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Jazz Photography

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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.

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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.

 

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Allen Toussaint Quartet

I have just posted this photo and another one of Allen Toussaint over on the new address for EyeShotJazz at EyeShotJazz.com. 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 EyeShotJazz.com. Also look for coverage of the Matt Wilson Quartet from tonight at SAM.

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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.
Continue to read at Earshot Festival Guide

Photography by photographers in Seattle  Daniel Sheehan Photography, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations and a wedding photographer in Seattle with a story-telling approach creating award-winning award-winning wedding photography.

 


MIGUEL ZENÓN QUINTET

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Miguel Zenon was smokin at the Triple Door with his quintet. More pictures to come.

“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 his second appearance during Earshot’s opening weekend. The members of the Esta Plena Quinet include the thoughtful pianist Luis Perdomo, dynamic bassist Hans Glawischnig, standout drummer Henry Cole, and the exciting percussionist and vocalist Tito Matos.

Drummer Byron Vannoy’s Meridian opens for Zenón. A local jazz fusion outfit, the band features Vannoy and several other talented artists, including Chris Symer on bass, Kacey Evans on the keyboard, Chris Spencer on guitar, and Eric Barber on saxophones. In 2008, Meridian won the Golden Ear Award for NW Recording of the Year. ”
I have just posted this photo over on the new address for EyeShotJazz at EyeShotJazz.com. Please go there and reset your book mark to get more extensive coverage of the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival.
{I will still post a few photos here for the next week or so. Please be sure to migrate over to the new site not to miss any coverage. Posting to both blogs is twice the work.

Photography by photographer in Seattle  Daniel Sheehan Photography, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations and  photographers in Seattle with a story-telling approach creating  prize-winning wedding photography.

 


Earshot Jazz Festival Opening Night

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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.
I have just posted a gallery of 15 photos from the Garfield H.S. performance with Miguel Zenon over on the new home for EyeShotJazz at EyeShotJazz.com. Please go there and reset your book mark to get more extensive coverage of the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival.
I will still post some photos here for the next week or so. I would like to be sure everyone will migrate over to the new site eventually.

Photography by photographer in Seattle  Daniel Sheehan Photography, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations and a bridal portrait photographers in Seattle with a story-telling approach creating  award-winning wedding photography.

 


Garfield HS Band Opens 2009 Earshot Jazz festival

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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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I will still post some more here for the next week or so just to be sure everyone will migrate over to the new site.

Photography by photographer in Seattle  Daniel Sheehan Photography, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations and a bridal portrait photographers in Seattle with a story-telling approach creating  award-winning wedding photography.

 

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2nd Century Savage

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A lot of you missed a really good show tonight at the final concert of the July concert series Jazz: The Second Century at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. It turned out not to be as hot as it was last night. There was a cool breeze drafting in the windows as the Good Shepherd Center sits on top of a hill and the space is on the 4th floor with a view of the sun setting over the Olympics.
The duo put on an interesting program mixing live instruments with electronic. I recommend checking them out the next time.

2nd Century Savage is saxophonist, flutist, and composer John C. Savage with electronica artist, vusac (aka Isaac Peachin). Their mission, they say, is to expand the definition of jazz to include electronic instruments and live production techniques in tandem with contemporary jazz improvisation. The results are haunting, transporting, and strikingly novel. Their performances give the impression of swirling planes of sound, some melodic and familiar, some protean and mysterious, folding through untold dimensions of space and the mind.

They say: “Although we are a duo, we have the potential to suspend a single note in space, or to summon the power of an orchestral wall of sound. We achieve this dynamic range with interactive software sampling, effect processors, and virtuosic instrumental technique.”
Vusac, who arrived in Seattle recently from Brooklyn, was a founding member of the electro-rock combo Lution where he developed a transporting style of acoustic collage locked down by drum-and-bass grooves. He pulled material from TV and online media and created a trance-inducing sense of collective unconscious.

