Thursday Jazz

Chapel Performance Space
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
7:30pm, $10

JAZZ ALLEY: Ahmad Jamal


NEW ORLEANS: The Bob Jackson Band

7pm – Jennifer Derrick Adams, with Darin Clendenin (piano)
9pm – Free World Jazz, with Keith Judelman (piano), Andy Coe (guitar), Phil Parisot (drums), Evan Flory Barnes (bass), Lalo Bello (percussion), Ivan Galvez (percussion), and Jason Chambliss (trumpet)

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session


13 COINS: HB Radke & Jet City Swingers

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Wednesday Jazz

GALLERY 1412: More Zero and Pontius Pilots

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

JAZZ ALLEY: Pearl Django

TRIPLE DOOR: Jessica Williams solo w/special guest Jeff Johnson

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bert Gulhaugen / John Hansen Vocal Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

7pm – Patty LeClair
9pm – Vocal jazz jam session, hosted by Liis Todd, with the Dan Sales Trio

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

The Jazz Hang: Martin’s Off Madison

THE JAZZ HANG by Katy Bourne

It had been awhile since I’d been up to Capitol Hill. However, for some time I’ve been hearing about a happening piano bistro that has live music 7 nights a week, so I decided to pay a visit. Off to the hill I went. Martin’s Off Madison is a bustling neighborhood joint that is located on 14th street just off, well, Madison Avenue. This straight-friendly bar and restaurant is lively and welcoming. It almost feels like the neighborhood living room. Patrons sit in comfortable, red easy chairs that are situated around little, round center tables with votive candles glowing away on top. More tables sit flush against the wall, and all provide a view of a playing area with a small grand piano. Burnt- orange colored drapes and tear-shaped lights hang around the piano and add an elegant touch. Behind the piano is a cheerful print of a chimpanzee swigging from a bottle of liqueur. The bar is separated from the dining and music area by a dividing wall. Busy waiters donned in black polo shirts and Utilikilts buzz around the room. When you walk in the door, you are greeted with smiles and nods from customers and staff alike.
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Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Django Reinhardt Festival featuring Dorado Schmitt

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Lu Evers Quartet, with Lu Evers (reeds), Evan McPherson (guitar), Paul Sherman (bass)

GALLERY 1412: Block Party with various musical performances. For info at

1413 14th Ave, 325-7000

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom
6006 12th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98108, 206-767-0280

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

This Thursday: Neil Welch & The Narmada Project

Thursday, August 7, 7:30 pm
Neil Welch & The Narmada Project

Chapel Performance Space
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N
$10 general admission
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With its debut record, Narmada (Belle Records), released earlier this year, the Neil Welch group announced that it would be a force on the local scene.

Heavily influenced by Hindustani music and the spiritual music of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Pharaoh Sanders, Narmada combines free improvisation, highly-arranged multi-meter composition, and traditional Hindustani musical forms.

Welch says: “I utilize what I believe will be an important part of the defining sounds of the second century in jazz music: the use of exotic scales, hybrid grooves (of different meters and musical traditions), and improvisational density (sound art, musical interplay, and pacing). My interpretation lies in hybrid, cross-cultural mediums such as the classical music of India, with its multi-directional scales, microtones, drones, and severe emotional depth.”

Each member of the ensemble is involved in an eclectic variety of music, including electronica, free improvisation, phase and minimalist music, rock opera, world music, swing, and classical Hindustani music.

Among the group’s members are some great veterans, like percussionist Tor Dietrichson and world-renowned sitarist Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, and some of the most promising younger players in the region, including Welch and two members of the impressive Speak Quartet, Icasiano and Bergman.

Welch cites influences that include Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Miles Davis, and other artists “whose lasting artistic endeavors flowered from their willingness to extract the beauty in their own souls. The music of a new generation and a new century of musicians must be willing to accept influences from the past and the present, and use jazz as a reflection of our own endless search for new aesthetic depth.”

He adds: “The music I seek to create explores raw emotional depths, new aural sounds, and embraces where jazz has been without lying captive to its influence.”

Ernestine Anderson: jazz great gives her all to loving fans

from The Seattle Times

Ernestine Anderson took some time making her way to the Jazz Alley stage on Thursday night.

But once she plopped down in a chair, grabbed the microphone and dove into numbers such as a swinging version of “I Love Being Here With You,” the Grammy Award-nominated, Seattle-based 79-year-old made it clear: She’s still as musically spry as some vocalists half her age.

Anderson’s spacious set, the opening of a four-night stand at Jazz alley, was full of jazzy and bluesy treats. The four-man combo accompanying her, including the versatile sax man John Goforth, stayed right on her wavelength.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Hugh Masekela

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: VOCAL JAM with Greta Matassa

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Eric Friedrich Duo

Sunday Jazz

It’s a boats, airplanes, and jazz kind of day.

JAZZ ALLEY: Ernestine Anderson

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Mambo Cadillac

3:00pm: Reggie Goings/Hadley Caliman Quintet
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

TUTTA BELLA WALLINGFORD: Sunga Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators

11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser/Cynthia Mullis Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: The Piper Olson Duo

La SPIGA: Leif Totusek Duo

DOCKSIDE BISTRO: Susan Pascal w/ Bill Anschell, Chuck Deardorf, Jose Martinez. 6pm. 501 Columbia St. NW, Olympia

ANARCORTES ARTS FESTIVAL: Hans, Trish and Phil. 2pm.


Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bill Anschell Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ernestine Anderson


7pm – Nick Allison Trio, featuring Katie Walter
9pm – Andy Shaw Ensemble, with Milo Peterson (guitar), Phil Sparks (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums)

SERAFINA: Kelly Ash Trio

GRAZIE: Blues Union

GALLERY 1412: Sound For The Organization of Society

BAKE’S PLACE: Rebecca Parris Quartet featuring Randy Halberstadt, Jeff Johnson and Gary Hobbs

PAMPAS CLUB: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Stephanie Porter

Katy Bourne w/ Darin Clendenin & Clipper Anderson
Cynthia Mullis w/ Susan Pascal, Jon Hamar, Maria Joyner

VERTIGO LOUNGE: Emily McIntosh & Karin Kajita

Seattle Times: Aaron Parks set to release Blue Note debut

From The Seattle Times:

Brooklyn-dwelling Seattle native Aaron Parks, the pianist the Seattle Times’ jazz critic Paul De Barros says is a “musical genius,” has signed to the most famous label in jazz, Blue Note Records. His debut album for the label, called “Invisible Cinema,” comes out Aug. 19.

The signing and release come after years spent touring and recording with award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, contributing to three Blue Note albums in the process. Thusly apprenticed, “Invisible Cinema” is Parks’ cotillion.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

SJS Note: You can preview and order Invisible Cinema by clicking here.

This Weekend on Jazz Northwest

photo by Jim Levitt

The Wycliffe Gordon Band with Andre Hayward is a two-trombone band reminiscent at times of J.J. & K – and Duke Ellington. The band played music ranging from swing to bop last weekend at Jazz Port Townsend and an exclusive recording of the concert by the Wycliffe Gordon Quintet will air Sunday August 3 at 1 pm PDT on Jazz Northwest on 88-5, KPLU.

Jazz Northwest is also simultaneously streamed to the internet and available as a podcast beginning Monday after the airdate. The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88-5 KPLU.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Thomas Marriott Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ernestine Anderson


LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio (5:00 – 7:00pm)

7pm – Julie Olson, with Chris Morton (piano), Nate Parker (bass) and Matt Page (drums)
9pm – Paul Harding and the JuJu Detective agency, with Paul Harding (spoken music), Eric Barber (sax), Ben Hunter (violin), Gabriel C. Herbertson (guitar), Stephen Fandrich (piano), Geoff Harper (bass) and Mark Ostrowski (drums)
11pm – Free Jazz Tacoma, with David Miner (piano/keyboard), Dave Crow (woodwinds), Al Cantey (bass)

BAKE’S PLACE: Rebecca Parris Quartet

SERAFINA: Mercedes Nicole

Aphonia Recordings showcase series pt. 8: L.A. Lungs; Derek M. Johnson; The Precambrian

GRAZIE: Dennis Hastings Quartet

PAMPAS CLUB: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Susan Pascal
90 Wall St, 728-1140

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Ranney-Kistler Bop-heads
2501 Eastlake Ave E, 726-4966

Bake’s Place Celebrates 5 Years

Craig and Laura Baker are celebrating Bake’s Place’s fifth anniversary this weekend by welcoming vocalist Rebecca Parris for a weekend of great music. Joining Parris will be Randy Halberstadt on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass and Gary Hobbs on drums.

Aug 1 – 2: Rebecca Parris Quartet

4135 Providence Point Dr. SE
Issaquah, WA 98029

Reservations: 425-391-3335