On the Scene: Live Jazz Previews for October

Each month, I feature 12-15 jazz performances, releasing them a week or so before the end of the previous month. They are merely suggestions based on forty years of attending gigs in Seattle. I recommend diving even deeper into the amazing wealth of jazz talent we have in our Seattle community. The entire purpose here is to get you out of the house, and support live jazz and the musicians that make the music. Or, as an old friend of mine used to say, to “get off your dupa.” We could all use a little of that after the haze of the past eighteen months or so. Enjoy, and happy gig hopping!

Calluna in Ravenna: An Intimate Jazz Dinner Club Offers Jazz Four Nights a Week, Wednesday-Saturday

Calluna proprietors Jason Moore and Heather Bourne know a thing or two about presenting jazz. After eight years at the helm of Tula’s, the now shuttered iconic jazz spot in Belltown, the couple has settled into an intimate setting on University Way in Ravenna. Following a brief hiatus from presenting music, they invested in a Yamaha C-3 piano, and set out to book top jazz talent in Seattle. The size and setting of the room is several notches more intimate than Tula’s, where everything from trios to big band was presented. At Calluna, duos and trios will be presented, without drums for the most part. Top end talent will be performing in configurations not usually accessible at a club or theatre date. The relationship between performer and patron, between fine cuisine and drink and the music itself, will be very personal. 

Moore, who typically ran Tula’s from behind the bar, while serving up some of Seattle’s finest cocktails, will be where his talents are most realized- in the kitchen. His made-from-scratch desserts fortunately traveled with him from Belltown to Calluna.

One glimpse at the schedule for October illustrates the level of talent appearing at the Ravenna eatery. October 1 & 2 for example, will feature ace trumpeter Thomas Marriott, Seattle first call bassist Paul Gabrielson and Ron Perillo, a formidable pianist  who relocated here from Chicago at the dawn of the pandemic. 

Showtimes are at 7:30 PM, and I recommended that you arrive earlier to dine. Cover charges range from $15- $20. 

Pianist Eric Verlinde will perform with multi-reedist Hans Teuber on Friday October 8, with Seattle piano legend Marc Seales completing the weekend fare on October 9. Seales returns to perform on October 30. Trumpeter Jared Hall, on the release of his new Origin Records release, Seen on the Scene, will appear in trio with pianist John Hansen and bassist Michael Glynn on October 15 & 16. Seattle’s iconic vocalist Greta Matassa appears on October 22, while pianist Bill Anschell, who appeared more than any other artist as a headliner at Tula’s, performs on October 29. The venue adds events as the month procedes, so check the music calendar by following this link: https://callunaseattle.com/music-calendar/

East-West Trumpet Summit featuring Orrin Evans, Roy McCurdy and Michael Glynn

October 9, 7:30 PM/ Meydenbauer Center Theatre

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When Seattle born and bred Thomas Marriott met fellow trumpeter Ray Vega when he moved to New York as a young musician, and benefited greatly from his mentorship and friendship. The Bronx born trumpeter seemed to straddle two worlds, working straight ahead jazz gigs as well as a wide variety of significant engagements on the Latin jazz scene. 

Orrin Evans   Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

The two trumpet front line creation, East West Trumpet Summit first convened in 2010, with the release of their album of the same name on Origin Records, employing a standard rhythm section with pianist Travis Shook, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Matt Jorrgensen. In 2014, Return of the East West Trumpet Summit (Origin, 2014) matched the trumpet duo with George Colligan on Hammond B-3 organ, with Jorgensen once again in tow. 

Roy McCurdy    photo courtesy of Stanford Jazz Workshop

The most recent incarnation brings Grammy nominated pianist Orrin Evans to the stage at Meydenbauer, along with iconic jazz drummer Roy McCurdy, and Seattle first call bassist, Michael Glynn. Evans, fresh from a two year stint with The Bad Plus, is coming off consecutive Grammy nods for his Captain Black Big Band. His friendship with Marriott has been documented not only with CBBB, but on two Marriott releases, with another to come. McCurdy is still swinging hard at age 85. His historic career has seen him be a prominent member of ensembles led by Cannonball Adderly, Bobby Timmons, Betty Carter, Sonny Rollins and the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet. 

The concert is part of the Bellevue Jazz Festival, running this year in October instead of its usual place in May due to Covid-19. This historic confluence of three generations of jazz artistry is a rare gem that should not be missed. https://www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/jazz-and-blues-music-series

Gail Pettis Quartet

Sat Oct. 9, 8 PM/ North City Bistro

Gail Pettis  Jim Levitt photo

A trip to the north end is worth your trouble to become acquainted with, or reacquainted with vocal artist Gail Pettis. Her natural, unforced style delivers a song with grace and style, with a deep connection to the blues. 

