On the Scene: Live Jazz Previews for July

Bassist Buster Williams

July brings the promise of sunny, warm weather, and with any luck, more of a return to normalcy. While attendance has been respectable at area jazz events, good weather tends to draw people outside in the Pacific Northwest. There is no shortage of great gigs to attend in July, as well as three prominent jam sessions in Greenwood, Columbia City and Pioneer Square. Here is a sampler of what lies ahead, and of course, we hope you will dig yet deeper. 

Jose Gonzales Trio

Sun July 3, 7 PM/ 12th Street Arts

Jose Gonzalez is a multi-talented artist, engaging in the local arts scene as an actor, singer, master gardener and yes, as a pianist in a dynamic, groove-based jazz trio. For his engagement at 12th St. Arts, “Juicy” settles in with drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen and bassist Michael Marcus for an evening of conversational jazz piano trio. Gonzalez plays with great energy and personality that makes the audience feel a part of the performance. Bravo to 12th St. Arts for engaging with the jazz community. https://trio.bpt.me/

Sara Gazarek

Tue & Wed July 5&6, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Vocalist Sara Gazarek is an international star in the jazz world and of course, a local jazz hero as a native Seattleite. Her recent work with the vocal supergroup, säje, also had a strong tie to her hometown, teaming with among others, Johnaye Kendrick. She has received two Grammy nominations and is heralded as a vocal artist of the highest caliber on a world-wide scale. She returns to Jazz Alley joined by pianist Stu Mindeman, bassist Alex Bobeham, drummer Jonathan Pinson and alto saxophonist Lenard Simpsonhttps://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=6343

Sam Hirsch Trio

Sun July 10, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room

Pianist Sam Hirsch ascends from Los Angeles for a trio date at the Royal Room featuring bassist Luca Alemanno and drummer Kevin Kanner. Hirsch is a classic Cedar Walton style player, and his trio reflects that vibe. He was a regular at the now shuttered Blue Whale and currently appears at Sam One in LA. The Royal Room is a perfect blend of intimate and relaxed for Hirsch’s appearance. Supporting the efforts of the Royal Room to host jazz is highly recommended for the overall health of the scene here in Seattle. https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/sam-hirsh-trio/?instance_id=3939

Thomas Marriott photo credit: Jim Levitt

Monday Jam Session at the Royal Room/ Royal Room Collecgtive Music Ensemble

Mon July 11, 18, 25- RCME at 7:30 PM/ Jam Session at 9 PM/ Royal Room

Mondays at the Royal Room have turned the traditional jazz day of rest, into a looked forward to weekly jam and hang. When the RRCME performs, you’re bound to see such Seattle jazz luminaries as Hans Teuber, David Marriott, Jr., Geoff Harper, Eric Eagle, Mark Taylor, Samantha Boshnack and Haley Freedlund. The Wayne Horvitz led ensemble plays his originals and arrangements of the compositions of Thelonious Monk. Horvitz’ unique conducting skills literally moves the band in different directions in a very spontaneous manner. 

At 9 PM, trumpeter Thomas Marriott leads an all-ages jam session that has been attracting many of the top players in town, as well as young up and comers looking for an opportunity to play with established professionals. There is a sign up sheet, and all those included are given the chance to play on stage. The session includes a great community vibe that brings together the disparate parts of the Seattle jazz scene. Marriott leads a band to begin with for two or three tunes, before jumping into the open jam. He has done a spot on job placing different combinations on stage. Unlike the Owl jam, under 21 musicians can participate, as long as they do not enter the bar area. It is a great opportunity for the jazz community at large to get to know each other, and share fellowship. https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/royal-room-collective-music-ensemble-2/?instance_id=3696

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Thu July 14- Sun July 17, 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Always a pleasure to welcome the Oscar Hernandez– led Spanish Harlem Orchestra to Jazz Alley. One of the premier latin jazz ensembles on the planet, SHO carries the great legacy of salsa dura (hard salsa) and the sounds of the barrio (Spanish Harlem). The 13 piece band has been the recipient of three Grammys, and has Seattle connections in lead vocalist Carlos Cascante and trumpeter Thomas Marriott. Trombonist Doug Beavers is another known quantity in Seattle, having performed with Marriott and recorded on the Origin Records label. Not a dance gig, but an interesting way to highlight the music itself. Considering the personnel, that in itself should be a pleasure and not to be missed.https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=6334

Buster Williams Something More Quartet

Fri July 15, 6 & 8:30 PM/ Triple Door Mainstage

The great Buster Williams makes a rare Seattle appearance at this stage of his career, landing at the Triple Door with a top shelf quartet. Pianist George Colligan, drummer Lenny White and saxophonist Bruce Williams join the trailblazing bassist best known for his work with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Joe Farrell. Now 80 years old, Williams continues to be one of the most influential bassists in jazz history, both as a player and as an educator. With so many musical lives touched by his mastery, these two shows should sell out quickly. https://thetripledoor.net/event/4582902/591257020/buster-williams-something-more-quartet

