On the Scene: Live Jazz Previews for October

October is arguably the busiest and most noteworthy month on the Seattle jazz calendar. Of course, much of this has to do with the Earshot Jazz Festival adding to an already active scene. I do recommend researching the festival as a whole at https://www.earshot.org/, but I have highlighted a number of the performances here, along with an impressive amount of stellar events around the city this month, including those at Jazz Alley and the Royal Room. While the Earshot Jazz Festival does bring in an impressive array of artists from around the world, it features Seattle musicians as well, including the 2022 Resident Artist, Alex Dugdale. As always, we encourage you to get out and experience jazz as it should be– through live performance.

Greta Matassa/ Robert Vaughn

Sat Oct 1, 7 PM/ Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Small club, big time indeed. Seattle’s Greta Matassa will double bill with guitarist/vocalist Robert Vaughn at the tiny Ballard jazz spot. Matassa’s pedigree goes without saying, being one of the city’s jazz legends, while Vaughn was MIA from Seattle stages for many years, as he worked a steady gig in Idaho. Matassa began to bring him back to Seattle audiences as a guest at her long-running Tula’s residency. Vaughn opens in trio with bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester. Matassa plays the second set adding tenor saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev and guitarist Brian Monroney with Vaughn guesting. http://www.ballardjamhouse.com/schedule.html

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble/ Monday Night Jazz Jam with Thomas Marriott

Oct 3,10,17,24,31- 7:30 PM, Jam at 9 PM/ Royal Room

Monday nights at the Royal Room have become a thing in Seattle, with Wayne Horvitz’ ensemble performing interpretations of his original compositions, and those of Thelonious Monk. At 9PM, Thomas Marriott leads an open, all-ages jam session that places an emphasis on the mentorship cycle. Younger players have the opportunity to play with more experienced players, and everyone gets to play. Marriott has done an excellent job of curating the event that tends to include many of the top shelf players in town. https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/royal-room-collective-music-ensemble-2/?instance_id=3708

Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn
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Grace Kelly CD Pre-Release

Tue Oct 4- Wed Oct 5, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

In a month dominated by the Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz Alley has a few nuggets to feast on as well. Grace Kelly pays her annual visit to the esteemed venue, in celebration of her 14th album, All I Need. The fiery altoist is joined by pianist Adam Bravo, bassist Cooper Appelt, and drummer Julian Allen. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=6362

Ron Weinstein and Friends

Wed Oct 5, 9:30 PM/ Seamonster Lounge

The closing of Vito’s due to the fire on the fourth floor above it has impacted the jazz community in Seattle more than many anticipated. Ron Weinstein’s Sunday night gig there was a staple on the Seattle scene for many years, with Weinstein featured on piano. He often features top players in his trio, including bassist Jeff Johnson. You can catch Weinstein on his Wednesday night gig at the Seamonster in Wallingford in what many consider his true natural environment- performing on Hammond B-3 organ.https://www.facebook.com/Seamonsterlounge/events/?id=100049077476160&sk=events

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Esthesis Quartet

Sun Oct 9, 7:30 PM/ The Forum at Town Hall

Pianist/vocalist Dawn Clement and flutist Elsa Nilsson have deep roots in Seattle, both as students at Cornish College of the Arts, with Clement’s  tenure there including a long term professorship. Swedish born, New York City resident Nilsson took advantage of her time in Seattle by performing live with many of the city’s most renowned players. Clement performed regularly with Julian Priester, Johnaye Kendrick and others, culminating her tenure in Seattle as Resident Artist at the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival. Nilsson has spent her time wisely in New York, rapidly becoming recognized as a unique and innovative trailblazer of her instrument. Her presence on the front line of Esthesis Quartet exudes a physical strength, brilliance of tone and deep compositional wisdom. 

