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Tenor saxophonist and jazz legend Hadley Caliman, 78, passed away last week after a two year battle with liver cancer. Many of you have seen and heard him over the years as he played a lot around Seattle and Portland. Here are some recent pictures of him. Above he was accepting one of his two awards at the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards in Jan 2009 at the Triple Door.
Below are some recent images of him in performance.

“Caliman remained active on the jazz scene until late-August, performing regularly around the Northwest in support of his recent releases: Reunion with Pete Christilieb, which was released in August and is now #31 on the national jazz charts, and Straight Ahead, which is #9 for the year on the Airplay Charts and was in the Top 10 on American jazz radio for many months.” Read more here on The Seattle Jazz Scene.

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The Don Byron Quartet: Edward Simon (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), Don Byron and Billy Hart (drums) on stage at the Triple Door as the Earshot Jazz Festival carries on in its last week.

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The Don Byron Quartet performance was one of the most enjoyable of the Festival so far. Maybe it was the way he sang a Hank Williams tune or how he referenced one of his compositions to the 1968 Olympics high jumper who first took the plunge backwards, but the performance felt very satisfying and complete. I like his eyeglasses too.



Conceived as a means of expressing gratitude to Lester Young, Don Byron’s 2004 release Ivey-Divey convened an all-star trio with Jason Moran and Jack DeJohnette to revisit and reinterpret some of Lester Young’s finest works. Taking its name, orchestration, and much of its repertoire from Young’s great 1940s trio with pianist Nat King Cole and drummer Buddy Rich, Ivey-Divey was immediately recognized as a masterwork. Reflecting Young’s gifts as a communicator, Byron’s ensemble combines the same unbridled joy and enthusiasm of Young’s classic lineup with the innovations and technical advances of the last half century. With Byron playing clarinet and tenor sax, this expanded version of the Ivey-Divey project features Edward Simon (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), and Billy Hart (drums). As with many of Byron’s diverse forays, the Ivey-Divey Quartet is a wholly compelling and at times unpredictable vehicle for Byron and his peers to let loose. From the Earshot Jazz Festival guide. Photographs by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations and  Seattle photographers with a story-telling approach to creating award-winning wedding photography in Seattle.


Allen Toussaint Quartet

I have just posted this photo and another one of Allen Toussaint over on the new address for EyeShotJazz at Please go there and reset your bookmark to get continuing coverage of the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival.  Please be sure to migrate over to the new site not to miss any coverage. Head on over to Also look for coverage of the Matt Wilson Quartet from tonight at SAM.

Allen Toussaint was back at the Triple Door Sunday with his quartet and they were all in the comfortable New Orleans style rhythms and blues. It is amazing how many great songs he has put out over the years and how comfortable his feet must be in those open sandle shoes.

Composer, producer, pianist, singer, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint is a living legend. His work in the 1960s and 1970s helped define the sound of R&B, soul, and funk as we hear it today. Penning such songs as “Working in the Coal Mine,” performed by Lee Dorsey, “Ruler of My Heart,” by Irma Thomas, and “Mother-in-Law,” by Ernie K-Doe, Toussaint’s contributions to modern music extend far beyond what is commonly acknowledged. Combined with the easygoing charm and style of his home city of New Orleans, Toussaint has established himself as a true joy of song and culture.
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Orrin Evans plays a very intense piano.

Tabbaby simply killed them tonight at Tula’s. A packed soldout house. Great vibe. They will be they again Sunday night so try and catch them if you can.

I have just posted this photo and another one from Tarbaby over on the new address for EyeShotJazz at Please go there and reset your book mark to get more extensive coverage of the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival.
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Garfield HS Band with MIGUEL ZENÓN


Here is one more photo of the GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, With SPECIAL GUEST MIGUEL ZENÓN playing at the Triple Door Friday to open the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival.
Miguel and all of those student sax players were a delight to hear. Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations and a Seattle photographer with a story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photography.

Garfield HS Band Opens 2009 Earshot Jazz festival


GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND under the direction of Clarence Acox opened the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival. Friday night to a packed house at the Triple Door. What a great vibe to begin the festival.  It  is amazing to see some many talented young musicians coming up here in Seattle. What a fantastic show. More photo coverage to come later.
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Earshot Jazz Festival 2009


Once again the Earshot Jazz Festival is upon us. Again I intend to provide as complete coverage of the Festival as I can manage. I will be  shooting every night and returning home to process and post at least one photograph of each performance every night. Kicking off the Festival at the Triple Door on October 16th this year is the  GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, With SPECIAL GUEST MIGUEL ZENÓN. Celebrating the future of jazz in Seattle and around the world, the multi-award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Band under the direction of Clarence Acox opens the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival with recent MacArthur Award-winning saxophonist Miguel Zenón.

