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"Bradford’s music lives where passionate soul and the homespun eloquence of Americana […]
Award-winning jazz vocalist and educator Greta Matassa presents 9 aspiring jazz singers […]
Sweet Billy sprang from a collaboration of Northwest music veterans Marc Willett […]
John Pinetree & The Yellin' Degenerates are an eclectic collective of musicians who blend genres and decades of the american musical experience. Jazz, blues, funk, soul,and all world music are considered in the writing and curating of the music performed. All the music is served with homage and respect to the artists who created it and the myriad human conditions that inspired it's creation. Each set list is created as a tonic of the times in the hopes of creating a relatable , sometimes joyous, sometimes cathartic series of moments to be shared between musician and listener. Improvisation and the schtick that resides within the individual players are celebrated and employed freely.
Pianist Bill Anschell’s concert credits include eight European tours with vocalist Nnenna Freelon
and seven South American tours leading his own trio. He is also a prolific composer; his original
pieces have been placed more than 70 times on programs including “The West Wing,” “The
Wire,” and “Yellowstone.”
Anschell, a Seattle native, returned to the Emerald city in 2002 after a long residency in Atlanta.
He received Golden Ear Awards as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005,
2010 and 2011; his trio was named “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year” in 2006; his
CD Figments won “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2011; and in 2016 he was inducted
into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.
Anschell is also well known as a jazz humorist, and in 2014 he was a winner of the inaugural
Paul Desmond Award, allaboutjazz.com’s celebration of the funniest jazz artists.
Bassist Chris Symer moved to Seattle in 2002 from Los Angeles, where he was an in-demand
player for live gigs and studio work. Feeling at home playing almost any type of music, he has
been busy working in a wide variety of musical situations. He has performed in groups ranging
from the unclassifiable Southern California-based band "Headless Household"; to sideman work
with Bennie Maupin, Charlie Byrd, Tierney Sutton, Roger Kellaway and Robben Ford; to
orchestral playing for film scores.
Symer's consistent sound and reliable sense of direction have helped him not only find work, but
to get there on time as well.
Jeff Busch is an exuberant drummer/percussionist, vocalist, and composer who has been active
on the Seattle jazz, gospel, and Latin jazz scenes for the past 20 years. He is a member of the
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, whose 2004 recording ‘Canto do Rio’ was nominated for a Latin
In 1997, Jeff spent six months in Brazil and studied with a variety of percussionists including
Edmilson Costa Teixeira, Gilo do Pandeiro, and Mestres Memeu and Lazaro from Olodum; he
returned to tour as a performer in 1998.
Busch was the recipient of a King County Arts grant for a recording project entitled “Drums and
Voices – A Collage of Negro Spirituals,” with gospel singer Patrinell Wright and Master
Senegalese drummer Thione Diop. In addition to performing, Jeff continues his work as a dance
accompanist, producer, educator, studio musician and visual artist.
Presenting the revered compositional repertoire of the legendary pianist Bill Evans, veteran Seattle bassist Bruce Phares leads a stellar trio with master improvisers Brian Monroney on guitar and Mark Ivester on drums. Bringing a distinctively eclectic approach to the unmistakable signature of Evans’ historic songbook, this evolving project promises to be a unique and substantial musical expedition!
Eric & Encarnación are an internationally renowned flamenco duo known for the deep connection and energy that permeates their live performances, and ability to invoke the flamenco spirit night after night. They have performed nationally and internationally for years with the world/ rock supergroup "Children of the Revolution" and their touring flamenco company "Flamenco de Raiz", working with some of Spain's greatest living flamenco artists. Based in Seattle, they have played sold- out theaters all over the Seattle area, including Meany Hall, Paramount Theater, Benaroya Hall, and The Triple Door. They appeared in major festivals and theater series, including headlining Quebec's prestigious "World Guitar Festival".
Encarnación was born in Barcelona to a family of exiles from the Spanish Civil war and grew up in Barcelona and Mexico City. Still, her family kept her immersed in flamenco music while in Mexico, and she later returned to her homeland to study and perform. A dancer, singer, and guitarist, she is a unique and one-of-a-kind performer who entrances audiences everywhere with her grace, depth, musicality, and intense energy.
Eric Jaeger "El Comanche" has lived and studied extensively in Andalucía, Spain and has dedicated his life to the art of flamenco guitar. On stage, Eric draws on his extensive experience as a producer and songwriter, bringing a sense of melody and composition to his performances. Eric was the lead guitarist and co-founder/producer of "Children of the Revolution," a successful band which fused flamenco, Latin, Middle-eastern and rock melodies. Eric has produced 7 CDs to date for the band, and his work has been featured on the best-selling Putumayo Presents series (“Greece” and “Swing around the World.” Recent recordings include “Flamenco de Raiz” live CD, and studio single “Mi Aire” with one of the world's greatest flamenco singers, Rafael de Utrera, and “Rumba al Maestro” which went #1 on Amazon’s Flamenco and Rumba download charts.
Eric & Encarnación return to Spain every year to stay immersed in the art of flamenco, and more importantly, to live and breathe the flamenco culture with their friends and family in Sevilla and Barcelona. FLAMENCOSEATTLE.COM
Instrumental Rumba(#1 for a couple weeks on Amazon's Flamenco and Rumba download charts):
Alice Chains tribute for MoPop:
Single with Encarna's vocals:
Single featuring Rafael de Utrera(cante master from Vicente Amigo and Paco de Lucia's groups):
After over three decades as busy sideman and session musician, guitarist Brian Monroney leads his first band as featured artist and composer. Brian has toured, performed and recorded with likes of Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Lee Oskar, Nelson Rangell, Paul Taylor and many others.
The quartet includes brilliant saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev and the powerhouse rhythm section of Dean Schmidt (bass) and Brad Boal (drums). In addition to original music which evokes a wide range of modern / straight ahead jazz and fusion influences, the quartet covers favorite compositions by artists such as Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, Pat Metheny and John Scofield.
Le Cirque Jazz is Hans Teuber (woodwinds and piano), Keith Lowe (Bass), Brian Monroney (Guitar) and Jacques Willis (Drums). They play a fun eclectic mix of jazz, funk, surf, latin, cafe music and beyond. The members of Le Cirque Jazz connected as the band for the legendary Teatro Zinzanni.
Lively and entertaining, Clave Gringa comes to North City Bistro this time with two horns (Daniel Barry on trumpet and Nathaniel Schleimer on tenor sax and flute), phenomenal percussionist Willie Garza, new star bassist Trevor Ford, and the leader pianist and vocalist Ann Reynolds. The band will take you on a journey through Cuban music from the classically oriented danzon and cha-cha-cha styles to the African folkloric sounds and rumba. You won’t be able to sit still! Clave Gringa plays original Cuban jazz originals composed by the leader, pianist Ann Reynolds, and Cuban standards that capture the joy and positive energy and love of Cuba.
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