Sunday Jazz

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

JAZZ ALLEY: Maceo Parker

BAKE’S PLACE: Sunday Blues, BBQ & Beer: Kim Field and the Mighty Titans of Tone

SERAFINA: Ann Reynolds / Tobi Stone Duo

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Tor Dietrichson and Mambo Cadillac

CAFE RACER: Racer Sessions
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, 8pm

Jim Knapp Orchestra goes on hiatus

from Jim Knapp:

The Jim Knapp Orchestra will no longer be performing on a regular basis. We have been going 18 years and that seems to be the lifespan for this group as a regular performing organization. I am eternally grateful for the musicians of such great talent who have made up the band including several who have been in the group since its inception.

And thanks to you – listeners, friends and fellow musicians. It has been a particular pleasure to make this music available to high school and jr. high students from the truly excellent music programs in the Seattle area.

I would also like to express my appreciation to Patti Summers who hosted the band every Tuesday night in the beginning stages of the band; to Mack Waldron of Tula’s and Steve Smith of the Seattle Drum School for providing important venues for music; and to Cornish College of the Arts for their support.

Thanks for listening.
Jim Knapp

Andrew Oliver Kora Band tonight at Empty Sea Studios

Andrew Oliver Kora Band

Saturday, March 20, 8:00 PM
Empty Sea Studios

6300 Phinney Ave.
Seattle, WA
Tickets $15 at the door.

The Andrew Oliver Kora Band combines elements of jazz and traditional West African music to create a unique soul-stirring sound.

In the wake of his 2007 tour of West Africa with the U.S. State Department’s Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, pianist and composer Andrew Oliver was inspired to dive deeper into the relationship between jazz and West African music. His exploration led to the founding of the Kora Band, featuring atypical instrumentation that highlights Kane Mathis on the 21-string Kora, a traditional harp from West Africa.

Mathis is one of the most accomplished Kora players in the U.S., having spent many years in The Gambia studying with master musicians. Also featured are Chad McCullough on trumpet, Brady Millard-Kish on bass, and Mark DiFlorio on drums. The talented ensemble performs both original compositions designed to explore the many possibilities of its unique timbre as well as traditional and modern songs from West Africa arranged specifically for the band.

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Maceo Parker

BAKE’S PLACE: Northwest Vocal Showcase

7pm – Rockin Teenage Combo, with Dara Quinn (piano), Steven Barci (drums), and Paul Kemmish (bass)
9pm – Room for Roots Series – Del Rey and Barton Carroll

LOCAL COLOR: Elnah Jordan

GRAZIE: Mark Taylor Trio

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/Sue Nixon


This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

The BlueStreet Jazz Voices are featured in an Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest on Sunday, March 21 at 1 PM PDT. The jazz choir is a community-based group of singers under the direction of Ken Wilson accompanied by a jazz trio and featuring guest Susan Pascal on vibes in this concert. The community-based group has been presenting a series of concerts billed as “Under the Influence” – the influences being great jazz singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, The Hi-Los and others. For more information, see .

The Art of Jazz Series is presented on the second Thursday of each month by Earshot Jazz and the Seattle Art Museum with the support of The Seattle Weekly and KPLU. The next concert in the series will feature the instrumental duo of Brent Jensen and Bill Anschell on April 8 at 5:30 pm.

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

Clark Gibson – CD Release Party for “Lapetus”

Monday, March 22, 2010 – The Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

tickets: 206.838.4333 or online at

“The jazz sound is lush and rich without being cluttered or slick” – Westword Magazine, Denver, CO

Clark Gibson, sax / Mike West, sax / Chris Stover, trb / Nathan Vedder, trb / Mac Grout, pno / Phil Sparks, bs / Adam Kessler, drm / Sean Glenn, cello
with special guest Dave Anderson, sax, previewing his new CD “Clarity” – out soon!

This recording presents all original material arranged in different configurations of instrumentation – from a quartet to an eight piece ensemble. Performer, arranger, composer and educator Gibson has worked throughout North America, playing in genres ranging from salsa, cumbia, rock and blues to R&B, and jazz. He toured as a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and performed with Javon Jackson, Pat Bianchi, Greg Gisbert, Edgar Winters, Diane Reeves, The Red Hot Blues Sisters, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, the Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, 4Culture Site-Specific Baker’s Band, “Sugar” Rodriguez, Orcestra De Nueva Era and more. He has been a student of jazz legends Hadley Calliman, Jullian Priester, and Denny Goodhew at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. He currently holds down a weekly gig on Capitol Hill in Seattle, as well as monthly “Pony Boy Presents” appearances at Boxley’s in North Bend, WA.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: Thomas Marriott’s Flexicon