Pettis’ approach as a bandleader is to let the cats play, always backing up that philosophy with a collection of Seattle’s best on the bandstand with her. Pianist Tony Foster has been a mainstay of her band. A master accompanist, and imaginative soloist, he has developed a chemistry with Pettis that allows the vocalist to take a song where she wills it in the moment. Bassist Chuck Deardorf has been the first call bassist in Seattle since Jazz Alley’s University District incarnation in the late 1970’s. He is a rock on the bottom end for sure, but a prolific practitioner of melodic improvisation as well. Drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch brings with him a literal world of experience–his world travels gathering global rhythms and the instruments that implement them speaks to his approach behind the kit as a jazz drummer. This gig should be compelling instrumentally, with Pettis adding a vocal touch with perfect pitch and genuine soul. https://northcitybistro.com/

Royal Room Monday Night Jam with Thomas Marriott

Mondays at 9 PM

Thomas Marriott  Jim Levitt photo

A jam session in the south end, with a legitimate backline at the Royal Room brings with it a myriad of possibilities. Having Thomas Marriott on the gig makes it that much more legit. The jam follows the weekly Monday night performance of the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble under the baton of Wayne Horvitz

The jam presents the opportunity for great music and great fellowship. It allows for the natural course of the mentorship cycle to take place. It creates new musical acquaintances, and renews those already made. The only ingredient needed is support, both for the session, and for the Royal Room. With jazz jam sessions largely concentrated downtown and the north end, this session brings the jam back to the south end in Columbia City. A house band will open the session, with an open jam to follow.

*With week one now in the books following a nice crowd, with great music and hang, the jam is off to a running start! https://theroyalroomseattle.com/

Theo Croker BLK2LIFE

Wed Oct 13, 7:30 PM/ Langston Hughes

Theo Croker 

Theo Croker is a storyteller, trumpeter and creator of shape shifting music that blends traditional jazz musings with pop and hip-hop inflections of the modern era. He is the grandson of jazz trumpet legend Doc Cheatham. The music of Croker could very well be described as experimental, but in the process, he has developed a trumpet style that is very much in the modern jazz tradition. He hails from a generation of artists who grew up with hip-hop, and incorporates its ideas into jazz music. In his five previous recordings, including his 2019 release, Star People Nation, he utilized sonic textures from hip-hop, but mostly emphasized his improvisational skills as a trumpet player. His sixth release, BLK2LIFE, is a deeper dive into heavily produced hip-hop, and features guests that include Wyclef Jean. Croker diversified his skill set for this music as a spoken word artist and producer. This performance is part of the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival. Check out the full calendar here. https://www.earshot.org/

Marina Albero Quintet

Fri Oct 15, 7 PM/ Town Hall Forum

Marina Albero    Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

Pianist Marina Albero in her first of four performances as the Artist in Residence of the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival, convenes the all-star quintet that has been with her across the seven years she has resided in Seattle. Drummer D’Vonne Lewis, percussionist Jeff Busch, bassist Jeff Johnson and multi-reedist Hans Teuber have a great understanding of Albero’s music whose musical DNA includes traces of jazz, flamenco, classical and Afro-Cuban jazz. 

Albero’s ability to gather musical influences continues to shape her sound, making each reunion with her quintet a new experience for her audience. She will appear on h

ammered dulcimer as well, an instrument she has pioneered in jazz and improvised music. There is always the possibility of vibes working their way into the picture as well. 

Albero’s presence in Seattle over the past seven years has given the Seattle jazz scene a unique cross-current of musical culture. Her splendid virtuosity is opne thing, her ability to apply it emotionally is special and original. Her vibe onstage is an infectious positive influence on her bandmates and her audience. A can’t miss date at this year’s festival. https://www.earshot.org/

Meridian Odyssey featuring Xavier Lecouturier, Ben Feldman, Santosh Sharma, Martin Budde, Dylan Hayes & Noah Halpern

Fri Oct 15, 8:30 PM/ Royal Room

A band born out of friendship and isolation during the worldwide pandemic, Meridian Odyssey gathers in celebration of their first album, Second Wave (Origin, 2020), and their new recording in the works. The band gathered in an airplane hangar at the Alaska home of Budde’s father when the pandemic first broke, and recorded a session of original music that transcends genre, drawing elements from jazz, rock, funk and r&b, but in a very forward thinking sense. All members of the band contribute original tunes, to be probed and reimagined by this group of innovative improvisers. Lecouturier has been a force on the scene in Seattle for the past half dozen years or so, with his own highly regarded release, Carrier (Origin, 2019). Seattle natives Feldman, Sharma and Halpern have been making their mark on the scene in New York. Budde is making a name for himself as a shape shifting guitarist and modernist composer, bouncing back and forth between Seattle, and Alaska. Hayes has been sequestered in Oregon during the pandemic, but has made his mark with his Dylan Hayes Electric Band, his various projects with Lecouturier and working with the legacy of composer Jim Knapp.  https://theroyalroomseattle.com/

Jamie Baum Septet +

Sun Oct 17, 7 PM/ Town Hall Forum

Jamie Baum     WBGO

Renowned flutist Jamie Baum lands in Seattle with her New York septet featuring Seattle reared guitarist, Brad Shepik. Baum, whose artistry and reputation have historic implications in legacy of her instrument, is supported by the splendid ensemble of Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Aaron Irwin (also sax/bass clarinets), Chris Komer (French horn), John Escreet (piano), Ricky Rodriguez (bass, singing bowls), and Jeff Hirshfield (drums). A rare and must see concert in an intimate setting for all jazz fans, but especially those with a close relationship with the flute. Baum’s appearance is rare and welcomed. https://www.earshot.org/

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Fri Oct 22, 7:30 PM/ Langston Hughes

Long before his premier BlueNote Records release, Omega, in 2020, alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkens was making an impression in modern jazz that tabbed him as a generational talent. The Philadelphia born and raised Wilkens grew up musically around that city’s historic and vibrant jazz culture that included a place in the “village” of musicians connected to pianist Orrin Evans’ Grammy-nominated Captain Black Big Band. His move to New York to study at the esteemed Julliard School of Music exposed his rare gifts to Gotham artists such as trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who assisted the young saxophonist in navigating the scene in New York. The connections he made at this time enabled him to tour with ground breaking pianist Jason Moran, and impressively record his debut release on BlueNote. He has since worked with Wynton Marsalis, Gerald Clayton, Solange Knowles, Aaron Parks, Joel Ross, and most recently, with pianist Orrin Evans on his release, The Magic of Now, perhaps the most revealing glimpse into his playing as the main soloist in a quartet setting with Bill Stewart and Vincente Archer. While Omega featured Wilkins’ adroit compositional prowess and social awareness, his role in his mentor’s quartet gave the jazz world a strong impression into his improvisers mind in an open setting.