Dmitri Matheny Group CASCADIA Album Release Celebration

Sat July 23, 8:30 PM/ Royal Room

In celebration of his new album, Cascadia, fluegelhorn specialist Dmitri Metheny hits the Royal Room with a quartet featuring pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Mark Ivester’ Metheny benefited from the mentorship of flugelhorn master Art Farmer, and has sailed steady on that course throughout his career. Of course, it is always a pleasure to see Anschell in action, not only as a top shelf soloist, but for his sparse, harmonically brilliant comping. Sparks is a longtime anchor of the Seattle scene, as is drummer Ivester. This should be an extremely satisfying evening of modern, straight ahead jazz expressed through new compositions. https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/dmitri-matheny-group-cascadia-album-release-celebration/?instance_id=3848

Seattle Jazz Fellowship: Fellowship Wednesdays at Vermillion/ Julian Speaks

Wed July 20, 27/ Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar

Julian Speaks! each week at 5:30 PM

There is no better way for musicians and fans alike to gain insight and wisdom into jazz music and jazz history, than to spend time with one of the true masters of the art. Such is the case with Julian Speaks, an opportunity to spend an hour with iconic trombonist Julian Priester, listening to records and engaging in discussion. Priester spent decades on the road and in the studio with artists such as Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock, Booker Little, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln and Duke Ellington, and contributed a legacy of recordings as a leader on the Riverside and ECM labels. His warmth, openness and humility is exceeded only by his wisdom. Julian Speaks takes place from 5:30-6:30 PM, preceding Fellowship Wednesdays at Vermillion. 

Photo Credit: Daniel Sheehan

Jay Thomas Phinney Five/ Fellowship ‘Ceptet

Wed July 20, 7:30 PM

Jay Thomas is one of a very few musicians in jazz history to play reeds and brass with both virtuosity and creativity. His iconic influence on jazz music in Seattle spans more than a half century. He appears in the intimate brick-lined confines of Vermillion with his “Phinney Five,” featuring pianist John Hansen, bassist Phil Sparks, drummer Adam Kessler and trumpeter Michael Van Bebber

Opening will be the Thomas Marriott led Fellowship ‘Ceptet. Marriott is joined on the front line with trombonist Beserat Taffesse, tenor saxophonist Jackson Cotugno and alto saxophonist Hans Teuber. The dynamic “rhythm section” of pianist Marina Albero, bassist Grace Kaste and drummer D’Vonne Lewis are all sensational soloists as well. The band is a wonderful cross-generational assemblage of inspired artistry. https://seattlejazzfellowship.org/

Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn
Photo Credit: Jim Levitt

Rick Mandyck Quartet with Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson & John Bishop/ Jona Brown Quartet

Wed July 27, 7:30 PM

Tenor saxophonist Rick Mandyck is simply one of the alltime greats in the Seattle jazz lineage. Just a few notes into a solo, the listener gains an understanding of his mastery. Uncluttered by modern jazz education, Mandyck’s sound is fiercely personal with a pure, emotive projection that sets his sound apart. Yes, that SOUND. For his set at SJF, he performs in a chordless quartet that features long term associates Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop. Bassist Johnson and drummer Bishop are a lethal combination, as they have been for years in the band Scenes, and the trios of pianists Hal Galper and Jessica Williams. Marriott is internationally renowned not only for his thirteen albums as a leader, but for his work with such diverse entities as the Captain Black Big Band and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The acoustics in the room at Vermillion should have a projectile effect on the overall sound of this quartet.

Pianist Jona Brown began to make his mark in the city appearing at the jam sessions around town. A capable bassist as well, Brown will perform his original music and a few standards in a quartet setting featuring trumpeter Jun Iida, bassist Paul Gabrielson, and drummer Max Holmberg. Brown has not performed much in Seattle, though his session playing has shown wonderful facility and imagination. This presents just one more thing that the SJF has done right- giving a stage to up and coming talent around the city, as well as its more established stars. With Brown and Mandyck as headliners, this is profoundly true. 

