Election night at Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Now that the long slog of the election-season-for-the-ages is coming to a close, it’s time to kick back and PARTY! We hope you’ll stop by and join in our open jam session, with musicians of all stripes and musical genres performing roots, blues, jazz, world, country, indie, etc…and any permutations thereof 😉
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-789-1621

MJ Bishop (and possibly Jim Knodle) will be herding the cats, and Seattle’s own Jim Page promises to be here by 6pm!

We’ll be projecting results on the screen starting around 5pm, cruising the web for interesting nuggets, and streaming both the concession speech (which I’m guessing will happen just after our polls close at 8pm) and the acknowledgment speech, which I’m guessing will happen about 9pm (11pm Chicago time). But the race is likely to be projected earlier, so don’t wait too long to come down!

In honor of the occasion, we will be rolling back our food and drink prices 8 years (pre-Bush/Cheney) for the night. No cover…but we’ll make sure no starving artists go hungry 😉

We’ll also be passing the hat for our new Egan’s Music Support Fund, 50% of which will go toward subsidizing student discounts at your regular gigs, so you don’t take a hit on that (unless you can afford to). The other 50% will go toward tuning the piano more often, replacing drum heads, cables, etc., and in general keeping our sound and lighting support up to snuff.

Hope you can make it!

Suzanne, Ben, and the rest of the crew!

Wayne Horvitz’s pre-Election Party

From Wayne Horvitz:

Dear Seattle Friends,

The night of the 2000 election Zony Mash was playing at the long-gone and sorely missed OK Hotel. I will never forget hearing at the break that Al Gore had won Florida, only to come home after the gig and find out that all had changed. The last 8 years have been like the wrong doctor giving you the wrong medication for the wrong diagnosis. It has been beyond belief or comprehension.

Well we hope to change all that, and if you feel like you have done all you can by Monday night please join us for a celebration of life as we know it and also as we hope it to be, before the final shoot-out. This will be the last night of the Earshot celebration of my 20 years in Seattle. We have 3 great bands, representing 2 generations.

Headlining will be THE PRESIDENT. We picked this night for a reason! With original members Bobby Previte and Doug Wieselman and Seattle greats Tim Young, Keith Lowe and Steve Moore this was my first major electric band, which toured Europe and the States, cut its teeth in NYC clubs like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club, did 3 albums for Nonesuch records, paved the way for Zony Mash and Pigpen, and last played in Seattle in 1992? Just watching Bobby Previte rock this music is worth the price of admission. (By the way, the original name of the band was The President of the United States of America, the rest is history.)

Two jazz orchestras play first. Opening will be Sam Gray’s Frantic Managerie. I felt that I should bring things full circle in this retrospective and represent the next generation. Sam has been a composition student of mine, and has a killer set of tunes. Most of the players are Garfield and Roosevelt kids, and students can get $11 tickets.

In the middle we have the New York Composers Orchestra East/West. Original and former members include Bobby Previte, Ron Miles, Briggan Krauss, special guests Skerik and Tim Young and a slew of great Seattle players including Hans Teuber, Mark Taylor, Phil Sparks and many more.

For more information on the history of any and all of these bands, and a little bit about why we need “Joe the Songwriter” in These Hard Times (Joe Hill that is) I have been blogging about this event at: blog.waynehorvitz.net

See ya

Monday Jazz


Triple Door, 7:00pm
Wayne Horvitz:
NY Composers Orchestra West & The President
Sam Gray’s Frantic Menagerie Orchestra

Horvitz presents NY Composers Orchestra West, an amalgamation of Seattle and New York players, and a reprise of his early New York band, The President (just in time for the election). Opening: an adventurous big band of Garfield High School alumnus Sam Gray.
CALL 206-838-4333 FOR TICKETS

other events happening tonight …

JAZZ ALLEY: Liberty, Skyline and Issaquah High School Jazz Bands

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: VOCAL JAM with Greta Matassa

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra

Woodstick makes history today

Woodstick 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
2pm – 4pm
Doors open 9:30am

The 6th annual Woodstick Big Beat world record drumming event will be held on November 2nd at the Juanita Field House in Kirkland, WA. If you own a drum set, this event is for you!