Here is the rest of the Earshot Festival Schedule:

October 16
The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30 $22 general, $11 youth BUY ONLINE

October 17
The Triple Door, 7:30$22 general, $11 youth BUY ONLINE
The Puerto Rican saxophonist, a brilliant star on the international jazz scene, and the newest faculty member at the New England Conservatory, brings his explosive new group to the main stage for Earshot’s opening weekend. Golden Ear Award winning drummer Byron Vannoy opens with his sterling Meridian quintet.

October 17 & 18
Tula’s, 8:30 $18 general, $10 students Reservations: 206-443-4221
The creative collective of Stacy Dillard (saxophone), Orrin Evans (piano), and one of the most exciting rhythm sections in jazz today – Nasheet Waits (drums) and Eric Revis (bass) – swings with reverence and reckless abandon.

October 18ALLEN TOUSSAINT QUARTETThe Triple Door, 7 & 9:30$26 BUY ONLINEAn unforgettable evening with a true New Orleans legend. A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a singer, pianist, producer, and composer, Toussaint presents his quartet of Renard Poche (guitar), Roland Guérin (bass), and Herman LeBeaux (drums).

October 18
Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8 $18 BUY ONLINE
New York drummer Matt Wilson has never been afraid to challenge, entertain, and have fun! His outstanding quartet features Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Jeff Lederer (alto sax & bass clarinet), and Chris Lightcap (bass). Presented in association with Cornish College of the Arts

October 19
The Triple Door, 7:30 $22 general, $11 youth BUY ONLINE
Matt Wilson’s raucous New York quartet joins one of Seattle’s award-winningest high-school jazz bands.

October 19


Chapel Performance Space, 7:30 $18 BUY ONLINE

Drummer Han Bennink, one of Europe’s most singular jazz artists, teams with longtime colleague Michael Moore (sax) and Brooklyn-based accordionist Will Holshouser to perform fast-paced, witty improvisations reminiscent of the late, lamented Clusone Trio.

October 19
Tula’s, 8:30 $12 Reservations: 206-443-4221
Funk and finesse from the time tested trio of Joe Doria, on Hammond B-3, Andy Coe on guitar, and D’Vonne Lewis on drums.

October 20


Seattle Asian Art Museum (Volunteer Park), 8:30, $18 BUY ONLINE
Trio M is a collective of Mark Dresser (bass), Matt Wilson (drums), and Myra Melford (piano). Thanks to thrilling and unpredictable interplay, says Wilson, “the results are spiritually rewarding and remarkably fun to witness.” (Preceded at 7pm by a presentation of filmmaker Sarah Jane Lapp’s Animated Jazz Experiments with live music by Mark Dresser. Separate admission through NWFF; film patrons who bring stub to the concert receive half off concert admission.) Presented in association with Cornish College of the Arts.

October 20

Tula’s, 8:30, $12 Reservations: 206-443-4221
The Seattle trumpeter and educator, an artist deserving of greater exposure, performs in support of his acclaimed Origin release, Dark Wood, Dark Water. His band features Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, winner of the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in The Netherlands.

October 20 – November 5
Various venues

Earshot Jazz Festival and Northwest Film Forum present their 8th annual selection celebrating the intersections of jazz and cinema. As always, curator Peter Lucas has found some gems, including the Seattle-made documentary Icons Among Us, the acclaimed Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench(featuring musician Jason Palmer), and bassist Mark Dresser’s live accompaniment of jazz animations by Seattle’s Sarah Jane Lapp. MORE INFO
October 20 – Animated Jazz Experiments, by Sarah Jane Lapp, with live accompaniment by Mark Dresser,
Seattle Art Museum, 7pm, $10-12  Concert by Trio M follows at 8:30, bring your
film stub to receive half off concert admission.
October 30 & November 1 – Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, by Damien Chazelle,
Northwest Film Forum, 7pm & 9pm, $6-9
October 31 & November 2 – Icons Among Us, by Lars Larson, Michael Rivoira, & Peter J. Vogt,
Northwest Film Forum, 7pm & 9pm, $6-9

October 21

The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30, $22

Further explorations of Cuban pianist Omar Sosa’s charming musical spirit. Now living in Barcelona, his latest release, Across the Divide, explores further aspects of the African Diaspora. He performs on piano, Fender Rhodes, electronics, and vocals in a virtuosic, multinational quartet: Childo Tomas (Mozambique) on electric bass, kalimba, and vocals, Marque Gilmore (USA) on drums and electronics, and Mola Sylla (Senegal) on vocals, mbira, xalam, and kongoman.

