This week on Jazz Northwest

2008 Jazz Port Townsend Festival All Star Big Band directed by Kim Richmond (photo by Doug Young)

The late composer, arranger, pianist and band leader Bob Florence was honored at Jazz Port Townsend in July. He was a much-loved regular member of the Jazz Workshop faculty which precedes the Festival and was scheduled to lead the Festival All Star Big Band in concert again this year, but died two months prior to the festival. Kim Richmond, who played lead alto in Bob Florence concerts and twelve albums, took over the conducting role for this tribute concert. With solo quality musicians in every chair this is truly an All-star band, playing brilliant compositions and arrangements by Bob Florence.

The concert will air on Jazz Northwest this Sunday afternoon (10/5) at 1 PM PDT on 88-5, KPLU, Tacoma-Seattle.

The concert will also stream simultaneously via the internet to an international audience from and a podcast will be available after the airdate from Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU

Listen to the audio preview below.

Seattle Times: Alaska Airlines rescues Portland Jazz Festival

From The Seattle Times:

Money was tight. Organizers had already canceled the Portland Jazz Festival, and now staffers were ready to cut off the office phone when “The Call” came.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines was on the phone. The company wanted to help save the festival at the eleventh hour.

“It was my all-time favorite cold call,” said Sarah Bailen Smith, co-founder of the jazz festival.

Bailen Smith announced Wednesday that the sixth-annual Portland Jazz Festival is back on for Feb. 13-22, after Alaska Airlines donated $100,000 over the next two years.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Thursday Jazz

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Average White Band

MAINSTAGE: Robert Cray

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Sue Bell Quartet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

7pm – Helen Chance
9pm – Black Math Quartet

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session


LO-FI: The Teaching

PDX Jazz Back On

Alaska Airlines has agreed to a multi-year title sponsorship of the Portland Jazz Festival, providing the financial support necessary to revive the world-class festival, which had announced in early September that it was ceasing operations after five years. The corporate and organizational support ensures that the 6th Annual Alaska Airlines Portland Jazz Festival presented by The Oregonian A&E will take place, as scheduled, February 13-22, 2009. The festival will be dedicated to the 70 anniversary of Blue Note Records, as previously announced.

Leading Questions: Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Interview and photo by Steve Korn

Someone once told me…hold your horn up when you play. Hmmmm I’m not sure if it matters unless you’re in a big band.

When I was 14 I decided I wanted to be a musician.

The trumpet is beautiful but unforgiving…if I pick it up to play it demands my full attention…if I don’t want to commit then it would be best to leave it alone.

If I could do it all over again, I would have to go back in time.

Practice makes me feel positive about life.

When I look at where I’m at right now
, I’m not sure where I’m at or if I’m headed anywhere…

The piece of music that taught me a lot when I was young was Lover Man…Thorlackson used to play it for me on piano and we had fun playing…it’s an easy tune and fun to play.

Some of my best ideas come to me
when I’m driving or falling asleep.

My parents were the best for ME!

Fear is OK also… sometimes…nobody goes around being afraid ALL the time.

Motivation is a result of a strong cup of coffee in the morning.

As I get older, I’ve realized that much of my life is about taking the path of least resistance….isn’t that Dharma?

The thing about
jazz I like other than the music itself is the history as told in stories…there is everything for me…Freddie, Rams, Thorlackson…all great story tellers.
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Wednesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Carr Ensemble

JAZZ ALLEY: Larry Coryell B-3 Hammond Organ Trio with Alphonse Mouzon and Joe Bagg


THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band

7pm – Axiom, with Alexey Nikolaev (tenor sax), John Hansen (piano), Jon Hamar (bass) and Phil Parisot (drums)
9pm – Egan’s Vocal Jam, hosted by Shiri Zorn

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Larry Coryell B-3 Hammond Organ Trio with Joe Bagg and Alphonse Mouzon

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Leif Totusek and His 1-2-3 Trio

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Magnolia Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Jump Ensemble – “Originals and jazz standards with a twist”, with Gregg Robinson (piano), Mark Filler (drums) and Marty Hasegawa (bass)
9pm – New Bop Brigade, with Chris Stover (trombone), Travis Ranney (tenor sax), Matso Limtiaco (baritone sax), David Franklin (piano/composer), Steve Messick (bass/composer)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

Seattle Times – Bake’s: a friendly place for jazz and more

From The Seattle Times:

… I’d had the wrong idea about Bake’s Place when I recently described it in print as a living room in a house. It used to be that five years ago, before it moved to its current locale, inside a building called Town Hall. Even post-move, people said it still felt like a living room; seeing it now, I think it’s more like a cozy restaurant dining room. A recent remodel knocked out the fireplace and shows off wraparound windows — outside there are up-close trees and faraway mountains — and the bar’s new. “Just put it in last week,” says Baker.

