Roosevelt Jazz Band: Off To Europe

Roosevelt Big Band leaves for Europe today.

Jazz bands from Roosevelt and Garfield have shared their work for international audiences every summer for over a decade. Last summer, The Garfield Jazz Band went to Europe and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and The Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. And this Monday, The Roosevelt Jazz Band is heading to France and Italy for a 16 day performance tour. With performances scheduled at an ancient Roman amphitheater at Jazz ‘a Vienne in France, Piazza IV Novembre at the Umbria Jazz Festival and the dedication of a totem poll from the Seattle-Perugia sister city organization, The Roosevelt Jazz Band is excited to represent our city for international audiences.

Roosevelt Jazz Band member Andy Clausen will be posting photos and updates from the road over the next two weeks.

Performance Schedule:


July 2nd – Lyon: Performance with Big Band de L’Ouest
July 3rd – Jazz A Vienne
July 4th – St. Maximin
July 5th – St. Maximin


July 7 or 8th – Monterosso Al Mare
July 9 or 10th – Florence
July 11 or 12th – Perugia: Totem poll dedication ceremony
July 11th – Umbria Jazz Festival
July 12th – Umbria Jazz Festival

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: JAZZ JAM with the Darin Clendenin Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Eric Friedrich Trio

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Geoff Harper’s Last Mondays
12510 15th Ave NE, 7:30pm

Ernestine Anderson Benefit Today, 5pm

The New Orleans along with five other restaurants are teaming up this Sunday for a Pioneer Square Jazz Walk which will benefit world-renowned Seattle jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson who is in imminent danger of losing her home in the Central District.

Anderson has performed at numerous benefits for others over the years and this is an opportunity for the Seattle jazz community to give something back. All the restaurants participating will have dinner specials and all music charges will go directly to the Ernestine Anderson Fund.

The New Orleans Restaurant
114 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA
(206) 622-2563

The Collins Pub
526 2nd Ave

Trattoria Mitchelli
84 Yesler Wy.

Al Boccalino
1 Yesler Way

102 Cherry Street

Cafe Paloma
93 Yesler Way

If you can’t make the benefit you can still donate to the Ernestine Anderson Fund.

Go to any Bank of America to make a donation to the “Ernestine Anderson Fund”. People who live outside of Washington State may also make a donation at Bank of America. Please let them know to reference Bank of America – Washington State for “The Ernestine Anderson Fund”.

Click here to find a Bank of America location near you.

Sunday Jazz

(See additional posts today.)

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison and Larry Coryell

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Rhythm Syndicate

3:00pm: Fairly Honest Jazz Band
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

TUTTA BELLA WALLINGFORD: Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio

11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch w/the Conlin Roser/Cynthia Mullis Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Jerry Frank solo piano

La SPIGA: Fred Hoadley Duo

Ernestine Anderson Benefit Today (Seattle PI Article)

From Robert Jamieson’s column in The Seattle PI:

THE MORTGAGE and housing market crisis has ensnared a lot of household names across the nation.

Now we can add a Seattle music icon to the list.

Jazz vocalist great Ernestine Anderson, who lives in the Central District, is in danger of losing her home, which is in foreclosure proceedings.

Friends and supporters citywide are trying to raise $45,000 by a June 30 deadline to prevent the 79-year-old woman’s six-bedroom family home from being auctioned.

Last week, the Anderson family contacted the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

“They said, ‘We need help,’ ” James Kelly, the president of the Urban League told me Monday. “We want to make sure there isn’t a sign in front of her house that says, ‘sold.’ ”

According to public records, Anderson’s property in the 700 block of 19th Avenue is scheduled for auction July 11. As of April, the singer was in arrears of more than $30,000.

Anderson’s family has spoken privately to community members about their financial challenges.

Click here to read the entire story at The Seattle PI.

