from The Seattle Times:

For a high-school junior in the grips of a jones for jazz and sourdough pizza, the road trip made perfect sense.

Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula in the late 1990s, aspiring jazz bassist Nate Omdal had to drive 50 miles to find Miles Davis’ seminal album “Birth of the Cool.”

“I’d get paid from my job and I’d drive to Port Townsend to buy some records at Quimper Sound,” recalls Omdal, 27. “I had started a 10-piece band the year before, so I was really motivated to get a copy of ‘Birth of the Cool’ and a piece of Waterfront Pizza.”

Omdal’s latest project, the Seattle Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (SJCE), was born on a similar quest. On the way from Seattle to a Port Townsend gig with pianist Mike Owcharuk several months ago, they came up with the concept of assembling an ensemble with the same expanded brass instrumentation as “Birth of the Cool.” The SJCE makes its debut tonight at Lucid Jazz Lounge, just north of the U District.

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