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North Bend Jazz Walk April 20th 2019


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Bellevue High School Jazz Bands

Bernie Jacobs
Called a "triple threat," Bernie Jacobs sings and plays flute and as well as soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. He is a self-taught musician who has performed professionally for more than 40 years, effortlessly transitioning through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. In addition to performing with his own group, BJQ, Bernie has sung with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Full Circle Ensemble, and he is the front man for drummer André Thomas' Quiet Fire. He often performs as a guest artist or sideman with other Seattle area groups, including Clarence Acox’s Legacy Band as well as various ensembles led by drummer Greg Williamson.

Bill Anschell
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 passion for rhythmic experimentation that has driven Anschell’s music ever since.

After leading the life of a jazz vagabond for several years, Anschell settled in Atlanta in 1989. He was initially drawn there by the opportunity to serve as Jazz Coordinator for the Southern Arts Federation (SAF), the regional arts agency of the South. Firing up SAF’s jazz department virtually from scratch, Anschell launched a host of high-profile programs, published a book on grantswriting, and created JazzSouth, an internationally syndicated radio show. At night he dove headlong into the city’s thriving jazz scene, working as a sideman with various groups and leading his own trio.

By 1992, Anschell’s performing itinerary had grown to the point where it demanded his full attention. He left the SAF post, continuing to produce JazzSouth out of his home while focusing on playing and composing. Over the next ten years, Anschell ascended the jazz ranks in Atlanta, leading his trio at major festivals and becoming a first-call accompanist for visiting jazz greats. His trio’s highlights included the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the Montreux Atlanta Festival and four extensive tours of South America.

During the same period, Anschell enjoyed a lengthy association with vocalist Nnenna Freelon, serving as her pianist, arranger and musical director. Among their many performing highlights were the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and six European tours. Their concerts were broadcast on Radio France, French national television, and NPR’s JazzSet. Anschell’s piano work and arrangements were featured throughout Freelon’s 1996 Concord release Shaking Free, which was nominated for a Grammy as the year’s best jazz vocal recording.

Anschell’s own CDs have earned critical acclaim and widespread exposure, with several making Jazzweek’s national “Top 50” chart for radio airplay. Anschell’s 1998 release, a different note all together, was selected by United Press International (UPI) as one of the “10 Best” jazz releases of the year. His 2006 CD, More to the Ear than Meets the Eye, was chosen by numerous critics and radio stations across the country for their “10 Best of 2006” lists. His 2009 duo CD of spontaneous improvisations with saxophonist Brent Jensen was described by Cadence as “startlingly beautiful, surprising, and powerful…a transforming experience.” And his 2011 solo piano release, Figments was called “magical” in Thomas Conrad’s JazzTimes review.

In 2001, Anschell was selected by the American Composers Forum for its Composer-in-the-Schools program; his residency included a commissioned piece for chamber orchestra. Since 2003, his original compositions have received widespread cable and network exposure, appearing on programs including NBC’s The West Wing, NCIS: LA, HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire, and HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic, Bessie.

In 2008, Anschell's Atlanta trio reunited for a fifth South American tour, visiting the Colombian cities of Medellin, Pereira and Manizales; in 2012 the trio made its fourth visit to Peru, and in 2014 its third trip to Paraguay.

As a Seattleite, Anschell had the honor of playing a weekly gig with Northwest jazz legend Floyd Standifer for the two years before his passing. In 2005, Anschell received a Golden Ear Award as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2006 his trio was named the “Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble.” In 2010 and 2011 Anschell was again was named “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2011 his CD Figments was named “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year.” In 2013, he played several concerts with the Seattle Symphony. His 2013 CD, Impulses, took him into new territory, featuring twelve tracks of original electronica.

Anschell is also well known as a jazz humorist, writing jazz vignettes and a monthly jazz etiquette column. His satirical essay, Careers in Jazz, is the all-time most-read piece on leading jazz website allaboutjazz.com with more than 250,000 hits, and was prominently featured in a Wall Street Journal story on jazz audiences. In 2014 he was a winner of the inaugural Paul Desmond Award, allaboutjazz.com’s celebration of the funniest jazz artists.