It’s all very tranquil and unforced. Baker’s right: I did have to come here to “get it.”

“It’s an awesome community,” says Baker of the Providence Pointers, though he could just as easily be talking about his family (his kids also work here) and everybody else who comes to Bake’s Place.

Different from Seattle jazz clubs by size (it only holds 85 people) and vibe, Bake’s Place is a sanctuary of love — of music, of people. And if you can’t respect that, see ya later.

continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Monday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Chiwoniso
Zimbabwean Popular Music Star

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

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve Spellbinder

Thomas Marriott / John Bishop / Jeff Johnson in Chicago…

Thomas Marriott
Friday night at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and his band (featuring Jeff Johnson and John Bishop) joined with Chicago guitarist John McLean for a great night of music as part of the Origin Records Chicago Jazz Summit. The concert was a great example of the ongoing relationship with Chicago and Seattle artists, fostered by the Origin Records connection, and the standing-room-only crowd loved it. Tonight Matt Jorgensen will perform with guitarist Corey Christiansen, to celebrate the release of their new record “Roll With It.” The concert will also feature Chicago-based organist Pete Benson, and tenor saxophonist Scott Burns.

Be sure to check the Origin Records website for event updates, including podcasts, photo galleries and videos.

Seasons Music Festival in Yakima runs Oct 10-18

The Seasons Fall Music Festival, a weeklong celebration of classical, jazz and latin music will debut with a concert by saxophonist Eric Alexander and his New York-based Quartet on Friday, October 10 at 7:30 PM. This will be the first of nine straight evening concerts that make up the third Seasons Fall Festival. Stars to be included include: The Finisterra Trio, Bill Mays, Ernestine Anderson, Jovino Santos Neto, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, and Tierney Sutton.

Pat Strosahl, President of the Seasons Music Festival (the non-profit organization that programs the festival), says, “This is by far the most important festival we’ve staged in our three years of operation. It has internationally recognized performers every single night, an astounding educational component, and the sense of collaboration and intermingling of musical ideas that characterize the best festivals worldwide.”

Strosahl says the each night will be an event in its own right which will include dinner/appetizers, winemaker-of-the-day, and often an “Afterglow” gathering for artists, donors and interested others.

Special events include a Red Carpet Opening Night Celebration, a Birthday Party with surprises (Monday, Oct 13 is the exact third anniversary of the first performance at The Seasons), and Latin Jazz night (Friday, Oct 17) to be opened by the YVCC Jazz Band!

The Festival includes two specially commissioned works:
“Cradle Song: A Love Story in One Scene” A Chamber Opera composed by international opera composer Daron Hagen to be debuted Sunday, October 12 at 4 PM and “Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite” arranged by Bill Mays for combined classical and jazz ensembles to be performed on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM.

The education component of the festival will reach middle and high school students from around the valley, tribal students, college students from YVCC and CWU, the general public, and a selected group of the best post graduate composition students from around the nation, who will seminar for an entire week with Composer-in-Residence Daron Hagen. The Yakima Symphony and The Finisterra Trio (Artists-in-Residence) will read and perform selected student works at various times during the festival.

The latest information can be found on their website at:

Origin Records Chicago Jazz Summit

September 24th – 27th

In celebration of their relationship with almost two dozen Chicago jazz musicians and the clubs that support them, Origin Records will head to Chicago on Sept. 24th to present the Origin Records Chicago Jazz Summit. Over four days, Andy’s Jazz Club plays host to close to 40 Origin and OA2 musicians including established Chicago artists Geof Bradfield, Alison Ruble, John McLean, Kelly Brand, Scott Burns, Kyle Asche and Seattle musicians Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, Matt Jorgensen, and Chad McCullough.

Included in the weeks events will be CD release events for Geof Bradfield’s Urban Nomad, and Corey Christiansen’s Roll With It.

For a complete line-up of artists, visit Origin Records events page.

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Seattle Film/Music/Digital Media Happy Hour

Wednesday September 24th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill

You are invited to the new Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.

Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.

