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Nancy Erickson

Nancy Erickson has been bringing her rich, melodic vocals to the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene for over 3 decades. Hailed as “one of our best contemporary singers – full of feeling, wit… and a thoroughly winning originality” (Michael Steinman – Jazz Lives), Nancy is releasing her third solo CD “Nancy Erickson – Here and Now” on August 25, 2018. This album was recorded live by Jim Wilke (Jazz Northwest – KNKX) and includes unique arrangements of jazz standards (Honeysuckle Rose, Hot House, Night in Tunisia), some non-jazz tunes (Sting’s ‘Fragile’), and an original piece (Let Love Begin) written by Nancy Erickson & Darin Clendenin

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

Bad Luck

Over half a decade after their first performance, drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch continue to develop a unique musical voice together. Bad Luck has become a sonic outlet to be reckoned with. In the highly trodden medium of drums and saxophone, Bad Luck proves that there is much left to be said. Called “One of the best Seattle jazz recordings in years” (Earshot Jazz) Bad Luck was awarded the “Best Outside Jazz Group” of 2009 by Earshot Magazine, and a finalist for “Best Avant Group” in the 2009 Inside Out awards. Performing all original compositions, the pair use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound

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Christopher Icasiano

Chris Icasiano is quickly establishing himself as a force in Seattle's new music and avant-garge jazz scene. He performs regularly in the co-led duo Bad Luck with long-time friend and collaborator, saxophonist Neil Welch, which was recently awarded the 2009 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Bad Luck's self-titled debut album was received with much critical acclaim and has been described as, "...one of the finest Seattle Jazz recordings in years - fresh, assured, mature way beyond it's players' ages." (Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz). Icasiano is also a member of the progressive avant-jazz group Speak, which features many of Seattle's most forward-looking, innovative, and creative musicians, focusing predominantly on original composition and collective improvisation

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Sidney Hauser

Hailing from Whidbey Idland, Sidney received her BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Music Performance from the University of Washington. She has studied under local artists such as Neil Welch, Michael Brockman and Steve Treseler. She now plays lead alto in the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, second alto in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and second alto in The Jazz Police. Additionally she plays in a prog rock group, a folk rock band and leads her own fusion group SmackTalk. When she’s not playing music or working full-time, she does commissioned artwork on the side.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

Read "Sidney Hauser:  Justice and Jubilation" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, ...

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2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...

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Jared Hall

Jared Hall has performed and recorded with Paquito D'Rivera (Carnegie Hall), Bob Hurst, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Vincent Herring, Alan Pasqua, Brian Lynch, Ira Sullivan, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, John Daversa, Rick Margitza, Wycliffe Gordon, David Binney, George Benson, Gloria Estefan and Fred Hersch. Hall, a native of the Pacific Northwest, studied trumpet with Dan Keberle at Whitworth University in his hometown of Spokane, Washington while conducting a trumpet studio and performing in the areas top ensembles including the Bob Curnow Big Band, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and Six-Foot Swing

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Dawn Clement: Here In The Moment

Read "Dawn Clement: Here In The Moment" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Dawn Clement is like a primal force of nature. From being the mother of three young children, to her professorship at Cornish College of the Arts, to her performing career as a touring and recording artist, she maintains a musical standard of excellence achieved by very few. Her piano style is strong and versatile, whether she ...

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Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle

Read "Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Each generation, an insidious notion arises, and is passed about the musical world that jazz music, the only uniquely American art form is somehow experiencing a slow, but certain death. Inevitably, this notion is set aside, and somehow projected forward in time, as a new generation of artists rise to the occasion, not only facilitating the ...