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Sam Gray, the outstanding composer and arranger, leads a driving big band of his contemporary, younger Seattleites at the Triple Door, opening up for the third and last night of the Wayne Horvitz 20-year retrospective. Monday, November 3, Triple Door
Gray, a 2008 graduate of Garfield High School’s extraordinary jazz program, has also been a student of Wayne Horvitz’s for many years. Of Gray, who now is studying composition at Temple University in Philadelphia, Horvitz says: “Sam was one of a few students first at Washington Middle School and then with the Garfield band who studied improvisation with me – he’s a sax player – who also were interested in composition. By ninth and tenth grade he was bringing me really interesting charts, and by eleventh grade they were really great, really interesting. For example, he did an arrangement of ‘Caledonian Mission,’ off The Band’s Music from Big Pink, and also a They Might Be Giants tune. Plus a lot of originals. He was already pulling this off in eleventh and twelfth grade. When he gets out he’s going to be a force of nature.”

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Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Doug Wieselman

November 4th, 2008


Doug Wieselman playing with Robin Holcomb: Larks, They Crazy Sunday, November 2, Seattle Art Museum

Robin Holcomb shared the bill with Horvitz/Miles/Previte Trio Sunday night. Her playing and singing were a special treat. I was lulled and then moved in some of the more stirring pieces. The pianist/composer/singer performed a reprise of her 1989 landmark Sound Aspects release, Larks, They Crazy. The album featured many of the top-working musicians in New York, including Horvitz, Previte, Marty Ehrlich, Doug Wieselman, and David Hofstra. Like Todos Santos, the album gathered much attention upon its release. Featuring some truly ambitious music, the drama of her compositions well deserves revisiting. Mark Dery of The New York Times wrote: “Ms. Holcomb has done something remarkable here: she has created a new American regionalism, spun from many threads – country rock, minimalism, Civil War songs, Baptist hymns, Appalachian folk tunes, even the polytonal music of Charles Ives. The music that results is as elegantly simple as a Shaker quilt, and no less beautiful.”
Holcomb was joined on stage here by the expansive, irrepressible Skerik on tenor saxophone, old New York friend Doug Wieselman on alto, D’Vonne Lewis on drums, and Geoff Harper on bass.

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

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

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Robin Holcomb

November 4th, 2008


Robin Holcomb: Larks, They Crazy Sunday, November 2, Seattle Art Museum

Robin Holcomb shared the bill with Horvitz/Miles/Previte Trio Sunday night. Her playing and singing were a special treat. I was lulled and then moved in some of the more stirring pieces. The pianist/composer/singer  performed a reprise of her 1989 landmark Sound Aspects release, Larks, They Crazy. The album featured many of the top-working musicians in New York, including Horvitz, Previte, Marty Ehrlich, Doug Wieselman, and David Hofstra. Like Todos Santos, the album gathered much attention upon its release. Featuring some truly ambitious music, the drama of her compositions well deserves revisiting. Mark Dery of The New York Times wrote: “Ms. Holcomb has done something remarkable here: she has created a new American regionalism, spun from many threads – country rock, minimalism, Civil War songs, Baptist hymns, Appalachian folk tunes, even the polytonal music of Charles Ives. The music that results is as elegantly simple as a Shaker quilt, and no less beautiful.”
Holcomb was joined on stage here by the expansive, irrepressible Skerik on tenor saxophone, old New York friend Doug Wieselman on alto, D’Vonne Lewis on drums, and Geoff Harper on bass.

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

<Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations and also a Seattle wedding photographer with an unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning Seattle wedding photography and wedding photojournalism among Seattle wedding photographers.

