Seattle Times: Kat Parra, a voice with personality and soul

FRI – SAT, Nov 14-15 – Kat Parra Quartet

4135 Providence Point Dr. SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
phone: 425-391-3335

from The Seattle Times:
by Andrew Gilbert
Special to The Seattle Times

At first listen, Kat Parra’s recent CD “Azucar de Amor” seems like a typical well-played session of Latin jazz. A veteran of the Bay Area salsa scene, Parra knows her way around clave, the fundamental pulse of Afro-Cuban music. The album’s title track, for instance, puts a mambo spin on “Sugar,” a funky jazz hit for Stanley Turrentine.

But Parra isn’t content with tried-and-true formulas. Since the release of her impressive 2006 debut “Birds In Flight,” the Oakland-based singer has created an ambitious repertoire based on a treasure trove of Ladino songs written when Sephardic Jews lived in Muslim-dominated Spain more than five centuries ago. The rhythmically expansive arrangements give a whole new meaning to Latin jazz.

“When I started digging deeper into the Golden Age of Spain, when Jews and Muslims lived closely together and shared innovations, I was blown away and fascinated by the period,” says Parra, who performs Friday and Saturday at Bake’s Place as part of the Visiting Songbirds Series; she brings her superlative working band featuring bassist Peter Barshay, drummer Paul van Wageningen and pianist Murray Low, who’s responsible for many of the charts.
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Friday Jazz

BAKE’S PLACE: Kat Parra Quartet

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Rick Braun – Tribute to Chet Baker with Brian Bromberg, Philippe Saisse and Ricky Lawson

7pm – Rockin Teenage Combo, with special guest Jessica Lurie
9pm – Katy Bourne Quartet
11pm – Blues To Do Jam Session! Featuring Blue 55

SERAFINA: The Djangomatics

GRAZIE: Trish, Hans and Phil

BRECHEMIN AUDITORIUM: Marc Seales w/ Lary Barileau, Steve Korn & Evan Flory-Barnes
University of Washington

THIRD PLACE BOOKS: Momentum Jazz Quartet

1520 NE 177th, Shoreline 206-365-4447

Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell found dead in Portland hotel room

PORTLAND — Authorities say Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s, has been found dead in his Portland hotel room.

Erin Patrick, a deputy medical examiner in Multnomah County, says Mitchell was found dead a little after 3 a.m. today in his room at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.

She says Mitchell apparently died of natural causes at 62. An autopsy is planned.

Mitchell was touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast portion of the tour.

Mitchell performed with other tour members last Thursday at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. Seattle Times music critic Patrick MacDonald described Mitchell as looking frail but in good spirits.

Hendrix died in 1970, and Noel Redding, bassist for the trio, died in 2003.

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Rick Braun – Tribute to Chet Baker with Brian Bromberg, Philippe Saisse and Ricky Lawson

5:30pm: Monarch Duo
9:00pm: Motel 5

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Critical Mass Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Clave Gringa, with Ann-ita Reynolds (piano/vocals), Daniel Barry (trumpet/trombone/melodica), Dan O’Brien (bass), Marty Tuttle (drums), and Michelle McGowan (congas/percussion) ($8 cover)
9pm – Susan Harper Conspiracy, with Susan Harper (guitar/vocals), George Bullock (electric guitar), Sean Lahay (keyboard), Don Chappel (bass) and Frank Heye (drums)

LO-FI: The Teaching

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

THAIKU: Jeff Alberts, Jeff Johnson & Tad Britton


GEORGE’S in Kirkland: Jake Bergevin with RJ Whitlow (bass) and Milo Petersen (guitar)

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Choklate

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Beth Winter Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

7pm – Patty Padden and Changkadank, with Steve Rice (piano) and Dan O’Brien (bass)
9pm – Egan’s Vocal Jam, with Penelope Donado and Victor Noriega

TUTTABELLA: Djangomatics

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Bruce Forman at Cornish this Sunday

Jazz Guitarist Bruce Forman
Presented by the Cornish Music Series

Sunday, Nov 16, 8pm

PONCHO Concert Hall
Kerry Hall
710 East Roy Street
map & directions

Los Angles-based guitarist Bruce Forman – this fall’s McKenna Jazz Artist Residency featured artist – is joined by fellow guitarist and Cornish faculty member Dave Peterson, along with Cornish faculty member and bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer Gary Hobbs.

