Seattle Jazz Vespers

Seattle Jazz Vespers

Seattle Jazz Vespers, now in our 20th season, is a secular concert of professional jazz music, for those who love jazz, with an inspirational message. Join us for our monthly concert hosted in the beautiful historic gothic sanctuary of Seattle First Baptist on First Hill at the corner of Harvard Ave. and Seneca street.

These concerts are an opportunity for jazz lovers throughout the city to hear Seattle’s best groups in a concert setting.

Seattle Jazz Vespers is free and open to the public on the first Sunday night of each month (October through June) at 6:00 p.m. No tickets or reservations are needed. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free parking at the Polyclinic garage or on the street around the church, family friendly. Come early for best seating.

The artists will perform one set and during their break a “free-will” offering will be taken to support the musicians, followed by a short non-sectarian inspirational message. The performers’ second set will conclude the two-hour vespers concert.

Currently, because of Covid-19, King County and Seattle mandates that all concert goes show proof of being “fully vaccinated” before being allowed into the seating area. Seating is distanced and you are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building.

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2021-2022 Season – Our Twentieth

Upcoming Artist

December 5, 2021

Colin Pulkrabek Quintet

Sidney Hauser – clarinet; Samantha Boshnack – trumpet; Josh Hou – accordion; Jerome Smith – tuba; Colin Pulkrabek – trombone
 

A SJV premiere, Colin Pulkrabek grew up in Seattle playing in the jazz programs at Eckstein, Roosevelt and UW. He now teaches and plays in Seattle and wherever the trombone takes him! He has played with jazz greats such as Paquito D’Rivera and Wynton Marsalis, and has toured with groups such as the Harry Hames Orchestra. Colin is joined by a seasoned troupe of Seattle professional musicians including an accordion and a tuba for a night of traditional jazz of the 20s and 30s.


Past Artists


November 7, 2021
Max Hatt – guitar; Edda Glass – vocals, Clipper Anderson – bass
 

Everyone will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19 upon entry to the venue.

Max Hatt and Edda Glass have “an incomparable spook” and a “unique sound” (Nashville Scene and NPR’s Larry Groce) that’s taken them across the county from NPR and PBS to NYC’s Lincoln Center, DC’s Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Film Festival. Praised for her “impeccable vocal command” (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass’s voice is ultimately “one of a kind…you cannot confuse her with another artist” (New York Theatre Guide). Max and Edda will be joined by Clipper Anderson on bass.

Their award-winning original music and mesmerizing reinventions of the Great American Songbook and Brazilian classics create a swoon-inducing soundscape of voice and guitar that is both epic and intimate, encapsulating “the confusing sentiment of feeling both lost and found, all at once” (New York Theater Guide). If we live in uneasy times, this music is both a reflection and antidote, an escape that is really a healing-in-place.

October 3, 2021
Jacqueline Tabor’s Tribute to Nancy Wilson
 
​A returning SJV favorite, Jacqueline Tabor, the Seattle Chanteuse’s signature bluesy style has set her apart as a legendary performer in the Pacific Northwest. She combines relaxed energy with tremendous range and masterful improvisation, defining herself as a unique and dynamic presence in the contemporary jazz world. Tabor’s stunning vocals have thrice earned her the Earshot Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award, as well as the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association Female Jazz Vocalist Award. Backed by a hand-picked ensemble of Seattle’s most talented jazz musicians, Tabor always brings you a breathtaking performance that stands as a testament to her place as one of the PNW’s most beloved jazz voices.
On Sunday, October 3rd, she will pay tribute to the late and great stylist Nancy Wilson.

Tabor’s first introduction to jazz was delivered by a cassette tape of Nancy Wilson singing “Guest who I saw Today” the story telling component of the song planted a seed that grew into this production. Tunes like “Never will I Marry”,”Save Your Love for Me” and the “Nearness of You” will be portrayed by Tabor’s unique and distinctive sound.

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, was born on February 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio to iron-worker Olden Wilson and the former Lillian Ryan, who worked as a domestic servant. Nancy was the first of six children. Her father’s love of music and the records he played at home were a huge influence on Nancy as a young girl. She already knew she would be a singer by the time she was four years old and developed her talent by singing in the church choir.

Nancy Wilson won her first Grammy in 1964, for best R&B recording for her LP “How Glad I Am.” Nancy continued recording into the 21st Century, winning Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Awards for her albums “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” (2005) and “Turned to Blue” (2007). She retired from live performance in 2011.


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March 1, 2020
Randy Oxford Blues Band
Randy Oxford-trombone; Miranda Kichpanich-vocals; Lissa Ramaglia-bass, vocals; Rafael Tranquilino-guitar, vocals; Robin Moxey-guitar, vocals; Steve Sarkowsky-drums

Randy Oxford – trombonist, “Blues Performer of the Year,” and notorious wild man – has been honored more than 25 times since returning to his home state of Washington more than 20 years ago, following a European Tour of duty with the U.S. Army band. He has won multiple “Best Horn” awards, “Entertainer of the Year,” “Keeping the Blues Alive,” and induction into the Washington Blues Society’s Hall of Fame and has played with some of the best bands the area has produced, including Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Fat Cat, and Junkyard Jane. His own band: the Randy Oxford Band has been tapped three times by NW blues associations to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. In 2011, The Randy Oxford Band earned a spot at the finals, where they placed among the top 8 bands of the hundreds that competed from around the world.

Randy plays the trombone as a lead instrument, inventing a path through the chord progressions, sometimes mimicking the guitars around him, sometimes taking them with him on one of his wild rides. His tone has been admired by symphony conductors, but he also knows how to rip a sound or turn it into an animal call. Randy has become a Northwest favorite, having hosted several popular jams over the years, as well as leading his own very successful band.

Although essentially blues-based, The Randy Oxford Band prides itself on showcasing music that defies easy classification.  From classics like Etta’s, “I’d Rather go Blind,” to originals that crackle with jazz licks and funky rhythms, the band prefers to define itself, building upon each player’s creativity and talent.  With two guitarists to complement each other, Randy’s killer trombone, and the solid rhythm section, the band delivers its characteristic big sound. The interplay between the performers provides the audience with something entertaining to watch, as well as to hear.


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February 9 (note date change)
Clave Gringa Quintet
Ann Reynolds-piano, vocals; Daniel Barry-trumpet; Dean Schmidt-bass; Steve Smith-Congas; Ricardo Guity-drums kit, vocals

Clave Gringa is a Seattle band, formed in 2008, to showcase Cuban-jazz compositions of Ann Reynolds. The energy and spirit of Clave Gringa reflects a commitment to an authentic expression of music and is an invitation to get up and move. Repertoire includes a broad spectrum of Cuban styles from Cuban son and danzon to rumba and Afro Cuban with an infusion of American jazz. Two band members are originally from Cuba; the band leader, Ann Reynolds, has studied in Cuba for many years. Other band members are very experienced Latin music players.

The band began playing in small local clubs, but has now progressed to major concert and festival events in the northwest. Clave Gringa was invited to participate in the Seattle Women in Jazz Festival (2013, 2014) and also in the Earshot Jazz monthly concert series at the Seattle Art Museum. Performances regularly sell out.

In 2014, Clave Gringa produced its first CD, Para Cuba Con Amor, which has received critical acclaim for the compositions and interpretation of the music. The CD was nominated by Earshot Jazz for a Golden Ear award for Best NW Recording of 2014.


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January 5, 2020
Jay ThomasOrganic Quartet
Jay Thomas-trumpet, saxophone, flute; Scott Lytle,-organ; Steve Griggs-Saxophone; Milo Petersen-Drums

Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). His music could be described as earthy and lyrical with the blues and swing always in evidence. Jay grew up in the fertile atmosphere of Seattle’s 60’s jazz scene.

As a sideman, Thomas is a veteran of more than 60 albums and has supported the likes of Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt and Chet Baker. In recent years he’s focused on sessions with his quartet, serving up four first-rate albums reminiscent of the spare West Coast sound at its coolest. “On his Quartet’s latest, Live at Tula’s, Volume 2, (as the title suggests, his second outing at the popular Seattle nitery), Thomas divides his time between inspired interpretations of dusty standards-including a lively reworking of Victor Youman’s “Without a Song” that ranks among the most imaginative I’ve heard-and original compositions…“ —Christopher Loudon

Today Jay is a member of one of Japan’s leading big bands, CUG (Continued in the Underground Jazz Orchestra), and co-leads a sextet with Kohama Yasuhiro and Atsushi Ikeda. Jay tours in Japan, recording and performing, several times a year. Jay is also a member of SRJO (Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra) and also has a Neo- Boogaloo Hard Bop band called “The Cantaloupes”.

Jay is also involved with passing the music on to future generations. He is an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, and works at the renowned Garfield High School, tutoring kids in improvisation. Jay often does clinics and workshops at universities in the US and Japan and is an instructor in several prominent jazz camps each summer.


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December 1
Sheila Kay Quartet
Sheila “Kay” Blackwell-vocals; Beth Wulff-piano; Jim Wulff- drums; Mikel Rollins-sax

Sheila “Kay” Blackwell, born in Galesburg Illinois in 1964. It is small town in southern Illinois and that is where she fell in love with music. One of her first memories as a child is her dad playing “Sly and the Family Stone’s” “It’s a Family Affair” and singing into the small silver Panasonic microphone. She knew then that she wanted to sing. Sheila has been singing professionally for 20 + years and although she knew she loved singing, it was when her mother decided to pack up the kids and move to Seattle in the early 70’s, That she learned how to sing. They joined a Pentecostal church and she joined the choir. Sheila learned how to sing gospel and harmonize. She caught on quickly and found it was natural. Sheila was never fortunate enough to attend college to study music but learned all she could in School and attended a vocational school in the 80’s for broadcasting/Communications and worked for 3 years on the air as a live radio personality. However, singing and performing has always been at the forefront of her heart. She took the time to raise her family and now is pursuing her dreams.  Sheila has performed in Dark Diva’s, 12 Days of Christmas at Renton Civic Theater, Hairspray at Auburn Ave Theater as “Motormouth Maybelle” and as Adaperle in “The Wiz” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. She has also performed in Intiman’s “Black Nativity.” She was previously in “The Color Purple,” “Ragtime,” “Shrek” The musical, and most recently “The Drowsy Chaperone and Folk Life Festival. Sheila co-hosts a live open mic once a month in Columbia City for Sistas Rock the Arts and is an advocate for local artists. Sheila continues to sing Jazz, R&B and Blues in various venues in the Puget Sound area.


