My quartet has two performances coming up in Seattle! We’ll be playing original material and pieces by Bill Frisell, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Thelonious Monk, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, and Jim Knapp. Looking forward to sharing the music and I hope to see you Seattle folks there!
The band features Dan Kramlich on piano, Carmen Rothwell on bass (3/26), Dean Schmidt on electric bass (4/20), and Steve Korn on Drums
Saturday March 26th
101 West North Bend Way.
Sets at 7:30 and 8:45
No Cover! Please support the club and order some food or drinks
Wednesday April 20th
Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club
2214 2nd Ave (Belltown)
Sets at 7:30 and 9:00
All ages until 10:00 PM
I had an exhilarating and inspiring trip to New York last week—I’m already itching to go back.
I’m delighted to host events for student musicians in Seattle for three of my favorite organizations.
I had the privilege of contributing to a couple great new records:
Stephen Colbert on John Zorn:
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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
(all photos by Jim Levitt)
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.