Michael was raised in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington before going on to earn two M.A. degrees in classical trumpet and composition at Truman State University, and a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He performed many years as a member of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and has shared the stage with many notable jazz artists including Lee Konitz, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Band, Walt Weiskopf, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Beal, Walter White, John Fedchock, Pat LaBarbara, Marvin Stamm, and Bill Dobbins. He has also appeared several times at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, in both quintet and big band settings.
Lineup: Mike Van Bebber (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Taylor Zickefoose is a Seattle-based, international award-winning jazz vocalist. She is the first and only person to-date to have won both divisions of the Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Competition. In addition to these honors, she is a multiple DownBeat Student Music Award recipient. After completing two years of music composition study at Central Washington University, Taylor was selected to study vocal jazz at the University of Music and Performance in Graz, Austria, with Dena DeRose.
Lineup: Taylor Zickefoose (vocals), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor started Line UP! as a vehicle to let them play with a variety of musicians they enjoy performing with and as an opportunity to display their compositional skills as well. This gig will bring a little different mix as Mark brings three compatriots to Bellingham who WJMAC fans will be pleased to hear. Bill Anschell will be replacing Dawn on the keyboards, while D'Vonne Lewis has the drum role. Michael Glynn, anchor for the WJMAC house trio, will navigate the bass lines.
Lineup: Mark Taylor (alto sax), Bill Anshell (piano); Michael Glynn (bass), D'Vonne Lewis (drums)
Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist Laila Biali has been been garnering world-wide recognition for her music. She has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole, and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon,Sting. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly. - Sting.
Her studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for "Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her follow-up album Live in Concert was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the "Best Albums of 2013" by Downbeat Magazine. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms - an indi-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom, Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper) and the Toronto Mass Choir. Expanding on her unique "ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record" (spinner Magazine), Laila is currently set to release a new album of original songs alongside covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and more.
Lineup: Laila Biali (piano & vocals), Adam Thomas (bass), Joel fountain (drums)
Wednesday January 24th
$15 general, $5 members, $5 students
Jen Hodge Allstars:
Jenn Hodge bass and vocals, John Doyle tenor sax, Chris Davis trumpet, Josh Roberts guitar, Julian MacDonough drums
Jennifer Hodge, a busy Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader, and arranger, is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world. When Jen is leading the band, she likes it hot – hard swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements, plenty of spontaneous fun, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, and the Caribbean. On home turf, Jen can be found leading a band on Wednesday nights at Guilt & Co, a bar in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district and a major hub for the city’s musical creative minds, where she has held a regular gig since January 2011.
Lineup: Jen Hodge (bass and vocals), John Doyle (tenor sax), Chris Davis (trumpet), Josh Roberts (guitar), Julian MacDonough (drums)
George Fludas is one of the greatest drummers ever to come out of Chicago, an impeccable swinger with imagination, class, moxie, and a clear sense of the full span of jazz tradition. (John Corbett - The Chicago Reader.) George has performed at numerous jazz venues in the U.S. such as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Yoshi’s in Oakland, the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Smoke and the Jazz Standard in New York and Catalina's in Hollywood, as well as many international Jazz Festivals, including Montreal Festival du Jazz, Bern Jazz Fest in Switzerland, Glasgow and Edinburgh Jazz Fests, Vitoria Jazz Fest, San Sebastian Fest in Spain and the USS Norway Jazz Cruise. He toured Europe and Japan extensively as a member of Ray Brown's Trio, and with groups led by Hank Jones, Diana Krall, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton and Joey Defrancesco.
As one of Chicago's premiere Hammond B3 jazz organists, Pete Benson has been praised by renowned organ greats, Joey DeFrancesco and Chris Foreman. Many will recognize Pete as the organist in the late-night band Sabertooth, a long running staple at the legendary Green Mill Lounge. Led by saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, with Ted Sirota on drums, Sabertooth has been a long time after hours favorite for nearly 15 years. Pete has made a name for himself as both leader and sideman and can be seen regularly at Chicago jazz hot spots: Andy's Jazz Club, Pete Miller's Steakhouse, The Pump Room, Pops for Champagne, among a variety of other venues.
Lineup: George Flutas (drums); Pete Benson (Hammond B3 organ); Cory Weeds (tenor sax)
The creatures that inhabit the Jazz Forest are 12 highly skilled musical humans all seeking the amazing synchronicity of a polished string quartet, but with the exuberance and innova- tion of the greatest jazz artists. Founded by veteran Hollywood Composer, arranger, producer Ron Jones, Jazz Forest is a vehicle of his creative imagination. After spending 37 years scoring many of the most popular TV shows, Ron returned to the Northwest not to relax but to become even more involved with music, the art and craft and with the community of musicians. This group is very special, very different from most other Jazz groups. The goal is to take the listener into an inner world that is alive with fun, alive with possibility and where music and Musicians can run free. Come to the forest and let go of the normal, the predictable, the same old -same old. Come to the Forest of Jazz.
Lineup: A dozen skilled musicians, featuring tenor sax legend Pete Christlieb
Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Steve Kaldestad has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman with Jesse Cahill’s Nightcrawlers, Jodi Proznick’s quartet, and many other groups. Steve has released 3 CDs on the Cellar Live label to great acclaim including Straight Up featuring the Mike LeDonne Trio and the newest release, New York Afternoon with the Renee Rosnes Trio.