With his focus on the humanity and cultural specificity of jazz, Wilkins sees the music as a means to bring people together through cooperative engagement in his art. The personal humility that accompanies his profound virtuosity allows his music to touch those vital aspects of the art of jazz, and its historically present state of being. 
Wilkins will be performing with his New York quartet that is featured on Omega. Pianist Micah Thomas, much like Wilkins, is an ascendant generational artist, and a musical associate during their time together at Juilliard. Taking his Omega quartet on the road will provide the opportunity to hear and see the music evolve in front of us, and the rise of the next phase of jazz innovation moving forward. Bassist Daryl Johns and drummer Kweku Sumbry round out this groundbreaking quartet whose sound may portend the directional impulse for jazz music in the decade ahead.- Paul Rauch, Earshot Jazz Festival Previews 
https://www.earshot.org/

Seattle Jazz Fellowship Wednesdays at Vermillion

Beginning Wed Oct 20, 4 PM, 7PM. 8PM

10/20- featuring Julian Priester, Marc Seales and Xavier Lecouturier

Julian Priester

The new jazz non-profit, the Seattle Jazz Fellowship, takes off with a weekly slate of events each Wednesday at Vermillion on Capitol Hill. The activities commence at 4 PM with an album listening session, followed by a hang at 7 PM, and two sets from two Seattle jazz artists to follow, starting at 8 PM. 

Marc Seales    Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

To get the ball rolling, the Fellowship has named iconic trombonist Julian Priester as its Artist-In-Residence. Mr. Priester will host the 4 PM listening sessions, playing and discussing classic albums he has played on, including John Coltrane’s Africa Brass, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, and We Insist with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. Of course, Mr. Priester will introduce his own recordings that include such jazz icons as Booker Little, Mal Waldron and Eric Dolphy to mention but a few. 


Xavier Lecouturier   Jim Levitt photo   Ballard JF

The cover charge is $20 for the full slate, first come, first serve. This is an important event to support, to launch the Seattle Jazz Fellowship on its journey to find a permanent home. The October 20 opener will feature separate sets from Xavier Lecouturier and Marc Sealeshttps://seattlejazzfellowship.org/


Alex Dugdale CD Release- The Dugout

Tue Oct 28, 7& 9 PM/ Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Alex Dugdale    Daniel Sheehan photo Earshot Jazz

At long last, Seattle jazz fans have an Alex Dugdale album to celebrate! Featuring his formidable Fade Quintet, Dugdale is featured on saxophones and as a tap artist. At times, he may drift over to the brass side of things and play trumpet. But have no doubt, Dugdale’s artistry is best expressed on tenor saxophone with alto running a close second. He holds down the baritone saxophone chair in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra as well. 

Dugdale’s long time mates, bassist Greg Feingold and drummer Max Holmberg are on board for this one in the intimate confines of Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Pianist John Hansen has been a frequent contributor as well, while trumpeter Jun Iida is new to the band, having arrived in town from Los Angeles just before the Covid-19 shutdown. Dugdale will incorporate his substantial chops on tap just as he would as an instrumental soloist, a unique and original quality to his performances. https://www.earshot.org/2021-festival/

Scenes with John Stowell, John Bishop, Jeff Johnson & Rick Mandyck

10/29, 7:00 PM/ Town Hall Forum

John Stowell    Jim Levitt photo

A band that took root at a weekly gig in Ballard in the early 1990’s, Scenes has seven releases to their credit on the highly regarded Origin Records label, and has toured off and on since that inaugural gig on Ballard Ave. some thirty years ago.

John Bishop    Lisa Hagen Glynn photo

The band began as a trio, with eclectic saxophonist Rick Mandyck, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. Shortly after their first release in 2001, Scenes, Mandyck went on a fourteen year hiatus from the saxophone due to an injury. Scenes then went on to gain a reputation as a trio, featuring Stowell’s vignette style compositions, and his guitar style that featured an advanced conception of harmony. By then, Johnson and Bishop were gaining a worldwide reputation as an expert tandem in the trio format. Aside from Stowell, the duo has been part of trios led by pianists Jessica Williams, Hal Galper and Chano Dominguez. Stowell’s spacious style allows both to play freely with a liberal sense of time and space. 

