The Baylor Project at Jazz Port Townsend

The Baylor Project, featuring Jean and Marcus Baylor made their Jazz Port Townsend debut this Summer and they were instant hits.  Singer Jean and drummer Marcus Baylor headed the group which included Stefon Harris, vibes, Taylor Eigsti, piano and Jon Hamar, bass. All were also members of the faculty from Centrum’s

French pianist Alex Monfort makes Seattle connections

How does a talented young jazz pianist find himself in the upper left corner of the United States? Well, it’s a funny story from both sides of the Atlantic. After writing a review of Alex Monfort’s impressive recent album Introspection, I sent him a note asking permission to use a photo

Seattle-born trio Tyrant Lizard grows to impressive heights

With bassist Carmen Rothwell and guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi settling into New York City in the past couple of years, trumpeter Raymond Larsen keeps them coming back to Seattle. It had been two years since their last performance in the Northwest, but their musical development shows on their new album “Story

Emmet Cohen looks back to move forward

There are 100 years of jazz recordings, most available a click away. Emmet Cohen says he wants to make music that honors all of it. Cohen is two albums into his Masters Legacy Series. The first featured legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, the second with bass icon Ron Carter. Future releases