Named after a Minneapolis street dotted with dive bars, this ridiculously infectious boy-girl-boy-girl quartet toiled in obscurity for nearly a decade before pulling in more than a million views of its minimalist YouTube cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” A Manhattan show spun off from the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” earned…More
OK, so it’s raining. Again. But have you noticed there’s been a typhoon of good jazz this winter, too? Jazz Alley rarely books musicians who live and work here, so it’s a rare honor for tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz to play there Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11-12. But Schwartz, who moved from the San Francisco Bay…More
Seattle-based guitarist Bill Frisell was among the headliners announced Wednesday by the Bellevue Jazz Festival, which takes place May 28-June 1. Others artists featured in the four-day bash include Poncho Sanchez; the East-West Trumpet Summit, with Ray Vega, Thomas Marriott and pianist George Colligan; and salsa specialistas Carlos Cascante Y Su Tumbao. Complete festival information and ticket…More
Decked out in charcoal suits, blue dress shirts and ties coordinated by section, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra gave the Sunday Paramount Theatre crowd a chatty jazz history lesson, starting with what might have been the music of legendary (but never recorded) New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden and ending with bristling arrangements by Marsalis himself of pieces by ‘60s innovator John Coltrane.More
A jazz-history teaching colleague recently argued that Duke Ellington, in his 1927 classic, “Black and Tan Fantasy,” was slyly poking fun at white people by switching from hot swing (“black”) to hokey dance rhythms (“tan”).
That’s one interpretation, I guess.More
Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant dazzled Jazz Alley Wednesday, then hit the Portland Jazz Festival this past weekend. Portland, on the other hand, got first dibs on veteran Seattle trombonist Julian Priester — in bassist Buster Williams’ band Something More, which hits Jazz Alley Tuesday.
But never mind the timing, Portland got the best deal: Salvant and Williams shared a double bill at the Newmark Theatre there Saturday.More
When Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the 15 finalists for the annual Essentially Ellington competition Wednesday, jazz buffs were pleased but not surprised to see two familiar names — Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, both from Seattle. But for the first time in competition history, Mount Si High School, in Snoqualmie, also made the finals. “We’ve been…More
By Andrew Gilbert
Special to The Seattle Times
With her luxuriantly appointed voice, razor-sharp wit, sly theatricality and discerning ear for unlikely material, jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant would stand out in any era. But the winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition is downright radical in an age of melisma-addicted belters.More
The Portland Jazz Festival is upon us Thursday (Feb. 20) and though quite a few of its major attractions also pass through Seattle this year — namely, Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, guitarist Pat Metheny, vocalist Cecile McLorin, bassist Buster Williams (with Seattle trombonist Julian Priester) and drummer Brian Blade — the festival also features acts that make a hop down I-5 worthwhile.More
Most folks who watch the Grammys on TV are vaguely aware that it’s put on by an organization with a very long name — The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) — but few people know that the Grammys are just one of the Academy’s programs. NARAS is an advocacy organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of musicians, helps players in need (through MusiCARES) and is also deeply involved in music education.More