Wayne Horvitz’s Some Places are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo) is the first of three events marking Horvitz’s 60th birthday and his considerable contributions to Seattle jazz culture.

In Seattle for more than 20 years, the keyboardist/composer has led and inspired a host of groundbreaking musical projects, and mentored a generation of innovators.

Horvitz is on piano with members of his Gravitas Quartet and Sweeter Than The Day groups: Ron Miles(trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Timothy Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass), Eric Eagle (drums), with Francis McCue reading the poems.




The Earshot Jazz Festival 2015 kicked things off on Friday with Thomas Marriott with McTuff at Tula’s. I am looking forward to the next six weeks of Festival coverage.

Tough, sinewy funk-rock-soul-jazz: Hammond organist Joe Doria, guitarist Dan Heck, and drummer Byron Vannoy joined trumpeter Thomas Marriott for two nights of downhome Seattle jazz.







Eric Vloeimans

October 16th, 2014

Seattle photographer shoot jazz festival

The 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival got underway last Friday and I have been covering it for them. Last night was one of the highlights so far as the Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans performed with his trio Oliver’s Cinema to the Chapel Performance Space.
Jazz trio instruments that come to mind typically aren’t trumpet, accordion and cello. Nor was it necessarily so for Dutch trumpet sensation Eric Vloeimans (pronounced “Flooeymans”), who concocted the present ensemble by combining an instrument he loved (cello) with one he formerly hated (accordion) and added himself. The initial gig proved electrifying for audience and performers alike and, thus, Oliver’s Cinema (the name is an anagram of the trumpeter’s name) was born. Rounding out the trio are accordionist Tuur Florizoone from Belgium and cellist Jörg Brinkmann from Germany.

Regarded as one of Europe’s best performers, Vloeimans has been active in a wide variety of ensembles. He has toured the U.S. twice with his acoustic chamber jazz group, Fugimundi Trio, whose repertoire ranges from contemporary jazz, hymns, and world music to standards. He also leads Eric Vloeimans’ Gatecrash, which has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s top cross-over bands. Vloeimans has played with an array of international artists, among them Mercer Ellington, Peter Erskine, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz and Joey Baron.

Jörg Brinkmann studied at the college of Arnheim, Netherlands, and is renowned for his ability to play with jazz and pop bands. Tuur Florizoone is one of the most beloved musicians from Flanders, and has performed with a wide range of contemporary artists, including Carlos Nunez, Manu Chao, Zahava Seewald, and more.

The group’s 2013 CD takes the cinema theme seriously, and includes music written for film, including themes like Rosemary’s Baby and Cinema Paradiso, music with a cinematic quality, Ennio Morricone-like soundtracks and new, original and evocative compositions for imaginary films.


Seattle photographer shoot jazz festival


Seattle photographer shoot jazz festival

My second Downbeat cover of the year was of Brian Blade and his Fellowship band. They played and Earshot jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum and I had them in the studio for a portrait session the day before. They were wonderful to photograph and I loved hearing their music.
Brian is an exceptional musician Here are a couple of pictures from the concert.


Dave Holland Quartet PRISM

August 26th, 2014

Dave Holland and his quartet Prism

I photographed Dave Holland and his Quartet for a cover story in the February issue of Downbeat Magazine. Here are some of the pictures they ran. Dave Holland (bass), Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Craig Taborn (piano/keys) and Eric Harland (drums) –  played at Jazz Alley presenting songs from their CD Prism.


Dave Holland and his quartet Prism


Dave Holland and his quartet Prism


Dave Holland and his quartet Prism


Dave Holland and his quartet Prism



The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival presented Phillip Glass in a rare solo piano concert at the KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER an I was assigned to photograph him.
A cultural and artistic giant, Glass is an iconoclast of contemporary composition. He returned to Seattle for a rare solo piano performance. Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. His operas play throughout the world’s leading houses; he has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures, such as The Hours and Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; while Koyaanisqatsi, his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since Fantasia.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival which continues through Nov 17th.


Roosevelt High School Jazz Band

October 21st, 2013


TThe 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival continues and on Friday night presented ta great show by the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band at Benaroya Hall .
Fresh from its third-place victory at the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center, New York, the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band remains a titan of big band excellence. Praised far and wide for their strong ensemble playing, the band performs under the direction of Scott Brown, an accomplished jazz artist and a dedicated teacher, now in his 30th year leading bands at Roosevelt. Brown (trombone) performs with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and is the recipient of the 2007 KCTS Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education.
Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival which continues through Nov 17th.







Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana

October 18th, 2013

Seattle photographer shoots jazz photography of Brad Mehldau in concert
The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival continues this week with a great performance Weds night at the Triple Door. Brad Mehldau, one of the greatest of modern jazz pianists, debuted his piano-less duo, extending his range to Fender Rhodes and a battery of synthesizers, with Mark Guiliana, one of the most exciting young drummers on the scene. The result was a trance-laden, free and majestic live performance in which Mehldau displayed a pension for calmly improvising in a way no other modern pianist can.
Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Seattle photographer shoots jazz photography of Brad Mehldau in concert

JAzz festival in Seattle with great music.The Earshot Jazz Festival continues into its second week and last night was a wonderful concert with Yosany Terry.

The Harlem-based Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry addresses both the ancient and the immediate, working in a sonic world of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms and sophisticated jazz structures – with Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano), Matt Brewer (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).

Terry burst onto the jazz and contemporary music scene in New York in 1999. He continues to reframe the sound of Latin jazz in New York with elements of the “rude and righteous pulse of New York hard bop, negotiated on its own terms,” reports Nate Chinen of the New York Times.

Born in Cuba, the musician, composer and educator incorporates American jazz traditions
and his own Afro-Cuban
roots in a blend of rhythmic, hard-driving avant-garde
and sweet-sounding lyricism. Classically trained at the Na
tional School of Arts (ENA)
and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana, Terry has
since apprenticed in the Gon
zalo Rubalcaba Quintet and
with Eddie Palmieri and the
Latin Jazz Ensemble. He’s re
ceived commissions as a composer, including Chamber
Music America’s Connecting Communities Residency Program. Terry has taught as
a lecturer at Princeton University, as a faculty member at New York City’s New School University and the Harlem School of the Arts; he has served as a resident instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University since 1995.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.