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Wayne Horvitz

November 3rd, 2008


Wayne Horvitz plays with Pigpen & Zony Mash w/ Horns Saturday, November 1 Tractor Tavern

Kicking off the 20-year retrospective of Seattle resident and master composer/
keyboardist Wayne Horvitz is the recreation of two of his most exciting ensembles – Pigpen and Zony Mash with Horns.
Pigpen marked the beginning of a long-term music partnership between Horvitz and alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss. The band also featured bassist Fred Chalenor and drummer Mike Stone, and between 1992 and 1996, Pigpen released four full lengths and one live album as it toured rock clubs across the Pacific Northwest, though it also visited Canada, the east coast, and Europe. As Jeff Daniel described in Pandemonium, “If I had to guess what this was, without looking at the press kit, I would probably say something like, four guys locked into a studio with all this gear, lots of food, LSD, some pot, and a madman with something new to prove. This one’s a keeper!”
Performing “modern electric jazz-funk at its finest” (Jazz Times), Zony Mash made its debut in 1995 as the unofficial house band at the OK Hotel in Seattle. Guided by Horvitz’s unique compositional and harmonic sensibilities, Zony Mash explored psychedelic rock, the blues, and outer space as it released several albums to great critical acclaim. While the initial line-up featured Wayne Horvitz on Hammond B-3 and keyboards, Timothy Young on guitar, Fred Chalenor on bass (later replaced by Keith Lowe), and Andy Roth on drums, Zony Mash will here be augmented by a superb horn section, adding more depth and excitement to an already thrilling ensemble: Ron Miles, cornet; Briggan Krauss, Doug Wieselman, Skerik, saxophones; and Steve Moore, trombone.

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

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Briggan Krauss

November 3rd, 2008


Briggan Krauss plays with Pigpen & Zony Mash w/ Horns Saturday, November 1
Tractor Tavern

Kicking off the 20-year retrospective of Seattle resident and master composer/
keyboardist Wayne Horvitz is the recreation of two of his most exciting ensembles – Pigpen and Zony Mash with Horns.
Pigpen marked the beginning of a long-term music partnership between Horvitz and alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss. The band also featured bassist Fred Chalenor and drummer Mike Stone, and between 1992 and 1996, Pigpen released four full lengths and one live album as it toured rock clubs across the Pacific Northwest, though it also visited Canada, the east coast, and Europe. As Jeff Daniel described in Pandemonium, “If I had to guess what this was, without looking at the press kit, I would probably say something like, four guys locked into a studio with all this gear, lots of food, LSD, some pot, and a madman with something new to prove. This one’s a keeper!”
Performing “modern electric jazz-funk at its finest” (Jazz Times), Zony Mash made its debut in 1995 as the unofficial house band at the OK Hotel in Seattle. Guided by Horvitz’s unique compositional and harmonic sensibilities, Zony Mash explored psychedelic rock, the blues, and outer space as it released several albums to great critical acclaim. While the initial line-up featured Wayne Horvitz on Hammond B-3 and keyboards, Timothy Young on guitar, Fred Chalenor on bass (later replaced by Keith Lowe), and Andy Roth on drums, Zony Mash will here be augmented by a superb horn section, adding more depth and excitement to an already thrilling ensemble: Ron Miles, cornet; Briggan Krauss, Doug Wieselman, Skerik, saxophones; and Steve Moore, trombone.

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

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Larry Ochs

November 3rd, 2008


Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core Saturday, November 1, Seattle Art Museum

ROVA’s Larry Ochs leads an all-star ensemble consisting of percussionists Scott Amendola and Don Robinson
and special guests from Tokyo, pianist Satoko Fujii and her trumpeter husband, Natsuki Tamura. Together they perform what they describe as “a meditation on and a 21st-century distillation
of the songs of American and eastern-European blues-shouters, and of traditional chant-singers from Asia and Africa.”
This is music loaded with playful musical dialogue and melodic, polyrhythmic
exchanges. At once thunderous
and subtle, sweet and dramatic, Larry Ochs Drum Core offers, as one critic wrote, “everything great music should offer: true emotions, adventure, variation, interplay, tension, surprise, and entertainment.” Augmented here by the wildly-creative Fujii, one of the most original voices on her instrument, and the equally-compelling Tamura, this special performance will feature both familiar and unfamiliar musical dialects presented in a concert like none other.

