Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

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

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband



THE MIX: Don Mock

Bellevue Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) – The Bellevue Downtown Association today announced the featured lineup for the 2010 Bellevue Jazz Festival presented by First Tech Credit Union at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, June 3-6. Festival packages and individual tickets go on sale March 11 at


Terence Blanchard Quintet
The Bad Plus
Pat Martino
Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes plus Sachal Vasandani Quartet Seattle
Repertory Jazz Orchestra also featuring the Bellevue Jazz Festival
Rising Stars

Celebrating its third year, the Bellevue Jazz Festival will also stage more than 30 free performances and jam sessions led by top regional artists at venues throughout Downtown Bellevue; the artists and schedule will be announced in April. All ticketed featured artist performances will be at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center.

Tickets will go on sale March 11 at www.bellevuejazz.com. Tickets may also be purchased by phone (800-838-3006) or at the Brown Paper Tickets box office at Meydenbauer Center in Downtown Bellevue.

Discounted ALL ACCESS and SATURDAY MARQUEE ticket packages also go on sale March 11 and offer up to a 30 percent savings. The ALL ACCESS Package ($119) includes premium seating to all featured performances, plus entry to a private festival reception. The SATURDAY MARQUEE Package ($59) includes premium seating to both featured shows on Saturday, June 5.

Student discounts are available for all individual shows.


Thursday, June 3, 2010: 7:00 p.m. Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, also featuring Bellevue Jazz Festival Rising Stars (tickets: $10-$20) Friday, June 4, 2010: 7:00 p.m.: The Bad Plus (tickets: $20-$30) Saturday, June 5, 2010: 2:00 p.m. Pat Martino (tickets: $20-$30); 8:00 p.m. Terence
Blanchard Quintet (tickets: $40-$50) Sunday, June 6: 2:00 p.m. Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes plus Sachal Vasandani Quartet (tickets: $30-$40)

The Bellevue Jazz Festival is produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association, a non-profit, member-based organization charged with leading the evolution of Downtown Bellevue as the economic and cultural heart of the Eastside. 2010 Festival sponsors are First Tech Credit Union, the City of Bellevue, Microsoft, 4Culture and KPLU 88.5.

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Katie King Vocal Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

AMORE RESTAURANT: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble

Today on Jazz Northwest

A concert mash-up celebrating the Centennial of the first Seattle World’s Fair, the 1909 A-Y-P Exposition is featured on the next Jazz Northwest. Highlights from the concert premiere will air on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org on Sunday, March 7 at 1 PM Pacific Time.

The 16 member band led by Greg Wiiliamson with singer Greta Matassa recreate some of the music from 100 years ago that was performed at the fair, and morphs into references to Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, swing, boogaloo and modern jazz. There are moments when several musical threads are played simultaneously a la Charles Ives in a kind of musical time machine. Some period instruments were used and photographs from the A-Y-P were projected as a backdrop on stage.

This concert was recorded at the premiere performance at the Triple Door during the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival. The music was recently given a second performance at the 2010 Golden Ear Awards also at the Triple Door.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program airs on Sundays at 1 PM Pacific Time and a podcast is available after the airdate from kplu.org. More info at kplu.org/wilke and ponyboyrecords.com.

Sunday Jazz

3pm – Reggie Goings / Hadley Caliman Quintet
8pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Mavis Staples

BAKE’S PLACE: Mark DuFresne – Sunday Blues, BBQ & Beer

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Orchestra Caribe

11am – Alex Guilbert
6pm – Jerry Frank

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

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

CONCERT: SRJO w/ Gail Pettis Play Monk & Mingus
Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, 3pm. More info: www.srjo.org

CONCERT: Seattle Jazz Vespers: Cocoa Martini
Seattle First Baptist Church, Seneca at Harvard on First Hill, 6pm

Jazz and Sushi March Schedule

Pony Boy Records Presents JAZZ and SUSHI
Friday Nights – Hiroshi’s Restaurant

2501 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA
ph: (206)726-4966, no cover, 7:30 – 10:00

A very fine line-up to swing into spring. Come check out some of the fine artists on Pony Boy Records, and preview some of our newest recording artists.

Sushi master Hiroshi and his gang prepare a full menu of Japanese cuisine that is fresh, tasty, and full of flavor – all matched with some very special sake and beverages (try the plumb wine) Favored by local Japanese and music lovers, Hiroshi’s has been featuring live jazz on Friday nights for over three years – presented by the Pony Boy Records stable of artists. Come by for some fine food, and see who will be sitting in with the band – Fridays have become a ‘happening’ on Eastlake! Cheers!

info on all Pony Boy CDs and artists: http://www.ponyboyrecords.com

Friday, March 5 – Greg Williamson Quartet
Alexey Nikolaev, sax
John Hansen, piano
Jon Hamar, bass
Greg Williamson, drums

Friday, March 12 – Jake Bergevin
Jake Bergevin, vocal & trp
Milo Petersern, guitar
RJ Whitow, bass
Greg Williamson, drums

Friday, March 19 – Dave Anderson Quartet
Dave Anderson, sax
band tba

Friday, Feb 26 – Carolyn Graye Quartet
Carolyn Graye, vocals
Christopher Woitach, gtr
Chris Symer, bass
Greg Williamson, drums

Saturday Jazz

3pm – Mike Vax brass clinic
7:30pm – Mike Vax / Fred Radke Quintet

JAZZ ALLEY: Mavis Staples

7pm – The Gloria Darlings and Judd Wasserman
9pm – Randall O’Dowd, w/ Eric Verlinde (piano), Robert Rushing (drums), Kevin McCarthy (bass), Russ Johnson (harmonica)

BAKE’S PLACE: Kelly Harland

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo and Sue Nixon


GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire

CONCERT: SRJO w/ Gail Pettis Play Monk & Mingus
Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St, 7:30pm. More info: www.srjo.org

CONCERT: Butch Morris Conduction
Poncho Concert Hall, 710 E Roy St, 8pm. More info: www.cornish.edu

Butch Morris leads first Seattle ‘conduction’ — a group concert made up on the spo

from The Seattle Times:

On paper, the practice that Butch Morris calls “conduction” sounds like a recipe for musical chaos. But after more than three decades, Morris is a maestro of spontaneously directed ensemble performance, an artist capable of transforming an ad-hoc group of musicians into a thrilling vehicle for instantaneous arranging and composing.

Using a system of graphics and gestures, Morris has honed a semaphoric vocabulary that allows him to shape a performance in real time, initiating or altering harmony, timbre, dynamics, melody and any other musical dimension. After leading hundreds of conductions around the world, he doesn’t set out with a stylistic agenda, preferring to suss out his collaborators through rigorous workshops.

“Every situation is different,” says Morris, 63, who concludes a 10-day residency at Cornish College of the Arts with his first Seattle conduction on Saturday at Poncho Hall.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Concert connects the dots between Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk

from The Seattle Times:

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, led by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman; 7 p.m. Saturday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; 3 p.m. Sunday at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $15-$38; (206-523-6159 or www.srjo.org).

The pianist Thelonious Monk and bassist Charles Mingus were born and they died within a handful of years of each other. They both found early inspiration in Duke Ellington’s music and had a large hand in shaping what we know to be modern jazz, yet the record shows their paths did not cross much.

It might be because they grew up on opposite coasts, Monk in New York, Mingus in Los Angeles. Monk, sometimes credited with inventing bebop (an assertion many would argue against), was known for a spare and percussive style of playing, which his compositions reflect. He played mostly in trios and small combos.

Mingus’ music was, for lack of a better term, busier, layered with thick harmonies. He played in and composed for large ensembles, drawing comparisons to Ellington. But Monk and Mingus also had much in common, both using dissonance and angular melodies to create a new basis for jazz harmony.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Friday Jazz

TULAS JAZZ CLUB: Marc Seales Group

NEW ORLEANS: Thomas Marriott Quartet

7pm – Guardian Ear, with Jeth Rollins Odom (guitar/tres cubano), Clark Battle (cello), Irene Alexander (oboe), John Delp (percussion) and Conor Apperson (percussion)
9pm – Chris Stover (trombone/percussion), Ben Thomas (vibes/percussion) and Alex Chadsey (piano)

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa and Jay Mabin

BOXLEY’S: Bryant Urban Trio

SOUTHPORT CAFE: Brooks Giles Band

SERAFINA: Kiko de Freitas

THE CHAPEL: Seattle Composers’ Salon



LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

HIROSHI’S: Jazz & Sushi

Hadley Caliman and Gail Pettis continue to dominate jazz radio nationwide

Gail Pettis and Hadley Caliman‘s recent release continue to rise up the JazzWeek national airplay chart. Last week’s Hadley’s Straight Ahead reached #3 and Gail’s Here In The Moment moved up to #5.

1 – AHMAD JAMAL A Quiet Time (Dreyfus)
2 – STEVE HOBBS Vibes, Straight Up (Challenge)
3 – HADLEY CALIMAN Straight Ahead (Origin)
4 – PAT METHENY Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
5 – GAIL PETTIS Here In The Moment (OA2 Records)
6 – DON BRADEN & MARK RAPP The Strayhorn Project (Premium Music Solutions)
7 – JOE LOCKE For The Love Of You (E1 Entertainment)
8 – JOHN STEIN Raising The Roof (Whaling City Sound)
9 – TOBIAS GEBB & UNIT 7 Free At Last (Yummyhouse)
10 – JEREMY PELT Men Of Honor (HighNote)

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

BOXLEY’S: Matt Wenman Quartet

THE CHAPEL: Lubomyr Melnyk

MIX: Don Mock

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

Jazz trumpeter Thomas Marriott charts a successful path in Seattle

Thomas Marriott’s Quartet will perform this Friday, March 5, at New Orleans Creole Restaurant, 114 First Ave. S., Seattle. For reservations, call 206-622-2563.

from The Seattle Times:

Here, in a narrow passage between a decorated brick wall and the stage at the New Orleans restaurant in Pioneer Square, is where the early education of trumpeter Thomas Marriott took place 20 years ago.

Barely a teenager, he showed up every week, often with his brother David (an accomplished trombonist), planting himself for hours, listening to the house band led by the late Floyd Standifer.

More than five years later, Marriott earns a living doing nothing but playing the trumpet, something he could not claim when he was in New York, despite having regular places to play and getting called to back up such big-name musicians as Maynard Ferguson, Eric Reed and the late Tito Puente and Rosemary Clooney. He still had to supplement his income working for a small investigations agency.

“Your commitment is always tested,” said Marriott, who is now married with two children. “You could be standing there, playing some wedding, feeling grouchy, thinking you could work in an office, earning three times what you’re making … But I’ve played some major jazz festivals, I’ve toured, sold some CDs. I hope I have the respect of my community; I have a busy schedule.”

from The Seattle Times:

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Vocal Jam hosted by Greata Matassa

JAZZ ALLEY: Gerald Clayton Trio

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra

AMORE RESTAURANT: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble
2301 5th Avenue. Seattle, 7:30pm

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

BOXLEY’S: Paul Green