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Bill Anschell

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Seattle native Bill Anschell returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after spending 25 years studying, composing, and performing across the country and around the world. Anschell left Seattle after high school, studying for two years at Oberlin College (Ohio), then transferring to Wesleyan University (Connecticut), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Music. At Wesleyan, Anschell worked closely with saxophone great Bill Barron. He also studied semi-privately with South Indian mridangum master T Ranganathan, kindling a passion for rhythmic experimentation that has driven Anschell’s music ever since. After leading the life of a jazz vagabond for several years, Anschell settled in Atlanta in 1989

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Cascadia

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cascadia; On a Misty Night; Evergreen Girl; Dark Eyes; Perfect Peaches; The Lonesome Road; Bourdain; Wichita Lineman; Humble Origins; After the Rain.

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Players

Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: There Are Thorns

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Dmitri Matheny: Cascadia

Read "Cascadia" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and his quintet play perfectly on Cascadia. There is no surprise there--with a rhythm section of pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Mark Ivester backing the front line of Matheny and saxophonist Charles McNeil-- perfection is the expectation. Matheny grew up in Georgia and Arizona, spent a formative and ...

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Cascadia

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 04:26

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Anschell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Anschell

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Anschell's birthday today! Seattle native Bill Anschell returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after spending 25 years studying, composing, and performing across the country and around the world. Anschell left Seattle after high school, studying for two years at Oberlin College (Ohio), then transferring to Wesleyan University (Connecticut), where ...

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Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz

Read "Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The local jazz scene in Seattle has been vibrant and at times prolific over the last one hundred years. The city hosted the only fully integrated jazz club scene in the 1920's and '30s, inspiring Black musicians from the south to escape Jim Crow, and find a place to not only engage in the bustling club ...

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There Are Thorns

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:31

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Mystery & Wonder

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Wonderland; Wind; Universal Grace; Do not stand at my grave and weep; Mystery & Wonder; Love is Alive; Light of the Sea; Sorrow; Reveal; South; Night.

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Wonderland

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 03:58


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