Joel Frahm Trio

Sun July 24, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room

Wait, seriously? Joel Frahm is playing the Royal Room? In what should be a room full of area saxophone enthusiasts, Frahm arrives in Seattle in the middle of a Canadian trio featuring bassist Ernesto Cervini and bassist Dan Loomis. An unquestioned avatar of technical ability and raw emotion, Frahm is an iconic figure in sax circles around the globe. He is extremely creative and free flowing, his astounding technique facilitating his unabated emotional flow. Without a framework of chordal harmony, that form of release can seek new territory to roam. https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/joel-frahm-trio/?instance_id=3970

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

Sun July 31, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room

It is a stroke of good fortune that Seattle music fans have been able to call Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto one of their own. The Quinteto is the peak aspect of his artistry here in the northwest, bringing the soul of Brazilian music inspired my master Hermeto Pascoal in direct collision course with post-bop jazz. Bass icon Chuck Deardorf is the jazz conduit through which the band flows, pushed along by the seamless percussion of Mark Ivester and Jeff Busch and the brilliant work of Ben Thomas on vibes. Jovino himself is a pianist of the highest caliber, as well improvising on melodica and flute. This band is as close to a sure thing as you can get in Seattle- lift-off is likely to occur. Since the band’s monthly engagement at Tula’s ended with the club’s closure, their performances have been few and far between. Here’s your chance!https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/jovino-santos-neto-quinteto-2/?instance_id=3855


Calluna, on the north end of University Way in Ravenna continues featuring jazz at their intimate venue that features fine cuisine, wines and liquors. Proprietors Jason Moore and Heather Bourne know something about presenting the music in first class fashion following eight years at the helm of the legendary Tula’s Jazz Club in Belltown. July features newcomers and stalwarts alike at the city’s only jazz dinner club that features resident players.

Highlights include performances from the Bill Anschell Trio with Gary Hobbs and Jeff Johnson, the Art of the Trio with Johnson and John BIshop and the return from New York of young bassist/composer Ben Feldman and his Friendship Trio.

Jazz vocal fans can take in the always elegant Gail Pettis, vocal and guitar artist Robert Vaughn, Calluna regular Stephanie Porter, and Seattle jazz Hall of Famer Greta Matassa.

Three of the young lions of Seattle jazz- bassist Stanley Ruvinov, pianist Dylan Hayes and drummer Xavier Lecouturier will perform in trio. For the complete jazz calendar, click here https://callunaseattle.com/music-calendar/

Live Review: The Cookers at Jazz Alley- 9/22/2021

Performance Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

The Cookers at Jazz Alley on 9/22/2021

The third week of September turned out to be quite the week for jazz in Seattle. On Tuesday September 21, Herbie Hancock appeared at the Paramount Theatre, performing a thrilling two hour set with bassist James Genus, flutist Elena Pinderhughes and drummer Justin Tyson. The following night, The Cookers were at Jazz Alley, and I went not only to hear some great jazz music, put to pay homage to a group of jazz elders that are hugely influential in the music I had come to be passionate about. This was personal and I wasn’t alone in that feeling. Pianist George Cables is not only one of the great jazz pianists of our time, he is a man with tremendous humility and humanity. Eddie Henderson is on the list of most underappreciated trumpeters historically, with his brilliant melodic sense and tonal elegance. Drummer Billy Hart is still, at age eight one, a force of nature. Mr. Cecil Mc Bee? The master bassist is on records I have come to treasure that date back to the early sixties. Just seeing the great McBee enjoying a glass of wine after the gig was a bit of a surreal experience in itself for an admittedly over-the-top jazz fan like myself. 

I was insistent on attending the performance as a civilian–I wanted to enjoy these master musicians without checking on a set list, without jotting down notes. I was however, accompanied by photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn, who wanted to document the event with her very fine skills as a live performance photographer. She knew the room well, so her plan of attack would no doubt bring excellent results. As you can see from the photgraphs below, that indeed was the case. 

A review might simply point out that Billy Harper is still letting it fly on tenor, that Cables is playing as well, or better than he ever has. It would state the obvious that Hart would set the pace with his physical and articulate style. It would cite McBee as the foundational impulse of the band, playing with understated elegance. It would mention that Donald Harrison would bring a bit of New Orleans with him, acting as a tonal counterpoint to Harper’s snarling, biting attack. David Weiss would fill in the gaps, solo madly and be the band’s designated spokesman. 

For the audience, there was a prominent feeling of  rebirth, that somehow through the fog of now almost two years of social isolation, these jazz apostles are still on the road, still sharing their gifts with us. We felt not only joyous, but fortunate to be sharing space with them. 

Our friend, the iconic trombonist Julian Priester, sat at a table right up against stage left. It occured to me that three members of Hancock’s Mwandishi Band would be in the house, after having seen Hancock the night before. Priester was there unbeknowst to his Mwandishi brothers, Hart and Henderson. As the Cookers were being announced and entering the stage, Hart spotted Priester and got down on his knees to lean over the stage and embrace his old friend. The emotion of the moment was only surpassed by its beauty. 

Julian Priester (L) and Bill Hart (R)    Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

The hang is always the thing–an unequivocal fact in the jazz community, that somehow felt even more relevant that evening. To be seated with Priester, Hart and Henderson, or sharing a drink with McBee is an honor. Young musicians, such as saxophonist Jackson Cotugno, were able to meet and briefly chat with these legendary and historic musicians. That generational bridge is always something wonderful to behold. 

