Julia Tai: Push and Pull

Julia Tai: Push and Pull

By Bryan Lineberry Julia Tai photo by Daniel Sheehan. “My favorite music is the music I haven’t yet heard.” John Cage The words evoke a spirit of fire shared by those who are ever-inspired to propel themselves forward into the musical worlds of the unexplored and the...
Noel Brass Jr.: Open Soul Policy

Noel Brass Jr.: Open Soul Policy

Noel Brass Jr. photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Gus Marshall Noel Brass Jr. is a genuine practitioner of true sponta­neous creation. He is a key­boardist and humble purist, whose tireless dedication to the art of impermanent in­spiration has bestowed him with a remarkable...
Beth Fleenor: The Discipline of Being

Beth Fleenor: The Discipline of Being

Beth Fleenor photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul Rauch If one defines artistry as a simple expression of ar­tistic ability, the surface is barely scratched in terms of what motivates passion for that expression. If art­istry is defined as a discipline of be­ing—as a way...
Kiki Valera: Adventures in Clave Cubana

Kiki Valera: Adventures in Clave Cubana

Kiki Valera photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul Rauch Son Cubano, the tradi­tional music and dance from the hill country of eastern Cuba may well be but a distant tributary to the jazz tradition that came to life in New Orleans. Yet the unmistakable Son clave rhythm that...
Jacqueline Tabor: Listen and Hear the Truth

Jacqueline Tabor: Listen and Hear the Truth

Jacqueline Tabor photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul Rauch In the jazz world, 4:15am is more likely the time a musician goes to bed than the time a musician rises and starts their day. For Seattle jazz vocalist Jacqueline Tabor, rising hours beforethe sun is a matter of...