These Happy Hour events are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7pm, and are hosted at Sole Repair, located at 1001 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill (near the corner of 10th and Pike). Must be at least 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you there!

Monday Jazz

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

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Quintet

TOST: Michael Shrieve Spellbinder


Seattle Times: Jazz singer’s long road to intersection with destiny

from The Seattle Times

Now 79, Reed will return to Seattle for the first time since 1946, performing Tuesday and Wednesday night at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley with the man who could be fairly credited for discovering Reed: reed and trumpet player Peck Allmond.

“The first thing I thought when I heard him [at Jazz CampWEST] was, ‘Why don’t I have all his recordings?’ ” said Allmond, who played on both of Reed’s albums and produced Reed’s 2008 work, “The Song Is You.”

Reed, who lives in Richmond, Calif., and Allmond will perform with the other members of Allmond’s quartet, drummer Todd Strait, bassist Scott Steed and pianist Randy Porter. Empathetic and personal, Reed’s voice tells a story as much as it sings a song. Reed’s cinematic back story has attracted a lot of attention in a short time. He has played clubs in New York, Boston and San Francisco. And he recently recorded a segment of Marian McPartland’s radio show, “Piano Jazz.”

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Victor Noriega +2
CD Release Party!

JAZZ ALLEY: Earl Klugh

MAINSTAGE: The Headhunters

7pm – Katie King CD Release Party, with Bill Anschell (piano), Chris Symer (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums)
9pm – Rochelle House
11pm – Blues To Do Post-TV show jam! – featuring Cold Note, funk/rock/soul with Caine (vocals), Dave Thomas (drums), Alex Bainbridge (bass), Graham Parsons (guitar), and James Redfern (guitar)

SERAFINA: Kiko de Freitas

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

HOTWIRE COFFEE: Marc Smason Trio
17551 15th NE, Shoreline, 7:30pm

HIROSHI’S JAZZ AND SUSHI: Greg Williamson Quartet

NORTH CITY BISTRO: David George Trio

Buddy Catlett Update

from Brian Nova:

First, a BIG Thank you to all of you for a VERY Successful night for Buddy Catlett! With your help, we were able to raise $21,000 for Buddy! Buddy went in to U of W Hospital on Monday and had a very successful Heart Valve replacement surgery. The Doctors said he did great, and should be heading home on Thursday. The doctors also say that he might be up playing his bass by the end of the year! This is miraculous news as the doctors previously gave him 9 months. Your help, love and prayers have made all the difference. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Thursday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Earl Klugh


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Lonnie Mardis and the SCCC Jazz Orchestra

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Kim Rushing Quartet – Kim Rushing, vocalist formerly with John Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks and Ross) featuring the songs of Billie Holiday. With Paul Sawyer (guitar), Dan O’Brien (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums)
9pm – Kristin Woodbury

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

PUYALLUP FAIR: Al Jarreau/Manhattan Transfer

MAY: Hans Teuber Trio


CAFE PALOMA: Sheryl Diane Shumsky

LO-FI: The Teaching

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Kyle Eastwood

MAINSTAGE: Sinatra at the Sands Show
MUSICQUARIUM: Leif Totusek; Infusionary

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Dorothy Rodes, John Hansen, Jeff Johnson, Robert Rushing

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

7pm – 2Me, “folk and roll” band from Sacramento, with Christopher Twomey (acoustic guitar/vocals), Reid Foster (drums/percussion/vocals), Ken Burnett (mandolin) and Mark Gonzales (bass)
9pm – Vocal jazz jam session, hosted by Katy Bourne, with Randy Halberstadt (piano)

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

The Headhunters at The Triple Door

Thursday – Friday, Sept 18-19
216 Union Street

From the instant funk classic “Chameleon” to the rare-groove sound of “God Make Me Funky,” the Headhunters have redefined modern funk, world music, and jazz as one of the most innovative groups in history. Following the release of the groundbreaking Head Hunters (1973) the first album to garner gold status in jazz history, the band toured and recorded for several years with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock, releasing several hit records.

The Headhunters’ music is a complex blend of many styles and genres, including jazz, funk, African and Afro-Caribbean music. The group is also notable for its pioneering use of electronic instruments and effects. Though Herbie Hancock is no longer in the group, the current lineup is as impressive as ever original members Bill Summers on Percussion, Mike Clark on Drums, augmented by Donald Harrison on Saxophone, Gerri Allen on Keyboards and Richie Goods on Bass.