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Sep 2016
10 Saturday

Anton Schwartz & Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson has performed extensively with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Richard Galliano, Dave Koz, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Sara Gazarek, Jack Sheldon, Tom Scott, and Peter Erskine. Josh has recorded on countless albums, films, and television, and has released five acclaimed CDs of his own. “There’s a lightness in Nelson’s touch reminiscent of Red Garland, an Oscar Peterson dazzle to his technique.” –Jazz Times Magazine.

Josh has been performing with Anton Schwartz‘s quintet since early 2015. Following a sold out festival performance together, they decided to play a duo concert in Oakland, and the chemistry was palpable. We’re looking forward to this, Josh’s first appearance at the loft!

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Jun 2016
26 Sunday

Denise Donatelli

This show is SOLD OUT.
A WAITING LIST is available.

We’re proud to have Denise Donatelli joining us from Los Angeles!

“Donatelli makes it sound so natural to hit the dead center of each note, you can almost forget how rarely it occurs in the rest of the world. Her intonation combines accuracy with ease in a way most singers can only imagine.” —Neil Tesser

Her last three albums have received four Grammy nominations, including her latest nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her most recent album Find A Heart. She has been voted into the Downbeat Critics Poll as Female Vocalist Rising Star for the past three years, and was named Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.

Joining Denise and host Anton Schwartz (saxophone) are pianist Bill Anschell and bassist Michael Glynn.

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Oct 2015
3 Saturday

Kellye Gray (8pm)

NOTE: There is also an afternoon show the same day.

Kellye Gray, a native of Dallas, first made a name for herself on the Austin scene. As word of her talent has spread, she’s lived stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco and toured internationally. We’re delighted to have her up at the loft for a Seattle performance!

Of her many remarkable qualities, perhaps the most striking is the sheer power of her performance energy and how completely she puts herself on the line when she interprets a song. The results are stunning. She draws on a wide repertoire and vocabulary from both jazz and popular music, always carving her interpretations and improvisations with fearless creativity.

“Think of a layer cake with a dense Carmen McRae center, iced with swoops, dollops and occasionally wide swatches of Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday, then dotted with Etta James bluesiness and Tina Turner wail. Gray’s is an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent.”
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Joining Kellye and Anton are two brilliant players on the Seattle jazz scene: Bill Anschell and Jeff Johnson. Kellye has performed at the Oakland loft twice and both concerts sold out well in advance, so be sure to reserve early.

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Oct 2015
3 Saturday

Kellye Gray (3:30pm)

Kellye Gray, a native of Dallas, first made a name for herself on the Austin scene. As word of her talent has spread, she’s lived stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco and toured internationally. We’re delighted to have her up at the loft for a Seattle performance!

Of her many remarkable qualities, perhaps the most striking is the sheer power of her performance energy and how completely she puts herself on the line when she interprets a song. The results are stunning. She draws on a wide repertoire and vocabulary from both jazz and popular music, always carving her interpretations and improvisations with fearless creativity.

“Think of a layer cake with a dense Carmen McRae center, iced with swoops, dollops and occasionally wide swatches of Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday, then dotted with Etta James bluesiness and Tina Turner wail. Gray’s is an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent.”
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Joining Kellye and Anton are two brilliant players on the Seattle jazz scene: Bill Anschell and Jeff Johnson. Kellye has performed at the Oakland loft twice and both concerts sold out well in advance, so be sure to reserve early.

(NOTE: there is also an 8pm show the same day.)

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We’re honored to have joining Anton this time two standout artists in the world of jazz.

Lorraine Feather is without a doubt one of the freshest and most enjoyable voices in jazz. Not only because of her beautiful voice and subtle, spirited delivery. But because she writes material that is sophisticated, poignant, witty, expertly crafted, and perfectly tailored to her own remarkable musical-storytelling ability. Lorraine grew up steeped in jazz. Her father was the renowned jazz writer Leonard Feather; her godmother was Billie Holiday. A three-time Grammy-nominee (most recently in 2014), her recordings have received glowing reviews in every major jazz magazine. DownBeat has called her work “deliciously savvy”; Jazz Times referred to her lyrical reinventions as “pure genius.” Songs with her lyrics have been recorded by many jazz artists, including Patti Austin, Kenny Rankin and Phyllis Hyman.

Multi-Grammy winning pianist Russell Ferrante is perhaps best known as the founding pianist and composer of the Yellowjackets, whose 22 acclaimed albums over nearly 35 years have made them a guiding force in modern jazz. He has also recorded and performed with a dazzling list of artists including Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Art Pepper, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Take 6, Lee Ritenour and Randy Crawford.