Jazz pianist & composer Ray Gallon has performed with many of the leading jazz artists, including Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, T.S. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Sweets Edison, Wycliffe Gordon, Les Paul, Benny Golson. Frank Wess, Lew Tabakin, George Adams, and the Mingus Big Band. He has performed at most of the major jazz festivals and venues throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan, and has appeared in gala concerts at the White House and the Kennedy Center. Ray has also accompanied many vocal greats, including Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Grady Tate, Nnenna Freelon, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, Joe Williams, Chaka Khan, and Jane Monheit.
In addition, he also leads his own trio, and performs solo concerts.
Lineup: Steve Kaldestad (tenor sax), Ray Gallon (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Hailed as "a great writer and a terrific trumpet player" by legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, and said by renowned jazz artist Dave Douglas to be “one of the finest young trumpeters”, Tony Glausi has established his voice in the music industry as an international award-winning trumpeter, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and producer.
Among other accolades, Tony won first prize in the 2017 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Competition, first prize in the jazz division of the 2017 ITG International Trumpet Competition, and first prize in the jazz division of the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. Tony has been recognized in two separate issues of Downbeat Jazz & Blues Magazine for outstanding improvised solos and compositions.
Lineup: Tony Glausi (trumpet), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Seattle weather has persuaded tonight's scheduled quartet not to make the drive. Luckily, we have great players right here in Bellingham willing to fill in! The Julian MacDonough Quartet will feature Julian on drums, Blake Angelos on the keyboard, Kevin Wood's wonderful trumpet and flugelhorn, and a bassist as yet to be determined. Don't let the weather put you off - it will still be a great show!
Lineup: Kevin Woods (trumpet), Blake Angelos (piano), TBA (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
A member of the Free Range Saxophone Quartet, Saul Cline covers a lot of ground on sax and clarinet as a freelance musician here in the PNW. He's in good company with bassist Matt Weiner as they swing through for this show. Swing being the operative word, because they will. Julian MacDonough will complete the trio on drums.
Lineup: Saul Cline (sax & clarinet), Matt Weiner (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Bellingham has long benefitted from its close proximity to to Vancouver, B.C. Having Mike Allen grace the WJMAC stage is a classic example. An artful and melodic composer himself, Mike is also inventive and thoughtful in his exploration of other's compositions. Tonight he is ably assisted by the WJMAC's go-to bassist Michael Glynn, and Julian MacDonough on drums. For the second set, another staunch WJMAC supporter and WWU jazz studies program director, Kevin Woods, will lead a sextet featuring himself, Vern Sielerts, and Jay Thomas on trumpets.
Lineup: Mike Allen (saxophones), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums); Kevin Woods, Jay Thomas, Vern Sielerts (trumpets)
Just a month after playing the famous Ronny Scott's in London, Champian hits the WJMAC stage. Called "an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence" by the New Yorker magazine, she will delight with both her singing and her piano work. Cory Weeds' saxophone will helping propel the session along. The quartet includes Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums.
Lineup: Champian Fulton (piano & vocals), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
WJMAC brings another performer who speaks to our heart, as Damani Phillips is an educator as well as a player. Dr. Phillips teaches both Jazz Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Iowa. In addition to being in demand as a performer, clinician, and lecturer, he recently published his book What Is This Thing Called Soul: Conversations on Black Culture and Jazz Education. While he has other four recordings of his own as a leader, tonight will be reunited with two of the musicians he recorded with in 2014 on the CD Northwest + 1: Minor Suggestions. Kevin Woods (trumpet) is responsible for bringing Damani together with Julian MacDonough for that recording. John Hansen (piano) and Michael Glynn (bass) complete tonight's quintet.
Lineup: Damani Phillips (alto sax), Kevin Woods (trumpet/flugelhorn), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Surprise!! If you weren't lucky enough to hear Gail Pettis at Cafe Adagio during our Jazz Walk, you can catch her this week at the Sylvia Center. Blake Angelos will be playing the Sylvia stage for WJMAC for the first time. His lyrical keyboard work is often adventurous and intriguing, but always enjoyable. Julian MacDonough has been the backbone of WJMAC since he conceived the idea more than 4 years ago. His dynamic drumming will be on display. Michael Glynn, of course, our go-to guy for bass, never disappoints. A night to give thanks for all the great music we get.
Lineup: Gail Pettis (vocals); Blake Angelos (piano), Michael Glynn (bass); Julian MacDonough (drums)
The ticket for this fundraiser for the WJMAC combo classes will provide entry to any/all of the six venues this evening. Two groups will play at each venue. The start times at the venues will be somewhat staggered so patrons can enjoy a performance and walk on to another show. Be sure to show the host sites your appreciation by imbibing what they have to offer. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT our WJMAC Education Program! Advance tickets at brownpapertickets.com. Day of tickets and map to JAZZ WALK at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, after 5PM.
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Lineup: 12 groups will perform. Artists include the great drummer Ari Hoenig, Zoo Patrol, Blake Angelos, Milo Petersen, Joe Doria, Mark Taylor, Dawn Clement, Alicia Dauber, Pace, Kevin Woods, Casey McGill, Gail Pettis, Dan Faehnle, and, of course, Julian MacDonough.