Tickets: $15 general, $7.50 students, alumni & seniors

Visit the Cornish College website for more information.

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Choklate

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – The Parlourhoppers – Bluegrass and Oldtime music
9pm – JT Spangler and Isaac Johnson

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom


This Sunday on Jazz NW

It was a dream concert! NEA Jazz Master James Moody was saxophone soloist with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra which includes many of Seattle’s top jazz players, co-led by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. Moody was in brilliant form as always, pouring forth brilliant inspired solos as he has since he first drew attention when he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1946 as they were ushering in the Bop era. Diz and Moody were life-long friends and musical compatriots, and Moody still performs with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and alumni bands.

We recorded Moody and the SRJO before a cheering capacity audience at the Kirkland Performance Center and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to present excerpts from this unique concert on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, November 9 on 88-5, KPLU.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU. It airs every Sunday at 1:00pm on KPLU 88.5fm and online at

Listen to an audio preview below …

Friday Jazz

What a week! We are going to decompress by going to hear some live jazz tonight.


Triple Door, 7pm & 9:30pm
Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits
Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Baptista’s mastery of the percussion of his native Brazil has propelled him to world renown. His new quartet features keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist and oud player Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, and drummer Tim Keiper. Also on the bill: the searing sextet of Seattle-based drum legend, Michael Shrieve (Santana), in astonishing renditions of music from throughout Shrieve’s still-expanding musical quest. (Both bands perform both shows.)
CALL 206-838-4333 FOR TICKETS

Tonight and tomorrow!
PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College, 8pm
Space in the Heart: a jazzopera

Celebrated veteran composer/clarinet virtuoso Bill (William O.) Smith and librettist Peter Monaghan contribute to a rare art form. Their opera for three singers (Becca Friedman, Maria Mannisto, Jordan Peterson) and trio (Smith, clarinet & piano; Greg Campbell, drums & French horn; Brian Cobb, bass) is a torrid tale of love perturbed in outer and inner space. (Free noon open rehearsal, 11/7)
$18 general MORE INFO

Kirkland Performance Center, 8pm
Sara Gazarek
Steeped in the jazz tradition, this rising vocal star and Seattle native is nonetheless willing to engage with the music of her own generation. Presented by Kirkland Performance Center.

all the other stuff …

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio (5 – 7pm)

JAZZ ALLEY: The Manhattans with Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett

430 91st Ave NE, Lake Stevens, 425-334-2066, 8:30pm

5:30: Kiko Freitas
9:00: How Now Brown Cow

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

7pm – Josh Rawlings Trio, with Josh Rawlings (piano), Nate Omdal (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums) … celebrating the release of “Climbing Stairs”!
9pm – Jennifer Derrick Adams (vocals) and Randy Halberstadt (piano)
11pm – Glenn Allen (guitar and vocals), with Kyle Knowlton (bass) and Aaron Barber (drums)

BAKE’S PLACE: Greta Matassa Trio

SERAFINA: Jazzukha

GRAZIE: Katy Bourne Trio

SORRENTO: Gail Pettis Trio

HIROSHI’S: Jazz and Sushi

Wednesday Jazz


King Cat Theater, 8pm
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra West MEETS LAUREL & HARDY

New York trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s all-star cast of Bay Area musicians explores the neglected music of the bluesy territory bands; here, they accompany three Laurel & Hardy silent-movie classics.

and the other events …

JAZZ ALLEY: The Two Martins Tour Featuring Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson

5:00: Eli Rosenblatt
9:00: Sue Bell

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Jazz Workshop

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

7pm – Brian Straub and Tom Humphreys – Two acoustic guitars and vocals. Originals in the singer-songwriter, country, rock vein
9pm – Egan’s Vocal Jam, with Dawson Taylor and the Dan Sales Trio

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Leading Questions: Mark Taylor

Interview and photo by Steve Korn

Someone once told me, “Nobody cares about your creativity or your original music”. Wrong.

When I was 14, I discovered Bird, Cannonball, and Phil Woods.

The saxophone is my voice.