Jeff Johnson     knkx

For their latest release, Trapeze (Origin, 2020), Mandyck returns, after a re-engagement with the tenor saxophone. He contributes as a composer as well, with compositions based on simple melodies that provice ample space for improvisation. His rich and powerful sound adds a completely different texture, and provides a steely edge to the ethereal leanings of the band. The quartet is four of the finest players to emerge on the jazz front in the Pacific Northwest over the past forty years, playing at a very high level. https://www.earshot.org/2021-festival/

Rick Mandyck with Jeff Johnson    Jim Levitt photo









On the Scene: Live Music Previews for September

Grace Kelly 

9/1- 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Since her appearance at the inauguration of President Barak Obama at age 16, alto saxophonist Grace Kelly has been turning heads in the jazz world. Starting out more in the bebop tradition in the musical lineage of alto predecessors Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderly, Kelly has added electronics, vocals and dance moves to her resume, amping up her pop image within the jazz genre. Kelly is still an impressive technician of her instrument, whether or not you admire the new aspect to her performance will determine whether or not this gig is for you. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5245

Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl

Tuesday Nights- 9:30 PM/ Owl ‘n Thistle

26 years in, the Owl jam has evolved into the social center of the jazz scene in Seattle. Coming out of the Covid-19 shutdown, the importance of the late Tuesday night session became that much more important. This summer has seen the session feature such Seattle jazz luminaries as Thomas Marriott, Hans Teuber, Eric Verlinde, Jared Hall, Matt Jorgensen, John Bishop, Marina Albero and Rick Mandyck to scratch the surface. An absolute must to feel the pulse of jazz in Seattle. Once touring bands begin to frequent the city, drop ins may again be the norm, having seen Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton among others who have spontaneously sat in with the host band. Pianist Eric Verlinde, who has hosted the session since 2005, keeps the vibe celebratory and upbeat. https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=tuesday%20night%20jams%20at%20the%20owl.


The Beaver Sessions

Sunday Nights- 9 PM/ The Angry Beaver

There is no overestimating the importance of the neighborhood jam session in the jazz lineage. This is true, even when that session is held in a hockey bar that is otherwise unattached to live music in the north end Greenwood neighborhood. 

The session has long been the domain of the 200 Trio, featuring guitarist Cole Schuster, bassist Greg Feingold and drummer Max Holmberg. The evening begins with a host band of rotating musicians that include Jean Chamont, Kareem Kandi, Reuel Lubag Brian Kirk and the aforementioned members of the 200 Trio. The turnout is not quite as massive as the Tuesday night session at the Owl, but that contributes to the comfortable and fun vibe. The session is attended well, and the music beginning with the hosts is very good. A bit out of the way for south enders, but the #5 metro bus does take you practically to the doorstep of the classic hockey bar. This is one yours truly is going to pay more attention to going forward, after all–Seattle is now part of the NHL family! https://beaversessions.com/


Royal Room Opening Night: Piano Starts Here

Wed 9/15, 7:30 PM/ Royal Room

Columbia City will come just a little bit more to life this particular evening, as The Royal Room swings into action with perhaps its most noble undertaking– “Piano Starts Here.” The interpretive program features area pianists engaging with historic jazz pianists, in many ways defining the mission statement of the club on this, its opening night celebration. For this installment, KNKX and Abe Beeson will present the music of Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Carla Bley and Cole Porter, interpreted by Jose Gonzales, Alex Guilbert, Darrius Willrich, Ann Reynolds and Ray Skjelbred.

“I think ‘Piano Starts Here’ represents the best of the Royal Room. It’s local, it’s great music, and it’s also curatorial,” says Wayne Horvitz. He will play his own compositions and essentially interpret himself, an idea hatched by Guilbert, the event’s host.

The Royal Room’s presence on the scene will be that much more vital with the loss of several venues over the past few years. https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/knkx-presents-piano-starts-here-re-opening-night-mc-knkxs-abe-beeson/?instance_id=2495

photo courtesy of salon.com

Pat Metheny Side Eye

9/16-19, 7:30 & 9:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Seeing guitar great Pat Metheny in the intimate confines of Jazz Alley is a rare chance to witness genius close up. The eclectic guitarist/composer is more commonly seen around town at venues like The Paramount, The Moore and McCaw Hall. This time around, Metheny features a trio featuring two of the most exciting young stars in jazz- keyboardist/pianist James Francies and New Orleans drummer, Joe Dyson.

Side-Eye is a project matching Metheny up with an array of young, intrepid voices that have included Anwar Marshall, Eric Harland and Marcus Gilmore. Francies and Dyson continue this progression. Metheny has always been unpredictable in terms of his recording history and his ambitious touring adventures. For more than forty years we have seen the iconic Pat Metheny Group, a number of trios and the Unity Band with Antonio Sanchez and Chris Potter. Seeing him work from the intimate sight lines of Jazz Alley is a special opportunity in a special time. 

 “I wanted to create an ongoing platform to host a rotating cast of the newer generations of musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians hiring me, which gave me a chance to develop through the prism of their experiences and the particular demands of what their music implied.”- Pat Metheny https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5206

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Entremundos Quarteto with Adriana Giordano

9/17. 8PM/ North City Bistro

Blending Brazilian and traditional jazz forms, vocalist Adriana Giordano and pianist Eric Verlinde lead Entremundos into NCB for a dinner performance. Seattle’s go-to electric bassist Dean Schmidt, and all-world drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch complete this quartet that now has an extensive history together. Whether accompanying Giordano, or playing as a trio, this rhythm section that performs together in Verlinde’s projects as well, has marvelous chemistry and musical intuition. The diversity of musical styles that cross during an Entremundos performance are a reflection of the band members and their divergent separate paths. Their performances at the north end bistro have helped establish the tradition of live music at NCB. https://northcitybistro.com/

Douglas Kirkland photo

Herbie Hancock

9/21- 7:30 PM/ Paramount Theatre

To claim that pianist/keyboardist/composer Herbie Hancock is an icon of American music is a safe assumption. From his early days with Miles Davis’ second great quintet, to his fusion persona via Mwandishi and The Headhunters, Hancock has viewed innovation as an elemental aspect of his music. Now 80 years old, his prowess as a musician and composer is undiminished in terms of imagination, execution and innovation. This tour celebrates a performing career that has now touched seven decades. Though the band to this point has not been announced, it is generally assumed that he will be accompanied by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist James Genus, guitarist Lionel Loueke and keyboardist/saxophonist Terrace Martin. 

