Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Dave Frishberg

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Critical Mass Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Dorothy Rodes with Dawn Clement
9pm – Neil Welch



MIX: Don Mock

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Double CD Release Party: Marc Seales Quintet and Rochelle House

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Ronnie Pierce’s “Dream Band”

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Ronnie Pierce’s Dream Band

Monday, March 30, 7:30pm
Pony Boy Records Presents:
A Workshop Big Band Resurrection of Ronnie Pierce’s “Dream Band” library from 1946

Tula’s Restaurant & Nightclub
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
reservations: ph: 206-443-4221
$8 cover charge

This will be an investigative workshop/rehearsal/rehydration of a book and big band that lots of the jazzers from the period raved about. Kids like Red Kelly, Marvin Thomas, Fred Greenwell, etc… They all said it was a great book, and a very modern band for the time… With Arrangements by Bob Hill (who passed away last Thursday) and Glenn Thomas. We will give it a reading and see what’s been hidden away since 1946. We’ll do some rendering, and make some recordings in “workshop” fashion for documentation to apply for a grant – for a more formal performance. We’ll even do some on-stage panel interviewing of Ronnie Pierce and the author of a new book about the “Sheriff,” along with some photos and historical perspectives. I came across many references to this band when researching the “Conversations & Deconstructions” piece. Ronnie has had the music locked away for a very long time – let’s see what all the fuss was about.

Come on down for the spectacle!

Saxes: Travis Ranney, Alexey Nikolaev, Mike West, Bill Ramsay
Trombones: Gary Shutes, Dan Marcus, Dave Marriott, Greg Schroeder
Trumpets: Dennis Haldane, Mike Mines, Al Keith, Jake Bergevin, Chad McCullugh
Wandering French Horn High Notes: Mike Simpson
Rhythm Section: Greg Williamson, drums; Jon Hamar, bass; Dan Kramlich, piano; Jim Day, guitar

Discounts on Ballard Jazz Festival tickets before April 1

Tickets to the 2009 Ballard Jazz Festival (April 22-26) are on sale now with big discounts available to those who buy before April 1st.

Vibraphonist Joe Locke returns after his monumental 2004 performance at The Ballard Jazz Festival which resulted in the live recording, Live in Seattle. He will be joined by Portland pianist Darrell Grant and Seattle musicians Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop.

The Ballard Jazz Walk is bigger than ever with 19 groups performing in 12 venues all on a single ticket. Featured are locals Bill Ramsey and Jay Thomas, Hadley Caliman, John Stowell and Scenes, Tumbao, Kelley Johnson, Ben Thomas, Mark Taylor, Hans Teuber and more. New this year is an OA2 Records event at Leif Erikson Hall featuring the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and Cynthia Mullis & Third Hemisphere.

Guitarist Corey Christiansen will be featured at a couple of events during the week starting with The Guitar Summit at The Sunset Tavern on Thursday, April 23. Christiansen will be joined by fellow guitarists Don Mock, Jay Roberts, Dave Peterson and John Stowell is different performances throughout the night.

Also returning are The Brotherhood of the Drum and the Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit: http://ballardjazzfestival.com

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: George Duke

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

3pm: Fairly Honest Jazz Band
8pm: Jim Cutler Big Band

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

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

Thank You To Our Sponsors

A big THANK YOU to all of our advertisers on Seattle Jazz Scene. This site is able to stay online because of the advertising by the following:

The Ballard Jazz Festival (April 22 – 26)

Marc Seales / Rochelle House CD Release Party at Jazz Alley (Monday, March 30)

The Bellevue Jazz Festival (May 22 – 24)

Jason Parker Quartet (appearing at Tula’s, Monday, April 13)

and we will be welcoming some new advertisers in April …

Mark Taylor’s new CD, Spectre (performing at SAM and The Triple Door)

Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson (September 24 at The Puyallup Fair)

If you would like to advertise, please email [email protected] for more information.

