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The Syncopated Taint Septet formed unexpectedly and organically in the summer of 2002 when Skerik was at home in Seattle between tours. Talking with long-time comrade and baritone saxophonist Craig Flory, Skerik decided to reactivate a sax-and-organ group with Joe Doria on Hammond organ and John Wicks on drums. Soon, the horn count increased as Skerik enlisted fellow Seattle musicians Dave Carter on trumpet, Hans Teuber on alto saxophone on flute, and Steve Moore on trombone and Wurlitzer electric piano, packing the harmonies (and the stage) with a five-horn front line. From the beginning, Skerik invited all of the musicians to suggest ideas and write music for the band

Freelance Subversives

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pusher Danish; Back Channel; Raffle; Blue Chenille; Grunk; Clafunj; Freelance Subversive; Lifer; Garage A; Skill Set; We the People.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives

Read "Freelance Subversives" reviewed by Doug Collette

A native Californian currently headquartered in Brooklyn, Will Bernard's geographical touchpoints mirror the expanse of solo and collaborative projects to which he's contributed over the course of his career. Just a few of the names appearing in his discography are also indicative of the guitarist's broadly eclectic approach: eccentric singer/composer Tom Waits, drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore ...

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Jon Ostrom

Portland’s Jon Ostrom is a talented and accomplished guitarist and songwriter playing jazz, funk, rock and bluegrass in various groups throughout his career. The imagery created by his guitar playing combined with his songwriting showcase his ability to create landscapes for deep grooves and improvisation. Jon started his music career in Walleye, a power trio focused on songwriting without any barriers or limits. Walleye was fortunate to open for such bands as Vince Herman, Rubberneck, Jive Talkin Robots, Five Fingers of Funk and many more. Jon then created the Louden Mellow Project to continue with songwriting and focus on jazz and funk

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tarik Abouzied: Happy Orchestra: Baba

Read "Happy Orchestra: Baba" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Go ahead, laugh it up. After all, how could you possibly take seriously a band called Happy Orchestra, that uses the classic yellow happy face as a logo in this visceral world of jazz we inhabit? How could this leader, a drummer in fact, produce music that is both danceable, and satisfying to the elite jazz ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Standard Begins New "Mobetta Tuesdays" Weekly Residency Led By Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter / Producer Maurice "Mobetta" Brown

Jazz Standard Begins New "Mobetta Tuesdays" Weekly Residency Led By Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter / Producer Maurice "Mobetta" Brown

One of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, Jazz Standard, today announced the inauguration of “Mobetta Tuesdays,” a new Tuesday night residency by mastermind trumpeter/composer/arranger/producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown. Beginning March 14th with a CD release concert celebrating his latest album The Mood, “Mobetta Tuesdays” will bring a dynamic, distinctive sound that uniquely marries contemporary jazz, blues-rock and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music

Read "Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music" reviewed by Paul Rauch

If one should by chance be curious of what is happening with jazz in the city of Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest, one would do well to check out what trumpeter Thomas Marriott is up to. Thomas has established himself as one the most exciting artists to emerge on the national jazz scene in the past ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Dillon: Band of Outsiders

Read "Band of Outsiders" reviewed by Dave Wayne

There are so many different ways to rebel in life, and Mike Dillon has done them all. Or so it seems, if the music on Band of Outsiders is any indication. Dillon is that rare musician who can take tropes from any number of disparate musical worlds-metal and Brazilian samba school for example-mash them together and ...

Fontanelle: Vitamin F

Read "Fontanelle: Vitamin F" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The sheer improbability of Vitamin F alone is almost reason enough to savor it. But this is one heck of a great jazz recording, so Fontanelle's back story is worth pondering. Formed out of the ruins of Jessamine, one of the few Seattle bands from the mid-1990s to buck the grunge craze, Fontanelle recorded three albums ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Skerik's Bandalabra: Debut Album, Tour Dates

DEBUT ALBUM LIVE AT THE ROYAL ROOM OUT MARCH 13 ON ROYAL POTATO FAMILY Saxophonist extraordinaire Skerik has formed a new group called Skerik's Bandalabra. The band's first release, Live at the Royal Room, is out March 13 as a digital exclusive on Royal Potato Family. Click here to listen to “Charlie Don't Like It" off ...


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