Boxley Pro Am Big Band
The Boxley Pro-Am Big Band features a mix of professionals, band directors and students. The full 16-piece big band will perform and workshop arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones as well as some originals from within the band. Curated by Matso Limtiaco (arranger and bari sax, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra) and Greg Williamson (drums, Woody Herman alum), this will be part community band, part educational bring-them-up, and all hard-hitting, pro-quality, big band jazz. The Boxley Pro-Am Big Band hosts a special evening of music the third Thursday of the month for the past 2 years in North Bend.

Chief Kanim MS Jazz Combo
Chief Kanim MS Jazz Combo

CWU Green Combo
Central Washington University Green Combo

Dan Marcus - Trombonosaurus Wrecks
Dan Marcus (trombone/tuba) started playing semi-professionally at age nine alongside his father in several Bay-area Dixie bands. He toured extensively with the Ray Charles and Woody Herman Orchestras, among others. Dan performed for a number of years in Teatro Zinzanni and now appears regularly with the Oliver Groenewald “NewNet,” Jay Thomas’ “Cantaloupes,” “The DNA Trio” with his brother, Michael, and son, Max; along with extensive arranging, freelancing, studio and Broadway musical work at the 5th Avenue and Paramount Theatres.

Danny Kolke
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.” Danny plays piano with his trio every Sunday at the Firehouse in North Bend and he has three CD’s on the Pony Boy Records label. His most recent CD, “Danny Kolke Trio +One Featuring Pete Christlieb”, add’s Pete’s amazing legendary Tenor sound to the dynamic group. It’s a must have to any Jazz fan’s collection. Danny’s other Trio recordings are “Sunday Nights, Live at Boxley’s” and “A New Meaning”.

In 2010, Danny founded the Boxley Music Fund (now JazzClubsNW), a nonprofit 501c3 based organization committed to helping support live music performance and Jazz education. JazzClubsNW is a membership based organization that pays musicians to host clinics and workshops, public performances as well as organize Jazz & Blues festivals. For more than 7 years JazzClubsNW is turning out to be a big success supporting efforts to promote Jazz education and performance across the Northwest. JazzClubsNW has also sponsored Jazz nonprofits in Bellingham and Tacoma Washington as well as launching Jazz Festivals in Tacoma, Olympia and North Bend. Danny continues to serve on the board of the organization and volunteer at numerous events. If you aren’t a member yet, you should be. In 2012, Danny founded the North Bend Jazz Walk and in 2013, the North Bend Blues Walk.
http://www.dannykolke.com

Diana Page Duo
Diana Page is a Seattle area jazz vocalist who's musical career is beginning to blossom. “Diana has a clear voice, with elegant jazz phrasing and a gentle forward momentum. Her directness is pleasing and interesting. Somewhere between Blossom Dearie and Anita O'Day" – Pony Boy Records.

Dmitri Matheny
“With the help of a tremendous cast and a repertoire refined over two decades, JAZZ NOIR proves a sinister beauty for fans of rainy city nights and old school noir.”—Earshot Jazz

Mysterious, melancholy and menacing, JAZZ NOIR offers a fresh spin on crime jazz, film noir and timeless classics.

Selections include classic movie themes from Touch of Evil, Laura, Chinatown, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, Blues In The Night, Twin Peaks, Toute Une Vie, High Wall, The Long Goodbye and Stormy Weather, modern standards Estate, Caravan, Here’s Looking At You and Golden Lady, and two originals: Film Noir (from a poem by Dana Gioia) and Crime Scenes, a San Francisco-inspired jazz suite with voiceover narration in the hardboiled style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

The Papillon/BluePort Jazz release, Matheny's 11th album as leader, showcases the talents of “some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States” (All About Jazz): Bill Anschell, Matt Clark, Nick Manson, Charles McNeal, Susan Pascal, Phil Sparks, Todd Strait, Akira Tana, Jay Thomas and John Wiitala.

“In these grooves,” writes annotator Eddie Muller, “Matheny leads his crack crew through a sonic history of noir. Dmitri Matheny is an artist who manages to find beauty blooming in the darkest corners.”

Elevation Gain - Michael Croan & Dan Taylor
A collaboration between Dan Taylor (piano) and Michael Croan (trumpet), Elevation Gain explores a broad range of music through the lens of the jazz tradition. From the blues to Broadway, from the Beatles to bebop, from country to classical, this joint project aims to reach higher ground. Also featuring Bill Leather (drums) and Tony Paustian (bass).

Greg Williamson
Greg Williamson is a jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, musical instigator, and keeper of a jazz flame. Early musical highlights include stints with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd (1988-89), The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1988) and The Harry James Orchestra. He toured many times with Steve Allen’s re-creation of the Tonight Show alongside classic entertainers like singers Joe Williams and Rosemary Clooney, pianist Paul Smith, comedians Louis Nye and Bill “Jose Jimenez” Dana, and others. Through the 1990’s Greg was seen often onstage leading and contracting with icons like Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, and Joan Rivers.

Williamson’s early influences included Count Basie and Thelonious Monk. Personal mentorships with jazz hero’s like Ray Brown, Mel Lewis, Buddy Catlett, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton and Red Kelley set him up for a long association with Grammy nominated vocalist Ernestine Anderson. Starting as her drummer of choice for many tours of the United States, Japan and South America, he eventually acted as her musical director.

Mid 1990’s also saw the formation of Pony Boy Records, an independent style record label made up of straight ahead jazz artists with a Northwest focus. PBR has over 60 releases to date, including CD’s by Williamson’s Big Bad Groove Society, GW Quartet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, Double Sax Quintet (listed in the Jazz Times Year in Review Critics Picks 2002), and many more. PBR is distributed worldwide by Burnside Distribution. Williamson produced the annual Jazz Picnic for 10 years, which won awards for contributions to the community by Earshot Jazz, and whose t-shirts still adorn the fans and musicians of the Northwest.

Williamson has been instrumental in the creation of a non-profit performance and education venue in North Bend, Washington, Boxley's and the Boxley's Music Fund – along with satellite venues, now collectively called JazzClubsNW. The non-profit venture has partnered with many community members, producing Jazz Walks, festivals, and public concerts. Many live recordings have been produced – Live at Boxley’s with the Danny Kolke Trio + Pete Christlieb is a favorite.

Williamson has also been an active educator and clinician, working at Green River College and Bellevue College, and recently as a graduate jazz and percussion assistant at the highly regarded Central Washington University.

Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). His music could be described as earthy and lyrical with the blues and swing always in evidence. Jay grew up in the fertile atmosphere of Seattle’s 60’s jazz scene sometimes subbing for Quincy Jones alumnus Floyd Standifer while still in high school. Clubs such as the “ H.O.E.” otherwise known as the House of Entertainment and the Black and Tan and the Llahngaelhyn figured prominently in Jay’s early years of trial and error music making. The end of 1968 saw Jay move to New York where he worked and studied for several years. Highlights include gigging for a summer with Machito’s Latin band, recording for James Moody on the Perception label, and taking private lessons with Carmine Caruso. Three years later Jay added flute and tenor to his repertoire. Through the mid-seventies while living in the S.F.Bay Area Jay met Jessica Williams and went on to record on three of her CD’s.