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quintet w/ Susan Pascal

JAZZ ALLEY: George Duke


7pm – Momentum
9pm – BAM!, with Beth Fleenor (bass clarinet), Amy Denio (reeds/accordion), Michael Owcharuk (keyboards)
11pm – Jim Knodle and the Distract Band

BAKE’S PLACE: Jennifer Scott

LOCAL COLOR: Kimberly Reason

SERAFINA: Voodoo Trio

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

ST. CLOUD’S: A Soul Band

MARTINS ON MADISON: Nelda Swiggett Trio


SORRENTO HOTEL: Katy Bourne Trio

Seattle Times: Jennifer Scott forges jazz art from pop classics

from The Seattle Times:

Jennifer Scott is a musical alchemist, a singer with a gift for transforming songs often dismissed as pop dross into jazz gold.

Not that she makes a particular point out of dredging up Top 40 hits, but the Vancouver, B.C.-based Scott has set herself apart from the jazz-vocalist pack with her mesmerizing renditions of the most unlikely tunes.

“I’ve never been a jazz snob,” says Scott, who makes her Bake’s Place debut as a bandleader this weekend with her husband, bassist Rene Worst; pianist Randy Halberstadt; and drummer Mark Ivester. “I’ve always enjoyed all types of music. Pop tunes relate to a much broader base of people. I love ‘All the Things You Are’ and the beautifully crafted standards, but there’s other material that’s just as exciting.”

No song better exemplifies Scott’s fearless plunge into the back pages of the bubble-gum canon than her angst-ridden arrangement of Lesley Gore’s chart-topping 1963 lament “It’s My Party.” In Scott’s hands, the teenage tale of woe turns into a surprisingly taut musical melodrama, advanced by an insinuating bass line. She credits Worst with seeing the song’s potential, and doggedly campaigning for her to tackle it.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Seattle Times: Hot Java Cool Jazz: a showcase of high-school bands at the Paramount

from The Seattle Times:

For the past 10 years, high-school jazz bands from Washington state have accounted for nearly one-quarter of the finalists in the prestigious Essentially Ellington band competition in New York City. True to form, three schools from the Seattle area are sending bands to the 15-band Ellington competition in May: Garfield, Roosevelt and Newport.

To raise money for travel expenses, those schools — along with the bands from Shorewood and Mountlake Terrace high schools, which have also competed at the Ellington finals — will perform a fundraising concert at 7:30 tonight at the Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St., Seattle). The concert, called Hot Java Cool Jazz and sponsored by Starbucks, raised more than $16,000 per school last year. Even the schools that do not compete in Ellington spend a lot of money to perform, travel and practice.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hadley Caliman / Thomas Marriott Quintet

JAZZ ALLEY: George Duke

5:30: PGM Trio
9:00: Adam Hunter

7pm – Margo Murphy CD Release, with guitarists John Miller and Ron Peters
9pm – Tony Grasso Saxophone? Quartet!
11pm – Nikki & Kiko, with Nikki DeCaires (vocals), Kiko Freitas (guitar) and guests

BAKE’S PLACE: Jennifer Scott

LOCAL COLOR: Jeremiah Dorland

SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

ST. CLOUD’S: No Jive Five



HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Bryant Urban Bossa Esspress

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Doug Reid & Friends

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

Marc Seales / Rochelle House at Jazz Alley

Monday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Marc Seales Quintet with Special Guest Rochelle House

2033 6th Avenue
Reservations: 206-441-9729

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents pianist Marc Seales with special guest vocalist Rochelle House for one night only. Both artists are celebrating the release of new CD’s. Band members are Marc Seales (piano), Rochelle House (vocals), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), Larry Barilleau (percussion) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums). Set time is 7:30pm and doors open at 6pm.

Appearing at Jazz Alley for one night in support of his latest CD, The Paris Suite, Marc Seales, a Professor at the University of Washington, is well known in the Puget Sound area for his many appearances in jazz venues. He has played with nearly every visiting jazz celebrity from Joe Henderson and Art Pepper to Benny Carter, Mark Murphy, and Bobby Hutcherson. With Don Lanphere he performed in such places as London, England; Kobe, Japan; The Hague in the Netherlands; and the North Sea Jazz Festival. “Playing with all those guys was like going to school for me,” says Seales

Rochelle’s latest CD entitled Water, is being released on March 30th at Jazz Alley. This CD is her second collaboration with Marc Seales and also features Seattle jazz musicians D’Vonne Lewis, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Paul Rucker, as well as Cuong Vu. Rochelle House is a vocalist who understands, in a deep, lived sense, what she is singing about, and has the talents and tools to express it. Her debut disc Dreams of Love earned her a nomination for Earshot’s Golden Ear awards, in the vocalist of the year category. She demonstrates on Water that her debut was no fluke. Four of the nine compositions are originals, while the remainder of the selections really are selections: chosen for their sympathetic reinforcement of the album’s moods and pacing, as well as House’s own singular expressive talents.

