Artists who performed in 2014. Look for the 2015 Artists coming soon!
Born in Philadelphia in 1939, he was 18 years old before deciding to pursue a career in jazz. In 1967 he moved to New York. After a brief stint with Elvin Jones and Frank Foster, Fortune toured with Mongo Santamaria's group before joining McCoy Tyner with whom he played for 2 1/2 years.
During this period, he cemented an already solid reputation as an instrumental innovator with his contributions on several of Tyner's albums.
Fortune then went on to work independently with his own ensemble and with drummer Buddy Rich, and was featured on the live recording at Rich's Manhattan nightspot, Buddy's Place. In September 1974, Miles Davis offered Sonny a job in his fusion group. By now accomplished on all the woodwinds, stayed with Miles for a year, recording four LPs - Big Fun, Agartha, Pangaea and Get Up With It.
Sonny has also recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Oliver Nelson, George Benson and Nat Adderly, to name a few. In 1975 Sonny formed his own group, marking his debut as a leader with two critically-acclaimed LPs for A&M Horizon. He's had many albums released since then including three titles on Blue Note Records in the '90s.
"One of the best kept secrets in jazz..." - All About Jazz
A recent transplant from New York City, Portland's George Colligan is a pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer and player, Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, regularly working with players such as Lenny White, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions; appearing on over 100 albums. He is currently a member of legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette's New Quintet. He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. Colligan's musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He also started a popular blog called jazztruth.
While already a star in his homeland, Dominguez won an international following with his appearance in Calle 54, the award-winning 2000 documentary about Latin jazz.
Born in Cadiz in 1960, Dominguez started playing flamenco guitar around age 8 before moving on to the piano. In his twenties he formed the progressive Latin rock ensemble CAI who released three albums for CBS. Later pursuing a solo career, he was attracted to jazz by fusion pioneers like the Mahavishnu Orchestra & Weather Report, and then inspired by the works of Bill Evans & Thelonious Monk.
The incendiary keyboardist quickly became a dominant force in European jazz, leading an acclaimed trio and collaborating with artists including Paquito D'Rivera and Wynton Marsalis, with whom he recorded the stunning Vitoria Suite alongside guitar genius Paco de Lucia. His 2012 Blue Note Records release "Flamenco Sketches," received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year.
Marina Albero has played with some of the most important artists of early, flamenco and latin music including l'Arpeggiata, Barbarito Torres (Buenavista Social Club), Glen Velez, Pepe Habichuela, Carlos Saura, & Sara Flores. She plays hammered dulcimer, piano & vibes and has studied music in Spain & Cuba. Born in Barcelona, Marina Albero grew up playing traditional music with her family Grallers band "Stampede," which took them on tours to Japan and the U.S. in the ‘90s. At the age of eight, she studied piano & theory and later, drums and jazz piano while still working with the family project, She studied at the Conservatory Isaac Albéniz and the Conservatorio Municipal de Barcelona. In 1995, her family moved to Cuba where she studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte, and she played with the Cuban Psalterium Rennaissance-style group "Ars Longa." Albero moved back to Barcelona in 1997 and continues to perform and teach throughout the world.
Dapper, refined, 77-year-old Overton Berry is a Seattle treasure, a dazzling jazz pianist with a resonant baritone and gentlemanly manner seldom seen in these parts—or this era. After graduating from Gar- field High in 1949, teenaged Berry played up and down the famed Jackson Street jazz scene. In the '70s, his regular trio gigs at Tukwila's Doubletree Inn brought him (and the fledgling hotel chain) national acclaim. Berry later toured the U.S. and played extended residencies in China and Hong Kong. More recently, Light in the Attic reissued his At Seattle's Doubletree Inn and The Overton Berry Experience albums on vinyl, and he's been a fixture at the Sorrento Hotel's Fireside Room, a gregarious entertainer in one of the city's most elegant lounges. (City Arts)
Chicago-based and Brooklyn-born drummer Dana Hall has been an important musician on the international music scene since 1992. After completing his education in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson College and his Masters degree in composition from DePaul University. He is presently a distinguished Special Trustees Fellow completing his Doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Hall is a member of the Terell Stafford Quintet and just completed his tenure as the Music Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. The list of exceptional artists that Mr. Hall has performed, toured, and/or recorded with includes Branford Marsalis, Ray Charles, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, Michael Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wallace Roney, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Lacy, Muhal Richard Abrams, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Ira Sullivan, Lester Bowie, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Shirley Scott, Von Freeman, Kenny Barron, Maria Schneider, Jackie McLean, Mulgrew Miller, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Curtis Fuller, and Oliver Lake, among others. Additionally, he is a former regular member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Jon Faddis and has served as an extra in the percussion sections of the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids Symphonies.