Lorraine and Russell have been songwriting partners for many years, and they share a warm chemistry when they perform. This is a rare opportunity to catch the two of them together in Seattle, not to mention in such an intimate setting.

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Aug 2014
16 Saturday

Julian Priester

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It’s our honor to present one jazz’s great living treasures, Julian Priester, and his ensemble.

Priester has been a part of countless history-making bands over the past 60 years, performing and recording extensively with the likes of Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Lionel Hampton, Sun Ra, Dinah Washington, John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Abbey Lincoln, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Blue Mitchell and Woody Shaw.

The concert features the members of Julian Priester’s working quartet, Priester’s Cue, expanded to form a quintet with Anton Schwartz on tenor sax. They will perform a program of compositions by Priester and arrangements of jazz standards.

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Jul 2014
26 Saturday

Rebecca Kilgore

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For this concert, Anton Schwartz will be joined by two of Portland’s greatest contributions to the international jazz scene: vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and pianist Randy Porter.

“Rebecca has a gorgeous voice and has a deep connection with every song she touches. In a world of pretenders, she’s absolutely the real thing. I love what she does!”
– Michael Feinstein

“Becky is one of my favorite singers, and one of my greatest recent pleasures was presenting her in concert on Fresh Air.”
– Terry Gross, host of NPR’s Fresh Air

“If Benny Goodman were alive today, he’d hire Becky to sing in his band.”
– Bucky Pizzarelli

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Sep 2013
14 Saturday

Taylor Eigsti

Not yet thirty years old, Taylor Eigsti has established his place as one of the world’s foremost jazz pianists. He has performed as a featured soloist with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras around the world, received multiple Grammy nominations, been the cover story of Keyboard Magazine and Jazziz and the subject of numerous television and radio specials, and has collaborated with most of the brightest stars in jazz today, including Esperanza Spalding, Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, James Moody, Nicholas Payton, Lee Konitz, Chris Potter and Hank Jones.

Taylor joined the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop at age fifteen. That is where he and Anton and first met and collaborated. Taylor appears on Anton’s latest CD, Radiant Blue, as well has his upcoming one (stay tuned!)
Here are two videos of them in concert at Yoshi’s several years ago:

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Sep 2013
7 Saturday

Kathy Kosins

Detroit based vocalist Kathy Kosins will be passing through Seattle, and we’re hooking up for a show at the loft. Kosins is a six-time ASCAP award winner, and has performed at prestigious jazz clubs, festivals and concert series across the nation and around the world. The Chicago Tribune calls her “one of the most alluring voices in jazz.” And famed jazz critic Niel Tesser writes that she possesses “solid intonation, unwavering swing, and a voice that can conjure both the girl next door and her older, wiser sister.”

We are particularly lucky to be joined by Seattle’s own Paul Gabrielson on bass, and Portland phenomenon Randy Porter on piano.

Some may know pianist Randy Porter as saxophone great Charles McPherson’s longtime pianist. Others may know him from his annual performance and teaching at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, or his performances with such greats as Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Arturo Sandoval, Karrin Allyson, Sheila Jordan, Diane Schuur, Wynton Marsalis and numerous symphony orchestras. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is without a doubt one of the city’s major contributions to the international jazz scene.

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Aug 2013
17 Saturday

Gail Pettis

Gail Pettis’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing inspire comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae. A two-time winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards’ Northwest Vocalist of the Year, she has made a huge mark on the jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest, despite her relatively recent emergence as a professional vocalist. Her latest CD received a four-star review from DownBeat magazine and hit the Top Five on the national jazz radio charts.

“What makes Gail’s musical overview so special is her remarkable combination of a sumptuous sound, a storyteller’s capacity to find the deepest layers in the lyrics of a song, and an irresistible rhythmic lift in her phrasing,” writes renowned jazz journalist, Don Heckman. “Add to that her gift for melodic paraphrasing, and a selective ear for finding a new way to sing old songs, and the results completely fulfill the definition of the word unique.”

This show will be special in that Gail will team up with saxophonist Anton Schwartz. Her performances almost always feature her alone with a rhythm section, so the interplay with Schwartz here will provide an exciting new setting for her formidable expressive skills. Joining Gail and Anton are two linchpins of the Seattle Jazz Scene: pianist Randy Halberstadt and bassist Clipper Anderson.

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