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Jazz for the Bee with Bill Frisell

Genre: Guitarist , Jazz

It's a project that could be a model for airports everywhere: use scrub, inaccessible land to do something revolutionary: support a local food system.

Instead of acres of invasive blackberry and scotch broom, we envision pollinator habitat to support honey bees and native bees alike. We'll breed disease-resistant, local honey bees for the area's beekeepers, and support populations of native pollinators like bumble bees, mason bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

The wildflower meadows can become seed farms for the region's gardeners. What had been "useless" land will now contribute to local bees and local food, which in turn will cut down on carbon emissions. And what better place than a transportation center than to develop sustainable ecosystems? In partnership with the Port of Seattle and Urban Bee Company, 4culture and generous kickstarter donations we are making it happen.

JazzEd Sountrack to the Future w/ Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Genre: Jazz

  1. Wednesday, March 04 7:00 PM (All ages)

Tickets Available Here

About Jon Batiste: http://jonbatiste.com/

Peerless artistry combined with the uplifting pleasure of entertainment exists squarely at the heart of Jon Batiste’s musical vision which he calls Social Music and is the title of the full length debut.  With his soulful voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste, 27,  transcends music genres with his modern take on American music.  Jon has absorbed a musical language that disregards genre distinctions - reviving the roots of jazz, blues and other American music yet playing it in a way that is fresh, accessible and engaging. Produced  by Jeff Jones “The Jedi Master” with Jon Batiste, Social Music features Batiste on piano, vocals and melodica, (which he has renamed the harmonaboard) and his Julliard trained band Stay Human. 

Batiste has defined a vision based on what's already been a rich artistic journey.  Born in New Orleans Jon is a descendant of New Orleans' musical "royalty" whose deep musical heritage is part of the inspiration for the HBO series Treme and in which he has appeared.  He attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) before moving to New York at 18 to attend Julliard receiving a Masters Degree in Music.  Over the last decade he has forged his own artistic path by indelibly fusing himself within the fabric of New York City culture.  He currently serves as the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem where he curates programming and educates audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

He has collaborated with the likes of Prince, Cassandra Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Spike Lee, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffet, Eve, Lenny Kravitz, ?uestlove, and Asher Roth and recorded extensively, most recently putting out the EP MY NY with Stay Human in 2011 which was recorded live in the subway system of Manhattan.

He is a "Movado Future Legend" award recipient and recently received the prestigious honor of Best New Artist at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  He has performed in over 40 countries, playing sold out shows in  various venues from NYC, London and Paris to The Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Jon Batiste and Stay Human are currently touring the US and will be doing summer festivals in the US and in Europe in July.

JD Hobson

Genre: Americana , Country Rock

  1. Thursday, March 26 9:00 PM (21+)

When Outlaw Country and Americana meet the Delta Blues you get a whole new genre. JD Hobson takes his Virginia Appalachian blues roots and combines it with Seattle’s Americana and rock scene, and a sound is created that has gotten people standing up to take notice.

“Hobson's brand of bluesy Americana is steeped in rich outlaw tradition.” (Seattle Weekly Reverb Magazine)

www.jdhobson.com/

Jill Cohn w/ Hereward

Genre: Acoustic Rock , Americana , Folk , Singer-songwriter

A radio station recently called a concert with Jill Cohn "an evening of Folk Americana Bliss" and her Soul-Stirring Voice in combination with lush arrangements, toe tapping road stories and heart-string tugging ballads had the Los Feliz Journal (Los Angeles, CA) naming her album a 2012 top 10 indie pick.

"Her songs are beautifully crafted, sometimes bittersweet and sometimes hopeful, but ever easy and melodic with soulful and savvy lyrics" - Chicago Tribune 5/2014

www.jillcohn.com

Songstress, Jill Cohn returns in 2015 with a new release, "Heartstrings Touching Ground" produced by Grammy Award Winning Producer Malcolm Burn, who has credits with Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois and is best known for his production on "Red Dirt Girl", by EmmyLou Harris.   After hearing Jill's song, "Yellow Rose" which is about the struggles of the common man against corporate America, Burns invited the Seattle Songstress to record with him in his Kingston NY studio.  This collaboration has resulted in a stunning new collection of deeply personal songs with a universal message of hope.    Cohn's songs pay homage to artists like Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and the Counting Crows, with tunes ranging from personal reflections to musical contemplations of domestic violence and vanishing rain forests. Raised in a small town in Eastern Washington, Cohn started singing before she started talking, and music has always been an integral part of her journey.  A full-time musician since 1999, Cohn has released nine critically-acclaimed independent releases, has gained notoriety with her songs placed in popular TV shows and continues making her live shows the centerpiece of her musical endeavors. In addition to being an endorsee of Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings since 2001, she was a top five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search and has opened for many well-known artists including Jewel and Dave Matthews.