Drummer Tina Raymond is a well known quantity on the international jazz scene both as a musician and clinician. Her use of African polyrhythms and classical percussion techniques in her playing is free flowing and original. Bassist Emma Dayhuff has a presence and depth of talent that continues to evolve in a myriad of notable ways. One of only five women to participate in the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance, the Chicago based Dayhuff is performing and recording while continuing to pursue her DMA at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaF9YUAV

Dave Weckl Tom Kennedy Project featuring Stu Mindeman with special guest Eric Marienthal

Tue Oct 11- Wed Oct 12, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Drummer/bandleader Dave Weckl has found a home at Jazz Alley, a venue that seems to be a jazz fusion flash point. Teaming up with bassist Tom Kennedy and pianist Stu Mindeman, Weckl’s high energy music is open ended and invites new congregants with each iteration of the band. This time around, saxophonist Eric Marienthal joins the band for this two night run. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=6359

Kurt Rosenwinkle Quartet

Wed Oct 12, 7:30 PM/ Triple Door

Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkle is a generational voice and a messenger at the leading edge of modern jazz for more than thirty years. Much the same could be said for all four members of this stellar quartet. Bassist Eric Revis, pianist Taylor Eigsti and drummer Gregory Hutchinson join the Philly born Rosenwinkle for what should be an explosive evening of music. At the time of this writing, the show was nearly sold out, so make haste if you plan to attend. https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/orderticketsvenue.asp?p=4180

Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

Thomas Marriott and the Fellowship ‘Ceptet with Johnaye Kendrick

Thu Oct 13, 7:30 PM/ The Forum at Town Hall

The Fellowship ‘Ceptet led by trumpeter Thomas Marriott, is an outgrowth of another Marriott project–The Seattle Jazz Fellowship, a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to the resident jazz scene in Seattle. Marriott prioritizes a blend of musicians that crosses generational lines. The personnel has changed a bit between performances due to a variety of factors. For example, bassist Grace Kaste has performed with the band during her senior year at Roosevelt High School, but had to opt out of this performance as she attends Columbia University in New York. Marriott  has tapped bassist Trevor Ford in her absence. 

Pianist Marina Albero joins the band a year removed from being the Resident Artist of the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival. Alto saxophonist Mark Taylor stands with Marriott and Albero as a veteran presence in the band, as is the case with drummer D’Vonne Lewis. Trombonist Beserat Taffesse is on the leading edge of new, young faces on the Seattle scene. Tenor saxophonist Jackson Cotugno is a young saxophonist with a modern approach that features an older, Ben Webster style sound. Then of course, there is Marriott, on the cusp of releasing his fourteenth album as a leader, and perhaps the most notable Seattle jazz musician on an international scale. 
Vocal artist Johnaye Kendrick is a musician whose instrument is voice. Her approach blends dynamic range with a strong melodic sense, perfect pitch and open ears. The author of two albums as a leader is also a member of the Grammy-nominated vocal supergroup, saje. Kendrick’s instrument adds a whole new dimension to the ‘Ceptet, who will feature her addition for the first time with this appearance at the 2022 Earshot Jazz Festival.https://www.earshot.org/event/fellowship-ceptet-featuring-johnaye-kendrick/

Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

Entremundos Quarteto

Fri Oct 14, 8 PM/ North City Bistro

Entremundos seems to be the house band at North City Bistro, having frequented the venue from the very beginnings of the band. Brazilian vocalist Adriana Giordano and pianist Eric Verlinde have developed great repor during that time, blending their own immersions in jazz, Brazilian and Latin Jazz into an interesting fusion. Drummer/percussionsit Jeff Busch can handle the kit in all of the band’s variant forms, which is truly the joining force that allows the band’s unique sound to happen. Bassist Dean Schmidt is the center point of the band, holding down the bottom end solidly and colorfully. A gem aside from the torrent of Earshot dates this month. https://northcitybistro.com/

Meridian Odyssey

Sat Oct 15, 7:30 PM/ The Forum at Town Hall

The band Meridian Odyssey, a gathering of young jazz artists with ties to Seattle, represents the new wave of jazz in the Pacific Northwest. Performing primarily original compositions, the music speaks to life as a young professional artist in a time in history transformed by a worldwide pandemic. 

The storyline authored by the band includes being sequestered at the familial home of guitarist Martin Budde in Big Lake, Alaska in the thick of the pandemic lockdown. The music tells the story of six close friends, finding solace in the natural world, while creating music they would go on to record in an airplane hangar belonging to Budde’s father. Those recordings resulted in two albums released on the highly regarded Origin Records label. The aptly titled Second Wave arrived in 2021, followed by the recently released Earthshine in 2022. 

