Mark Taylor Quartet

October 28th, 2008

Mark Taylor Quartet Monday, October 27, Tula’s Restaurant
The scene at Tulas with alto saxophonist Mark Taylor, always a standout, celebrating his new CD release, as part of Earshot Jazz Festival.
A Seattle native and resident, Taylor is one of the most in-demand saxophonists in the Pacific Northwest. He formed his quartet with Los Angeles-based pianist Gary Fukushima fifteen years after they met as music students at the University of Washington, where the pair studied together before Taylor left to attend the Manhattan School of Music. In New York, Taylor earned not just his master’s degree, but a regular spot in the front row of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the house band that plays Monday nights at the famous Greenwich Village club. In 2000 he returned to Seattle, where he and Fukushima, along with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Byron Vannoy, recorded their first album together as the Mark Taylor Quartet. The group is now known throughout the Emerald City for its invigorating performances.
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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Mark Taylor

October 28th, 2008

Mark Taylor Quartet Monday, October 27, Tula’s Restaurant
Celebrating his new CD release, alto saxophonist Mark Taylor, always a standout, becomes more seasoned and more compelling with each year.
A Seattle native and resident, Taylor is one of the most in-demand saxophonists
in the Pacific Northwest. He formed his quartet with Los Angeles-based pianist Gary Fukushima fifteen years after they met as music students at the University of Washington, where the pair studied together before Taylor left to attend the Manhattan School of Music. In New York, Taylor earned not just his master’s degree, but a regular spot in the front row of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the house band that plays Monday nights at the famous Greenwich Village club. In 2000 he returned to Seattle, where he and Fukushima,
along with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Byron Vannoy, recorded their first album together as the Mark Taylor Quartet. The group is now known throughout the Emerald City for its invigorating performances.

Click here for the complete schedule for the rest of the upcoming shows at the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival

Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Greg Campbell

October 28th, 2008


Gust Burns & Greg Campbell Duo – Monday, October 27, Chapel Performance Space


Opening the evening’s very interesting and intriguing concert was Seattle’s own sonic adventurers Gust Burns (piano, altered keyboards) and Gregory Campbell (percussion, French horn). Burns strives to discover new routes to improvisation on the piano, developing alternative narrative approaches and extended techniques. Citing both the American and European avant-garde lineages, traditional American jazz, and the popular music he grew up with as major influences, Burns has developed a unique and engrossing musical perspective and is also keen on exploring how music functions within a greater socio-political context. He also directs the Seattle Improvised Music Festival. Greg Campbell is a percussionist with a wide range of interests, as is demonstrated by a list of his former teachers—bassists Dave Holland and Cecil McBee, drummer Bob Moses, and Ghanaian palmwine guitarist Koo Nimo, among many others. A life-long student, Campbell also teaches at Cascadia Community College and online for Boston University. Longtime colleagues, Burns and Campbell promise to deliver an exciting and intellectually-stimulating evening of improvisations.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

 

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Gust Burns

October 28th, 2008


Gust Burns & Greg Campbell Duo – Monday, October 27, Chapel Performance Space

Opening the evening’s very interesting and intriguing concert was Seattle’s own sonic adventurers Gust Burns (piano, altered keyboards) and Gregory Campbell (percussion, French horn). Burns strives to discover new routes to improvisation on the piano, developing alternative narrative approaches and extended techniques. Citing both the American and European avant-garde lineages, traditional American jazz, and the popular music he grew up with as major influences, Burns has developed a unique and engrossing musical perspective and is also keen on exploring how music functions within a greater socio-political context. He also directs the Seattle Improvised Music Festival. Greg Campbell is a percussionist with a wide range of interests, as is demonstrated by a list of his former teachers—bassists Dave Holland and Cecil McBee, drummer Bob Moses, and Ghanaian palmwine guitarist Koo Nimo, among many others. A life-long student, Campbell also teaches at Cascadia Community College and online for Boston University. Longtime colleagues, Burns and Campbell promise to deliver an exciting and intellectually-stimulating evening of improvisations.

 

Click here for the complete schedule for the rest of the upcoming shows at the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival

Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

 

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Georg Graewe

October 28th, 2008


Georg Graewe Monday, October 27, Chapel Performance Space

A wonderful solo piano performance, engaging and transporting. German pianist Georg Graewe returned once again to the Earshot Jazz Festival for a thrilling solo recital. One of the avant-garde’s leading lights, Graewe has in recent years found himself equally comfortable performing as part of the vibrant Chicago scene, as he does at home in Cologne. Known for his unique blending of jazz, classical, and improvised music, Graewe’s solo efforts are complex and wholly-compelling affairs. He has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Barry Guy, Mats Gustafsson, Dave Douglas, Frank Gratkowski, Paul Lovens, Marilyn Crispell, and Evan Parker, among others, he and also runs his own record label, Random Acoustics.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

 

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Cecil Taylor's Socks

October 27th, 2008


Cecil Taylor’s Socks as he performed at Town Hall Sunday Oct 26th
I photographed Cecil Taylor last night at Town Hall. He was appearing as part of the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival. His music was sublime and transporting. it took me to a different universe. But what would bring me back to earth was looking at his socks as he played.
For more than half a century Taylor has pursued his own musical path with the utmost integrity and determination. Composing for and directing unique large ensembles, working in any number
of his well-established small groups, or performing in the solo piano setting which he has mastered, the consistent theme of Taylor’s storied life has been the extraordinary nature of his work.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Cecil Taylor

