Kolke – Johnson – Wood
December 12 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm
“Johnson’s a shadow boxer who doesn’t support a soloist as much as he challenges him.” – DAVE MCELFRESH, JAZZ NOW
Born In Minneapolis, Jeff Johnson (“Free” to some of his colleagues) left at age 20, spending time in Philadelphia and New York, and has worked with a veritable who’s who of great jazz musicians such as Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Rouse, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Lew Tabackin, Eddie Daniels, Mark Murphy, Joanne Brackeen, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, Marlena Shaw, Billy Hart, Annie Ross, George Cables, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditti, Ernestine Anderson, and Michael Wolfe, to name just a few. Jeff met Jessica Williams in Seattle in 1991 and Hal Galper at the Port Townsend Festival in 1993, great pianists with whom he has had ongoing musical relationships. He is one of the most on-call working musicians in the competitive Seattle musical arena, and his contribution to jazz is substantial and continuing.
As a Jazz pianist, Danny Kolke is known for his aggressive technique, passionate voicings and hard swinging blues and gospel feel. As Jim Wilke (KNKX / Jazz After Hours Public Radio International) has said, “if you like trio’s like those of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, you are going to like this trio.”
Max Wood is often described as one of the most versatile drummers in the Seattle area, and you may have heard him with notable artists such as Johnaye Kendrick, Casey MacGill, Nearly Dan, Sumi Tonooka, The Sam Boshnack Quintet, Kareem Kandi, Jennifer Kienzle, and Hotels, whose album “Night Showers” was named one of 2016’s top ten by Seattle Met Magazine.
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