Drummer Xavier Lecouturier has released his own album of original compositions on Origin, the 2019 offering, Carrier. Pianist Dylan Hayes released Songs For Rooms and People in 2020 with his electric band. Trumpeter Noah Halpern had recently graduated from Julliard, and was being alluded to as one of the rising trumpet stars of his generation. In the same way, recent Manhattan School of Music grad Ben Feldman had made headway into the New York scene as a bassist and bandleader, performing with such notables as Dave Liebman and Stefon Harris. Saxophonist Santosh Sharma, a dynamic tenor player in the tradition of John Coltrane, had enthusiastically added the dimension of being a notable practitioner of the EWI. Then there’s guitarist Budde, who chanced upon this collection of talent while a student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Aside from contributing his family home in Alaska, Budde offers memorable compositions and a playing style heavily steeped in melodicism. 

The band’s performance at the 2022 Earshot Jazz Festival marks an ascendency from the constraints of circumstance, a high water mark in their remarkable story.  https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaGlZUAV

Photo Credit: Earshot Jazz

Naomi Moon Siegel Ensemble

Sun Oct 16, 8 PM/ Royal Room

Missoula based trombonist/composer Naomi Moon Siegel comes back to her roots in Seattle, leading a sextet of the city’s finest. Always adventurous in an original way as both a musician and composer, she performs with some familiar faces in pianist Marina Albero, bassist Kelsey Mines, drummer Christopher Icasiano, guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme and trumpeter Ray Larsen. Siegel’s compositions straddle the folk-jazz medium, written with space for the spontaneous composition of her bandmates. https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaGloUAF


Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Tue Oct 18, 7:30 PM/ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

Trumpeter Marquis Hill explores the entire history of jazz with a modern outlook and traditional approach. In his New Gospel Revisited project he stakes out that territory with mates Jahari Stampley on piano, bassist Joshua Griffin, and drummer Jeremiah Collier. The band will be revisiting music from Hill’s album, New Gospel.https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaHZyUAN

The Bad Plus

Tue Oct 18- Wed Oct 19, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

The Bad Plus has been going through personnel changes after the departure of founding pianist Ethan Iverson, but bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King have kept the progressive jazz vision alive. At first, the piano trio format was preserved with the addition of pianist Orrin Evans. Evans’ departure ushered in a completely different approach, with guitarist Ben Monder and saxophonist Chris Speed joining to form an eclectic quartet in the spirit of the band historically. In other words, expect the unexpected. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=6337

Photo Credit: Brooke Wilson

Jacqueline Tabor & Marina Albero: Don’t Explain

Thu Oct 20, 7:30 PM/ The Forum at Town Hall

Barcelona born pianist Marina Albero has been performing in Seattle since her arrival here in 2014, but it wasn’t until the lockdown during the worldwide pandemic that she became close friends with blues based jazz vocalist Jacqueline Tabor. The music presented here speaks to the truth of today’s modern civil rights movement, told through the voices of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. The music sheds light on the courage of these two great American artists, a story told by two of the city’s most dynamic musical voices. https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaHyxUAF

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Bad Luck/ Kin of the Moon

Thu Oct 20, 9 PM/ Clock-Out Lounge

The explosive duo of drummer Christopher Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch takes off on Beacon Hill, at the Clock Out Lounge. Welch’s mastery of his instrument and applied electronics seems bent on a collision course with Icasiano’s relentless approach on drum kit. In the end, there is a symphonic and sonic intelligence to what they do. There is nothing remotely similar to an hour long Bad Luck set. Kin of the Moon is a classically based eclectic ensemble with a wide array of musical interests. A cross-pollination of flute, viola and electronics could be the default instrumentation, but the band utilizes ten instruments, voice and electronics. Violist Heather Bentley, flutist Leanna Keith, and vocalist/composer Kaley Lane Eaton are conservatory trained musicians who each serve on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts. Whatever the case, this is a well placed billing and a night to remember in the south end.https://www.earshot.org/event/bad-luck-kin-of-the-moon/

Photo Credit : Alan Jackman

Miguel Zenon Quartet

Fri Oct 21, 7:30 PM/ The Forum at Town Hall

One of the premier ensembles in modern jazz, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon returns to Seattle with his quartet featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, drummer Henry Cole and bassist Luca Alemanno. Zenon’s music is very much in the moment and open to interpretation, making a ninety minute set with them a journey into the depths of modern jazz. The presence of these particular musicians by nature is guided by the music of Puerto Rico, yet the original approach of this well grounded foursome creates a post-bop hybrid that speaks for itself.https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaI1cUAF