Jay moved back to Seattle in 1978 and became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club working engagements with jazz artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, and Slim Gaillard. At Parnell’s, Jay became friends with jazz masters Zoot Sims and Sal Nistico, among others. Jay’s first two CDs, Easy Does It on Discovery Records and Blues for McVouty on Stash Records featured Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins. 360 Degrees on Hep Records and Rapture on Jazz Focus continued to establish Jay’s reputation. Jay’s previous CDs from McVouty Records titled Live at Tula’s, Volume 1 and Volume 2 and 12th and Jackson Blues were live performances and have the feel of the clubs where Jay was first baptized into the world of jazz. Jay recorded with Herb Ellis on Roll Call and with Bud Shank on On the Trail. This was the last recording by Conte Condoli and Jay is playing tenor and soprano sax in a sextet setting with Bill Mays on piano, Joe LaBarbara on drums, Bob Magnuson on bass, and of course Bud on alto.

Two recordings have Jay teamed up with jazz greats Ray Brown (Blues for Dexter, Wolfetones Records) and Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin, Hip City Records). Jay has appeared in concert with the bands of Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, and Frank Wess. He has played festivals at Wolf Trap with Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan, the Aspen Jazz Festival with Herb Ellis, Jake Hanna and Mel Ryne (recorded with them on Roll Call), the du Maurier Jazz Festival with Chuck Israels Trio and with the Jay Thomas Quartet. Jay toured Great Britain with jazz legend Slim Gaillard recording there with Slim, Jay McShann and Buddy Tate. In the summer of 2002, Jay again traveled to Europe, this time with the Bud Shank Sextet featuring Plas Johnson. Today Jay is a member of one of Japan’s leading big bands, CUG (Continued in the Underground Jazz Orchestra), and co-leads a sextet with Kohama Yasuhiro and Atsushi Ikeda. Jay tours in Japan, recording and performing, several times a year. Jay is also a member of SRJO (Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra) and also has a Neo- Boogaloo Hard Bop band called “The Cantaloupes”.

Jay is also involved with passing the music on to future generations. He is an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, and works at the renowned Garfield High School, tutoring kids in improvisation. Jay often does clinics and workshops at universities in the US and Japan and is an instructor in several prominent jazz camps each summer.

Jay has a sound characterized by warmth, lyricism and rhythmic drive….and he’s funky! Hear him when you can, you won’t be disappointed

Jennifer Kienzle
Jennifer Kienzle is known for her purity of tone, her playfulness with song and her easy rapport with her audience. Jennifer has an attention to detail that employs both intuition and careful study and, whether performing her own arrangement of a song or singing on a standard form, her sound is evident to the listener. Singing out of sight and behind doors for much of her life, Jennifer Kienzle became interested in finding her voice in music ever since attending a workshop that took place close to her hometown of Ulm, Germany, hosted by the North Carolina-based singer, Melva Houston. Ms. Houston’s workshop sparked Jennifer’s desire to sing publicly. From that moment she began performing in various small and large ensembles around Germany and Switzerland.
Her activity has continued likewise since her arrival to Seattle in 2008.

Jennifer Kienzle enjoys actively contributing to the sonic landscape of Seattle’s jazz scene. She consistently performs in and out of town, both with her own quartet and The Easy Street Band. Regular venues include Tula’s, The Fireside Room, Vito’s, The Pink Door and Egan’s. A continuing student of music, Jennifer has taken lessons with Greta Matassa and Johnaye Kendrick and is currently studying under multi-instrumentalist Denney Goodhew.

John Hansen
John Hansen is of that rarest of breeds: An attentive, discreetly inventive accompanist.
- CHRISTOPHER DELAURENTI, THE STRANGER

John Hansen is regarded as one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in the Northwest. A studied and musical ensemble player with a strong melodic vocabulary, John has always been recognizable for a unique personal voice.

His performance history includes such venues as NYC's Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, DC's John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Seattle's Jazz Alley and Tula's, and international festivals and tours in France, Japan, Korea, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Russia and Central America. During his career, John Hansen has performed and recorded with many of the Northwest's premiere, award-winning bands including: the Jay Thomas Quartet, Jim Knapp Orchestra, Kelley Johnson, and The Bill Ramsay-Milt Kleeb Band with Pete Christlieb. He has been invited to perform with The Seattle Symphony, Rick Margitza, Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Ernestine Anderson, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, David 'Fathead' Newman, and more.

Johnaye Kendrick
Johnaye is a vocalist & composer from San Diego, currently teaching Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She’s traveled and performed with the Nicholas Payton Sextet, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and many others. While attending the Thelonious Monk Institute, Johnaye worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Brian Blade. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. Johnaye currently performs her own original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics where she often accompanies herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. The legendary Jimmy Heath says that “Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.”

Kelley Johnson
Kelley Johnson has twice been chosen to be a musical ambassador abroad. Her quartet auditioned live for Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for lengthy tours for the US State Department in 2004 and 2008. Since her celebrated debut recording “Make Someone Happy” with Fred Hersch, she has achieved critical acclaim with every recording. “Music is the Magic” from which “Tea For Two” garnered her First-Place in the 2003 International Jazzconnect Vocal Competition was recorded in Brooklyn in 2002 and produced by the brilliant trumpeter, Brian Lynch. The Jazz Education Journal listed the ensuing “Live at Birdland”, taped in one special night at the historic New York City club, as a Blue Chip Jazz Vocal album of 2004. The Birdland evening featured reknown trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, the stellar John Hansen, beauteous Ugonna Okegwo and effervescent Jon Wikan, and the songs range from seductive intimacy to streetcorner jive to sophisticatedly reorganized Americana, all tell-tale signs of Kelley’s unique stamp.

“I heard Kelley Johnson live in NYC recently and was blown away. I had to buy the CD and it confirmed my impressions of this creative singer and her warm, glistening sound. Kelley is consistently inventive, improvising in soulful and unexpected ways; sometimes sounding like an instrument, other times playing creatively with lyrics. Her sense of rhythm is unerring and is accentuated by her excellent arrangements. She's a fabulous singer that anyone interested in vocal jazz should be aware of.” - Audrey Silver review, CD Baby

Matso Limtiaco
Matso Limtiaco majored in Music Education as an undergraduate. After a brief period teaching public school music, he earned his MA in music theory/composition at Washington State University in 1990. He spent six years teaching music at all levels from junior high band to university jazz ensembles, arranging music for his own groups and for a variety of local performers.


Although he no longer teaches music full-time, Matso continues to be active as a freelance composer, arranger, and performer in the Seattle area. His baritone saxophone work has anchored the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra saxophone section since 1994, and the band's two recordings (“Alive and Swinging” and “Come Rain or Come Shine”) feature his charts. He resides in Snohomish WA with his wife Melanie and sons Alex and A.J.


This year at the Jazz Walk Matso is performing with the Endemic Ensemble and directing the Boxley ProAm Big Band.


Mercer Island High School Jazz Bands

Michael Glynn
Born in Seattle, Michael Glynn began playing bass at the age of 11. Beginning his jazz studies with former Count Basie and Louis Armstrong bassist Buddy Catlett, Michael starting working professionally while still a student at Garfield High School, where he played for four years in that school's renowned jazz band. After two years in engineering school at Columbia University in New York City, Michael returned to Seattle where he graduated summa cum laude in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington, where he studied under Doug Miller and Barry Lieberman.

Moving to Albuquerque in 2006, he quickly established himself as an integral part of the New Mexico music scene, performing and recording extensively, and also making time to earn his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, studying with Mark Tatum. In 2012 Michael moved to the Palo Alto for a year where he worked with musicians all around the Bay Area and was on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

In addition to performing with countless local musicians throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and New Mexico, Glynn has performed with jazz legends including Bud Shank, Jon Hendricks, Bobby Shew, Mark Levine, Dave Grusin, Geoffrey Keezer, Seamus Blake, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Benny Green, Gary Smulyan, Don Lanphere, Conte Candoli, Bob Florence, Doug Lawrence, William Parker, Kevin Hays, Kim Richmond, Aaron Parks, Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Michael has performed around the United States and in Canada, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago. On top of his jazz work, Michael performs in a variety of other genres, including classical work with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Opera Southwest, and Canticum Novum Santa Fe, calypso with steel drum legend Ray Holman, and a mix of Arabic and Western music with Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj.

