Photos: Greg Williamson’s A-Y-P Large Ensemble

from Eyeshot Jazz

Greg Williamson’s 16-piece group re-imagined the music of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exhibition – Seattle’s first World’s Fair.

In an wonderful and fanciful presentation with photos projected behind them, the ensemble presented pieces performed at and written especially for the exhibition (re-interpreted for a modern jazz orchestra), complete with period instruments and costumes and large-screen projections of photographs from the exhibition. Directed by Greg Williamson, the ensemble featured terrific ensembles and solos from the Pony Boy All-Star Big Band. The performance consisted of works by such 1909 hitmakers as John Philip Sousa, Rossini, D.N. Innes, and E.E. Bagley, in addition to original pieces and morphings of works by more recent composers such as Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones.

Friday Jazz

Triple Door: John Abercrombie Quartet
Tula’s Jazz Club: Kris Davis’s Stone Trio
Cornish College: Trio 3

and the rest …

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa’s Johnny Mercer Celebration

BOXLEY’S: Jay Roberts Trio

CYPRESS LOUNGE: Gail Pettis Trio

LOMBARDI’S: Chris Clark/Bob Hammer Trio

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio


LOCAL COLOR: Jacqueline Davis & Black Lab Trio

SERAFINA: Kelly Ash Trio

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire

Message from Bake’s Place

Make a reservation this weekend for dinner and show and we will waive the cover charge. Like all of you, we have felt an impact from the current economic hardships that the nation has been facing. We’ve noticed a drop in attendance to the shows; times are indeed tough for everyone-musicians, music fans and business owners a like. However, these challenges only strengthen our resolve and sharpen our focus. We are committed to keeping the music going at Bake’s Place.

Friday, November 6
Greta Matassa-A Johnny Mercer Celebration

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Stephanie Porter Quartet
Reservations: 425-391-3335

Nov 8 – Evan Flory-Barnes: Acknowledgment of a Celebration

Sunday, November 8
Evan Flory-Barnes: Acknowledgment of a Celebration

A Meet the Composer Commissioning Music/USA commission
World Premiere
Town Hall, 8, $18-24 BUY ONLINE

The Seattle bassist and composer presents his large-ensemble fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and classical music, complete with modern dancers and freestyle break dancers. Flory-Barnes is excited to premiere the large chamber work, a snapshot of the abundance of inspiration that can thread artistic mediums together, right here in Seattle. The premiere of Acknowledgement of a Celebration features 35 musicians and ten dancers set to Flory-Barnes’s new compositions.

Flory-Barnes credits his University of Washington instructor Barry Lieberman and contemporary double bass player Francois Rabbath for his own technical bass skills and expressive and inspired playing.

Flory-Barnes performs with an inclusive passion and expressive intensity, as though he were completely immersed in music. He regularly brings his trio, The Teaching, to the Lucid jazz club in the University District for an open community jam and hang. The Teaching appeared in the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

Continue reading at the Earshot Jazz Festival website.

Thursday Jazz

City Hall: Jay Thomas East/West Double Trio (noon – free)
Cornish (Poncho): Jay Thomas East/West Double Trio (8:00pm)
Tula’s Jazz Club: Kris Davis’s Stone Trio

and the rest …

LOMBARDI’S: Chris Clark/Bob Hammer Trio

BOXLEY’S: Leah Stillwell & D. Clendenin

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

NEW ORLEANS: Ray Skelbred/Bob Jackson Quintet

7pm – Christopher Blacker and Katy Webber
9pm – Andrew Oliver and Kane Mathis

Wednesday Jazz

Nordstrom Recital Hall: Wayne Horvitz: These Hills of Glory
Wayne Horvitz’s new chamber-music work, These Hills of Glory, performed by soloist Carla Kihlstedt (violin) and the Odeonquartet, a world-renowned chamber group featuring Seattle Symphony musicians. Also featured are pianist Cristina Valdes, flutist Paul Taub, and Seattle Symphony clarinetist, Laura DeLuca. Presented by Seattle Symphony.
Triple Door: Greg Williamson’s A-Y-P Large Ensemble (7:00pm)
Triple Door: Claudia Acuna Quintet (9:30pm)
Tula’s Jazz Club: Joe Doria, Eric Barber, & Byron Vannoy

and the rest …

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Tori Sparks with Alicia Dara and Josh Dean
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Dina Blade, with Nelda Swiggett (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Ed Littlefield (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Pony Stablemates & Guests

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

Tuesday Jazz

Triple Door: Don Byron
Tula’s Jazz Club: Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto w/ Harvey Wainapel

and the rest …

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband


MIX: Don Mock

Centrum founder Joe Wheeler dies

from The Pennisula Daily News:

PORT TOWNSEND — The founding Centrum executive director, Joseph F. Wheeler, died today at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle from complications relating to recently diagnosed cancer.

