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Jul 2013
20 Saturday

Laila Smith

This concert features Laila Smith, an exceptional young singer and composer from San Jose, California who’s been gaining great attention as she emerges on the jazz scene. She will be performing jazz standards, as well as compositions of her own.

Just eighteen years old, Laila has not wasted any time pursuing her passion for music, nor has the world failed to take note of her phenomenal ability. She began playing piano at age four. She made her first appearance at the San Jose Jazz Festival at age six and has performed there every year since. She is the winner of six DownBeat awards, two ASCAP Young Composer Awards, sang first soprano in the GRAMMY Jazz Choir and was the vocalist for the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Orchestra (2012) and the SFJAZZ High School All-Star Orchestra (2010-2012). In the fall she will attend a joint degree program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Often the performance opportunities that are given to exceptional young artists showcase their ability to impress rather than to really communicate. This concert will be the opposite—a relaxed, intimate setting where creativity can flow and we’ll have the chance to see extraordinary talent in the process of development.

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Apr 2013
6 Saturday

Meyers, Stowell, Schwartz

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

Anton is joined by two masterful guitarists: New York’s Paul Meyers and Portland’s John Stowell.

Paul Meyers has performed and recorded with an ever growing list of jazz greats such as Karrin Allyson, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Eddie Gomez, Marc Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Frank Wess and Kenny Werner. He’s also toured for years with two of jazz’s greatest singers: Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008. A very active player in New York’s vibrant Brazilian and Latin jazz scenes, Paul also teaches and coaches ensembles at the prestigious William Patterson University jazz program (since 1988).

John Stowell‘s vast touring experience over the past forty years has taken him to hundreds of prestigious venues across six continents. He has recorded and performed with Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Richie Cole, Tom Harrrell and Dave Liebman… to name a few. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and around the United States and Canada.

As guitarists, John and Paul share beautiful tone, incredible ease and technical fluidity and, above all, brilliant musicianship. This will be quite an evening!

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Dec 2012
15 Saturday

Greta Matassa

This concert features vocalist Greta Matassa in a particularly intimate setting. Greta is a dominating force in the jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest, and one of the most impressive vocalists on the national scene today. Her sound spans a huge range, as she moves with ease between muscular and delicate, innocent and world-weary, delivering intricate bebop one minute and earthy soul the next, all the while maintaining uncanny technique and control.

Joining Greta and saxophonist Anton Schwartz is bassist Clipper Anderson, Greta’s lifelong collaborator and another huge force in the Seattle jazz scene. Clipper has played with a long list of jazz greats including including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Paquito D’Rivera, Phil Woods and Buddy DeFranco.

The trio of vocal, sax and bass is extremely nimble, allowing the three to react on a dime and head in unforeseen directions within each song. This will be an evening of great spontaneous artistry!

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Oct 2012
27 Saturday

Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist and composer, is a Three-time Latin Grammy nominee and one of the foremost Brazilian musicians working today. Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation and lyrical melodies, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. Jovino leads an award-winning ensemble, and can also be heard as a soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke and many more. He has been artist in residence at some of the world’s most prestigious music schools, and has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, 4Culture, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer.

Joining Jovino and Anton are Jeff Busch, a master percussionist and longtime member of Jovino’s ensemble, and bassist Tim Carey, a bright new talent on the Seattle Scene. This will be an evening of dynamic music and contagious fun!

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Sep 2012
15 Saturday

Ed Reed Quartet

Vocalist Ed Reed amazed the jazz world when he came out with his highly acclaimed debut CD at age 78. That was five years and a second and third CD ago, and he just keeps getting better. He just won recognition in Down Beat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll as a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist for the fourth time in the last five years. He was recently awarded a Jazz Hero award by the Jazz Journalists’ Association, and was the subject of an hourlong episode of NPR’s Piano Jazz.

Renowned jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert writes:

Given his track record of exponential creative growth over the past four years it might be premature to say that “Born to Be Blue” is Reed’s definitive statement, but his third album possesses all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece.

This concert features the internationally acclaimed, Portland-based pianist Randy Porter, plus saxophonist Anton Schwartz, both of whom recorded on Ed’s recent CD Born to be Blue. Joining them is beloved bassist Phil Sparks, a pillar of the Seattle jazz scene.

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Jul 2012
21 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 particularly unique in that Gail will be teaming 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 pianist Blake Angelos and bassist Jeff Johnson, whose chemistry will make for a memorable evening.

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Randy Porter, Jeff Johnson and Anton Schwartz
Some may know pianist Randy Porter as saxophone great Charles McPherson’s frequent 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.

At age 20, bassist Jeff Johnson joined the band of renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones. In the decades since then, he has played with the greatest jazz musicians of several generations… including legends such as Chet Baker, Barney Kessel, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson and Lee Konitz. Jeff is a two-time winner of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” award.

Randy and Jeff have performed and recorded together for years. Randy and Anton have collaborated since 2006, and recorded together recently on Ed Reed’s Born To Be Blue CD. Jeff and Anton only recently met, performing under vocalist Jackie Ryan. This evening will mark the first performance of the three artists together. We can’t wait to hear what the chemistry will produce!

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WAITING LIST is available.

Our first show in Seattle features the trio of saxophonist Anton Schwartz with Seattle jazz greats Randy Halberstadt (piano) and Phil Sparks (bass).

Pianist Randy Halberstadt has performed with a huge roster of jazz greats, including Herb Ellis, Sheila Jordan, Ernestine Anderson, Terry Gibbs, Buddy de Franco, Slide Hampton, Rebecca Parris, Kevin Mahogany, and Karrin Allyson. He is the pianist for the esteemed Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and has performed on many occasions with the Seattle Symphony. He is a full professor at Cornish College of the Arts.

Bassist Phil Sparks is a lynchpin of the Seattle Jazz Scene, having been a member of the bands of Julian Priester, Ernestine Anderson and Wayne Horowitz, and having performed over the years with the likes of James Moody, Mose Allison, Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton, Eddie Harris, Randy Weston, and Gene Harris, not to mention the Seattle Symphony.

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