Michael currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

Milo Petersen
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 Farlow and Joe Pass. He currently enjoys a long term student/teacher relationship with 7-string guitar master Ron Eschete. Milo has also studied drums with Moyes Lucas Jr., Victor Lewis, Billy Hart, Mel Brown, Steve Ellington, Jeff Hamilton, Ignacio Berroa, Idris Muhammed, and Herlin Riley.

Milo has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70's after studying for 3 years at Western Washington University under Bill Cole, Scott Reeves, and Americole Biasini. Milo spent 4 years in New York City (1987-1991) leading trios and quartets and then returned to Seattle. In addition to playing with the wide array of amazing musicians in Seattle he has performed with some of the world's finest including: Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton (with the Composer's and Improviser's Orchestra), Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz. Milo also had the great fortune, thanks to saxophonist/composer Steve Griggs, of recording 2 CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin vols.1 & 2 - Hip City Music).

He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain't Misbehavin', Five Guy's Named Moe, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension.

Milo spent 4 years on the adjunct faculties of Western Washington University and Olympic Community College. He has also taught at The Cornish Institute For The Arts in Seattle and Friend's Seminary, NYC. He currently teaches privately and at Seattle Central Community College.

Mount Si High School Jazz Bands
Mt Si High School has a nationally recognized Jazz program. Mount Si Jazz I, under the direction of Matt Wenman and Bill Leather, has been selected to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic. The clinic for music professionals selects bands, orchestras, and ensembles from the universities, schools, and communities around the world, and it is an exceptional honor to be selected. Congratulations Mount Si!

Newport High School Jazz Bands

Paul Green
Paul began playing harmonica in 1968, inspired by both country and urban blues artists. His professional musical career began in New Jersey in 1971 with the Blackberry Booze Band. Moving to Oakland California in 1975, He became a member of the house band at a popular blues spot Eli’s mile high club, performing there weekly and recording two albums on the Red Lightning label out of England with JJ Malone and Troyce Key. From 1975 to 1989 he performed throughout the Bay Area with his own band and other musicians including Sonny Rhodes, Little Frankie Lee, “JJ Bad Boy” Jones, Cool Papa, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, John Little John, and many others.
In 1989 he relocated to Chicago where he continued to perform at such legendary blues clubs as Buddy Guy’s, Rosa’s, The Kingston Mine’s, and Blues Etc., and shared the stage with such notables as Junior Wells and Sugar Blue.
Relocating to Seattle in 1991, Paul won the Washington Blues Society award for the “Best Blues Harmonica” in 1992. Since then he has won that award multiple times and the Blues Society eventually named the annual “Best Blues Harmonica” award after him. He has also won the award for “Best Vocalist” twice. In 2008 he was voted into the Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame, and in 2017 he received their Life Time Achievement Award. Click for an interview by the Washington Blues Society

For the past several years he has performed with numerous Seattle jazz artists and is now a recording artist on the Pony Boy Jazz Label with the 2015 release of his Cd, “Creativity” which is made up entirely of his original lyrics set to jazz instrumental melodies, a style known as Vocalese, sung to compositions by artists such as Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Tad Dameron, among others. In September 2017, Paul relocated to Tucson Az. where he continues to perform throughout the region.

Steve Treseler
Steve Treseler is a Seattle-based saxophonist, composer, teaching artist, and author who performs and leads creative music workshops across the U.S. DownBeat calls his music “beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed, or somewhere in between.” Steve’s voice as an improviser and composer blends distinct, yet confluent elements: straight-ahead jazz, post-modal harmony, Impressionism, minimalism, drones, alternative rock, American folk, electronic effects, and the avant-garde.

Treseler grew up in the midst of Seattleʼs grunge scene before moving to Boston to pursue his studies on scholarship at New England Conservatory, where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, and Steve Lacy, He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Improvised Music from the University of Washington where he worked with avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu.