As for my friend Lisa Hagen Glynn, she captured the energy of the evening perfectly. Many, many thanks to her for sharing this treasure trove of jazz history with us. You can catch and support her fine work covering the music scene in Seattle, both inside jazz and out, at her new blogsite https://hardlyraining.com

Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper and bassist Cecil McBee      Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

The great Billy Hart                            Lisa Hagen Glynn photo 

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison       Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

Bassist, the great Cecil McBee           Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

George Cables with the Cookers at Jazz Alley, 9/22/2021          Lisa Hagen Glynn photo
L to R- George Cables, Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee, Donald Harrison, Billy Hart  at Jazz Alley 9/22/2021         LIsa Hagen Glynn photo
Cecil McBee (bass) and Eddie Henderson (trumpet)     Lisa Hagen Glynn photo
Billy Hart drum solo at Jazz Alley with the Cookers- 9/22/2021    Lisa Hagen Glynn photo
Dr. Eddie Henderson        Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

The great George Cables       Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

Mwandishi brothers- Julian Priester, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson       Ken Steiner photo

A Night On the Town with The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

DLO 3 on stage with friends at Jazz Alley. Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

The stage at the esteemed Seattle jazz club, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, holds special meaning for local musicians who are brought up through the traditions of the city’s historically vibrant jazz scene. The majority of the performers who grace the Belltown nightspot’s hallowed podium are national and international touring artists, who over the years have included Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Betty Carter and Cecile McLorin Salvant to mention but a few. On occasion, the club has set aside nights for its resident jazz elite, including the great Ernestine Anderson.

Delvon Lamarr at Jazz Alley. Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

Before the worldwide pandemic brought the live performance world to a screeching halt, Jazz Alley began featuring resident artists on Monday nights (the reference to ‘resident’ artists as opposed to ‘local’ was inspired by Seattle jazz great Julian Priester, who explained that the term local could be interpreted as pedestrian). With live music at the club re-igniting in the summer of 2021, the club decided to take a chance on Seattle’s best, booking Thomas Marriott, Greta Matassa, Marc Seales and Ari Joshua with positive results both in terms of performance and attendance. It was quite striking to see a full club in on every note for Seattle veteran pianist Seales for example, with a band that featured Seattleites Marriott and Jeff Johnson. 

The Seattle based Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio took to the Jazz Alley stage to begin a two night, sold out engagement on August 24th, a Tuesday evening with a full house on hand. Many in the audience were about to experience live music for the first time since the pandemic induced shutdown. There was a sense of rejuvenation, of celebration in the room, as Lamarr escorted his mother, brother and sister in law to their table suspended over the stage in the front of the balcony. The soulful R&B and blues guitarist Jimmy James was his usual sharp witted and comical self. “Do you know how to tell if someone is not from Seattle,” he quipped. “When they ask how to get on THE five!” James is all south end Seattle, just as Lamarr’s roots run deep in the Emerald City. New drummer Dan Weiss, who hails from Reno, was getting a full dose of the immensity of the moment, of his Seattle bandmates about to take stage on the city’s most prestigious jazz precipice. The trio had enjoyed a degree of commercial success prior to the shutdown, and had drawn well in their previous visit to the club. 

DLO3 at jazz Alley. Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

Seattle’s reputation of being a remote and unique cultural outpost is perhaps a bit outdated in its modern incarnation, but nonetheless steeped in historical accuracy. When Jazz Alley opened, it would often feature a national touring artist accompanied by Seattle musicians. In the seventies and eighties, it was common to see such Seattle stalwarts as Chuck Deardorf and Dean Hodges manning the rhythm section for notables like Kenny Burrell or Mose Allison. The resident artists could be found full time at clubs like The New Orleans, or Tula’s beginning in the nineties. But headliners at the old Jazz Alley on University Way, or the current Belltown location, were clearly the exception, not the rule.

Lamarr is what some might refer to as a “natural” musician, one that has an innate understanding of music as a base point for his personal musical progression. In middle school, he came to play in the band by chance, by clearly showing his teacher and mentor Sam Chambliss his ability. 

“One day I saw a horn on the floor, and didn’t even know what it was. I told Mr. Chambliss, ‘I can play that.’ He said, ‘Good, I’ll put you in band.’ It was a baritone horn. I picked it up and played it naturally right away. I couldn’t read music, so I would just copy the person next to me. Whatever they played, I played,” he recalls. 

Lamarr settled on B-3 after playing drums in the band of Seattle B-3 master, Joe Doria. A year of simply observing his bandleader from behind the kit, allowed him to casually sit down and play the complex instrument.

“I had been watching Joe play it for a year, and literally sat down and played it like I had been playing it my whole life,” says Lamarr.

