happyapple-2Happy 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.
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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.”

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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.

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Bellevue Jazz Festival is Coming May 22 – 24
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Photos courtsey of Bellevue jazz Festival
The Bellevue Jazz Festival is coming up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the second year in a row. It is diverse offering of artists, both well-known and novices, all taking place in downtown Bellevue. Featured artists for this years festival will be Dianne Reeves Strings Attached, the Mingus Big Band, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Danilo Perez, and Mose Allison Trio.

I will be doing the jazz photography for the Festival this year for the first time and will post my jazz photographs photos here from every concert. I will try and get at least one photo up here on the same night after I get home. I look forward to the challenge of shooting a lot then filing the photos. It reminds me of the days when I worked for New York Newsday and had to cover the Knicks or Yankees and then drive back to the office, process my film and then edit and make a print on deadline. Seeing it on the cover at the news stands the next morning was a great reward. Now it feels the same when I see how many people come to check out my jazz photography.

Bellevue’s jazz festival history dates back to 1978 when the City of Bellevue first hosted the Bellevue Jazz Festival at Bellevue Community College. Honoring this tradition and bringing jazz back in festival form is a primary aim of the Bellevue Downtown Association. To accomplish this, the BDA has brought together a cast of more than 20 jazz experts to help guide programming for the festival.

Since 1974, the BDA has produced major arts and cultural community events, in addition to advocacy work on behalf of members, all to advance Downtown Bellevue as the economic and cultural heart of the Eastside.
The BJF starts the Friday before Memorial Day and runs through Sunday, competing with one of Seattle’s most popular and longest-running musical events, the Northwest Folklife Festival. The BJF has committed itself to a three-year run. It has yet to make money but is convinced it is on the right track to becoming a viable event.

The headline acts, which includes the addition of the hometown Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, will perform in the Meydenbauer Center. Tickets for individual concerts range from $20 to $85. Ticket packages that allow you to see an entire day’s worth of performances or the entire weekend’s lineup range from $99 to $199.
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BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL RISING STARS

The 2009 festival also marks the launch of a program to celebrate and help develop emerging jazz students. Working with a team of noted educators, the festival will present a unique high school player invitational program called the Bellevue Jazz Festival Rising Stars.

Rising Stars offers promising students from the Seattle metropolitan region the unique opportunity to rehearse with noted area musicians in a workshop environment, and then perform in a professional setting as part of the festival.

The Bellevue Jazz Festival invited 50 high school band directors from Washington State to nominate students for Rising Stars. Nominated students applied and auditioned for the program, and a panel of Rising Stars program advisors selected players to form three six-member ensembles. The ensembles rehearsed under the direction of three professional musicians from the local area. Rehearsals were hosted and facilitated by Music Works Northwest.

The Bellevue Jazz Festival Rising Stars program will culminate at the Bellevue Jazz Festival, Sunday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. with a live performance by the ensembles at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, as an opening act for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

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2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival Featured Artists

Friday, May 22
3:15 PM
Sammamish High School Jazz Combo

Bellevue Arts Museum [ FREE ]

Student Showcase – Jazz Combo
4:00 PM
Jose Gonzales Trio

Grand Cru Wine Shop & Bar at TEN20 [ FREE ]

A spicy blend of funk, swing, and pop
4:30 PM
Newport High School Jazz Combo

Bellevue Arts Museum [ FREE ]

Student Showcase – Jazz Combo
5:00 PM
Jon Hamar Trio

Vertigo Lounge & Grill [ FREE ]

Jazz bass
5:30 PM
New Age Flamenco

Bellevue Grille [ FREE ]

Latin jazz
5:45 PM
Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Combo

Bellevue Arts Museum [ FREE ]

Student Showcase – Jazz Combo
7:00 PM
Trish Hatley Trio

El Gaucho Bellevue [ FREE ]

Jazz vocalist
7:00 PM
Kurt Elling

Theatre at Meydenbauer Center [ Buy tickets ]
Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling is widely known as the preeminent young male jazz singer today. On Nightmoves (2007), his brilliant debut for Concord Records and seventh outing overall, Elling artfully blends his rich baritone voice with signature scatting and virtuosic vocalese in a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes … [ more ]
9:00 PM
Dianne Reeves Strings Attached

Meydenbauer Center (Center Hall) [ Buy tickets ]
Dianne Reeves Strings Attached

Recognized as one of the premier vocalists in the world, four-time GRAMMY® winner, Dianne Reeves, is one of the most significant singers in jazz. … [ more ]
10:30 PM
Music Works Jazz Orchestra & Jam Session

Courtyard by Marriott-Downtown Bellevue [ FREE ]

Jam with members of the Music Works Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, May 23
12:30 PM
Bellevue High School Jazz Combo