Aside from his historic impact on jazz piano and composition, Hancock has had great success in such divergent activities as film scoring, but most importantly, his embrace of generational musicians who have followed in his footsteps have received the benefit of his wisdom and grace. He, along with Wayne Shorter, represent the very best of humanity, casting a guiding light for generations of musicians and fans alike. His performances are generally a highlight reel of his entire career, with the compositions that fall into line performed in new and innovative fashion. This is one not to be missed. Watch out for the ticket sharks, and purchase your tickets through STG/Ticketmaster from the link below.  https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/6798/herbie-hancock

The Cookers

9/21-22, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

The hard hitting septet returns to Seattle featuring some of the all time great figures in modern jazz history. Pianist George Cables is one of the great pianists as well as one of the truly transcendent people in jazz. Bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart hold down the backline as they have since their younger days paying their dues in the bands of Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Alice Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock and Joanne Brackeen to name a few.

Trumpeters David Weiss and Eddie Henderson have emerged from a similar pedigree, and along with burning tenor giant Billy Harper and New Orleans born and bred altoist Donald Harrison, form a historic front line unmatched in jazz today. 

Assembling an all-star cast does not guarantee a grandiose result. In the case of The Cookers, the assemblage is one of music, friendship and love. That much is obvious at any one of their performances. It is rare to witness a working band of this quality in any genre, much less in jazz, a musical world often embraced by genius. An absolute can’t miss two nights at the Alley. https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5241

William Kitchings photo

Julian Lage

Tue 9/21, 7:30 PM/ Neumo’s

Julian Lage comes to Seattle in celebration of his new album, Squint. The guitarist has been playing with the legendary Charles Lloyd from his early days as a Northern California guitar prodigy, and that aesthetic is clearly expressed in his work. The trio features bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Eric Doob in a format that finds three musicians revolving around a common center, allowing the sparks to fly as they may. 

Squint is Lage’s first recording as a leader on the prestigious BlueNote label. He is clearly humbled by that designation and attachment to a legendary history of recordings. 

“I felt like this was an opportunity to present new music born out of the Blue Note tradition as I’ve interpreted it,” explains Lage, who previously recorded for the label with The Nels Cline 4’s Currents, Constellations and Charles Lloyd’s celebratory 8: Kindred Spirits.

A master class is being planned as well, so keep an eye out for that. This performance will be at Neumo’s, which holds the possibility of listening being more difficult outside of the traditional trappings of a jazz audience. The dynamics of the trio tend to be soft, precise and ethereal, requiring an audience that can take to that vibe.  https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/event/3968

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

9/24, 8PM/ North City Bistro

Creeping just over the city line, the north end venue continues its support of jazz, in this case, Brazilian Jazz, by bringing in the Brazilian piano legend Jovino Santos Neto and his longtime, sure-fire quintet. The band features Seattle bass legend Chuck Deardorf, drummer Mark Ivester, percussionist Jeff Busch and vibraphonist Ben Thomas. 

The quinteto is as close to a sure thing as there is on the Seattle music scene. The music incorporates the jazz tradition into Jovino’s music that grew from the pianist’s many years playing in the band of Brazilian music icon, Hermeto Pascoal. The music is a pure release of joy and celebration, enhanced by the pure artistry of this top shelf band. This is a sit down dinner club, so come prepared for good food, fine wine and a grand performance. If you enjoy dancing to Brazilian music, this is not the venue. As a concert performance, the quinteto will make you dance inside! https://northcitybistro.com/

Jim Levitt photo

Monday Night Jam at The Royal Room with Thomas Marriott

Mondays beginning 9/20- 9PM 

Monday nights will find two jam sessions bookending the weekly performance of The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble at the Columbia City nightspot. Saxophonist Stuart MacDonald will host a late afternoon jam session for younger players, featuring musicians from the area’s celebrated school music programs. Trumpeter Thomas Marriott will follow RRCME with an open jam session that will begin with a short set from host musicians at 9 PM. 

The addition of the south end jam is now the third weekly session in Seattle, following the Beaver Sessions on Sundays in Greenwood, and the iconic Owl Jam in Pioneer Square. All three are in the hands of musicians that will no doubt skillfully curate these community sessions. More opportunities for music and fellowship is always a positive. There is a huge backline advantage for this session, especially with the club’s resident Steinway B.  https://theroyalroomseattle.com/

Paquito D’Rivera

9/28-29, 7:30 PM/ Jazz Alley

Cuban born alto saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Paquito D’Rivera is a historic presence in the world of Latin jazz. A frequent visitor to Seattle, D’Rivera always plays with focused joy and virtuosity. He is joined by pianist Alex Brown, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, trumpeter Diego Urcola, and drummer Mark Walker. 