October 21 & 22
Tula’s, 8:30, $15 Reservations: 206-443-4221
Seattle pianist Marc Seales shows the breadth of his current artistic projects with The Paris Suite featuring Evan Flory-Barnes, Larry Barrileu, and D’Vonne Lewis on Wednesday, and the American Songbook group with Gary Hobbs, Dave Captien, Cuong Vu and Fred Hamilton on Thursday.

October 22
Seattle Asian Art Museum (Volunteer Park), 8, $16 BUY ONLINE
Peggy Lee (cello) and the mesmerizing Saadet Türköz (vocals) mix free improvisation with the Kazakh and Turkish forms of Türköz’s childhood. After them, the inventive, challenging pianist Matthew Shipp returns to Earshot with his exciting duo featuriing guitarist-turned-bassist Joe Morris

October 23


Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8, $18 BUY ONLINE
Capping a week-long Cornish College residency, this remarkable electro-acoustic ensemble cleverly draws upon a myriad of influences, including the Hindustani forms that Melford studied in India. Joining her is an all-star lineup of instrumental heavy hitters: trumpet ace Cuong Vu, bassist-like-no-other Stomu Takeishi, drummer Matt Wilson, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and the towering guitarist Brandon Ross. Presented in association with Cornish College of the Arts

October 23 & 24
Tula’s, 8:30, $15 Reservations: 206-443-4221
Well known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods, pianist Hal Galper brings crazy chops and a lifetime of jazz knowledge to each new project. As on the outstanding disc,Furious Rubato, he points to new directions for jazz with drummer John Bishop and bassist Jeff Johnson.

October 24
Kirkland Performance Center, 8, $30 BUY ONLINE
Joyfully embracing jazz after a classical performance education, Sung has the background to fuel her engaging explorations and to attract top-flight sidemen like Adam Cruz on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass.

October 24

Chapel Performance Space, 8, $20 BUY ONLINE
Here is a one-of-a-kind, only-at-Earshot opportunity. Ikue Mori (electronics, computer, drum machines, live video) and Zeena Parkins (acoustic harp, electric harp, electronics) create daring original music that has been described as “gorgeously stimulating” and “full of endless resources.” Peggy Lee (cello) and Saadet Türköz (vocals) present an acoustic duo, mixing free improvisation with the Kazakh and Turkish forms of Türköz’s childhood. Presented in association with Nonsequitur

October 25
Town Hall Seattle, 7:30, $24 BUY ONLINE
Partnering ancient Mongolian and Japanese traditions, the Khoomei Taiko Ensemble presents cultural history while forging rare musical pathways.

October 25


Tula’s, 8:30, $15 Reservations: 206-443-4221
The Seattle trumpet ace brings a brilliant line up — including Mark Taylor, Matt Jorgenson, and Travis Shook – to bear on some of his favorite, though seldom performed, compositions.

October 26

This multi-talented prodigal daughter of the Garfield jazz program has been killing ’em in New York for 10 years, performing and recording with the likes of Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, and Avishai Cohen. She returns to Seattle with her sparkling quartet to celebrate her debut release, Like Water. With Brandi Disterheft (bass), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), and Jovino Santos Neto (piano). MORE

October 26 & 27

Tula’s, 8:30, $18 general, $10 students Reservations: 206-443-4221
The dazzling pyrotechnics and musical maturity of the Kyrgyz post-bop piano prodigy Eldar Djangirov have awed the jazz world. His trio with Armando Gola (bass) and Ludwig Afonso (drums) is touring in support of a new CD, Virtue.

October 27


The Triple Door, 7 $28 general,  $32 day of show
The endlessly inventive bassist, composer, singer, and bandleader incorporates elements of soul, rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop to express “the love I’ve felt and the energy I’m surrounding myself with.” She possesses a deeply expressive musical perspective and a fierce intelligence.