Ben Wendel Quartet

Wed Oct 26- 6:30 & 9 PM/ Royal Room

Since his arrival with the band Kneebody, saxophonist Ben Wendel has been thrilling Emerald City jazz fans with his ultra-modern approach to an ever-changing modern jazz vision, accompanied by some of the most adventurous musicians in jazz. His appearance at the Royal Room is no exception. Pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Harsh Raghavan and drummer Nate Wood are a select group of intrepid travelers that should be a perfect match for Wendel’s adventurous compositions.  All of this in the community vibe in Columbia City at the Royal Room. https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000SaI21UAF

Photo Credit: Daniel Sheehan

Anat Cohen Quartetinho

Thu Oct 29, 7:30 PM/ Town Hall- Great Hall

Clarinetist Anat Cohen is one of the most inspired and exuberant musicians in jazz, no matter which iteration of her band within which she performs. She plucks a select few from her Triple Helix Tentet to perform at Town Hall, with Vitor Goncalves (accordion & piano), Tal Mashiach (bass & 7-string guitar), and James Shipp (percussion, vibraphone, & electronics). Cohen will perform on clarinet and bass clarinet. https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S2L00000Sa0bKUAR

Joachim Mencel Quartet

Sun Oct 30, 7:30 PM/ The Forum at Town Hall

Polish piano icon Joachim Mencel makes a rare appearance in the Pacific Northwest with his Earshot set featuring guitarist Pete McCann. bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Allan Mednard. Mencel is also an eclectic practitioner of the hurdy gurdy, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Mencel has a unique piano voice, one that invites introspection and imagination. That in itself is worth your time and interest. Then, he somehow makes an ancient voice such as the hurdy gurdy make sense in twenty first century improvised music. Mencel has recently released Brooklyn Eye (Origin, 2020) on the Seattle based Origin Records label. His US based quartet is all about modern jazz, with Mencel’s European overtones included brilliantly in the conversation.

Opening will be M.O.M., an eclectic trio featuring bassist and drummer François and Louis Moutin, identical twins. along with versatile Haitian-Canadian multi-horn player, Jowee Omicil. https://www.earshot.org/event/joachim-mencel-quartet-m-o-m/

Seattle Times: Acclaimed jazz journeymen Lovano and Douglas grace Earshot jazz fest

from The Seattle Times:

Only a handful of journeymen jazz players consistently win magazine polls of both critics and readers. Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas are longtime members of that club.

Both are coming to the Earshot Jazz Festival in the rarely-seen collaborative group Sound Prints, on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should the highlight of the four-week annual spree.

Lovano and Douglas have carved out a territory that could arguably be called a new mainstream — between roots revivalism and head-exploding experimentalism. No matter how far out they go — into dissonance, free-improvisation, tangential forms or extended instrumental techniques — their music is still blues-drenched, swinging jazz.

In a phone interview last month from his home in upstate New York, the Cleveland-raised Lovano said he owed his openness to both traditional and avant-garde sounds to his father, tenor saxophonist Tony “Big T” Lovano.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times

See the complete schedule for the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Photos: Trumpet Madness at Tula’s

from Daniel Sheehan’s EyeShotJazz.com

Friday night at Tula’s saw a return of Jay Thomas this time with his Trumpet Madness.  Jay Thomas brought Willie Thomas (trumpet), young Seattle trumpeters, John Hansen (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums) to Tula’s.

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Thomas began to develop his lyrical and bluesy tone as a teen on scholarship to Berklee. He then worked and studied for several years in New York, then, the Bay Area. Later, in Seattle, Thomas became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club, working with artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, Diane Schuur, Slim Gaillard and many jazz greats as they traveled through Seattle. Today, he is a member of one of Japan’s leading big bands, where he records and performs several times a year. Often, he shares those star players with audiences in the States.

For more photos from the Earshot Jazz Festival, check out EyeShotJazz.com

Photos: Jon Hamar Quintet at Tula’s

Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

My final set of the evening on Sunday I ended up at Tula’s and got to enjoy the Jon Hamar Quintet.the top-flight Seattle bassist Jon Hamar explored new music with tenor-sax titan Rich Perry, virtuoso multi-reedist Todd DelGiudice , pianist John Hansen and drummer Julian MacDonough.

