I’ll have the privilege of performing with New Orleans trumpeter, Ashlin Parker, in conjunction with the Bellevue College Jazz Festival 1/31-2/2. Ashlin is a Grammy winning trumpet player, who performs all kinds of shows with all kinds of people including Ellis Marsalis, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. We’ll have some master classes throughout the day each day at the festival, and an evening performance at Tula’s on February 1st.
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I’m excited to be part of the band hosting the jam session at the Owl ‘n’ Thistle next Tuesday night, September 18th. The jam at the Owl has been running on Tuesday nights for almost 25 years, and it’s there that many of Seattle’s best young musicians get their introduction to the scene. The house band next Tuesday will be led by Seattle trumpeter, Jim Sisko. Music starts at 10:00!
Grunge is back, at Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club on Wednesday, June 27. Joining me this time are Chris Symer on bass, and Brad Gibson on drums. Come hear the classics, as well as a couple of new arrangements!
My friend and colleague, Steve Treseler, is presenting his “Game Symphony” group in North Bend on May 31. I’ll be playing piano, and in addition to playing great tunes, we’ll be performing some of Steve’s creative improvisation material for young improvisers. If you’re up in the foothills, it should be a good time!
Who’s Jennifer Kienzle? She’s a great jazz singer. I love playing with Jennifer, because she’s a true musician who really acts like part of the band. We’re making music with her, rather than just accompanying.
In addition to our monthly gig at Vito’s (on the 2nd Thursday of the month,) we’ll be recording an album in June with Greg Feingold and Max Wood. Check us out at Vito’s this Thursday (5/10), then buy the album when it comes out!
I’m thrilled to be playing this Saturday, February 17th, at the Crocodile Cafe with Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil! Eduardo and Co. have been playing this show for about 20 years now, so it’s pretty well dialed in. If you’re looking for a party for Carnival, this is the place to be. Tickets are on sale now, pre-ordering is recommended!
I have the privilege of performing with saxophonist Tim Warfield next month, as part of the Bellevue College Jazz Festival. Tim is an outstanding musician from New York by way of Pennsylvania. His playing gained national recognition when, in the ’90s, he joined Christian McBride’s ensemble, and then trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s. If you want to check out some of his music before he’s in town, he has almost a dozen albums on the Criss Cross label.
There are ample opportunities to hear Warfield play over the first weekend in February, but the most exciting will be a quartet date at Tula’s on Friday, February 2. He’ll be joined by Greg Feingold on bass, Matt Jorgensen on drums, and yours truly on piano. Check it out!
Happy New Year! In 2018 and beyond, I plan on making semi-regular posts to this website so you know what’s going on. Here’s the latest.
-I am featured on Phil Parisot’s latest album, “Creekside”, which was released recently on OA2 records. Buy it here!
-I’ll be accompanying the fantastic saxophonist Tim Warfield at the Bellevue College Jazz Festival February 1-3.
-I’ll be in Moscow, ID at the end of the February to work at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
-The Grunge Trio returns to Tula’s on March 1st.
Check back periodically for more news!
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be presenting a solo piano recital at Seattle Pacific University next month. I’ll be celebrating the great jazz composers, performing works by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, and many others. I’m also playing a few more modern songs by Paul Simon, and David Byrne.
The venue is E.E. Bach Theater on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
The concert is kid-friendly, and free. More details are on the calendar page. Come on out if you’re in the area!