Jazz photography of Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley by Daniel Sheehan.

World-renowned Chicagoan saxophonist Ken Vandermark, a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship winner, performed improvised works with trumpeter Nate Wooley, an extended-technique trumpeter on the booming Brooklyn improv scene at Poncho Hall, Cornish College October 10th as the Earshot Jazz Festival continues. One great performance after another. They were really good last Thursday.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Jazz photography of Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley by Daniel Sheehan.

Jazz photography of Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley by Daniel Sheehan.

Jazz photography of Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley by Daniel Sheehan.

 

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

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The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival prsented the Yosvany Terry Quintet last night at the LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE.
The Harlem-based Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry addresses both the ancient and the immediate, working in a sonic world of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms and sophisticated jazz structures – with Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano), Matt Brewer (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).

Terry burst onto the jazz and contemporary music scene in New York in 1999. He continues to reframe the sound of Latin jazz in New York with elements of the “rude and righteous pulse of New York hard bop, negotiated on its own terms,” reports Nate Chinen of the New York Times.

 

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

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Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

John Hollenbeck Cludia Quintet plays at the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival

Drummer John Hollenbeck’s genre-defying quintet – bassist Drew Gress, saxophonist Chris Speed, vibraphonist Matt Moran and accordionist Red Wierenga – returned to Seattle Sunday night and played with with driving rhythms, quirky melodies and stunning virtuosity as the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival ended its first weekend.

Composer and leader Hollenbeck launched Claudia as a band in the late 90s, with a sound determined by the compositions, instrumentation and these performers, whose exceptional artistry and character is revealed in Hollenbeck’s original compositions. In the course of the hundreds of concerts and thousands of miles this New York City ensemble has traveled together, the Claudia Quintet has developed a dynamic live sound based on trust and spontaneity.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

John Hollenbeck Cludia Quintet plays at the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival

John Hollenbeck Cludia Quintet plays at the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival

 

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

 

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Vinicius Cantuária and his acoustic, post-electronica quartet – bassist Paul Socolow, trumpeter Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan), legendary drummer Paulo Braga and a rotating crew of Brazilian percussionists  played Sunday night at the Triple Door as the Earshot Jazz Festival 2013 finishes it first week.

Cantuária was born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, and moved to Rio with his family when he was seven. As singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Cantuária draws from a rich history of Brazilian music. Integrating that with jazz, avant-garde and pop, Cantuária rolls like a rhythmic whisper in the vanguard of soulful collaborations – with jazz and left-field music innovators Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell. In 2011, he released Lagrimas Mexicanas, the collaborative effort with Frisell.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

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@013 Earshot Jazz Festival presented Vinicius Cantuária-

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Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

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Last Saturday night at Town Hall, Earshot Jazz Festival 2013 presented La Familia Valera Miranda.
Father Félix Valera Miranda (guitar and vocals), wife Carmen (maracas and vocals) and sons Enrique “Kiki” (cuatro), Raúl (bass) and Ernesto (bongos) have virtually defined Cauto son, the mid-tempo form of the Cuban son style, marked by its easy-going, contagious swing. In this special Seattle residency, this family, plus Wilfredo Fuentes (congas) and Antonio Rodón (clave and vocals), from Santiago de Cuba, shares in a masterclass and performs.

One of several families that have played a significant role in carrying the deeply rooted local traditions of Cuba’s unique musical identity, La Familia Valera Miranda stems from subsistence farmer ancestors that populated the rural areas of the Oriente (eastern Cuba), primarily the Cauto River valley near the villages of Bayamo and Las Tunas. As they gradually migrated to the areas of Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo, and the legendary Sierra Maestra mountains, La Familia’s ancestors exchanged artistic knowledge of their music as well as their daily and social life.

The Valera branch contributed Hispanic elements and Afro-Cuban elements derived from Bantu origins. The Miranda branch brought elements specific to the Canary Islands and Andalucía, as well as unusual Afro-Hispanic mixtures represented, in part, by the famous singer Milla Miranda, the mother of Félix Valera.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

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Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Trumpet Madness

October 5th, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle

Friday night at Tula’s saw a return of Jay Thomas this time with his Trumpet Madness.  Jay Thomas brought Willie Thomas (trumpet), young Seattle trumpeters, John Hansen (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums) to Tula’s.

