Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Victor Noriega +2
CD Release Party!

JAZZ ALLEY: Earl Klugh

MAINSTAGE: The Headhunters

7pm – Katie King CD Release Party, with Bill Anschell (piano), Chris Symer (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums)
9pm – Rochelle House
11pm – Blues To Do Post-TV show jam! – featuring Cold Note, funk/rock/soul with Caine (vocals), Dave Thomas (drums), Alex Bainbridge (bass), Graham Parsons (guitar), and James Redfern (guitar)

SERAFINA: Kiko de Freitas

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

HOTWIRE COFFEE: Marc Smason Trio
17551 15th NE, Shoreline, 7:30pm

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Greg Williamson Quartet

NORTH CITY BISTRO: David George Trio

Buddy Catlett Update

from Brian Nova:

First, a BIG Thank you to all of you for a VERY Successful night for Buddy Catlett! With your help, we were able to raise $21,000 for Buddy! Buddy went in to U of W Hospital on Monday and had a very successful Heart Valve replacement surgery. The Doctors said he did great, and should be heading home on Thursday. The doctors also say that he might be up playing his bass by the end of the year! This is miraculous news as the doctors previously gave him 9 months. Your help, love and prayers have made all the difference. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Earl Klugh


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Lonnie Mardis and the SCCC Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Kim Rushing Quartet – Kim Rushing, vocalist formerly with John Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks and Ross) featuring the songs of Billie Holiday. With Paul Sawyer (guitar), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)
9pm – Kristin Woodbury

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

PUYALLUP FAIR: Al Jarreau/Manhattan Transfer

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio


CAFE PALOMA: Sheryl Diane Shumsky

LO-FI: The Teaching

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Kyle Eastwood

MAINSTAGE: Sinatra at the Sands Show
MUSICQUARIUM: Leif Totusek; Infusionary

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Dorothy Rodes, John Hansen, Jeff Johnson, Robert Rushing

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

7pm – 2Me, “folk and roll” band from Sacramento, with Christopher Twomey (acoustic guitar/vocals), Reid Foster (drums/percussion/vocals), Ken Burnett (mandolin) and Mark Gonzales (bass)
9pm – Vocal jazz jam session, hosted by Katy Bourne, with Randy Halberstadt (piano)

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

The Headhunters at The Triple Door

Thursday – Friday, Sept 18-19
216 Union Street

From the instant funk classic “Chameleon” to the rare-groove sound of “God Make Me Funky,” the Headhunters have redefined modern funk, world music, and jazz as one of the most innovative groups in history. Following the release of the groundbreaking Head Hunters (1973) the first album to garner gold status in jazz history, the band toured and recorded for several years with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock, releasing several hit records.

The Headhunters’ music is a complex blend of many styles and genres, including jazz, funk, African and Afro-Caribbean music. The group is also notable for its pioneering use of electronic instruments and effects. Though Herbie Hancock is no longer in the group, the current lineup is as impressive as ever original members Bill Summers on Percussion, Mike Clark on Drums, augmented by Donald Harrison on Saxophone, Gerri Allen on Keyboards and Richie Goods on Bass.

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Roadside Attraction

JAZZ ALLEY: Kyle Eastwood

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Lu Evers Group, with Lu Evers (clarinet), Evan McPherson (guitar), Paul Sherman (bass) and Grant Schroff (drums)
9pm – Red Dress, with Gary Minkler (vocals), Pete Pendras (guitar), John Olufs (guitar), Walt Singleman (bass), and Bill Shaw (drums)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam Session

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: 9th Sister City Day with Chie Kobashi

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: VOCAL JAM with Kelley Johnson

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder
513 N 36th St, 10pm

Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N

Sunday Jazz

BUDDY CATLETT FUNDRAISER: The Pampas Room under El Gaucho.
5:00pm – 11:00pm. 90 Wall St., Belltown.

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Byron Vannoy’s Meridian
12510 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, Tel:(206)364-8815

JAZZ ALLEY: Robben Ford

3:00pm: Jazz Police
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

BAKE’S PLACE: Pearl Django

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Fred Hoadley Trio


11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Jerry Frank Solo Piano

La SPIGA: Gail Pettis Trio

Seattle Times Fall Arts Guide

Among the many jazz events covered in the Seattle Times Fall Arts Guide … we’ll highlight this one:

Pigpen & Zony Mash.
Kicking off a three-night, 20-year retrospective of Seattle-dwelling keyboard master Wayne Horvitz, the prolific musician takes a break from what he’s been doing and revisits his old bands Pigpen and Zony Mash, both of which ought to have been sampled for hip-hop songs by now, with an all-star horn section. Nov. 1, The Tractor Tavern.

