The end of the winter season is nearing and the Seattle jazz scene continues to percolate. The premiere venue for national acts, Jazz Alley, has a line up in March that offers familiarity, discovery and energy.
The month begins with Seattle native Mindi Abair. She closes February on the 28th and runs through the weekend, followed by Oz Noy, with Anthony Jackson and Dave Weckl, for just two nights (5th, 6th). Weckl will be driving the bus(drums) and there's your energy. :)
If you've got a desire for old school, check out Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, March 7th-10th. Leo Kottke the following week for two nights, March 12th-13th, and this is a first, Grammy nominated R&B Singer Brian McKnight comes to the Alley mid March, the 14-17th. This promises to sell out quickly.
Lots to be discovered at the Jazz Alley as month plays out, Kyle Eastwood, Aurto Sandaval, Curtis Salgado, add beef to a line that speaks to quality entertainment.
Underneath that radar, the local scene is as vibrant as ever with a broad mix of venues and styles at play. The fine folks at EarShot Jazz present the Spring Series which began on the 21st of February and runs through May 16th. The Series happens Tuesday and Thursday nights with three performances remaining. On the Feb. 26th, its a double bill at the Royal Room in Columbia City. Australia's Peter Knight brings his horn and etheral sounds to Seattle's most diverse neighborhood along with Poland's Improv group Shofar. The series continues with the Bernie Jacobs Quartet in a free concert after work (5:30p) at the Seattle Art Museum, Thursday March 14th. The Spring series wraps up with it's final performance on April 2nd with another show at SAM, this time its Joel Harrison's Spirit House, this one is at 8pm. Check out the rest of the Spring Series by clicking Here
Over at Tula's for the Month of march, Big Band Jazz on Monday thru Wednesday nights featuring Cascadia Big Band, Jay Thomas Big Band, and Smith/Staelen's Big Band the first week, Sunday features a matinee performance to begin the evening with Reggie Goings followed by Jim Cutler's Jazz Orchestra with special guests, like UW Jazz March 10th, and North Seattle Community College March 17th, and Glacier Peak Highschool on the 24th. Check out the rest of the calender by clicking here. Also of note at Tula's on the 20th The Earshot Jazz Award presentations, also on the calender for March 9th Meadowdale Highschool Jazz Band at 3pm.
Things are definitely warming up all over town, get out there and enjoy some live jazz this month!