Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Listed in order of performance time.
Please plan on walking from venue to venue and checking everything out!
*Note: Early 5pm Set!
NORTH BEND THEATRE - High School Big Band Performances
SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - Kareem Kandi Trio
PIONEER COFFEE - Leah Stillwell Trio
PICCOLA CELLARS - Pete Christlieb & Bill Ramsay with the Danny Kolke Trio
GEORGIA’S BAKERY - Aria Prame Trio with Dawn Clement
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Endemic Ensemble
WILDFLOWER WINE SHOP - Chris Symer & Johnaye Kendrick
BIRCHES HABITAT - Chris Clark & Bob Hammer with Jennifer Kienzle
UMPQUA BANK - Tracy Knoop Trio
TWEDE'S CAFÉ - Janette West Quartet with Murl Allen Sanders
CHANG THAI - Courtney Cutchins Trio
CHAPLIN'S - Alexey Nikolaev with Student Supergroups: Max Cannella Trio & George Fremont Trio
SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - Paul Green Quartet with Katy Bourne
PIONEER COFFEE - Kelly Eisenhour with the Melanie Shore Trio
IL PAESANO - Nate Parker & Eli Meisner
PICCOLA CELLARS - Pro-Am Big Band
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Greg Ruby Group: Django & Hot Jazz
BRICKYARD BREWING - Bernie Jacobs Quartet
Just one ticket allows access to all shows at every venue throughout the evening!
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North Bend Theatre
5:00-10:00: HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND PERFORMANCES
Featuring talented high school students from local, award-winning jazz bands!
5pm*: Mount Si Jazz I & II (*Early 5pm Set!)
8:45pm: Mercer Island
For more info, visit Mount Si Bands, Newport Bands, Bellevue Bands and Mercer Island Bands
Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge
6:00-9:00: KAREEM KANDI TRIO
Kareem Kandi, tenor sax; Ryan Donnelly, bass & Christian Casolary, drums
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of jazz, blues, and funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook. Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Patti Labelle, Ali Jackson, Bill Watrous, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.
For more info, visit kareemkandi.com
9:00-Midnight: PAUL GREEN QUARTET with KATY BOURNE
Paul Green, voice & harmonica; Katy Bourne, voice; Jonas Myers, piano; Dan O’Brien, bass & Reade Whitwell, drums
Paul has been a performing musician since his teens. Both an award-winning blues artist and jazz vocalist, he was inducted into the Washington State Blues Society Hall of Fame, and the annual Best Blues Harmonica Award was named after him by that same organization. His latest CD release on the Pony Boy jazz label, “Creativity”, is made up entirely of his original lyrics set to jazz instrumental melodies, a style known as Vocalese. His unique vocal and harmonica style have won him praise from both fans and fellow musicians alike. He continues to appear in clubs and perform studio work throughout the Puget Sound region.
With guest Katy Bourne, a fun-loving, hard-swingin' Seattle jazz vocalist who approaches music with strong, rhythmic sensibility, an infectious sense of humor and straight-on honesty. Bourne is a steady and unassuming figure on the Seattle jazz scene and performs at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest. Check out her latest album "As the Fates Decide".
For more info, visit paulgreenblues.com and katy-bourne.com
6:00-9:00: LEAH STILLWELL TRIO
Leah Stillwell, voice; Craig Hoyer, piano & Michael Barnett, bass
Vocalist Stillwell has a conversationally warm sound & welcoming approach to her naturally gifted voice. She’s influenced by the jazz greats - and fell in love with jazz immediately once introduced as a teen to the satin melodies of classics like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. Her vocal style is a personal amalgamation of the old standards along with any and all other music that has ever appealed to ear, heart and soul. With a fresh new approach to a classic art form, Leah gracefully captures the style and charisma of jazz with her sultry voice and laid back expression. Check out her CD "So This is Love"!
For more info, visit leahstillwell.com
9:00-Midnight: KELLY EISENHOUR with the MELANIE SHORE TRIO
Kelly Eisenhour, voice; Melanie Shore, piano & Ryan Donnelly, bass
Kelly Eisenhour is a prolific jazz vocalist, as well as a jazz educator. Her latest album, “Invitation,” is set to release in December 2016 on Pony Boy Records. Previously, her album "Seek and Find," featuring Bob Mintzer, reached #14 on the JazzWeek charts and received continuous airplay for 7 months after release. The 2010 winner of the Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Competition at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Kelly has performed in many jazz festivals all over the country. She has also toured as guest soloist with the Boston Pops and worked as a backup vocalist with Gladys Knight. On the 2006 Grammy award winning album, “Gladys Knight: One Voice,” Kelly is credited as songwriter, soloist, co-arranger, and assistant choir director of the gospel choir featured on the album. Kelly received her undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music, and her master’s degree from the University of Utah in jazz studies, composition and performance. She is currently the choral director at Green River College in Auburn, Washington where she teaches a variety of music classes, including directing the Green River Jazz Voices.
Melanie Shore holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Utah. She is known for her versatility on the piano and is active in the music community where she can be found performing everything from classical to pop to jazz. She has also established herself as a composer and arranger for studio work and live performance. She is often found at Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre performing with national Broadway tours and has also received numerous awards for her performances in jazz, including outstanding soloist at both the Reno and University of Northern Colorado jazz festivals, and outstanding composer at the UNC Jazz Festival. She has performed and toured with Collin Raye as his Music Director and piano player, played with Chuck Berry, Restless Heart, Il Divo, Lea Salonga, Hudson Lights, Metro Music Band, Joslyn and Party Crashers.
For more info, visit kellyeisenhourmusic.com
6:00-9:00: PETE CHRISTLIEB & BILL RAMSAY with the DANNY KOLKE TRIO
Pete Christlieb, tenor sax; Bill Ramsay, sax; Linda Small, trombone; Danny Kolke, piano; Michael Glynn, bass & Greg Williamson, drums
Featuring Pete Christlieb and Bill Ramsay! Grammy-nominated saxophonist Pete Christlieb is known for his recordings on Steely Dan's "Aja," the Star Trek and Family Guy TV shows as well as Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable”. He worked with Carmen McRae, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Gene Ammons, Don Lamphere, Freddy Hubbard and many more, and even played in the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Band for 20 years to audiences of millions! Also with jazz legend Bill Ramsay who played in the big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones more.
JazzClubsNW Founder Danny is an accomplished pianist known for his aggressive technique and passionate voicings. Strongly influenced by the soulful stylings of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, performing blues, gospel, straight-ahead jazz and original compositions & arrangements. Check out his new Pony Boy CD "Danny Kolke Trio plus Pete Christlieb: Live at Boxley's" for some musical treats.
For more info, visit dannykolkemusic.com and petechristlieb.com
9:00-Midnight: PRO-AM BIG BAND
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, and some originals from within the band. Curated by Matso Limtiaco (arranger and bari sax, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra) and Greg Williamson (drums, Woody Herman alumn), this will be part community band, part educational bring-them-up, and all hard-hitting, pro-quality, big band jazz.
Valley Center Stage
6:00-9:00: ENDEMIC ENSEMBLE
Steve Messick, bass; Paul Gillespie, tenor sax; Matso Limtiaco, baritone sax; David Franklin, piano & Christian Krehbiel, drums
Founded by bassist Steve Messick in early 2010, the Endemic Ensemble is a modern, collaborative jazz quintet based in Seattle, Washington with Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums. The music, composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco, is influenced by '60s hard bop, big band, and 19th and 20th century classical music, and is described as having “swinging rhythm, great tunes and purposeful playing - always in the service of the song, and usually anchored in the blues” (Lucid Culture). “Think hard-bop meets classical and big band horns” (Carol Banks Weber, AXS).
For more info, visit opusfunkus.com/endemicensemble
9:00-Midnight: GREG RUBY GROUP: DJANGO & HOT JAZZ
Greg Ruby, guitar; Julian Smedley, violin; Ryan Hoffman, rhythm guitar & Geoff Cooke, bass
Seattle-based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby plays diverse styles of vintage jazz. Described as “truly hot jazz” by Vintage Guitar Magazine, his CD, Look Both Ways, celebrating the 100th birthday of guitarist Django Reinhardt and featuring 12 original compositions, reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart. He leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group dedicated to all-original compositions; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians in The Rhythm Runners, a Prohibition-era dance band; plays Valse musette and European café jazz with Bric-a-brac Trio; and is a member of The Post Alley Ramblers, an old school New Orleans-style jazz quartet. A former member of Pearl Django, Greg has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. As founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, Greg can be heard on all the band’s recordings and produced their 2010 release, And If Only, featuring legendary vocalist Dan Hicks. Greg’s compositions have been heard on television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He’s published the Pearl Django Play-Along Book Vol.1 through Djangobooks.com and is completing a play-along CD/book on the swing guitar mastery of Oscar Aleman.
For more info, visit gregrubymusic.com
6:00-9:00: ARIA PRAME TRIO with DAWN CLEMENT
Aria Prame, voice; Dawn Clement, piano & Evan Flory-Barnes, bass
Since arriving in Seattle in 2002, vocalist Aria Prame has been sharing her pure sound with audiences around the Sound. Aria began seriously pursuing her passion for music in Boston, singing with local bands while studying vocal jazz with teachers from The New England Conservatory before moving to the Pacific Northwest. She is now consistently pleasing audiences with her soulful and distinctive style.
An ebullient pianist, a graceful vocalist and a blooming composer, Dawn Clement has gained the respect and adoration of critics, fans and musicians on both coasts and abroad. Her range of expression is unfettered and is bolstered by a ninja-like mastery of her instruments. Fueled by an uncanny musicality, Dawn is comfortable in a multitude of terrains-soloing over a straight-ahead standard, navigating complicated arrangements with challenging meters or gently phrasing the softest of ballads. While her faculty is exceptional, she wields it judiciously, playing with intention, spaciousness and great care. The result is an original sound that is joyful and mesmerizing.
For more info, visit ariapramemusic.com and dawnclement.com
Wildflower Wine Shop
7:00-10:00: CHRIS SYMER & JOHNAYE KENDRICK
Johnaye Kendrick, voice & Chris Symer, bass
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.”
Chris Symer has performed and/or recorded with Roger Kellaway, Bennie Maupin, Robben Ford, Theo Saunders, Kai Akagi, Kate McGarry, Tierney Sutton, Larry Koonse, Kim Richmond, Bob Florence and many more. Originally from Southern California, Chris relocated to Seattle in 2002 where he makes his living as a freelance jazz musician. His recent projects have included recordings with The Johnaye Kendrick Quartet ("Here", 2014), Jim Knapp's "Scrape" (Origin, 2013), Nelda Swigget's "Swingtet" (Origin, 2014). Chris has played and taught clinics throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. He appeared on soundtracks for television, movies, theatre, performance art, and in settings from duos to big bands and symphony orchestras. Since May of 2000, Chris has been tuning in fifths and enjoys the altered palette of colors that tuning provides.
For more info, visit johnaye.com
7:00-10:00: CHRIS CLARK & BOB HAMMER with JENNIFER KIENZLE
Jennifer Kienzle, voice; Bob Hammer, piano & Chris Clark, bass
Since her arrival to Seattle in 2008, international jazz vocalist Jennifer Kienzle has emerged as a singer adept at conveying a direct and honest interpretation of the American songbook. Jennifer's playful lyricism and beautiful, pure tone pull her listeners into the stories she sings. Jennifer and her musicians alike enjoy creating music in the moment. The songs you hear will be unique and never to be heard the same way again.
Joined by legends Hammer and Clark! Pianist Hammer spent most of his career as an arranger, penning classics for Woody Herman and Charles Mingus. He also worked with other jazz greats such as Gene Krupa, Johnny Hartman, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones & more. Chris Clark learned bass at jam sessions in south central Los Angeles with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Bobby Hutcherson and Gerald Wiggins. He joined Les Brown's Band of Renoun at the age of 20, appearing in Jerry Lewis' "The Nutty Professor" and touring with Bob Hope's USO Christmas shows.
For more info, visit jenniferkienzle.com
7:00-10:00: TRACY KNOOP TRIO
Tracy Knoop, alto sax; Chuck Kistler, bass & Julian MacDonough, drums
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.