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November 3
Chava Mirel Quartet
Chava Mirel-vocals, Mack Grout-piano, Dean Schmidt-bass, Jeff Busch-drums

Seattle-based Chava Mirel is a nationally touring singer, guitarist, composer, prayer leader and recording artist. Performing in a multitude of genres, she bridges communities with her universal approach to spirituality through song. A highly sought-after vocal recording artist, Chava is known for her rich, luxurious vocals, lush harmonies and rhythmic phrasing. From electrifying concerts to engaging educational sessions to transcendent prayer experiences, she connects with communities with an inclusive message of love and compassion.

Chava exhibits ease and fluency in an astonishing array of musical styles. She has toured and recorded with a spectrum of artists including Reggie Watts and punk icon Ari Up. Chava is also a celebrated jazz and world music artist. She is a featured vocalist for global jazz fusion band Duende Libre, whose last album “Drift” was the recipient of the Golden Ear award for Best Recording in the Northwest. Chava also plays keyboards with the legendary Reggae artist Clinton Fearon (the Gladiators).

Chava recently released her 3rd full length album, “Into The Light”, a dreamy, heart-wrenching and deeply personal reinterpretation of the Great American Songbook. Her first single, a cover of Alice-In-Chains’ “Would?” has received critical acclaim and international radio play.



October 6, 2019
Eugenie Jones Jazz

Nominee 2017, NW 2016 Vocalist of the Year – Winner 2013 NW Recording of the Year | Vocalist/Composer: classic straight-ahead, original straight-ahead, jazzed-soul, and blues.

Eugenia Jones-vocals, Peter Adams-piano, Eric Hollander-bass, Jamal Nance-drums

Eugenie Jones is described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz. Vocally described as possessing, “A voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones,” Jones is an emotive, engaging song stylist that entertains, dazzles and decisively wins over audiences.

Reminiscent of style and sophistication of iconic vocalists of the past, Jones sings and scats her way vivaciously through mainstream jazz, but also draws listeners inside contemporary story lines, sharing original tunes that have earned her recognition as a cleverly gifted lyricist. Born and raised in West Virginia to parents who loved jazz and soul, older siblings that were into the Motown-sound, and having a mother who sang lead in their church choir, exposed Jones to a variety of musical foundations as a child and before making her professional debut as a singer/songwriter in Seattle, WA.

“In that overcrowded arena known as “female jazz singers”, Seattle-based Eugenie Jones manages to stand apart from the crowd. Ms. Jones has filled both of her outstanding albums with her own engaging compositions. This fact alone differentiates her as she is one of the very few African-American women singer-songwriters in jazz today. And finally, the lady can sing as well as she can write. She is an intelligent, thoughtful composer in the tradition of Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone. Fans of true jazz singing, it’s time for you to sit up and take notice.” —C. Davenport/Curt’s Jazz


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July 7, 2019
Jake Bergevin Quartet

Jake Bergevin – trumpet, vocals, flugelhorn; Tim Carey –  bass; John Sanders – piano; Milo Petersen – drums

Seattle area favorite, Jake Bergevin, is known for his soulful song stylings and passionate trumpet playing. Often heard fronting his small but power-packed Javatown Swing Orchestra, Jake is known for his easy charm and commitment to swinging the Great American Songbook. Performance highlights include 17 years as guest artist at the Ellensburg “Jazz in the Valley” Festival and recently as a guest vocalist spot with the Tacoma Symphony.

Raised in a musical family, Jake was lucky to have caught the jazz trumpet bug in Junior High school in Kirkland, Washington with the help of jazz mentor Gary Evans. At Lake Washington High School, singing became more of a focus and Jake formed a vocal jazz quartet which would win the Downbeat Award in 1985. Jake attended Central Washington University with many generous scholarships and earned his BM and MM degrees with honors.

Jake is also a successful music teacher in the Seattle area. He has led the Edmonds-Woodway High School jazz ensemble to New York as finalists in the Essentially Ellington contest 4 times so far. He recently returned from a European tour as the director for the Washington Ambassadors of Music tour. He has served on the board for the Washington Music Education Association as Jazz Chairperson and is also an in-demand instrumental and vocal clinician throughout the Northwest.


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June 2, 2019
Darelle Holden Quartet

Darelle Holden – Vocals; Chad Quist – Guitar; Osama Afifi – Bass; Brian Kirk – Drums;
Ed Weber – Piano

Blend jazz with a funky groove and silky smooth vocals and you find Darelle Holden. Darelle journey’s along a new musical path in a direction that crosses musical genres and as we listen we travel that path with her.

Once a professional background singer, ala, “20 Feet from Stardom”, touring and performing with artists such as Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and many more, Darelle finds her own voice through solid song writing and arrangements that highlight her uniqueness.

In her recent release “Chance of Rain” Darelle focuses her gaze inward to reflect upon metaphors which remind us the stuff of heartache and redemption is universal. In this ep groove and musicality is front and center and the final truth of each song…

During the interlude we will be awarding Seattle Jazz Vespers “Young Jazz Artist” scholarship.


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May 5, 2019
Bill Anschell Trio

Bill Anschell – Piano; Jeff Johnson – Bass; D’Vonne Lewis – Drums

Seattle native Bill Anschell returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after spending 25 years studying, composing, and performing across the country and around the world.

In 2001, Anschell was selected by the American Composers Forum for its Composer-in-the-Schools program; his residency included a commissioned piece for chamber orchestra. Since 2003, his original compositions have received widespread cable and network exposure, appearing on programs including NBC’s The West Wing, NCIS: LA, HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire, and HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic, Bessie.

As a Seattleite, Anschell had the honor of playing a weekly gig with Northwest jazz legend Floyd Standifer for the two years before his passing. In 2005, Anschell received a Golden Ear Award as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2006 his trio was named the “Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble.” In 2010 and 2011 Anschell was again was named “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2011 his CD Figments was named “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year.” In 2013, he played several concerts with the Seattle Symphony. His 2013 CD, Impulses, took him into new territory, featuring twelve tracks of original electronica.

2016 Inductee, Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame


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April 7, 2019
Dmitri Matheny Quartet

Dmitri Matheny – Flugelhorn; Milo Petersen – Guitar; Phil Sparks – Bass; Mark Ivester– Drums

“Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it’s his warmth and soulfulness that win you over.”—All Music Guide

Acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American flugelhornist DMITRI MATHENY has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, traveling to 19 countries. With over 100 recordings to his credit, Dmitri Matheny has released 11 albums as a leader. His latest is Jazz Noir, a fresh spin on crime jazz, film noir movie themes and timeless classics. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”


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March 3, 2019
Jeff Kashiwa – The Coastal Access Band

Jeff Kashiwa – Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax, Flute; Douglas Barnett – bass, Ed Weber – piano, Brad Boal – drums, Frank Seeberger – guitar

Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.

Having established himself in the 1990’s as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well.

Kashiwa has expanded his career to include the realm of music education, teaching various courses through the music program at Shoreline Community College in Seattle.


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January 6, 2019
Brent Jensen Quartet, Paul Desmond Tribute

Brent Jensen – Alto Sax; Jamie Findlay – Guitar; Chris Symer – Bass; Stefan Schatz – Drums

In 1986-87, Brent studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the Woodwinds on Fire international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996). Brent has performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Dave Peck, Joe LaBarbera, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers, John Stowell, Kristin Korb, Jamie Findlay, Duck Baker, Dianne Schuur and many others.

His recording, The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond on Origin Records, charted at the #1 position on jazz radio stations across the country. Dry Martini was also featured on JazzWeek’s Top 100 and NPR’s JazzWorks’ Top 25 lists for the year 2002. Stay Cool, Brent’s second release on Origin made Jim Wilke’s (host of Jazz After Hours) “Favorite Jazz CDs of 2002” list. His fifth CD for Origin One More Mile with Seattle musicians Bill Anschell (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass) and John Bishop (drums) was one of Jim Wilke’s (host of Jazz After Hours) “Favorite Jazz CDs of 2007”. Brent’s 2009 release on Origin, We Couldn’t Agree More is a collection of duets with Seattle pianist Bill Anschell. That disc was recently selected as a 2009 “Critic’s Choice” by Jazziz magazine. His most recent release is Humble Origins (also on Origin) with the jazz quartet “Wellstone Conspiracy”. That disc was named a “Best Northwest Jazz CD of 2011” by Jim Wilke.


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December 2, 2018
Sarah B Rose

Sarah Rose – Vocals; Chris Symer – Bass; Dylan Hayes – Piano; Xavier Lecouturier – Drums

Sarah B. Rose is a vocalist, composer, pianist and educator from Eugene, Oregon. She studied classical, musical theatre and jazz with Siri Vik and Vicki Brabham at Lane Community College before transferring to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle to focus on jazz voice and composition. In Seattle she studied with jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick, pianist/composer Dawn Clement and pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto. She has recently graduated cum laude from Cornish with a Bachelors of Music.

Sarah is a jazz interpreter of the Great American songbook, but also has a passion for writing original material. She will be recording an album later this year. Rose has also won the Downbeat Music Award twice for “best pop/blues vocalist” of the year. In June of 2018, Sarah won the Seattle Jazz Vespers “Young Jazz Artist” scholarship and we are happy to welcome her back for her SJV premiere.

“Her portamento phrasing is engaging, with the fluidity of a horn. She knows when to pause and create a dramatic moment in her solos. Sarah’s upper register sounds clear and vibrant and her stage demeanor is funny and engaging.” — Jovino Santos Neto


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November 4, 2018
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

Jovino – Piano, Flute, melodica; Ben Thomas – Vibraphone; Chuck Deardorf – Bass; Mark Ivester – Drums; Jeff Busch – Percussion

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.

Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

Currently, Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and many more.


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October 7, 2018
Stephanie Porter

Stephanie Porter – Vocals; Steve Yusen – Drums; Michael Barnett – Bass; Bill Anschell- Piano

Stephanie Porter is a premier jazz vocalist who lives to sing.  Her recordings have charted on the top 10 nationally and internationally.  Musically inspired at an early age. Stephanie found herself mesmerized by music and the many layers of interpretations of songs by both instrumentalists, as-well-as vocalists.  Moved particularly by jazz and it’s progression of energy combined with cool.  A stylist that has been influenced by music …music and its many styles.  “It’s difficult to define a specific artist as my major influence…  Music is like a painting or a garden. How do you choose a color or flower?  I am inspired by individuality and love to hear different interpretations from creative artists.  I strive to be true to the songs I sing, honest with the audiences listening and enveloped in creativity with my band.”


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June 3, 2018
Paula Byrne Quartet

A familiar voice in the Portland area jazz scene, Paula Byrne is on tour in the Pacific Northwest and we’ve invited her to debut at Seattle Jazz Vespers on June 3 at 6 p.m.

Paula Byrne’s voice is like chilled champagne on a hot summer day. She moves easily between songs that are lush and beautiful to highly rhythmic, wild rides. Her sense of humor, revival of obscure songs and new twists on old standards keeps the audience engaged and enraptured.

Born to a jazz drummer (father) and figure skater (mother), she has been a lover of music and movement since birth. Paula also teaches dance locally and internationally, and has been a moving force in the dance scene in Portland since 1996. She is the creator of the Wild Grace™ and DanceQuest™ movement meditations, and is Founder of SomaSpace ~ Studio of Movement Arts in NE PDX.

Paula was an Oracle software developer in the corporate high-tech field for 20 years. She left that career in 2005 to devote herself full-time to her soul-work in assisting people to remember and reconnect to the body as a source of wisdom, pleasure and joy in the present moment.

Paula Byrnes Quartet includes Paula Byrne, vocals; Randy Halberstadt, piano; Clipper Anderson, bass; and Mark Ivester, drums.

During the interlude, we will also be awarding Seattle Jazz Vespers’ 2017-2018 season “Young Jazz Artist” scholarship.


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May 6, 2018
Dave Desrochers and the Seattle Jazz Quartet

Every Wednesday, local jazz musician, Dave Desrochers of the Seattle Jazz Quartet host a jazz jam called Paragon Hang. It’s a comfortable atmosphere where some of Seattle’s finest musicians, mix, mingle, and hone their craft.

Taking a cue from the Paragon, Seattle Jazz Vespers has invited Dave and the Seattle Jazz Quartet to premiere at our May concert. This event promises excellent entertainment for those of us who love live performances in a concert setting.

Joining Dave Desrochers on sax and flute are Jeremy Bacon on piano, Paul Gabrielson on bass, and Zeppy Zittle on drums. As a special treat, also joining the quartet are two outstanding jazz vocalists, Joanne Klein and Sarah Burkhart.

And… you’ll never know what other well-known artists may show up to perform.


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March 25, 2018
The Wolf Tones

Please note date change. We’ve moved our April 1, (Easter Day) concert to a week earlier to avoid a conflict with this holiday.

The Wolf Tones are Jim and Beth Wulff and the best accompanists allowed by man. In this case, that would be Mikel Rollins on acoustic bass, Clarence Cal on woodwinds, and Matt Clausen on drums.

Jim will be the featured vocalist at this event, loving the acoustics and the band behind him. He is featuring many of the songs on his CD “Songs From the Past”, and has performed vocally and on drums in the northwest for the last 35 years.

Beth Wulff is an award-winning keyboardist and songwriter, and her keys have accompanied such legends as Mary Wells, Al Wilson, Merrilee Rush and Patti Allen with Seattle Women in Rhythm & Blues, Elnah Jordan, and many more northwest artists.

Mikel Rollins has performed with the band Momentum at Seattle Jazz Vespers, and will be playing acoustic bass as he was on the CD recording, with his solid and tasteful approach. From performing with Isaac Scott to Lonnie Williams to Michael Powers and currently Jim Basnight, he has been on “innumerable stages” on multiple instruments.

Matt Clausen has been playing drums in every kind of band since he was very young. He was taught and mentored by the acclaimed Leslie “Stardrums” Milton. In his career, Matt has played across many states as well as Canada and Sweden. In 2005 he joined the band Gertrude’s Hearse and has been playing music with them all over the state.

Clarence Cal has been in Seattle since the 70’s, adding his style of soul, funk, and jazz to area bands since. He is currently with Acapulco Gold and Soulfunktion.
This is a band that blends many years of performing together with new sounds and grooves conveying their mutual passion for uplifting music.


March 4, 2018
Michael Clune and the Sleep Till Noon Band

Michael Clune and the Sleep Till Noon Band returns to Seattle Jazz Vespers for an encore performance.
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For over a decade Sleep Till Noon has been performing their, “Americana rock style for Northwest audiences. The band’s sound is defined by passionate lyrics, soulful vocals, and full harmonies, including a talented wall of vocal, rhythm, guitar, violin, piano, and pedal steel guitar sounds.

The band’s venues have included, Bumbershoot, Seattle Mardi Gras, Seattle Locks Summer Festival, and Snohomish County’s Washington State Fair and Freedom Festival.

Michael Clune Vocals, Keyboard, Flute, and Guitar
Ken Alvers, Guitar, and Pedal Steel
Paul Murcski, Bass
Bob Rose, Drums
Betsy Haber, Vocals, and Guitar
Brandon Vance, Violin (guest musician)

When people ask, What kind of music do you play? Clune shared with them what Count Basie said, “There are only 2 kinds of music.” “The good kind and the other kind.” I play the good kind.

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February 4, 2018
Clarence Acox & The Legacy Quartet

For 27 plus years every Wednesday at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square, the Floyd Standifer Group with Clarence Acox on drums, Phil Sparks on bass, with Bill Anschell at the piano, and the leader the great Floyd Standifer on saxophone, trumpet, and vocals played. Those Wednesday nights became a staple of the Seattle jazz scene. When Mr. Standifer passed away in 2007, the band was renamed The Legacy Quartet (named to honor the legacy of the original leader and jazz icon) continued to play there until New Orleans Restaurant owner, Gaye Anderson, passed away a few years ago and soon after, the New Orleans Restaurant, unfortunately closed.

The music of the great ‘American Jazz Classics’ with a ‘straight-ahead’ style was and is the Legacy Quartet’s trademark and is showcased at Seattle Jazz Vespers with the addition of Bernie Jacobs on sax, flute and vocals, plus guest drummer John Hansen.


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January 7, 2018
Mikel Rollins | Momentum Jazz Quartet

Momentum Jazz Quartet, with Mikel Rollins (sax/flute/percussion), Gregg Robinson (keyboards), Sylvia Rollins (electric bass) and Mark Jelsing (drums).

“Momentum” is defined as “the force that keeps an object moving or an event developing after a start has been made.”

The band Momentum is a force which will definitely keep us moving. Momentum is a versatile jazz focused group that well satisfies a variety of music needs. The antics of band leader, Mikel Rollins, as he goes out into the crowd playing sax, which is such a contrast to his sweet flute playing, the joy of Gregg Robinson’s enthusiastic piano interpretations, Sylvia Rollins’ solid bass support, and Mark Jelsing’s skilled finesse on the drums, all add up to Momentum’s fun and satisfying musical experience.


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December 3, 2017
Seattle Buskers

Back by popular demand!

We’ve all been there: downtown Seattle, running late with a million errands to run in a sea of crowds. But if you stop for just a minute, you will hear the distinctive sounds of street performers. Even if you don’t have the time to stop by, the siren of the musicians will call to you and you will find yourself in front of a local Busker, enjoying his or her craft. These are the moments that make Seattle and life in general feel a little less hectic. Buskers come and go and while not always easy to find, there are some great local street entertainers out there if you know where to look. On December 3, at 6 p.m., Seattle Jazz Vespers will assemble some of the best Buskers in Seattle for a concert that is not only… unique but sure to please the audience. Just be sure to bring a little change.

“Busker” is an English term meaning street performer. And, there are a wide-ranging variety of buskers performing with everything from puppets to violins, the Buskers serve to enrich the Seattle’s vibrant cultural community.

Some people assume that a person becomes a Busker as a result of a failed musical career. That notion is totally untrue. And it’s not always about performing in the streets. What motivates a Busker is the need to make eye contact with the audience and reach out to the individuals passing by or listening. Only then, the Busker performs their heart out.

Concert coordinator, singer/song writer Jim Nason “The Emergency Folk Singer” took home his third Grand Tumbleweed Trophy in 2015 and we are please to have him and his fellow Buskers perform tonight.

Joining Jim are Dan Schindler on ukulele, and Bob Weaver; winner of the Seattle Met’s Battle of the Buskers competition and one of four finalists in Rolling Stone’s Street to Stage competition, Carly Calbero; and the Greg Paul Trio with Greg on Banjo and voice, Dave Smith on violin and Andre Hare on bass.


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November 5, 2017
Families Who Do Music Together

Each year we feature a special concert of “Families Who Do Music Together.” Our November SJV concert features local Pacific Northwest’s artist and their family members that are also talented musicians. Showcasing: Beth and Jim Wulff; Nancy Erickson, Kayla Erickson and Trevor Erickson; Sheila Kay; Annie Eastwood and James Middlefield; Michael and Sylvia Rollins; Grace Holden, plus a few surprise artists. 

During the interlude there will be a special reflection by local jazz legend Grace Holden.

This style of concert is unique and includes audience participation. Bring your children, bring your whole family.

