Monday Jazz

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Jam with Darin Clendenin

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

LA SPIGA: Rodger Pegues Duo

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Mindi Abair

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa:Tor Dietrichson and Mambo Cadillac

3pm: Garfield Big Band / Jay Thomas Bg Band
8pm: Jim Cutler Big Band

11am-1:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Conlin Roser / Cynthia Mullis Duo
6:30-9pm: Ryan Burns, solo piano

LA SPIGA: Rodger Peques Duo

GALLERY 1412: Seattle Improvised Music Festival

LUCID: Lee Redfield Trio and Jam Session
5241 University way

Drop us a line and let us know what else is happening tonight!

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mindi Abair

BAKE’S PLACE: Karin Plato Quartet

MAINSTAGE: Sinatra at the Sands

7pm – Confluence (formerly RiverPeople)
9pm – Julie Cascioppo, with Craig Hoyer (piano)

GRAZIE: James Burnhard Blues Fusion

CAFE HARLEQUIN: Emily Mcintosh and Darrius Willrich
107 Lake Street, Kirkland, 8:00pm

SERAFINA: Jose Gonzales Trio

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

EL GAUCHO: Trish Hadley
555 110th Ave NE, Bellevue  425-455-2734

CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE: Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Two Mangione band members among crash victims

from The Buffalo News:

Two members of Chuck Mangione’s band, Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett, were among the passengers killed on Flight 3407, Publicist Sanford Brokaw said today.

They were en route to Buffalo for tonight’s performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic, which has been postponed.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Mangione said: “I’m in shock over the horrible, heartbreaking tragedy.”

BPO spokesman Mike Lazzaro said a new date for the concert would be announced at a later date.


From Matt Jorgensen: Coleman Mellett and I played in The Delegates together from 1998 – 2001. He was married to vocalist Jeannie Bryson and they performed in the Northwest in recent years at Bake’s Place and the Anacortes Jazz Festival. They vacationed every summer in the San Juan Islands and we would play gigs together when they were here. My thoughts go out to Jeannie.

The Jazz Hang: Local Color – Art, Jazz & Big Fun

There is some seriously fun hang happening right in the belly of the Pike Place Market: Local Color Gallery. This spunky spot is a working art studio, coffee shop, wine bar and live jazz venue all rolled into one. Anyone looking for a great place to listen to jazz should definitely check this out.

Local Color sits on the corner of Pike Place and Stewart Street. I recently went down to check out their “Jazz in the Market” series, which happens every Friday and Saturday night. On this particular night, vocalist Rochelle House was, forgive the pun, in the house along with her killer band: Darrius Willrich on keys, Evan-Flory-Barnes on bass and D’Vonne Lewis on drums. The room is long and rectangular, and a stage sits on the far end of the space. Of course, there is art everywhere. Local Color features works by local artists of all mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, photograph and contemporary pottery. There are paintings and photographs on all the walls and cases full of original jewelry. The room is colorful and cheerful. They have a full espresso menu, a nice variety of beer and wine and also a selection of light nibbles, including delicious grilled sandwiches, a la pannini-style. I had a wonderful tuna melt and a very tasty vanilla latte, which was served to me by the friendliest of baristas.

When it comes to the music side of things, owners Frank and Sydne Albanese don’t mess around. They are committed to creating a relaxed listening venue for their patrons and also to making this jazz series successful. They have an outstanding sound system, complete with stage monitors, main speakers for the house and a Mackie mixer. The acoustics were pretty impressive. Initially, we couldn’t hear enough of the vocals through the mains, but Frank quickly adjusted, and it was fine for the rest of the evening. There is a house drum kit and an electronic piano. The stage is well lit with professional gel lighting. Comfortable couches and chairs are assembled in front of the stage, and there are high tables, counters and stools situated throughout the room. This is no coffee shop open mic with a singer-songwriter on a stool in the corner. This is a full-on listening venue that has been planned with careful attention to detail.

Perhaps one of the most striking things about Local Color is the warm hospitality and decidedly pro-music vibe. Frank, Sydne and staff treat everyone like friends, and anyone walking through the door is greeted as such. Frank, in particular, is excited about all things jazz and happily engages in conversations about his favorite recordings or about the upcoming performance of a new vocalist that he is excited about. On the particular night I was there, the room was packed, Rochelle and her band were on fire, and the overall scene felt like a party full of happy friends. I thought to myself, “Everyone should know about this place.”

Local Color has live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, with the exception of the first Saturday night of the month, when they host a regular art opening. Local Color validates parking after 5pm at the Public Market Garage at 1531 Western Ave. This eliminates the pesky task of parking in the market, which can be very daunting, especially on a weekend evening. Again, Frank and Sydne have thought of everything.