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: George Duke

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Elspeth Savani Orchstra Zarabanda

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Ambience, with Leah Natale (vocals), George Stone, Chris Busa and Burt Boice (bass)
9pm – Jeremy Udden’s Plainville, with Jeremy Udden (alto/soprano sax), Victor Noriega (keys), Will Graefe (guitar) and Sean Hutchinson (drums)

LUCID: Sasha Herschberg Trio

LO-FI: The Teaching

THAIKU: Jeff Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

SORRENTO: Miss Rose & Casey Macgill

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Tony DeSare Trio

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Jazz Workshop

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band w/Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

7pm – David Maloney (of Reilly and Maloney) solo show!
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Cara Francis, with the Dan Sales Trio

Tony DeSare Trio at Jazz Alley

Tony DeSare Trio at Jazz Alley
March 24-25, 2009


The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare touring in support of his latest release Radio Show. Band members joining Mr. De Sare are Mike Klopp (drums) and Mike Lee (bass). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Tuesday and 5:30pm Wednesday.

“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades he exhibits the slicked-up charm of an early ’60s pop star with Rat Pack dreams” raved the New York Times. United Press International called him “the freshest face on the saloon circuit…” MSNBC praised him as “an engaging singer, with a warm, clear, mellifluous voice and some real stage charisma.”

The Tony DeSare Trio was one of the most popular bands in central New York State while DeSare attended Ithaca College. Shortly after moving to New York City in 1999, DeSare was cast as the star of the long running Off-Broadway musical, Our Sinatra. In the fall of 2002, DeSare performed at the Apollo Theater where he first met jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizarelli. Since then, Pizzarelli has continued to perform with DeSare’s band around the country.

DeSare’s latest recording, is entitled Radio Show and was recently released on January 20, 2009. The CD is a concept album that spans generations of pop music and all takes place in the realm of radio. Radio Show is an engaging affair because the smooth baritone singer-songwriter takes the old, mixes it with some new and offers a few originals for balance. The CD even features a duet with star jazz singer, Jane Monheit.

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Tony DeSare Trio

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Music Works Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Jump Ensemble
9pm – David Arteaga, with Randy Halberstadt (piano), Doug Miller (bass) and Steve Korn (drums)


Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: An Evening with Branford Marsalis

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Rhythm Syndicate

3pm: Ziggurat Quartet
8pm: Jim Cutler Big Band

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

LUCID: Jam Session
5241 University Way

1520 NE 177th Street, Shoreline, WA, 4-7pm

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

Saturday Jazz

4:00pm – Kathleen Donnelly
8:00pm – Susan Pascal

JAZZ ALLEY: An Evening with Branford Marsalis

7pm – and how! Quintet
9pm – Ben Darwish Trio, with Ben Darwish (piano), Eric Gruber (bass) and Jason Palmer (drums)
11pm – Sambatuque, with Jeff Busch (drums), Mikaela Romero (vocals), Tim Carey (bass), Alex Chadsey (keys), and Denny Stern (congas & percussion)


BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa

LOCAL COLOR: Fathia Atallah

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/ Sue Nixon

LUCID: Industrial Revelation


CONCERT: Tom Varner
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford in Seattle

Donny Osborne clinic tonight at Donn Bennett’s Drum Shop

Donny was Buddy Rich’s and Gene Krupa’s protégé. He’s the last link to the great drummers of the swing era. He will do a clinic and sign copies of his new DVD and book.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 – 7:30pm … Only $5

Donn Bennett Drum Studio
13212 NE 16th St. #7
Bellevue, WA 98005

(425) 747-6145 (telephone)