Share John Hollenbeck, above, played at the Chapel Performance space last night with his trio Refuge, presented as part of the Earshot Jazz 2013 Spring Series. A really beautiful set by all three amazing artists. Playing with Hollenbeck was Theo Bleckmann – voice and Gary Versace – piano & keyboard
Share Tinke Postma, played at the Seattle Art Museum Thursday night as part of the Earshot Srt of Jazz Series. She was great along with a local group backing her.
Share The 2012 Golden Ear Awards, celebrating the contributions and achievements in Seattle jazz, were presented at Tula’s on March 20. Thomas Marriott’s group Flexicon opened the evening with a set and played another one after the awards were given out. I really like this group the more I hear them. Playing with Thomas were John [...]
Share Recently had the pleasure of watching Bill Frisell play the music he composed to go with the film The Great Flood by Bill Morrison. Playing with Bill was Ron Miles on trumpet, Tony Scherr on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums. It was a moving experience. “Steeped in America’s roots music yet with a [...]
Share The Jason Parker Trio played at Von Wednesday night at Vito’s Madison Grill. the Trio was great and Jason was in fine form as usual. He interestingly had a number of other musicians sitting in throughout the two sets I saw. Brian Hartman, above, who I have know for years as a photographer say in [...]
Share Last fall Allison Miller performed with Jessica Lurie at an Earshot Jazz Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum. Love that colored lighting they had. Allison is an amazing drummer and I have seen her play on a number of occasions.
Share As part of this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, the JD Allen Trio performed at Poncho Hall at Cornish College in an amazing set that was one of the highlights of the festival in my book. Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a [...]
Share French horn player Tom Varner and Seattle saxophonist Eric Barber, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Byron Vannoy opened for Tamarindo at Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College in the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival. The Tom Varner Quartet celebrated the legacy of the late Steve Lacy, with whom Varner performed in Seattle in 1993. The program also included [...]
Share The Anat Cohen Ensemble put on a wonderful performance at Cornish College’s Poncho Concert Hall as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival in October. Conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro and Argentine tango, Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has established herself as a fresh voice in jazz. British bassist Orlando le Fleming and Texas drummer Rudy Royston joined [...]
Share Elina Duni and her quartet performed at Cornish College’s PONCHO CONCERT HALL as the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival proceeds. Albanian vocalist Elina Duni, who was a treat to hear, appeared with fellow ECM recording artists pianist Colin Vallon, bassist Patrice Moret and drummer Norbert Pfammatter on her first U.S. tour this fall. Her new [...]
Share Gaye Anderson, owner and operator of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant, in Pioneer Square for 27 years, died. Gaye will be sorely misssed by the Seattle Jazz community. Her establishment has been a mainstay for great jazz and good food for a longt time. In 2005, Miss Anderson was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall [...]
Share One of America’s greatest living composers, trailblazer Philip Glass performed at the Kirkland Performance Center, as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival with African kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso, and percussionist Adam Rudolph in an evening of wonderful and masterful music. Born in 1937, raised in Baltimore, Glass went on to study at the [...]
Share The 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival rolls on with the Lionel Loueke Trio at the Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium. Beautiful sounds from this trio especially the unique Lionel Loueke on vocals and guitar. Click on the schedule here 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival continues. Hailed as a “gentle virtuoso” by the New York Times, guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke followed up [...]
Share The 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival continues with gusto. Being at BENAROYA HALL the other night was a special treat. Comfortable seats, a great view and a wonderful sound of two great trios starting with Cuong Vu’s Triggerfish. Cuong Vu is a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. As a youngster himself, Vu’s intense [...]
Share Andy Clausen’s Wishbone played at the ILLSLEY BALL NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL AT BENAROYA HALL last Saturday on the 2nd night of the Earshot Jazz Festival 2012 Composer and trombonist Andy Clausen gained significant national attention for his music while still a student in the acclaimed Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, before moving to New York City [...]
Share A Tribute to Clarence Acox with Garfield High School Band & special guests at ILLSLEY BALL NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL AT BENAROYA HAL kicked off the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival on Friday Oct 12th. There was an almost full house and a lot of fantastic music. Here is the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival schedule to see what is coming up next. [...]
Share The Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, & Eric Harland playing at Town Hall. The 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival is starting up on Friday. Here is the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival schedule. This set of images is from one of my favorite concerts of recent Earshot Jazz Festivals. It was a beautiful new [...]
Share I photographed Martin Hayes playing at the Triple Door with Dennis Cahill. Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument – the violin – his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of [...]
Share Earshot Jazz Presented “Jazz: The Second Century” presented Trio Orangutan in the 2nd of the series, at the Chapel Performance space. Trio Orangutan is Kate Olson (soprano saxophone), Naomi Siegel (trombone) and Jason Levis (percussion). They play composed pieces and improvise in search of the “timbral possibilities of trombone, soprano and percussion,” Olson writes. [...]
Share Earshot Jazz presented Bill Horist in the 2nd in the series, Jazz: The Second Century last night at the Chapel Performance space. Internationally prolific in the alternative and underground and in rock, jazz, avant-garde and folk music, Seattle guitarist Bill Horist has appeared on 70 recordings and has performed well over 1,000 concerts throughout [...]
Share Pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs performed with bassist Thorgrimur Jonsson and drummer Scott McLemore at Tula’s last month in an Earshot Jazz presentation that was sublime and delightful. Also the trio on Gunnlaugs’ latest release, Long Pair Bond (2011), the patient and measured group works in a sonic space redolent of familiar environments – dynamic and [...]
ShareHubert Laws performed at the the 5th annual Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Meydenbauer Center on Saturday June 2nd. Internationally-renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres – moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. Winner of the prestigious 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award, Laws [...]
Share Booker T Jones performed at the the 5th annual Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Meydenbauer Center on Friday June 1st. Yes this was the Booker T of the famous Booker T and the MGs. This set blew me away. I had no idea he was still around and and the music was grand and I love [...]
Share Tom Grant and his Trio played at Bake’s Place as part of the Bellevue Jazz Festival. I went over there after covering the Clayton Brothers and enjoyed Tom’s Trio. Here are some of my favorites from their performance.