Thanks to everyone who came out to see the first showcase of the year at Cafe Solstice last night - it was some incredibly beautiful music! With our first event in our collective pockets, it seemed like a good time to crank up the old Tumblr and let everyone know that we’ve got big plans in the works for the year, and are already in the planning stages for IMPfest VI this spring! In the meantime, we’ve got some more great showcases planned! Join us again on Friday, December 6th back at our Cafe Solstice home for another great night that will feature saxophonist Steve Treseler and more!
IMP Monthly Showcase II
Friday, Decmber 6th, 7-9 PM
Cafe Solstice on “The Ave.”
Annndddddd, if you are “Jonesing” for some more music, head on over to the Jones Playhouse tonight to hear UW students and faculty in a concert that features Dave Douglas!!!!!
Adrian Notebloom and Empty Boat will be performing THIS FRIDAY at Cafe Solstice, and just like all of the past showcases, music will start promptly at 7:00 PM. But this time, we have brand new faces that have not yet graced the stage for an IMP Showcase.
Playing first will be Adrian Notebloom, who will be playing with Lucas Winter (guitar) and Mathew Singler (drums) of Cornish, and Carmen Rothwell (bass) of UW. The group will be performing a few jazz standards as well as a couple originals by Notebloom. Adrian says of the group, “the guitar will act more as a horn player and do minimal comping. I want it to be pretty Tristano-like so we can play more freely over the changes.”
And performing second, Named after the Lao Tzu parable, Empty Boat is a quintet of excellent Seattle creative musicians presenting original compositions, with a heavy dose of improvisation. Empty Boat includes Don Berman (Drums), Geoff Harper (Bass), Jim Knodle (Trumpet), Dennis Rea (Guitar), and Dick Valentine (Saxes, Flutes).
Both groups will be outstanding, and we are excited to see them on the stage at Solstice.
See you there!
This year has been full of new experiences, particularly in the form of brand new classes added to the School of Music course list.
Ted Poor has been giving a three week-long seminar each quarter to interested Jazz Studies majors, and next Fall, he will begin a full time position on the UW Jazz Faculty!
Another exciting addition to the faculty is Bill Frisell, as he is now an official UW Affiliate Professor!
This means that you’ll be seeing lots of Bill and Ted next year. So start the year off right and make it over to The Chapel on Thursday to see them play together.
See you then!
For those of you that may be interested in playing, learning, or are an avid listener, we have a couple extra treats for you.
Both Bill Frisell and Eric Revis will be holding separate clinic/workshops at the University of Washington School of Music before their performances.
The workshops will include an open rehearsal for their shows and a question and answer session with the audience.
Frisell’s workshop will be at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24th. Revis’s workshop will be at 12:30 PM on Thursday, April 25h. Both workshops are FREE and will be held in the UW Music Building’s Room 35, which is in the sub-basement. To get there, take the elevator to level B, walk down the corridor, and take a left at the bathrooms. Take the next flight of stairs going down and you’re there!
See you there!
We have been getting lots of questions about the festival, particularly about Bill Frisell’s performance on the 25th.
Unfortunately, tickets are NOT available in advance. Since we are only able to accept donations, we can’t sell advance tickets. The best way to get a good seat is to get there at 7:00PM SHARP when doors open. Judging by the number of emails we have been receiving about this particular concert, there is going to be a big crowd!
This donation system goes for all three shows.
And just because Bill Frisell is playing on the first night doesn’t mean you should take the rest of the weekend off! Grammy winner Eric Revis will be playing on Friday the 26th with Ted Poor and Cuong Vu as Triggerfish, and also with UW Jazz students as an ensemble created just for IMPfest. This particular group will be performing pieces by Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Stockhausen, and Revis himself.
Last but not least is Seattle’s favorite Haitian Voodoo band, King Tears Bat Trip, will be playing on Saturday the 27th, along with the new improvising group Japanese Guy — who just printed some beautiful records — and Ray Larsen’s “How Glass Is Made.”
See you on the 25th!
It’s really here! IMPfest V is right around the corner and we are proud to announce that the following artists will performing April 25-27 at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N Seattle, WA 98103). All shows begin at 7:30PM, with doors opening at 7:00PM. All performances prices are a suggested donation of $5-$15.
Follow the links to their websites for more information about them.
See you in a month!
Poster by Andrew J.S.
It’s here! It’s finally here! This Friday, March 8th, the IMP is proud to announce the lineup for IMPfest V. RSVP on the Facebook event. Suggested donation only.
Performing this Friday will be the UW Modern Band, a large, student ensemble coached by Cuong Vu, the professor of Jazz and Trumpet at the University of Washington. The Modern Band contains graduate and undergraduate students of Jazz, and this month, Cuong has stepped in on trumpet as well. Each performer in the group is a serious musician that should be kept an eye on. All of them will definitely go on to make a name for themselves in the music world.
The Modern Band will play all original music by the students in the band. This will be a sneak peak at their set next week, so if you can’t see them on March 11th at the Meany Studio Theater, come see them this Friday, March 8th!
Also playing on Friday will be Honey Noble, a newly four-piece (was just three) folk- and jazz-inspired group that has been playing in the Seattle area for over a year now. The group features Katie Jacobson’s music and clear vocals, which are backed by Abbey Blackwell on bass, Chris Icasiano on drums, and now Gregg Belisle-Chi on guitar. This group, though it has a traditional instrumentation, has something new to offer to the world of folk and jazz. They are not something to be missed. They’ll be playing first, so get there 7:00 sharp!
Note: IMPfest V will take place Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford. Mark your calendars!
Poster by Andrew J.S.
WOW. That’s all that can be said about last night’s performance and turn out.
Well, not completely. We are so grateful to everyone that came out last night, and to Cafe Solstice, which held steady against the onslaught of customers last night.
The music was absolutely incredible. Christian Pincock’s warm and grooving “Yellow” pulled us all into a relaxed spirit, while Ted Poor’s “Take the Coltrane” got our hearts pounding as we headed out to start our weekend.
For those of you that may have attended the concert for a History of Jazz concert, here are the performers’ names again:
Christian Pincock Ensemble:
Evan Smith—bariton saxophone
David Balatero—electric bass
Ted Poor and Friends:
Levi Gillis—tenor saxophone
Carmen Rothwell—double bass
We may have a change of venue for next month’s showcase, so keep your eyes peeled! But word on the street is that we may have some special guests from Table & Chairs.
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