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Mercedes Nicole

Soft-spoken Mercedes Nicole has an intimate and alluring stage presence that reaches out beyond the limits of time and space. Her voice is haunting and arresting, wrapping itself like a comforter around the human experience, encouraging uplift, seeking not only triumph but healing. She is that exquisite mix of a Mezzo-Soprano & Contralto blend that permeates and interrupts one's thoughts. Often with uncanny control...she lingers. Her own compositions acknowledge life's obscure and melancholy moments that so easily turn into beauty, and life journeys of the many faces of love. Her music exudes strength in the midst of tenderness and often soars so freely that the listener is caught up on wings of mystery and intrigue

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Jennifer Derrick Adams

For the love of it is my first studio album. As a little girl I would tell anyone who would listen, “when I grow up i’m going to be a singer”. Here I am grown up, having been for quite sometime now and this debut is the realization of this life-long dream. Over the years I would step into the Seattle Jazz scene, scratch the itch, then step back out to manage my day gig, be a mother and deal with the crushing self doubt that can accompany standing on a stage and singing in front of strangers. I exchanged my passion for pragmatism. Singing in private, showing up at open mic nights, attending workshops and it occurred to me that it was time to put it on record, for the love of the music; the love for my son, may everything he does, and you do, be for the love of it.

Groove Producer

Misz The Groove Producer Drummer. Keyboardist. Producer. Composer. Arranger. Lover of music and all things great. Misz The Groove Producer is a self-taught drummer. Her first formal music lesson was the piano. She has studied the trumpet, French horn and cello. Misz is a fan of Soul, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Country and Rock. It was the original fusion sounds of great jazz players who created jazz fusion that captured the ears and heart of Misz. She was immediately inspired by those great artists. She feels that their musical styles contributed so much to how she sounds today. “That music is a special musical memory for me

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Julian MacDonough

Julian MacDonough is an award winning American jazz musician, studio drummer, and educator based in the Pacific NW. Since 1991, Julian has performed with over 200 musical acts and recorded 150+ albums to date. He is honored to have toured with such notables as Jimmy Heath, Harold Mabern, Joey DeFranscesco, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Walter Banding Jr., and Dr. Lonnie Smith. A passionate educator, Julian holds over 20 years teaching experience with students of all ages in both private lessons and in leading combo classes. He has guest taught at institutions throughout the Pacific NW, as an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, Central Washington University, and Western Washington University, with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, the Ferndale High School Jazz Band, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and as a guest artist instructor at institutions throughout western Canada and the US

Xavier Lecouturier

Xavier is a 21 year old, American, drummer, composer, with French and Mexican heritage. He is a Graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts Music Department where he spent his last four years completing his degree. In his four years in Seattle, Xavier primarily focused on developing a compositional and playing style that was manifested in his quintet. He has a commitment to the study and roots of the jazz tradition but also finds all the ways in which the things he carries can influence his music. The music he composes is drawn from the music he grew up listening to, including classical music, latin jazz, Mexican pop-rock, or pop

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BrandonLee Cierley

BrandonLee Cierley is a saxophonist/composer in the South Puget Sound area, along with being the founder of the well known professional group called 322 that has been together for 5 years. BrandonLee Cierley took classical lessons from Fred Winkler and Eric Steighner and then ventured to pursue jazz further with professional saxophonist Tracy Knoop. BrandonLee has also been recently been taking lessons with Braxton Cook, up and coming jazz saxophonist based out of the New York area. Both teachers have been able to provide both spectrums of jazz music that influences BrandonLee’s playing

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Ballard Jazz Festival Featured on Jazz Northwest This Sunday

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and it’s being celebrated with three jazz festivals around Seattle this month. On this week’s Jazz Northwest, April 14, we’ll preview The Ballard Jazz Festival with over 60 musicians performing in various locations around Ballard, April 17-20. Included are The Brotherhood of the Drum, The Guitar Summit, and The Ballard Jazz ...

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Ballard Jazz Festival and Bellevue Jazz Festival Announce Lineups

Saxophonist Gary Bartz, drummer Allison Miller, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and vibraphonist Stefon Harris (pictured here) are all headed this way, as the Seattle area’s two spring jazz festivals gear up for action. In Ballard the excitement takes place over four nights (April 17-20) in 15 venues in its namesake neighborhood. A popular highlight is the Ballard ...

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Seattle's Live Music Business Model is Broken

Drummer Tarik Abouzied has a post on his website entitled, “Seattle’s Live Music Business Model is Broken,” which he says, “is about informing the live music audience of the realities behind putting on these shows and what I see as an unsustainable situation, and trying to move past the usual finger-pointing and complaining so we can ...

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Innovative Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dies at 80

Innovative Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dies at 80

DOVER, DE: Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as “Black Byrd," has died. He was 80. He died Feb. 4 in Delaware, according to Haley Funeral Directors in ...


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