Friday Jazz

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

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

7pm – Larry Johnson and Gary Engbrecht
9pm – Dina Blade and Friends, with Greg Glassman (guitar), Chuck Kistler (bass) and Jim Knodle (trumpet)

5:30pm – Peter Schmeeckle Sextet
9:00pm – Tor Dietrichson Blues Machine

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa and Gary Scott

SERAFINA: Kelly Ash Trio

LUCID JAZZ: Bebop w/ K.N.O.T.

LOCAL COLOR: Beth & Jim Wulff

BOXLEYS: Ocho Pies

HIROSHI’S: Jazz and Sushi

Thursday Jazz

BOXLEY’S: Jay Thomas Trio

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: The Hang with The Teaching

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

SERAFINA: Alex Guilbert

NEW ORLEANS: Bob Jackson Quintet

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Susan Robinson with Darin Clendenin (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums)

19th-Century Concept, With a Few Upgrades

from The New York Times:

PAT METHENY, the jazz guitarist, has lately spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about robots. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: he has been downright obsessed with robots, and with getting them to do his bidding. “I haven’t slept more than four hours a night for six months now,” he said one day last fall at a makeshift rehearsal space in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, the former home of a Byzantine Catholic church.

Wearing a T-shirt and faded jeans, his tousled mane tucked under a baseball cap, Mr. Metheny stood before a 14-foot-high, 35-foot-wide wall festooned with musical instruments: an imposing, circuit-wired one-man band. The contraption itself seemed byzantine, all the more so when it sprang to life in a mechanical whirl: beaters tapping cymbals, levers gliding over strings, mallets cascading across a vibraphone.

Continue reading at The New York Times.


Giant Steps: The Survival of a Great Jazz Pianist

from The New York Times:

… Never a grandstander, unconcerned with publicity, [Fred] Hersch has been a fiercely independent but unassuming presence on the New York jazz scene since he moved to the city at age 21 in 1977. He has made more than 45 albums as a solo performer, composer, bandleader or duo partner since 1991, when he released his first record of original material, a collection of unclassifiable songs composed for jazz rhythm section, tenor saxophone and cello, aptly titled, “Forward Motion.” His body of work is clearly recognizable as a manifesto of contemporary jazz. “Some people think I sound like Fred,” says Mehldau, who like Iverson is a former student of Hersch’s. “That’s because Fred was a major influence on me and on a lot of the players around today. Fred’s musical world is a world where a lot of the developments of jazz history and all of music history come together in a very contemporary way. His style has a lot to do with thinking as an individual, and it has a lot to do with beauty. I wouldn’t be doing what I do if I hadn’t learned from Fred, and I think that’s true of quite a few other people.”

Continue reading at The New York Times.

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Smith/Staelens Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

9pm – Vocal Showcase hosted by Kathleen Donnelly, featuring Julie Olson, Pat Johnston and Dee Brown. Accompanied by Darin Clendenin (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Bob Hammer & Chris Clark

LUCID: Leif Totusek & Company

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

JAZZ ALLEY: Brian Bromberg Band

Gail Pettis and Hadley Caliman racing up the chart

Seattle jazz artists Gail Pettis and Hadley Caliman both have CDs with strong showings on the JazzWeek National Airplay Chart.

Gail Pettis’ new CD, Here In The Moment, is currently #5 and Hadley Caliman’s Straight Ahead jumped from #54 to #12 this week.

Bellingham-based composer Phil Kelly‘s new CD, Ballet Of The Bouncing Beagles, featuring a number of Seattle musicians, is currently #26.

Congratulations to both Hadley, Gail and Phil for giving Seattle such a strong presence on national radio.

Buy Gail Pettis’ Here In The Moment
Buy Hadley Caliman’s Straight Ahead
Buy Phil Kelly’s Ballet Of The Bouncing Beagles

Jazz Grammy Winners

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
[Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman
Kurt Elling
[Concord Jazz]

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Dancin’ 4 Chicken
Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Watts (Jeff “Tain” Watts)
[Dark Key Music]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group
Five Peace Band – Live
Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band
[Concord Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Book One
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
[World Village]

Best Latin Jazz Album
Juntos Para Siempre
Bebo Valdés And Chucho Valdés
[Sony Music/Calle 54]

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

SHORECREST HIGH SCHOOL: Jazz Festival with Pearl Django, Susan Pascal and Dawn Clement

JAZZ ALLEY: Brian Bromberg Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

BOXLEY’S: Courtney Cutchins Quartet

MIX: Don Mock

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam w/ Eric Verlinde & Jose Martinez

Shorecrest High School Jazz Festival

Tomorrow, Shorecrest student Alexa Peters is producing a jazz festival at her high school to raise funds to buy a new piano for the music program.

The show starts at 7:00pm and features performances by Pearl Django, Dawn Clement and Susan Pascal.

Shorecrest High School
15343 25th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

Tickets available at the door.

The Greatest Gig of His Life
On Tuesday Feb 2, local jazz guitarist Ron Peters will be performing with locally known gypsy jazz band Pearl Django at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, Shorecrest High School in Seattle, as part of a Jazz Festival. Other acts include vibraphonist Susan Pascal and pianist Dawn Clement as well as the students of the Shorecrest High School Jazz Ensemble.

Although this may seem like just another event in the world of a gigging musician, it’s actually part of a larger event being played out every day since December 12, 1991. That’s the day Ron’s daughter Alexa was born.

For you see, this isn’t just any ordinary jazz festival; it’s Alexa’s jazz festival. She conceived of it, created it, hired the musicians, rented the hall, created a flyer, did all the things you need to do to create a successful event. And she’s doing it for her school, Shorecrest High School. She is a senior, and in the state of Washington, one of the graduation requirements is what is known as a Culminating Project, or a Senior Project. Whatever you call it, this is hers. I have seen hundreds of culminating projects, and this is by far one of the very best. She has gone above and beyond the basic requirements, and the evening of February 2 promises to be absolutely stunning.

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Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jam with Greta Matassa

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra