January 22nd, 2011
PAUL KIKUCHI drumset/percussion, IVAN JOHNSON contrabass, JASON MEARS saxophones/clarinet,and KRIS TINER trumpets/flugelhorn, performed at the Chapel Performance Space.
Empty Cage Quartet kicked off the opening of the 2011 Is That Jazz, Seattle’s avant-jazz music festival on Friday night to a great crowd and a wonderful set. They were the opening act and were followed by the Sun Ra Tribute band. They are as NPR called them “a thoroughly modern and multifaceted jazz ensemble that stakes out a singular voice.”
2011 Is That Jazz is one of the most consistently quirky and interesting festivals around and did not disappoint this opening night. Try and catch some of the remaining 3 nights at the Chapel Performance Space.