Co-hosts: Janet Whitlock and Nancy Erickson


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October 1, 2017
Trish, Hans, and Phil with John Anderson
Trish, Hans and Phil have a refreshing concept — three voices, tight harmonies, and great jazz interpretations of The American Songbook. Trish, Hans and Phil are one of the most innovative and entertaining groups in the Northwest today. In addition to their unique and superb musicianship, they convey a joyous and exhilarating sense of showmanship. They bring their novel approach to the classics, from Cole Porter and the Gershwins to Lennon and McCartney. With the story-line lyrics of Hans, the sultry tones of Trish, and Phil’s dry wit, this exciting group combines their soaring, swinging vocals for a sound that is truly their own.

It all started in the early nineties in the little one-street town of Conway,… Washington. Trish was singing at the Conway Tavern which was to become, under her direction, home of the legendary Sunday afternoon jam sessions. Musicians would come from far and wide to partake in what was perhaps the best audience for jazz in the Northwest.

Well, one day Hans and his motley crew rolled down from Bellingham to be the house band du jour. He did something to make Betty Boop (the most ardent fan of anything anywhere) laugh, and Trish knew she had found something. One thing led to another, and soon they were playing at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland every Wednesday and Thursday. During this stint, they found themselves in need of a new bass player. Enter Phil.

Trish, Hans & Phil at Bake’s Place, Hans kept saying, “I don’t think this is the right guy,” but once again, Trish knew they had found something. How did she know this? Hans figured it could only be all that hair she had. Nothing else made sense. Anyway, turns out Phil could sing, muscled his way into some of the vocal duets, and voila! some of the most fun any of them had been part of was happening. Hans and Phil started writing three-part vocal arrangements, Trish kept growing her hair (Hans still swears there’s some connection between her talent and her hair), Betty Boop kept laughing, and after some fits and starts, they FINALLY made a recording. For fourteen years now everybody’s been wanting to take them home, and now it can happen. A lot of love and sweat went into this CD. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it. We will see you October 1 at 6:00 p.m. with John Anderson joining us on sax.

Hans Brehmer on piano and vocals, Trish Hatley on vocals, Phil Demaree on vocals and bass, and John Anderson on sax.



Our 2016-17 Seattle Jazz Vespers Young Artist Scholarship Winner – Yasna Vismale
“Summertime”
~ George Gershwin
Yasna Vismale: trumpet and vocals
Jovino Santos Neto: piano
Ben Thomas: vibraphone
Chuck Deardorf: bass
Mark Ivester: drums
Jeff Busch: percussion

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June 4, 2017
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

Join us Sunday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. for our last concert of our 2016-2017 season. During the interlude, we will also be awarding our “Young Jazz Artist” scholarship.

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.

Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

Currently, Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and many more.

Jovino Santos Neto: piano, flute and melodica
Ben Thomas: vibraphone and Bandoneon
Chuck Deardorf: bass
Mark Ivester: drums
Jeff Busch: percussion


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April 2, 2017
The Fab Three

Seattle Jazz Vespers presents the Pacific Northwest’s premier BEATLES Band
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On rare occasions, the stars align and magical things happen. A case in point happened a generation ago when four young Liverpudlians formed a band named The Beatles.

The effect that this musical group had on the world continues to reverberate even today. The music is as exciting today as it was when it was created.

Well, the stars have once again aligned and three musicians inspired by the music of The Beatles have formed a fresh new group called The Fab Three.

Featuring Paul Forrest from the UK with authentic vocals that will send a shiver up your spine; Russ Salton on guitars and bass with tight lead and harmony vocals and his fun sense of humor; Marcie Forrest filling the shoes of one “Richard Starky” or as we know him, Ringo Starr on drums and percussion.

The FAB THREE performing the music of The Beatles as it was meant to be played, channeling the very heart and soul of John, Paul, George and Ringo. No props or costumes – just the magic of the music that changed the world.


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February 5, 2017
“Cup of Joe Brazil” Tribute by the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Seattle Jazz Vespers is please to have the Steve Griggs Ensemble perform this tribute to Joe Brazil on February 5, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Reprinted from The Seattle Times, Paul de Barros, Seattle Times Jazz Critic

“For the past three years, Seattle jazz saxophonist Steve Griggs has been combining his considerable skills as a musician, journalist and historian to produce “Songs of Unsung Seattle,” which mix original music with historical exposition.”

“Past inspirations have been the Chinatown International District’s Panama Hotel, Chief Seattle and sculptor James Washington.”

“The latest “Unsung Seattle” installment illuminates the life and work of the late saxophonist and teacher Joe Brazil, a popular activist whose failure to earn tenure at the University of Washington in 1974 sparked student protests and whose Black Academy of Music had a profound effect on many Central Area musicians.”

“On Monday (Dec. 5, 2016), Griggs celebrated the CD release of “A Cup of Joe Brazil” at the Royal Room, accompanied by trumpeter Jay Thomas, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Milo Petersen.”

“The program features some lovely hard bop and post-bop originals (“Royal Heirs,” “Jazz Souls”) inspired by Brazil’s story as recounted orally by Griggs, as well as Brazil’s excellent “I Try.” Those include Brazil’s upbringing in Detroit and fabled basement jam sessions there; his close friendship with John Coltrane and 1965 collaboration with him during the period of Coltrane’s 1965 gig at Seattle’s Penthouse, which resulted in the album “Om”; the conflict at the UW; and the Black Academy.” 


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January 8, 2017
Annie and the Stand-Ins

The original date for this concert was January 1, 2017, New Year’s Day and although it would be a great time to celebrate with family and friends at home, attending a concert probably would not be on anyone’s “New Year’s Resolution” list. So, we’ve moved the concert to January 8, 2017 at 6 p.m.
“Annie and the Stand-ins” are a septet of some of Seattle’s best standard jazz, blues, and R&B musicians around. This concert is especially unique because we’ll have both a female and male vocalist.

Featuring: Annie Eastwood, vocals and percussion; Jim Wulff, vocals; Beth Wulff, keyboard; Brian Kent, tenor sax; James Middlefield, harmonica; Larry Hill, bass; and Tom Brighton, percussion.

This collaboration of veteran players has a magical synergy; truly loving to make music together and loving to share with the audience.


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October 9, 2016 (note date change)
Scott Lindenmuth Group

The Scott Lindenmuth Group performs unique arrangements of jazz standards and original music featuring dynamic group improvisation and spontaneous, creative soloing.

Scott Lindenmuth is a guitarist with few boundaries. He has been described as “One of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest instrumentalists” and a “Genre-crossing virtuoso.” Performing with his contemporary instrumental quintet, the Scott Lindenmuth Group, will play jazz standards and solo as a classical guitarist, Lindenmuth is expanding his reputation as a cutting edge composer, creative and intuitive improviser, and master technician. A master of many styles Lindenmuth is one of the few guitarists in the world today that can easily transition from jazz to electric blues, classical to rock, funk, and fusion displaying fluid technique and virtuosic ability in all genres.

His list of influences range from Jimi Hendrix to Wes Montgomery, Andres Segovia to Pat Metheny. As a composer he has released four albums of original compositions with his group which received rave reviews in major publications including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Guitar World and Jazziz. They have been featured on radio stations throughout the U.S., with sales in countries around the world. He has also composed many compositions for solo guitar. Scott Lindenmuth is regular performer on the Pacific Northwest music scene and has appeared at the regions top venues for live music. Known in the ‘80s and ‘90s as the go-to guitar instructor in the Northwest his students include a who’s who of famed Seattle area guitarists performing in bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Rail, Metallica, Tom Waits, Metal Church, Sanctuary, Alan White, and the Gothard Sisters. Recently Lindenmuth’s students filled the guitar chair in the 2010 and 2012 Washington Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band. From 1975 to 1979 Lindenmuth attended the Cornish College of the Arts studying with Gary Peacock, Jim Knapp, Ian Drummond, Don Mock, and Bern Herbolsheimer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in jazz and classical guitar performance and composition.
Scott Lindenmuth – Guitar
Robert Puff – Sax
Andy Roben – Keyboards
Chris Monroe – Drums


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June 5, 2016
Jacqueline Tabor Quartet

Jacqueline Tabor is an award winning vocalist who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. This sultry alto has a voice that contains style, passion and sophistication. Expressive in her approach to a Jazz standard, she creates a memorable moment that lures you in wanting more.

A native of Bellevue, Washington, she was instructed by Jack Halm at Sammamish High School; A great jazz professor in the Bellevue School District and Seattle Pacific University. After graduation she studied Music and History at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she developed a deep understanding of the blues and the origins of jazz music. Tabor took a break from singing to raise her children, and in 2003 she relocated to her hometown of Seattle. Once reacquainted with the beautiful Emerald City, she began performing more seriously in various clubs and competitions.

In 2004 she worked with accomplished vocalist and Cornish College instructor, Andrienne Wilson. This amazing encounter guided Jacqueline to obtain the skills, techniques and confidence to seek out the membership of a real jazz band. In March of 2005, Tabor began a career with the Black Lab Trio as lead vocalist. This band recognized Jacqueline’s talent and allowed her to cultivate a vocal jazz style of her own. While performing various venues in town and performing selections from the “American Songbook”, Tabor learned and appreciated the history and the emotional impact of these tunes. In early 2011 while having a moment of progression, The Jacqueline Tabor Quartet was born to pursue her solo career. This band is the formulation of fantastic musicians, and the result of diligence and basic hard work. It was also inspired by a family member: Jacqueline is the God-Daughter of the late Edmonia Jarrett whose amazing career and journey of perseverance has left herself, her family and Seattle with a great loss and an amazing legacy that Tabor hopes to live up to one day.

On March 21st, 2011 at Jazz Alley she was awarded Seattle Kobe Jazz Queen. This gave Jacqueline the opportunity to travel and perform in Kobe, Japan at Asahi Hall May of that same year. The journey was invaluable to her career and her life. Upon returning inspired by the experience in Japan, Tabor released her debut album “What a Wonderful World” in July 2011. This album includes 13 interpretations of Jazz Standards that has touched listeners worldwide. It was created with the help of an all star cast: Big Daddy Tabor Productions, Hans Brehmer, Alexey Nikolaev, Ken French and Larry Holloway, David Lange Studios, Black Belt Mastering and Studio North Distributions.