October 27th, 2008


Cecil Taylor at Town Hall Sunday Oct 26th


With uncompromising vision and sheer force of expression, pianist Cecil Taylor has redefined the parameters of jazz improvisation and composition. Since his remarkable 1956 debut, Taylor’s demanding music has alternately alienated and thrilled audiences, establishing him both as one of the great innovators of jazz music and among the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Featured here at Town Hall Seattle, this special solo performance marked a rare opportunity to experience the incomparable piano legend and NEA Jazz Master in an intimate and respectful environment.
Born in Long Island in 1929, Taylor began playing piano at the age of six at the behest of his mother, and he later studied music formally at the New York College of Music and the New England Conservatory. In the early 1950s Taylor worked in R&B and swing ensembles, including a brief stint in Johnny Hodge’s quintet. In the mid-1950s Taylor formed his first ensemble with Steve Lacy, Dennis Charles, and Buell Neidlinger, which then recorded Taylor’s 1956 debut, Jazz Advance. Half a century after its release Jazz Advance remains one of the most extraordinary debuts in jazz, and it is an early indication of the direction Taylor’s music, and indeed the whole of what would become the jazz avant-garde movement, would pursue.
Although a residency at the Five Spot in New York gained him moderate critical attention and a bold reputation, Taylor lived in poverty and supported himself as a dishwasher when he was unable to find venues to host his music. After joining with altoist Jimmy Lyons and drummer Sonny Murray, however, Taylor toured Scandinavia in the winter of 1962-63, and recorded the dramatic live sets that later became Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has Come. Working both within and outside of the jazz tradition, Taylor’s new trio seemed to leave tonality and traditional rhythmic forms behind, while also displaying Taylor’s utterly astonishing musical technique. Critics have pointed out the purely-percussive elements of Taylor’s playing, with some likening his keyboard to “88 tuned drums.” Taylor, however, has famously remarked that he has merely attempted to “imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.” Also an accomplished poet, he often incorporates his writing into performances.
For more than half a century Taylor has pursued his own musical path with the utmost integrity and determination. Composing for and directing unique large ensembles, working in any number of his well-established small groups, or performing in the solo piano setting which he has mastered, the consistent theme of Taylor’s storied life has been the extraordinary nature of his work.

Click here for the complete schedule for the rest of the upcoming shows at the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival

Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Eldar Trio

October 27th, 2008


Eldar Djangirov played the Triple Door Sunday Oct 26th
Postbop piano-prodigy Eldar Djangirov, originally from Kyrgyzstan, has awed the jazz world since coming onto the music scene. After being discovered at the age of nine, Eldar and his family moved to the United States, and just two years later he was a featured performer on Marian McPartland’s radio program, Piano Jazz. Since then he has recorded five albums, signed with a major label, and earned a Grammy nomination for his 2007 album, re-imagination. Along the way he has worked with many of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, including John Patitucci, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, and Chris Botti. Now 21, Eldar continues to impress both audiences and critics with his dazzling pyrotechnics, structural maturity, and forward-looking compositions.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Nancy King & Steve Christofferson the Triple Door Sunday Oct 26th


 The incomparable pairing of distinctive jazz vocalist Nancy King and pianist/com poser Steve Christoff erson played at the Triple door Sunday night as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. In the 30 years they’ve been en-tandem, the duo has performed throughout the world, taught at jazz workshops, and recorded three studio albums, including the fan favorite Dreamlands. A native of Springfield, Oregon, King came of age in the San Francisco jazz scene of the 1960s. There she worked with Sonny King, Vince Guaraldi, John Handy, Sonny Donaldson, and Flip Nunez, and became a student of Jon Hendricks of the famed vocal group Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. Since then, King has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, France, Bulgaria, and Israel and has worked with the likes of Ray Brown, Jack Sheldon, Frank Strazzeri, John Stowell, and Karrin Allyson. Known for her masterful scatting and elastic range, King creates engaging and innovative performances that are filled with emotion and humor. “Her singing flies between our ears with a certainty of inevitable rightness that is at least… simply thrilling,” raves fellow vocalist Mark Murphy. Washington-based Christofferson began his musical explorations as a guitarist and vocalist in garage bands, and only later, during the late 1970s, did he begin working as a pianist. He excels at accompanying vocalists and has worked with Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson, and Mia Nicholson, with whom he toured China in 2004. In addition to his long-standing collaboration with King, Christoff erson regularly performs and records with his group Skol Brothers, an eclectic quintet that features his compositions.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

 

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Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory

October 26th, 2008


John Moon delivers his words over the music of Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory group on stage at Tulas Sat Oct 25th

Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory blends “contemporary funk, groove and hip-hop into jazz with such seamless, casual precision it’s almost freaky.” (LA Weekly). Keyboardist Milne’s gifted ensemble includes poet John Moon, saxophonist Loren Stillman, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer Kenny Grohowski. Influenced by Joni Mitchell, KRS One, Thelonious Monk, and Van Halen, Dapp Theory has amassed a loyal following of fans. Milne, a finalist in the Down Beat rising star keyboardist poll category in 2004, was awarded the Chamber Music America “New Works” commission in 2006. Milne’s band mates, who also have impressive
resumes, have worked with some of the top names in jazz today. Established in 1998, Dapp Theory has released three albums, including Layers of Chance on Contrology Records last April.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

 

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