Hereward

www.herewardmusic.com

Hereward is the musical creation of bassist Brady Millard-Kish, a Michigan-born musician who cut his teeth in New Orleans prior to landing in Seattle 15 years ago. After years performing as an in-demand sideman with successful artists from an eclectic range of musical styles, Millard-Kish decided it was time to make a statement of his own. Bringing together jazz, classical, post-rock, and world music influences, his melodic compositions are at-once familiar and unique—and thoroughly engaging. With the help of talented Seattle journeymen Ben Thomas (vibes), Eric Likkel (clarinets), Brian Chin (trumpet), Mark DiFlorio (drums), and Graig Markel of The Recovery Room (recording studio), Hereward was finally realized. The debut CD from the group will be available for the first time at this evening's performance.



Joe Doria Trio

Genre: Funk , Fusion , Jazz , Organist

  1. Friday, February 27 9:00 PM (21+)

NW raised Joe Doria has been composing and performing on Hammond Organ, piano, and varied vintage keys/synths since the 90’s. Steeped in Hammond tradition studying the giants of the instrument he also never limits himself to one style and can be seen working with new projects often. Featured in numerous bands and CD’s, audiences are dazed with his ability to comp both the bass lines and the chordal structure of a song, while at the same time adding depth and dimension to every song he performs. At home and in touch with the Hammond, knowing the instrument and it’s history so well as to make it sing in any situation.

www.joedoriamusic.com/

Joey Jewell, A Tribute to Sinatra

Genre: Big Band Revival , Pop

Bring your date for a night out and a throwback to the Las Vegas Sands Hotel in 1966 with Frank Sinatra! Jim Kerl’s Swing Session big band and Joey Jewell will take you back to the heyday of Las Vegas and the reigning king of the strip, Frank Sinatra. Joey is recognized as a wonderful vocal stylist and entertainer in the tradition of the great shows of the Rat-Pack era. Swing Session will play the music of the Count Basie Orchestra as originally arranged by Quincy Jones, setting the stage for an unforgettable night of swinging big band music.

http://www.joeyjewell.com/

John Gorka

Genre: Folk , Guitarist , Portuguese Fado , Singer-songwriter

  1. Sunday, March 08 7:00 PM (All ages)

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.

http://johngorka.com/

Johnny A

Genre: Guitarist

  1. Sunday, March 29 7:30 PM (All ages)


Lots of folks throw around the phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it – to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone.

Johnny A. is that kind of performer. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he’s just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar.

“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says “You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while...but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.”

On Driven, his fourth outing as a solo performer – which is due for release this June -- Johnny serves up plenty of that, in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins and Ben and Jerry’s combined. From the Motown-inflected party-starter “C’Mon, C’mon” to the introspective “A Mask You Wear” (a song that’s flecked with subtle slide playing redolent of George Harrison’s vintage work), he paints vivid landscapes, scenes that create an emotional connection without words.

Nowhere is that more evident than on the album’s sole cover, a languid take on the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” which fuses the original’s mournful poignancy with a gentle jazziness – not to mention an underlying swing that’s all the more impressive when you consider that it, like the rest of Driven, is the product of a one-man band.

While Johnny has been a bandleader for most of his career, he opted to work alone on this outing. That meant playing all the album’s instruments himself, but it also meant producing and engineering the songs – which he recorded in a studio that he invested plenty of blood, sweat and tears in building.

“It was different, but it wasn’t all that difficult,” he says of going the solo route on this outing. “I started out as a drummer, so I knew what I was doing there, and I just built the songs on my own. I just visualized myself as the band – I could see myself playing everything, and doing it all at once.”

That take-no-prisoners attitude has been ingrained in Johnny A. since he first set foot on a stage, whether as leader of locally-acclaimed Boston acts like Hearts on Fire or in the company of acclaimed artists like J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf – whose band he anchored for more than seven years. It fully came to the fore in 1999, when he independently issued his first solo album, Sometime Tuesday Morning – a disc that eventually went on to sell 100,000 copies and spawn “Oh Yeah,” a single that topped the AAA charts (a feat no instrumental song had accomplished in more than a decade).

“When I was in my early bands, I sang, but when I was with [Peter Wolf], I came down with a really bad bronchial infection and never recovered my voice completely,” he says. “I made a conscious decision at that point to focus on instrumental music. I re-evaluated how I played, redefined my approach completely.”