Local Color is truly a wonderful establishment, and I can’t say enough about the sheer fun- factor of hanging out there. In a time when many music venues are struggling to stay afloat, the spirited gang at Local Color forges full-speed ahead. This optimism and enthusiasm will no doubt make this one of the most vibrant rooms on the scene. If you haven’t been, check it out. If you’ve already been, well, you know what I’m talking about.

Local Color is located at 1601 Pike Pl., Seattle, WA 98101. Phone is 206-728-1717. Website is

Seattle Times: Improvised music is made for listening

While all jazz is improvised music, not all improvised music is jazz. And that is about as good a place to start a discussion about the experimental art form collectively called “improvised music.”

Starting tonight and continuing for two consecutive weekends, the Seattle Improvised Music Festival will feature a dozen musicians in various combinations, performing one of the most- difficult-to describe forms of modern music. There are several saxophone players (Wilson Shook, Wally Shoup, Kelvin Pittman), keyboard players (Gust Burns and Jonathan Zorn — not to be confused with avant-garde composer John Zorn), a trumpet player (Greg Kelley), even a singer (Liz Tonne) — many of whom perform with sophisticated, electronic effects.

“I see it as a tangled core of different strands of music that developed out of jazz and free jazz in the ’60s and ’70s,” said Burns, director of the festival, whose history goes back 24 years.

“It’s also heavily experimental, electronic music that has nothing to do with jazz. It doesn’t have swing; it doesn’t have a groove. Then, there’s a post-rock, post- Sonic Youth spirit, noise music. It’s kind of a tangled mess that has an improvisational and experimental core.”

Continue reading at The Seattle Times

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hadley Caliman Quartete

JAZZ ALLEY: Mindi Abair

BAKE’S PLACE: Lorraine Feather – Shelly Berg

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio (5-7pm)

MAINSTAGE: Joan Rivers
MUSICQUARIUM: Kiko Freitas, Soul Kata

7pm – Susan Carr Ensemble
9pm – Far Corner
11pm – Menagerie of Extravagance

GRAZIE: Sue Bell Trio

LOCAL COLOR: Rebekka Goldsmith

CAFE HARLEQUIN: Finn Hill Jazz Quartet w/ Kay Bailey
107 Lake Street, Kirkland, 8:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Fred Hoadley Trio
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival backs out of agreement with Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra

A bit of controversy has erupted in advance of the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival which takes place later this month in Edmonds.

The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) had been contacted by Executive Producer Joe DeMiero in mid-January to back up vocalist Carmen Bradford on Saturday, February 28. According to members of SWOJO, a fee had been negotiated and preparations were underway for the evenings music. Doug Reid had been hired to direct the band, replacing Daniel Barry who had a scheduling conflict, and DeMiero had promised to send a contract. As late as Tuesday, February 10, SWOJO was advertised on the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival’s website.

On February 8, SWOJO Executive Director Carolyn Caster emailed band members that she was notified by DeMiero that he had continued to look for cheaper groups and had found one that was willing to perform all three nights of the festival for the same price SWOJO was getting paid for a single concert. Caster expressed her dismay that DeMiero would continue to search for another group when he had already hired one, but in the end DeMiero informed SWOJO that the festival would be going with the other band.

Contacted by Seattle Jazz Scene, DeMiero said in an email, “It is the policy of our organization not to discuss artist negotiations with anyone but the artists and their management. We have tremendous respect for the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and its members, and we hope to have the opportunity to work together in the future.”

On Wednesday, February 11, the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival’s website was updated replacing SWOJO with the Mach One Jazz Orchestra.

All of this adds a cloud over what otherwise is a stellar line-up of headliners. The festival’s focus is on providing a non-competitive educational environment for 40+ school ensembles from around the Pacific Northwest. One of the headliners, Sara Gazarek, previously performed at the festival when she was a student at Roosevelt High School in Seattle.

Said one member of SWOJO, “It devalues the work we do and ruins it for everybody. Since DeMieiro now knows that he can get a band to work for this little money, it will never be what is was: a decent paying gig for good musicians. In the end, that festival will get what they pay for and the music will suffer. ”

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Thursday Jazz

1st and Union, 5:30pm, Free with museum admission

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Nelda Swiggett Trio

THAIKU: Jon Alberts / Jeff Johnson / Tad Britton

JAZZ ALLEY: Mindi Abair

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Elspeth Savani Quintet, with Chris Stover (trombone), Julio Jauregui (piano), Jeff Norwood (bass), Jeff Busch (percussion) and Elspeth Savani (vocals/hand percussion)
9pm – Amir Beso (guitar), presenting an acoustic blend of Flamenco, Gypsy, Jazz and traditional Balkan music

LUCID: Hochiwichi

LO-FI: The Teaching

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Larry Fuller on Conan tonight

Pony Boy Recording Artist and el-primo pianist LARRY FULLER will be appearing tonight, February 11, on “LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN” with guitarist/vocalist JOHN PIZZARELLI. Fuller has been a member of Pizzarelli’s New York–based group for several years. It’s a very swinging and exciting ensemble.

