ELEVEN Awesome Jazz Bands for 2019…
Click on each band’s name to visit their website and hear samples of their music!
Voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz 7 times in 15 years, Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle’s jazz stages for years. Her quartet features some of the area’s best jazz musicians including tenor sax sensation Alexey Nikolaev, pianist Darin Clendenin, bassist Clipper Anderson, and drummer Mark Ivester—playing a wide array of contemporary composers as well as songs from her new CD. Follow Greta on Facebook >
After more than a decade of playing and teaching in Los Angeles, Eric recently relocated back home to Seattle. As the former tenor saxophonist in James Gang, one of the most in-demand private event bands in the country, he and his quintet are frequently found playing energetic, funk and fusion-influenced instrumentals in clubs, restaurants, and weddings up and down the West Coast.
Musically inspired at an early age, Stephanie found herself mesmerized by jazz and its progression of energy combined with cool. Her recordings have charted on the top 10 nationally and internationally. Says Nick Morrison of KPLU, Stephanie’s “a favorite not only among Jazz listeners, but among Jazz artists as well.”
Winner of “NW Instrumentalist of the Year” honors in the Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star band featuring vocalist Holly Pyle in a program highlighting the music of Burt Bacharach. Follow them on Facebook >
Walter M. Sierra Latin Jazz Project
Location: The Main Outdoor Stage (formerly Industrial Air)
Sponsor: open for sponsorship!
Walter Sierra’s seven piece band will bring a mix of classic Latin jazz tunes derived from all over the world, featuring band members David George on Flugehorn (arranger), Dyland Savage on Drums, Jeff Volkman on Bass, Jeremy Shaskus -on Tenor Sax, Julio Juagerei on Piano, Mike West on Soprano-Flute, and Walter M. Sierra on Percussion (band leader).
Formed in 2008, this Seattle band showcases the Cuban-jazz compositions of Ann Reynolds. Their repertoire includes a broad spectrum of Cuban styles—from Cuban son and danzon, to rumba and Afro Cuban—with an infusion of American jazz. Band leader Ann Reynolds has studied in Cuba for many years, and all band members are well-versed in Cuban musical styles. Prepare to hear some tunes from their second CD “Joy,” released this spring 2019!
Superb vibraphonist Susan Pascal and her group will present its salute to Wes Montgomery that has been getting raves all around Puget Sound. This quintet includes Brian Monroney on guitar along with Marc Seales on piano and Chuck Deardorf on bass. Follow Susan on Facebook >
Shoreline’s driving alto sax man Doug Reid and the master of the B3 blues sound Andy Roben + friends will rock things with their “roadhouse” sound. Look for special guests sitting in too!
The 30s and 40s come alive with an infectious blend of 3 male voices in a Mills Brothers style. This swing band led by Josh Hou (accordion, vocals) and Andy Short (guitar, vocals) sings everything from old standards to more recent tunes.
This will be your last chance to hear this Tacoma-based quartet of top jazz musicians before the excellent trumpeter/flugelhornist/vocalist Tracy Hooker moves to Florida. Band members include James Cochran: keyboard; Osama Afifi: electric and acoustic bass; and Aaron Hennings: drums playing an artistic blend of jazz, blues, and pop.
Prepare to be transported to a tropical paradise when you hear the steel drums of this 4-piece instrumental ensemble, featuring of Riley Kennedy-Keys on steel pan, Dan Fair on guitar, Drew Mohr on bass, and Jordan Wiegert on drums. Lord Shambleton creates a unique sonic blend of contemporary jazz, funk and R&B mixed with strong roots in Trinidadian calypso.
*OTP* = 3 of the venues are Open to The Public (OTP); ticket-holders will have access to all venues.
*ADULTS ONLY* = 2 of the venues are adults only, due to state liquor board restrictions.