Lamarr was, and is, a jazz first musician no matter what musical tradition he employs. There is an intuitive eclecticism about his art that transcends form. The influences of his first love, R&B and soul, speaks through his music as well. Taking those elements of his musical personality, and creating a concept that not only would be sufficiently expressive for a genius musician like Lamarr, and as well supply ample opportunity to make a living, eventually became the domain of Amy Novo, Lamarr’s wife, life partner and manager. 

“She literally owns DLO3,” exclaimed Lamarr from the Jazz Alley stage that night. “She came up with the idea, and made it happen in every way. I just have to play music.”

Novo worked tirelessly, while her husband created music that would land them with the esteemed Kurland Agency. They found an audience that, like the music, transcended genre. The potent recipe of jazz, rhythm and blues and rock pulled in a sizable crowd that enabled the band to play venues like the Blue Note in New York, worldwide festivals and of course, Seattle’s Jazz Alley. Guitarist James provided the punch that incorporated that which encompasses all of Lamarr’s stylistic indulgences- the blues. The band’s sound has been represented well on the studio albums Close But No Cigar (Colemine, 2018) and I Told You So (Colemine,2021) for Colemine Records, and the live offering Live at KEXP (Colemine, 2018). 

Guitarist Jimmy James and drummer Dan Weiss at Jazz Alley with DLO3. Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

That “sound” has a historical lineage, perhaps unknown to Lamarr at the beginning stages of the band’s development. In the fifties and sixties, Seattle Hammond B-3 artist Dave Lewis had a multitude of hit records with what was being referred to at the time as the “Seattle Sound.” It was instrumental, organ based music, that had markings of  jazz, rhythm and blues and the hybrid form taking hold of the airwaves in those days– rock and roll. Lewis’ band would eventually have a huge impact sociologically by playing north end gigs that were the exclusive domain of white bands. This would put an end to musical segregation in the city, which included separate unions for white and black musicians. The unity exhibited by late night jam sessions on Jackson St., now had legal and ethical legitimacy by practice among venue owners. The “sound” would have an impact on Seattle jazz, as well as artists in all blues based styles, including Jimi Hendrix. DLO3 has received a large degree of popularity and commercial success with their own unique organ based sound, that much like Lewis’ combo, is an open door for guest artists to enter and leave their mark. It is a style that is constantly in motion and inviting new musical notions. Whether performing for a sit down audience at Jazz Alley, or accommodating a dance crowd, the band has the unique ability to satisfy multiple audiences, a luxury seldom afforded by jazz artists. 

Lamarr’s solo work, and his minimalist comping style, are unmistakingly tied to his roots as a jazz musician. His dual persona in a way, is like an artistic aperture allowing the entire blues tradition into the mix. So much is the same, so much is different. “When I play DLO3 music versus swinging jazz, the approach is completely different. I intertwine the soul with jazz and make sense of it,” he explains. It is not, however, groove dance music, no matter how thick and comfortable drummer Weiss makes that pocket seem. Lamarr’s thought processes arrive musically from the jazz lexicon, smothered in blues based soul and funk. “It’s undeniable that music is better when it speaks to somebody’s soul instead of just hearing a beat,” he points out. 

The trio’s open door welcomed in India Arie bassist Khari Simmons, and Polyrhythmic’s guitarist Ben Bloom on this Tuesday evening engagement in Seattle. Relieved of bass line duties, Lamarr is able to ascend as a soloist to new heights, and for two tunes, as a vocalist. Until this opening night in Seattle, Lamarr had never dared to sing in public. He soulfully rendered two new compositions to accommodate this new, very personal revelation. “No Walk in the Park,” and “Can’t Win For Losing,” unmasked the organist’s inner creative sanctum, leaving himself completely vulnerable to an audience that included family, long time friends and some of the city’s top music scribes. That comfortable vibe, that which one feels when surrounded by loved ones, by being home, gathered all the loose ends of the evening into one, enlightened space. The jovial nonchalance of Lamarr’s outward personality, and his deep, soul searching inner musical self came to a singular state of being. This wasn’t another ordinary stop on a long tour–it was Seattle, it was Jazz Alley, this was about neighborhood and being home.

Delvon Lamarr at the Owl jam session. 8/24/21

The afternoon preceding DLO3’s opener at Jazz Alley, Lamar and Novo set up a B-3 at the Owl ‘n Thistle, an Irish dive bar in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, with intentions of returning after the Jazz Alley hit to attend a weekly jam session that has taken place at the Owl for more than two decades. The jam is the social focal point of the Seattle jazz scene, and where Lamarr would come to match his chops with the best players in town. In those days, the young Lamarr would play trumpet and drums at the session. Two weeks prior, he had dropped in at the Owl after a gig at Woodland Park, with Novo and Simmons in tow. He played drums a bit, but mostly just enjoyed the hang tremendously. He realized how shut in socially he could be, between touring and ultimately, due to Covid-19. Knowing that he would be playing the house B-3 at Jazz Alley, he set up his own equipment at the Owl, and arrived around 10 PM, just as the house band led by pianist Eric Verlinde was finishing up its set. The trio played a few tunes for the jam packed (pun intended) audience in the small, brick lined room. Soon, Lamarr was at the organ with a rapidly changing cast of musicians at the open session, clearly enjoying himself. While Lamarr is an affable sort, his normal positive self seemed to play into a state of heightened joy and repose. Novo as well sported a look of knowing she was in the right place at the right time. Normally a whirlwind during a gig, dealing with the business portion of the band, she as well could just revel in the sense of normalcy, of fellowship and community, that was so clearly at hand. 

