Last night I had the honor of opening up for Snarky Puppy at the Tractor Tavern. For the past few years, Snarky Puppy has probably been my favorite modern band to secretly stalk online through their numerous YouTube videos. Seattle drummer D’Vonne Lewis put together an all star line up with his band “Limited Edition” as part of the opening act, featuring Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), Josh Rawlings (rhodes) and Gregg Belisle-Chi (guitar). Afterwards, NY vocalist Alison Wedding played an opening set with some of the musicians from Snarky Puppy, which was a real treat. Snarky Puppy hit the show hard and absolutely destroyed it! There were numerous moments during their performance that I was absolutely blown away with their musicianship, compositions and solos. It was so cool to have so many Seattle musicians in the audience to watch SP to their thing. They’re a true musicians band that appeals to all hip listeners.
On Sunday, January 27th I will be performing with Greta Matassa at Bake’s Place for a very special Ray Charles Tribute Show. I recently performed with Greta over the holidays for a Christmas Show in Astoria, Oregon which was fantastic, so I am really looking forward to this upcoming performance. Here’s a little more information regarding this special Ray Charles show:
A brand new show featuring Greta and the quartet performing some of Ray Charles’ greatest hits, R&B, jazz and ballads. Songs include: Let the Good Times Roll, Just for a Thrill, Hit the Road Jack, Drown in My Own Tears and Sticks and Stones.
Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today.
She has been voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz six times in 15 years!.
Greta’s latest cd “I Wanna be Loved” Resonance Records remained on the national jazz charts for radio airplay for 3 months.
This new release features arrangements by Tamir Hendelman.She is surrounded by a host of top LA musicians and string orchestrations.
Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle’s Jazz stages for many years and with her recent successful dates at New York’s Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center, tours of Russia, Singapore and Hawaii and Japan, Greta’s sound is now reaching new audiences. Greta has released seven CD’s on the respected jazz label Origin Records and a DVD live concert with guitarist Mimi Fox.
Greta is also a respected and generous teacher. She offers private lessons locally and nationally, via Skype. She is on the faculty of many of the nations jazz festivals as a performer and clinician.
“Matassa’s performance was a marvel of virtuosity.” —Los Angeles Times
“Boppish, Snappy and conversational”- Downbeat
“One of the best jazz vocalists we have to boast about these days.” —John Clayton
“Worldly, gentle, bold, dynamic, Favorites From a Long Walk is a gift for the heart. Greta Matassa is one of America’s finest singers, and stands firmly among the best in today’s jazz.” —Jazz Review
“Greta Matassa moves from triumph to triumph.” —Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
“ She can give Ms. Streisand a run for it! Seattle times
“Matassa is a Seattle treasure.” Seattle Times
“Her scatting is as confident, nimble an energetic as Ella’s and her phrasing is hip like Nancy Wilson’s” -Earshot Jazz
More information and reviews can be found on her website, gretamatassa.com.
This Sunday I will be subbing for my good friend Kareem Kandi for his weekly jam session at The Mandolin Cafe in Tacoma. Come out and jam with an AWESOME band featuring Delvon Dumas on the Hammond B-3 Organ and D’Vonne Lewis on drums, as well as some VERY special guests. The session runs from 2:00-5:00pm THIS Sunday, June 24th. There is a $5 suggested donation for the cover, although if you only have $3, come by and support in any way you can. I am hoping to pack the point to help encourage live music in Tacoma. The Mandolin Cafe has great food, beer & wine, and of course… coffee. Start making your plans today!
The Mandolin Cafe
3923 South 12th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
I had a BLAST performing with saxophonists Alexey Nikolaev and Jim Pribbenow last night at The Royal Lounge (Olympia, WA)! It was a great night of music and the audience really seemed to enjoy it. I would like to give a special shoutout to the rhythm section (Drew Gibbs, Kerry Black and Steve Bentley) who put up with A LOT of tenor sax choruses. Here are a few videos and photos of the night:
Here is a brief video clip from the Owl N Thistle jam session of the song “Nothing Personal”. The video, audio and lighting is poor, but the energy was semi-captured. This was a fun night filled with great music and jammers.
Cliff Colón – Sax
Eric Verlinde – Keys
Evan Flory-Barnes – Bass
DVonne Lewis – Drums
Here is some Behind The Scenes footage of the McTuff “3 Big Organs” show at The Tractor Tavern on Wednesday, March 14th. The show, featuring Ty Ballie, Ron Weinstein and of course Joe Doria on organ was absolutely AWESOME! If you weren’t able to attend, you really missed out on a very special show that certainly should be featured as one of the top shows of 2012 in Earshot Magazine’s yearly “Golden Ear Awards” for “2011 NW Concert of the Year”. It was THAT good.
I am really excited to be included in a special THREE TENORS performance at The Royal Lounge in Olympia, WA. I will be performing with saxophone heavyweights Alexey Nikolaev and Jim Pribbenow. This concert was put together by Olympia trombonist Richard Lopez (who will hopefully be sitting in) and will promise to be a very exciting and burning show. I am just hoping I can keep up with badasses like Alexey and Jim. They are both SCARY good! The show starts at 8:00pm at the Royal Lounge (Address: 311 Capitol Way North. Venue phone: 360-705-0760).
Wednesday, March 14th @ 9:00pm
The Big 3: JOE DORIA, RON WEINSTEIN & TY BALLIE
The McTuff’s: ANDY COE, CLIFF COLON & TARIK ABOUZIED
For more information and tickets, please go to www.tractortavern.com
McTuff will be making its debut performance at the The Royal Lounge in Olympia on Thursday, March 1st! Hammond organist, Joe Doria brings together some of the areas finest with “McTuff”!
Joe Doria, Andy Coe, Cliff Colon, and Tarik Abouzied (some of the best from the NW music scene) come together to create a powerful and jaw-dropping trio like you’ve never heard where no musical stone gets unturned. A mix of great musicianship, songwriting, improvisation, and an openess to a myriad of style and genre of music, McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget. A very different take on the typical organ-based band.
After 10+ years, I have finally brought back my personal website to advertise my musical adventures on the internet! I am planning on actively updating this website with news, performances, articles, photos, videos and more. I hope that you enjoy following along with all of the musical endeavors that I will be taking part of moving forward in 2012. I have really been enjoying the type of music I have been performing lately, namely the recent addition into the power Hammond B-3 Organ group, McTuff. Outside of that outstanding quartet of some of the finest musicians I have had the pleasure to perform with, I am still regularly playing as a side man with a variety of different bands. I look forward to sharing more of my musical life with all of you! Take care.