The nu Trio Concert At Seattle Art Museum

Art of Jazz’s September concert at Seattle Art Museum featured the nu Trio. The trio consists of three veteran musicians, Nathan Breedlove on trumpet, Phil Sparks on bass and Brian Kirk on drums.  The combination of trumpet, bass and drums with no chordal instrument such as guitar or piano, allows

Seattle’s Jazz Iconoclasts, Bad Luck

Chris Icasiano and Neil Welch were both studying jazz at the University of Washington when they formed Bad Luck. Now, after more than a decade of thinking beyond the limits of genre classifications, the band and their fans have no need to define this music. Mixing free jazz with folk,

All-Star Big Band Tribute To David Marriott Sr.

Always one of the highlights of Centrum’s annual Jazz Port Townsend Festival is the big band performance, which takes place on Saturday afternoon.  Some of the greatest jazz composers and arrangers have directed this band in their own music, but this year was different.  Festival Artistic Director John Clayton, Jr

Christian McBride And His New Jawn

When great musicians push themselves to do something different, it can be an exciting prospect. Christian McBride’s New Jawn is a great example of that. And when those musicians really enjoy that challenge, that’s when the magic of jazz happens. After a pair of successful trio albums and a Grammy-winning