7:00-10:00: JANETTE WEST QUARTET with MURL ALLEN SANDERS
Janette West, voice; Murl Allen Sanders, accordion; Jeff Norwood, bass & Marty Tuttle, percussion
Seattle-based vocalist Janette West's multi-layered career spans four decades, and was nurtured in the fabric of Northwest music history. Her voice and style is a rich composite of dynamic jazz improvisation with the plush warmth of soulful R&B influences. Jazz Times writes, “West is a first rate swinger, comparable in style and gusto to Ernestine Anderson, though the warmth of her ballads is more reminiscent of Natalie Cole.” The Examiner writes: “Janette West is a lovely and mercurial vocalist, a local favorite.”
Pianist and accordionist Murl Allen Sanders is a musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who is active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Seattle Symphony, Brazilian accordion virtuoso Chico Chagas, virtuosos Stas Venglevski and Gary Blair, Leroy Bell, Peter Duchin, Alarm Will Sound, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Everett Philharmonic, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Warren Rand, Pearl Django, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others.
For more info, visit janettewest.com and murlallensanders.com
7:00-10:00: COURTNEY CUTCHINS TRIO
Courtney Cutchins, voice; Ronan Delisle, guitar & Tim Carey, bass
NYC vocalist and North Bend-native, Courtney Cutchins specializes in modern jazz styles, alternative rock and improvisational artistry. Performing often in the New York scene, she’s refining material for her debut album, featuring her collection of inspired originals, reinvented grunge arrangements (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) and edgy jazz standards. Influenced by the intensity of Jeff Buckley and the sophistication of Sarah Vaughan, her latest project “Grunge to Grace” is an introspective fusion of her 90’s Seattle rock upbringing and lifelong passion for jazz and storytelling. She's performed in venues and festivals from coast to coast, including NYC’s 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall & Cornelia Street Cafe, and Seattle’s Jazz Alley and Earshot Jazz Festival. In 2016, she completed her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, working with Grammy-nominated vocalists Gretchen Parlato, Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry.
For more info, visit courtneycutchins.com
7:00-10:00: ALEXEY NIKOLAEV with STUDENT SUPERGROUPS: Max Cannella Trio & George Fremont Trio
Alexey Nikolaev, tenor sax
Max Cannella, piano; Ben Feldman, bass; Nick Mardon, drums and Sage Eisenhour, voice
George Fremont, voice & piano; Jake Escobar, bass & Kevin Murphy, drums
Alexey Nikolaev, tenor saxophonist, has earned a reputation in the Seattle music scene as a "monster saxman." Alexey graduated in 1993 from Gnesin's Music Academy of Russia with a B.A. in saxophone and arrangement. In 1994, he completed his studies in Dublin, Ireland with saxophonist Dave Liebman. He has performed globally at such prestigious events as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival, Victoria Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, and the San Francisco Balboa Jazz Festival, among others. He has also recorded with numerous national and local recording artists. Since 2000, Alexey lives in Seattle and is currently a faculty member at Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University, and has taught in the Mercer Island School District, Roberts Music Institute, and Music Works. Joined by talented, local JazzClubsNW combo students and bandleaders!
For more info, visit maxcannella.com and georgefremont.com
9:00-Midnight: NATE PARKER & ELI MEISNER
Nate Parker, bass & Eli Meisner, guitar
Featuring Seattle bassist Nate Parker - a solid timekeeper and melodic soloist. He's dedicated himself to the old-school, no amp approach and has developed a big sound.
Seattle native and resident Eli Meisner began playing the guitar at the age of 13. A few years later, inspired by a small collection of jazz records, Eli began to take a more intense interest in his instrument. Practicing and performing fervently throughout his years in high school, Eli received several awards in recognition of his talent at both local and international jazz festivals. Assured by the encouragement of his mentor, fellow guitarist Bobby Broom, Eli decided to further his musical understanding by attending New York University's renown jazz program in New York City. There Eli was afforded the privilege of studying with guitarists Peter Bernstein, John Scofield, and Randy Johnston as well as tenor saxophonist Richard Perry. Inspired by his peers as well as idols such as Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, Eli continues to search for his own voice on the guitar. Eli has performed at several venues throughout the New York City and Seattle areas.
For more info, visit elimeisner.com
9:00-Midnight: BERNIE JACOBS QUARTET
Bernie Jacobs, voice, flute & saxophones; Dan Kramlich, piano; Ev Stern, bass & Brian Kirk, drums
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.
For more info, visit berniejacobsmusic.com