If I could do it all over again, I’d be better at trusting my initial instincts more and just getting on with it!

Practice makes
no difference at all if you have no plan or goal.

When I look at where I’m at right now, I’m proud of the projects I’ve been a part of and grateful to the musicians who include me.

The piece of music that first mesmerized me was Charlie Parker with Strings “Just Friends”

Some of my best ideas come to me
when I’m not trying to come up with an idea.

My parents were and are, always completely supportive. I’m very lucky.

Fear is indecision.

Motivation is best when it’s internally based.

As I get older, I’ve realized that if you try to please everyone, you’re not being sincere. That, and I’m not nearly as old as some of you other guys.

In the big scheme of things, what really matters is are you happy? Do you love what you do? Do you care about the people around you?

Music has taught me
friendship, trust, confidence, humility, compromise … pretty much everything.

People ask me “why does your neck expand so much when you play” (I have no idea).
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Election Day Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: The Two Martins Tour Featuring Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Election night jam session starting at 6:00pm

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

Review: Wayne Horvitz and NY Composers Orchestra West at The Triple Door

I didn’t think I’d be able to attend much of the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival as I’ve been completely tied up with The Drowsy Chaperone at The 5th Avenue, but with my Monday night free, and my brother in the band, I decided to check out Wayne Horvitz and NY Composers Orchestra West at The Triple Door. While I did bring my camera, I sadly didn’t bring anything for note taking, so I missed getting the titles, but to be honest, it’s not important. What was important about this concert was the music of composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. I used to go see his band Zony Mash at the OK Hotel and revelled in the groove, but always remembered seeing a similar incarnation of tonight’s band around ten years ago. My tastes have certainly broadened since then, and with a focus on Wayne’s writing this time, I was even more taken with it.

Read the entire review by David Marriott and view a slideshow here

Election night at Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Now that the long slog of the election-season-for-the-ages is coming to a close, it’s time to kick back and PARTY! We hope you’ll stop by and join in our open jam session, with musicians of all stripes and musical genres performing roots, blues, jazz, world, country, indie, etc…and any permutations thereof 😉
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-789-1621

MJ Bishop (and possibly Jim Knodle) will be herding the cats, and Seattle’s own Jim Page promises to be here by 6pm!

We’ll be projecting results on the screen starting around 5pm, cruising the web for interesting nuggets, and streaming both the concession speech (which I’m guessing will happen just after our polls close at 8pm) and the acknowledgment speech, which I’m guessing will happen about 9pm (11pm Chicago time). But the race is likely to be projected earlier, so don’t wait too long to come down!

In honor of the occasion, we will be rolling back our food and drink prices 8 years (pre-Bush/Cheney) for the night. No cover…but we’ll make sure no starving artists go hungry 😉

We’ll also be passing the hat for our new Egan’s Music Support Fund, 50% of which will go toward subsidizing student discounts at your regular gigs, so you don’t take a hit on that (unless you can afford to). The other 50% will go toward tuning the piano more often, replacing drum heads, cables, etc., and in general keeping our sound and lighting support up to snuff.

Hope you can make it!

Suzanne, Ben, and the rest of the crew!

Wayne Horvitz’s pre-Election Party

From Wayne Horvitz:

Dear Seattle Friends,

The night of the 2000 election Zony Mash was playing at the long-gone and sorely missed OK Hotel. I will never forget hearing at the break that Al Gore had won Florida, only to come home after the gig and find out that all had changed. The last 8 years have been like the wrong doctor giving you the wrong medication for the wrong diagnosis. It has been beyond belief or comprehension.

Well we hope to change all that, and if you feel like you have done all you can by Monday night please join us for a celebration of life as we know it and also as we hope it to be, before the final shoot-out. This will be the last night of the Earshot celebration of my 20 years in Seattle. We have 3 great bands, representing 2 generations.

Headlining will be THE PRESIDENT. We picked this night for a reason! With original members Bobby Previte and Doug Wieselman and Seattle greats Tim Young, Keith Lowe and Steve Moore this was my first major electric band, which toured Europe and the States, cut its teeth in NYC clubs like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club, did 3 albums for Nonesuch records, paved the way for Zony Mash and Pigpen, and last played in Seattle in 1992? Just watching Bobby Previte rock this music is worth the price of admission. (By the way, the original name of the band was The President of the United States of America, the rest is history.)