On April 11th, 2012, at Tula’s Jazz Club she was presented with the NW Vocalist of the Year for the Golden Ear Award. Since 1990 the Golden Ear Awards program has provided an opportunity for Seattle jazz fans and performers to celebrate the region’s jazz accomplishments of the previous year. It is truly an honor!

“Jacqueline D. Tabor is an independent artist that must be discovered and experienced to truly enjoy the great skills and talents she possesses.” Robert Cunningham from the Lexington Jazz Music Examiner was written on April 24, 2012. Influences include: Edmonia Jarrett, Diane Reeves, Eva Cassidy, Melody Gardot, Tuck and Patti, Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughan.


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May 1, 2016
Leah Natale Quintet

Sophistication and beauty of the Golden Era of Jazz, is the combination of the smooth vocals of Leah Natale, the deep rich sound of the acoustic bass, the warm and engaging lines of the jazz guitar, and the sound of woodwinds.

Leah Natale (vocals) Jazz Vocalist, Leah Natale won the 2013 Seattle/Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist of the year. She has freelanced with several bands throughout Chicago and Minneapolis. Leah studied with Richard Davis, bass player for Sarah Vaughn. She has produced three CDs, including My Someday which was recorded with a 10-piece jazz orchestra and Swing Easy. Her songs can be heard on several radio stations throughout the country and have been well received throughout Japan.

George Stone (guitar) performs regularly in the Northwest with a variety of great players in the Seattle area. In the last few years he has been in-demand as a Jazz and Brazilian guitarist. George plays a custom-built 7-string guitar. In addition to Ambience George has performed with the Buck-Stone Guitar duo, the Stone Trio and the Nilza Lessa Brazilian Trio.

Chris Busa (winds) played in bands throughout Southern California and has played the college and amusement park circuit along with various Hollywood and Vegas club venues. He opened for Tower of Power, and was asked by the head of Jazz Studies to become the lead soloist for the Pepperdine University Jazz Band. Chris played with LA recording artist Plas Johnson (famous for recording Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme.”) Chris now resides in Seattle where he is making his reputation as the premier wind synthesizer player in the area.

Jeff Busch (drums/percussion) performs with a variety of groups in the Seattle area including the Jovino Santos Neto quinteto; Carlos Cascante Y Su Tumbao led by pianist Julio Jauregui; The EntreMundos Quarteto, the Bill Anschell Trio and Blues singer Frank Anderson. Jeff has recorded two albums of original jazz with his quintet, the second album ‘Song for the Ninth Ward’ was written for the play ‘Katrina – I Too Am Worthy’ which was performed at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. This past year Jeff has worked as an accompanist for Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet, from the Antonio Carlos Jobim group, as well as Brazilian guitarist extraordinaire Romero Lubambo. Jeff is currently working on completing an album of Brazilian music, as well as a new set of music for jazz trio!

Cary Black (bass) performance and recording credits include work with Howard Alden, Laurindo Almeida, Ernestine Anderson, Frankie Avalon, Cyd Charisse, Petula Clark, The Harry James Orchestra, Dan Hicks, Rebecca Kilgore, The Kingston Trio, Laurie Lewis, Rose Maddox, Mark Murphy, Mollie O’Brien, Mark O’Connor, Van Dyke Parks, Kay Starr, and Ernie Watts. Cary has made numerous radio and television appearances including The Grand Ol’ Opry and A Prairie Home Companion. His bass playing has been heard recently on episodes of Inside Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (with President Obama). He is currently a member of the Kathy Kallick Band.


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April 3, 2016
BlueStreet Jazz Voices

20 Voices of Pure Jazz

Seattle Jazz Vespers is happy to welcome back BlueStreet Jazz Voices.

BlueStreet performs current arrangements of big band favorites, jazz standards, songs by contemporary jazz artists such as: Michael Bublé, Kurt Elling, Groove for Thought, Manhattan Transfer, Jane Monheit, New York Voices, Gene Puerling and jazz inspired arrangements of popular artists – The Beatles, Coldplay, Maroon Five, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.

BlueStreet has been invited to perform in several prominent concert series and at notable venues including: Benaroya Hall, Earshot Jazz Art of Jazz concert series at the Seattle Art Museum, Edmonds Arts Festival, Seattle Jazz Vespers at Seattle First Baptist, Kirkland Performing Arts Series, The Triple Door and Tula’s Jazz Club.

BlueStreet Jazz Voices is a non-profit semi-professional 20 voice SATB audition vocal jazz ensemble that performs with a backup trio and a cappella.



March 6, 2016
Carolena Mátus Quartet

Carolena Mátus is a classically trained singer and jazz artist, who spent the majority of her career living and performing in Las Vegas, NV, the Entertainment Capital of the World.  Her distinctive vocal quality, exceptional pitch and ear, combined with her artistic lyric interpretation and phrasing set her apart as a vocal musician of excellence.

In the mid-1980s, Mátus was introduced through a former band member to Frank Sinatra, Jr.  Her respect for him, along with his passion for the music and his own multifaceted talent, greatly inspired and influenced her.  Thanks to Frank’s influence, the jazz bug had bitten her; she was thoroughly hooked and her music was forever, joyfully changed.  Her formative experiences with preeminent Las Vegas jazz musicians including internationally renowned trombonist, Carl Fontana, amongst many others, are the basis for the singer she is today.  Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Carolena continues to expand the scope of her music partnerships and has been blessed by a variety of expert musicians from Portland to Seattle, including Randy Halberstadt, John Stowell, Phil Sparks, Clipper Anderson, Michael Barnett, Bill Anschell, Darin Clendenin, Bert Wilson and Joe Baque.

Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene for many years. A multi-dimensional pianist, composer and author, he is equally at home playing bebop, Latin and a host of other jazz genres. Having performed with many jazz luminaries, he has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

Halberstadt is among the most in-demand performers of our region. He has appeared with national artists such as Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Herb Ellis, Mel Brown, Mimi Fox, Kevin Mahogany, Sheila Jordan, Bobby Shew, Marlena Shaw and John Stowell. He is featured on numerous recordings with the top names in NW jazz, such as the Clarence Acox Sextet. He has recorded four CDs of his own, and is the author an instructional text, “Metaphors for the Musician: Perspectives from a Jazz Pianist.”

Phil Sparks is among the leading bassists in Seattle, having performed with nearly every top jazz group in the city. He records extensively with many of the Northwest’s top names, and received a special mention as a star of the Seattle scene in the Feb. 94 issue of Down Beat.

Sparks has recorded with Jerry Granelli, Barry Wedgle, Rich Halley, Francis Vanek, Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp, Juhan Lee, Randy Halberstadt, Rick Mandyck, Jay Thomas, Woody Woodhouse, Clarence Acox, Floyd Standifer, Milo Petersen, Hans Fahling, Steve Griggs, Matt Jorgenson, The Plymouth Trio, Mark Lanegan, Akbar De Preist, and Peter Ross.

John Stowell is a unique guitarist and a true original. A beloved figure on the international Jazz scene, his special take on harmony, chords and improvisation set him apart. John began his successful career in the early 1970s. Traveling the globe from Argentina to Ireland, Portland to New York, Russia to Australia, he continues to actively perform, teach and record. In the Autumn of 2011 he visited Estonia, the 20th country in which he has performed since being on the road.

Stowell is a contributing columnist for several popular publications, including “Downbeat” magazine since 1995. His album, “Through the Listening Glass,” which he recorded with bassist David Friesen, was named one of the “Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade” by the Los Angeles Examiner. His recording/performance credits include: Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Mundell Lowe, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Richie Cole, Paul Horn, Tom Harrell, Don Thompson, Dave Liebman and many others.


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February 7, 2016
Eugenie Jones and her Sextet

Eugenie Jones and her Sextet make their SJV premiere after the Super Bowl Game.

Born and raised in West Virginia to parents who were rooted in the black church and its music, Eugenie Jones made her professional debut as a jazz singer in Seattle, WA. After graduate school and an extensive career in the business, Jones began pursuing music. The late-blooming, yet now extremely accomplished vocalist and composer, discovered a talent she had not previously tapped into.

The entertainer is described by audiences from the pacific northwest to the eastern seaboard as a clever lyricist with a beautifully passionate vocal style and engaging personality.

Jones revealed herself to be a remarkably mature and refresh…ingly different artist on her debut, award-winning recording, Black Lace Blue Tears. As a gifted composer, she wrote 9 of the 11 selections on the CD, offering contemporary insights into a variety of emotions and situations while staying true to flavor and feel of straight-ahead jazz.

Reviewed favorably in a multitude of print and online media, the debut was followed-up by the bold break-out release, Come Out Swingin’ self-penned straight-ahead swing jazz tunes joined by a bluesy version of the James Brown R&B classic, It’s A Man’s World, and seldom heard jazz standards such as Cole Porter’s Begin The Beguine. Her 2015 release peaked at #41 on Jazz Week Review and knocked radio audiences and critics everywhere off their feet.

Jones is described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz differently and is vocally described by one critic as possessing, “A voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” True to the genre, she is a twenty-first century artist reminiscent in style and talent of iconic jazz vocalist/composers of long ago.

Eugenie Jones, vocals; Peter Adams, piano; Tim Carey, bass; Brian Smith, drums; Milo Petersen, guitar, and Ernesto Pediangco, conga drum.


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January 3, 2016
The Socialight Gypsies

Join us for an evening of cafe, jazz and swing music for your listening pleasure! The Socialite Gypsies light up the stage with American jazz classics; European musettes, waltzes, polkas, bossas and tangos.