Called "...one of the best male vocalists in the jazz world today," by WCLK in Atlanta, Jeff Baker has quickly become one of the most significant talents in the next generation of jazz vocalists. His diverse musical recordings, exciting live performances, and infectious energy and personality have gained him accolades from critics and listeners alike. Baker has headlined numerous festivals and clubs, and has shared the billing and played with some of jazz music's top artists including: the Yellow Jackets, Mose Allison, Kenny Werner, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe LaBarbera, Bruce Barth, Darrell Grant, Karrin Allyson, Nancy King, Henry Butler, Dave Frishberg, Gene Harris, Orrin Evans, Clark Sommers, George Colligan, Randy Porter and many more!
Jeff has performed throughout the U.S., and has enjoyed performance engagements in central Europe and South Africa. His four critically acclaimed CD releases on the Origin/OA2 Records imprint have charted on the Jazzweek International Radio Top 50, have been played on over 200 stations internationally, were Top 5 on NPR's nationally syndicated "Jazz Works" radio program, and were #1 on stations in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Portland, Buffalo, St. Louis, Cape Town, SA and New Zealand.
Corey Christiansen has a number of publications with Mel Bay and has conducted countless guitar clinics and concerts across the country and beyond including Europe, South Africa and Australia. He has also performed at many notable festivals and venues including John Pisano's Guitar Night in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Daytona Beach Jazz Festival, the Classic American Guitar Show, and the St. Louis Jazz Festival. He has also performed and/or recorded with many outstanding jazz artists including Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, James Moody, Joe Negri, Willie Akins, Chuck Redd, Sid Jacobs, Jack Wilkins, Christian McBride, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danny Gottlieb, and many, many others.
Corey's latest recording for Origin Records, Lone Prairie, spent many weeks on the Jazz airplay charts in 2013 and is available on CD and vinyl.
"...a retro air that hints at the silken sophistication and storytelling elan of the young Nancy Wilson..." - JazzTimesTwo-time winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards "Northwest Vocalist of the Year," Gail's rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as "deliciously soulful" by Cadence Magazine. Gail's two releases, "May I Come In?," (OA2), and "Here in the Moment," (OA2) were widely and warmly embraced by radio and jazz fans around the world, with "Here..." ending up being the most played, new female vocal CD on American jazz radio in 2010. As artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2006, she was featured artist with the New Manhattan Big Band on the mainstage. Included on that tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as the winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition.
Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Cibo Matto, and Mitchell Froom.
As a leader, Cuong has released five recordings, each making critics' lists of the 10 best recordings of their respective years. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet, blurring all stylistic borders while developing his own compositional aesthetic.
A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Cuong was awarded the Colbert Award for Excellence: The Downtown Arts Project Emerging Artist Award. As an assistant professor in jazz studies, he was recently awarded the University of Washington's prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award and is a Donald E. Petersen Endowed Fellow. In 2002 and 2006, Cuong was a recipient of the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. He's been recognized as one of the top 50 young Jazz Artists in an article called "The New Masters" from the British magazine, "Classic CD" and in 2006 was named the Best International Jazz Artist by the Italian Jazz Critics' Society. Amazon listed Vu's "Come Play With Me" on their "The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time."
A recent inductee into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, pianist Wayne Horvitz made a name for himself long ago as one of the more creative performers in music and has been called a "defiant cross-breeder of genres." He's led many groups including Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than The Day, Varmint, The President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, and the Four Plus One Ensemble. He has recorded or performed with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Elliott Sharp, Danny Barnes, Tucker Martine, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Philip Wilson, Michael Shrieve, Carla Bley, Tim Young, Bobby Previte, Skerik and others. He is perhaps most famous for being the keyboardist of the band Naked City. He has produced records for the World Saxophone Quartet, Human Feel, Marty Ehrlich, Fontella Bass, The Living Daylights, Bill Frisell or Eddie Palmieri.
Trumpeter / composer Chad McCullough has been on an upward trend for years. He has three critically-acclaimed albums under his own name on Origin Records, several tours around the globe, and has played a key role in countless ensembles and projects. Called "one of Seattle's young musical gems" by Allaboutjazz.com, he's been carving out a name for himself in modern jazz.
The Seattle bassist has been an unassuming yet vital figure on the Northwest jazz scene for almost three decades. He has lent his talents to countless recordings and live performances, including work with Michael Brecker, Benny Golson, Paquito D'Rivera, Phil Woods, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Buddy DeFranco. With 2012's "The Road Home," Anderson made his debut as a solo artist and composer, crafting a thoughtful collection of original music that reflects his influences and pays homage to his mentors. In 2013, Clipper released "Ballad of the Sad Young Men," his recording debut as a vocalist. With lush legato phrasing slightly reminiscent of Johnny Hartman along with pianist Darin Clendenin's and drummer Mark Ivester's eloquent and flawless intuitive support, Anderson delivers a sparkling vocal jazz debut.
A Seattle-area native, Peter Daniel is a quickly-rising, contemporary saxophonist & accomplished improviser. His experience and professionalism have made him a first-call for area bands, and his quartet is becoming one of the Northwest's go-to groups for clubs and festivals. Peter's group performs an exciting mix of standards and originals.
Todd Bishop has been performing in Portland, OR, the west, and internationally since 1985. He has led jazz, avant-garde and indie rock groups and produced five CDs of original music for Seattle's Origin Records and for independent release. With his multi-layered, organic style, he is a compelling musician, and has thrilled audiences with visceral performances owing as much to the influence of Keith Moon or Olatunji as to the jazz masters. His most recent Origin releases include "69 Année Erotique: Music of Serge Gainsbourg," "Little Played Little Bird: Music of Ornette Coleman," and his latest "Travelogue" will be released in July, 2014 in time for his annual European tour in the fall.
After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2003, drummer Ted Poor moved to New York City, where he has made a deep impression on the jazz and improvised music scene. Modern Drummer describes his playing as "adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking." Jazz Review writes, "Ted has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums." This unique approach has caught the ears of many of jazz's most established musicians and quickly placed him amongst those drummers most in demand.
Ted has toured the world over and is a regular member of many bands, including those of Grammy award winning trumpeter Cuong Vu, guitarist Ben Monder, Bad Touch, and the Respect Sextet. Ted's most recent project as a leader is called Mt. Varnum. Formed in August of 2011, Mt. Varnum reconciles a life-long love of deep swing with an equally earnest adoration of classic and indie rock. The band's forthcoming debut release "Wounded Caroline" is a powerful and complete manifestation of that union.
As an in-demand sideman, Ted has appeared on dozens of recordings and has shared the stage with many world renowned artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Maria Schneider, Aaron Parks and Ralph Alessi. As a guest soloist and educator, Poor has held residencies at, among others, the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Cal Arts, Lawrence University, the University of Oregon, and the HR Big Band of Frankfurt. He is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you've never heard. A mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin' and groovin' adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums.
McTuff has performed at festivals and venues all over the US from Bumbershoot to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. The band originally featured saxophone great Skerik, who still makes frequent appearances with McTuff, and its current members have performed with an impressive list of world-renowned artists including Carlos Santana, Stanton Moore, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby Previte, Santana drummer Michael Shrieve, Mike Stern, and many others.
One of the primary voices in Northwest Jazz for over 30 years, drummer John Bishop has performed in concerts and clubs with Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Sonny Fortune, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tom Harrell, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Larry Coryell, Joanne Brackeen, Jon Faddis, Charles McPherson, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Kenny Rankin, Joe Locke, Hal Galper, Jessica Williams, and countless others. Along with numerous jingle, film-score, demo & multi-media recording sessions, he's appeared on more than 100 albums including sessions involving Rudy Van Gelder & Teo Macero, and a Grammy-nominated recording on RCA with singer Mark Murphy. Bishop was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008.
Matt Jorgensen is a drummer, producer, composer and arranger who has built an impressive resume as one of the most in-demand jazz musicians on the west coast. He has released five CDs under his own name and is also a co-leader of the group Human Spirit. As a sideman he is frequently called on by an impressive list of musicians including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Bill Mays, Stanley Jordan, Corey Christiansen, Thomas Marriott, Ray Vega, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, Bobby Shew, Mike LeDonne, George Colligan, Reggie Workman, Tim Ries, Chuck Leavell and others.
Straddling a career in both New York City and Chicago, Clark has toured and performed extensively throughout the world sharing bills with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and B.B.King . Clark has been a member of the Dan Cray trio for ten years. He has also had the privilege to perform with Cedar Walton, Kurt Elling, Ernie Watts, Bennie Maupin, Von Freeman, Ira Sullivan, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson, Peter Bernstein, Lin Haliday, Dana Hall, Jodie Christian, Maurice Brown, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker, Ron Perrillo, Geof Bradfield, Michael Weiss, George Fludas, Kevin Mahogany, Eden Atwood, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, The Mighty Blue Kings and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Clark completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and World Music at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with bass masters Charlie Haden and Darek Oles.
Clark presently tours and records with vocalist Kurt Elling. One recording, "Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman" won a GRAMMY AWARD for best vocal jazz album in 2009.
Saxophonist Geof Bradfield has featured on numerous recordings, including his critically acclaimed 2010 release African Flowers, which was named one of the top 10 CDs of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times. His septet performed this 10-part suite in 2011 at Chicago's Millennium Park to an audience of 8,000 as part of the celebrated series Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. Mr. Bradfield and his ensemble also presented the suite at the DuSable Museum of African American Art as the Artist-in Residence of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in the fall of 2011.
As a composer, Mr. Bradfield has received several commissions and awards, including a 2008 New Jazz Works commission from Chamber Music America and grants and fellowships from the City of Chicago Community Arts Partnership, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. His recent suite Melba!, inspired by the life and music of trombonist and arranger Melba Liston, premiered in 2012 through the support of a 2011 New Jazz Works commission from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Bradfield's septet toured Melba! in the Midwest and South, returning to Chicago to close the tour at the legendary Green Mill jazz club. The group recorded the suite for release on Origin Records in 2013.
Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine international critic's polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists on today's scene.
Mimi has performed/recorded with some of jazz's most commanding players, including Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Hunter, Mundell Lowe, Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Houston Person, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany, Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and power- house drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. She has also performed outside of the jazz world with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and with Patty Larkin's Vanguard Records-produced La Guitara project.
Mimi has released 10 recordings as a leader including her recent release on Origin, "Standards, Old & New," which has received universal praise: "Consummate mastery, each piece is a gem..." - Jim Ferguson. "Mimi has mastered the art" - Jazz Guitar Society of Western Australia.
Seattle jazz icon Jay Thomas is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes) whose music leans to earthy and lyrical; the blues and swing always in evidence. With the Cantaloupes, Jay goes back to the sixties and the neo-boogaloo / hard bop feel of Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderly, and Ramsay Lewis. The band connects with people on a visceral level and encourages people to MOVE.
Jay Thomas - trumpet/saxes; John Hansen - piano; Chuck Kistler - bass; Adam Kessler - drums
Born In Minneapolis, Jeff Johnson ("Free" to some of his colleagues) left at age 20, spending time in Philadelphia and New York, and has worked with a veritable who's who of great jazz musicians such as Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Rouse, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Lew Tabackin, Eddie Daniels, Mark Murphy, Joanne Brackeen, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, Marlena Shaw, Billy Hart, Annie Ross, George Cables, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditti, Ernestine Anderson, and Michael Wolfe, to name just a few.
Jeff met Jessica Williams in Seattle in 1991 and Hal Galper at the Port Townsend Festival in 1993, great pianists with whom he has had ongoing musical relationships. He is one of the most on-call working musicians in the competitive Seattle musical arena, and his contribution to jazz is substantial and continuing.
He now leads various small ensembles, composes, goes on the road frequently, and is involved in numerous projects and recording dates around the world.
New York-based saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi performs music ranging from straight-ahead styles, to the avant garde. In 2008 Hashem formed his quintet, featuring some of the best musicians in the Northwest, along with trumpet icon Ron Miles. The group has since expanded to a sextet and has recorded two albums: Strange Neighbor and his latest on OA2 Records, Pieces. He has held positions teaching music at various institutions including Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand, and the University of Oregon. Hashem received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Texas and a Masters from the University of Oregon.
Hashem Assadullahi - sax; Wayne Horvitz - keyboard; Tyler Ab- bott - bass; Ryan Biesack - drums
Seattle based guitarist/singer/songwriter Danny Godinez performs as a genre-bending, multifaceted entity. He currently enjoys performing solo, with his band, and also collaborating with legendary drummer Michael Schrieve (Santana) in Spellbinder. He has recently been on numerous tours throughout Europe, enjoys teaching and helping students learn about the wonderous world of music.
He has opened for or shared the stage with Robben Ford, ZZ Top, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Herbie Hancock, and Jason Mraz among many others.
Joining Danny will be two of his longtime collaborators, organist Joe Doria and drumming legend Michael Shrieve.
Istvan Rez, a Hungarian rambler, recently joined forces with Farko Dosumov, an Uzbek who won the green-card lottery,to create an original sound like none other. Istvan plays an acoustic nylon-string guitar, Farko plays a five-string electric bass. Together they produce a unique flamenco sound that includes many influences such as funk and world music to jazz
Seattle-based alto saxophonist, composer, and winner of the 2014 Earshot Northwest Emerging Artist of the Year, Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman.
The Jacob Zimmerman Quintet will be per- forming classic bebop music from the 40s and 50s while featuring some of Seattle’s best up- and-coming jazz talent.
Phil Sparks is among the leading bassists in Seattle, having performed with nearly every top jazz group in the city. He records extensively with many of the Northwest's top names, and received a special mention as a star of the Seattle scene in the Feb. 94 issue of Down Beat.
Phil Sparks has been a member of groups led by Julian Priester, Ernestine Anderson, Hadley Caliman, Matt Jorgensen, Wayne Horowitz, Floyd Standifer, Hadley Caliman, E.W. Wainwright, Jay Clayton, Jim Knapp, and Ricky Kelly. He has accompanied the following artists during Northwest engagements: Gene Harris, Roland Hanna, James Moody, Bobby Shew, Mose Allison, Art Lande, Joe Henderson, Javon Jackson, Teddy Edwards, and the Seattle Symphony.
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge on the national jazz scene in more than a decade. The five-time Golden Ear award winner is a skilled instrumentalist, composer and producer, and is always seeking to expand the boundaries of jazz music in all its forms.
After winning the prestigious Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition in 1999, Marriott headed east from Seattle to New York where he gained initial acclaim through his work with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau band. Marriott completed 3 world tours with Ferguson (who called Marriott "a truly great jazz trumpet player"), and then continued to work in New York and on the road with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Joe Locke, The Tito Puente Orchestra, Brian Lynch, The Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Eric Reed, Bebo Valdez, Les Brown and the Band of Renown, Kenny Kirkland, Ritchie "Alto Madness" Cole, and many others.
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. Speak's debut record is slated for release in April 2010 by Origin Records in time for their appearance at the Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria this Summer.
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