With November comes the autumnal arrival of rain, fall colors and the final days of the Earshot Jazz Festival. The Seattle Jazz Fellowship returns with six weeks of programming, the Royal Room hosts significant international artists, and a generational vocal talent returns to Jazz Alley. With winter fast approaching, we look inward and seek experiences that impact our archetypal center. Here are some suggestions for the coming month in Seattle jazz- as ever, I recommend you dig deeper. In any case, I hope to see you out on the scene this month!
Seattle Jazz Fellowship Wednesdays at Vermillion
Nelda Swiggett’s Megabopolis/Jason Chambliss Quartet
Wed Nov 30, 7:30 PM/ Vermillion
Pianist/composer Nelda Swiggett has in many ways flown under the radar of the live modern jazz scene in Seattle. She has been on the scene for three decades, and is highly regarded within the music community, but as the past decade has rolled by, the new members of the Seattle jazz audience are largely unaware of her musical prowess. Her ensemble, Megabopolis, returns to the forefront of the resident jazz scene with this performance, featuring a roster of players who have made major strides in the forward progression of modern jazz in the Pacific Northwest. Swiggett is joined by trombonist Clif Swiggett, trumpeter Michael Van Bebber, saxophonist Travis Ranney, drummer Max Wood and bassist Michael Glynn.
Trumpeter Jason Chambliss returns to the Seattle Jazz Fellowship leading a quartet featuring veteran pianist Darrius Willrich, drummer Chris Patin and bassist Nate Omdahl. Chambliss plays a style that reflects the history of the music emanating from the Central District of Seattle- soul infused modern jazz. Patin as a drummer is relentless and driving, constantly pushing the band forward. Willrich is a fine vocalist as well as a skilled pianist, the personification of the Seattle sound. Omdahl is a veteran presence that should ground the band into a positive communicative resonance. https://seattlejazzfellowship.org/events
Bill Anschell Peru Trio with Chris Symer & Jeff Busch
Wed Nov 30, 7 PM/ North City Bistro
Pianist Bill Anschell reunites with his trio that bonded on one of several tours of Peru. One of Seattle’s true jazz treasures, Anschell is an Origin Records recording artist, noted jazz humorist and first call pianist. His multiple South American tours included those as musical director for vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Bassist Chris Symer has been a major factor in Anschell’s trio adventures, notably with drummer Jose Martinez and saxophonist Brent Jensen. Drummer Jeff Busch has spanned the globe studying world percussion, including a six month stay in Brazil. His world view of music coupled with his jazz chops makes him the easy choice for this trio. This is not a Latin Jazz trio per se, but an open jazz trio that features all participants as soloists and bandmates lending sympathetic rhythmic and harmonic support. The tunes they perform are those enthusiastically received by Peruvian audiences. https://northcitybistro.com/event/bill-anschell-peru-trio/