McTuff heads out on tour

McTuff, the group fronted by Joe Doria on organ and features Skerik on saxophone, Andy Coe on guitar and D’Vonne Lewis on drums, heads out on a west coast tour tomorrow morning but you can catch them tonight at Lo-Fi.

Oct 17, 10:00pm – MCTUFF TOUR KICKOFF @ Lo-Fi, Seattle, WA
Oct 18, 10:00pm – The Goodfoot, Portland, OR
Oct 21, 9:00pm – HopMonk, Sebastopol, CA
Oct 22, 9:00pm – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 23, 10:00pm – The Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
Oct 24, 10:00pm – The Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
Oct 25, 9:00pm – The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
Oct 26, 9:30pm – Sam Bond’s, Eugene, OR

Friday Jazz

BAKE’S PLACE: Josh Rawlings Trio

JAZZ ALLEY: Esperanza Spalding

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Quartet

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

LO-FI: McTuff featuring Joe Doria

7pm – Dina Blade
9pm – Lisa Marshall and the Dirty Girls
11pm – Blues To Do jam session, with Lisa Marshall and the Dirty Girls

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas

SERAFINA: Kiko de Freitas

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Susan Pascal

ST. CLOUD’S: Jose Gonzales Trio

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Port Townsend Reunion Band

THE SEASONS (Yakima): Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache

Seattle Times – Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival: The sweet sounds of independence

From The Seattle Times:

The jazz festival story down in Portland has been full of drama: The large enterprise made an immediate, commercial impact on the city when it began in 2004 but suddenly went under last month, and the upcoming sixth-annual festival set for February 2009 was canceled. Then it was saved by a large, cash infusion from a deep-pocketed benefactor, Alaska Airlines, who PDX Jazz organizers announced had agreed to be the event’s title sponsor.

By contrast, Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle’s largest and most ambitious jazz series, operates on about half the budget (Earshot’s annual budget is about $250,000), and is funded largely not by corporate, commercial interests but endowments, public commissions and private philanthropy.

Wednesday Jazz

5:30pm: Tor Dietrichson/Julio Jauregui Latin Jazz Duo
9:00pm: Hardcoretet

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Tumbao w/ Thomas Marriott

NEW ORLEANS: Legend Band with Clarence Acox

7pm – Jason Parker Quartet
9pm – Egan’s Vocal Jam, hosted by Billy Brandt, with Paul Sawyer (guitar) and Joe Casalini (bass)

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

JAZZ ALLEY: Jackie Ryan

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

JAZZ ALLEY: Jackie Ryan

7pm – The Jazz Poets
9pm – Jeni Wren (vocals), with Victor Noriega (piano), Nate Omdal (bass) and Jeff Conlin (drums)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

The Seasons celebrates third birthday

The Bill Mays Trio w/Martin Wind & Matt Jorgensen
The Seasons Turns Three (Birthday Party!)
October 13
6:00PM Doors with Cake and champagne
7:00PM Concert

Celebrate our 3rd Birthday and honor those who have helped The Seasons grow!! We opened our doors exactly three years ago with The Bill Mays Trio. Now, join us for a special reunion concert to kick us off into our third year running! Bill Mays, whose prolific career as pianist, composer and arranger is simply beyond category. With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop and classical his music is heard on hundreds of recordings, TV and movie sound tracks. Bill’s concert and studio credits include a who’s who of modern music, from Benny Golson to Gerry Mulligan to Sarah Vaughan. Bill will be joined by Matt Jorgensen on Drums and Martin Wind on Bass, sure to light up the stage with an unforgettable evening of impeccably played jazz.

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: JAZZ JAM with the Darin Clendenin Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin’s Version Of Cool 7

TOST: Michael Shrieves Spellbinder

Seattle Times – Jackie Ryan heats up Jazz Alley

From The Seattle Times:

There are many young singers out there tackling the Great American Songbook, but Jackie Ryan has something special to offer. It’s partly the smokey timbre of her alto voice. And it’s surely the warmth and emotional transparency she brings to romantic ballads like “The Very Thought of You” and “Never Let Me Go,” both on her 2007 debut album, “You and the Night and the Music” (OpenArt), which features saxophone great Red Holloway.

