This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with Joe Doria, organ (photo by Daniel Sheehan)

A special Jazz Northwest show of combined highlights from two concerts celebrating Ray Charles and Quincy Jones will air on Sunday, November 22 at 1 pm (PT) on 88.5 KPLU and The full Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is heard in concert from the Kirkland Performance Center, and the SRJO Octet played at The Seattle Art Museum. Hammond B3 organist Joe Doria and singer Dean Bowman are guests with the orchestra and Bernie Jacobs is guest vocalist with the octet. Both concerts were presented by Earshot and recorded earlier this month for this broadcast.

Ray Charles and Quincy Jones began their historic collaboration when they met in Seattle sixty years ago. Both went on to international fame and became megastars in popular music as well as jazz and soul music. Their famous 1961 album together “Genius + Soul = Jazz” remains a landmark in American music and provides the basis for these concerts.

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman and presents a regular concert season in Seattle and Kirkland. For more information see , Joe Doria’s website is

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88-5 KPLU and A podcast of the show is available after the airdate at

Thursday Jazz


NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Voices of Seattle – Elnah Jordan, Reggie Goings and Katie King, with Randy Halberstadt (piano)
9pm – Black Math Quartet, with Brian Heaney (guitar), Liam O’Connor (drums), Tony Sodano (bass) and Matt Reid (trumpet)

CITY HALL: Paul Taub (free, noon)

BOXLEY’S: Leah Stillwell & Darin Clendenin

THE CHAPEL: Steve Griggs Ensemble

LUCID: The Hang w/ Teaching

THE SORRENTO: Karin Kajita

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson and Tad Britton

TRACTOR TAVERN: Reptet CD Release w/ Orkestar Zirkonium & Darek Mazzone
from Earshot Jazz: At Tractor Tavern, the grooving, rocking, squawking, and manically fun Reptet hop around the history of jazz and entertain mightily, as you will hear at the release of their new 7” vinyl record and digital release, Agendacide. Reptet will perform original music from their album and repertoire. Reptet is Samantha Boshnack (trumpets), Nelson Bell (trombone, tuba), Izaak Mills (tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute), Chris Credit (baritone sax, tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet), Tim Carey (double bass, bass guitar), John Ewing (drums), all members of the sterling Monktail Creative Music Concern. The band’s releases have included the CDs Do This! (Monktail, 2006) and Chicken or Beef? (Monktail, 2008) which have fueled their local gigs and national and international tours. Reptet is releasing Agendacide as a digital download and 7” red vinyl record, accompanied by stunning cover art by the late great jazz illustrator, Jim Flora. It was produced by the band, and features a guest appearance by the Wayne Horvitz on Hammond organ. Doug Haire at Jack Straw Productions recorded The Jack Straw Artists Support Program-assisted album early this year, and it then benefited from overdubs, mixing, and mastering by Mell Dettmer at Alpha Studios and Sinister Kitchen. Opening the party will be opened by Orkestar Zirkonium, the Balkan-inspired, mobile, brass-and-drum troupe, while DJ Darek Mazzone, of KEXP, will leaven the proceedings, throughout. A wonderful time is guaranteed, for all. At the Tractor Tavern at 9pm, all for a mere $8; over-21 only.

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S: Billet Deux / Jeannette Armand CD Release

JAZZ ALLEY:  Mose Allison Trio

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

6pm – 10pm – Songs For Shelter Benefit Show, hosted by Paul Benoit and Mike Buchman. w/Eric Apoe, Leif Totusek, Mike Buchman, Paul Benoit, Reggie Garrett, Sean Hennessey, Rachel Harrington, Andrea Wittgens, Zoe Muth, Daren Loucas, Smokin Hotties, Danny Godinez and Carrie Clark

BOXLEY’S: Pony Stablemates & Guests

LUCID: Ambience

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio


Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb: a reunion 40 years in the making

It is 1962 in central Los Angeles and a young 17 year-old tenor saxophonist named Pete Christlieb has met his idol. Hadley Caliman is only thirty years-old but has already made a name for himself as one of the jazz stars on the rise. Christlieb follows Caliman to his gigs throughout Los Angeles and at the end of the night the youngster is invited up on stage to sit in on a few tunes.

Hadley Caliman went on to perform with Freddie Hubbard, Santana, Mongo Santamaria and The Grateful Dead. Pete Christlieb has worked with Steely Dan, Tom Waits, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, Warne Marsh and Bill Holman.

Don’t miss these two saxophone legends as they reunite at The Ballard Jazz Walk this Friday, November 20th!