Read the complete story at The Seattle Times

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Andrienne Wilson Farewell Concert

JAZZ ALLEY: Robben Ford


BAKE’S PLACE: Karin Plato Quartet

7pm – Student Loan. Julio Appling (bass/vocals), Liz Chibucos (guitar/violin/vocals), Mark Gerolami (banjo/guitar/vocals) and Chad Kimbler (mandolin/vocals)
9pm – Elise Kloter w/ Karin Kajita
11pm – Rachel Bade-McMurphy Quartet. Rachel Bade-McMurphy (vocals/sax/composer) and Brendan McMurphy (trumpet/drums)

SERAFINA: Jazzuhka

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

from Jim Wilke …

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest, we’ll feature Seattle jazz bassist Buddy Catlett on some of his high profile gigs from the 60s with Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins. Buddy is also a Seattle jazz treasure and many Seattle bands have benefited from his pulse. There’s a benefit fundraiser Sunday for Buddy at the Pampas Room at El Gaucho from 5 to 11 as he makes the transition to assisted living and deals with medical expenses.

We’ll also have music by Kareem Kandi, Mark Lewis, Byron Vannoy, Trish Hatley and others on Jazz Northwest, Sunday afternoon at 1 on 88-5, KPLU.

Byron Vannoy CD release party this Sunday

Drummer Byron Vannoy and his group Meridian will be celebrating the release of their new CD with a performance at the LAB at The Seattle Drum School on Sunday, September 14th at 2:00pm.

This is an All Ages event and refreshment will be provided.

The Seattle Drum School

12510 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Byron Vannoy – drums
Eric Barber – saxophone
Casey Evans – piano
Chris Spencer – guitar
Chris Symer
– bass

There is also a great interview with Vannoy in the current issue of Seattle Sound Magazine. Make sure and pick up a copy.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Robben Ford

BAKE’S PLACE: Primo Kim Quartet

7pm – MJ Bishop CD Release Party, with Moe Provencher to open
9pm – Captain Gravel – Miller McNay (mandolin, vocals), Chad Gibson (guitar, vocals), Ben Wieczorek (drums), Keith Judelman (bass) and Michael Connolly (organ). [Website] ($8 cover)
11pm – Trio Concept, with Neil Welch (tenor sax), Chris Icasiano (drums) and Luke Bergman (bass)


SERAFINA: The Djangomatics

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Karen Shivers Welcomes Kobe Jazz Queen Chie Kobashi
from Earshot Jazz: For the past nine years Kobe, Japan, one of Seattle’s many sister cities, has sent the winner of their annual Jazz Vocal Queen Contest to appear in Seattle, and for the last four years Seattle has reciprocated the exchange by sending two vocalists to Japan. This week, the 2008 Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen, Chie Kobashi, makes her Seattle debut with two concerts. Tonight she sings alongside her Seattle counterpart, Karen Shivers, at Hiroshi’s and is backed by Bill Anschell on piano, Doug Miller on bass, and Greg Williamson on drums. On Monday night, she heads over to Jazz Alley for a solo engagement, where she will be joined by Randy Halberstadt on piano, Mark Ivester on drums, and Jeff Johnson on bass. Born in Amagasaki City, Hyogo in 1976, Kobashi grew up in Kobe. She started singing at the age of eight and began singing professionally in her early twenties. She has performed throughout Kobe, Osaka, and Tokyo, and in 2002 she received the World Scholarship Tour from Berklee College of Music. The show begins tonight at 7:30 pm at Hiroshi’s Restaurant (2501 Eastlake Ave E). There is no cover, but reservations are recommended. Monday night Kobashi takes the Jazz Alley stage (2033 6th Ave) at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 6 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 for student and seniors to help support the Seattle Female Jazz Vocalist Audition program.

GRAZIE: Trish, Hans and Phil

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet


Leading Questions: Clipper Anderson

Interview and photo by Steve Korn

Clipper Anderson

When I was 14 I was playing first chair French Horn in band and was starting to gather an interest in the sound of the bass in recordings. But I had no clue that I was going to choose music as a career let alone play bass.

The bass is not a cello and I get more gigs than if I played the flute.

If I could do it all over again, I’d shave first.

Practice makes the odds better that the bass doesn’t kick my butt.

When I look at where I’m at right now, I feel grateful and fortunate with the career that I have had and the people I have met along the way.

The piece of music that always seems to follow me along is the ‘Enigma’ Variations.

Some of my best ideas come to me when I am jogging or listening to music while I’m driving in the car.

My parents, both musical themselves, were very supportive and influential in my musical career. They both confided in me later on that out of the four brothers and one sister, they had quietly thought from early on that I would be the career musician in the family.

