Alex Dugdale photo courtesy of the artist
Tuesday November 1, 7:30pm PDT
Town Hall Forum
In-person & livestream
BY ANGELA DANE
Sponsored by BECU. Welcomed by KNKX. In-person & livestream. $10-30
Artist-in-Residence Alex Dugdale is an accomplished saxophonist, tap dancer/instructor, educator, and proud graduate of Roosevelt High School. After studying saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music in New York, Dugdale returned to Seattle to form his FADE Quintet, becoming a favorite first call performer with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, where he has held the lead alto and baritone sax chairs.
In an interview with Earshot, Dugdale said of his own residency: “I’ve had a bunch of ideas for groups that I’ve wanted to do and tunes I’ve wanted to arrange. I have original compositions that haven’t had the right opportunity to be presented in the dream context; it’s literally a dream come true. These dreams I’ve had of putting on a big tap concert, a big band concert, of putting together a rockin’ party band, Earshot is giving me the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” Leading and presenting his first big band, Dugdale has gathered quite a roster of Seattle’s best talent. Joining Dugdale on alto sax are trumpeters Mike Mines, Jun Iida, Walter Cano, and Marissa Kall; trombonists Connor Eisenmenger, Gregg Kramer, Freddy Gonzales, and Jerome Smith; saxophonists Sidney Hauser and Tobi Stone (baritone), Jackson Cotugno (tenor), and Gordon Brown (alto); pianist John Hansen; Cole Schuster on guitar; Max Holmberg on drums; and Trevor Ford on bass.
The Alex Dugdale Big Band is not to be missed by jazz aficionados or those simply looking to enjoy a night of soulful, intricate, and expressive music.