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Trevor Ford: The Bass Can Sing, Too

Trevor Ford: The Bass Can Sing, Too

Trevor Ford photo by Daniel Sheehan BY PAUL RAUCH The musical evolution of bassist Trevor Ford reveals a non-traditional route to jazz excellence. It is a story full of the basic distractions of modern life in America — environment, career, family, and just plain hard...
Origin Records: The Seattle-Based Jazz Label Defined by Its Artists

Origin Records: The Seattle-Based Jazz Label Defined by Its Artists

Matt Jorgensen, Evan Woodle, and John Bishop photo by Daniel Sheehan BY PAUL RAUCH  The last time John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen appeared on the cover of this magazine, the city of Seattle, and the music scene within it, were very different places. It was September of...
Heather Chriscaden: Journey to the Center of Jazz

Heather Chriscaden: Journey to the Center of Jazz

Heather Chriscaden photo by Daniel Sheehan BY NATHAN BLUFORD Bassist and educator Heather Chriscaden’s journey in jazz has taken her all over the Pacific Northwest, out to New York, and around the world. When she moved back to Western Washington shortly before the...
Festival Resident Artist: Johnaye Kendrick

Festival Resident Artist: Johnaye Kendrick

Johnaye Kendrick photo by Daniel Sheehan BY ROBERT HAM “When I’m singing or performing really beautiful, but challenging material [it] becomes a part of me. I see some of the rhythmic or harmonic or melodic ideas creep out of my original work. I don’t realize that...
Sara Gazarek’s Fresh Approach at Eastman School of Music

Sara Gazarek’s Fresh Approach at Eastman School of Music

Sara Gazarek photo by Lauren Desberg BY HENRY COBA Eastman School of Music has selected Sara Gazarek as associate professor of jazz voice within the Jazz and Contemporary Media department. Gazarek’s role will be to create, design, and recruit for the newly...