ANACORTES JAZZ FESTIVAL JAZZ WALK
Its the Anacortes Jazz Festival Fri-Sun, Sept 15-17th! Three days of national acts on stage at the Curtis Wharf, a Jazz Walk among several downtown clubs, Gospel Brunch at the Port, and more.
The Jazz Walk is a joint cover event in several downtown venues on Friday and Saturday night, Sept 15 and 16th. $8 dollars each night allows access to all clubs. Music starts at 9 PM and runs until midnight. Here's the schedule:
Adrift - Susan Pascal (8-11:00)
Brown - The Dirty Bomb Trio
El Jinete - Allen Lewis and Fidalgo Swing
Johnny Picasso - Mia Harrison (8 -11:00)
Majestic - Korla Wygal and Deems Tsutakawa
Rockfish - Steve Korn
Sasso's - Arturo Rodriguez
Watertown - Scott Lindenmuth Group
Adrift - Gail Pettis (8-11:00)
Brown - Ryan Burns Group with Katherine Moore
El Jinete - Oscar de La Rosa Trio
Johnny Picasso's - Mia Harrison (8-11:00)
Majestic - Bar Tabac
Rockfish - Greta Matassa
Sasso's - Elliott Bay Swing
Watertown - Tim Sherman Group
Pascal: One of the premier vibraphonists in the Northwest, Susan Pascal’s music strikes a fine balance between spontaneity and imaginative arrangements, originals and great jazz and American Songbook standards. She is an "A" list performer and has appeared at all the major northwest jazz venues and festivals. Ms Pascal is also a favorite of nationally syndicated DJ, Jim Wilke, and can frequently be heard on the popular jazz programming of KPLU radio.
For more info see http://www.susanpascal.com/presskit.html
Pettis: Gail Pettis is a vocalist who draws from a wide range of influences. Originally from the midwest, she has continued to build a considerable local following with performances at Bake's Place in Redmond, La Spiga on Capitol Hill and Seattle's Sorrento Hotel. She is consistently surrounded by the the top local players and, for her Jazz Walk appearance, will be accompanied by pianist Hans Brehmer.
For more info see http://www.gailpettis.com/presskit.htm
Burns: Pianist Ryan Burns, besides being a staple on the Northwest jazz scene, has collaborated with rocker’s Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Peter DiStefano (Jane’s Addiction) and many others. For the Anacortes Jazz Festival, his group adds the talents of singer/guitarist Katherine Moore. Prepare for the unexpected as this outfit swings from classic jazz standards to unconventional covers by artists such as Led Zeppelin, The Police, Pink Floyd and Neil Young.
For more info see http://www.ryanburnsmusic.com/index.html
Korn: Seattle drummer, Steve Korn, is a musician's drummer, and his versatile style has made him a sought after player on the Northwest jazz scene. Korn's quintet has been featured at the Seattle Art Museum's Art Of Jazz Series, the Earshot Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, KPLU Summer Jazz Cruises and at the University of Washington Jazz Artist Series. Korn has also performed with many jazz greats including Jon Faddis, Julian Priestser, Larry Coryell, George Cables, Jessica Williams and Ernestine Anderson to name a few.
For more info see http://www.stevekorn.com/
Harrison: Singer / songwriter Mia Harrison gracefully threads connections between blues, jazz and folk. She writes strong, sensual melodies and lyrics that speak to the human experience. Accompanied by her skillful work on the guitar, she is a fascinating performer who consistently makes a powerful connection with her audience. Ms Harrison is currently preparing to release her debut recording entiltled, "Validity".
For more info see http://www.vermillion.com/
Rodriguez: An accomplished musician, author and teacher, Arturo Rodriguez has performed all over the world sharing the stage with music legends that include Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn and Pete Escovedo. Never one to stand still for long, LP endorsed percussionist Rodriguez is both a popular face and a powerful force on the local Seattle music scene. One night you might catch him tearing up a Salsa set with his quintet and the next night performing more intimate Latin jazz with his trio. While moving through the musical boundaries of jazz, pop, rock, and even folk, Rodriguez has an amazing talent for bringing and keeping people together.
