Jazz From The Silver Screen
Voted "NW Instrumentalist of the Year" in this year's Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star quintet featuring visiting artists, vocalist Holly Pyle and bassist Tom Knific in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen.
Showcasing favorite movie themes from the 1930s to the present day, the program includes music from The Wizard of Oz (1939), An Affair To Remember (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine And Roses (1962), The Sandpiper (1965), The Godfather (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Round Midnight (1986) and Manchester By The Sea (2016).
Celebrated for her "soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice" (Phoenix New Times), Holly Pyle started out as an opera major before studying jazz and psychology at Northern Arizona University. Now one of the most popular vocalists in the Valley of the Sun, Holly performs with leading jazz groups, tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations.
Flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players."
With a deep soul backbone augmented by jazz, rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll, the Seattle trio -- Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and David McGraw on drums -- evokes a classic instrumental sound with a fresh, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LP Close But No Cigar. The band put out the album independently in 2016, and Colemine Records gives it a wide release in March.
All three musicians knew each other from the local soul scene. When Novo founded the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in 2015, Lamarr asked McGraw if he was interested in joining the band. After playing for a year with another guitarist in the group, Lamarr invited James to sit in as a substitute one night at the trio's regular Tuesday gig, and he never left. That's when the band truly found its sound. "We had chemistry right out of the gate, and that doesn't always happen," Lamarr says.
In fact, the keyboardist and guitarist say they're constantly engaged in a game of name-that-tune, throwing in licks from obscure soul or rhythm & blues tunes and seeing where the other takes it, while McGraw sits back in the pocket and keeps things moving. "It puts you on the edge of your seat, like, I don't know what's going to happen here," James says. "It's like going out into the middle of the forest with nothing, and there's bears and wolves all around, and seeing if you can make it out."
Their chemistry stems from each musician's unique abilities. James describes McGraw as having "that rare soul sound. He's got this light touch, but it still tells you, 'I'm here.' You feel it." Meanwhile, Lamarr holds down basslines on the organ that are so vivid that audience members sometimes ask where the bass player is. "His left hand is second to none," James says. "He's got that, but he's also got this wild approach. He goes for it, and he's fearless about it."
Though James is more modest about his own abilities -- "I mostly just go for what I feel," he says -- his bandmates complete the picture. "When Jimmy joined the band, everybody who was a regular at that club said, 'That's it: that's the band right there,'" Lamarr says.
TBone is a funk and soul band based in Portland, OR. TBone plays music inspired by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Maceo Parker, James Brown, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Cold Blood, Orgone. TBone is comprised of Tamara Garlett (Vocals), Charles Neal (Drums), Wes Luttrell (Trumpet), Kyle Molitor (Trombone), Dan Nelson (Saxophone), Ryan Bley (Bass), Dustin Hunley (Keys), Michael Backus (Guitar), and David Garlett (Production Manager).
Ethiopian Music's hypnotically funky rhythms and exotic tonality lay the foundation for Tezeta Band, an eight-piece ensemble that plays nostalgic instrumental soul music. With a sound rooted in Ethio-Jazz, Tezeta Band have been playing old-school African jams across clubs, festivals and restaurants to popular acclaim since 2008. The group was created by members of legendary 90s Portland hip-hop group, Five Fingers of Funk, who became obsessed with the catchy melodies and pulsing grooves introduced on the French compilation series, Ethiopiques. 10 years later Tezeta Band still creates energetic and soulful music inspired by the golden age of Ethiopia. Tezeta Band has had the distinct honor to open for and share the stage with such legends as, Mahmoud Ahmed, Aster Aweke, Toots & the Maytals, Hugh Masekela,& Vieux Farke Toure. In 2016 Tezeta Band self-released a full length LP "The Origin of Night life" and their music has been featured on several internationally known compilations, Noise and Chill Out: Ethiopian Groove Worldwide and Beyond Addis 1 & 2. In 2014 Tezeta Band's music was also used in the award winning independent documentary "Zemene". Their version of Mahmoud Ahmed's single "Gizie Degu Neger" was also voted into the top local songs of 2015 by jazz radio KMHD. In their tenth year of existence, Tezeta Band is hard at work on a new album of original material with hopes of a release later this year. Tezeta Band consists of members of 90s Hip-Hop band, The Five Fingers of Funk: Ted Hille/ Saxophone, Tim Cook / Keyboards. Curt Bieker/Trombone, Josh Prewitt/ Trumpet, Talbott Guthrie/drums, and also features Percussionist Jim Fisher, Guitarist Brent Martens (Ural Thomas & the Pain ) & Bassist Arcellus Sykes (Ural Thomas & the Pain).
Kahulanui is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui, to Dad Rodgers L. L. Naipo, Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music." Throughout Hawaii in the 1920s and 30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrows from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Kahulanui's execution of big-band stylings evokes an era of smoke-filled bars alive with lindy-hopping dancers. Underlying this contemporary take on vintage music, moreover, is a cultural cohesiveness of enacting ku'i-of joining old and new. Like, awesome! Kahulanui is a quartet made up of the core instrumentation in contemporary Hawaiian music-Lolena Naipo, Jr. on guitar and Patrick Eskildsen on guitar and bass, and Robert Duke Tatom on 'ukulele, plus Tim Taylor on drums. The quartet is augmented by a full-blown horn section with Jesse Snyder and Bill Noble on saxophones, Dave Clausnitzer on trumpet, Vincenzo D'Angelo on trombone and on the iconic sound of steel guitar: Dwight Tokumoto.
Double MOBO Award winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, soul, and reggae.
She makes her eagerly anticipated Portland, Oregon debut at Jack London Revue on her "Coming to America" Tour.
YolanDa has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurance, Reggae Legend Bob Marley's son Julian, Raheem DeVaughn and Floacist from Floetry.
She is broadcaster - working on TV and Radio and interviewed musicians such as Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and Avery Sunshine for British Airways.
A foodie too, YolanDa and can complete a Rubik's cube in under 5 minutes... on a good day!
Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
She has played to Presidents and Heads of States and is a celebrity ambassador for the charities; Prince's Trust, Children and the Arts, as well as Chair of Youth Music.
With her new album Love Politics War topping the jazz charts, she is a real renaissance woman set to reach new heights.
Join YolanDa Brown for a fantastic evening of sunshine music, as she celebrates 10 Years in Music on her "Coming to America" Tour.