D’Rivera’s music is a reflection of his wide ranging musical interests that can often move towards the eclectic side. This is especially true in his work as a composer. The artist and his current lineup have the chops to explore all of the aspects of the leader’s musical persona.  https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=5247

Seattle Trumpeter Jared Hall Drops New Album Seen on the Scene on Origin Records

The title Seen on the Scene in many ways encapsulates trumpeter Jared Hall’s story leading up to the studio session in 2018 that resulted in this, his sophomore release. The Spokane, Washington native arrived in Seattle in 2015 after completing studies with mercurial trumpet ace Brian Lynch, almost immediately scoring a residency at Tula’s, the city’s legendary jazz spot. Sporting new compositions and a new recording on Lynch’s Hollistic MusicWorks label, Hall went about establishing himself on the vibrant Seattle scene, establishing working and social relationships with such Emerald City stalwarts as pianist John Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Jorgensen is, as well, a principal of the highly regarded Origin Records label. Hall in the process began to shake off the sediment of jazz education and chance upon his own original sound by playing and interacting socially with his new community via jam sessions and gigs as a sideman for a variety of resident artists in his new city. Becoming a new father in the process necessitated he be employed in education extensively, all the while grinding and performing his way towards the top of Seattle’s impressive roster of jazz elite. Continue reading at All About Jazz https://www.allaboutjazz.com/seen-on-the-scene-jared-hall-origin-records__16108


Tonight – Ballard Jazz Walk


Note: Today is the last day to buy discounted advance tickets.

Jazz will take over the streets of downtown Ballard again on Thursday, November 20th, beginning at 6:30pm as The Ballard Jazz returns featuring 15 groups in 11 venues for a single ticket ($18 advance / $25 day-of).

This edition of the jazz walk will feature performances by a stellar roster of Northwest jazz musicians including: Hadley Caliman, Greta Matassa, Thomas Marriott, Wayne Horvitz, Matt Jorgensen and Jay Thomas.

Cities from the north, south and east are represented by The Bridge Quartet (Portland), Cory Weeds (Vancouver), Brent Jensen (Boise) and Geof Bradfield (Chicago).

With a earlier start time than previous years – 7:00pm – this year’s Jazz Walk is the perfect after-work event.

Visit the Ballard Jazz Walk website for more information and to buy tickets.

BALLARD JAZZ WALK LINEUP:

Wayne Horvitz Quartet (8:00pm); Speak (11:00pm)
THE SUNSET TAVERN (21+)
5433 Ballard Avenue NW

Andy Clausen Group (6:30pm); The Bridge Quartet (8:00 – Midnight)
EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE (All Ages)
1707 NW Market Street

Todd Bishop’s Pop Art 4 (7:00 – 10:00pm)
SONIC BOOM RECORDS – BALLARD (All Ages)
2209 NW Market St.

Fu Kun Wu (8:00 – 11:00pm)
THAIKU (21+)
5410 Ballard Ave NW

Jay Thomas Quartet (7:30 – 11:30pm)
RESOLUTION AUDIO AND VIDEO (All Ages)
5459 Leary Avenue NW

Greta Matassa Quartet (8:00 – 11:00pm)
BAD ALBERT’S TAP & GRILL (21+)
5100 Ballard Ave NW

Hadley Caliman Quintet (8:00pm); Matt Jorgensen Quartet (9:30 – 12:00)
CONOR BYRNE PUB (21+)
5140 Ballard Ave NW

Cory Weeds with the Joe Doria Trio
(8:00 – 12:00)
LOCK & KEEL TAVERN (21+)
5144 Ballard Ave NW

Ben Thomas Trio (7:00 – 10:00pm)
THE COLLECTIVE (All Ages)
5323 Ballard Ave NW

Brent Jensen Quartet (7:30pm); Geof Bradfield Quartet (9:00pm)
NEW YORK FASHION ACADEMY (All Ages)
5201 Ballard Ave NW

Chad McCullough Quartet (7:30 – 10:30)
BOP STREET RECORDS (All Ages)
5219 Ballard Ave NW

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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Doug Miller CD Review

Doug Miller‘s new CD, Regeneration, was just reviewed on All About Jazz.com.

Miller’s bass playing is featured prominently throughout with arco and pizzicato soloing. It is his unaccompanied bass reading of “Bye Bye Blackbird,” however, that really sums up what his playing is all about: no-nonsense, punchy and swinging. The influence of heavy hitter’s like bassists Ray Brown and John Clayton is made obvious through nicely-phrased blues licks, double stops and chords.

This music is both interesting and fun. Miller and company come across as a strong, like-minded unit.

Click here to read the complete review.

Dawn Clement CD Review

by Andrew Hamlin, Seattle Sound Magazine

Seattle-based jazz pianist and singer Dawn Clement’s back with a new album, Break. I just hope she doesn’t wait another five years between albums. I reviewed Hush, her debut as a leader, back in 2003, remarking that she “eloquently shares space with her bandmates … but her solo excursions show her capable of emulating a whole band, condensing, expanding, and rippling lines on her right side and mining new rhythms on her left.” She’s still all that, but “that” now absorbs and emanates a thicker multiverse.

At the keys she so often, so confidently, sprints up a scale, drops down a few steps like playing hide and seek, and finally pirouettes around the top of the previous figure. She musters an expressive muddle in the middle of “Distant Oasis,” then strides rightly out like a kid through the mud. The opener, Jerome Kern’s “I’ve Told Every Star,” stops and goes through “I Got Rhythm” figures, leaving her pulling and pushing at the time.

Click here to read the full review

Hadley Caliman CD Review

From AllAboutJazz.com by John Barron

Legendary west coast saxophonist Hadley Caliman made his mark by touring and recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Santana. For Gratitude, his first recording as a leader in three decades, Caliman is joined by vibist Joe Locke, bassist Phil Sparks, drummer Joe LaBarbera and trumpeter Thomas Marriott, who also produced the recording.