Woodstick currently holds the Guinness World record of 533 drummers playing drumsets simultaneously. This year drummers in Big Beat events in 9 cities across North America will attempt to break the record.

Also featured at the event will be a performance by Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and you can enter to win a Ringo Starr autographed drumhead.

For all you drummers out there … more information can be found at:

Sunday Jazz


Seattle Art Museum, 8pm
Horvitz-Miles-Previte Trio and Robin Holcomb
In the second of three evenings of the Horvitz retrospective, the keyboardist welcomes trumpeter Ron Miles and drummer Bobby Previte to advance the legacy of Horvitz’s memorable trio with Previte and cornetist Butch Morris. Robin Holcomb shares the bill in reprise of her landmark release.

Kirkland Performance Center, 3:00pm
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with James Moody
The all-star big band welcomes the legendary saxophonist, flutist, and NEA Jazz Master, James Moody, and explore the rich history of his work.

and the other events …

SEATTLE JAZZ VESPERS: Dina Blade Quintet, 6pm
Seattle First Baptist Church, www.seattlefirstbaptist.org

JAZZ ALLEY: Boz Scaggs Speak Low Tour

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Fred Hoadley Trio

3pm-Reggie Goings / Hadley Claiman
8pm-Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

11am-1:30pm Jazz Brunch: Conlin Roser / Cynthia Mullis Duo
6:30-9pm: Ann Reynolds / Tobi Stone Duo

BAKE’S PLACE: Piano All-Stars featuring Bill Anschell, Randy Halberstadt, John Hansen and Darin Clendenin

Saturday Jazz

Tula’s Restaurant, 8:30pm
Phil Markowitz Trio

The inventive, virtuosic, and accessible pianist, touring in support of his new release, Catalysis (Sunnyside Records), presents his forward-looking vision for jazz with percussionist Adam Nussbaum and bassist Jay Anderson. CALL 206-443-4221 FOR RESERVATIONS

Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30pm
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with James Moody
The all-star big band welcomes the legendary saxophonist, flutist, and NEA Jazz Master, James Moody, and explore the rich history of his work.

Nordstrom Recital Hall, 4:00pm
SRJO Jazz4Kids Concert
Jazz4Kids concerts are free-of-charge, and are presented for all children and youth, plus any parent, teacher, family member, or youth group leader accompanying them.

Seattle Art Museum, 8pm
Larry Ochs Drum Core
ROVA’s Larry Ochs leads an all-star trio with percussionists Scott Amendola and Don Robinson augmented by special guests from Tokyo, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura.

Triple Door, 7pm and 9:30pm
Marcin Wasilewski Trio
The young pianist’s trio with Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz, mentored by Polish compatriot trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, has quickly become one of the most invigorating ensembles in modern jazz.

Tractor Tavern, 9pm
Pig Pen & Zony Mash w/Horns
This raucous night of free-blowing jazz funk kicks off a 20-year retrospective of Seattle-resident master keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. Tonight, it’s the scorching Pigpen and deep-groovin’ Zony Mash, augmented with an all-star horn section.

North Shore Performing Arts Center, 8pm
The dynamic and charismatic vocalist honors her mother, music icon and pioneer Nina Simone, performing in support of her break-out debut album “Simone on Simone.”

and the other events …

JAZZ ALLEY: Boz Scaggs Speak Low Tour


SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/ Sue Nixon

ST. CLOUD’S: Jose Gonzales Trio

7pm – The Wiretappers
9pm – The Hayburners w/ opening magic show with Louie Foxx
11pm – Downtown Mountain Boys Room For Roots series

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Mike West

GRAZIE: Katie King Trio

BAKE’S PLACE: Pearl Django

SORRENTO HOTEL: Katy Bourne Trio

CELLAR 46: The Teaching