Another action-packed show this week, with news two new releases, two new bands, a great double-bill and giveaway winners announced!
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- Ben Thomas – Things Happen to Bears”
From the CD Triskaidekaphobia (Origin Records)
Vibraphonist Ben Thomas debuts a new group called the Tangent Trio this week at the newly reopened Bake’s Place in downtown Bellevue. With Eric Likkel on clarinets and Alex Chadsey on piano, Thomas says the group will blend tango and jazz, playing original compositions and traditonal tangos, milongas, and vals with a jazz twist. Sounds cool to us! Here’s a track from Ben’s debut album, with Likkel, Laura Caviani on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass, John Bishop on drums & Tom Bergersen on congas.
Upcoming show: Tues., May 22nd @ Bake’s Place
- The Teaching – “Being Joyful”
From the CD Live at Dazzle (Dazzle Recordings)
The Teaching has been making annual trips to Denver, home of their drummer Jeremy Jones, for a few years now. On their trip in December 2009 they recorded their show and have just released the whole thing on Dazzle Recordings, owned by Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver’s version of Jazz Alley. With Jones, Josh Rawlings on keyboard and Evan Flory-Barnes on bass you always get joyful music played from the heart, as the title of this tune suggests. They’ll be holding their Seattle CD Release Party for the new album at Bake’s Place this week.
Upcoming show: Wed., May 23rd @ Bake’s Place
- Dave Peck – “East of the Sun”
From the CD Modern Romance (Artist Share)
Dave Peck returns to Tula’s this weekend with his killer trio with Jeff Johnson on bass and Eric Eagle on drums. This is one of Seattle’s long-running bands and the interplay they achieve comes only after a long time playing together. You’d be hard pressed to find a better example of true musical communication and communion than this band. If you haven’t seen them take this opportunity!
Upcoming shows: Fri. & Sat., May 18th & 19th @ Tula’s
- Garfield High School Jazz Band – “Daydream”
From the CD KPLU School of Jazz Vol. 4 (self-produced)
The Garfield Jazz Band hosts their annual Gala fundraiser this weekend. The award-winning group let by Clarence Acox will perform and hopes to raise the money needed to fund the band’s trips to festivals and competitions for the coming year. We can’t think of a more worthy cause, and hope you’ll help out. Even if you can’t attend, you can donate to the program here. Here’s the band from a few years back with Andy Ohmdal joining them on trumpet.
Upcoming show: Fri., May 18th @ Garfield Jazz Annual Gala
- Samantha Boshnack Quintet – “The Royal Suite: Movement 3″
Exclusive Unreleased track
Trumpeter Samantha Boshnack is one of the busiest players on the Seattle scene. You’ve heard her on Jazz Now! Seattle with Reptet, SJCE, and she also plays in Publish the Quest, Picoso and other groups large and small. She put together a quintet to play a suite of music she wrote for The Royal Room, and that quintet will again be at the Columbia City venue this week. It features Beth Fleenor on clarinets, Dawn Clement on piano, Isaac Castillo on bass and Max Wood on drums. Here’s one part of her “Royal Suite” with the same band.
Upcoming show: Fri., May 18th @ The Royal Room
- Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters – “Imaginary Folk Song”
From the CD Imaginary Sketches (Origin Records)
Trumpeter Chad McCullough and Belgian pianist Bram Weijters hooked up at the Banff Center a few years ago and have been playing together ever since. They released a great record on Origin and have toured both Europe and the US many times in the last couple years. Bram is back in town for a string of gigs this with Chad this week. They’ll be playing in North Bend, Seattle and Port Townsend. Click below for info on the full tour while you enjoy this track with Chuck Deardorf on bass and John Bishop on drums.
Upcoming shows: Click here for details
- Human Spirit – “In Unity”
From the CD Dialogue: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival (Origin Records)
The new Human Spirit CD was officially released this week. Last week we played a track and did a giveaway of two copies of the CD. Congrats to Chris McCarthy and Art Brown, both Seattle jazz musicians we have featured on the podcast, for correctly answering our Human Spirit trivia question. Your CDs are in the mail! Here’s another great track from the new disc with Thomas Marriott on trumpet, Mark Taylor on alto, Matt Jorgensen on drums, Orrin Evans on piano and Essiet Essiet on bass.
- Gravity – “Raw Dog Ranch”
From the CD Grimy (self-produced)
Gravity is Tim Kennedy on keyboards, Ian Sheridan on bass and Claudio Rochat-Felix on drums. The trio has been playing together for many years and released Grimy a couple years back. We love how much ground the band covers on this CD while always staying right in the pockets. We also hear rumors of a new CD on the way…care to confirm or deny, fellas???? They are playing a double-bill with Hardcoretet at Tula’s this week. Don’t miss it!
Upcoming show: Thurs., May 24th @ Tula’s
- Hardcoretet – “Urban Tribes”
From the CD Do It Live (self-produced)
Our buddies Hardcoretet are teaming up with Gravity for another great double-bill this week. You’ll find high quality music and some hijinx as well when these two bands get together. Here’s a track from their latest album with Art Brown on alto, Aaron Otheim on keys, Tim Carey on bass and Tarik Abouzied on drums.
See you in the clubs!