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April 2021

Milo & Me

April 14 @ 8:00 pm

Making his home in Seattle, guitarist /drummer /composer /educator Milo Petersen's first music lesson was from his Danish grandfather who played the harmonica and the accordion. When Milo was 5 years old he asked his Grandfather if he could play his harmonica. His grandfather replied, "First you have to whistle a tune". Milo went on to study violin and sing in church choirs as a child. He later studied guitar with Mark Baker, Jim Kelleher, Dave Peterson, Herb Ellis, Tal…

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Paul Matthew Moore

April 15 @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm

Composer and performer Paul Matthew Moore’s music has been hailed for its “paradoxical lush minimalism,” (Chicago Tribune) and described as “comically charged, dynamic…bursting with creativity and energy” (The Seattle Times). Moore has worked with Wayne Horvitz, Eyvind Kang, Timothy Young, Tim Hecker, Randall Dunn, and Kronos Quartet, among others. Paul currently serves as Music Director of the University of Washington Department of Dance and has collaborated extensively with dance and theater. His music can also be heard in film scores…

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LaVon Hardison Group

April 16 @ 7:30 pm
Free
LaVon Hardison smiling and singing with her arm held in the air with enthusiasm.

LaVon Hardison photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn. Friday April 16 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Vocalist and songwriter LaVon Hardison infuses jazz and pop standards, and her own original pieces with an irresistible warmth and power to draw her audience in. “She’s a multi-talented entertainer who simply lights up a room, raising the roof and bringing down the house” (Andrew Luthringer). Joining Hardison are local stalwarts—pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Osama Afifi, and percussionist Jeff Busch. This…

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Duo Almir Côrtes & Gabriel Improta – Brazilian Mandolin and Guitar

April 17 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm
$10 – $50

With formative musical experiences from Rio de Janeiro and Bahia respectively, Gabriel Improta and Almir Côrtes have deepened their understanding by researching the music at their  talented fingertips. In their duo, classical guitar and 10-string mandolin combine into an orchestral richness of Brazilian popular music. They relish the diverse musical styles that harmoniously thrive in their country, from the Belle-epoque valsas of Ernesto Nazareth to the poetic Tropicalismo of Caetano Veloso, the jazzy impressionism of Tom Jobim’s bossa nova, and…

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Staycation Solos & Duos: Remy Morritt & Christian Pincock, Eric Eagle Solo

April 18 @ 7:30 pm

Christian Pincock (trombone, electronics) and Remy Morritt (drums) are forever seeking to create new means of expression, both through their original composition and improvisation. Combining trombone music and sounds generated through a variety of electronics and technology, Pincock expands the possibilities of his artistry. While Morritt is known for his energy and deft balancing of chaos and order. One of Seattle’s most in-demand drummers, Eric Eagle is known for his adaptive and fluid approach with an ability to play in…

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Piano Starts Here: The Music of Chick Corea

April 21 @ 7:30 pm

KNKX presents Piano Starts Here: The Music of Chick Corea February marked the loss of Chick Corea, who turned the jazz world upside down when he burst onto the scene in the sixties, and continued to do so for a long and wide-reaching career. From working as a sideman with Miles Davis, to free jazz innovation with Anthony Braxton and others, to electric fusion ranging from popular to esoteric, even to trading Mozart riffs with Keith Jarrett, Chick pretty much…

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Nelda Swiggett’s The Alaska Suite

April 22 @ 7:30 pm

The Alaska Suite features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble performing the original music of Seattle pianist and composer Nelda Swiggett.  The performance engages the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images and poetry — to connect audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change. Ultimately a story of hope, the performance leaves audiences inspired to take action, and play a role in facilitating society's response to climate change. Featuring: Nelda Swiggett – piano, compositions, narrative,…

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Duende Libre Trio

April 23 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Duende Libre photo courtesy of the artists. Friday April 23 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room Free YouTube Concert Link “Duende Libre” translates roughly as “free spirit,” and the dynamic Seattle trio’s music expresses that notion well. Golden Ear Award-winner for their brilliant new recording, The Dance She Spoke, they build on the jazz tradition, and weave in music from the Americas, Europe, and Africa to create a unique sound. The Duende Libre Trio includes the energizing talent of pianist Alex Chadsey…

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Michael Croan & Friends

April 23 @ 8:00 pm

Michael Croan - Trumpet, Danny Kolke - Piano, Michael Glynn - Bass, Greg Williamson - Drums Streaming Online At: www.jazzclubsnw.org/youtube www.jazzclubsnw.org/live www.facebook.com/jazzclubsnw

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Gretchen Yanover, Cello

April 24 @ 7:00 pm

Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover has been attached to her instrument since she began playing at the age of ten in her public school music program. She was immersed in the world of classical music until her college years, when she expanded her range to include playing in bands. Once she was introduced to a loop sampler, Gretchen found a new voice for her instrument. She began to improvise and compose in this context, creating her own instrumental atmospheres and melodies.…

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Wayne Horvitz, Ayesha Brooks, and Ha-Yang Kim

April 24 @ 7:30 pm
Collage photo of Wayne Horvitz, Ayesha Brooks, and Ha_Yang Kim.