The Socialite Gypsies are:
Dina Blade: chanteuse guitarist
Julian Smedley: violinist extraordinaire
Bonnie Birch: accomplished accordianist accomplice
Hans Brehmer: intrepid ivory-tickler


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December 6, 2015
Daniel Barry’s Celestial Rhythm Orchestra

“I’m so pleased to offer this concert as part of the Seattle Jazz Vespers series. The 19 member orchestra will sound unbelievable in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church. We will present orchestral jazz that includes Cuban, Brazilian, Peruvian and Classical music traditions. CRO features soloists Jovino Santos Neto, Steve Mostovoy, Thomas Marriott, Steve Treseler, Mark Taylor, Paul Gillespie, Jim DeJoie, Naomi Siegal, Nathan Vetter, Greg Campbell and Ben Thomas among others. Our goal is to transcend the mundane details of daily life and catch a glimpse of the divine.” -Daniel Barry, Composer/Conductor

Daniel Barry, Composer/Conductor
Daniel Barry’s music falls primarily into the jazz category but assembles ideas from Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian and classical music traditions.

“The sound and style… is difficult to pin down, partly because it switches continually from one influence to another. Sometimes it sounds like folk music from the Old Country, other times like a sort of sophisticated modern gypsy music, and again like some Caribbean or South African High Life music. The writing is fresh and imaginative, and has a hip, tongue-in-cheek sort of style that sets it apart from most of the similar efforts of the “third stream” period.

John Henry / Audiophile Audition
Daniel has conducted performances of his large ensemble compositions in Reykjavik, Iceland; Oslo, Norway; Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Diadema, Sao Paulo, Campinas, and Tatui; Brazil, Lima, Peru; Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colorado. His compositions are performed regularly by professional and student orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

In 2015 Daniel served as Composer-in-Residence at the Visby International Centre for Composer’s in Sweden, and the Bosch & Simons Artist Residency in Chelva, Spain. Daniel is a Fulbright Scholar, 4Culture Grant recipient, Artist Trust Fellowship recipient, and Seattle City Arts award winner. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


November 1, 2015
Families Who Do Music Together

Each year we feature a special concert of “Families Who Do Music Together.” Our November SJV concert features some of the Pacific Northwest’s artist and their family members that are also talented musicians.

On-tap for our this concert are vocalist Grace Holden and family; vocalist Shelia Kay and family; vocalist Annie Eastwood and James Middlefield on harmonica; pianist Ron Weinstein and Dillyn Kost on saxophone; pianist Beth Wulff and grandson Zack; vocalist Nancy Erickson and son Trevor; and vocalist Kristy Fammartino and daughter Enza.

During the interlude there will be a special reflection by local jazz legend Grace Holden.

This style of concert is unique and includes audience participation. Bring your children, bring your whole family.

Co-hosts: Janet Whitlock and Jacqueline Tabor


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October 4, 2015
Overton Berry Trio

We begin our 2015-2016 season with the Overton Berry Trio. Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16 when he played USO shows at military bases on the West Coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend,” and his wealth of experience and generations of fans bear witness to this affectionate accolade.

His credits include Music Director for the Peggy Lee Concert at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair; Music Director for the House of Entertainment during the Seattle World’s Fair; Music Director for the Canadian tour La Hora de Jazz Concerts; Music Director of the Gene Stridel Show, Hollywood Overseas Committee – Viet Nam; and Music Director of the Overton Berry Trio and the TOBE School of Music.

He has played extensively in venues around the world and at numerous venues in and around Seattle including Jazz Alley, The Double Tree Inn, The Alexis Hotel, The Triple Door, Egan’s Ballard Jam House and The Sorrento Hotel where he can still be heard regularly in The Fireside Room.

Join us for an evening of jazz with one of the greats.


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June 7, 2015
Double Header Season Finale
Nelda Swiggett Stringtet and the Milo Peterson Trio featuring Jake Bergevin on vocals

We also will be awarding the Seattle Jazz Vespers’ “Young Jazz Artist Scholarship for our 2014-2015 Season.

Nelda Swiggett Stringtet
The melodic originals of Seattle pianist/vocalist Nelda Swiggett draw from her long list of influences, from jazz to Afro-Cuban, to gospel, classical and more. Nelda first came onto Seattle’s jazz scene in the early 90′s, leading the popular Room to Move sextet, and performing at many of Seattle’s top jazz venues. She has performed her original music with bassist Chris Symer and drummer Byron Vannoy since 2006. JazzTimes called their 2010 CD, This Time (OA2 Records), a “stunning project,” and the trio was selected to perform in Seattle’s 2010 Earshot Jazz Festival.

Nelda met ve…teran Seattle Symphony musicians Rachel Swerdlow (viola) and Walter Gray (cello) when Rachel’s triplet boys became friends with her son in middle school. In 2011, intrigued by the sound of strings, Nelda was inspired to invite these two exceptional musicians and friends to join her trio. Her five-piece “Stringtet” debuted soon after at the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival. Nelda’s fourth CD, Blue-Eyed Painted Lady, was recorded by Stringtet in 2013, and was released nationally by OA2 Records in March 2014.

Rachel Swerdlow has been a violist for the Seattle Symphony since 1987. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music and has a BA in Music History and Theory from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s in Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the summers she plays at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Cellist Walter Gray has been a featured soloist several times during his 32 years with the Seattle Symphony. “Gray played with his usual intensity and flair…the cello’s lyrical possibilities are realized” (Seattle Times). He is also an active performer, recording artist, producer and instructor outside his work with the symphony. He was a founding member of the Kronos Quartet; his new music ensemble Quake was recently featured in a performance at the Zagreb Biennale, Zagreb, Croatia; and his world travels include tours with the Odeon Quartet to Russia and the Liverpool Trio to Korea.

Bassist Chris Symer was well established in the LA jazz scene before moving to the northwest ten years ago. He’s since become one of Seattle’s top tier bass players, highly regarded for his versatile and sensitive musicianship. Chris has recorded, performed and toured with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including Tierney Sutton, Ramsey Lewis, Roger Kellaway, Robben Ford and Bennie Maupin.

Drummer Byron Vannoy has worked steadily as a performer and educator on both the east and west coasts playing, recording and composing a wide variety of music. He has performed and recorded with many internationally known musicians, including Julian Priester, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, and Ernestine Anderson, to name a few. Byron’s CD of original compositions, Meridian, was voted Earshot’s 2008 “Record of the Year.” “Vannoy is as impressive for his soft use of brushes as for the solo creativity he displays in a sizzling performance” (JazzTimes).


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The Milo Petersen Trio featuring Jake Bergevin on vocals
The Milo Peterson Trio kicked off our first concert of this season and the group was such a hit, we’ve invited them back for an encore performance to close out this season.  

Making his home in Seattle, Milo has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70’s after studying for 3 years at Western Washington University under Bill Cole, Scott Reeves, and Americole Biasini. Milo spent 4 years in New York City (1987-1991) leading trios and quartets and then returned to Seattle. In addition to playing with the wide array of amazing musicians in Seattle he has performed with some of the world’s finest including: Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton (with the Composer’s and Improviser’s Orchestra), Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz. Milo also had the great fortune, thanks to saxophonist/composer Steve Griggs, of recording 2 CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin vols.1 & 2 – Hip City Music).

He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guy’s Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension.

Milo spent 4 years on the adjunct faculties of Western Washington University and Olympic Community College. He has also taught at The Cornish Institute For The Arts in Seattle and Friend’s Seminary, NYC. He currently teaches privately and at Seattle Central Community College.

Jake Bergevin, vocals, Chuck Kistler, bass; Brad Boal, drums and Milo Peterson, guitar.


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May 3, 2015
Danny Quinterro Quintet
At just 25 years of age, Seattle native Danny Quintero has had the opportunity to share the stage with many high profile Seattle musicians. Danny’s keen ear for subtle nuances of the Sinatra school of ‘Bel Canto’ singing-articulation, phrasing, dynamics, and breath control have brought a fresh, likeable and personalized approach to the Great American Song book. He has, and continues to, make appearances on Seattle radio stations, at various Seattle Jazz clubs, and more notably has performed several times with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra at Benaroya Hall. In the summer of 2011, Danny toured with the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble (1) under the direction of Mr. Clarence Acox in Italy where they graced audiences at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Piazza Di Todi, and in Rome at the Domus Talenti Hotel. In December of 2013, Danny successfully released his Christmas Album, “Merry Christmas” with Acclaimed Pianist, Randy Halberstadt and special guests Clarence Acox and Katie Davi.

Performing with Danny are: Chris Morton, piano; Nathan Parker, bass; Clarence Acox, drums; and Tony Rondolone, saxophone.

 


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April 5, 2015
Elspeth Savani and the Savani Latin Jazz Quartet

Savani Latin Jazz stepping out with their original blend of latin jazz. Traditional rhythms of Cuba and South America are given flight with jazz arrangements that highlight the improvisatory prowess of the musicians. The songs breathe with a deep lyricism, inviting the audience into a rich and unpredictable musical landscape, where cha-cha-cha, waltz and swing meet like old friends on the dance floor.

Singer/ director Elspeth Savani earned a BA in Music from Wesleyan University. Her first significant encounter with Cuban music was an epiphany. The rhythmic counterpoint and call-and-response singing was exciting and powerful, and in the ensuing weeks Elspeth put her classical voice training aside in order to focus on congas, Cuban dance, folkloric Cuban song, and Spanish language.

The Savani Latin Jazz Quartet began as a City Artist grant-funded endeavor under the mentorship of Brazilian jazz pianist and composer, Jovino Santos Neto in 2009. Since then Elspeth has been exploring an expanded world of latin music and jazz, which allows her to draw on a wide breadth of styles and vocal colors.

In 2007 and 2011, Elspeth received Earshot Jazz nominations for “Best Emerging Artist” and “Best Northwest Jazz Vocalist”, respectively, and is the recipient of several City Artist and 4 Culture Arts grants.

The Savani Latin Jazz Quartet is Julio Jauregui, the NW region’s preeminent latin jazz pianist and arranger, Jeff Busch (drumset, percussion), known for his work with Jovino Santos Neto, Entre Mundos and Patrinell Wright, to name a few, and Ben Verdier (bass), sought-after salsa, latin and jazz bassist and pianist who can be heard with Cambalache and Sonando among others.


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March 1, 2015
Lance Buller and the Roadstars’ Jazz Band
A variety of music… jazz, swing and much more… A mix of music from the turn of the century until now, all with the band that has become a tradition at such events as the Seattle Mariners home games, the Puyallup Washington State Fair and the Evergreen State Fair.