John C. Savage has won high praise for his performances from his performances from such publications as Down Beat, which called his flue sound “yearning”; The Guardian (UK), which praised his “exquisite” soloing; and Willamette Week (Portland), which called him “an extremely thoughtful and rigorous improviser” and “a badass, knock-down-drag-out force.” A PhD candidate in flute performance and improvisation at New York University who also teaches at Western Oregon University, Savage collaborates often with musicians, poets, dancers, painters, and technologists. He has performed and recorded with the late, great jazz pianist, Andrew Hill, and with the Kitsune Ensemble, his duo Cartridge with Will Redmond (aka BlipVert), Groove Revelation, The Savage 3, and poet Claudia F. Manz.

More photos to come in a day or two.


Seattle Phonographers Union

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Seattle Phonographers Union in performance at the Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford on July 23.


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, a collective of Seattle sound artists who improvise from their libraries of field recordings from around the world gave an interesting performance Thursday night as part of the Earshot jazz  July series of concerts devoted to “Jazz: The Second Century”

The Seattle Phonographers Union credo is to forego processing their raw sound materials with software and hardware, and instead to strive to create compelling juxtapositions of everyday and esoteric sounds to arrive at surreal soundscapes. So, they say, “a flock of pigeons may alight near water and distant temple bells while a long wire fence shimmers and thwaps in the wind.”
The members of the group are Steve Barsotti, Pete Comley, Christopher DeLaurenti, Doug Haire, Susie Kozawa, Dale Lloyd, Perri Lynch, Robert Millis, Toby Paddock, Steve Peters, and Jonathan Way. Barsotti explains the group’s relation to jazz: “While the SPU may sonically sound distant from the traditional jazz intrumentarium, our unusual approach honors the core of jazz and all improvised music: listening.” They proceed without a predetermined format, scores, charts, or even cues. “Collectively, we wait and listen,” says Barsotti. “Without conferring, we trust our ears to listen to ourselves and each other, fashioning immediate juxtapositions, gradual contrasts, and subtle layers.”The uncanny results are strangely provocative. And, as Barsotti says, “some members do not believe what we make is music; others within the SPU stoutly do.” More: http://accretions.com/catalog/phonographersunioin.aspSeattle 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  wedding photographers blog.


Garfield High School Jazz Band


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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 www.earshot.org.

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.


Jazz Photos – Mingus Big Band

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Here are some more shots of the fantastic Mingus Big Band who appeared last weekend at the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival with a description of them from their website at http://mingusmingusmingus.com/:
“The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, who died in 1979. Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, this 14-piece band performed Thursday nights from 1991 to 2004 at the Fez under Time Cafe in New York City, occasionally alternating with the Charles Mingus Orchestra. From November 2004 to September 2008, the big band had a residency at Iridium Jazz Club and in October 2008 moved to Monday residency at Jazz Standard. The Mingus Big Band tours extensively in the United States and abroad, and has eight recordings to its credit, six of which have been nominated for Grammys.

Regulars currently appearing in the 14-piece band:
3 Trumpets: Randy Brecker, Earl Gardner, Alex Sipiagin, Lew Soloff, Tatum Greenblatt, Ryan Kisor, Kenny Rampton, Jack Walrath, Sean Jones
3 Trombones: Conrad Herwig, Andy Hunter, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Earl McIntyre, Dave Taylor, Robin Eubanks, Joe Fiedler, Clark Gayton
5 Saxophones: Vincent Herring, Seamus Blake, Abraham Burton, Wayne Escoffery, Donny McCaslin, Mark Gross, Craig Handy, Jason Marshall, Lauren Sevian, Jaleel Shaw, Steve Slagle, Ronnie Cuber, David Lee Jones
Piano: Orrin Evans, David Kikoski, Helen Sung, George Colligan, Kenny Drew Jr.
Bass: Boris Kozlov, Hans Glawischnig, Andy McKee, Joe Martin, Ugonna Okegwo, Dwayne Burno
Drums: Donald Edwards, Gene Jackson, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Adam Cruz ”

 

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New Age Flamenco

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New Age Flamenco also played on the first day of the 2009 Bellevue JAzz Festival at the Bellevue Grille with some lively Latin jazz.


Jon Hamar Trio

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Bassist Jon Hamar led a wonderful trio at the Vertigo Lounge & Grill on Friday the first day of the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival


Jose Gonzales Trio

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Jose Gonzales Trio performed on Friday at the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival and delivered a  spicy blend of funk, swing, and pop.