Here is another shot of Kurt Elling from last weekend’s 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival.
Thomas Marriott appeared last weekend at the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival with his Trio at the Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue. Thomas here waits as the great organist L. Ron Weinstein, wearing a tie, does his solo on the Hammond B-3 organ
Here is a shot of jazz vocalist Greta Matassa who appeared last weekend at the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival.
The Bill Anschell Tiro who appeared last weekend at the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival performed at the Bellevue Grill to a packed house.
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Here are some more images form The Bellevue Jazz Festival 2009 this past weekend starting with the SRJO.
Jay Thomas on trumpet.
Hadley Caliman on saxophone.
Randy Halberstadt on piano.
About The SRJO
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece big band is made up of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area.
The SRJO is co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.
The SRJO’s extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde. This includes works by America’s most famous jazz composers, among them Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In addition, the SRJO’s repertoire grows each year as the ensemble adds previously unpublished works to its library.
Recovering jazz classics for performance by the ensemble is accomplished by co-director Michael Brockman, our region’s outstanding practitioner of the art of transcribing lost-to-print composition and arrangement, note for note, from vintage recordings.
The SRJO is made up of the Seattle area’s leading jazz instrumentalists, comprising an ethnically diverse group of young and veteran performers.
Trumpeter Jay Thomas has repeatedly been named best instrumentalist at Earshot’s annual Golden Ear awards and has recorded with Cedar Walton and Herb Ellis. Saxophonist Bill Ramsay is a touring veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra and the Benny Goodman bands. Saxophonist Hadley Caliman is a jazz faculty member at the Cornish College of the Arts, and a veteran of the bands of Freddie Hubbard and Earl Hines. Phil Sparks, named Earshot Musician of the Year in 1996, is the busiest bass player in Seattle. Saxophonist Mark Taylor is among the most in-demand young players in Seattle. Pianist Randy Halberstadt, another local headliner, serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts.
A Great History
The SRJO has brought internationally known guest soloists to join in its concerts, including trumpeters Clark Terry and Arturo Sandoval, saxophonists James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Kenny Hing, trombonist Slide Hampton, and singers Marlena Shaw, Ernie Andrews and Dee Daniels. In 2001, Quincy Jones conducted the SRJO at the Seattle Opera House in a performance of works he wrote for the Basie band and his own groups. The SRJO has played tribute concerts to Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Thelonious Monk.
Awards and Recognition
Named in “Best Jazz Concerts of 2006” by the Seattle Times
Named in “Best Recordings of 2006” by AudiophileAudition.com
Winner of 2005 Earshot Jazz Society Golden Ear Award for “NW Best Acoustic Jazz Ensemble”
Named in “Best Jazz Concerts of 2005” by the Seattle Times
Named in “Best of 2005” by Public Radio International�s Jazz After Hours
Winner of 1998 Earshot Jazz Society Golden Ear Award for “Concert of the Year”
Winner of 1999 and 2000 Starlight Award from the Kirkland Performance Center
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO), the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble was the final main act of the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center Sunday night.
It was a great festival this year and I have so many more photos to process and edit from the shows I have already posted as well as some of the other free shows over the course of the 3 day festival. I will continue to put them up here over the next week after a break for the Memorial Day holiday.
The main event of the Bellevue Jazz Festival’s Saturday night lineup was avant-garde jazz ensemble, Mingus Big Band which celebrated the music of the composer and bassist, Charles Mingus Saturday night at Meydenbauer Center . What a great performance and a good turnout for an amazingly great band. More photos from Friday and Saturday;s other concerts to come in the next few days.
More form all of the Bellevue
Happy Apple Featuring drummer Dave King playing Ballard Tuesday night at the Tractor Tavern
Happy Apple was smoking. The house was not packed so that means that many of you really missed out on another fantastic Earshot Jazz Special Concert presentation. Although it is great to be at the Tractor when it is packed and the crowd is swinging, A smaller crowd there is much more intimate and it seems the band can relate to eveyone more closely. I know I enjoyed it a lot. The rest of the copy below is excerpted from Earshot Magazine description of the group by Danielle Bias.
Named after the popular Fisher Price toy of the 1960s, the Minneapolis-based trio Happy Apple features saxophonist (and part-time keyboardist) Michael Lewis, electric bassist Erik Fratzke and drummer Dave King, best known for his work with the genre-bending group The Bad Plus. The band recently released its seventh CD, Back on Top (Sunny Side Records) and performed selections from that release as well as an eclectic mix of original compositions and re-imaginings of familiar and not-so-familiar jazz and rock tunes.
According to King, “Happy Apple formed in 1996. We bonded over a love of Albert Ayler and ‘Too Close for Comfort,’ or anything Ted Knight did for that matter.” Many readers will be old enough to remember the television sitcom ‘Too Close for Comfort,’ which ran original episodes from 1980 to 1983 and later evolved into The Ted Knight Show.
Hearing King’s reference to this cult television classic, it is not surprising to read in a recent New York Times review references to Happy Apple’s somewhat peculiar ability to “put you in mind of old TV themes: ‘Barney Miller,’ ‘Taxi,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’…as if the band members all grew up glued to the set but resumed listening to their Julius Hemphill records during the commercials.”
When the trio took the stage at the Tractor Tavern on May 19th, the audience was be prepared to cast off expectations of what it means for any modern-day band to fuse together jazz and rock. They also should have dismissed concerns about whether or not this task can be accomplished with sincerity to produce a favorable outcome. For there are very few bands out there, in any genre, as ferocious, engaging, entertaining, and yes, even as sincere as Happy Apple.
King writes a good chunk of the music the bands plays (besides Happy Apple and The Bad Plus, he also plays with an electronica/pop band called Halloween, Alaska). In the Twin Cities where King lives, he is a leader of a growing community of rock-influenced jazz musicians who often attract younger crowds that are not necessarily inclined towards jazz.
Ken Vandermark with the Ab Baars Trio
Here is another photo of Ken from last months concert at the Asian Art Museum. They really had a great thing going on there.
Joe Locke Wails on the vibes at the Nordic Heritage Museum on the final night of the Ballard Jazz Festival.
It was such a busy week that I have not had time to post these photos of the Joe Locke performance. What a concert. Sorry for the delay. Joe presented a stellar quintet featuring pianist Darrell Grant,trumpeter Thomas Marriott, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop.
One last shot of Corey on guitar
Soul- jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen opened with a quartet featuring organist Joe Doria, saxophonist Mark Taylor, and drummer Matt Jorgensen. What a great Festival. Matt Jorgensen and John Bishop worked their tails off to present another really enjoyable experience of jazz in the heart of Ballard the heart of Seattle. I can not wait to see what they come up with next year.
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Mats Gustafsson on Sax Thursday night at Poncho Performance Hall
I just wanted to post one more shot from the Thing concert last night. It was truly an amazing concert. An incredible amount of energy was expended up on that stage. Then next time they come back to Seattle try and get out and see them. Photo by photographer Daniel Sheehan who shoots weddings at A Beautiful Day Photography on weekends creating award winning wedding photojournalism
Peter Brotzmann Trio with Eric Revis & Nasheet WaitsPlayed Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College Tuesday evening. They were smashing. One of the last in the series of the Earshot Jazz Spring Series 2009 in April. Coming up on thursday is the final featuring The Thing Mats Gustasson – reeds Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – bass Paal Nilssen-Love – drums Norway’s most ferocious and refined improvisers. Also at Poncho Concert Hall. Tickets still available check out Earshot Jazz at Brown Paper Tickets.