JAZZ ALLEY: Maceo Parker

from Earshot Jazz: Starbucks presents the 15th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert, benefiting music education in Seattle public schools. Starbucks presents Hot Java Cool Jazz as a way to help local high school music programs bridge the gap between what they receive in funding and what they actually need. But more than a benefit concert, Hot Java Cool Jazz is an evening of great big band jazz presented by some of Seattle’s award-winning high school jazz programs. This year, Garfield, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Newport, and Roosevelt High School will take the Paramout stage in support of their arts programs. The benefit is on Friday March 19 at 7:30pm at the Paramount Theatre (911 Pike St). For more information of to purchase tickets online visit

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa with special guest Alexey Nikolaev

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

7pm – Annie Reed, with Hans Brehmer (keys), Michael Barnett (bass) and Dave Snodgrass (drums)
9pm – Holly Hamilton Jones with Hans Brehmer (piano)

BOXLEY’S: Milo Petersen Trio



LUCID: Elsa Nilsson Quartet

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Steve Yusen Band & Stephanie Porter

HIROSHI’S: Jazz & Sushi

GRAZIE: Sue Bell Quartet

Thursday Jazz


JAZZ ALLEY: Maceo Parker

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Paul Benoit and Chris Chandler
9pm – Lionel Kramer & Friends, with Bud Schultz (piano/vibes/melodica), Bob Antolin (saxes/guitar), Makini (vocals), Cheetah (congas), Mark Bullis (bass) and Lionel Kramer (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Jay Thomas Trio

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

LUCID: The Hang w/ The Teaching

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Martin Taylor

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – St Paddy’s Day Vocal Jam, hosted by Marti MacEwan
9pm – Vocal Showcase featuring Rosemary Sweeney, Lisa Eve Knight and Lisa Petion! Hosted by Kim Davis, with Darin Clendenin (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Bob Merrihew (drums)

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

Hot Java Cool Jazz – March 19

Starbucks Presents
Five amazing high school jazz bands. One great cause.

On March 19, 2010, five of the top high school jazz bands will take the stage at the Paramount Theatre in support of their school music programs. The will step it up. Will you?
Help us support music education. For 15 years, Starbucks has presented Hot Java Cool Jazz as a way to help local high school music programs bridge the gap between what they receive in funding and what they actually need. But more than a benefit concert, Hot Java Cool Jazz is an evening of great big band jazz that you don’t want to miss.

Live at the Paramount Theatre
Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:30pm
All proceeds benefit the participating schools: Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Newport, Garfield and Roosevelt

Tickets: $15 adult, $8 students/seniors
Available at The Paramount Theatre box office, at and at Starbucks store locations.

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Roadside Attraction

JAZZ ALLEY: Martin Taylor

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

MIX: Don Mock

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

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Darin Clendenin Jazz Jam

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

AMORE: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble

BOXLEY’S: Boxley Creek Blues Review

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Sunday Jazz

3pm – Jazz Police
8pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Spyro Gyra

BAKE’S PLACE: Sunday Blues, BBQ & Beer: Little Bill and the Bluenotes

SERAFINA: Ann Reynolds / Tobi Stone Duo

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Rumbeggae

CAFE RACER: Racer Sessions
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, 8pm

CONCERT: Stephanie Nakasian w/ Bill Anschell
Camano Island, 2pm

John Moawad Jam Session & Celebration, May 16

On May 16 jazz musicians will gather at Central Washington University to remember the late jazz educator John Moawad in the way that he would most appreciate: a day-long jam session!

Moawad was a charismatic educator who brought jazz to high school and college classrooms before it was “normal” in the Pacific Northwest. During his 30-years at CWU he built what arguably was and still is the best instrumental and vocal jazz program on the West coast. He also built jazz programs at Nathan Hale High School and Stevenson High School in Seattle. His former students run many of the top Northwest Middle and High School jazz programs.

– Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA–just 100 miles from Seattle!
– Student Union & Recreation Center Ballroom

1:00 – 5:00 PM, with tours of the CWU Music Building beginning at noon

An admission donation of $10 will cover costs of the event and help fund the Moawad Jazz Scholarship Fund.

The celebration will feature performances by alumni of CWU’s jazz program:
– Pre 1985 jazz band organized by Norm Wallen
– 1986-96 jazz band organized by Jake Bergevin
– Pre 1985 vocal jazz ensemble organized by Dave Barduhn
– 1986-96 vocal jazz ensemble organized by Dave Cazier

Saturday Jazz

7:30pm – Susan Pascal Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Spyro Gyra

7pm – The Anomalous Quintet, w/ Jason Newsom (guitar), Michael York (tenor sax), Daniel Covrett (baritone sax), Arcellus Sykes (bass), Ronnie LaGrone (drums)
9pm – Manghis Khan, w/ Yaw Amponsah (West African Ashanti drums/djembe), Tony Grasso (trumpet), Viren Kamdar (cajon/congas), Kevin McCarthy (bass)

BAKE’S PLACE: Uncle Bonsai

SERAFINA: Alex Guilbert Duo

GRAZIE: Haley Blackwell Olsby

LUCID: Leif Totusek

LOCAL COLOR: Leah Natale and Milo Petersen

CONCERT: Crepuscule & Jesse Canterbury’s Vertigo
Chapel Performance Space , 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 8pm.

