Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Hadley Caliman Quintet w/Thomas Marriott

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

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

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

BAKE’S PLACE: Sunday Breakfast w/ Michael Gotz

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Pascal Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Karrin Allyson


BAKE’S PLACE: Siobhan Brugger

BOXLEY’S: North Bend Block PArty

7pm – Annie Reed, w/Eric Verlinde (piano), Michael Barnett (bass)
9pm – Riley Mulherkar Quintet, w/Carl Majeau (saxophone), Gus Carns (piano), Carmen Rothwell (bass), Zach Para (drums)

LUCID: Dave Dolengewicz Trio

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo Trio w/ Sue Nixon

THE CHAPEL: Affinity Chamber Players

CONCERT: Sounds Outside
Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, 1pm-8pm

GALLERY 1412: Zimmerman/ Burns Duo & Bad Luck

Sounds Outside brings jazz to the people — free and outdoors

from The Seattle Times:

Twice this summer, Monktail Creative Concern presents Sounds Outside, a free festival of modern jazz in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. Now in its fifth year, Sounds Outside is a form of forced exposure — make your way through the park on Saturday or Aug. 14, and there’s no way to miss the music. The bills typically focus on the more adventurous, less traditional end of the jazz spectrum — playful, experimental, more appropriate for noisy rock clubs than formal jazz venues.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Weekend of Rising Stars at Bake’s Place

Trumpeter Riley Mulherkar and vocalist Siobhan Brugger are the featured performers for “A Weekend of Rising Stars,” which takes place July 16 & 17 at Bake’s Place.

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most outstanding high school jazz programs in the country and has long been the starting point for some of the brightest musicians and vocalists entering the national jazz scene today. In recognition of the wealth of emergent talent in our own backyard, Bake’s is dedicated to supporting these new artists and providing them an opportunity to perform. “We are excited about the talent of these up and coming young people,” says owner Craig Baker. This weekend marks the first of what will be a regular series at Bake’s.

Trumpeter Riley Mulherkar graduated in June from Garfield High School, where he was a member of the prestigious Garfield Jazz band. The band recently took top honors at the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York, and Mulherkar was named the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist. Over the past few years, Mulherkar has received numerous awards and accolades, including being recognized as an “outstanding soloist” in DownBeat magazine’s 30th Annual Student Musician Awards. Mulherkar will be attending the Julliard School of Music in the fall. Joining Riley on the bandstand will be Gus Carns on piano, Carmen Rothwell on bass, Zach Para on drums and Carl Majeau on tenor sax. Riley and his band will be performing on July 16.

Siobhan Brugger has been singing jazz standards since she was 12 years old and has appeared at jazz clubs in Edinburgh, Scotland and Kobe, Japan. She has received numerous accolades including:winner of the 2009 Downbeat Magazine Best High School Jazz Vocalist, two –time winner of the “Outstanding Alto Soloist” award at the Lionel Hampton jazz Festival, winner of the student division of the Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist competition, selection for the 2008 All-State Jazz Choir and also a two-time finalist for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Festival. She is a longtime student of Greta Matassa and her performed at such great venues as Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley and Bake’s Place. Siobhan is presently a student at USC, where she is continuing her education in jazz studies. Siobhan’s band features Devon Yesberger on piano, Chris Copland on drums, Colleen Gilligan on bass and Daniel Hipke on guitar. Siobhan will be appearing on July 17.

For both of these performances, dinner service starts at 6pm and the show starts at 7:45pm. For reservations, please call 425-391-3335 or send an email to [email protected]. For more information, please visit

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Karrin Allyson

5:30pm: Peter Schmeeckle Sextet
9:00pm: Das Vibenbass

NEW ORLEANS: Travis Ranney

BAKE’S PLACE: Riley Mulherkar

BOXLEY’S: Clark Gibson Trio

7pm – Band-And-A-Jam featuring Jammy Jam, with Josh Rawlings, Katrina Kope and Tai Shan
9pm – David Marriott’s Pop Culture featuring Marc Fendel

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

CYPRESS LOUNGE: Gail Pettis Trio


NORTHCITY BISTRO: David George Quartet

HIROSHI’S: Hans Brehmer Trio

THE CHAPEL: Christian Asplund

Thursday Jazz

SAM Sculpture Park: Thomas Marriott & Tumbao
5:30pm, Free, 2901 Western Avenue


BARCA: Clark Gibson Trio

LUCID: The Hang w/ The Teaching

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton

Hadley Caliman at Jazz Alley this Sunday, July 18

Come support this Seattle legend at this rare Jazz Alley appearance.