DLO 3 plays the Owl jam session, after their opening night set at Jazz Alley 8/24/21 Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

Of course, the evening would end with Lamarr and Novo once again loading one hulk of a musical instrument into their van. There was another night at Jazz Alley to traverse, and whatever else comes literally down the road as things slowly return to normal. There is the uncertainty of the Delta variant, of course, yet over two nights at their city’s most esteemed club, every seat is full, every audience member engaged and content. There is hope in the air, that we will rise above a two year pandemic hiatus, and find our stride musically, and inevitably, socially.

Drummer Dan Weiss in the pocket at Jazz Alley with DLO3 Photo Credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

A single evening saw the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in front of a full house, and then immersed in the hang, that which in the end really matters. A return to normalcy means so much more than audience being reunited with artist. Rising above the fray of a worldwide pandemic, that place where none of us had ever resided, is more about being reunited with each other. Of feeling that embrace. On one Tuesday evening in Seattle, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and family felt the embrace that only home can bring. —Paul Rauch

Photo Review: Marc Seales Quintet at Jazz Alley- 8/17/2021

Pianist Marc Seales. Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

One of the recent positive marks on the Seattle jazz scene is that Jazz Alley, the city’s premier spot for touring acts, has been featuring some resident artists. The shows have been well attended, featuring iconic Seattle artists such as Greta Matassa, Marc Seales, Thomas Marriott and Delvon Lamarr. 

The Seattle jazz community has been well documented in recent years photographically, thanks in large part to veteran jazz photog, Jim Levitt. Long known for his work for the Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Port Townsend, Levitt can often be found at a gig near you. He may be hiding behind a curtain, or slithering along the ground like a shutterbug snake. He may find the empty chair at your table, taking a few shots before disappearing again, toting his stuffed to the gills bag of camera equipment. 

Levitt has mentored the next gen photog on the scene, Lisa Hagen Glynn, who as well can often be found working around stages and audiences in several genres of the city music scene, most notably the jazz world where she typically resides. Her initial interest in photographing jazz performances came by attending gigs played by her husband, Seattle first call bassist, Michael Glynn. She has a unique, perhaps innate sense of the moment, often catching musicians at the height of their emotional arc. Her remarkable ability to seem almost invisible, yet find superior angles to shoot, makes her work stand out much in the way of her mentor. Many thanks to Jim and Lisa for bringing the music to life in pictures. 

L to R- guitarist Jesse Seales, drummer Moyes Lucas, bassist Jeff Johnson, pianist Marc Seales and trumpeter Thomas Marriott. Lisa Hagen Glynn photo’

The tall stranger- bassist Jeff Johnson. Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

Thomas Marriott on flugelhorn. Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

Marc Seales and Thomas Marriott. Jim Levitt photo

Jeff Johnson and Marc Seales. Jim Levitt photo

The always expressive Marc Seales. Jim Levitt photo

Drummer Moyes Lucas. Lisa Hagen Glynn photo.

Guitarist Jesse Seales and drummer Moyes Lucas. Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

Marc Seales Quintet at Jazz Alley

All eyes on the leader. Jim Levitt photo

Tuesday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Music Works Big Band

JAZZ ALLEY: Ed Reed and the Peck Allmond Quartet

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband

7pm – Boston to Austin, with Liz Stahler and Brianna Lane
9pm – Victor Noriega Trio Plus 2, with Victor Noriega (piano), Jay Thomas (horns), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Willie Blair (bass) and Kassa Overall (drums)

DEXTER AND HAYES: Tim Kennedy Trio


MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom

OWL ‘N THISTLE: Jam Session

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Susan Pascal Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Earl Klugh


7pm – Island Jazz Quintet, Maggie Laird (vocals/melodica), Richard Person (trumpet/flugelhorn), Tom Wilkins (piano), Todd Zimberg (drums), Todd Gowers (bass)
9pm – Steve Korn Group with Steve Korn (drums), Mark Taylor (sax), Marc Seales (piano) and John Hamar (bass)

Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 8pm

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/ Sue Nixon

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

BAKE’S PLACE: Kelley Johnson Quartet

SORRENTO HOTEL: Katy Bourne Trio

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova w/ Stephanie Porter

Sunday Jazz

BUDDY CATLETT FUNDRAISER: The Pampas Room under El Gaucho.
5:00pm – 11:00pm. 90 Wall St., Belltown.

SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL: Byron Vannoy’s Meridian
12510 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, Tel:(206)364-8815

JAZZ ALLEY: Robben Ford

3:00pm: Jazz Police
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

BAKE’S PLACE: Pearl Django

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Fred Hoadley Trio


11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Jerry Frank Solo Piano

La SPIGA: Gail Pettis Trio

Saturday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Andrienne Wilson Farewell Concert

JAZZ ALLEY: Robben Ford


BAKE’S PLACE: Karin Plato Quartet

7pm – Student Loan. Julio Appling (bass/vocals), Liz Chibucos (guitar/violin/vocals), Mark Gerolami (banjo/guitar/vocals) and Chad Kimbler (mandolin/vocals)
9pm – Elise Kloter w/ Karin Kajita
11pm – Rachel Bade-McMurphy Quartet. Rachel Bade-McMurphy (vocals/sax/composer) and Brendan McMurphy (trumpet/drums)

SERAFINA: Jazzuhka

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

Sunday Jazz

The Pony Boy Jazz Picnic is the biggest game in town today…sure hope you don’t need a last minute sub for those other gigs!

Sandpoint Magnuson Park Amphitheatre, 7400 Sandpoint Way, NE, Seattle. For more information visit the Pony Boy Records website. (See previous post.)

JAZZ ALLEY: Chuck Mangione

3:00pm: Reggie Goings / Hadley Caliman
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra



11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Ann Reynolds / Tobi Stone Duo

La SPIGA: Makini and the Killer Bees

KWJZ JAZZ BRUNCH CRUISE: Susan Pascal Quartet, 12-2pm.
More info: 206-623-1445

Saturday Jazz

3:00 – Andrienne Wilson Vocal Showcase
8:30 – Greta Matassa Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Chuck Mangione

BAKE’S PLACE: Jeanie Bryson Quartet

SORRENTO HOTEL: Katy Bourne w/ Hans Brehmer and Chuck Kistler
900 Madison St., Seattle, 206-622-6400


7pm and 9pm- Overton Berry Trio CD Release Party

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo w/ Sue Nixon

GRAZIE: Blues Union

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Stephanie Porter

Friday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Katie King Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Chuck Mangione

TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE: Cuchata and Nationbeat (world music)

7pm – Dylan Heaney Group, with Dylan Heaney (sax), Andy Coe (guitar), Keith Judelman (bass) and Phil Parisot (drums)
9pm – Like Minds, jazz guitar duo with Greg Glassman and Ron Peters

HIROSHI’S: Gene Argel / Jay Thomas / Greg Williamson

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks / Leif Todasek

SERAFINA: Jose Gonzales Trio

GRAZIE: Blues Union

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet

Thursday Jazz

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Vocal Workshop

7pm – Sunship, with Brian Heaney (guitar), Michael Monhart (saxophone), David Revelli (drums), Andrew Luthringer (bass) and Stuart Dempster (trombone)
9pm – Tom Baker Quartet, with Tom Baker (guitar and fretless guitar), Greg Cambell (drums), Jesse Canterbury (clarinet) and Brian Cobb (bass)

JAZZ ALLEY: Holly Cole


NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy & Friends

THAIKU: Jon Alberts / Jeff Johnson / Tad Britton

LO-FI: The Teaching


MAY: Hans Teuber Trio

Wednesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Umalali: The Garifuna Women’s Project

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Monarch Duo / Ramana Viera

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: The Teaching w/ Jeremy Jones, Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes

NEW ORLEANS: The Legend Band w/ Clarence Acox

GALLERY 1412: More Zero w/ Chris Stover, Jeff Norwood, Ben Thomas,  Matt Jorgensen, Stuart McDonald

THAIKU: Ron Weinstein Trio

7pm – Beth Wulff (piano) and Jim Wulff (vocals/drums)
9pm – Vocal jazz jam session

WHISKEY BAR: Ronnie Pierce

Tuesday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Phoebe Snow

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Jay Thomas Big Band

NEW ORLEANS: Holotradband


7pm – Chuck Ogmund Quintet, with Hans Brehmer (piano), Chris Symer (bass), Patty Padden (drums) and Tony Rondolone (sax).

MIX: Don Mock, Steve Kim & Charlie Nordstrom


Anything else? As always, send us a note and let us know!

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Lee Ritenour and Friends with Patrice Rushen, Melvin Davis and Will Kennedy

3:00pm: Easy Street Jazz Band
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Rumbeggae


11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Ann Reynolds / Tobi Stone Duo

La SPIGA: Gail Pettis Trio

BUMBERSHOOT: today and Monday. For more information, visit www.bumbershoot.org.