Photo of Wayne Horvitz by Daniel Sheehan; Ayesha Brooks and Ha-Yang photos courtesy of the artists. Saturday April 24 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$15 Buy Tickets World-renowned composer, pianist, and master of electronics, Wayne Horvitz takes the stage with guitarist and vocalist Ayesha Brooks, and cellist Ha-Yang Kim. Brooks, a contestant on The Voice, draws from varied inspiration from gospel and jazz, to hip-hop and rock. Kim draws from numerous traditions including Western classical, avant-improv, and East Asian music.…

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Richard Cole

April 24 @ 8:00 pm

Fans, critics and musicians place Richard Cole in the first rank of his generation's players. A nationally acclaimed talent, Richard is among the most in-demand musicians in the burgeoning jazz scene in the Pacific Northwest. Beside work with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Adam Nussbaum, Julian Priester and John Fedchock, he has toured regularly with fusion star Dan Siegel, performed with r&b legends Gladys Knight, The Temptations and The Four Tops while also composing and performing his…

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Staycation Festival: Wayne Horvitz’s “Little Pieces For The Piano”

April 25 @ 7:30 pm

A group of talented Seattle pianists will play from Wayne Horvitz’s book of compositions, “Little Pieces For The Piano.” Originally published in 2013, the 2020 edition includes 40 new pieces composed during the first months of the pandemic. Horvitz, known as a musician who creates a “dazzling sonic playground full of some wild rides... stretches the art of sound collage into new frontiers” (NPR), will perform alongside luminaries such as Cristina Valdés, Alex Guilbert, Kate Molloy, JingCi Liu, Robin Holcomb,…

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Ahamefule J. Oluo Quartet Live plus a reprise of “The Music From Susan”

April 30 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Ahamefule J. Oluo playing a trumpet on stage

Ahamefule J. Oluo photo by Daniel Sheehan. Friday April 30 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Help us celebrate International Jazz Day, with two events steered by the highly acclaimed musician, composer, and writer Ahamefule J.Oluo. First up is a live set featuring the Ahamefule J. Oluo Quartet (ensemble TBA). Following the live set enjoy the reprise of the “Music From Susan,” concert which aired as part of our 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival and recently won the…

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Bill Anschell Trio

April 30 @ 8:00 pm

Seattle native Bill Anschell returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after spending 25 years studying, composing, and performing across the country and around the world. Anschell left Seattle after high school, studying for two years at Oberlin College (Ohio), then transferring to Wesleyan University (Connecticut), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Music. At Wesleyan, Anschell worked closely with saxophone great Bill Barron. He also studied semi-privately with South Indian mridangum master T Ranganathan, kindling a…

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May 2021

Josh Hou Quartet

May 7 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Josh Hou playing an accoordion with a window to the right of him.

Josh Hou photo by Rosanna Sze. Friday May 7 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Josh Hou is an accordionist, keyboardist, and composer who explores multiple musical genres including Chinese jazz, swing, and funk. A recent Golden Ear Award-winner as founder and co-host of the podcast series Jazztalk Seattle, Hou is adamant about amplifying the voices of fellow-local jazz artists. Joining Hou are talented musicians—bassist Kelsey Mines, trumpeter Ray Larsen, and drummer Tai Taitano—who accompanied him on…

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Kelley Johnson

May 14 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Kelley Johnson smiling at the camera.

Kelley Johnson photo by Ziggy Spiz. Friday May 14 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Known for her lithe, velvety voice and her dynamic arrangements, Kelly Johnson is a sought after-vocalist both here and abroad. Keen to pass on her skills, Johnson served as a professor at Cornish College, and now teaches privately. An award-winning vocalist, Johnson will be joined by these stellar artists—pianist John Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier. This event will be…

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June 2021

Drew Gonsalves

June 5 @ 7:30 pm
Drew Gonsalves with the band Kobo Band

Drew Gonsalves pictures with his ensemble Kobo Band. Photo courtesy of Near North Music. Saturday June 5 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$25 Buy Tickets In 2004, émigré Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves founded the roots-rock calypso group Kobo Town. His music for the band has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism,”(Exclaim!). Based in Toronto, the JUNO Award winning…

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