October 23rd, 2008
Carmen Staaf 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.
Pianist, accordionist, composer, educator, and Seattle-native Carmen Staaf won the 2004 IAJE Sisters in Jazz Competition which led to a performance at the Kennedy Center as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. She has also performed at the Festa do Jazz do Teatro Sao Luiz in Lisbon, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and at the Concurso de Jovenes Jazzistas (Young Jazz Musicians Contest) in Havana, Cuba. In addition to her work with Four Across, Staff co-leads the Staaf Quartet and performs with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra. She is currently on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music.
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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a wedding photojournalist with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary Seattle wedding photography.