I’m visiting friends and family in the Midwest this week, and I paid a visit to the childhood home of the great Bix Beiderbecke in Davenport, Iowa.
Bix’s music was magical, and his life was cut tragically short when he drank himself to death at age 28. He is one of my favorite jazz artists, and I half-jokingly say I trace my lineage back to Bix: a white musician growing up outside a major city who learned to play jazz by listening to recordings.
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!