The disc opens with Marriott’s “Back For More,” a 6/8 minor blues. The simplistic, captivating theme and energetic groove sets the stage for a session full of unrelenting energy. Well into his seventies, Caliman holds his own with his somewhat younger crew, playing with the confidence and inventiveness of someone half his age. The veteran weaves through the Kurt Weill obscurity “This Is New” with sophisticated playfulness and soars gracefully on his own Afro-Cuban-inspired burner “Comencio.”

“Linda,” Caliman’s meditative tribute to his wife, is reminiscent of John Coltrane’s “Naima” with its hauntingly sparse theme and bass pedal-tones. Locke’s out-of-time floating behind the melody is satisfyingly hypnotic.

Things really start to cook by the time Joe Henderson’s “If” is introduced. Supported by Sparks’ rock-solid walking pulse, Marriott, Caliman and Locke blow through the angular blues form with imaginative vigor, setting up raucous twelve-bar exchanges with LaBarbera. On “Joe Joe Dancer Bossa Nova,” another Caliman original, Marriott tips his hat to Hubbard with crackling lyricism.

Gratitude is an exceptional comeback for an unsung maverick of modern jazz. Hopefully the next one doesn’t take thirty years.

Doug Miller CD Release Party this Friday

Bassist Doug Miller will celebrate the release of his new CD, Regeneration (Origin), with a performance at Tula’s Jazz Club on Friday, May 16 at 8:30pm

THE DOUG MILLER QUARTET
FRIDAY, MAY 16 – TULA’S JAZZ CLUB

2214 2nd Ave
Seattle
8:30pm
Reservations: 206-443-4221

featuring:
Doug Miller – bass
Jay Thomas – trumpet/saxophone
Dave Peterson – guitar
Phil Parisot – drums

For more information about Doug’s new CD, visit Origin Records.

Tonight: Dawn Clement CD Release Party

Pianist Dawn Clement will celebrate the release of her new CD, Break, tonight at Tula’s Jazz Club.

MONDAY, MAY 5 – TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
8:30pm, $10

Dawn Clement – piano
Dean Johnson – bass
Matt Jorgensen – drums

Seattle-based pianist Dawn Clement’s highly regarded musicianship is in fine form on her second recording as a leader. Combining with the New York rhythm section of drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Dean Johnson, the trio explores personal interpretations of time-tested standards such as “All of Me,” and “Sweet and Lovely,” originals by Clement, and nods to her musical mentors with trombonist Julian Priester’s “First Nature,” and Denny Goodhew’s “Distant Oasis.” Wilson and Johnson add their highly unique voices to a session of adventurousness, swing and spontaneity.

Click here to read more about Dawn’s new CD on Origin Records.

Thursday Jazz

THE TRIPLE DOOR:
MATT JORGENSEN +451 CD RELEASE PARTY

216 Union Street
7:30pm

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Andrienne Wilson Vocal Showcase

JAZZ ALLEY: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

THE NEW ORLEANS: The Ham Carson Quintet

THAIKU: Jon Alberts, Jeff Johnson, Tad Britton

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Dave Anderson Quartet, with Dave Anderson (saxophone), Chuck Kistler (bass), Adam Kessler (drums), and John Hansen (piano)
9pm – Helen Chance

ASTEROID CAFE: Tim Kennedy Jam Session

VERTIGO LOUNGE: Trish Hatley

LO-FI: The Hang

Review: Matt Jorgensen +451 “Another Morning”

By Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz.com

Matt Jorgensen + 451 has created a distinctive music, a free flying jazz sound with a 1960s rock sensibility, bursting with enormous chops. It’s a mix of Ryan Burns‘ often out there, Jimi Hendix-ian keyboard work (wailing on Fender Rhodes, organ and Moog ), Mark Tayor‘s bite-of-lime saxophone tang, Jorgensen’s multi-layered percussion complexities and Phil Sparks‘ deep in the pocket bass work. Mix it up and it’s unmistakable on the blindfold test.

The group is a rhythm section and saxophone, but it sounds like no other. No one playing in this format—with the exception of perhaps Vijay Iyer—has crafted a more distinctive jazz identity.

Another Morning is a big step forward from the excellent Hope (Origin Records, 2004). There’s a more on-the-edge feeling to the music, the approach a bit more unfettered. The musicians have grown and the sound has evolved in the direction of urgency and adventure.

Opening with “New Beginnings,” Burns’ reverent organ goes to church. Then flip the light switch, and Matt Jorgensen + 451 blows in, very much in a democratic mode, joined by guest trumpeter Thomas Marriott.

The jazz/rock aesthetic comes in large part from Burns, for whom there are no limits to the noises made on his keyboards. Aiding the effort is guest guitarist Jason Goessl on the Matt Jorgensen/Jeff McSpadden-penned “Sweet Pea.” The keyboard and guitar sound like competing blacksmiths trading metallic hammer blows in front of Jorgensen’s industrial percussion groove.

The sixties atmosphere is bolstered by two covers of rock songs: The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”—one of the more raucous tunes from their white album, The Beatles (Apple Records, 1968)—and Neil Young’s protest over the 1970 Kent State killings, “Ohio,” that again features Goessl, sounding crunchy and quite Neil Young-ish.

It’s been a four-year span between 2004’s Hope and 2008’s Another Morning, but Matt Jorgensen + 451 have made it worth the wait. Another fine and distinctive outing, with the adventure factor up a couple of notches.

Read this review at All About Jazz.com
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Download a free track from Hadley Caliman’s new CD

The free download today at All About Jazz is Back For More from Hadley Caliman’s new CD, Gratitude.