Steve leads his own ensembles and is part of several ongoing collaborative projects. He and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen are co-leaders of the album Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler on Whirlwind Recordings, a project that was featured in the New York Times, DownBeat, and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America. Steve leads the In Motion Quartet, Electro-Acoustic Trio and Radiant Fields: an experimental meditation for solo saxophone and electronic effects. He co-leads the Snow Line Project with Denver-based pianist Annie Booth and is a member of Tom Varner’s Nonet, Christian Pincock’s Scrambler, Wayne Horvitz’s Washington Composers Orchestra, Jessika Smith’s Big Band, The Phil Parisot Quartet, and Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints. In 2018, Treseler was a featured soloist with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra. His album Center Song received a four-star review in DownBeat and made the magazine’s “Best Albums of 2014” list.

Creative music education is an integral part of Steve’s ongoing work. He is the founder of the Game Symphony Workshop, offering group improvisation workshops for ensembles. Steve teaches at Seattle Pacific University and designed an improvisation course that is part of the school’s core music curriculum. His expanding reputation as an educator has also been fueled by his Amazon bestseller Creativity Triggers for Musicians, The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony, and his Creative Music Blog.

Steve has performed with jazz greats Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Jamie Cullum, Geoffrey Keezer, and Mike Stern.

Thomas Marriott
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott is one of the most exciting trumpeters working in jazz today. The seven-time Golden Ear award winner is a skilled instrumentalist, composer and producer, always seeking to expand the boundaries of jazz music in all its forms.

After winning the prestigious Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition in 1999, Marriott headed east from Seattle to New York where he gained initial acclaim through his work with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau band. Marriott completed 3 world tours as the jazz soloist with Ferguson, then continued to work in New York and on the road with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Joe Locke, Brian Lynch, Michael Feinstein, Eric Reed, Les Brown and the Band of Renown, Kenny Kirkland, Charlie Hunter, Deltron 3030, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Steve Wilson, Ritchie “Alto Madness” Cole, Carl Allan, George Colligan, Roy McCurdy, Orrin Evans and scores of others.

Marriott’s diverse interests and skills are reflected in the range and success of his albums. Since 2004, Thomas has produced eleven albums as a leader for Origin Records. Three of his albums have made the top-ten on national jazz radio airplay charts, including the 2009 release “East-West Trumpet Summit,” which made it all the way to number one. His albums have been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and have gained critical acclaim world-wide, including the 2010 release “Constraints and Liberations” which garnered 4 ½ stars in Downbeat Magazine. Thomas’ ninth album, “Urban Folklore,” was released in 2014 and features Orrin Evans, Eric Revis and Donald Edwards. The album was the editor’s pick in JazzTimes’ January 2015 issue.

Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Thomas continues to perform on the stages of the world’s greatest jazz clubs and concert halls, as a leader and alongside the top names in jazz. The Seattle native is featured on more than 100 recordings with musicians of all genres and styles. Thomas has produced albums for a number of artists including saxophonist Hadley Caliman and trumpeter Ray Vega. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Board of Directors of Earshot Jazz. Since his return to Seattle in 2004 he has been the featured trumpet soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and has been a catalyst on the Seattle jazz scene.

Tracy Knoop
Tracy Knoop, alto sax; A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Tracy Knoop is one of the best-known jazz artists and teachers in the region. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he joined the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and toured with them for ten years. Tracy has performed with such greats as Louis Bellson, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Buddy Rich, and Mel Torme. He also has performed with the Temptations, Four Tops, and the Seattle Symphony. He can be heard on commercial recordings by the Charlie May All-Star Big Band, Keith Henson, Octet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, and the Tracy Knoop Quartet. He continues to perform and teach extensively throughout the Northwest and across the country.



 

 

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JazzClubsNW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz performance and
educational opportunities across the Pacific Northwest and within the communities in which we live.

PO Box 1161 North Bend Washington 98045 USA
jazzclubsnw@gmail.com
(802)266-0690

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