October 27

Chapel Performance Space, 7:30, $15

The Washington Composers Orchestra presents an evening of music specially suited for the gorgeous acoustics of the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center. Approaching the traditional jazz big band as a “pocket orchestra,” this evening’s program will feature four extended compositions by composer Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz’s concerto for clarinet “River of Whiskey,” featuring guest clarinetist Beth Fleenor, and Chris Stover’s “The Murderess.” The program will also include the Seattle premier of “Laredo,” written for saxophone quartet by Robin Holcomb, and commissioned by the Rova Saxophone Quartet.
Presented in association with Nonsequitur.

October 28
Seattle Art Museum, downtown, 7:30, $18 general, $10 students BUY ONLINE
An all-star touring quintet of Hadley Caliman (sax), the legendary Curtis Fuller (trombone), Larry Vukovich (pianist), Jeff Chambers (bass), and Eddie Marshall (drums) returns home to tribute its Seattle-based front man. With special guest appearances by friends and Seattle jazz luminaries.

October 28
The Triple Door, 7, $20 BUY ONLINE
A favorite on the East Coast jam-band/avant-jazz circuit, this 31-year-old keyboardist has attracted new audiences with his impressive improvisational skills, a no-genres-barred musical approach, and a globe-trotting touring schedule.

October 28
Tula’s, 8:30, $10 Reservations: 206-443-4221
The Seattle-based jazz ensemble features four fine young musicians in Art Brown (alto sax), Aaron Otheim (keyboards), Tim Carey (electric bass), and Tarik Abouzied (drums). Hardcoretet infuses deep grooves with plenty of heat.

October 29

Chapel Performance Space, 7:30, $15 BUY ONLINE
The brilliant French horn player and composer Tom Varner leads his tentet through a fiery and unpredictable set. Opening: high schooler Andy Clausen and Sjenka, who impressed an audience at Earshot’s Second Century series with fully evolved ambient-improvisations.

October 29 & 30
Tula’s, 8:30, $16 general, $10 students Reservations: 206-443-4221
The youngest of the Marsalis clan, Jason is an immensely talented and musical percussionist. In his current quartet, he sticks to the vibraphone, which he began performing on eight years ago.

October 30

Kirkland Performance Center, 7:30, $28 BUY ONLINE
Vocalist Tish Oney and her band – John Chiodini (guitar), Joel Hamilton (bass), Kendall Kay (drums) – pay tribute to the songwriting genius of Peggy Lee

October 31

Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8, $18 BUY ONLINE
Bringing together East Indian, West African, Native American, and African-American musical traditions in an all-acoustic setting, pianist Marc Cary leads an exceptional trio of David Ewell (bass) and Sameer Gupta (drums & tabla). Foday Musa Suso, the Gambian griot and master kora player, opens

October 31

Poncho Hall Cornish College, 8, $18 BUY ONLINE
Featuring many of the finest jazz soloists in the Pacific Northwest, this 15-piece ensemble performs its leader’s sophisticated compositions and arrangements with emotion and passion. Presented in association with Cornish College of the Arts

November 1

Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8, $16 BUY ONLINE
The percussionist John Hollenbeck’s genre-defying Claudia Quintet (bassist Drew Gress, saxophonist Chris Speed, vibraphonist Matt Moran, and keyboardist Ted Reichman) returns to Seattle with driving rhythms, beautiful and quirky melodies, and passionate virtuosity. One of the most original and enjoyable small groups performing today! Just added: the brilliant and versatile keyboardist Gary Versace joins the Claudias. Opening: the astonishing composer and saxophonist Steve Lehman demonstrates how expansive a solo performance can be.

November 1

Tula’s, 8:30, $12 Reservations: 206-443-4221
This scalding-hot jazz sextet, featuring players from Japan and Seattle, wowed audiences when it made its Seattle debut at City Hall three years ago. The double trio returns for another evening of genuine collaboration with Atsushi Ikeda (alto sax), Yasuhiro Kohama (tenor sax), Daisuke Kurata (drums), Jay Thomas (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), and Phil Sparks (bass). Accompanying the six players will be some star Cornish College jazz students. (See also November 5.)

November 2

Chapel Performance Space, 7:30, $15 BUY ONLINE
The astounding Achim Kaufmann (piano), Frank Gratkowski (alto saxophone & clarinets), and Wilbert de Joode (bass) incorporate aspects of contemporary classical music, free improvisation, and the jazz tradition with enormous sympathy, dexterity, and power. Presented with Polestar.

