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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.

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I had a mission recently to accompany Tim Narby of Note Bene Winery  to drop bins at Ciel du Cheval and return with harvested grapes from Arianses Vineyard and Dineen Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from Arianses; Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Dineen).  It was a great trip and wonderful to see where the grapes that go into his wonderful wine come from. It is some beautiful country over there in Eastern Washington State.

 

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

August 11th, 2014

Macklemore in performance with Ryan Lewis in Seattle area.

Not long ago I was assigned to cover an event where the main entertainment was the performer Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  He and his company put a great show and the audience really loved it.

here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Macklemore in performance with Ryan Lewis in Seattle area.

Macklemore in performance with Ryan Lewis in Seattle area.

Macklemore in performance with Ryan Lewis in Seattle area.

 
Last summer I photographed a Microsoft event for a vendor and the highlight of the day was a performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They put on quite a show and everybody was very excited by it.
 

 

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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.

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Roosevelt High School Jazz Band

October 21st, 2013

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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.

 

 

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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.

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August 29th, 2013

Steve Jobs addressing a conference.Recently I was scanning in some older slides from the late 1990’s and found this shot of Steve Jobs I had forgot I made. I remember him as pretty funny at the time. Wish he was still with us.

 

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EXPO, a new apartment building was completed right next to Seattle Center on lower Queen Anne recently. I was commissioned to make some photographs for Robin Chell who was the interior designer for the project. Here is a brief selection of some of the images. I love the view above of the Space Needle and the Seattle skyline from the roof deck.

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Michael Moss at Town Hall

June 3rd, 2013

Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat" speaks at Seattle's Town Hall.

 

Author Michael Moss spoke at Town Hall in Seattle recently and signed copies of his book Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” afterwards. A very interesting evening listening to Moss speak about how the processed food industry has been so successful at increasing its control over US “stomach share”.  Michael Moss is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who has been writing about the US food system for the past few years for the NY Times.  

Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat" speaks at Seattle's Town Hall.

Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat" signs books at Seattle's Town Hall.