Jason Parker Quartet at Lucid

October 25th, 2009

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Jason Parker Quartet at Lucid Saturday celebrating the release of their new CD No More, No Less in front of a standing room only crowd. Lots of cameras in the room to video and still. A great night. Nice to see so many people in such a great space.

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Evan Flory-Barnes on bass.

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Jason Parker on trumpet.

The Jason Parker Quartet’s second album, No More, No Less, was released at this special Lucid Jazz Lounge event. The JPQ is: Jason Parker (trumpet), Josh Rawlings (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums). They will be joined on stage, as they are on the album, by guest Cynthia Mullis (tenor saxophone). “No More, No Less” is the follow-up to the JPQ’s self-titled debut album from 2007. The new CD documents the growth the band has gone through during the past two years and illustrates the cohesive, passionate playing that prompted Earshot Jazz to call them “the next generation of Seattle Jazz.” More photos to come.

LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE is at  5241 University Way NE, Seattle

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Thomas Marriott  appeared last weekend at the 2009 Bellevue Jazz Festival with his Trio at the Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue. Thomas here waits as the great organist L. Ron Weinstein, wearing a tie, does his solo on the Hammond B-3 organ

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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.

Four Across

October 23rd, 2008

Josh Deutsch with Four Across at Tula’s Restaurant, Wednesday, October 22 & Thursday, October 23

One of the most promising jazz quartets now on the scene, Four Across makes its Earshot Jazz Festival debut presenting forward-thinking, sensitive jazz that blends folk melody, South American grooves, and New Orleans spirit. With Carmen Staaf on piano, Josh Deutsch on trumpet/flugelhorn, Kendall Eddy on bass, and Brian Adler on drums, this collection of New England Conservatory graduates, many with Seattle ties, released its first album, Four Across, earlier this year and is fresh off an east coast tour.

Trumpeter, composer, and fellow Seattleite, Josh Deutsch performs in a variety of musical settings, including the Josh Deutsch Quinet and Poisonous Birds, a quintet that specializes in jazz/rock/funk fusion. While at NEC he studied with Danilo Perez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase, and Lee Hyla, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in jazz performance and composition at the University of Oregon.

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

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Cuong Vu Trio

September 29th, 2008

Another highlight was the performance of the Cuong Vu Trio.

Few young trumpeters inspire as much
excitement as the deliciously melodic Cuong
Vu. While collaborating with such varied
artists as Laurie Anderson, David Bowie,
Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Cibo Matto,
Mitchell Froom, Chris Speed, Bill Frisell,
and Pat Metheny, Vu has grown into a
heralded composer and bandleader in his
own right.
Drummer Ted Poor and electric bassist
Stomu Takeishi round out the Cuong Vu
Trio. Th e former swings, rocks, and impro-
vises with a facility that belies his mere 25
years. As for Takeishi, Pat Metheny describes his playing as “really the most original…out there right now. He hears into the
music the way that very few people ever
have.”
“Th is band took me about seven years to
form,” Vu muses. “It wasn’t until Stomu
and Ted came into my musical life that I
was able to fi nd the chemistry that I was
looking for.”
Born in Saigon, the 38-year-old Vu im-
migrated to Seattle as a child and began
playing the trumpet a few years later. He
won notice for his performances even
while at the New England Conservatory
of Music on a full scholarship. He has
since been honored by the Colbert Award
for Excellence, a pair of Grammys for
Best Contemporary Jazz Album (with the
Pat Metheny Group) in 2002 and 2006,
and the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society’s Best
International Jazz Artist of 2006.
Behind the international accolades
stands a fearless innovator. As heard on
albums like Bound, It’s Mostly Residual,
and the mind-expanding Th is Th is and
Th at, the emotional range of Vu’s original
works spans the continuum from lush
piles of harmonic melancholy to frenetic,
electrifi ed romps through vertiginous
improvisation.
Vu recently joined the UW jazz faculty,
but don’t expect him to begin cowering
in ivory towers. “I don’t want to disap-
pear,” he insists, “the way it seems to
happen to so many musicians who go
into academia.”
For this year’s festival, the Cuong Vu
Trio will premiere new work commis-
sioned by Earshot Jazz.

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