“Late Night” can be seen on NBC-TV at 12:35am (11:35 Central Time)
You can also watch full episodes the next day at NBC’s Late Night web site.

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hal Sherman and the BCC Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Jessica Stenson, with Darin Clendenin (piano)
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Marti MacEwan, with Darin Clendenin (piano) and Robert Rushing (drums)

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Mose Allison

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Ben Fisher
9pm – Eric Elven and Dust Free High, with Eric Elven (vocals/guitar), Scott Becker (guitar), Doug Pierson (bass) and Thane Michell (drums)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

Dorothy Rodes at Tula’s this Wednesday

Dorothy Rodes with at Tula’s this Wednesday night.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Dorothy Rodes – vocals
Dave Peterson – guitar
Jeff Johnson – bass
Byron Vannoy– drums

Tula’s Jazz Club
2214 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-422

7:30 to 11:30 pm
$10 cover charge

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Clark Gibson Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Eli Rosenblatt

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Seattle Times: Portland: Top jazz festival with new life

from The Seattle Times:

Reborn for its sixth season as the Alaska Airline/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival, the 10-day event opens Friday and runs through Feb. 22, presenting many of jazz’s most-celebrated artists within a square mile of downtown. The program, dubbed “Somethin’ Else” this year, celebrates the 70th birthday of Blue Note, the definitive modern jazz label.

Among the artists featured over the first weekend are New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard, presenting “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)”; Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba; tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano; vocalist Dianne Reeves; guitarist John Scofield; pianist McCoy Tyner; and clarinetist Don Byron. All those artists have recorded extensively for Blue Note. The festival also features numerous onstage artist interviews, panel discussions, jam sessions and gigs by resident stars such as vocalist Nancy King, pianist/songwriter Dave Frishberg and drummer Mel Brown.

Grammy Awards are today

A majority of the Grammy Awards will be given out this afternoon starting at 1:00pm during the pre-telecast. This includes all of the jazz and classical awards.

Excerpt from The Seattle Times preview …

The Northwest has always been a hotbed of jazz. This year, there are two jazz nominees from the area. Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell is up for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group for “History, Mystery.” (In 2005, he won Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his album “Unspeakable.”) Also, Chris Walden — on Seattle-based jazz and classical label Origin Records — is nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition for “Symphony No. 1: The Four Elements.”

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis


3pm: Jazz Police Big Band
8pm: Jim Cutler Big Band

11am-1:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Conlin Roser / Cynthia Mullis Duo
6:30-9pm: Jerry Frank, solo piano

LA SPIGA: Eli Rosenblatt

PONCHO Concert Hall: Jacob Stickney, 8:00pm

Drop us a line and let us know what else is happening tonight!

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

Hadley Caliman at the Golden Ear Awards presented by Earshot Jazz. (Daniel Sheehan photo)

Jazz Northwest salutes the 20th annual Golden Ear Awards presented by Earshot Jazz at the Triple Door on February 2. This program airs on February 8 and includes music by award winners Hadley Caliman (pictured), Byron Vannoy, Thomas Marriott, Greta Matassa, Neil Welch, and Mark Taylor among others.

The annual jazz awards recognize outstanding achievement by Seattle area resident jazz musicians by a poll of jazz experts and the votes of a jazz loving community.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 1 PM Pacific and is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU and is also streamed to the internet at The program is also available as a podcast the day after the airdate.

(audio preview below)

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis Trio


7pm – Manghis Khan
9pm – The Starlings
11pm – Rooms for Roots Americana Series, with ThorNton Creek

BAKE’S PLACE: Pearl Django

ST. CLOUDS: Jose Gonzales Trio

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quietfire

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/ Sue Nixon

EL GAUCHO (Bellevue): Trish Hatley Trio

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

CONCERT: Charanga Danzon
Richard Hugo House, 8pm, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle.
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Seattle Times: New Orleans sound takes a trip to Seattle, courtesy of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

from The Seattle Times:

Everyone should experience Mardi Gras at least once, but if a trip to New Orleans isn’t in the cards, rest assured that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is bringing a potent jolt of Crescent City soul to Seattle.

A New Orleans institution for more than 30 years, the Dirty Dozen revolutionized the brass-band tradition in the late 1970s by adding a bracing shot of bebop into an already savory musical gumbo. Born out of the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band (a program created by the great banjoist and rhythm guitarist Danny Barker when he returned to New Orleans after decades as a top player on the New York jazz scene), the Dirty Dozen soaked up brass-band history while rubbing shoulders with jazz legends. The band, which tours as an eight-piece combo, plays Neumo’s on Thursday.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.