The late baritone saxophonist Andrew Carrico, who died tragically young in 2012, used to describe his sound as “somewhere between a cry and a roar.” The musicians who gathered with him at the University District hangout Cafe Racer appropriately adopted those words as the title of their festival, which celebrates the kind of unpredictable, elbows-out jazz (and beyond) played at the cafe’s Racer Sessions. The fifth edition of the festival is this weekend.More
When bassist Christian McBride, host of the new National Public Radio show “Jazz Night in America,” was 9, his father played him the musically challenging John Coltrane album “Live in Seattle,” recorded in 1965 at the Penthouse, a long-gone Pioneer Square jazz club.
“Did I like it?” McBride asked rhetorically during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York last week. “No. But when I was 11, I went back to listen again. By the time I was 14, I was in.”More
From Paul de Barros: Two of the most creative guitarists in jazz, from two generations, team up for an open-ended romp at the Royal Room on Tuesday: Veteran Nels Cline, 58, a polymath familiar to broad audiences from his work with Wilco, Thurston Moore and Scott Amendola; and Julian Lage, the 27-year-old phenom introduced a…More
Are you a Sounders fan?
If so, you are already familiar with the resonant baritone of Seattle Pacific University composer and professor Stephen Newby, who sings the national anthem at the matches.
On Saturday, Newby applies his talents at a different “pitch,” when he debuts as a soloist for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s annual concert of Duke Ellington’s sacred music.More
Two high school jazz bands from the Seattle area have been chosen as finalists in the Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop, which takes place in Savannah, Georgia. The local finalists are the Everett High School Jazz Band, directed by Megan Vinther, and the Newport High School Jazz I, from Bellevue, directed…More
Word on the street is that Cornish music department head Kent Devereaux is leaving in January for a new post as president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, N. H. Composer and guitarist Tom Baker, currently on the Cornish faculty, will step in as interim chair.More
Santosh Sharma, a junior in the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, has been selected to perform in the 2015 Grammy Band. This marks the second year a Roosevelt student has been chosen for this exclusive group. Last year, trumpeter John Otten made the cut.More
The “ jazz” in Jazz Alley has become rare enough that when a for-real jazzer hits the stage, it’s definitely time to jump. Trumpeter/fluegelhornist Roy Hargrove (shown here) fits that bill.More
Woody Guthrie, ‘My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ (Woody Guthrie Publications)
The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is upon us — that’s the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in case you forgot — and there’s some good stuff out there, though much of the list, as has become customary, is comprised of limited-edition special-release singles.More