We welcome a bunch of new faces to the podcast this week as we head toward our 100th episode!, which just goes to show that the Seattle Jazz scene is as strong as ever. Our newest sponsor, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, is back as well.
Speaking of episode 100, we have a big announcement in the show about how we plan to celebrate with you!
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- Christian Pincock – “Fearless Woman In Orange”
From the CD Reflections of the City (self-produced)
Christian Pincock is a trombonist and educator currently living in New Mexico. He’s contemplating a move to Seattle, and he’s been in town for the better part of the last month. He’s hit the scene big time, going out almost every night to shows, sessions, sitting in and meeting just about everyone! He’s also booked a couple of shows and hired some of our top cats to join him. He’ll be playing at the Chapel with a quintet featuring Chad McCullough, Aaron Otheim, Luke Bergman and Chris Icasiano on Friday and curating the Racer Sessions on Sunday. We’re playing him to claim him for our own in the hopes that he will make it out here soon. Go check him out if you can.
Upcoming shows: Fri., Aug. 17th @ The Chapel & Sun., Aug. 18th @ Racer Sessions
- Vunt Foom – “Jetlag”
From the EP Sub Valve Release (self-produced)
Vunt Foom is the instrumental subset of the hip-hop/funk band Theoretics. Featuring Birch Pereira on electric and acoustic bass, Ben Krulewitch on keyboards and accordion, Adam Gross on drums and percussion, Arthur Brown on saxophones and Cameron Peace on guitar, these guys know how to funk and groove and how to blow over the top. Their EP is really fun, as are their shows, like the one coming up at The Musicquarium this week.
Upcoming show: Sat., Aug. 18th @ The Musicquarium
- Human Spirit – “In Unity”
From Dialogue – Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival (Origin Records)
Human Spirit returns to Egan’s this weekend with George Colligan on the B3. George is a longtime veteran of the NYC jazz scene who has recently relocated to Portland to teach at PSU. He’s a monster player and we’re so happy to have him in the Pacific Northwest. Should be a firey show! This track is from their album recorded at the 2011 Earshot Jazz Fest, with Orrin Evans on piano and Essiet Essiet on bass.
Upcoming show: Sat., Aug. 18th @ Egan’s
- Eric Alexander – “Charade”
From the CD Don’t Follow The Crowd (High Note Records)
Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander grew up in Olympia before moving to New York and becoming one of the most highly acclaimed players in jazz. He’s love by crowds, musicians and critics alike, which is no small feat. We’re happy he’s coming through town this week to play a show at Tula’s with George Colligan, Chuck Deardorf and Matt Jorgensen. There will be two sets and both are likely to sell out, so make your reservations now! Here’s Eric with Harold Mabern on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums with a beautiful take on the old Henry Mancini waltz.
Upcoming show: Mon., Aug. 20th @ Tula’s
- The Westerlies – “Commencement”
Exclusive Unreleased track
The Westerlies are Andy Clausen and Willem De Koch on trombones and Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpets. This chamber jazz group has been playing a lot this summer while all the members are back from college. This might be their last show before they all split again, so get out to hear their beautiful original music.
Upcoming show: Mon., Aug. 20th @ The Chapel
- John Sanders – “Georgie’s Maksoum”
From the CD Gypsy Reeds, Strings and Skins (self-produced)
Pianist John Sanders released a great CD a few years back featuring saxophonist Saul Cline. Along with bass and accordion the two play music of all kinds, from gypsy jazz to latin grooves to French Musette, Klezmer, and more. The two will be performing at Serafina this week, one of the finest restaurants in town and a long-time jazz haven. Go for the food, stay for the music!
Upcoming show: Fri., Aug. 17th @ Serafina
- The Young Lizards – “Punjab”
From the CD Our Modern Lifestyle (Pony Boy Records)
The Young Lizards is a Seattle jazz supergroup consisting of Chris Fagan on sax, Dave Peterson on guitar, Ty Bailie on organ and Greg Williamson on drums. They play in the classic organ group style and tear it up, as you’ll hear on this Joe Henderson tune. They are playing up at Boxley’s this week, and it might be one of the last times to hear the band with Ty before he moves to LA this fall.
Upcoming show: Fri., Aug. 17th @ Boxley’s
- Carolyn Graye – “The Footprnts”
From the CD Poems by Denise Levertov (Pony Boy Records)
Vocalist Carolyn Graye plays two shows this week, one at the Jazz & Sushi hang and one at Boxley’s. If you’ve never seen her, take the chance to do so. She delivers a lyric like nobody else and picks very cool tunes that perfectly highlight her style. This one is from an album where she put the poems of Denise Levertov to music with a killer band behind her, including Phil Sparks, bass, John Stowell, guitar, Hans Teuber, sax, clarinet, Gary Hobbs, drums and percussion, Jim Knapp, trumpet.
Upcoming shows: Fri., Aug 17th @ Hiroshi’s & Wed., Aug. 22nd @ Boxley’s
See you in the clubs!