The band is graced with some of the top talent in the Northwest, but the sound of the group rivals the best in the nation. Among the outstanding instrumentalists and vocalists are band leader, trumpeter and singer Lance Buller who is a phenomenal showman. The rest of the band is made up of an exemplary cast including  Ken French on the patented “Roadstars’ Rolling Drums,” a vintage drum set on wheels, Chuck Kistler on bass,  Teddy Dortch on sax and of course, the guitar talents of the incomparable Chris Spencer.

 



February 1, 2015

Gail Pettis and her Trio
Named “2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine.
A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Gail grew up in Gary, Indiana, surrounded by healthcare professionals. Yet there was also music in the family tree: grandfather Arthur Pettis was a blues singer and guitarist who recorded for Victor Records in Memphis in 1928 and for Brunswick in Chicago in 1930 and grandmother, Ninevah played piano around Chicago. Along with her sister, Gail sang classical music and hymns at a local Presbyterian church and continued in other school and church choirs in later years. Initially drawn to follow in the family footsteps of healthcare delivery, she attended Ohio State University, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, completing an orthodontic residency program at Harvard University, after which she taught and practiced orthodontics full-time for the next 15 years, eventually moving to Seattle WA in 1996 by way of Memphis, TN. Gail spent her days chairside and her evenings with a newfound hobby of West Coast Swing dancing, having become attracted to this particular style of swing because it afforded the opportunity to respond to the music with a partner rather than only dancing through patterns. When an injury took her off the dance floor in 1996, she began looking for other creative outlets, including a jazz workshop led by Seattle saxophonist Darren Motamedy. In this class, Gail was delighted to discover within jazz similar opportunities to interact with the music and with fellow musicians. With Motamedy’s encouragement, she continued to pursue her new passion by participating in jam sessions and also through private study, eventually selling her orthodontic practice in 2006.

Gail enjoys interacting with listeners as well; her live performances have been described by Earshot jazz as going “…from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz.”. As artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2006, she was featured artist with the New Manhattan Big Band, also Eddie Conard and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and smaller combs in venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at KAVC Hall as First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. She has also performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise, Idaho, Jazz at the River Festival in Eagle, ID.

Gail’s debut CD, May I Come In?, (Origin/OA2 Records, 2007), was given a warm reception by XM Satellite Radio and Music Choice Television as well as by stations across the United States and in Germany and Portugal. This recording was nominated for Earshot’s Golden Ear award “2007 Northwest Recording of the Year”. The eagerly awaited sophmore recording, Here in the Moment, was released in January 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records. Gail’s refreshing readings of standard songs have been embraced by listeners, resulting in a 14 week stay (peaking at #5) on the JazzWeek National Airplay Chart.

Gail has also contributed vocals to Grammy-nominated CD “Colabs,” has song credits in major motion pictures and her voiceover and jingle work can currently be heard on radio and television.

Whether traveling, performing closer to home or spending time in the recording studio, Gail continues to value is the freedom of personal expression she finds in music. For me, emotion is the the currency of jazz. Over the years, I have learned that wearing your heart on your sleeve is not always the best approach to every life situation, but within the context of music, vulnerability always feels right.”

Gail Pettis, vocals; Darin Clendenin, piano; Clipper Anderson, bass and Mark Ivester, drums.

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January 4, 2015
Climate Change

Climate Change is four stylistically different cutting edge musicians coming together to blend their creative influences into a statement musical harmony.

Dennis Hastings is regarded as one of the Northwest’s most highly respected vocalist. His performances in Jazz, R&B, and Popular music place him at the pinnacle of the regions music community.

Ariel Calabria is a highly talented multi-instrumentalist whose guitar work alone has left audiences in a state of disbelief. He is a veteran of Saxophone legend Bert Wilson’s Rebirth band.

Tarik Bentlemsani is an award winning guitar wizard whose talents are in constant demand by others in the music community. Besides Climate Change, Tarik performs with The Brown Edition, Podunk Funk and vocalist Lizzy Boyer.

Michael Olson is a percussionist from the legendary Obrador band, Ocho Pies and numerous Jazz and folkloric ensembles. For decades he has studied in and performed the music of Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico in both concert and dance settings.


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December 7, 2014
The Bill Chism Trio with Annie Eastwood on vocals
An eclectic combination of blues, rock and roll, jazz and swing to kick off the Holiday Season.


Bill Chism
is a Seattle area guitarist who’s  been studying guitar since 1961.  His repertoire is a blend of jazz and pop.  He plays both the melody and chords together with a style similar to Chet Atkins.  This is a full sounding unique style that enables him to play as a solo instrumentalist as well as with a variety of other musicians.

Most notable, Bill has recorded two CDs, one of which was played on Muzak and the other a Christmas CD that received extensive airplay on Seattle’s KWJZ. Bill has appeared on KIRO TV’s Northwest Afternoon, performed at a wedding in Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman’s Malibu residence, and has toured as backup musician in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and most of North America.

Originally from the Midwest, vocalist Annie Eastwood has lived in Seattle for 20 years. She has been singing blues and ballads ever since her coffee house days at Kent State.  Her repertoire features straight ahead rockin’ roadhouse blues, to smoldering slow burners, and swing tunes.  Annie’s vocals combine elements of blues and jazz with a unique sultry, sensitive tone that she can shape to rock the house

Annie’s self designed and produced debut CD entitled Out of Her Mind features her distinctive vocals on all 10 cuts, six of which are her original songs. As a result, she was nominated in 2002 by the Washington Blues Society for Best Female Vocalist and the CD was nominated for Best Northwest Recording.

The band: Annie Eastwood, vocals; Bill Chism, guitar; Larry Hill, bass, Tom Brighton, percussion.


November 2, 2014
Each year we feature a concert of “Families Who Do Music Together.” Our November SJV concert features some of the Pacific Northwest’s artist and their family members that are also talented musicians.  On-tap for our November concert are Marlee Walker, Mercedes Nicole, the Wuff Family (Jim, Beth and Cassie), and the Swiggett Family plus many others. This style of concert is unique and includes audience participation. Bring your children, bring your whole family.

 

October 5, 2014

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The Milo Petersen Trio featuring Jake Bergevin on vocals; Chuck Kistler, bass; Brad Boal, drums and Milo Peterson, guitar.

Our October 5th kick-off concert for our 2014-2015 season will be a free-will donation benefit concert for a local humanitarian non-profit, Northwest Adoption Exchange (http://NWAE.org/)

Seattle nonprofit Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) has been recruiting adoptive homes for children in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska waiting in foster care since 1976. With over 5,000 Pacific Northwest children waiting to be adopted, NWAE serves one of our community’s greatest needs. Despite recent state funding cuts, NWAE continues to find adoptive families for children in foster ca…re; support the families who come forward to accept this challenge; and educate and advocate for excellence in child welfare.

Free parking, family friendly, refreshments after the conclusion of the concert. No Tickets necessary. Come early for best seating.

Be sure to let us know if you can attend, and please share this event with your family and friends.

About Milo:

Making his home in Seattle, Milo has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70’s after studying for 3 years at Western Washington University under Bill Cole, Scott Reeves, and Americole Biasini. Milo spent 4 years in New York City (1987-1991) leading trios and quartets and then returned to Seattle. In addition to playing with the wide array of amazing musicians in Seattle he has performed with some of the world’s finest including: Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton (with the Composer’s and Improviser’s Orchestra), Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz. Milo also had the great fortune, thanks to saxophonist/composer Steve Griggs, of recording 2 CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin vols.1 & 2 – Hip City Music).

He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guy’s Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension.

Milo spent 4 years on the adjunct faculties of Western Washington University and Olympic Community College. He has also taught at The Cornish Institute For The Arts in Seattle and Friend’s Seminary, NYC. He currently teaches privately and at Seattle Central Community College.


June 1, 2014

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Pearl Django The group’s inception was as a trio in Tacoma, Washington in 1994. The focus of Pearl Django was, and is, to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. They quickly expanded to a quintet, adding a violinist and a third guitarist.

With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform. They have released 11 CDs to date.

Troy Chapman, Guitar; Ryan Hoffman , Guitar; David Lange, Accordion; Michael Gray, Violin; Rick Leppanen, Bass


May 4, 2014

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Steve Griggs Ensemble
What does a fictional 1940’s recording by Seattle jazz pianist sound like? That is a question Steve Griggs pondered while proposing a 4Culture Historic Site Specific grant for Seattle’s Panama Hotel. The hotel and a song “The Alley Cat Strut” are featured in Jamie Ford’s historical novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Steve’s challenge was to invent this music. The resulting program was awarded an Adventurous Programming Award by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  


 The basement of the Panama Hotel still contains unclaimed belongings from Japanese American families deported to the Puyallup Fairgrounds and later to Jerome, Idaho. Following the Pearl Harbor bombing, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 to declare areas of the United States as military zones, denying civil rights and due process to people of Japanese ancestry, including American citizens.  

 Steve became fascinated with stories of this dislocated community and the people who shared the neighborhood surrounding the Japanese-owned Panama Hotel. Feelings of loyalty, distrust, hope, and despair can open portals for compassion. Humane treatment of government enemies during war endures as a concern for citizens today.  

 Please join us for a program of music and narration about the Panama Hotel for this evening of Seattle Jazz Vespers. The ensemble will include saxophonist Steve Griggs, trumpeter Jay Thomas, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, guitarist Milo Peterson, and bassist Phil Sparks.