Saturday Jazz

Summer’s here–no complaining about the weather allowed!
Get out and hear some tunes.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison and Larry Coryell

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Tor Dietrichson Blues Machine

CROSSROADS MARKET STAGE: Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra

BAKE’S PLACE: Visiting Songbird Series: Jeni Fleming Ensemble 

7pm – Karen Shivers, with Ruel Lubag (piano) and Geoff Harper (bass)
9pm – Passarim

HENDRIX LOUNGE: Matt Jorgensen Trio

SERAFINA: Voodoo Trio Acoustic Blues

GRAZIE: Michael Powers

We know there’s more! Send us a note and let us know.

Tonight: Steve Treseler CD Release Party

Saxophonist Steve Treseler will celebrate the release of his new CD, Resonance, with a performance at The Fremont Abby this Friday, June 27 at 8:00pm.

The concert will feature Dawn Clement on piano, Chris Spencer on guitar, Jon Hamar on bass, and Steve Korn on drums. Clement will open the show with a set of solo piano.

Also, this week Seattle Jazz Scene will be featuring a free download of “The Gathering” from Treseler’s CD (look for the link on the upper-right of this page).

43rd and Fremont Avenue
(parking lot located 1/2 block north on Fremont Ave)
$10/$5 students (All Ages)

Seattle Times: Vancouver International Jazz Festival hits all the right notes

From Paul de Barros’ Friday column:

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which started last weekend and winds up Tuesday, is so diverse and multilayered, six people could have six different but equally wonderful experiences there.

I managed to take in 10 groups the first weekend, including a double dose of European avant-garde favorites; homecoming celebrations by a pair of brilliant Vancouver tenor saxophonists (both coincidentally named Blake); and several free concerts at scenic outdoor venues.

The whole city lights up during Jazz Festival week, and savvy locals know some of the best music can be heard gratis. On Sunday, on the pier behind Canada Place, which juts into the cerulean waters of Burrard Inlet and offers a spectacular view of the towering mountains beyond, New Yorker-turned-Vancouverite June Katz sang a Broadway-to-bop set with throaty sensuality and an easy sense of swing.

Click here to read the complete story at The Seattle Times.

Friday Jazz

FREMONT ABBY: Steve Treseler CD Release Party

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hadley Caliman Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison and Larry Coryell


7pm – Jason Parker Quartet, with special guest Isabella Du Graf
9pm and 11pm – Marlee Walker’s Blues To Do jam session, with Robbie Jordan and South Sound Youth Jazz

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa Quartet

SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

LATONA PUB: Matt Jorgensen Trio (5:00 – 7:00pm)

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison and Larry Coryell

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Thomas Marriott and Tumbao

7pm – Brendan O’Donnell Ensemble
9pm – Cyrille Gosselin

THAIKU: Tad Britton, Marc Seales, Jeff Johnson

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet


ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

LO-FI: The Teaching

13 COINS: HB Radke & Jet City Swingers

Seattle musicians on the road

Ryan Burns, Geoff Harper and Matt Cameron performing at Bonnaroo.

A number of Seattle jazz musicians have been performing outside the Northwest recently.

Pianist Ryan Burns and bassist Geoff Harper performed two sets at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, with the trio Harrybu McCage which also features Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron.

Upon returning to Seattle, Burns and Harper then headed off to Boise, ID, for the Gene Harris Jazz Festival performing with Thomas Marriott‘s Willie Nelson Project (which also featured Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen). Jay Thomas, Gail Pettis, Bill Anschell and John Bishop also performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival as well.

Saxophonist Richard Cole just returned from a short tour with the legendary Dr. John. Cole’s travels included performances at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, The Playboy Jazz Festival in Hollywood and a stop in Portland, OR.

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison and Larry Coryell

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Jazz Workshop

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Jason Parker/Jamie Baumgart Duo (5:30pm)

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

6pm – John Cheadle Ensemble, with Devin Lowe (bass), Zach Para (drums) and Gus Carns (piano)
8pm – Vocal jazz jam session, with guest host Billy Brandt and the Bruce Barnard Trio


WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Seattle Times: Fans mount campaign to save jazz vocalist’s home

From The Seattle Times

World-renowned Seattle jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson is in imminent danger of losing her home in the Central District.