For more info see http://www.arturorodriguez.com/
Fidalgo: Anacortes based Fidalgo Swing plays a brand of Gypsy Jazz designed to get people on the dance floor. They are led by guitarist Allen Lewis, feature the versatile Philip Nakano on sax, flute, percussion and vocals and have a lineup that includes many special guests drawn from the top talent in the area.
For more info see http://fidalgoswing.com/index_ntro.php?site_id=&ven=&page_id=
Elliott Bay: This popular Seattle trio led by guitarist / vocalist Eric Madis plays a blend of acoustic jazz, swing, and bluesy ballads. A veteran of the Chicago music scene, Madis has recorded and performed with a diverse array of artists across the country and is a well known teacher for the National Guitar Workshop. His trio inlcudes some of the top swing players in the Northwest.
For more info see http://www.ericmadis.com
Sherman: One of the finest blues guitarists on the Left Coast, Tim got plugged into the Seattle scene at the Blue Monday jam at the late, great Owl Cafe in the mid-'80s. Since then, he has worked with The Slackmasters, The Bluestars, The Dick Powell Band, Stevie & the Blue Flames, Out of the Blue, The Led Jackson Band, and Annieville Blues. Fronting his own group, Sherman specializes in a jazzy blend of instrumental blues with a cool West Coast feel.
For more info see http://www.harmonicaplayboy.com/Band%20Bios.htm
Lindenmuth: Scott Lindenmuth is a guitarist with few boundaries. Whether performing with his contemporary instrumental group, playing jazz standards and originals with his trio or performing as a solo classical guitarist, Lindenmuth is expanding his reputation as a cutting edge composer, creative and intuitive improviser and master technician. His recordings with the Scott Lindenmuth Group have received rave reviews in major publications including Down Beat and Jazziz magazines and have generated solid sales both domestically and around the world.
For more info see http://www.darkstreamrecords.com/index.html
Wygal / Deems:
Korla Wygal relocated to the Seattle area after years on the Los Angeles music scene. A captivating and experienced performer, she has since gone on to develop a large Northwest following. With extensive experience in everything from Operatic to Gospel music styles, she has a gift for delivering an epically smooth ballad or a rousing soulful hip shaker.
Accompanying Ms Wygal will be Deems Tsutakawa, an internationally established writer, arranger, producer and bandleader as well as an explosive pianist. Deems original music is a delectable blend of R&B, pop and mainstream jazz that he calls "contemporary soul jazz."
For more info see www.korlawygal.com or http://www.deemsmusic.com/
Matassa: Singer Greta Matassa is one of the most sought after jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest and she continues to win wide acclaim with every outing. She has been voted best jazz vocalist five times by the readers of Earshot, the well known Seattle jazz magazine. Not only that, she has what may be the hottest band in the area featuring the virtuoso piano work of Randy Halberstadt, the amazing Clipper Anderson on bass and groovin' drummer Mark Ivester.
For more info see http://www.gretamatassa.com/
Tabac: Recognized for their Old World exotic sound and their live soundtrack to the silent film classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", Bar Tabac performs haunting instrumental originals that rejuvenate antiquity. Equal parts gypsy jazz from war-time Paris and brooding romaticism by way of Siberia.
For more info see http://www.bartabac.org/
Bomb: The Dirdy Bomb Trio has been playing every Thursday night for the past 3 years in a eclectic Thai restaurant hidden in downtown Ballard. Led by bassist Geoff Harper, they explore a wide musical range from Miles Davis to obscure TV themes. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Harper is one of the Northwest’s premier bassists. He has performed with musicians such as Julian Priester, Herbie Hancock, Jessica Williams, Kenny Kirkland, Phil Woods, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, his own project, Stackpole, and is currently the host of the Last Mondays concert series at the Seattle Drum School.
For more info see http://www.lastmondays.com/
De La Rosa: Start with the inspired latin drumming of Oscar DeLaRosa, add the seven-string jazz guitar accompaniment of Yusuf Kilgore, then include the melodic finesse of multi instrumentalist Philip Nakano and the result is the La Rosa Trio, a premier act specializing in a fresh and innovative latin jazz sound.