (trombone)
8pm – Vocal Jam with Carrie Wicks

TUTTA BELLA: Michael Gotz

SERAFINA: Passarim, bossa nova

WHISKEY BAR: Eric Verlinde & Friends


Saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo In The Hospital Awaiting Sugery

On Friday, January 25, saxophonist and Seattle-native Andrew D’Angelo suffered a major seizure while driving in Brooklyn, NY. Tests in the hospital revealed a large tumor in his brain. Andrew will undergo brain surgery at some point in the next few weeks. At this time, it is believed that the tumor is not cancerous, but this will not be confirmed until a biopsy is performed.

Like many musicians, Andrew has no health insurance and needs help to cover the massive medical expenses. You can help out by contributing online through his website.

Andrew has also posted a blog so people can follow his progress.

Tuesday Jazz

It’s Super Tuesday … some say that has to do with politics but I say it has to do with all the music happening tonight!

JAZZ ALLEY: Chris Botti
All shows are full except Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30pm shows. Please call for assistance 206-441-9729.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band


NEW ORLEANS: Jet City Fliers

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Hot Java Cool Jazz Combo Showcase!
6:30pm – Eckstein Middle School
7:30pm – Edmonds Woodway HS

SERAFINA: Josh Hickman

GALLERY 1412: Flim Night – first edition

Fired Up, Ready To Go!

This is a music blog, not a political blog, but occasionally the two worlds come together. In late January a group of Seattle musicians including trumpter/vocalist Jake Bergevin, Matt Cameron, Arturo Rodriguez and the Total Experience Gospel Choir got together at the Columbia City Theater to record a song writen by Bergevin’s two brothers, Jon and Joe, inspired by Barack Obama’s “One voice can change the world” speech.

The video has been speading across the internet and has over 45,000 views on YouTube. They even got a snarky diss from Fox News so you know they are doing something right.

Seattle Times: Bellevue festival loaded with jazz stars of tomorrow

By Paul de Barros
Seattle Times jazz critic

Inclement weather, a flu bug and a Seattle band director’s “tough love” made the competition at this year’s Bellevue Community College Jazz Band Festival a bit unusual.

But the exciting music at BCC’s Carlson Theatre made it obvious, yet again, that the Northwest is a breeding ground for top jazz talent, with the emphasis decidedly on “young.”

{continue reading at The Seattle Times.com}

Monday Jazz

Here is a list of what’s happening tonight in Seattle …

JAZZ ALLEY: Jake Shimabukuro

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jam with Greta Matassa

THE NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

SERAFINA: The Piper Olson Duo

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin & Sam Chambliss

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra
12510 15th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 8:00pm

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Kenny Rankin with Kendra Shank
This is your last night to catch former Seattle resident Kendra Shank opening for Kenny Rankin at Jazz Alley. It is Sunday so it is an early 7:30pm showtime.

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Mango Son

TUTTA BELLA: Casey MacGill and Blue 4

SERAFINA: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo (11am – 1:30pm); Jerry Frank, solo jazz piano (6:30 – 9:00pm)

LA SPIGA: Marco de Carvalho

GRAZIE: Reuel Lubag Jam Session (6:00 – 9:00pm)

JAZZ VESPERS: The Overton Berry Trio w/ Mercedes Nicole, First Baptist Church (First Hill), 6:00pm
From Earshot Jazz: The Jazz Vespers series continues with an appearance by the Overton Berry Trio with Mercedes Nicole on vocals. Pianist Berry has been a fixture on the Seattle jazz scene since the 1950s and can easily be called a living legend. He has performed around the world, including throughout Asia, and has served as Music Director of many notable concert series. Singing straight-ahead jazz with an urban flare, vocalist Nicole has gained a reputation as an artistically playful and unpredictable performer, with a warm, rich, and resonant contralto voice. She is also a member of the dynamic vocal trio Cocoa Martini. They perform a 100-minute secular concert, with an inspirational interlude. Now in its sixth year, the Jazz Vespers take place on the first Sunday of each month (October through June) at the Seattle First Baptist Church on First Hill at the intersection of Union, Seneca and Harvard Streets. The concert begins at 6pm and is free. A collection is taken to permit the church to pay the musicians. Light refreshments are served in the church’s Fellowship Hall afterwards. Visit www.seattlefirstbaptist.org for more information.