November 2

The Triple Door, 7:30, $22 BUY ONLINE
The iconoclastic Brazilian percussionist, and recent movie scene-stealer (Rachel Getting Married), stretches out in a perfect Day of the Dead celebration. His exuberant band mixes voices and instruments from a dizzying array of cultures, creating a thrilling spectacle for eye and ear.

November 2, 3

Tula’s, 8:30, $14 Reservations: 206-443-4221
The master pianist, flutist, and composer, beloved for his musical playfulness and stunning dexterity, performs contemporary Brazilian music with his exciting quintet – among its members is the thrilling saxophonist Harvey Wainapel.

November 3

The Triple Door, 7:30, $24 BUY ONLINE
The extraordinary reedman Don Byron presents his Ivey-Divey quartet of Edward Simon (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), and Billy Hart (drums). Infused with Byron’s characteristic innovation and technical mastery, the quartet tackles the repertory and spirit of jazz great Lester Young. This presentation has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s Presenting Jazz Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

November 4

Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30 $19-29 BUY ONLINE
Wayne Horvitz’s new chamber-music work, These Hills of Glory, performed by soloist Carla Kihlstedt (violin) and the Odeonquartet, a world-renowned chamber group featuring Seattle Symphony musicians. Also featured are pianist Cristina Valdes, flutist Paul Taub, and Seattle Symphony clarinetist, Laura DeLuca. Presented by Seattle Symphony.

November 4

The Triple Door, 7, $18 BUY ONLINE
This 16-piece group re-imagines music of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exhibition – Seattle’s first World’s Fair. The ensemble presents pieces performed at and written especially for the exhibition (re-interpreted for a modern jazz orchestra), complete with period instruments and large-screen projections of photographs. MORE

November 4
The Triple Door, 9:30, $20 BUY ONLINE
Chilean jazz vocalist Claudia Acuña’s band with NY pianist Jason Linder. MORE INFO

November 4

Tula’s, 8:30, $20 Reservations: 206-443-4221
An organ trio for the ages. Three of Seattle fiercest improvisers in a funkified format.

November 5

City Hall, noon FREE Co-presented by Seattle Presents, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Poncho Hall, Cornish College, 8, $18 BUY ONLINE
This scalding-hot jazz sextet, featuring players from Japan and Seattle, wowed audiences when it made its Seattle debut at City Hall three years ago. The double trio returns for another evening of genuine collaboration with Atsushi Ikeda (alto sax), Yasuhiro Kohama (tenor sax), Daisuke Kurata (drums), Jay Thomas (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), and Phil Sparks (bass). Accompanying the six players will be some star Cornish College jazz students.

November 5 & 6
Tula’s, 8:30, $14 Reservations: 206-443-4221
A vital voice on the contemporary NY scene, the Canadian-born pianist presents her Stone Trio featuring Tyshawn Sorey on drums and Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone. Davis’s music is winding and darkly energetic – an original voice you’ll want to hear.

November 6

The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30, $24 BUY ONLINE
One of the most renowned and influential guitarists of his generation continues to amaze audiences the world over with understated and harmonically rich playing. His celebrated quartet features Drew Gress (bass), Mark Feldman (violin), and Anthony Pincotti (drums).

November 6

Poncho Hall, Cornish College, 8, $18 BUY ONLINE
Three all-time giants of jazz – Andrew Cyrille (drums), Reggie Workman (bass), and Oliver Lake (saxophones) – form one of the most dynamic and exciting small groups performing today. Veterans of some of the most significant ensembles of the last half-century, they navigate through explosive performances with a shared understanding of the power of improvisation. With support from WESTAF and the NEA. Presented in association with Cornish College of the Arts.

November 7

Chapel Performance Space, 8, $15 BUY ONLINE
The Swiss reedman, one of the most fearless improvisers in the music, produces a rich mix of jazz, contemporary classical, and folk forms. Following his solo bass clarinet performance, Paul Kikuchi appears with his quartet – trombone maestro Stuart Dempster and fellow percussionist-instrument makers Alexander Vittum and Jesse Olsen.

November 7

Northshore Performing Arts Center, 7, $15-20 BUY ONLINE
Special appearance by Bothell High School jazz choir. Pacific Northwest favorite Greta Matassa is a winner of wide acclaim and a consistent crowd pleaser with her unique and diverse vocal stylings. Performing with three other talented jazz musicians, she will charm and entertain the Northshore audience. She’ll also invite local high-school jazz choirs to take part in a master class and sing onstage with her in an exciting fusion of established and upcoming talent! Sponsored by Shane Kramer & Kirstin Haugen and Paula Peterson.

