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

Chad McCullough And Bram Weijters’ International Language

A quartet split between American and Belgian musicians, it’s strangely logical that trumpeter Chad McCullough and pianist Bram Weijters first met in Banff, Canada about a decade ago. It’s been a long-distance relationship made in heaven ever since. Both co-leaders say the collaborations have many side benefits beyond their music.