There are plenty of cool kitties in vocal jazz. Ryan wears her heart on her sleeve, with grand results. She performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $23.50 (206-441-9729

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

Seattle’s biggest jazz event of the year is the Earshot Jazz Festival, celebrating it’s 20th year October 18 through November 9. We’ll preview the festival with John Gilbreath this Sunday afternoon on Jazz Northwest, and listen to some of the music featured at the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Join us,Sunday afternoon at one on 88-5 KPLU.

The Seasons Fall Music Festival starts tonight

Head over to Yakima for their Fall Music Festival which starts tonight. Tickets to most shows are only $20 and you can buy a complete festival pass for only $75. Get away from the economic mess and pack the car for a trip to see some amazing music.


Eric Alexander – saxophone
David Hazeltine – piano
John Webber – bass
Matt Jorgensen – drums

101 N. Naches Ave. Yakima,WA

(509) 453-1888 or (888) 723-7660


Saturday, Oct. 11 – Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, Oct. 12 – Daron Hagen’s ‘Cradle Song, A Love Story’
Monday, Oct. 13 – Bill Mays Trio
Tuesday, Oct. 14 – The Inventions Trio
Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Ernestine Anderson
Thursday, Oct. 16 – Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto
Friday, Oct. 17 – Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band
Saturday, Oct. 18 – Tierney Sutton Band

Visit The Seasons website for more information.

Friday Jazz

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


7pm – Leah Stillwell, with Michael Owcharuk (piano), Jim Carey (bass) and Jaiman Crunk (guitar)
9pm – Tim Lerch
11pm – Daniel Kamas

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

SERAFINA: The Djangomatics

GRAZIE: Dennis Hastings Quartet

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Greg Schroeder & Friends

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Sue Nixon

w/ Cynthia Mullis (saxophone), Ben Verdier (piano), Dean Schmidt (bass)
520 NE 177th St., Shoreline, 8-10pm

Bill Mays at Bake’s Place this Sunday


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


Bill Mays – piano
Marvin Stamm – trumpet
Alisa Horn – cello

The group grew out of Mays and Stamm’s long association and duo work together, followed by a commission of Mays’ three-movement Fantasy for Cello, Trumpet & Piano. Another inspiration was Mays’ duo work with flutist Bud Shank in 1980 that resulted in the Concord Records LP, Explorations, which featured Mays’ Suite for Flute and Piano and improvisations on classical themes. In the 1990s Mays mixed musical genres again by orchestrating The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz City Records. Written for four woodwinds and rhythm section, the CD featured movements from the Nutcracker and other well-known themes by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. In recent years, Mays teamed with members of the Finisterra and the Philadelphia Piano Quartets to play his jazz versions of Arensky, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Rodrigo, and Vivaldi. In Mays’ words: “whether playing Borodin or Bird, Bach or bop, the aim is to make the music come alive in a new way, find great melodies, be true to the composer’s underlying harmonic scheme, let the music swing, listen intently, play honestly, always honoring the rich traditions from which we’re drawing and building upon.”

Thursday Jazz

performing music from ‘Here After’
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, 5:30pm, Free with museum admission

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Cliff Colon CD Release Party


NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Jessica Stenson (vocals) with Darin Clendenin (piano)
9pm – Goat, with Greg Sinibaldi

THAIKU: Tad Britton, Jeff Johnson, Jon Alberts

LO-FI: The Teaching

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session


MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Thursday at SAM

Thursday, Oct 9 at 5:30pm
John Hamar Quartet

Seattle’s 2007 “Emerging Jazz Artist of the Year”

Seattle Art Museum Downtown
1300 First Avenue, Seattle

Jon Hamar is a versatile artist who’s ability to find a tasteful, unique voice in any musical situation has made him a staple in the Northwest music scene. Hamar’s friendly nature, sense of humor and work ethic has kept him busy as a freelance bassist in multiple genres, composer and educator.

In addition to his role as a leader, since moving to Seattle in 2001 Hamar has been active in the role of supporting bassist. Jon has been busy as a recording artist playing on multiple cds with singer/songwriting artists including Wendy Huckins, Brian Finnell, Hans York, Eric Goetz and Bobby Krier. Recently Hamar played on Brian Owens’ disc Unmei, released on the OA2 label from Origin Records and will be heard on Carl Tanner’s upcoming release “Hear the Angels Sing” on Sony Classical. Jon has recently been performing with Jay Thomas, Ernestine Anderson, the Greg Williamson Quartet and the Axiom Quartet.

