Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis Trio

7pm – Dina Blade Trio, with Hans Brehmer (piano) and Jim Knodle (trumpet) – “Mood For Love”, pre-Valentine’s tribute to lyricist Dorothy Fields
9pm – Voodoo Trio, with Andrea Ramirez (vocals/light percussion), Park Olson (acoustic guitar/vocals), Mike Sievers (piano/vocals)
11pm – Modu, Anyu & Abdu, sounds of West Africa. Modu (vocals/guitar), Anyu (vocals/percussion) & Abdu (lead guitar)

BAKE’S PLACE: Rising Stars Concert & Benefit for Children’s Hospital

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quietfire

SERAFINA: Kelly Ash Trio

ROCKFISH GRILL (Anacortes): Gail Pettis Quartet

EL GAUCHO (Bellevue): Trish Hatley Trio

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Milo Petersen & Associates

Thursday Jazz

7pm – Ziggurat Quartet, with Bill Anschell (piano), Eric Barber (saxophones), Doug Miller (bass), Byron Vannoy (drums)
9pm – Jeni Wren, with Michael Owcharuk (keys), Kevin McCarthy (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums)

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Carr Ensemble

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

JAZZ ALLEY: Ramsey Lewis Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Marco Benevento Trio featuring Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr

LUCID: Bryan Smith Trio
5241 University Way NE, 9pm

LO-FI: The Teaching

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Strunz and Farah

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Beth Winter Vocal Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Silverhands, with Mike McDermott (guitar/vocals) and Julian Martlew (steel/dobro player)
9pm – Vocal Jam, hosted by Dina Blade and the Steve Marx Trio, with Eddie Creed (piano), Ned Smith (drums) and Steve Marx (bass)

TUTTA BELLA: Djangomatics

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

RONNIE PIERCE: Ronnie Pierce

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Strunz and Farah

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

Golden Ear Award Winners

Drummer Byron Vannoy (pictured with daughter Olivia and emcee Jim Wilke) and his group, Meridian, had the 2008 NW recording of the Year

Hadley Caliman won the award for Acoustic Jazz Ensemble and NW Concert of the Year

Saxophonist Mark Taylor was named 2008 NW Jazz Instrumentalist

Thomas Marriott and his Willie Nelson Project won the award for NW ‘Outside’ Jazz Group (apologies to Tom … I was onstage so I couldn’t take a picture – Matt J.)

Saxophonist Neil Welch was named Emerging Artist of 2008

Greta Matassa was again named NW Vocalist of the Year

Jazz Program Director Gordon Todd accepting the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame award for KBCS 91.3fm

Bassist Phil Sparks is accepted in the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame

Tula’s Jazz Club owner Mack Waldron received a special award for service to the jazz community.

Leading Questions: Clarence Acox

Photo and Interview by Steve Korn

Someone once told me that band directors are born, not made.

When I was 14 I heard a recording of Count Basie & his Orchestra
playing “Easin’ It” and it changed my life.

The drums are the life-blood of all America music.

If I could do it all over again, I’d have gone in with Woody Woodhouse and bought an island in the San Juan’s 28 years ago.

Practice makes
you confident to convey a musical idea and as a result allows you to connect with someone in the audience.

When I look at where I’m at right now, I thank my high school & college band directors, in addition to having the best parents ever. They never missed one of my school concerts.

The piece of music that starts with simple phrase and is developed, knocks my sox off. People underestimate the importance of development.

Some of my best ideas come to me at 3:00AM.
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Earshot Golden Ear Awards


216 Union Street, Seattle

$15 general / $13 earshot members / $7 working musicians
phone: 206-838-4333

Join us for Seattle’s premier Jazz Awards featuring a performance by the Hadley Caliman Quintet with Jim Wilke, emcee, and a late set by Das Vibenbass.

The veteran tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman performs with his new quintet at 7pm, with announcer Jim Wilke hosting the awards ceremony at 8pm. At 9:30, Earshot Jazz and the Triple Door present a special send-off concert by Das Vibenbass as they prepare for a collective move to New York City.

from The Seattle Times today …

Polished though the surroundings might be, the sense and scale of the 2008 Golden Ear awards remain much the same. It is a chance to visit with old friends and to measure progress, a night of personal stocktaking and private celebration.

“The quality of the music, the quality of the camaraderie is palpable,” said John Gilbreath, Earshot’s executive director. “It’s important for this to be a community event and for everyone to feel connected to the other people there.

Winners will be chosen in eight categories: recording of the year, emerging artist, acoustic jazz ensemble, vocalist of the year, outside jazz group, concert of the year, jazz instrumentalist and the Hall of Fame category, which is open to nonmusicians. This year’s program will also include a special-recognition award.

“Even though it seems like the scene is shrinking, there are more people on it [the ballot] than ever,” said Marriott, winner of five past awards.

Although musicians agree a Golden Ear is very much an honor between peers, they also concede it is difficult to measure the tangible effect of winning.

“It’s like having a music degree,” said drummer and past winner John Bishop. “It’s nice to have, something you can put in your bio and carry with you for whatever it’s worth. As far as tangible things … I noticed when I got into the Hall of Fame last January, I looked at my calendar and for the first time since 1976, I had no gigs that week.”

Monday Jazz

THE TRIPLE DOOR: The Earshot Golden Ear Awards, 7:00pm
featuring performances by The Hadley Caliman Quintet, awards emceed by Jim Wilke and a late set by Das Vibenbass

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jam with Greta Matassa

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY:Al Di Meola World Sinfonia 2009


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: (closed for Super Bowl)

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

LA SPIGA: Shiri Zorn Trio

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