For more info, visit http://www.anacortes.org/jazz-08.cfm
11:30 – Pocket Change
1:00 – Clarenence Acox
2:30 – Jeanie Bryson
4:30 – Dr. Lonnie Smith
8:00- Anacortes Jazz Walk w/ Joe Doria, Fidalgo Swing, Bassic Sax

Saturday Jazz

Start early and get to at least one thing on this long list today!

JAZZ ALLEY: Lee Ritenour and Friends with Patrice Rushen, Melvin Davis and Will Kennedy

BAKE’S PLACE: Crossing Borders featuring Jennifer Scott and Kristen Strom


TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Isabella du Graf Quartet

7pm – Eric Apoe and Baby Gramps
9pm – Shauna Wu (vocals) and Randy Halberstadt (piano)
11pm – Gryphon, with Brian Murray on (vox/rhythm guitar), Ben “Mudslide” Davis (lead guitar), Jake Melius (bass) and Pax Allen on (drums)

SERAFINA: Jose Gonzales Trio

GRAZIE: Greta Matassa

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova Quartet w/ Fred Radke

ANACORTES JAZZ FESTIVAL: today, Sunday and Monday.
For more info, visit http://www.anacortes.org/jazz-08.cfm
11:30 – Trish Hatley
1:00 – Doug Wamble and Bill Frisell
2:30 – SRJO
4:30 – Kevin Mahogany
6:00 – The Pony Boy All-Star Mini Big Band
9:00- Anacortes Jazz Walk w/ Dina Blade, Tom Marriott, Dan Heck, Ryan Burns, Lee Pence, Frankly Moanin’, Cambalache

Oh, and there’s that other big music festival this weekend. What was the name of that again? Right. Bumbershoot (www.bumbershoot.org)

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Count Basie Orchestra

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Salsariba

3:00pm: Fairly Honest Jazz Band
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

TUTTA BELLA WALLINGFORD: Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators

11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Jerry Frank solo piano

La SPIGA: Eli Rosenblatt solo guitar 

Gallery 1412: Monsters of the Accordian, master class, 12:30pm

Saturday Jazz

It’s like the Jazz Olympics today.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Count Basie Orchestra


7pm – Rupert Wates and Kate Graves
9pm – Vocal Jazz and Latin music from Finn Hill Jazz, featuring Kay Bailey, with Rob Silver (guitar), Peter Rockas (tenor sax), Jamael Nance (drums) and Will Stump (bass)
11pm – Jim Knodle and The Distract Band (plus special guests), with Jim Knodle (trumpet), Mike Dodge (tenor sax), Mike Owcharuk (piano), Nate Omdal (bass) and Don Berman (drums) [

SERAFINA: Voodoo Trio

GRAZIE: Michael Powers Group

BAKE’S PLACE: Amandah Jantzen Quartet

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova w/Mike West

VERRAZANOS: Katy Bourne w/Randy Halberstadt and Doug Miller
28835 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way, 253-946-4122

GALLERY 1412: Unused Lexical Variable

1:00 Floss featuring Zachary Watkins
2:30 Reptet
4:00 Aram Shelton + Special O.P.S.
5:30 Ahamefule J. Oluo and the New seattle Brass Ensemble
7:00 The Wally Shoup Free Three

Cal Anderson Park
1635 11th Ave (bet. East Denny Way and East Pine St.)

Sunday Jazz

JAZZ ALLEY: Habib Koite and Bamada

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: Sunday Night Salsa: Rhythm Syndicate

3:00pm: Jay Thomas Big Band
8:00pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra

TUTTA BELLA WALLINGFORD: Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators

11am – 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with the Conlin Roser Duo
6:30 – 9:00pm: Ann Reynolds and Tobi Stone

La SPIGA: Leif Totusek Duo

MT. HOOD JAZZ FESTIVAL: Matt Jorgensen +451
www.mthoodjazz.org, Gresham, Oregon. 2-3pm.


Saturday Jazz

Enjoy the 96 hours of summer!

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Hadley Caliman Quartet

JAZZ ALLEY: Habib Koite and Bamada

TRIPLE DOOR MUSICQUARIUM: The Jelly Rollers (Chicago Blues)

7pm and 9pm – Cocoa Martini, with Karen Shivers, Mercedes Nicole and Kimberly Reason
11pm – The Rumptones, with Justin Tomsovic (drums), Nathan Spicer (organ), Paul Fisher (guitar) and Tracy Ferrara (sax).

SERAFINA: Leo Raymundo with Sue Nixon

GRAZIE: Poindexter Jazz Quartet

BAKE’S PLACE: Little Bill and the Bluenotes

PAMPAS ROOM: Brian Nova, Kiyoko Ami, Susan Pascal