This week we feature a couple of sidemen as leaders, a few brand new bands and some old friends. Summer is starting out great here in the Seattle jazz scene!
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- Hans Teuber – “More Illusions”
From the CD Lucky (Origin Records)
Saxophonist Hans Teuber is a world-class saxophonist and sideman for the likes of Ani DiFranco, Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson and others. He doesn’t lead his own groups often, so this week you have a rare chance to see him front a pianoless trio at Boxley’s. Should be an incredible night of music. This tune is from his one and only record as a leader and features Paul Meyers on Guitar, Santi DeBriano on bass and Paulo Braga on drums.
Upcoming show: Wed., May 30th @ Boxley’s
- Rick Mandyck – “Taking Forever”
From the John Bishop CD Nothing If Not Something (Origin Records)
Rick Mandyck is another killer Seattle sideman that rarely steps out in front of a band. In his saxophone playing days he used to, but since switching to guitar and now piano he hasn’t played too many gigs as a leader. This week he’ll be leading a trio from behind the piano with Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums at Egan’s. That same trio is featured on this track from Bishop’s album, with Rick on the sax. This is Rick’s first gig as a leader on piano so come on out and celebrate with him.
Upcoming show: Wed., May 30th @ Egan’s
- Bryan Smith – “See, See”
From the CD See, See (self-produced)
Saxophonist Bryan Smith plays this week with the group Jargon, along with Gregg Belisle-Chi on guitar, Isaac Castillo on bass and Max Wood on drums. They’ve been playing for a few months now and are developing a great book of originals by Bryan and Gregg and some tasty reworkings of modern jazz tunes. This is a song they’ve been playing live from Bryan’s record from last year, with Rich Pellegrin on piano, Mark Hunter on bass and Chris Icasiano on drums.
Upcoming show: Sun., May 26th @ The Musicquarium
- Michael Owcharuk – “Mr. NO”
From the CD Kobzar (Broken Time Records)
In 2011 pianist, accordionist and composer Michael Owcharuk set out to write a tune every single day. His Tune a Day project was ambitious and a huge success, and this week he culminates the project with a performance of songs he wrote during 2011 with his new group PLY, featuring Beth Fleenor on clarinet, Paul Kemmish on bass and Max Wood on drums. We look forward to hearing the fruits of his labor. This is a tune from his album with the Owcharuk 5, with Fleenor, Jim Knodle on trumpet, Nate Omdal on bass and Cody Rahn on drums.
Upcoming show: Fri., May 25th @ CMA Gallery
- John Seman’s Lil Coop – “Medlenno”
Exclusive Unreleased Track
Bassist John Seman’s new group Lil Coop is a quartet featuring Mark Ostrowski on drums, Stephen Fandrich on piano and Billy Monto on alto. For their gig at Lucid this week they’ll expand to a sextet by adding Darian Asplund on tenor and Robby Beasley on trumpet. They’ll play new compostions by John like this one recorded live at The Comet earlier this year.
Upcoming show: Sun., May 27th @ Lucid
- Bill Anschell – “Ask Me Now”
From the CD We Couldn’t Agree More (Origin Records)
Pianist Bill Anschell plays a cool show this week at The Royal Room. It’s called Piano Starts Here, and features Bill along with Dawn Clement, Gus Carns and Tim Kennedy playing the music of Thelonious Monk. Should be great to hear these piano masters each tackle Monk’s music in their own way. Here’s Bill playing Monk’s “Ask Me Now” with his frequent collaborator Brent Jensen.
Upcoming show: Wed., May 30th @ The Royal Room
- Katy Bourne – “Get Out Of Town”
From the CD As The Fates Decide (Pony Boy Records)
Katy brings her swingin’ band to the Jazz & Sushi hang this week. This long-running series features Pony Boy Records artists each Friday night at Hiroshi’s on Eastlake. If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for? World class sushi and world class jazz…what more could you ask for? Here’s Katy with Randy Halberstadt, Doug Miller and Steve Korn from her great debut album.
Upcoming show: Fri., May 25th @ Hiroshi’s
See you in the clubs!