The house will go into foreclosure and be auctioned July 11 unless $45,000 is paid by June 30.

An 11th-hour campaign has been mounted by community leaders Carver and Carmen Gayton to save the Anderson home. The house has been in the family since 1946.

On Sunday, the Gaytons sent an e-mail appeal to 350 people, requesting donations for Anderson.

The letter explained that an account had been set up at Bank of America in Washington state under “The Ernestine Anderson Fund.”

Click here to read the entire story at The Seattle Times.

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: The Little Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Maceo Parker

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Isabella Du Graf (vocals), with Randy Halberstadt (piano), John Cheadle (sax) and Evan Flory-Barnes (bass)

GALLERY 1412: Stuart MacDonald with the Andy Clausen Sextet

Speak makes it to the finals of Gene Harris/Origin Records Jazz Competition

Speak performing at The Knitting Factory in Boise, ID, last Thursday night.

Seattle jazz group, Speak, comprised of students from the University of Washington jazz program, made it to the finals of the Gene Harris/Origin Records Jazz Competition this past weekend in Boise, Idaho.

The members of Speak include Andrew Swanson – saxophones, Aaron Otheim – piano, Luke Bergman – bass, Chris Icasiano – drums.

Speak was one of the final three groups who perfomed Thursday night at The Knitting Factory in Boise. The other groups included The Alex Pinto Group from Los Angeles and Diverse, a quartet from Kansas City, which was named the winner at the end of the night.

As winner of the competition, Diverse performed at the mainstage concert opening for the great Roy Haynes and his Birds of a Feather band and will receive studio time and the release of their new CD on Origin Records.

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: JAZZ JAM with the Darin Clendenin Trio

JAZZ ALLEY: Maceo Parker

THE NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Darliene & Ryan

Saturday Jazz

Summer Solstice Jazz Cruise aboard Steamer Virginia V: Clarence Acox Quintet
Read more about the Jazz Cruise by clicking here.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Pearl Django

JAZZ ALLEY: Karrin Allyson

7pm – Katie King CD Release Party
9pm – Tony Grasso Saxophone? Quartet!

HENDRIX LOUNGE: David White Trio

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo Quartet with Sue Nixon

GALLERY 1412: Gust Burns / Greg Campbell Duo

GRAZIE: Dennis Hastings Quartet

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest: Ziggurat In Concert

Ziggurat, a new Seattle Quartet which takes its name from the ancient pyramids of Mesopotamia, is featured in an Art of Jazz Concert on the next Jazz Northwest on KPLU, 88.5. Eric Barber, Bill Anschell, Doug Miller and Byron Vannoy play a program of rhythmically fascinating music composed by members of the group. Excerpts from the concert will Sunday, June 22 at 1PM PDT on 88-5, KPLU, and stream live to the web at . The program will also be available as a podcast after the airdate.

Jazz Northwest is produced exclusively for KPLU by Jim Wilke.

Listen to a preview below

Seattle Times: Lucky Vancouver, B.C., gets Herbie Hancock next at Jazz Festival

From Paul de Barros’ Friday Seattle Times Column:

The 10-day Vancouver Jazz Festival, which starts Friday, is too good to need much hype, but this year Seattleites had the luxury of previewing the celebration’s stellar festival opening show.

Riding the wave of his Grammy-winning Album of the Year, “River: The Joni Letters,” Herbie Hancock delivered a tight, energetic and surprisingly hard-edged concert Wednesday at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Though the 7:30 p.m. Seattle show started late (due to reported sound problems) and a few people walked out because of excessive volume, the venerable ex-Miles Davis keyboard man’s all-star band played past 9:30, and earned a well-deserved standing ovation.

Click here to read the entire story.