January 27th, 2011
Once again the all-star dectet Sun Ra Tribute Band reunited and paid tribute to the inspirational iconoclast Sun Ra by playing many of his compositions from the late 1950s and early 1960s. There were sparkly robes, processions, group vocals, flying objects and planetary alignment. The cast of characters included Stuart Dempster: trombone, Bill Smith: clarinet, Tom Baker: guitar, Greg Sinibaldi: saxophone, Michael Monhart: saxophone, Jim Knodle: trumpet, Lynette Westendorf: piano, Greg Campbell: percussion, horn, Dan O’Brien: bass, Bill Moyer: percussion. performed at the Chapel Performance Space last Friday Jan 21st.
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 2 nights this weekend at the Chapel Performance Space.Festival Website for further information. All performances at: The Chapel Performance Space
4639 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle – SW corner of 50th and Sunnyside in Wallingford
January 23rd, 2011
Dana Reason, solo piano.
As the the 2011 Is That Jazz, Seattle’s avant-jazz music festival continues into it’s second night at the Chapel Performance Space, Dana Reason put on a beautiful solo set on the great grand piano there. I had not heard her before tonight and enjoyed her inspired improvising which reminded me of performances by Keith Jarrett.
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.