While each of these players has dazzled the WJMAC audiences over the last couple of years, tonight's quartet is a unique combination of their talents. Dawn Clement will be coming off a stint as Resident Artist for the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival. Mark Taylor just burned up the stage here in September. Stalwarts Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums will be laying down the foundation for the night.
Lineup: Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Michael Glynn bass; Julian MacDonough (drums)
Joe Magnarelli (aka "Mags") has been blowing away audiences in NY City for over 30 years, while frequently touring internationally as well. He's been known to pack Small's in Greenwich Village - a club that has been the source of many great performers for the WJMAC stage. "Magnarelli is a stalwart master of strong, lyrical, straight ahead blowing.” (Downbeart magazine) "Joe Magnarelli has all the essentials one looks for in the best jazz musicians. There's his unshakeable time feel that makes his work vigorous and forward moving. His tone is bold yet breathy, and while it recalls Kenny Dorham's or Donald Byrd's, it's more his own than anyone else's. And he crafts captivating, propulsive improvisations, taking fluid bits of sumptuous melody and edgy statements from the jazz lore and ties them together into long enchanting chains of musical thought." (LA Times) He is accompanied by organist Akiko Tsuruga, a recognized performer and composer in her own right, who calls WJMAC favorite Dr. Lonnie Smith her mentor. Of course, we know Corey Weeds (tenor sax) and Julian MacDonough (drums) will provide solid support and their own bit of color to the evening.
Lineup: Joe Magnarelli (trumpet & flugelhorn), Akiko Tsuruga (organ), Corey Weeds (tenor sax), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Mike Allen has supported WJMAC with his excellent playing repeatedly over the last 3-4 years. While Mike has studied with Joes Lovano and Henderson, he has his own bold and eloquent style. It is always a treat to hear Mike play. A trio setting like this will showcase his talent excellently.
Lineup: Mike Allen (tenor & soprano sax); Michael Glynn (bass) , Julian MacDonough (drums).
Whether you call it "vintage jazz" or "trad jazz" or just damn good jazz, this group will make you want to clap your hands and move your feet. The chance meeting between Greg Ruby and Dennis Lichtman ultimately bore fruit in the birth of the Rhythm Runners, a "prohibition era jazz band." If you are an aficionado of music history and just a fan of good jazz, you will love this triangle of musicians from New York, New Orleans, and the PNW. Don't let anything prohibit you from getting to this show. They will heat it up!
Lineup: Greg Ruby (guitar); Gordon Au (trumpet); Charlie Halloran (trombone); Dennis Lichtman (reeds and mandolin), Jen Hodge (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
After a dozen years in NYC, Jeremy Kahn returned to his home turf of Chicago where he has established himself as performer one doesn't want to miss. Chicago Tribune music reviewer Harold Reich can't find enough superlatives to describe Kahn's playing. e.g., "In every selection he played Friday night, Kahn offered a degree of subtlety, elegance, and understatement one does not encounter often enough." or Kahn "makes it look easy, but what he does decidedly is not. The fluidity, sleekness and invention of Kahn’s pianism helps explain why so many vocalists and ensembles seek his contributions." Jeremy will be leading a quartet tonight with Mike Allen manning tenor, Michael Glynn's lovely bass work, and Julian MacDonough on drums.
Lineup: Jeremy Kahn (piano), Mike Allen (tenor sax), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
The return of formerly LA-based Grammy and Emmy nominated composer Ron Jones to the NW allows us to invite his big band, Jazz Forest, to the WJMAC stage. "Jazz Forest is about great musicians, great music that moves the soul and a great night out. . . . When you combine the vital energy of great jazz artists with the expressive power of intelligent and challenging arrangements and compositions you arrive to a new creative landscape. A jazz performance should not be a dry recital of worn ideas and tired forms. Jazz should be alive and full of boundless ideas, boundless energy. A forest is both beautiful and a place of growth and renewal." The excitement Jones brings to the challenge of creative composition will be accelerated tonight by the veteran big band tenor man Pete Christlieb. In addition to stints with Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, and the Tonight Show Band, Pete has nearly two dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader of combos, and many more as a sideman. The WJMAC audience will get to renew their enjoyment of some returning Seattle performers as well. Expect a hot night in our new space!
Lineup: In addition to Peter Christlieb (tenor sax), Jazz Forest can include Andy Omdahl (trumpet), Brian Monroney/Steve Kirk (guitar); John Hansen (piano), Susan Pascal (vibes), Nate Omdal (bass), Matt Jorgensen (drums), and Bob Rees (percussion)
Mike Van Bebber takes the Sylvia Center stage for the first time, but he has pleased WJMAC audiences more than a few times. We are glad to have him back leading a quintet for this show with Jay Thomas spicing things up and the WJMAC house band laying down the foundation.
Lineup: Mike Van Bebber, Trumpet; Jay Thomas, Reeds; John Hansen, Piano; Michael Glynn, Bass; Julian MacDonough, Drums.
If you've seen Jeff Hamilton in the last few years, you have probably found yourself digging the pianist, Tamir Hendelman. Tamir has been on that piano bench since 2000. Tonight Tamir returns to WJMAC, fresh from the Monterrey Jazz Festival, heading up his own trio with Alex Frank on bass and Dean Koba on drums. A pianist who is known for playing that is "sensitive, introspective and captivating" (LA Jazz Scene), Tamir is often compared with the great Oscar Peterson, but you will find he deserves plenty of accolades in his own right.