That new approach won plenty of accolades from outlets like the Boston Phoenix, which dubbed him “a singular presence on the Boston rock and pop scene, winding jazz, blues, popular tunes, rock, and flourishes of psychedelic improvisation into a tight, passionate ball.” The success of Sometime Tuesday Morning led to a second release, Get Inside, which brought forth a radio hit in the form of the title track – and drew the folks at Gibson®, who approached Johnny to collaborate on a custom guitar, the second best selling signature model in the company’s illustrious line of instruments.

Ever the restless spirit, Johnny A. continues to glide across genres effortlessly, exploring elements of jazz, soul and even a bit of Chet Atkins-styled country on his instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space, which was released in 2006.


That stylistic fluidity got front and center placement on Johnny’s 2010 release, the live CD-DVD package One November Night, which captures just such a riveting evening for posterity and proves that , in the words of Premiere Guitar Magazine, “ Johnny A.'s magic crosses over because, like [Bill] Frisell, he doesn't just play guitar - he plays music.” That year he earned a Blues Artist of the Year award at 2010’s Boston Music Awards.

The journeying continues on the appropriately-titled Driven, a veritable sonic travelogue that takes the listener from the mists of the hypnotic opener “Ghost” through the rough-hewn terrain of “The Arizona Man,” before fading out in the mysteriously lovely sepia tones of “Gone (Like a Sunset).”

“My goal was to make a really lyrical album that would stay with people, not an album that would make people think ‘wow, that guy’s a great guitarist,’” he says. “I’m not interested in blowing someone’s head off with my playing, or showing how I can shred. With my favorite guitarists, I always tried to put my finger on how I could pick them out of a crowd. You can have all the chops in the world and be voiceless – I always want to have a voice.”

http://johnnya.com/


Johnny7 and the Black Crabs

Genre: Rockabilly , Swing

  1. Friday, February 06 9:00 PM (21+)

A lot of people say the same thing about Johnny7 and the Black Crabs. "You guys don't sound like anybody else." Sure, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll band with rockabilly influences, but there's also swing, jazz, and even a taste of spaghetti western.

Their second release, 13 Times, is a case in point. The band moves smoothly from the straight-ahead rockabilly sound of Say Mama to the swinging duet Messin' Around. They deftly navigate the Les Paul-eqsue instrumental Caravan. There's even the tune best heard under the Big Top, both because of its country-circus beat and subject matter (quite possibly the first ever song about corndogs).

Front man Johnny7 has performed in Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock , and Rockabilly bands around Seattle for some time and also runs the machinery at Cleopatra Studios. He started up The Black Crabs in 2004 with bassist Kirsten Ballweg and drummer Tom Forster to back Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson. Their first show was at the Mural Amphitheater for Bumbershoot. What was supposed to be a summertime fling transformed into a full-time proposition.

Since gigging with Wanda, the Black Crabs have toured the West Coast and Europe – Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Italy. The Trio has played various festivals including; KEXP’s Rockabilly Ball (Seattle) 2005-2008, Bumbershoot (Seattle), The Folk Life Festival (Seattle), International Beer Festival , Issaquah Salmon Days, KSER’s Rockabilly Revival, the Summer Jamboree (Italy), Viva Las Vegas (Las Vegas), and The Rockin Fifties Fest (Green Bay, Wisconsin).Their first CD “Blast Off” was released in 2005 on Ravenous Records.

www.facebook.com/theblackcrabs

JP Hennessy (Trio)

Genre: Blues , Rock

  1. Wednesday, April 01 8:30 PM (21+)

JP Hennessy is an Irish recording artist located in Seattle. Raised in Ireland, JP began playing the guitar at the age of 15. He studied Music at the University of West London and then left to pursue his music career with Irish rock band the VooDoos. It was with this band that Hennessy performed at the MTV EMA Awards 2011 to an audience of 15,000 music fans. He played a large role in writing the VooDoos' first album and with them toured America, Ireland, Spain and Germany.

In 2012, Hennessy parted ways with the VooDoos to pursue his own solo career.

Now based in Seattle, JP is performing regularly gaining a large following, and has a fanbase that stretches from Seattle right back to his homeland.

Growing up, JP's mother would play music from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole. As Hennessy developed his guitar playing and singing, he began listening to an eclectic range of artists including BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Little Willie John, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and even hard hitting rock gods, Led Zeppelin.  

In May 2014, JP began recording his debut EP.‚Äč Consisting of 4 tracks and in a genre that is best described as rockin' soul-blues with a splash of swing, his self-titled EP was released December that year.

www.jphennessymusic.com/

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