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

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura

November 3rd, 2008

Natsuki Tamura on trumpet with Satoko Fujii playing with Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core
Saturday, November 1, Seattle Art Museum

ROVA’s Larry Ochs leads an all-star ensemble consisting of percussionists Scott Amendola and Don Robinson and special guests from Tokyo, pianist Satoko Fujii and her trumpeter husband, Natsuki Tamura. Together they perform what they describe as “a meditation on and a 21st-century distillation
of the songs of American and eastern-European blues-shouters, and of traditional chant-singers from Asia and Africa.”
This is music loaded with playful musical dialogue and melodic, polyrhythmic
exchanges. At once thunderous and subtle, sweet and dramatic, Larry Ochs Drum Core offers, as one critic wrote, “everything great music should offer: true emotions, adventure, variation, interplay, tension, surprise, and entertainment.” Augmented here by the wildly-creative Fujii, one of the most original voices on her instrument, and the equally-compelling Tamura, this special performance will feature both familiar and unfamiliar musical dialects presented in a concert like none other.

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

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio

November 3rd, 2008



Marcin Wasilewski
Saturday, November 1, Triple Door

One of the most refreshing ensembles in contemporary jazz, the piano trio of Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and Michal Miskiewicz have come a long way since its formation in Poland fifteen years ago. Having developed at the young age of sixteen what would be a long-standing relationship with compatriot and acclaimed-trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, Wasilewski, and his trio, has exhibited incredible growth that has been tangible nearly every step of the way. Contributing greatly to several of Stańko’s most sublime records, and now seeking success as an autonomous unit, the Wasilewski Trio is a force on the international jazz scene, and it is certain to bring something remarkable to Seattle.
As Wasilewski reported to All About Jazz, “The music is always evolving; I don’t know when it will stop, but I hope never.” Similarly, Stańko testified that “in the entire history of Polish jazz we’ve never had a band like this one. They just keep getting better and better.” Indeed, with invigorating energy, demonstrated sensitivity and communicativeness, and a great love for adventure, the Wasilewski Trio comes to Seattle at the peak of its power – thus far.

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

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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James Moody

November 3rd, 2008


Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with James Moody

Saturday, November 1, Nordstrom Recital Hall/Benaroya Hall
Sunday, November 2, Kirkland Performance Center

Saxophonist, flautist, NEA Jazz Master,
and American institution James Moody teams up with the star-studded
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-led by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman, to explore the rich history of Moody’s work.
Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Moody took up the alto saxophone as teenager. In 1946, he joined the seminal Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, during which time he developed his improvisational skills and composed an impressive repertoire of work. He also appeared regularly with and wrote music for Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, and Oscar Peterson, among many other jazz luminaries.
Consistently ranked as one of the leading jazz artists of our time, Moody’s compositions reflect a resonance and wit that honor his bebop roots while blazing new musical paths. Today he is considered one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece band is made up of the region’s leading jazz instrumentalists, both young and old. Committed to presenting the great works of jazz, the SRJO’s repertoire is drawn from the past 100 years of jazz history, including works by Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. With this concert they continue this tradition by performing the compositions of James Moody.

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Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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James Moody & Bill Cosby

November 3rd, 2008

James Moody and Bill Cosby
A funny thing happened at the Nordstrom Recital Hall last night. I was there to photograph the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performing with special guest NEA Jazz Master James Moody on sax and before it could start Bill Cosby sauntered out on stage to give his own surprise special performance. He was set to appear next door at Benaroya Hall and had a little extra time so he wandered backstage to see his old friend James.
He came out and with a little instruction to the orchestra he sat down at the piano and started to play Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train”. He was a big hit and the orchestra and audience loved it.
Afterwards James Moody came out and they told a story about Moody’s 50th birthday they were performing together in Las Vegas but Moody didnt tell it right so Cosby had to retell it.
It cracked everyone up. What a special Earshot Jazz Festival moment.

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

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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