April 6, 2014

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Jenny Davis Band

Jenny Davis is an international jazz vocalist and composer advancing on Canadian jazz charts following her main stage performance at the 2010 Victoria International Jazz festival, where she shared the main stage with such noted jazz greats as Joshua Redman, Stanley Clark, Mike Stern and Nikki Yanofsky. A Seattle native, Davis earned her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts. A 20-year steward of straight-ahead jazz, she actively performs throughout the U.S. and Canada in clubs, festivals and jazz venues. A true original with an authentic sound, Jenny has that rare vocal ability to swing hard in the pocket and hold her own with the best musicians in the business. Jenny’s commitment to the art form is never more evident than in her third, and newest CD release of INSIDE YOU, where legendary jazz composer Rodgers Grant sought her to record his beautiful ballad ‘Morning Glory’. A versatile vocalist, she is a highly requested and is considered one of the Pacific Northwest’s top big band vocalists. A passionate steward of jazz, Jenny passes on the tradition as a jazz educator, and vocal coach. Davis is inspired by such great jazz vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme’, Shirley Horn, June Christy and Kurt Elling.

“A pure voice and laser like pitch!” (Katie Malloch, CBC Radio)
“Goes deep and makes you feel the lyrics” (Jazz Times)
“Vocalese doesn’t get any better than this!” (All About Jazz)
“A welcome addition to the history of jazz vocalists” (All About Jazz)
“Stellar vocal jazz…magnificent…talented!” (Smother)
Jenny Davis Jazz web site


March 2, 2014

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Fathia Atallah Quintet French chanteuse Fathia Atallah de Seattle sings Jazz standards in French and English, as well as her original compositions. She has many fans from France, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and the U.S. who love the sound of her divine voice. Her musical versatility creates a refreshing and delightful ambiance or a soothing and romantic atmosphere for dancing, with a European and International flair. Her professional Jazz musicians and gypsy Troubadours promise you a delightful, memorable musical voyage.

February 2, 2014

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Cynthia Mullis Quintet A Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Brazil

Inspired by musical style from the Big Apple, Cynthia Mullis plays saxophone with East Coast flair and West Coast sensibility. She is a versatile, accomplished musician who leads her own group and is a valued side-person in numerous ensembles. Cynthia performs music that is an organic, creative mix of straight-ahead and post-modern jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles, and original compositions.

Cynthia leads her own groups and and is a valued side-person in numerous ensembles. Her OA2 Records release Inside Job combines top-notch jazz musicians from the Pacific Northwest with musical style inspired by the Big Apple. Cynthia performs jazz that is an organic and creative mix of classic jazz, post-bop, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles, and original compositions.

In 1993 Cynthia moved to New York City at the encouragement of Jimmy Heath, and studied saxophone, composition and improvisation with the legendary saxophonist at Queens College. While completing her studies with Mr. Heath, she immersed herself in the jazz scene of New York City, hitting late night jam sessions, practicing hours a day, and meeting and performing with world-class musicians.

From 1994 to 2000 she was a member of the all-women big band Diva, based in New York City. With Diva, she performed extensively across the United States and Europe, backing such artists as Diane Schuur, Joe Williams and Dave Brubeck. While with Diva, Cynthia performed at many prestigious venues, including the Blue Note, Birdland, and Tavern on the Green in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the SS Norway and QE2 Floating Jazz Festivals, and jazz festivals in Berlin, Montreal, Austria and Switzerland. Cynthia can be heard on two of Diva’s CDs, Leave It to Diva and I Believe in You.

Cynthia has performed with a notable list of musicians that includes: Jimmy Heath, Ndugu Chancler, Jovino Santos Neto, John Stowell, Claire Daly, Roberta Piket, Allison Miller, Sheryl Bailey, Matt Jorgensen, Jeff Busch, Jay Thomas, Becca Duran, Bill Anschell, Eric Verlinde and Susan Pascal. In addition, she was a featured saxophonist on the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra OA2 Records release Meeting of the Waters, and performed with SWOJO at the Lima, Peru Jazz Festival in 2007.

Cynthia Mullis earned a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Queens College in NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Cynthia is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cynthia Mullis, saxophone, flute and clarinet
Adriana Giodano, vocals
Julio Juaregui, piano
Dean Schmidt, bass
Jeff Busch, drums


January 5, 2014

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Jacqueline Tabor Quartet Jacqueline Tabor is an award winning vocalist who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. This sultry alto has a voice that contains style, passion and sophistication. Expressive in her approach to a Jazz standard, she creates a memorable moment that lures you in wanting more.

A native of Bellevue, Washington, she was instructed by Jack Halm at Sammamish High School; A great jazz professor in the Bellevue School District and Seattle Pacific University. After graduation she studied Music and History at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she developed a deep understanding of the blues and the origins of jazz music. Tabor took a break from singing to raise her children, and in 2003 she relocated to her hometown of Seattle. Once reacquainted with the beautiful Emerald City, she began performing more seriously in various clubs and competitions.

In 2004 she worked with accomplished vocalist and Cornish College instructor, Andrienne Wilson. This amazing encounter guided Jacqueline to obtain the skills, techniques and confidence to seek out the membership of a real jazz band. In March of 2005, Tabor began a career with the Black Lab Trio as lead vocalist. This band recognized Jacqueline’s talent and allowed her to cultivate a vocal jazz style of her own. While performing various venues in town and performing selections from the “American Songbook”, Tabor learned and appreciated the history and the emotional impact of these tunes. In early 2011 while having a moment of progression, The Jacqueline Tabor Quartet was born to pursue her solo career. This band is the formulation of fantastic musicians, and the result of diligence and basic hard work. It was also inspired by a family member: Jacqueline is the God-Daughter of the late Edmonia Jarrett whose amazing career and journey of perseverance has left herself, her family and Seattle with a great loss and an amazing legacy that Tabor hopes to live up to one day.

On March 21st, 2011 at Jazz Alley she was awarded Seattle Kobe Jazz Queen. This gave Jacqueline the opportunity to travel and perform in Kobe, Japan at Asahi Hall May of that same year. The journey was invaluable to her career and her life. Upon returning inspired by the experience in Japan, Tabor released her debut album “What a Wonderful World” in July 2011. This album includes 13 interpretations of Jazz Standards that has touched listeners worldwide. It was created with the help of an all star cast: Big Daddy Tabor Productions, Hans Brehmer, Alexey Nikolaev, Ken French and Larry Holloway, David Lange Studios, Black Belt Mastering and Studio North Distributions.

On April 11th, 2012, at Tula’s Jazz Club she was presented with the NW Vocalist of the Year for the Golden Ear Award. Since 1990 the Golden Ear Awards program has provided an opportunity for Seattle jazz fans and performers to celebrate the region’s jazz accomplishments of the previous year. It is truly an honor!

“Jacqueline D. Tabor is an independent artist that must be discovered and experienced to truly enjoy the great skills and talents she possesses.” Robert Cunningham from the Lexington Jazz Music Examiner was written on April 24, 2012. Influences include: Edmonia Jarrett, Diane Reeves, Eva Cassidy, Melody Gardot, Tuck and Patti, Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughan.


December 1, 2013

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Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) features many of the finest female jazz artists in the region. Showcasing high intensity jazz, tight harmonies, and lush dynamic sounds, the band performs with a fresh energy stemming from over thirteen years of thrilling audiences on two continents.

SWOJO proudly features the original music of many regional and international composers and arrangers, including Jill Townsend, Hazel Leach, Robin Holcomb, Nelda Swiggett, Ann Reynolds, Roberta Piket, Leigh Pilzer, Patty Darling, and musical director, Dr. Daniel Barry.


November 3, 2013

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Mercedes Nicole and her Quintet Soft –spoken Mercedes Nicole has an intimate and alluring stage presence that reaches out beyond the limits of time and space. Her voice is haunting and arresting, wrapping itself like a comforter around the human experience, encouraging uplift, seeking not only triumph but healing. She is that exquisite mix of a Mezzo- Soprano & Contralto blend that permeates and interrupts one’s thoughts. Often with uncanny control…she lingers.

Mercedes has a rich resonance and fluidity in her voice, and humanly connects to the message birthed in each song, transparently sharing her joy as well as her pain. She loves aligning with the message and deep meaning behind lyrics embracing the tension and rhythms of life that gives magic to each song.

Her own compositions acknowledge life’s obscure and melancholy moments that so easily turn into beauty, and life journeys of the many faces of love. Her music exudes strength in the midst of tenderness and often soars so freely that the listener is caught up on wings of mystery and intrigue. It makes sense then that her influences run from Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn to Nina Simone and the queen of storytelling, Nancy Wilson, with whom Mercedes shares her birthday.

In 2008 and 2009, she debuted on stage at Demetrio’s Jazz Alley, a highly acclaimed national stage and a favorite of many of the great touring artists of all genres. “It was one of the best shows I have ever witnessed” Shirley Kline. This past September she performed her third Tribute Show to the edgy and provocative Nina Simone at a Seattle a Town Hall to a packed audience. “Her cross over appeal is astounding” Gory Taylor of Community Connections. “Mercedes draws everyone, young , mature , European, male and female; she’s remarkable!”

Mercedes is joined by members of her quartet: Greg Smith, Piano; D’Vonne Lewis, Drums; Evan Flory Barns, Bass; Thomas Marriott, Trumpet; and Ann Lindquist, Flute


October 6, 2013

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Anton Schwartz Duo with guest vocalist Inga Swearingen Jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz has been drawing listeners in with the power, spirit and subtle complexity of his music since he bounded onto the San Francisco jazz scene in 1995. At 27, Anton was answering the call of his long-standing passion for jazz, stepping away from the high-level research in Artifi cial Intelligence he’d carried out at Harvard and Stanford. Quite a career change. Once in action as a musician, Anton quickly gained an enthusiastic following as music fans responded to what the San Francisco Chronicle recently called his “warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.”

In the years since, Anton has won over listeners and critics at high-profi le jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note in New York, Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He recently performed an entire concert of solo saxophone for the 2013 San Francisco Jazz Festival. Each of his four CDs has earned sterling reviews and strong airplay, with his most recent Radiant Blue hitting number Four on the national jazz radio charts. His next CD will be released on January 28, 2014.

While his own writing earns consistently high praise, Anton remains as much at home with the great jazz standards as he is with his own compositions.

Joining the Anton Schwartz Duo is special guest vocalist Inga Swearingen a dynamic singer-songwriter who infuses her signature jazz style with a good helping of folk. We hope to see you on October 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.