Returning with his first recording as a leader in over two decades, the legendary tenor saxophonist teams up with vibist Joe Locke, drummer Joe LaBarbera, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and bassist Phil Sparks, re-establishing himself as one of the preeminent post-bop saxophonists alive. Caliman studied with Dexter Gordon, played with Gerald Wilson’s Big Band, the Bobby Bryant Band, & Mongo Santamaria in the ’50s, and later toured and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Santana throughout the US and Europe through the ’70s.

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Click here to buy the CD from Origin Records.

Daniel Barry and SWOJO at The Seattle Drum School

OA2 Records presents a double-bill of music on Tuesday, March 11 at The Seattle Drum School featuring music from Daniel Barry‘s new CD, “Walk All Ways,” and The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and their recent CD, “Meeting Of The Waters.”

Sculpting a new acoustic sound that defies categorization while voicing universal sonorities, Daniel Barry creates a fluid blend of chamber music and improvised shapes for the 21st century. “Walk All Ways” interweaves Western Classical music traditions with the sensuous rhythmic vitality of the Caribbean and South America, adding the spirit of free-blowing jazz to create a distinct, original all-encompassing world vision expressed through the pure language of sound.

SWOJO shows off their musical muscle in this set of original tracks recorded live in concert. Performing the music of Hazel Leach, Jill Townsend and their musical director, Dr. Daniel Barry, “Meeting of the Waters” exhibits the power, energy and spirit of the 7-year old group’s live performances. SWOJO’s distinctive sound blends the dynamic and the artful, the bold and the sensitive, exploring the jazz mainstream and all manner of Latin music.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11
THE SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL
12510 15th Ave NE, Seattle, 7:30pm

Hadley Caliman: Gratitude

Hadley Caliman has released his first recording in over 30 years on Origin Records entitled “Gratitude“.

The legendary tenor saxophonist teams up with vibist Joe Locke, drummer Joe LaBarbera, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and bassist Phil Sparks, re-establishing himself as one of the preeminent post-bop saxophonists alive. Caliman studied with Dexter Gordon, played with Gerald Wilson’s Big Band, the Bobby Bryant Band, & Mongo Santamaria in the ’50s, and later toured and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Santana throughout the US and Europe through the ’70s.

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Matt Jorgensen +451 Live In Portland

Download the first set of Matt Jorgensen +451 performing at the Portland Jazz Festival on Friday, February 15.

Their new CD, Another Morning, will come out in March and they will be performing at The Triple Door on Thursday, March 27. Call 206-838-4333 to make reservations.

Click the link below to play the mp3 file.

Thomas Marriott CD Review

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott will celebrate the release of his new CD, Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson, on Wednesday, February 27th at the Triple Door.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7:30pm
THOMAS MARRIOTT, CRAZY: THE MUSIC OF WILLIE NELSON

THE TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA
206-838-4333

Tickets: $15
This is an All Ages Show

featuring:
Thomas Marriott – trumpet
Mark Taylor – saxophones
Ryan Burns – keyboards
Geoff Harper – bass
Matt Jorgensen – drums

And the reviews keep coming in for the disc. Look for a review in the May issue of JazzTimes in addition to the one just published at All About Jazz.com:

The disc closes with “On the Road Again,” probably Nelson’s most familiar melody. Marriott and company change the original’s quiet country charm into an expansive, lush, electric wash of sound that seems as if it could have been issued from the underbelly of an alien spacecraft that has picked up an errant Willie broadcast out in space, and is now hovering in a starry sky, broadcasting its otherworldly renditions down to an awe-struck earthly crowd.

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CD Review: Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson

By John Barron, All About Jazz.com

Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson goes above and beyond the confines of mere adulation for an American music icon. Seattle-based trumpeter Thomas Marriott creates a conceptual sonic flow, harnessing energy from the melodic and rhythmic legacy of some of Nelson’s well known and not-so-well-known gems. For the bulk of the session Marriott is supported by a stellar crew of like-minded risk takers, including saxophonist Mark Taylor, keyboardist Ryan Burns, bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Matt Jorgensen.

The disc traverses a musical landscape full of twists and turns, moving ever-so-smoothly from techno- based grooves (“Phases & Stages, Circles & Cycles”), to 1970s-era fusion explorations (“Write Your Own Songs,” “You Wouldn’t Cross the Street”), to straight-ahead blowing (“I’m Building Heartaches”). Tracks like “Everywhere I Go” and “Crazy” are comparatively clear-cut, adhering to the accessible nature of Nelson’s gorgeous melodies.

An emphasis on melody seems to be Marriott’s top priority throughout the disc’s eleven tracks. The trumpeter’s warm-tone and exuberance breathes life into simple, yet sumptuous themes such as “The Great Divide” and “On the Road Again.” An exciting soloist, Marriott’s improvised dueling with Taylor’s soprano saxophone on “I’m Building Heartaches” stands out as a disc highlight.

Jorgensen and Harper keep things grounded while maintaining a loose, open-ended rapport with each groove. Burns snakes his way through the disc with inventive soloing and distorted synth clusters. His out-of- left-field accompaniment on the second half of “Crazy” is worth the price of admission. Guest keyboardist Wayne Horwitz creates an electronic frenzy on the Weather Report-influenced “Write Your Own Songs”—the groove is practically a carbon copy of Joe Zawinul’s “Black Market.”

The music from this session may be hard to categorize, but the same can be said of Nelson. The eclectic nature of the iconic singer/songwriter’s catalogue lends itself surprisingly well to Marriott’s liberal approach.

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