Tickets are available at

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY:  Mose Allison Trio

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:  Roadside Attraction Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Rochelle House w/ Darrius Willrich (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums)
9pm – Jovino Santos Neto and Paul Meyers w/ Mark Ivester (drums) and Chuck Deardorf (bass)

DEXTER AND HAYES:  Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, w/ Steve Kim and Charlie Nordstrom

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Montserrat with opening act Jovino Santos Neto

TULA’S: Bellevue College Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Sunday Jazz

3pm – Jay Thomas Big Band
8pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Gerald Albright

11am – Alex Guilbert Duo
6pm – Ann Reynolds / Tobi Stone

Sunday Night Salsa: Tor Dietrichson and Mambo Cadillac

BOXLEY’S: Dennis Kolke Trio
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend, 6pm

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Rebecca Kilgore

4pm – SWOJO Girls Jam! – Join Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra musicians Ann Reynolds, Rachael Contorer, Maria Joyner and Cynthia Mullis for a jam session hosted especially for junior and high school jazz students
7pm – The Wiretappers, w/Jake Weber (guitar/vocals), Scott Spadafora (guitar/vocals), David Smith (mandolin/fiddle/vocals), Mark Snyder (upright bass/vocals)
9pm – Susan Harper Conspiracy – Rock fused with soulful, funky grooves!
11pm – triptet, with Michael Monhart (saxophones/percussion), Greg Campbell (percussion/cheap electronics) and Tom Baker (guitars/effects)

BOXLEY’S: Kelly Eisenhour

LOMBARDI’S: Karen Shivers




SERAFINA: Jose Gonzales Trio

GRAZIE: Blues Union

LUCID: Brendan O’Donnell

JAZZ ALLEY: Gerald Albright

5463 Leary Ave NW, Seattle

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Rebecca Kilgore

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Tony Grasso Saxophone? Quartet!, with Tony Grasso (trumpet), Dan Blunck (soprano/alto sax), Brian Kent (tenor sax) and David Johnson (bari sax) (9PM)

BOXLEY’S: Jay Roberts Trio

CYPRESS LOUNGE: Geoffrey Castle

LOMBARDI’S: Karen Shivers


NORTH CITY BISTRO: Scott Lindenmuth Trio


SERAFINA: Tim Kennedy Trio

HIROSHI’S: Jay Thomas Trio

Jason Parker Quartet at the U-District/Lucid Jazz Walk

photos by Jim Levitt

Saturday was a big day for jazz in the U-District: LUCID Jazz Club celebrated it’s one year anniversary by hosting the 2nd Annual U-District Jazz Walk. Jazz groups were featured in venues up and down “the Ave.”

These photos are from the performance at the Historic University Theater of the Jason Parker Quartet, with Jason Parker (trumpet), Josh Rawlings (piano), Even Flory-Barnes (bass), D’Vonne Lewis (drums) and special guest Cynthia Mullis (sax). The group performed a number of tunes from the group’s new recording “No More, No Less.”

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from Eyeshot Jazz:

Celebrating the historic musical kinship of Quincy Jones and Ray Charles, this SRJO project focused on the body of work that yielded the pivotal recording Genius + Soul = Jazz.

Ably handled by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra – including Bill Ramsay (baritone sax), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Jay Thomas (trumpet), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Clarence Acox (drums) – with special guest vocalist Dean Bowman, above, the performances featured guest organist Joe Doria, below, commemorating Charles’s debut recording on Hammond B3

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S: Kelley Ash / Diana Page

JAZZ ALLEY: Sachal Vasandani (no cover)

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – New Trixx and Jazz Against the Machine – Kenny Mandell jazz workshop student groups
9pm – Vocal Showcase, hosted by Barbara Molloy, featuring vocalists Jim Wulff, Rosemary Sweeney and John LoPresti. Accompanied by Beth Wulff (piano), Joe Casalini (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Pony Stablemates & Guests

LUCID: Michael Owcharuk Trio

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio


Photos: Wayne Horvitz: These Hills of Glory

from Eyeshot Jazz:

Soloist Carla Kihlstedt (violin) and the Odeonquartet, a world-renowned chamber group featuring Seattle Symphony musicians, perform Wayne Horvitz’s new chamber-music work, These Hills of Glory

Pianist Cristina Valdes performs the world premier of Wayne Horvitz’s For Piano Alone in Four Parts

The Odeon Quartet consisting of Gennady Fillmonov, violin, Artur Girsky,violin, Heather Bentley, viola, and Helene Ferret, cello, perform the world premier of Robin Holcomb’s Carry Over

Wayne Horvitz joins the Odeon Quartet and Carla Kihistedt on stage at the end of the performance of These Hills of Glory

