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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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.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival launched on Tuesday Oct 1 with two shows. At BENAROYA HALL, 2,000+ fans watched Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette. At TULA’S in Belltown was Industrial Revelation with D’Vonne Lewis, widely regarded as the best drummer in Seattle,  bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, Rhodes pianist Josh Rawlings and trumpeter Aham Oluo. They put on a through epic, improvised jam. They were both formidable performances. Here are pictures from Industrial Revelation since Keith Jarrett is camera shy.

The Earshot Jazz Festival is in its 25th year and started October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. The Earshot Jazz organization is Seattle’s major ambassador of jazz music – presenting jazz masters and important new artists, supporting the local scene, and educating young and old about the joys of jazz. October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city.

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

 

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

 

Known for “adventurous, spot-on programming” (JazzTimes) and praised as “one of the best festivals in America” (Seattle Times), the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area musicians and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz, with concerts by our award-winning high-school jazz programs and our own renowned resident artists.

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

 

 

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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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Jazz photography of Evan Flory-Barnes

 

Opening for Kendrick Scott at the Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center last month was bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes  with a wonderful group of artists and played some beautiful  new compositions.  Evan Flory-Barnes played on Bass, Dawn Clement on Piano, Craig Flory on Winds, Art Brown on Winds, Ahamefule J. Oluo on Trumpet, Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Nathan Vetter on Trombone, Jon Hansen on Tuba, Jeremy Jones on Drums

 

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THE GREAT FLOOD

March 15th, 2013

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Bill Frisell performed the music he composed for the film THE GREAT FLOOD by Bill Morrison at the Moore Theatre on March 2. Bill Morrison’s new film is about an event that happened 86 years ago. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States. It inundated 27,000 square miles and displaced more than a million people and caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states.
Bill Frisell composed some quartet music for the film and was accompanied by trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. It would be something not to miss if they ever do it again in Seattle.
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Leaving On A Jetplane

February 13th, 2013

Portrait of a young girl alone in an airport Claire was smiling and ready right after she cleared the security checkpoints at Seattle Seatac Airport. She is heading off by herself on her first solo trip on a jetplane all the way across the country to Orlando FL to visit family there.
Below she was trying to pick out her Alaska Airlines plane. It going to be quite the adventure.

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Once again it that time of year when I hear from the usual clients for their annual Family Portrait to send out on a holiday greeting card. Recently I photographed Tim Narby and his family at their Seattle winery Note Bene Cellars. Tim and Carol make some fabulous wine, some of my favorite wine from Washington State.