Photos: Human Spirit and Bettye LaVette

Last night at the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott, saxophonist Mark Taylor and drummer Matt Jorgensen joined pianist Orrin Evans (Bobby Watson’s former pianist) and bassist Essiet Essiet (Art Blakey’s last bassist) under the Human Spirit banner for two nights of sold-out performances at the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival.

Another evening of wonderful performances. Bettye LaVette at the Triple Door put on a very amazing show. Her voice has to be experienced.

Photos: Danilo Perez Trio at Earshot Jazz Festival

Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

On Saturday the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival continued with the wonderful Panama-born piano virtuoso Danilo Perez who has established himself as one of the preeminent jazz musicians of his generation. Writing in the New York Times, music critic Ben Ratliff praised him as “a bold example of the musicological rethinking of jazz.”

Third Tier tickets are now available for Keith Jarrett, starting at $25

Benaroya Hall has opened up Third Tier tickets for tomorrow’s Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette performance. Tickets start at $25 ($23 for Earshot members and senior citizens, $12 for students) and can be purchased directed through Benaroya Hall by calling (206) 215-4747 or online.

Tuesday, November 1
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
Benaroya Hall S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium,

The superb jazz trio, the most revered of modern times, with three consummate masters of their instruments and the trio format: pianist Keith Jarrett returns with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. As transporting as it gets. Book early. $25-$88.50 (Welcomed by KPLU 88.5FM NPR)

Preview: Brad Mehldau at the Earshot Jazz Festival

by SJS Staff

Friday, October 21
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
, 8pm
$32 general, $30 members/seniors, $16 students
(Welcomed by KPLU 88.5FM NPR)

This Friday, October 21, 2011, Brad Mehldau returns to Seattle to play a solo set as part of the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival. The 41-year-old performer, arranger, and composer has performed in Seattle many times before — most recently this past April with his trio — but this concert presents a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s preeminent jazz pianists perform alone in a recital setting. The evening of live piano will be held at the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, which is a perfect setting for the event. In this intimate performance hall, Mehldau is sure to astound the audience with his subtly, technical abilities, and artistry. Mehldau often uses solo performances as a testing ground for new compositions, so even the most ardent fan is sure to hear something new.??

Some of Mehldau’s most inspiring performances come from his collaborations with other musicians; however, something special happens in a live solo setting when a musician’s sole focus is on the sounds coming from his own instrument. With Mehldau, improvisations based on old standards, and even recent rock tunes, seem to flow freely from the piano without a single note sounding forced or out of place, as if they are part of the original tune. At the same time, the inherent simplicity of some of the tunes Mehldau chooses to play offers him an extreme amount of freedom to experiment, taking the songs to seemingly unimaginable places. You can hear a bit of this on Mehldau’s first solo album “Elegiac Cycle,” but his live solo album, “Live in Tokyo,” and his latest work, “Live in Marciac,” offer the best chance to get a glimpse of what audiences may be in for this Friday night.

This weekend’s performance will be his penultimate gig before leaving on a two-month tour of Europe. Tickets for this night of solo piano with Brad Mehldau are $32 ($30 for Earshot members and seniors, $16 for students) and are available at the Benaroya Hall box office.

Shout Out: Jazz Now! Seattle

By Katy Bourne

It is with great enthusiasm that I send a virtual high five and a holler out to Seattle jazz musicians Jason Parker and Dave Marriott for their spanking new podcast Jazz Now! Seattle. Jazz Now! Seattle is a weekly podcast that features music from local artists in the Seattle community. The mission of the podcast is twofold: (1) To put the spotlight on Seattle musicians and their projects and to help publicize their performances. (2) To present the thriving Seattle jazz scene to the rest of the world. Now in its fifth week, Jazz Now! Seattle has already been downloaded 1000 times

