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NYC Recap and New Projects

POSTED ON February 19, 2016   |   2 Comments

I had an exhilarating and inspiring trip to New York last weekI’m already itching to go back.

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Student Workshops for Seattle JazzEd, JazzClubsNW, Racer Sessions

POSTED ON February 04, 2016   |   Post A Comment

I’m delighted to host events for student musicians in Seattle for three of my favorite organizations.

Jam Session at Creative Music Adventures

Student Jam at Creative Music Adventures

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2 New Releases

POSTED ON January 22, 2016   |   Post A Comment

I had the privilege of contributing to a couple great new records:

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Some Comic Relief

POSTED ON November 22, 2015   |   Post A Comment

Stephen Colbert on John Zorn:

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New JazzClubsNW Improv Lab

POSTED ON October 03, 2015   |   Post A Comment

I had a blast directing the inaugural JazzClubsNW Improv Lab at Boxley’s. I led a group of 14 middle school students through game pieces, conducted improvisations, and riff blues tunes.

JazzClubsNW is new non-profit organization dedicated to bringing educational programs and world-class artists to venues throughout the Northwest. It’s an expansion of Boxley’s, the member-supported venue in North Bend, WA. JazzClubsNW just launched venues and programs in Bellingham and Tacoma. Look for more Improv Lab classes in the future!

Kenny Wheeler Tribute featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America

POSTED ON May 22, 2015   |   Post A Comment

NPR’s Jazz Night In America hosted by Christian McBride devoted last week’s program to the Kenny Wheeler tribute project with I co-led with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen featuring Geoffrey Keezer, Martin Wind, and Jon Wikan!

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Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014).Huge thanks to NPR Music, The Royal Room, Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Wayne Horvitz, Jim Wilke, WGBO, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Robert Lang Studios! Look for the Wheeler tribute record later this year.

Band photo by Jim Levitt

 

UW Master’s Recital

POSTED ON May 21, 2015   |   Post A Comment

Come celebrate the culmination of my graduate studies at University of Washington this Thursday 5/28 at The Royal Room to hear the debut of two new projects. One set at 6:00, no cover!

 

Kenny Wheeler Tribute This Sunday on KPLU’s Jazz NW

POSTED ON March 05, 2015   |   Post A Comment
Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson. This show was recorded and filmed for NPR's "Jazz Night in America" program.

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 – 2014). Kenny’s stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson.
This show was recorded and filmed for NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” program.

Ingrid Jensen, Steve Treseler photo by Jim Levitt
TRIBUTE TO KENNY WHEELER CONCERT NEXT ON JAZZ NORTHWEST FROM 88.5, KPLU  MARCH 8
 
Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014) was born in Toronto but lived in London from the 1950s on, playing trumpet and flugelhorn and composing in a unique style that ranged from soft lyricism to explosive free expression.  His many recordings for ECM and CAM Jazz are widely praised by critics and studied by musicians.  In a pair of concerts at The Royal Room in Seattle, Steve Treseler and Ingrid Jensen co-led a Tribute to Kenny Wheeler featuring two evenings of his music.  Joining Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and Steve Treseler on tenor sax were Geoffrey Keezer on piano, Martin Wind on bass and Jon Wikan on drums, with vocalist Katie Jacobson.

This Tribute to Kenny Wheeler was produced by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director, and was recorded by Jim Wilke for NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and KPLU’s Jazz Northwest.  NPR music also shot a video of the evening. The musicians also spent a day in the studio recording this music for a future release.

Next week’s Jazz Northwest (3/15) will feature Anat Cohen as soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra at the Kirkland Performance Center, and the following week (3/22) will be a concert by the JazzEd New Works Ensemble directed by Wayne Horvitz at the Seattle Art Museum.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5 KPLU.  The program airs every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org.  A podcast of each show is available after the broadcast at jazznw.org

More info:
allaboutjazz.com/kenny-wheeler-songs-for-quintet-by-john-kelman.php
stevetres.com
ingridjensen.com
geoffreykeezer.com
npr.org/series/347174538/jazz-night-radio
earshot.org
hatchcover.co
theroyalroomseattle.com
jazznw.org

(all photos by Jim Levitt)

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson. This show was recorded and filmed for NPR's "Jazz Night in America" program.
Geoffrey Keezer
 Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson. This show was recorded and filmed for NPR's "Jazz Night in America" program.
 Jon Wikan

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson. This show was recorded and filmed for NPR's "Jazz Night in America" program.Katie Jacobson

 

Kenny Wheeler Tribute Concert on NPR’s Jazz Night in America

POSTED ON February 06, 2015   |   Post A Comment

NPR’s Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride will be recording and filming our Kenny Wheeler Tribute show at The Royal Room for a national broadcast and webcast! The program is scheduled to air in the spring. HUGE thanks to NPR Music, WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center, KPLU, The Royal Room, and Jim Wilke for making this happen.

Tickets to our shows at The Royal Room available here: March 1 | March 2

Kenny Wheeler Tribute: New Project with Ingrid Jensen and Geoffrey Keezer

POSTED ON January 18, 2015   |   Post A Comment

I am thrilled to announce that Ingrid Jensen and I will be co-leading a project in honor of the great Kenny Wheeler.

We will be playing at The Royal Room in Seattle on March 1st and 2nd as part of the Earshot Spring Series and recording a new album. Check out Earshot’s article about the show and you can pre-order the album and support the recording project at: http://igg.me/at/KWTribute

Canadian born trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler spent most of his career in London. He is known for his stunning writing for large and small jazz ensembles and imaginative improvisations. Kenny passed away last year at age 84 leaving us with a rich legacy of music. See the 2014 NY Times article and Ingrid’s tribute to Kenny on Ethan Iverson’s “Do The Math” blog.

For this project, we will be joined by a stellar rhythm section from one of Ingrid’s regular bands, featuring piano great Geoffrey Keezer, who has worked with Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Ray Brown, and Sting!

We will play our own interpretations of Kenny’s music, original pieces dedicated to Kenny, and spontaneous free improvisations.

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