Lineup: Tamir Hendelman (piano); Alex Frank (bass); Dean Koba (drums)
WJMAC is so pleased when Mark Taylor and Thomas Marriott take the drive up from Seattle to dazzle our audience with their exciting takes on the jazz idiom. And we would be remiss if we failed to acknowledge the stalwart and creative bassist Michael Glynn, who has made that same drive so many times to anchor the WJMAC house band with drummer Julian MacDonough. We are sure tonight's performance will please anyone with a discriminating taste for good jazz.
Lineup: Mark Taylor: Alto Sax; Thomas Marriott: Trumpet; Michael Glynn: Bass; Julian MacDonough: Drums
The NY Times calls them "saxophone and clarinet virtuosos", but let me warn you. You may think you are seeing double, but you will definitely be hearing more than double when these two get going. Will and Peter are making their second appearance at WJMAC. If you didn't catch them when they were here in the 2015-16 season, you won't want to miss them this time. It's hard to find a review that isn't absolutely glowing. If Quincy Jones can say "you made a 78 year-old ex-be-bopper smile like a fox eatin' sourkraut" what more could we say?
Lineup: Will Anderson, Peter Anderson (saxophones and clarinet); Julian MacDonough (drums), bass/piano TBA
WJMAC opens up it's fourth season with a tribute to one of jazz's great players/composers Horace Silver. Starting with Stan Getz around 1950, soon teaming up with Art Blakey to found the collective Jazz Messengers, Silver went on to make his mark in the jazz canon playing and composing many of what make up today's "standards". Tonight that legacy will be represented by the able chops of Kevin Woods on trumpet and Cory Weeds on tenor sax. But that isn't all, the stage will be loaded with great players, because backing up Kevin and Cory will be Tony Foster on piano, Michael Glynn on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums.
Lineup: Kevin Woods (trumpet); Cory Weeds (tenor sax); Michael Glynn (bass); Tony Foster (piano); Julian MacDonough (drums)
Headlining our only summer show is Ben Paterson, the NYC keyboardist who put on a great B3 show for WJMAC earlier this season. Though he hasn't been down in a while, Cory Weeds has been a frequent and favorite visitor to our stage and always keeps it interesting. While the bassist is as yet to be determined, s/he will have to be good to keep up with these guys. WJMAC Artistic Director Julian MacDonough fills out the foursome. Don't miss it!
Lineup: Ben Patterson, Piano; Cory Weeds, Tenor Sax; TBA, Bass; Julian MacDonough, Drums
The Arête Quartet describes themselves as a 4-piece “groove-oriented acid jazz ensemble, borrowing from downtempo, straight ahead jazz, funk, nu jazz, Brazilian and other styles.” They put on a great show for WJMAC in August 2015 and we expect no less this time around. The band features Seattleite Joe Doria on keys, Bay Area trumpet Dave Carter, and Bellingham’s own Steve Jones (bass) and Joel Litwin (drums). Clearly eclectic, but at the same time great fun.
The Graduates – the WJMAC Combo Class students who will be moving on to bigger and better things to study music in college next fall, will perform tonight’s opening set. Come down and give them a good send-off!
Lineup: Joel Litwin (drums), Steve Jones (bass), Joe Doria (organ/keys), Dave Carter (trumpet)
Tonight’s quartet is led by a man the Seattle Times once said “might be the hardest working piano man in Seattle” and even a quick look at his profile on the Origin Records website will confirm that. It’s hard to know what to say about a guy whose works have more than once made a “10 Best” jazz recordings of the year list. Maybe Jazz Times said it best: “No matter where Anschell plays on the keyboard, he sounds like no other pianist.” Or better yet, “Bill Anschell would be a badass wherever he lived . . .” And you won’t be disappointed by the caliber of the musicians he is bringing with him, either.
Lineup: Bill Anschell (piano); Brian Monroney (guitar); Chris Symer (bass); Brad Boal (drums)
Whether it’s playing some vintage “high-energy hot jazz” with the Holotradband, the Swing Era repertoire of Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio, or just pairing up with Del Ray on ukulele, you know Matt Weiner will be having a good time on his bass. Matt is “equally at home playing jazz, swing, old time, tango, Brazilian music, an almost anything else”, so the set is wide open but expect a night full of great jazz. Sharing the stage will be the “fluid & feathery tone” of Hans Teuber’s saxophone and Julian MacDonough’s drums.
Lineup: Matt Weiner (bass), Hans Teuber (reeds), Julian MacDonough (drums)
If you heard Susan accompany Greta Matassa either of the times they played Casey’s Sudden Valley Barn shows, you know she is worth a listen all by herself. Susan has many tours across the U.S. and Singapore, performances on film soundtracks, and a range from Jarrett and Corea to Mackelmore and Lewis. Both the Seattle Times and Earshot Jazz call out her hot four-mallet work in fiery terms, while The Stranger says, "Fluid stick work and coherent, compact solos make this vibraphonist a delight." Susan is backed this night by veteran Seattle pianist Marc Seales and bassist Chuck Deardorf, with our own Julian MacDonough on the drums.
Lineup: Susan Pascal (vibraphone), Marc Seales (piano), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Julian Mac Donough (drums)
Kevin Woods is releasing a new CD- Catching Starlight - and we are going to celebrate it! His fifth recording as a leader includes "seven of my original tunes, one tune I co-wrote with a dear, departed friend, and Blues for Wood by jazz master Woody Shaw. Joining me on the album [are] three of my closest buds and favorite musicians". The quartet will be closing out May for WJMAC - a memorable show to help you recover from the Memorial Day weekend. This is a sweet CD, so come get a copy!