Dr. Wheeler, who was 77, was surrounded by family members when he died, according to the nonprofit foundation that runs music and arts programs at Fort Worden State Park for more than 25,000 participants each year.

Dr. Wheeler was a Wenatchee native who went on to play clarinet in swing bands in the Seattle area as he studied music at then-Washington State College. He taught in Tacoma schools and later developed cultural programs there after receiving a doctorate in music education.

In 1972, he was hired as a consultant to research a proposal to create an arts center at the decommissioned Army base Fort Worden, which had become a Washington state park. As a result of this role, he became the founder and first executive director of Centrum, the multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization based at Fort Worden. He served as Centrum executive director for 23 years as it developed programs for writers, jazz musicians, fiddlers and other artists.

In addition to his work as the founder of Centrum, Wheeler held offices in many organizations, including serving as a commissioner for Jefferson General Hospital (now Jefferson Healthcare), including board chair.

The Joseph F. Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden — where the largest of Centrum events are staged — was named in his honor by the Washington State Parks Commission.

Monday Jazz

Chapel Performance Space: KaufmanN/Gratkowski/DeJoode
Triple Door: Cyro Baptista Banquet of the Spirits
Tula’s Jazz Club: Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto w/ Harvey Wainapel

and the rest …

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra; Cornish Jazz Night

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

RICKY’S: Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet

Wayne Horvitz – These Hills of Glory

Email from Wayne Horvitz about this performance this Wednesday, November 4:

Dear Seattle Friends,

If you come to one concert of mine this year, or even the next, or the one after that, please come on Wednesday November 4th to the Nordstrom Recital Hall for a very special performance of my chamber music.

(1) The center piece of the evening will be my piece for string quartet plus improvising soloist entitled These Hills of Glory. The quartet will be performed by the fantastic odeonquartet featuring members of the Seattle Symphony. The featured soloist will be the fabulous Carla Kihlstedt on violin; Carla is an incredible violinist by any standards and is all the more unique for her personal voice as an improviser. Carla often performs with Tin Hat, Fred Frith, John Zorn, and her own bands including Two Foot Yard and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, among others. If you’ve never heard Carla play, you shouldn’t miss this chance.

(2) As exciting for me is the premier of my newest work – For Piano Alone, In Four Parts. The piece will be performed by pianist Cristina Valdes. Writing for and working with Cristina on this piece has been the highlight of my musical year.

(3) Also to be premiered in this concert and performed by odeonquartet will be Robin Holcomb’s beautiful Carry Over for string quartet.

(4) Last but certainly not least, a number of my other chamber works will be performed by the above mentioned musicians, as well as two members of The Seattle Chamber Players – Laurie DeLuca on clarinet and Paul Taub on flute.

Presented by the Seattle Symphony in collaboration with Earshot Jazz this concert represents an opportunity to show presenters and community alike that there exists both strong interest and support for music that falls outside of the defined boundaries of either “jazz” or “classical” music.

If you have a student ID, there are student rush tickets. If you are under 18, there are Teen Tix also available that are quite inexpensive. For more information, please see the links below. Hope to see you there!

Sunday Jazz

Tula’s Jazz Club: Jay Thomas East/West Double Trio
Seattle Art Museum: John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet plus Gary Versace, Steve Lehman
Northwest Film Forum: FILM: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, by Damien Chazelle

and the rest …

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

SERAFINA: Ann Reynolds and Tobi Stone

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Reggie Goings/Hadley Caliman, 3pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Melissa Morgan Quartet

CONCERT: Seattle Pianist Collective – Day of the Dead Celebration feat. Dawn Clement, Oksana Ezhokina, Julie Ives, Peter V. Stevens, Kelly Wyse, Michael Owcharuk, Rafael Anton Irisarri, and Don Larson
Seattle Asian Art Museum, 2pm