From Earshot Jazz: Southern California’s Crepuscule Trio features saxophonist Ken Kawamura, bassist Anthony Shadduck, and drummer Alan Cook. Performing freely improvised music rooted deeply in the jazz tradition, Crepuscule is an exciting, multi-directional ensemble. Opening is Seattle clarinetist Jesse Canterbury’s Vertigo. Canterbury leads an all-acoustic ensemble in a strikingly original mix of chamber music, improvisation, and tune-oriented melodic material. The quartet features Joanne DeMars on cello, Chris Stover on trombone, and Tom Baker on guitar.

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hadley Caliman Quintet featuring Kay Bailey

NEW ORLEANS: Rick Mandyck Quartet


7pm – Dave Dolengewicz Trio, with Dave Dolengewicz (saxophones), Lauren Hendrix (upright and electric basses) and Ben Morrow (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Bryant Urban Trio

SERAFINA: Djangomatics

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Scott Lindenmuth Trio

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Kelley Johnson

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

JAZZ VOX: Stephanie Nakasian w/ Bill Anschell

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Ryan Burns Trio + Mark Taylor CD Release Party

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

BOXLEY’S: Hans Brehmer Trio

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE: The Hang w/ The Teaching

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson and Tad Britton

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM: Art of Jazz: BlueStreet Jazz Voices
from Earshot Jazz: The BlueStreet Jazz Voices is a musical collective whose mission is to promote vocal jazz music in the Seattle community and provide high-quality, entertaining, and moving musical experiences for audiences and performers alike. The new ensemble has built quite a following with their combination of original arrangements of jazz standards, lush ballads, and contemporary jazz. Boasting 20-members, BlueStreet is a diverse group of musicians who are united by their passion for jazz interpretation. As one critic has noted: “The only thing matching the joy that the ensemble brings to the stage is the joy they feel while creating music together.” Ken Wilson and Andy Carr serve as artistic and instrumental director respectively. The BlueStreet voices perform on Thursday, March 11 at 5:30pm as part of the ongoing Art of Jazz Series at the Seattle Art Museum. Admission to the performance is free with your museum tickets. Also- catch the BlueStreet Jazz Voices in performance with guests Stephanie Nakasian and the Todd Beamer High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the West Seattle HS Performing Arts Center (3000 California Ave SW) on Saturday, March 13 at 7:30pm.

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Nelda Swiggett CD Release Party for This Time
featuring Chris Symer (bass) and Byron Vannoy (drums)

JAZZ ALLEY: John Scofield featuring Mulgrew Miller, Ben Street and Kendrick Scott

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Jessica Stenson, with Darin Clendenin (piano) and Geoff Cooke (bass)
9pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Dina Blade, with Ed Weber (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Bob Merrihew (drums)

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

BOXLEY’S: Clark Gibson Duo

Ryan Burns CD Release at Tula’s this Thursday

Pianist Ryan Burns will celebrate the release of his new CD, Birds, at Tula’s this Thursday, March 11.


2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
Reservation: 206-443-4221

Mark Taylor – saxophone
Ryan Burns – keyboards
Geoff Cooke – bass
Jose Martinez – drums

Sixth Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents for one night only the Sixth Annual Sister City Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. Doors open at 5:30pm, auditions start at 6:30pm and the evening will end around 9:30pm.

The 6th Annual Sister City Female Vocalist Jazz Audition at Jazz Alley is right around the corner so mark your calendars! The Seattle Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is pleased to announce its sixth Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. SKSCA will select one high school and one adult female jazz vocalist from the greater Seattle area to Kobe, Japan to perform at the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist Contest on a weekend on May (date to be announced in early January).

Every fall for the last ten years, the winner of the Kobe Jazz Queen Contest has flown to Seattle to debut in the US at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. Last year SKSCA sent local jazz vocalist Greta Matassa and high school vocalist Katherine Stuber to Kobe for the May 2010 Kobe Jazz Queen Contest. This year, the SKSCA is proud to host its sixth jazz vocalist audition as a reciprocal exchange to send two Seattle female jazz vocalists to Japan.

Finalists will be selected by late February, and they will perform at a live audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, March 22, 2010, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 pm.) Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come and support the finalists. The suggested donation will be $5.00/students and $10.00/adults with proceeds supporting this and future Seattle-Kobe Jazz competitions. Finalists will be announced the last week of February.

For interested singers, please go to the SKSCA website for further information and an application form:

Sponsors for this event include: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Kobe Trade Information Office, Sankei Travel, Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, and Shinkaichi Music Street.