John Gilbreath’s Best of 2009

from KBCS’ RadioActivity newsletter:

Robert Glasper: Double Booked, Blue Note
Issa Bagayogo: Mali Koura, Six Degrees
Rudresh Mananthappa: Kinsmen, PI Recordings
Rokia Traore: Tchemanche, Nonesuch
Thomas Marriott: Flexicon, Origin
Gretchen Parlatto: In a Dream, Oblique Sound
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude, Sunnyside
Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes of Rita, ECM
Tinariwen: Imidiwan, World Village
Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi, Nonesuch

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Stephanie Porter

SERAFINA: Fred Hoadley Trio

BOXLEY’S: Karen Shivers & Greg Williamson Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Little Bill & Blue Notes


THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

7pm – Le Trio with Michael Owcharuk (piano/accordion), Nate Omdal (bass) and Mike Dodge (clarinet/tenor sax)
9pm-2010 – Leif Totusek and Mohammed Shaibu


HIGH DIVE: Skerik, Andy Coe, Joe Doria, D’vonne Lewis


Dan McClenaghan’s Top Ten for 2009

A number of Northwest jazz releases made it into All About Jazz columnist Dan McClenaghan’s Top Ten of 2009.

Jessica Williams, “Art of the Piano”
Origin Records
Always a fine pianist, Jessica Williams has driven deeper into her artistry since she started her own record label. This live set features Jessica Williams at the peak of her solo piano powers.

Todd Bishop’s Pop Art 4, “69 Annee Erotique”
Origin Records
A meticulously-crafted jazz/pop mix nod to the music of the late French musical Renaissance man, Serge Gainsbourg.

Bridge Quartet, Night
Origin Records
A top notch quartet, sax and piano/bass/drums, sounding devil-may-care relaxed, giving some familiar tunes a wild ride.

See the complete list at All About

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bruce Staelens Quintet

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Mike Gullo and Daniel Berryman with Scotty Bemis (piano), Will Gerhardt (piano), Colleen Gilligan (bass) and Brian Greggs (drums)
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Leah Stillwell, with Darin Clendenin (piano), Larry Halloway (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

NECTAR: Garaj Mahal & Andrew Oliver Kora Band
412 N 36th St, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: John Hansen Trio

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Sandy Carbary & Bill Chism

SERAFINA: Kelly Ash Trio

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

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Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Katrina Kope/ Jose Gonzalez

7pm – Peter Kenagy Quintet with Peter Kenagy (trumpet), Chris Johansen (tenor sax), Carmen Staaf (piano), Kendall Eddy (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums)
9pm – The Zubin Hensler Group, with Zubin Hensler (trumpet), Zach Para (drums), Devin Lowe (bass), Marcus Hoy (spoken word) and Gus Carnes (piano)

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


TOST: Jon Sheckler Group; Kelly Ash And The Funk Band

MIX: Don Mock

Lawrence M. Halpern Ph.D.

Lawrence M. Halpern, Ph.D, 78, died peacefully in his home December 21st.

Born in New York on July 3, 1931, Larry lived a large life and touched the lives of many. After graduating from Bronx High School of Science, Larry joined the Navy Corps. Later Larry attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was an Emeritus Associate Professor at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology from 1965 to 2005. A pioneer in the world of pain management, Larry was a published, international lecturer and founding member of Hospice of Seattle. He also served on the board of many organizations.

Larry was a patron of the arts, a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and supported many individual musicians. He loved sailing and traveling with his wife Gail; was an avid photographer; a food lover who loved to cook, and a ham radio enthusiast. In short, Larry was a true renaissance man. He was a talented saxophone and flute player whose deep passion for music permeated all aspects of his life, leading him at 55 to attend Cornish College of the Arts, studying Jazz Performance. He attended the Centrum Jazz Workshop for many years, and became a member of the Seattle Flute Society, the NW School of Music Flute Choir, and Jim Knapp’s Big Band.

Larry is survived by his wife Gail Arshon Halpern, his children Gordon Raphael, Lisa Halpern and her husband Jose J. Gonzales, Cherron Halpern, and his niece Anne Rosenbaum. Services have been set for 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, December 23rd at the Herzl Memorial Park, 16501 Dayton Avenue, Seattle, WA 98133. Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Seattle or Swedish Hospice.

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Carmen Staaf Trio

TRIPLE DOOR: Squirrel Nut Zippers

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

POGGIE TAVERN: Falingo Machaz w/ Marc Smason & Pavel Shepp

RICKY’S IN SHORELINE: Richard Cole Group
632 NW Richmond Beach Rd Shoreline,WA

Sunday Jazz

3pm – Fairly Honest Jazz Band
8pm – Katy Bourne Quartet

Sunday Night Salsa – Salsaribe

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend

JAZZ ALLEY: David Benoit

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music holds sacred place in Seattle’s jazz community

from The Seattle Times:

In 1965, the Pulitzer Prize’s three-member music jury voted unanimously to award Duke Ellington a special citation for his prodigious contributions to American music, an award unceremoniously rejected by the Pulitzer’s 14-member advisory board.

The 66-year-old Ellington handled the snub and resulting controversy with customary aplomb. “Fate is being kind to me,” the Maestro said. “Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young.”

In truth, Ellington had his eye on loftier concerns. On Sept. 16 of that year, the Duke Ellington Orchestra premiered “A Concert of Sacred Music” at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, the first of three Sacred Music programs that he considered his most important work.

These days there’s little argument about Ellington’s status as a singularly creative force in 20th-century music, but compared to his beloved standards and ambitious longer suites with Billy Strayhorn, his Sacred Music is rarely performed.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Saturday Jazz

TOWN HALL: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music w/ SRJO

TRIPLE DOOR: Here & Now Quintet

BOXLEY’S: Carolyn Graye Quartet

LOMBARDI’S: Leah Stillwell Trio


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:Ray Ohls Trio with Louis Ledbetter and Tim Malland

SERAFINA: Alex Guilbert Trio

7pm – Jon Sheckler Group, featuring Chad McCullough, with Jon Sheckler (drums), Erika Price (piano), Dean Schmidt (bass) and Chad McCullough (trumpet)
9pm – Kristin Chambers Quintet, with Jamie Dieveney (piano), Lauren Hendrix (bass), Glen Allen (guitar) and Brad Gibson (drums)
11pm – Jim Knodle and the Distract Band

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Tatum Greenblatt, Jay Thomas, Ben Roseth & Friends

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

BOXLEY’S: Emerald City Little Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Band w/ Clarence Acox

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Sandy Carbary & Bill Chism

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: Le Trio: A Christmas Special

CHAPEL: Perry Robinson & Marc Smason

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: 9pm – Slant Quartet, with Devon Yesberger (piano), Max Holmberg (drums), Xavier del Castillo (tenor sax) and Trevor Brown (bass)

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:   Emerald City Little Big Band

NEW ORLEANS:  Holotradband

MIX:  Don Mock, Steve Kim and Charlie Nordstrom

JAZZ ALLEY: David Lanz Winer Solstice Concert


DEXTER & HAYES:  Tim Kennedy Trio

Seattle Times: Top jazz CDs of 2009

from The Seattle Times:

Thomas Marriott, “Flexicon” (Origin)
Seattle trumpeter Marriott tips his hat to horn heroes Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis without ceding his own identity as a melodically inventive composer and consistently incisive improviser whose lines simmer anxiously without boiling over. A top-shelf cast featuring pianist/keyboardist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson, drummer Matt Jorgenson, saxophonist Mark Taylor and vibraphonist extraordinaire Joe Locke (on two tracks) brings Marriott’s expansive vision vividly to life.

{buy Flexicon from Origin Records}

Monday Jazz

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Darin Clendenin Trio Jazz Jam

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

POGGIE TAVERN: Better World w/ Marc Smason & Joanne Klein

Sunday Jazz

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

Sunday Night Salsa – Tor Dietrichson and Mambo Cadillac

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend


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