November 7
Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30, $15-38 BUY NOW
November 8
Kirkland Performance Center, 3, $15-38

Celebrating the historic musical kinship of Quincy Jones and the great Ray Charles, this project focuses on the body of work that yielded the pivotal recording, Genius + Soul = Jazz. Ably handled by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with special guest vocalist Dean Bowman, the performances also features guest organist Joe Doria, commemorating Charles’s debut recording on Hammond B3. This project has been made possible by the NEA as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, and includes open rehearsals and additional large and small ensemble performances, along with panel discussions and outreach programs.

November 7 & 8
Tula’s, 8:30, $15 Reservations: 206-443-4221
The extraordinary, quicksilver trumpeter calls on some of New York’s finest improvisers – Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Andy Milne (piano), Ben Street (bass), and Mark Ferber (drums) – to carve out space among jazz, pop, and contemporary classical music.

November 8

Town Hall, 8, $18-24
The Seattle bassist and composer presents his large-ensemble fusion of jazz, hip hop and classical music, complete with modern dancers and freestyle breakdancers. Commissioned as part of a national series of works from Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program.

Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a portrait photographer  specializing in jazz photography, and editorial photography for publications and corporations and portrait photographers Seattle with an unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

Jazz Photographs – Travis Shook Comeback

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Travis Shook made his comeback to the Seattle jazz scene at Tula’s Jazz Club last Wednesday night, playing in town for the first time in about five years. His performance with the Travis Shook Trio was greeted warmly by a full house. The Seattle Times ran an article by Hugo Kugiya detailing his career’s ups and downs. “The jazz pianist Travis Shook, a curiosity to some who remember his name, a cautionary tale for others, lives in rural, upstate New York, far from the city and the place he first greeted fame. People don’t recognize him much these days, and for a long time he preferred it that way.

“I’m 40 and I feel a lot more comfortable with myself now,” said Shook, a fixture on the Seattle jazz scene in the early 1990s and once considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of his generation. “That’s all that matters to me. Musically, I’m a much better player than I was. But the main thing is that I’m comfortable with myself. That was my biggest hurdle.”

For most, that would seem a small accomplishment, but for Shook, who experienced meteoric success and sudden failure, who was addicted to alcohol and drugs, who was virtually unemployable for a number of years, this is not an insignificant step.

“Comeback,” is the word he settled on.”
Read the rest at The Seattle Times


it was a delight to see and hear Essiet Essiet perform on the bass behind Shook.


Matt Jorgensen was great at drums throughout the set.


Jay Thomas made an appearance as well during the first set.

Travis looked pleased at the applause at the end of his first set.
Photographs by Seattle Portrait Photographer Daniel Sheehan specializing in photojournalism, portraits and photography for publications and corporations, and photojournalistic Bridal photography.

Travis Shook


Travis Shook at the piano at Tula’s, Weds September 9th.

Garfield High School Jazz Band


Here is a color version of the photograph on the cover of this month’s Earshot Jazz, the magazine, honoring Seattle’s Garfield High School, under the direction of Clarence Acox, for taking top honors on Sunday, May 10th in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 14th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. They were selected as the winner by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians — Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director; composer, conductor and Ellington authority David Berger; educator, clinician and pianist, Reginald Thomas; and legendary jazz trumpeter and composer/ arranger, Gerald Wilson— from among the 15 finalist bands from the U.S. and Canada that came to the Competition & Festival in New York City. At the awards ceremony, Wynton Marsalis presented prizes and cash. Acox accepted the 1st place trophy and an award of $5,000. Scott Brown, Director of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, accepted the 2nd place trophy and an award of $2,500. For complete list of winners, including top soloists and sections, visit

Story by Danielle Bias from Earshot Jazz, the magazine.

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a portrait photographer who specializes in people and travels everywhere to shoot weddings in a photojournalist style that is real, straightforward, subtle and unobtrusive. Daniel was named among the best  photographers in Seattle by the Wedding Photojournalists Association.

Danilo Perez – Jazz Photography

Photographing Danilo Perez in concert at ast weekend’s 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival was a lot of fun. He was so unpredictable as he moved around a lot as he played the piano and sometime like here he played on the side of the piano. His music was serious but he made the performance feel fun. This just about wraps up my coverage of the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Dianne Reeves Redux


Here is another shot of amazing jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves from last weekend’s 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival. This one was made during the sound check and I love her expression of emotion as she sings even with the huge hall empty of an audience.