Bellevue Arts Museum [ FREE ]

Student Showcase – Jazz Combo
2:00 PM
Danilo Perez

Theatre at Meydenbauer Center [ Buy tickets ]
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Perez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. … [ more ]
3:30 PM
Shorewood High School Jazz Combo

Bellevue Arts Museum [ FREE ]

Student Showcase – Jazz Combo
4:30 PM
Greta Matassa Quartet

Sherman Clay Pianos [ FREE ]

Jazz vocalist
4:45 PM
Ingraham High School Jazz Combo

Bellevue Arts Museum [ FREE ]

Student Showcase – Jazz Combo
5:30 PM
Bill Anschell Trio

Bellevue Grille [ FREE ]

Jazz pianist
7:00 PM
Trish Hatley Trio

El Gaucho Bellevue [ FREE ]

Jazz vocalist
7:00 PM
Patricia Barber

Theatre at Meydenbauer Center [ Buy tickets ]
Patricia Barber

The singular singer & pianist Patricia Barber last put her distinct stamp on a collection of standards with her acclaimed 2000 release Nightclub. Now Barber returns with The Cole Porter Mix (2008) … [ more ]
8:00 PM
Thomas Marriott Trio

Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue [ FREE ]

Trumpet artist
9:00 PM
Mingus Big Band

Meydenbauer Center (Center Hall) [ Buy tickets ]
Mingus Big Band

The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. … [ more ]
10:30 PM
Origin Records Jam Session

Courtyard by Marriott-Downtown Bellevue [ FREE ]

Jam with Origin Records artists: Bill Anschell on piano, Paul Gabrielson on bass and John Bishop on drums
Sunday, May 24
11:00 AM
Primo Kim Trio

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill [ FREE ]

Jazz pianist and vocalist
2:00 PM
Mose Allison Trio

Theatre at Meydenbauer Center [ Buy tickets ]
Mose Allison Trio

Mose John Allison Jr. was born in 1927 in Tippo, Mississippi, a cotton town in the Mississippi delta. By the time Mose was in grade school he was already composing boogie woogie tunes on the piano. … [ more ]
4:00 PM
Dave Peterson Trio

Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant [ FREE ]

Guitarist
7:00 PM
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plus The Festival’s Rising Stars

Theatre at Meydenbauer Center [ Buy tickets ]
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plus The Festival’s Rising Stars

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. … [ more ]
10:00 PM
Hadley Caliman Trio

Twisted Cork Wine Bar [ FREE ]

Jazz saxophonist

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Mark Taylor plays saxophone Tuesday noght at the Triple Door CD release party of Thomas Marriott new CD Flexicon.

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Bill Anschell
backed up Thomas on piano.
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Geoff Harper played bass

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John Bishop was on drums.

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Thomas played trumpet and fluegelhorn. It was a really good evening at the Triple Door.

Thomas Marriott

May 13th, 2009

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Thomas Marriott had a CD Release Party For His New Album “FLEXICON” tonight at the Triple Door

It was another fine performance by Thomas and his band introducing his new CD Flexicon. Backing him were Mark Taylor on saxophone, Bill Anschell, piano, Jeff Johnsonon bass and John Bishop on drums. I will put up some more photos from this great performance soon.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Peter Brotzmann  on clarinet at Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College Tuesday evening in a Earshot Jazz Spring Series 2009

brotzmann-trioHere are a couple more shots from the Brotzmann Trio concert.

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 Nasheet Waits was great on  drums. Really fantastic performance. The German sax giant teamed with young American jazz stars. Try and catch them next time they return to Seattle.  Photos by Seattle photographer  and wedding photojournalist Daniel Sheehan.

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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 Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan who shoots Seattle wedding photography on weekends creating award winning wedding photojournalism

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Mats Gustafsson Blows real hard in performance Thursday night at Poncho Performance Hall in the last of the April Earshot Jazz Spring Series Jazz which started out so long ago on February 25th with Bill Frisell and Russell Malone.

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The Thing– Norway’s most ferocious and refined improvisers are Gustafsson – reeds – Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – bass – Paal Nilssen-Love – drums.
What an amazing concert. It was so refreshing to see and hear them play. An incredible amount of energy was expended up on that stage. The photographs in these pages are by  Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist who also does Seattle wedding photography creating award winning wedding photojournalism . As a photographer with a rather new digital camera, I am beginning to experiment with the HD video capabilities of my Canon 5D Mark II and recorded some of this concert. 

Look forward to seeing some of it embedded into an upcoming blog. There is a small matter of editing the footage and getting it hosted and embedded here. It is stuff that may be old hat to some but is new to me. Just keep a look out for it. Seattle photographers in general may be ahead of the curve in this department.