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra


NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Michele Khazak
9pm – Matt McClosky Jazz Quintet

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock

Sunday Jazz

Tula’s Jazz Club: Ralph Alessi’s This Against That
Town Hall: Evan Flory-Barnes: Acknowledgment of a Celebration
Kirkland Performance Center: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra w/ Dean Bowman: Tribute to Ray Charles

and the rest …

BOXLEY’S: Dennis Kolke Trio
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend, 6pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jazz Police Big Band, 3pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Euge Groove

Saturday Jazz

Northshore Performing Arts Center: Greta Matassa
Tula’s Jazz Club: Ralph Alessi’s This Against That
Nordstrom Recital Hall: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra w/ Dean Bowman:Tribute to Ray Charles
Chapel Performance Space: Hans Koch, Paul Kikuchi’s Portable Sanctuary

and the rest …

7pm – Conrad Tovar, w/Jose Martinez (drums), Chris Symer (bass) and Tom Kellock
9pm – Eva Tree – Room for Roots Americana Series w/ Bill Dickerson (guitar/vocals), Fletcher Brock (bass), Mark Filler (tongue drum), Nancy K. Dillon (harmony) and M.J. Bishop (accordion)
11pm – Brian Oberlin (swing mandolin), Paul Anastasio (viola)

BAKE’S PLACE: Stephanie Porter Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Euge Groove

BOXLEY’S: Kelly Eisenhour Quartet,

CYPRESS LOUNGE: Gail Pettis Trio

LOMBARDI’S: Chris Clark/Bob Hammer Trio


SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/Sue Nixon

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire

U-DISTRICT JAZZ WALK: LUCID One Year Anniversary Celebration
Multiple performers in multiple venues, all day until 2am. For complete line-up, visit: U-District / Lucid Jazz Walk

This weekend on Jazz NW and Jazz After Hours

from Jim Wilke:

A few things to share with you about upcoming shows on KPLU…..

This weekend is the 25th anniversary of Jazz After Hours which began the first weekend of November, 1984 on what was then American Public Radio. At that time it was a live uplink from KUOW and continued from their studios on campus and later University Way until it moved to my Hatchcover studio in 2001. Over 80 stations and several state networks, mostly East Coast and Central, currently carry the show. Many of the original stations (including KPLU) are still with us today. I’m personally grateful for their support as well as the support of Public Radio International and the jazz community world-wide.

To mark the occasion, this Friday night’s show will be mostly jazz hits from the 80s and 90s, Saturday night will bring it more up to date but will also include some more “oldies”. Here are some of the artists who were making new records when the show started: Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, J.J.Johnson, Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, Jimmy Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan! CDs were just beginning to appear and I had one or two per hour – the rest were LPs.

Locally, I’m dedicating this Sunday’s Jazz Northwest to the memory of Joe Wheeler who died Monday at the age of 77, only ten days after being diagnosed with cancer. For those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Joe, he was the founder and first executive director of Centrum which oversaw the evolution of Fort Worden from a WW I era military base to a world class hands-on arts facility most of us know best as home of Jazz Port Townsend. Not exactly “spears into plowshares”, but close! Would that more energy was put into making art instead of war – Joe certainly was an outstanding example in that respect! He was a great human being I’m proud to have called a friend.

I’m recording five Earshot festival concerts in five locations for broadcast on Jazz NW. The Jazz Legends Tribute to Hadley Caliman aired last Sunday and is now available as a podcast. I’ve also recorded the Jim Knapp Orchestra at Cornish and Jay Thomas’ East-West (Japan/ USA) Double Trio at Tula’s and Greg Williamson’s A-Y-P large ensemble last night at the TD. That was a fun program! Still to record is the SRJO Ray Charles/ Quincy Jones show in Kirkland on Sunday. Photos are online at

Seattle Times: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays tribute to Ray Charles and Quincy Jones

from The Seattle Times:

Ray Charles and Quincy Jones were teenagers when they met in a Seattle nightclub, one of dozens clustered around Jackson Street in the 1940s. They were both aspiring jazz musicians, Charles a pianist, Jones a trumpeter.

They were among many now- familiar names who got their start in Seattle: Buddy Catlett, Ernestine Anderson, Gerald Wiggins, Floyd Standifer. Jones and Charles eventually achieved the most fame, moving beyond their original genre, becoming stars of pop and R&B.

The pair collaborated on the seminal 1961 album “Genius + Soul = Jazz,” which featured Charles on the Hammond B3 organ, with members of the Count Basie band, performing big-band arrangements by Jones. The scores that came out of that collaboration will be performed by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in two shows this weekend as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, which ends Sunday.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.