Lineup: Kevin Woods (trumpet), Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
WJMAC can’t really get enough of Thomas Marriott. He played sweet Miles tunes for us back in December, headed up a great group of Seattle artists in January, then burned it up with Dave Gibson in March. Can you imagine what he is going to do playing with Orrin Evans on piano and Eric Revis on bass? Both are prolific composers as well as players. Evans has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader since 1994. Revis has manned Branford Marsalis’s bass chair since 1997 and has led several of his own recording sessions as well. Drummer Ted Poor spent ten years plying his trade in NYC before making his move to Seattle. WJMAC is pleased to have all four showing off their skills for us.
Lineup: May 24th: Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Orrin Evans (piano), Eric Revis (bass), Ted Poor (drums)
Hailed as “One of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by none other than jazz paragon McCoy Tyner, Terell Stafford is a great fit for WJMAC because he has carried on the music as the Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University as well. Those who caught his tribute to Lee Morgan last time through can testify to the fact that “he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism.” In addition to leading his own quintet, Stafford has played in numerous other combos and orchestras under the leadership of players like Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Kenny Barron, and the Clayton Brothers. WJMAC had to reschedule our regular Wednesday night performance to Tuesday because we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this great musician perform. Mr. Stafford will be ably supported by Steve Kaldestad on saxophone, Miles Black on piano, Greg Feingold on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums.
Lineup: Terell Stafford (trumpet), Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Miles Black (piano), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Milo is back for your guitar jazz enjoyment. Milo’s background includes studying with Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, and Ron Eschete and playing around NYC before returning to the PNW. Last here in early March with a quartet, he has pared down to a trio tonight with Michael and Julian.
Lineup: Milo Petersen (guitar), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
If you attended the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s concert at the Mt. Baker last October, your good fortune included hearing Helen Sung on piano. If you were really lucky, you were at the Hotel Bellwether when she and a few others from the band dropped in to jam for a bit. If you want to be smart as well as lucky, you won’t miss her here at WJMAC on Wednesday May 3. An aspiring classical pianist before falling in love with Jazz, the Thelonious Monk Institute graduate is emerging as one of the bright stars on today’s jazz scene. Having honed her craft with ensembles ranging from the late Clark Terry’s “Young Titans of Jazz” to the Mingus Big Band to Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project, Sung now leads a band composted of some of this generation’s finest artists: New York-based/New Orleans-influenced fellow composer, John Ellis will be on saxophone; bassist, arranger, and musical director of the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty and veteran of some 160 jazz recordings, Boris Kozlov, takes the bass; the “sensitive, colorful and innovative” (Drummerworld) drummer Terreon Gully completes the foursome.
WJMAC would like to thank Steinway & Sons for generously providing tonight’s Steinway B Piano.
Lineup: Helen Sung (piano), John Ellis (saxophone), Boris Kozlov (bass), Terreon Gully (drums)
Local favorite trumpet/flugelhorn man Kevin Woods has chosen the work of Canadian composer and trumpet/flugelhorn artist Kenny Wheeler as the topic for musical exploration by tonight’s quintet. Not just a wonderful player, Kevin does great work with WJMAC’s Combo Classes and as Director of WWU’s Jazz Studies Program. Since Steve Treseler once shared the stage with Wheeler, he is an apt choice for the saxophone lines. Two-thirds of the 200 Trio, Cole Schuster (guitar) and Greg Feingold (bass), and WJMAC artistic director Julian MacDonough (drums) round out the quintet.
Lineup: Kevin Woods (trumpet), Steve Treseler (saxophone), Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
After his great performance in January, WJMAC immediately rebooked John for a show in March. John was excited to bring vocalist Kelley Johnson with him for that gig. Much to our dismay and the disappointment of many of our regulars, at the last minute, unforeseen circumstances made it impossible for them to be here. So Julian got on the horn and rebooked them for this night. Seattle multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas says John “is a monster with an uncanny way of playing strong original melodic shapes in a fresh way.” His much-lauded skill as an accompanist will come into play as this time he is leading a quartet featuring vocalist Kelley Johnson. Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums fill out the card.
Lineup: John Hansen – piano, Kelley Johnson – vocals, Michael Glynn – bass, Julian MacDonough – drums
Vancouver tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad returns to WJMAC leading a quartet. WJMAC’s regulars know they can expect excellent saxophone playing from Steve. They know also they can expect solid support from Miles Black on piano, Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums. And you know you can expect to hear an evening full of fun and fine music.
Lineup: Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
WJMAC has been lucky to have a number of excellent tenor saxophone players who share their talents with us regularly. Cory Weeds has been a long time supporter of WJMAC in ways that go beyond his playing, but we are always pleased to have him bring his horn back on the WJMAC bandstand. Tonight he co-leads a trio with Mike LeDonne. Initially recognized for his piano work, playing with greats like Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt Jackson (to name just a few on a long sideman list), Mike took up the B-3 in the 1990’s and has earned accolades for his work on those keys. In 2012 Downbeat gave him the Rising Star Award for organ while the Jazz Journalists Association nominated him for Best Keyboards for his “Keep the Faith” CD. When a keyboard man comes recommended by Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, and Milt Jackson, you don’t want to miss the chance to hear him. The trio is completed by top jazz drummer, Jason Tiemann. Like LeDonne, Jason has an impressive “played with” list, including several artists who have graced the WJMAC stage – e.g., Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, and Harold Mabern. These three gentlemen will provide a night of music you will be glad you did not miss.
