CHAD MCCULLOUGH QUINTET

October 21st, 2009

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CHAD MCCULLOUGH and MARK TAYLOR live at Tula’s Tuesday night as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival turning in a wonderful evening of jazz.

The performance featured Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, winner of the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands, Mark Taylor (alto/soprano saxophones), Matt Jorgensen on drums, and Jeff Johnson (bass).
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Michal Vanoucek solos.
The Seattle trumpeter and educator, an artist deserving of greater exposure, performed in support of his acclaimed Origin release, Dark Wood, Dark Water.McCullough An integral part of the Seattle music scene, trumpeter Chad McCullough has finally begun to receive the wider exposure he deserves with the release of his debut Origin album, Dark Wood, Dark Water. The album featured Mark Taylor (alto/soprano saxophones), Geof Bradfield (tenor/soprano saxophones), Bill Anschell (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass), and John Bishop (drums).

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Matt Jorgensen on drums behind Mark and Chad.

Trio M

October 21st, 2009

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Trio M throughly entertained them in a playful good way  at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Tuesday night, as the Earshot Jazz Festival continues. Trio M is a collective of Mark Dresser (bass), Matt Wilson (drums), and Myra Melford (piano). Thanks to thrilling and unpredictable interplay, says Wilson, “the results are spiritually rewarding and remarkably fun to witness.” They were presented in association with Cornish College of the Arts.
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Back in 1993, Myra Melford related a story to critic Kevin Whitehead, where she remembered living as a child in a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Illinois. She remembered “weird stuff on the ceiling” and tons of light. “I used to walk around with a mirror in my hand and pretend I was walking on the ceiling,” she recalled. And that’s what will leap out first as Melford plays piano. Your world can be reversed, up becomes down. Clustered chords become long-fingered, steady vibrations. Likewise, an elongated harmonic line can almost explode as you hold it close. She can tussle, tumble, and thunder without ever seeming to leave a melody aside. Her avant-garde outness is a lyrical construct, something that opens the eyes when in reality it’s aimed at the ears. That’s Melford’s muse, the making of space in time, the creation of a landscape out of musical motion. Continue to read at Earshot Festival Guide

McTuff Trio

October 20th, 2009

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Joe Doria, on Hammond B-3, leads on McTuff Trio at Tula’s Monday night with a packed house and  funk and finesse from Joe and Andy Coe on guitar, and D’Vonne Lewis on drums.

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Featuring the Hammond organ wizardry of Joe Doria, the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar, and the great D’Vonne Lewis on drums, the McTuff Trio lays down thick, rich grooves with buoyancy and power. Beginning as an ode to some of the organ greats of soul jazz, including Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff, McTuff quickly took on its own identity. Powered by the collective musicianship, knowledge, and passion of its members, McTuff soon developed into a band that can command almost any audience. Fluctuating between deep funk and soft and surreal improvisation, from swinging soul to metal grind, the McTuff Trio promises to bring joy, excitement, and a wholly unique musical performance.

3rd Man

October 20th, 2009

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Drummer Han Bennink, left, one of Europe’s most singular jazz artists, teamed with Brooklyn-based accordionist Will Holshouser, and longtime colleague Michael Moore (sax)  and  performed some fast-paced and  witty improvisations reminiscent of the late, lamented Clusone Trio. The Chapel Performance  Space was packed and they were engrossed by the intriguing performance.

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The award-winning Roosevelt High School Jazz Ensemble played Monday night at the Triple Door. After opening the show with some of their own material  they were joined onstage with  the Matt Wilson Quartet.

Under the 23-year leadership of Scott Brown, the big band remains one of the best of its kind in the country. In 2008, for the second year in a row and third time overall, the band won top honors at the Essentially Ellington competition. The Roosevelt High School Jazz Ensemble is directed by Scott Brown with the assistance of Stuart MacDonald.

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Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Jeff Lederer (alto sax), Chris Lightcap (bass), ands MAtt Wilson, (drums) join the Roosevelt High School Jazz Ensemble on stage at the Triple Door.
“This Matt Wilson Quartet is dedicated to bringing the music to the people. We perform music that is not afraid to challenge andentertain. We have fun and so will you!” Such is the guiding philosophy of percussionist Matt Wilson’s longstanding and widely celebrated quartet.

I will post a lot more photos over the next couple of days in a gallery when I can process them.

Tarbaby Redux

October 19th, 2009

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Tarbaby was killing them at Tula’s on both Saturday and Sunday nights. The creative collective of Stacy Dillard (saxophone), Orrin Evans (piano), and one of the most exciting rhythm sections in jazz today – Nasheet Waits (drums) and Eric Revis (bass) – swings with reverence and reckless abandon. here are a couple more photos of the performance.

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Nasheet Waits during one of his drum solos Saturday night.

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Eric Revis on bass.

BYRON VANNOY’S MERIDIAN

October 19th, 2009

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Drummer Byron Vannoy’s Meridian opened for Miguel Zenón on Saturday night at the Triple Door.

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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.

Matt Wilson Quartet at SAM

October 18th, 2009

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Jeff Lederer (alto sax & bass clarinet), Kirk Knuffke (trumpet),  Chris Lightcap (bass), and Matt Wilson drummer perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival Sunday night at the Seattle Art Museum

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Matt and his band performed with spunk and energy, entertaining and stretching the limits. As Jason Parker reacted ” Holy crap, Matt Wilson is the total package. He and he quartet embody all that is good about jazz music. So glad I caught their show at Earshot Jazz Fest tonight.”

“This Matt Wilson Quartet is dedicated to bringing the music to the people. We perform music that is not afraid to challenge and entertain. We have fun and so will you!” Such is the guiding philosophy of percussionist Matt Wilson’s longstanding and widely celebrated quartet.
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Wilson’s playfulness and quirky sense of humor appear inseparable from the music itself. Wilson once explained his four children fully understand that the band is up there on stage playing in a sort of sandbox, just as they would. “There’s a deep sense of play in Matt Wilson’s quartet,” wrote Ben Ratliff of the New York Times. “It’s full of feints, slang, sentimentality and a peaceful lack of inhibition; its loose ensemble feeling has a grace born of practice… there’s a specific kind of gentle humor in this band, as there has been since its beginning, 13 years ago. The performance spills over with personality.”
Continue to read at Earshot Festival Guide

Allen Toussaint Quartet

October 18th, 2009

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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.

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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

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strong>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. “