Jason and Dave are working jazz musicians and both have backgrounds in broadcasting. Jason is a trumpeter, blogger, bandleader and one half of the production and booking company J & J Music. Jason worked in radio for several years and is the former musical director for KMTT radio in Seattle. He is an occasional guest host on KPLU. Dave is an award-winning trombonist and plays with a variety of groups including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra and his own band Septology. Dave was also the force behind the “original” Seattle jazz podcast “Seattle JazzScene.” Jason and Dave combine their experience and knowledge with sheer enthusiasm to create podcasts that offer a unique view of Seattle jazz. They highlight music from “every corner of the jazz spectrum in Seattle.”  So far, the podcasts have included a wide-range of music from artists such as Richard Cole, Wayne Horvitz, Matt Jorgenson, McTuff, Zubatto Syndicate, Gail Pettis, Nelda Swiggett and many, many more. The podcasts are presently focused on artists that are appearing in the Earshot Jazz Festival, which runs until November 7th. In Dave’s words, “We’re both fans of the scene that we’re a part of.”

Jason and Dave record new episodes every Monday and spend the rest of the week editing and also going through music for future podcasts. For two musicians who already have their hands in numerous other ventures, their efforts on behalf of the local scene are amazing. While it would be easier to stay focused solely on their own pursuits, Jason and Dave choose to cheer on other artists and help them get attention for their music. Jason and Dave are true ambassadors for Seattle jazz, and our community is all the better for it. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out Jazz Now! Seattle. While you’re at it, maybe send a message of thanks to Jason and Dave for their time, work and generosity. They deserve it.

“We’ve figured out a way to make something that’s going to be a good contribution.”
– Dave Marriott

For more information, visit: http://jazznowseattle.com/

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

Earshot Film Festival starts today

One of the highlights of the Earshot Jazz Festival every year their partnership with the NW Film Forum and the screening of legendary and newer jazz films.

This year is no exception and the Earshot Film Festival kicks off tonight with almost two weeks of great films.

The lineup of films include the classic documentary Mingus (1968), the rarely seen feature film A Man Called Adam (1966), and animated jazz shorts by John and Faith Hubley (1957-75).

Here at SJS our interest was peaked by a new film about guitarist Pat Martino, Martino Unstrung, which was released last year.

In 1980, the legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino was brutally silenced by memory stripping brain surgery. Filmed over the past two years, Martino Unstrung is a fascinating tale of music and memory. The film chronicles Martino’s ascent from the depths of amnesia to the peak of artistry once more. Directed by award winning filmmaker Ian Knox, it is narrated by neuropsychologist and author Paul Broks. The film explores the nature of memory, creativity and the brain systems underlying personal identity as it tracks the struggles of this great jazz artist. Interviews with musicians Delmar Brown, Red Holloway, John Patitucci, Les Paul, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend and others shed light on the impact of Martino’s music.

For more information about the Earshot Film Festival, visit the NW Film Forum website for showtimes and schedule.

Thursday Jazz


Seattle City Hall, Noon

Critically acclaimed Jazz French horn pioneer Tom Varner premiers new works for his forward-looking quintet. Mark Taylor and Eric Barber on saxophones, Phil Sparks on bass, and Byron Vannoy on drums. The performance is part of Seattle Presents, a year-round series of free performances at City Hall presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Triple Door, 7pm & 9:30pm

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Seattle’s maturing prodigy returns from New York with drummer Eric Harland and bassist Matt Penman on the heels of their acclaimed Blue Note release, Invisible Cinema.

all the other events …

JAZZ ALLEY: Amel Larrieux

LO-FI: The Teaching

NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

7pm – Kristin Korb with Pamela York
9pm – Eric Elven and Dust Free High, with Eric Elven (guitar, vocals), Scott Becker (guitar) and Thane Mitchell (drums)


MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Seattle PI: Earshot’s closing act goes to extremes


John Zorn and his Moonchild band needed no warm-up act Sunday night, the closing show of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Zorn is an underground legend, known for his prolific output and subversive experiments in rock, classical, klezmer and, most notably, jazz.

Consisting of cult icon Mike Patton (former singer of Faith No More), metal bassist Trevor Dunn and the virtuosic drummer Joey Baron — who played what appeared to be a hundred-piece drum set — Moonchild is Zorn’s newest, most riotous project. Instead of performing in the group, Zorn acts as composer and musical director, masterminding the show from his mixing board. The Earshot spokesman introduced the group by saying, “If you have a cell phone, turn it up, cause this band is LOUD.”

{Read the entire review at The Seattle PI}