Lineup: Mike LeDonne - organ, Cory Weeds - saxophone, Jason Tiemann - drums
Unfortunately, too many of the old Stuart's Coffee House band members are unavailable for the originally scheduled date. Julian is trying to find an alternate date to reunite the crew. We will keep you posted.
Lineup: Kevin Woods, Paul Chandler, Loch Clark – trumpet; Dave Knirk, Willie Mathias, Mike Allen - saxophone, Roger Yamashita - bass, Blake Angelos, Reece Marshburn - piano, Julian MacDonough - drums
Vocalist and songwriter Star Anna has had to cancel, but three old friends – Miles Black, Michael Glynn, and Julian MacDonough will still be here to lay down some tunes. Paul Chandler will be joining for the second set.
Lineup: Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums), Paul Chandler (trumpet).
Seattle trumpet star Thomas Marriott hooked us up with New York trombonist Dave Gibson. A finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Trombone Competition in 2003, Gibson will be a welcome addition to the schedule. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz.” Not just a great horn player, Gibson is recognized for composing and arranging as well. We are excited to hear him, especially with the able accompaniment of Miles Black, Michael Glynn, and Julian MacDonough.
Lineup: Dave Gibson (trombone), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
One of WJMAC’s favorite sax players is finally returning after being absent for a few months. Steve’s playing has been described as poignant, yet robust and muscular, intelligent, but accessible. Steve “is a natural leader who opens up songs to their individual harmonic journeys for the musicians he surrounds himself with.” (Raul D’Gama Rose reviewing Blow-Up). And we know he can swing. Tonight he will be paired with Peter Bernstein, “known for his clean, warm guitar tone and his lyrical melodic lines.” Coming from the jazz mecca of NYC, Peter has a long “played with” list, but to drop a just few names – Rollins, Donaldson, Konitz, Goldings, Stewart, Cobb, Harrell, Meldau, McBride. If you saw him with the Small’s All-Stars last year, you know you don’t want to miss this show. Michael Glynn’s bass and Julian MacDonough’s drums will fill out the group nicely.
Lineup: Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Peter Bernstein (guitar), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
John Hansen makes a quick return to WJMAC after his wonderful show in late January. Seattle multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas says John “is a monster with an uncanny way of playing strong original melodic shapes in a fresh way.” His much lauded skill as an accompanist will come into play as this time he is leading a quartet featuring vocalist Kelley Johnson. Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums fill out the card.
Lineup: John Hansen (piano), Kelly Johnson (vocals), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Seattle guitarist Milo Petersen’s links to Bellingham go back to the late 1970’s when he was at WWU, but his musical career started much earlier when his grandfather demanded he whistle a tune before he could try his grandfather’s harmonica. Lucky for us, he continued his lessons. First recognized as a guitarist, Milo went on to compose and arrange, and to study guitar with the likes of Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, and still works with Ron Eschete. Adding drums later, Milo studied with Moyes Lucas Jr., Jeff Hamilton, Herlin Riley, Idris Muhammed, Mel Brown, and Kathy Ramm. Milo also had the great experience of recording on guitar with legendary drummer Elvin Jones on Steve Griggs' CDs JONES FOR ELVIN, Volumes 1 and 2.Tonight he will be backed by the WJMAC house band of Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums).
Lineup: Milo Petersen (guitar), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums)
Vancouver saxophonist, educator, and band leader Mike Allen returns to WJMAC with a trio of gentleman he has made moving and awe-inspiring music with for decades. With Miles Black on piano, Adam Thomas on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums, this quartet has recorded three albums together since 2012—“Panorama”, “Faculty Jazz Collective”, and “Hip Cosmos”. Allen and Black paired up to record “The Feel of Life" in 2014 and have another brand new duo album, “Bob’s Piano", just released in January. This long-time musical partnership of a quartet will be joined by another quartet—a string quartet— for tonight’s special performance.
"Allen’s tone is as pure as that of Joe Henderson. His aesthetic habits come straight out of a blue-chip tenor tradition: from Joe Lovano back to Coleman Hawkins and into his primary inspiration, John Coltrane."
Lineup: Mike Allen (saxophones), Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums) and a String Quartet (TBA)
Emmet Cohen, first seen at WJMAC as part of Ali Jackson’s group, hits dead center on so many WJMAC buttons that it’s hard to describe. First of all, he’s a multifaceted pianist and composer with a “nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary” (Downbeat) who strives to communicate at the “deepest levels of humanity and individuality.” He is also “avid about the inter-generational transfer of artistic knowledge, history, and traditions” and works with the YoungArts Foundation (of which he is an alum) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program. Finally, for Cohen playing jazz is about making connections – with the other players, with the audience, or between generations. Bassist Russell Hall also knows about that inter-generational transfer as he himself won acclaim for his playing as a teenager and has continued to build on it, playing with a lot of the “greats” around NYC as well as touring the world, while finishing his degree at Julliard. Drummer Kyle Poole completes the trio. Musicians he's played with whom WJMAC members have seen or will see here are Jeremy Pelt, Peter Bertnstein, and Mike LeDonne
Lineup: Emmet Cohen (piano), Russell Hall (bass), Kyle Poole (drums)
!!!CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! Sorry for the last minute notice, but we are going to have to cancel this show because the snow has made the drive from Seattle too hazardous. We look forward to getting Matt, Paul, and Mark rescheduled for your enjoyment later.
You might recognize Matt Jorgensen from playing with Human Spirit or Matt Jorgensen +451, or maybe you caught him playing with Mike Stern at the Ballard Jazz Fest (which he helped found and organize), or maybe you have just been lucky enough to hear him one of the few times he has graced the WJMAC stage. Regardless, you know here’s a drummer who will accentuate a positively fine evening of jazz. Matt is bringing Paul Gabrielson back with him on bass and Mark Taylor will covering the reed responsibilities.
Lineup: Matt Jorgensen (drums), Mark Taylor (sax), Paul Gabrielson (bass)
WJMAC is honored to host the return of the great jazz pianist Harold Mabern. Recognized now as an “unsung hero of the 1960’s hard bop scene,” Mabern has been a steady performer since his ad hoc audition for Harry “Sweets” Edison on the stage at Birdland in 1959, on through with Miles at the Black Hawk, Mobley, Mitchell, McLean, Montgomery, and Morgan (and that’s just the “M’s”). Still, Harold’s skill is not just as thing of the past, as sixteen albums with Eric Alexander from 1997-2015 will attest. Joined again this night by Vancouver tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds, Michael Glynn on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums.
Lineup: Harold Mabern (piano), Cory Weeds (tenor sax), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
WJMAC is happy to present our premier performance of Seattle pianist, John Hansen who is one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in the Northwest. He has played internationally as well at well known US venues such as NYC's Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, DC's John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, and Seattle's Jazz Alley and Tula's.
"Highly talented, unassuming, and offering his best effort in every musical situation, John Hansen is a versatile sideman, accompanist and soloist who's a valued part of several top recording and performing jazz groups. And he's way overdue for a CD of his own."
-- Jim Wilke, Jazz After Hours, PRI, Jazz Northwest, KPLU
Lineup: John Hansen (piano) TBA (bass) Julian Mac Donough (drums)
The return of the Mike Allen Quartet brings a reunion of four artists who played together for years. The award winning Mr. Allen has been generous to Bellingham with his talent for several years, but the experience is made richer in combination with this rhythm section. Miles Black’s sweet piano and Julian MacDonough’s drum work have been a foundation of many shows here. Adam Thomas’s bass is sure to delight.
Lineup: Mike Allen (Saxophones), Miles Black (Piano), Adam TYhomas (Bass), Julian MacDonough (Drums)
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott returns with a new line-up to WJMAC. Thomas is bringing a stellar rhythm section with him - long-time leading Seattle jazz pianist and UW music prof, Marc Seales, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer D'Vonne Lewis. While this will be a first WJMAC appearance for the rhythm section, we certainly hope it isn't the last. Expect this foursome to provide you a most enjoyable evening of great jazz.
Lineup: Thomas Marriott (Trumpet), Marc Seales (Piano), Chuck Deardorf (Bass), D'Vonne Lewis (Drums)
WJMAC members have enjoyed the playing of trumpeter and educator Michael Van Bebber on a couple of previous occasions, but most probably don't know he has won awards for classic composition as well. When he isn't playing with the SRJO, Jay Thomas's Sextet, or the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Michael directs two Roosevelt High jazz bands. For this show Michael is going to be amply supported by the wonderful keyboard work of Tony Foster and WJMAC stalwarts Michael Glynn (bass) and Julian MacDonough (drums). As a late addition, multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas will be making a guest appearance.
Lineup: Michael Van Bebber (trumpet), Tony Foster (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Seattle phenom Thomas Marriott will celebrate the miles he's covered since starting trumpet at age 7 by offering up some of the great early Miles Davis catalog for our enjoyment. This NW treasure will be backed by our own stellar house band with another Miles (Black) on piano, Michael Glynn on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums. This "first choice" trumpeter is a deft composer as well as player who is well recognized for his "serious chops and luxuriant sound" (Jazz Times Magazine). You can be relaxin' while these guys are cookin' up a steamin' show and workin' us into 2017 on the right beat.
Lineup: Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Tagged by Seattle Times music critic Paul de Barros as "one of Seattle's finest musicians", Mark Taylor has repeatedly delighted WJMAC audiences, whether playing Basie swing in an octet or groovin' with fellow members of Human Spirit. This time he is bringing his quartet featuring three of the NW's best with Jeff Johnson on bass, Gary Fukashima at the piano, and Byron Vannoy manning the drums. This will be a great show, you don't want to miss.
Lineup: Mark Taylor (saxophones), Jeff Johnson (bass), Gary Fukashima (piano), Byron Vannoy (drums)
Seattle-based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby plays diverse styles of vintage jazz. Described as “truly hot jazz” by Vintage Guitar Magazine, his CD, Look Both Ways, celebrating the 100th birthday of guitarist Django Reinhardt and featuring 12 original compositions, reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart.
A former member of Pearl Django, Greg has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. Greg’s compositions have been heard on television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
His stellar quintet features Julian Smedley (violin), Mike VanBebber (trumpet), Jenn Hodge (bass) and Julian MacDonough (drums).
Lineup: Greg Ruby (guitar), Julian Smedley (violin), Mike VanBebber (trumpet), Jenn Hodge (bass) and Julian MacDonough (drums).
The "Four Brothers" is a Jimmy Giuffre jazz standard written for the powerful sax section from Woody Herman's second Herd - Stan Getz (tenor), Zoot Sims (tenor), Herbie Steward (tenor), and Serge Chaloff (baritone). While Getz was later replaced by Al Cohn, the unit so typified the second Herd "sound" that it is sometimes referred to as the "Four Brothers Band". NW native Stuart MacDonald, who leads tonight's septet, is a jazz band educator as well as a performing artist. WJMAC members will recognize that he has handled baritone sax duties for Miles Black Big Band gigs here. He is joined by the familiar faces of Mark Taylor, Miles Black, Michael Glynn, and Julian MacDonough, a return visit from Travis Ranney and introduces saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi to WJMAC's audience.
Lineup: Stuart MacDonald (Sax), Mark Taylor (Sax), Travis Ranney (Sax), Greg Sinibaldi (Sax), Miles Black (Piano), Michael Glynn (Bass), Julian MacDonough (Drums)
Between gigs at Smalls Jazz Club, "a musical environment run by musicians for musicians", in the Village, Spike Wilner returns to grace the stage at WJMAC. For his third visit, Spike is bringing bassist Tyler Mitchell and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. The list of artists with whom these three gentlemen have studied and played reads like a Who's Who of jazz stretching from Bebop to Sun Ra and beyond, while they themselves are examples of the skill and artistry that can be achieved when a love of music, and jazz in particular, is instilled from a young age. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some great music.
Lineup: Spike Wilner (piano), Tyler Mitchell (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums)
WJMAC's three student combos perform for the first time this year: a quartet of first year students; a quintet is second year students and a quartet that has been with WJMAC since the beginning in 2014! The majority of the students are high-school aged, but there are a few actual seniors in the mix. This is a great opportunity to see the reason WJMAC was founded--solid, challenging, inspirational jazz education.
Lineup: WJMAC Student Combos!
Well-known, "first call" Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Miles Black heads up this quartet with WJMAC's wonderful "house band" rhythm section bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Julian MacDonald. Joining them to make a fantastic four players is Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax. There will be loads of good playing to be heard this night. Don't miss it!
Lineup: Miles Black (piano), Steve Kaldestad (tenor sax), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Originally from Philadelphia, Ben studied both classical and jazz music before moving to the great city of Chicago. There he spent years performing and working with the top musicians in town, absorbing the unique blend of Jazz and Blues that can only be found in the Windy City. Now re-located to New York, Ben brings his unique talents and style to a wider audience, combining hard-swinging grooves and melodic improvisation with an impeccable touch.
Whether playing lush ballads on the piano, digging into some hard-driving blues-tinged organ jazz on the Hammond B3, or singing classic tunes, Ben has garnered international acclaim for his superb musicianship and engaging performances.
Lineup: Ben Paterson (organ), Ed Cherry (guitar), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.” He has performed all over the world including prominent jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York. He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington with his quartet and solo piano as well as at the legendary Apollo Theater during which a lifetime achievement award was to be presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO and Arturo O’Farrill. Pacheco is a passionate, extravagant, exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy.
Lineup: Jorge Luis Pachedo (piano), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Fans, critics and musicians place Richard Cole in the first rank of his generation’s jazz saxophonists. A nationally acclaimed talent, Richard is among the most in-demand musicians in the burgeoning jazz scene in the Pacific NW.
Beside work with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Adam Nussbaum, Julian Priester and John Fedchock, he has toured with New Orleans icon, Dr. John, fusion star Dan Siegel, performed with r&b legends Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Spinners and The Four Tops while also composing and performing his own music. Add to all this performances with the Seattle Symphony.
Lineup: Richard Cole (tenor sax), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
The members of 200 Trio met during their time at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then, guitarist Cole Schuster and bassist Greg Feingold moved to Seattle to join drummer Max Holmberg in swinging endeavors!
Lineup: Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Max Holmgren (drums).
Over the past 10 years, in addition to performing with his own groups, Foster has been featured as a sideman numerous times at Vancouver’s annual International Jazz Festival in different settings which included live recordings for CBC Radio (CBC Jazz Café). Foster led a septet behind Canadian crooner Kenny Colman at the 2007 edition of the festival on the main stage, before a crowd of thousands.
Foster has been fortunate and honored to perform with notable jazz legends as Ernestine Anderson, Red Holloway, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Colman, Dee Daniels, Jeff Hamilton, and Peter Washington.
Lineup: Tony Foster (piano), Joe Poole (drums), Nate Parker (bass)
Lineup: Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Stuart MacDonald (bari sax), Steve Kaldestad (tenor sax), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Kevin Woods (trumpet), Dave Keim (trombone), Julian MacDonough (drums).
Lineup: Mark Taylor (saxophone), Paul Gabrielson (bass), Matt Jorgensen (drums)
A new Seattle jazz group co-led by Mark Taylor and Dawn Clement made its debut at Tula's during this year's Earshot Jazz Festival. Both co-leaders are also composers, creating new music and adapting previous compositions for this group.
Lineup: Mark Taylor (Alto sax), Dawn Clement (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)
Special day, special time, special show--seriously--you do not want to miss this one!