Wednesday Jazz

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

5:30pm: Leif Totusek
9:00pm Hardcoretet

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Beth Winter Vocal Showcase

NEW ORLEANS: Legend Band with Clarence Acox

7pm – Mark Taylor and Ryan Burns
9pm – Egan’s Vocal Jam, hosted by Jennifer Derrick Adams

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thoma Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: Dorothy Rodes, with John Hansen (piano) and Phil Sparks (bass)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom


Seattle Times – Centrum circling the wagons at Fort Worden

from The Seattle Times:

Longtime arts and culture advocate Thatcher Bailey is no longer executive director of Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization based in Port Townsend at Fort Worden State Park, though he’s still a Centrum consultant and is listed under “Centrum Staff” on its Web site.

His intention is to advance Fort Worden State Park as a “something we can market as a destination learning center,” Bailey said last week when reached on his cellphone …

Monday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: VOCAL JAM with Greta Matassa

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

LA SPIGA: Ray Baldwin’s Version Of Cool 7

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Jim Knapp Orchestra
12510 15th Ave, NE, 8:00pm

TOST: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Seasons’ Fall Side-by-Side Music Festival is world-class

From Doug Ramsey’s preview for The Yakima Herald

A weeklong festival of this quality would make a splash in any major city, including New York and Los Angeles. The Seasons has managed to put it together in a high-desert town of 85,000 people in the upper left corner of the nation.

Eric Alexander Quartet

Alexander is a tenor saxophonist with facility, a generous tone and a commitment to swinging. He grew up In Olympia, went to college in the Midwest and East, established himself in Chicago and has lived in New York since 1991. He travels the world and has recorded a couple of dozen CDs.

His work is informed by John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of the tradition that stems from Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other innovators who changed jazz in the 40s and 50s. Alexander just turned 40, but he still qualifies as one of the leading young lions in jazz. His pianist and bassist are New Yorkers David Hazeltine and John Webber. Seattle’s Matt Jorgensen will substitute for Alexander’s regular drummer, Joe Farnsworth.
Friday, Oct. 10. Wine-Tasting Gala and Red Carpet at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m.

Yakima Symphony Orchestra

At the Capitol Theatre, the YSO and the Finisterra Piano Trio will perform Daron Hagen’s Triple Concerto, “Orpheus and Eurydice.” I haven’t heard the piece, but Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein has. From his review: Hagen’s “Triple Concerto is music that’s easy to apate at first hearing, but not because its tonal grammar talks down to the listener. Like his teacher Ned Rorem (to whose elegant craftsmanship Hagen’s music owes a clear debt), the latter reimagines traditional melodic and harmonic contexts in all sorts of fresh, charming and even surprising ways.” Mendelssohn, Bizet and two works by new young composers are also on the program.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

Daron Hagen’s ‘Cradle Song, A Love Story’
The composer will be present for the world premiere of his chamber opera in one scene. Soprano Gilda Lyons and tenor Robert Frankenberry star. One of the highlights of last year’s festival was the world premiere of Hagen’s “Piano Trio No. 4, Angel Band,” by The Seasons’ resident chamber group, the Finisterra Trio. Finisterra’s members — violinist Kwan Bin Park, cellist Kevin Krentz and pianist Tanya Stambuck — are integral to this new Hagen work.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m.

Bill Mays Trio
The Mays group gave The Seasons its inauert exactly three years ago this night. One of the most versatile and sought-after pianists in jazz, Mays is noted for his harmonic depth, hard swing, humor and engaging manner with an audience.

Martin Wind is a classically-trained German who has become a master of jazz bass. Admired among other bassists for his formidable bowing technique, Wind will be appearing at his third Fall Festival with this trio. Mays’ customary drummer, Matt Wilson, has another commitment. The versatile Matt Jorgenson will occupy the drum chair.
Monday, Oct. 13. Doors open and birthday cake at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m.
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Friday Jazz

MAINSTAGE: Robert Cray
MUSICQUARIUM: Tor Dietrichson/Leif Totusek Duo; Tor Dietrichson Blues Machine

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Pascal Quartet w/ Dave Peterson

7pm – Just the Girls, with Mercedes Nicole (vocals), Sylvia Rollins (bass), Sandy Walker (drums) and Beth Wulff (piano)
9pm – Passarim
11pm – Daniel Lanetti

SERAFINA: Kelly Ash Trio


LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Fred Radke