Two jazz orchestras play first. Opening will be Sam Gray’s Frantic Managerie. I felt that I should bring things full circle in this retrospective and represent the next generation. Sam has been a composition student of mine, and has a killer set of tunes. Most of the players are Garfield and Roosevelt kids, and students can get $11 tickets.

In the middle we have the New York Composers Orchestra East/West. Original and former members include Bobby Previte, Ron Miles, Briggan Krauss, special guests Skerik and Tim Young and a slew of great Seattle players including Hans Teuber, Mark Taylor, Phil Sparks and many more.

For more information on the history of any and all of these bands, and a little bit about why we need “Joe the Songwriter” in These Hard Times (Joe Hill that is) I have been blogging about this event at:

See ya

Monday Jazz


Triple Door, 7:00pm
Wayne Horvitz:
NY Composers Orchestra West & The President
Sam Gray’s Frantic Menagerie Orchestra

Horvitz presents NY Composers Orchestra West, an amalgamation of Seattle and New York players, and a reprise of his early New York band, The President (just in time for the election). Opening: an adventurous big band of Garfield High School alumnus Sam Gray.
CALL 206-838-4333 FOR TICKETS

other events happening tonight …

JAZZ ALLEY: Liberty, Skyline and Issaquah High School Jazz Bands

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: VOCAL JAM with Greta Matassa

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra

Woodstick makes history today

Woodstick 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
2pm – 4pm
Doors open 9:30am

The 6th annual Woodstick Big Beat world record drumming event will be held on November 2nd at the Juanita Field House in Kirkland, WA. If you own a drum set, this event is for you!

Woodstick currently holds the Guinness World record of 533 drummers playing drumsets simultaneously. This year drummers in Big Beat events in 9 cities across North America will attempt to break the record.

Also featured at the event will be a performance by Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and you can enter to win a Ringo Starr autographed drumhead.

For all you drummers out there … more information can be found at:

Halloween Jazz


Town Hall, 8pm
Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra

UPDATE: Carla Bley has canceled due to health reasons. In her absence, pianist Alan Broadbent will perform with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.
A concert events of the decade! One of the most significant bassists in jazz performs with his adventurous, politically charged big band of NY all-stars. Their performance features arrangements and compositions of Haden’s longtime colleague and friend, Carla Bley.

Tula’s Restaurant, 8:30pm
Phil Markowitz Trio

The inventive, virtuosic, and accessible pianist, touring in support of his new release, Catalysis (Sunnyside Records), presents his forward-looking vision for jazz with percussionist Adam Nussbaum and bassist Jay Anderson.

and the other events …

JAZZ ALLEY: Boz Scaggs Speak Low Tour


SERAFINA: Jose Gonzales Trio

7pm – Conrad Tovar (vocals), with Tom Kellock (piano), Chris Symer (bass) and Jose Martinez (drums)
9pm – Rolf Jones-Moore
11pm – joietet

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Monkstone Theocracy

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Mike West

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Fred Hoadley Trio

Thursday Jazz


Triple Door, 7pm & 9:30pm
Ravi Coltrane Quartet

“This is what jazz sounds like now in New York,” the NY Times’s Ben Ratliff said of this now-seasoned soprano and tenor saxophonist who performs with his stunning quartet of Luis Perdomo (piano), Drew Gress (bass), and E. J. Strickland (drums).
CALL 206-838-4333 FOR TICKETS

Tula’s Restaurant, 8:30pm
Ambrose Akinmusire

The winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition is a rising star. Performing in support of his debut disc Prelude: To Cora, the in-demand hornman draws inspiration from all over: Chopin to Björk.

other events in town …

JAZZ ALLEY: Boz Scaggs Speak Low Tour – Standards, Blues and Ballads


THAIKU: Tad Britton, Jeff Johnson, Jon Alberts

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – The Recliners – a tribute to Patsy Cline!
9pm – Andrew Oliver Kora Ensemble

ST. CLOUD’S: Katy Bourne & Randy Halberstadt

LO-FI: The Teaching

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio