Jazz

Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn

Dmitri Matheny _CASCADIA_ CD Release

2022-07-23 Hardly Raining The Dmitri Matheny group celebrated its CD release at the Royal Room on July 23, 2022. Matheny is a Centralia-based jazz flugelhornist and composer. The band included Jay Thomas (sax, trumpet, flugelhorn), Phil Sparks (bass), Bill Anschell (piano), and Mark Ivester (drums). CASCADIA is available on Origin Records. Matheny will be touring …

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Buster Williams plays upright bass at the Triple Door

Buster Williams at The Triple Door

2022-07-15 Hardly Raining Legendary jazz bassist Buster Williams and his Something More Quartet played two sets at The Triple Door on July 15, 2022. Personnel included Lenny White (drums), Bruce Williams (sax), and George Colligan (piano). After a show in Portland tonight, they continue to Half Moon Bay.

Charlie Porter plays trumpet at the Royal Room on June 27 (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn).

Charlie Porter Quintet at the Royal Room

2022-06-27 Hardly Raining The Charlie Porter Quintet played the Royal Room on June 27, 2022. Porter is a GRAMMY-winning trumpeter and composer. Joining him were Nick Biello (sax), George Colligan (piano), Garrett Baxter (bass), and Alan Jones (drums). After completing a Pacific Northwest tour this week, the group will record Porter’s original album Cipher—so named …

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Christian McBride on bass.

Christian McBride at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

2022-06-14 Hardly Raining Bassist Christian McBride kicked off a two-night run at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on June 14, 2022. An eight-time Grammy®-winning musician, McBride is also a composer, broadcaster, educator, and festival artistic director. Although McBride just turned 50, his band showcased young jazz talent—most of the band was well under 30. Personnel included Nicole …

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Jazzmeia Horn through bokeh of holiday lights

Jazzmeia Horn at Jazz Alley

2021-12-07 Hardly Raining New York City-based jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn and her trio played two nights at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. Personnel included Keith Brown (piano), Kristopher Funn (bass), and Russell Carter (drums). (Read a review of the show in All About Jazz.) While in town, Horn also recorded a session at Seattle’s KEXP. The set …

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Thomas Marriott and Vay Vega pose for a portrait before the show

Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: East–West Trumpet Summit Featuring Roy McCurdy

2021-10-09 Hardly Raining Long-time friends Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott teamed up cross-country to present the East–West Trumpet Summit. Marriott hails from Seattle, and Vega currently lives in Vermont. Joining them were Orrin Evans (piano) from Philadelphia/New York City, Michael Glynn (bass) from Seattle, and the legendary Roy McCurdy (drums) from Los Angeles. The set …

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio poses outside Jazz Alley.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio at Jazz Alley

2021-08-24 Hardly Raining Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio returned to Seattle for two sold-out nights at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on August 24-25, 2021. They had played a ZooTunes show recently at Woodland Park. The trio included Delvon Lamarr (organ, vocals), Jimmy James (guitar), and Dan Weiss (drums). Special guests Ben Bloom (guitar) and Khari Simmons (bass) …

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Kassa Overall at Neptune Theatre (with Breaks and Swells, & Payge Turner)

2021-07-24 Hardly Raining Seattle native Kassa Overall returned from Brooklyn to headline at the Neptune Theatre on July 24, 2021. The “backpack-jazz producer” fuses jazz drumming with elements of hip-hop. Overall has achieved significant recognition for his innovative style. During the pandemic, Overall released two COVID-inspired albums: Shades of Flu: Healthy Remixes For an Ill …

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