The week we spotlight some of the great shows happening at the Ballard Jazz Walk, part of the Ballard Jazz Festival. The Jazz Walk takes place on Friday, April 22, and is one of the best nights of the year for jazz fans! 17 great bands are playing in 13 venues all within walking distance of eachother! And this year, Jazz Now! Seattle is sponsoring the stage at the Lock & Keel, so come on by and say hi!
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- Steve Korn – “Tangents”
From the CD Points in Time (Origin Records)
Whether playing as a leader or a sideman, you know the gig is going to be great with Steve Korn behind the kit. His playing is so tasty and inspired and his compositions are fun too! He brings a very cool band to the festival this year, with Dawn Clement on piano, Paul Gabrielson on bass and Stuart McDonald on sax. This tune is one of Steve’s from his most recent album, and features Mark Taylor and Rob Davis on saxes, Marc Seales on piano and Gabrielson on bass.
Festival show: Bad Alberts, 8pm-midnight
- Cory Weeds/Thomas Marriott – “A La Mode”
Exclusive, unreleased live track
Vancouver BC’s Cory Weeds makes frequent trips to Seattle and we’re fortunate every time he graces a stage in town. He is an amazing sax player who runs his own club in Vancouver. He was here about a year ago to participate in an Art Blakey tribute night at the New Orleans with Thomas Marriott on trumpet, or esteemed co-host David Marriott, Jr. on trombone, Bill Anschell on piano, Phil Sparks on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums. He’s playing with Tom and Matt at the festival with Tony Foster on piano and Devin Lowe on bass. Jazz Now! Seattle is sponsoring the stage on which they are playing and we can’t wait to hear the music!
Festival show: Lock & Keel, 8-11pm
- Ben Thomas – “Melicatu”
From the CD The Madman’s Difference (Origin Records)
Ben is one of the premier vibraphonists on the Seattle jazz scene. In addition to leading jazz and tango ensembles, he performs as a sideman on mallets, percussion and bandoneon with a wide variety of groups, including Tangabrazo, More Zero and the Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto. His festival show is with the great Jovino Santos Neto on piano and Eric Likkel on clarinet. This trio is sure to make some amazing music together. Here is Ben from a great album he put out a few years ago with Jovino, Derek Leyes on bass and Jose Martinez on drums.
Festival show: Skarbo’s Furniture, 7-10pm
- Steve Treseler – “Two Not One”
From the CD Resonance (self-produced)
Saxophonist Steve Treseler plays a duo show with guitarist Chris Spencer that is sure to please! These two master musicians have been playing together for many years and in a duo setting the communication will surely be breathtaking. Here they are together from Steve’s last album, along with Dawn Clement on piano, Jon Hamar on bass and Steve Korn on drums.
Festival show: Astor Coffee, 7-10pm
- Origin Uber Band – “Homecoming”
Exclusive, unreleased live recording (originally from the Origin Podcast)
The Origin Records Uber Band surfaces everyone once in a while for what is always a fantastic show. You never know when, where, or who will be in the band, but you can bet the music will be burnin’! At the festival this year the band will consist of Dave Peterson on guitar, Rich Cole on sax, Ty Bailie on piano, Chuck Deardorf on bass and John Bishop on drums. This tune is a Dave Holland composition recorded back in 2005 with Rich, Chuck, John and Rick Mandyck on guitar.
Festival show: Conor Byrne, 8-10:30pm
So there’s a taste of some of the great music you can hear on Friday night at the Ballard Jazz Walk. Click the link to see the rest of the performers. Be sure to stop by Lock & Keel to say hi!!