Fear is being inconsistent.

Motivation is one of my biggest nemesis.

As I get older
, I’ve realized that there are really no insignificant gigs.

The thing about Greta is she is the best thing that ever happened to me.

In the big scheme of things, what really matters is my family, friends and playing music.

I cried when I lost my good friend and mentor, Jack Brownlow.

Music has taught me the value of staying in present time.

Music is an easier and more universal language for me. Playing music is my one true connection to the spiritual and its infinite possibilities.

I chose the bass because my brother Rocky told me the bass was a cool instrument and to check it out. I did and he was right. I sometimes feel that the bass actually chose me.

When I’m stuck during a solo I have to remember to breathe.

Improvisation is the best expression of me at that moment.

The thing that makes me nervous on stage is internal dialog.

When I’m playing well, it feels like nothing else.

If I could have made a career on another instrument, it would have been the piano. When I dream about playing another instrument, it is always a piano with the singular exception of a dream in which I played a smokin’ solo with a fork and a Tupperware bowl filled with tuna salad.

Clipper Anderson is one of the Northwest’s leading bassists. Playing all styles on acoustic and electric bass, Clipper is a composer, studio musician, vocalist, and educator. He was described in Seattle’s premier jazz magazine Earshot as “a player for the connoisseur to savor.” The list of recordings on which Clipper appears is both long and impressive. He has performed with jazz artists Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Terry Gibbs, Peter Erskine, Bob Berg, James Moody, Jack Jones, Paquito D’Rivera, and Buddy DeFranco. Clipper appears at jazz festivals throughout the Northwest and Canada and has been a featured guest artist annually at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana and the Port Townsend (WA) Jazz Festival. He currently teaches jazz bass studies at Pacific Lutheran University.

For more information about the Leading Questions Project, click here.

Tonight at The Seattle Art Museum

Orchestra Zarabanda w/ Elspeth Savani
Seattle Art Museum Downtown
1300 First Avenue, Seattle

Performances held at 5:30 PM on the 2nd Thursday
of every month. Free with museum admission.

from Earshot Jazz: This month’s installment of the Art of Jazz series, sponsored by Earshot and the Seattle Art Museum, features Orchestra Zarabanda with Elspeth Savani. Zarabanda presents big-band-salsa music inspired by Cuban orquestras and son groups as well as classic New York salsa. Their trademark sound features sensual melodies juxtaposed with driving, syncopated dance rhythms. Tonight singer and co-bandleader Elspeth Savani headlines the group. Originally trained as a classical vocalist, Savani describes her first encounters with Cuban music as an epiphany, after which she put aside her classical training to focus on congas, Cuban dance, Cuban son, and the Spanish language. She has performed with Zarabanda for the past decade, and in 2007 she received an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear nomination for “Best Emerging Artist.” This after-work concert takes place in the Brotman Forum of the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave. Music begins at 5:30 pm; admission to the concert is free with museum admission.

Thursday Jazz

THAIKU: Jon Alberts / Jeff Johnson / Tad Britton

JAZZ ALLEY: Robben Ford

MAINSTAGE: Brothers of the Baladi w/ featured dancer NADIRA
MUSICQUARIUM: The Ramp (from San Francisco)

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Nelda Swiggett Trio

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Julie Cascioppo (vocals), with Hans Brehmer (piano), Joe Casalini (bass) and Tor Dietrichson (congas)
9pm – Butch Harrison

LO-FI: The Teaching


MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Buddy Catlett Fundraiser

From Brian Nova …

I am putting together a fundraiser for Seattle’s own Buddy Catlett on Sunday, September 14th at The Pampas Room. Buddy is suffering from a failing heart valve, and we just moved him yesterday into a assisted living scenario. We are trying to raise money to help keep him there as well as help with his medical expenses. I am hoping to call upon the Seattle music community to help share some of their time and talent on the 14th to help raise some of the money needed. I am also looking to you all to help spread the word and get it out to the greater Seattle community. Seattle has always had a strong sense of community concerning our arts, and I believe it is quite important to take care of those who have helped nurture and sustain our musical community here. Buddy is one of our crown jewels, and I believe should to be treated as such.

The date: Sunday, September 14th
The time: 5:00pm until around 11:00pm
The place: The Pampas Room under El Gaucho – 90 Wall St., Belltown.

We will be having performances all evening, I would love to have as many of the Seattle musicians involved as possible. We will have a silent auction, I am still working on the items, and if you have any ideas or items to donate, please let me know. El Gaucho is donating the room (Thanks!)

So, please help me spread the word and hopefully make this a very successful evening for Buddy and our musical community.