Celebrating Hadley Caliman with Thomas Marriott

July 18 – Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue
7:30pm, $12.00

Click here to make a reservation for this show or call 206-441-9729.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents saxophonist Hadley Caliman with trumpeter Thomas Marriott. Joining them will be Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums). Show time is 7:30pm, doors will open at 6:00pm.

Tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman is part of the living history of jazz music in America. From Dexter Gordon to Freddie Hubbard to Santana to Phoebe Snow through to his recent critically-acclaimed “Gratitude,” Hadley Caliman’s 78 years has been filled with the kind of personal achievement that all creative artists strive for. His influence on the sound of modern jazz music can be heard on many of his albums as a leader. On “Straight Ahead,” Hadley Caliman visits some of his favorite tunes including his old friend Harold Land’s “Rapture,” the Lee Morgan classic “Totem Pole,” and with his own original “Cigar Eddie,” he provides a spirited opening to another classic recording. Featuring his working Seattle band with trumpeter Thomas Marriott, pianist Eric Verlinde, Phil Sparks on bass, and Matt Jorgensen on drums, “Straight Ahead” is another clear example of a living legend in top form.

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bellevue CC Jazz Band with Hal Sherman

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

7pm – Vocal Jam hosted by Carol Potvin, with Ed Weber (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)
9pm – Vocal Showcase with Ed Weber (piano), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)

BOXLEY’S: Katy Bourne

LUCID: Chris Morton

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

Leading Questions: Michael Barnett

Interview and photo by Steve Korn

When I was 14, I fell in love with the sound of the bass, specifically, Milt Hinton.

If I could do it all over again, I’d probably do most of it again, perhaps more efficiently.

Practice makes perfect, allegedly, but it never quite does which is why we keep doing it.

The bass is “a thing of beauty and a pain-in-the-ass forever.”

When I look at where I’m at right now, I know I’m still on the way to where I’m going.

My parents were talented, interested and interesting people, supportive and, in my case, very tolerant.

Fear is a poor motivator.

Motivation is whatever works for you.

As I get older, I’ve realized that advancing age is not necessarily a catastrophe, at least so far.

The thing about music is it’s the greatest blessing and thus requires nothing less than our best effort to do it right.
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Monday Jazz

CAFE RACER: Frieze of Life

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Seattle Community Jazz Orchestra w/Lonnie Mardis

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Quintet

AMORE: Ronnie Pierce Jazz Ensemble


TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

BOXLEY’S: Collin Ness

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

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Steve Tyrell

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

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio

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

BAKE’S PLACE: Sunday Breakfast w/ Michael Gotz

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quintet w/ Susan Pascal

JAZZ ALLEY: Steve Tyrell

BAKE’S PLACE: Mark Dufresne Blues

LUCID: Hard Coretet

SERAFINA: Tim Kennedy Trio

BOXLEY’S: Greg Williamson Quartet

7pm – Aria Prame, w/Tim Kennedy (piano), Ian Sheridan (bass), Claudio Rochat-Felix (drums)
9pm – Amir Beso

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hadley Caliman Quintet w/ Thomas Marriott

NEW ORLEANS: Stuart MacDonald Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Steve Tyrell

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa with special guests Gary Scott & Bill Ramsay

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Deems Tsutakawa

LUCID: Lisa Markley

SERAFINA: Djangomatics

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Stephanie Porter & Friends

CHAPEL: Boris Savoldelli

BOXLEY’S: Clark Gibson Trio

HIROSHI’S: Greg Williamson Quartet

Up-coming music at Boxley’s and Hiroshi’s

Live Music for North Bend, 7 nights a week
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045
ph: (425) 292-9307
no cover charge

ZACHARY KELLOGG – amazing and award winning young jazz flute talent celebrates his new CD releases, Red Velvet. Presented by Greg Metcalf, sax; with rhythm section of Hansen, Hamar & Williamson.

FRIDAYS: CLARK GIBSON TRIO, JULY 9 – plays standards and music from his new Pony Boy CD “Iapetus” – sax, bass, drums w/Symer & Kesseler.

– with Alexey Nikolaev, sax; John Hansen, piano, Jon Hamar, bass – plays music from the popular “Oo Bop” and “Double Sax Quintet” and some newly quaffed arrangements.

SUNDAYS: DANNY KOLKE TRIO – North Bend’s own makes a big groovy sound with his trio of Hamar, Williamson.

BOXLEY’S is a full scale jazz club & restaurant in a beautiful setting right under the mountains in historic North Bend, Washington. Live music by Pony Boy artists featured Wednesday thru Sunday, with more local nights, education programs and fun the rest of the week. Lights, Steinway Grand Piano, stage, a great menu, good sound system with close circuit video, even a patio to watch the trains. Specials for Family Nights, Date Nights, and new appetizers. – – Special group seating available for schools and clubs of higher edification.

Pony Boy Records Presents
Friday Nights
Hiroshi’s Restaurant
2501 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA
ph: (206)726-4966
no cover
7:30 – 10:00pm
Continuing to celebrate our fourth year of Jazz & Sushi. ???


Alexey Nikolaev, sax; John Hansen, piano; Jon Hamar, bass; Greg Williamson, drums

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 four 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. Cheers!

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: NATHAN EKLUND GROUP w/Mark Taylor, Dawn Clement, Chris Symer, Byron Vannoy

Entering their sixteenth year of performing Pearl Django continues to be one of America’s most respected and busiest Hot Club style groups. Though still strongly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, Pearl Django’s repertoire now includes many original compositions. Their music reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences. Transcending simple categorization, Pearl Django packs in enthusiastic audiences at dancehalls and nightclubs, at folk music festivals and jazz festivals alike. This performance continues Earshot’s Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum Downtown. The concert is free with museum admission and the performance begins at 5:30pm.

JAZZ ALLEY: Steve Tyrell

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson and Tad Britton

SEAMONSTER LOUNGE: Ron Weinstein, Thomas Marriott and Matt Jorgensen

NEW ORLEANS: Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Alika Lyman Group, with Alika Lyman (guitar), Matthew Mcclosky (piano), Jonathan Small (bass) and Maxx Arnold (drums)
9pm – Laura Rebelloso and the Chris Stover Trio, featuring Chris Stover (trombone), Ben Thomas (vibes) and Alex Chadsey (piano)

BOXLEY’S: Zachary Kellogg CD Release

BARCA: Clark Gibson Trio

LUCID: The Hang w/ The Teaching

Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Smith/Staelens Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Steve Tyrell

NEW ORLEANS: Legacy Quartet w/Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: New West Guitar Ensemble

LUCID: Ryan Shea Smith


Dream Cymbal sale at Donn Bennett Drum Studio

from Donn Bennett:

Drummers! For the second year in a row, we are very excited to be hosting a Dream Cymbal Tasting here at Donn Bennett Drum Studio in Bellevue.

For a full week, from Wednesday July 7th to Wednesday July 14th, we’ll have over 100 cymbals and gongs on display and available for purchase.

Dream cymbals are the lowest-priced, handmade professional cymbals on the market, and this week, you can take an additional 20% OFF our already-discounted price!

For instance, a 20″ Bliss Ride would normally sell for $131.95 – get it this week for $102!! That’s a brand-new ride, with a two-year warranty!

Come check out already-classic Dream models like Contact and Bliss as well as newer offerings, like pang cymbals, and the Dark Matter series. This is a fantastic opportunity to play and select your “Dream Set Up” from a massive display of handmade cymbals!

Donn Bennett Drum Studio
13212 NE 16th St. #7
Bellevue, WA 98005
phone: (425) 747-6145

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Steve Tyrell

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: New West Guitar Ensemble


MIX: Don Mock

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

Bad Monkey Bistro: Live Jazz in South Lake Union

Situated between the glittering high rises of the downtown core and the busy waters of Lake Union, the South Lake Union neighborhood is Seattle’s new mecca for contemporary urban living. With all the hustle and bustle there, it is the perfect location for a spanking new live music venue; welcome the Bad Monkey Bistro

Last Friday, my teenage son Emmett and I dropped by to check things out. We had just come from the last day performances of the University of Washington jazz workshop and were looking to grab a bite to eat. The room was popping with activity and felt immediately inviting. We landed during happy hour; the bar was full of cheerful, chatting patrons, and a pianist was playing away in the dining room, where we were seated.

The layout of the space allows it to successfully accommodate both sports fans and music lovers; this is certainly not easy to do, and many establishments fail at this particular kind of multi-tasking. As you walk in, there is a sports bar with high tables and stools to the immediate right. Straight on is the dining room with traditional tables and chairs and also the piano. Adjacent to the bar is an enclosed room-the “Socialing Lounge”- with leather chairs and a fireplace. On the other side of the bar is an area with a pool table. Both the bar and the Socialing Lounge have large, flat screen TV’s, which were turned on but with the sound muted. I appreciated the respect shown to Martin Ross, who happened to be the pianist working that set. Although the bar was very busy, it in no way detracted from the music. I felt like the balance was well executed. Hats off to Bad Monkey for that.

The musical setting at the Bad Monkey is a combination of piano bar and jazz joint. The glass top on the table with surrounding stools certainly indicates the former. Martin Ross played a variety of music from “Popsicle Toes” to Tom Wait’s boozy anthem “My Piano Has Been Drinking.” While we were having dinner, a trio of giggling women came in and sat around the piano. Ross engaged them accordingly, mixing song with playful banter. Bad Monkey has live music a few nights a week. They have two sets; a 4-7pm set for happy hour and an 8-11pm set for the dinner service. In addition to solo piano, they present jazz combos from a variety of genres, with or without vocalists, depending on the particular group.


The owners of the Bad Monkey Bistro are Daniel Poe Gale and Christopher Williams. Even though he was clearly busy taking care of customers, Daniel kindly took a few minutes to chat it up with us. He told us a little bit about the history of the building, which used to be an office for a paper manufacturing company. When they were remodeling the space, they used much of the original wood, especially in the bar area. We talked a little bit about the music; Daniel is clearly a piano aficionado and is very enthusiastic about the potential of the room and about musical things to come. (Sidebar: It came up in the conversation that Emmett plays guitar and performs with his own jazz group. Daniel offered him a gig on the spot. I found his openness surprising yet refreshing.) There is no question that he is committed to creating a welcoming scene for live jazz at the Bad Monkey. You gotta love that.

Our dinner was yummy. I had the smoked salmon pasta, which was creamy and smooth and full of lightly cooked, fresh vegetables. Emmett had the calamari stuffed with artichoke, garlic and crab, which he gobbled up in mere minutes. Our waitress was sweet and laid back. The Bad Monkey experience is probably best done when you’re in the mood to kick back, relax and hang awhile. The vibe seems to lend itself to that, and that’s just fine.

The Bad Monkey Bistro is located at 400 Boren Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109, on the corner of Boren and Harrison. Please note that it can be slightly tricky to find because there are actually two Boren Avenues that run parallel to each other. Construction in the area can add to the confusion. However, don’t let this dissuade for one minute. There are directions on the website (, and once you arrive, there is plenty of available street parking. The Bad Money Bistro is open daily from 10am to 2am, serving lunch, dinner and late night bites. There is a happy hour menu as well. Phone is 206-467-1111.

By Katy Bourne

Sunday Jazz


JAZZ ALLEY: closed


…get the idea?
Get out and dig those Sousa Marches, 1812 Overtures…and of course, FIREWORKS! Have a safe and fun holiday!