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Thomas began to develop his lyrical and bluesy tone as a teen on scholarship to Berklee. He then worked and studied for several years in New York, then, the Bay Area. Later, in Seattle, Thomas became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club, working with artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, Diane Schuur, Slim Gaillard and many jazz greats as they traveled through Seattle. Today, he is a member of one of Japan’s leading big bands, where he records and performs several times a year. Often, he shares those star players with audiences in the States.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle

Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle

Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle

Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle

Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle

 

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Jazz guitarist John Scofield in concert
Earshot Jazz Festival 2013 presented John Scofield’s Überjam Weds night at the Triple Door. John Scofield’s new groove outfit featured bassist Andy Hess, guitarist and sample ace Avi Bortnick and drummer Luis Cato, fresh from a new studio album. A veteran of bands going back to Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Miles Davis, Scofield is an ever-evolving jazz-rock icon with a distinctive sound. The Überjam unit effortlessly blended diverse influences in a seamless, modern groove – adding Indian samples or dub bass, for example – with guitar improvising master Scofield flying on top.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Jazz guitarist John Scofield in concert

Jazz guitarist John Scofield in concert

Jazz guitarist John Scofield in concert

 

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Trombonist Christian Pincock performs music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums).

 

Trombonist Christian Pincock performed music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums) last week at the Chapel Performance Space. Wonderful music.

Trombonist Christian Pincock performs music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums).

Trombonist Christian Pincock performs music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums).

Trombonist Christian Pincock performs music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums).

Trombonist Christian Pincock performs music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums).

 

Trombonist Christian Pincock performs music from his new album release Plentiful Excitement, as well as new works to be released in the future, with Aaron Otheim (piano), Jon Hansen (tuba) and Chris Icasiano (drums).

 

 Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

The Bellevue Jazz Festival presented a special treat Friday night with the  Kendrick Scott Oracle, featuring Seattle’s Aaron Parks on keyboards. An interesting, complex and very moving performance. They are Kendrick Scott on Drums, Joe Sanders on Bass, Aaron Parks on Piano, Matt Stevens on Guitar, and John Ellis on Sax.

 Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

 

Kendrick Scott is highly regarded as one of the premier drummers of his generation as shown by the New York Times naming him one of “Five Drummers Whose Time Is Now.” His band,  Kendick Scott’s Oracle (KSO) released its second recording,  Conviction on Concord Records in January 2013. Conviction showcases Scott’s incredible subtlety and intensity and highlights his strengths as a drummer,  composer and a leader. This personal narrative album is a snapshot of the band in its full emotive,  unique and magnetic sound. The work focuses on what it takes to live,  act and love with Conviction. Scott penned half of the album and the other compositions are by Herbie Hancock,  Broadcast,  Sufjan Stevens and more., Scott is a longtime member of the Terence Blanchard Band and is a rising star in his generation alongside Robert Glasper,  Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke. Sought after my may,  Kendrick has shared the stage with a diverse and amazing list of artists including Herbie Hancock,  Dianne Reeves,  and currently backs fellow Concord Artist,  Kurt Elling.

 Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

 Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

 Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

 Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

Evan Flory-Barnes at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

As the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival  continues, bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes opened for Kendrick Scott last night at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center with a wonderful group of artists and played some beautiful  new compositions.  Evan Flory-Barnes played on Bass, Dawn Clement on Piano, Craig Flory on Winds, Art Brown on Winds, Ahamefule J. Oluo on Trumpet, Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Nathan Vetter on Trombone, Jon Hansen on Tuba, Jeremy Jones on Drums

Flory-Barnes cultivation in music started early on at Garfield High School where he was a member of an award-winning symphony orchestra. The young Seattle native envisions the creation of music with no barriers— he strives to compose music that reflects beauty, stirs emotions and enlightens the soul. Flory-Barnes’ musical span reaches across many genres having written music for the hip hop group Maroon Colony and collaborated with many renowned jazz musicians nationally and internationally.

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Evan Flory-Barnes at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival