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Grace Episcopal Church – Bainbridge Island, WA

Grace Episcopal Church – Bainbridge Island, WA

We are coming strong back to Bainbridge Island! This time we will be performing in one of the most fantastic, artistic buildings on the Island, Grace Episcopal Church. The architecture was exquisitely designed for fine art like Jazz Canvas! Grace Episcopal Church is a grand supporter of the arts (they even have an art gallery in their lobby.)

Come see our 2017 home team perform the latest show called, “Primary Colors.”

Tracie Marsh – bass/vocals, Mack Grout – piano, David Carson – sax,  and of course the amazing Terry Marsh on drums. CJ Elsip, our newest Jazz Canvas artist will be our painter.

March 12, 4pm-6pm


Benefit for WF West High School Band – Chehalis, WA

Benefit for WF West High School Band – Chehalis, WA

We are excited to support music education all through the Northwest! This performance is a fundraiser for WF West High School Band Program. We will be featuring each musician on a choice song. Our band will include, our own singing/songwriting bass player, Tracie Marsh, a NW favorite, Dave Carson on sax, Terry Marsh on drums and Mac Grout on piano. We are also featuring the interpretive painting of CJ Elsip, an awesome Duvall Artist originally from Scotland.

The show will be held at WF West Theater, west campus.

March 10, 2016, 7pm-9pm
Cost: $10 per person

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

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Annual Holiday Benefit Show – Nov 6

Annual Holiday Benefit Show – Nov 6

We are excited to partner in this benefit for the 6th year in a row! This performance is a fundraiser for “Christmas Hope” a program designed by ALFC to help Kitsap families who need a hand up during the holiday season. We will be featuring each musician on a choice song and introduce some new holiday arrangements from our new Christmas album! Our band will include, a Jazz Canvas favorite, Dave Carson on sax, Tracie Marsh on bass/vocals, Reuel Lubag on piano and Terry Marsh on drums. We are also featuring the interpretive painting of Alex Sanso, artist from Bainbridge Island, WA.

Abundant Life Foursquare Church will once again host this wonderful event supporting a great cause. Thanks to Ken Templeton and ALFC for putting this event together.

Cost: $20 per person. $15 students. $5 raffle tickets

Address is:
5610 Kitsap Way
Bremerton, WA 98312

Access is from Crawford Drive

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George Colligan, piano – June 7

George Colligan, piano – June 7


George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called ”The Endless Mysteries” and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint.

Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School (NewYork City) for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet. Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion(melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth(


“Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition….” John Kelman , All About Jazz


“One of the best kept secrets in jazz….” Chris Hoven, All About Jazz


“As a creative artist, he’s really up there…. In terms of technique, knowledge of music and improvisational creativity, there aren’t a whole lot of cats from his generation that are any better than him. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of any.”– Don Braden in a blindfold test for Jazz Times


“Pianist George Colligan stole the set with a display of technique that inspired a standing ovation.”-Harvey Siders, Jazz Times, in a review of a Ravi Coltrane concert.


George Colligan has toured, recorded ,and/or performed as a sideman with Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Miguel Zenon, Tom Harrell, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,Dave Weckl, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, AL Foster, Mark Turner, Don Braden, Lew Soloff, Gunther Schuller, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Michal Urbaniak, Ron McClure,DJ Logic, Randy Brecker and Stefon Harris, among others.

Dave Carson, sax – May 17

Dave Carson, sax – May 17

We are bringing back local saxophone favorite Dave Carson as our featured musician for this very special event. Our performance will feature Josh Mason on piano and Terry Marsh on drums and Tracie Marsh on bass.

As a performer, Dave is one of the most well renowned saxophonists in the Northwest. He has played with many greats, Mel Torme and Smokey Robinson just to name a few. He got his professional start in the US Navy Band. He currently is busy running the band, Soul Siren and The Dave Carson Band and probably plays more shows more than anyone in the Kitsap area.

As an instructor, Dave has about 60 students in his studio, and his students always dominate the top bands in their class. His record for saxophone students participating at State Solo Ensemble and winning is unmatched. Dave is a seasoned musician, a busy performer and a first class instructor. He is based out of Kitsap, however, his music brings him all over the Northwest.

Dave plays the saxophone with passion and energy, with solos which reach an exciting peak. You are in for a treat, his music is powerful and groove of swing runs deep.

Check out more on his website

Native Jazz Quartet – April 19

Native Jazz Quartet – April 19

The Native Jazz Quartet features Jason Marsalis (youngest brother of Wynton and Branford Marsalis) on vibes, Reuel Lubag on piano, Ed Littlefield on drums and Christian Fabian on bass.

This band is a hard swinging high energy performance act based on the swing/bebop tradition but uses only native/folk melodies in their arrangements. Everyone in the band represents a different culture; Ed – Alaska native/Tlinggit, Reuel is Filipino, Jason is African American/New Orleans and Christian is Swedish/German.

The NJQ will be featured on radio live at KPLU the day before the concert and we are so excited to have this group of world-class musicians. They have won awards and toured all over including Alaska, Guatemala, and Bolivia.

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 Toma Villa – Native American Artist of the Yakima Nation

This sensational artist draws his inspiration from his culture and heritage. He is gifted in mediums of painting, airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture and iron casting.


“My abilities in art range from graffiti, iron casting, painting, airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture to design. The roots of my art have always been graffiti art. I get a lot of my inspiration from various places, from cities I have traveled to and paintings I have seen such as Salvador Dali’s work in a museum or Saber’s murals on the streets.” -Toma

Raised in Portland, OR, a lot of his work is inspired by his time fishing the Columbia River with his family out of Cooks Landing.  He uses his experiences as a fisherman and have encapsulated them in his work.

Here is a beautiful mural he did for Chief Joseph










Origin Records bassist – Clipper Anderson

Origin Records bassist – Clipper Anderson

Bassist Clipper Anderson is a musician who defies labels. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. He is a virtuosic improviser, known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. He is the quintessential support player who steadily holds the pocket and creates a solid foundation for whomever he shares the bandstand with. He is also a well-respected vocalist. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Clipper as “ a player for the connoisseur to savor,” and rightly so.

Clipper’s musical resume is as impressive as it is deep. He has played with a long list of jazz greats including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Samuels, Peter Erskine, Bruce Forman, Tamir Hendelman, Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Paquito D’Rivera, Phil Woods and Buddy DeFranco. He performs at jazz festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada and has appeared at the Highland Jazz Festival, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival and the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Jazz Festival. He is also a featured artist, annually, at the Buddy DeFranco/University of Montana Jazz Festival and the Blaine Jazz Festival. As a session musician, Clipper has played on numerous projects. He has recorded five CDs with Northwest vocal icon Greta Matassa, including their critically acclaimed holiday CD “To All a Good Night.” This recording was also Clipper’s first outing as a producer. With his new CD “The Road Home,” on Origin Records Clipper makes his debut as a solo artist and composer. This 11-song disc is a thoughtfully crafted collection that reflects his influences and pays homage to his mentors.The CD quickly rose and held the number 20-22 spot on the national jazz radio charts for several months. Clipper is presently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.

Gail Pettis – Featured Vocalist

Gail Pettis – Featured Vocalist

This was a fundraiser for Kingston High School Band Program. We featured the music of award-winning jazz vocalist, Gail Pettis accompanied by an awesome rhythm section; Terry Marsh- drums, Josh Mason – piano, Dave Carson – sax. We also featured the interpretive painting of Tracie Marsh.

Bayside Community Church hosted this wonderful event on March 4, 2014. It was a great cause giving life opportunities to kids through the arts at Kingston High School that raised over $2000 for the KHS Band Program!

About our Featured Artist, Gail Pettis:
Named ” 2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. Gail enjoys interacting with listeners as well; her live performances have been described by Earshot jazz as going “…from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz.”. As artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2006, she was featured artist with the New Manhattan Big Band, also Eddie Conard and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and smaller combs in venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at KAVC Hall as First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. She has also performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise, Idaho, Jazz at the River Festival in Eagle, ID.

Gail’s debut CD, May I Come In?, (Origin/OA2 Records, 2007), was given a warm reception by XM Satellite Radio and Music Choice Television as well as by stations across the United States and in Germany and Portugal. This recording was nominated for Earshot’s Golden Ear award “2007 Northwest Recording of the Year”. The eagerly awaited sophmore recording, Here in the Moment, was released in January 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records. Gail’s refreshing readings of standard songs have been embraced by listeners, resulting in a 14 week stay (peaking at #5) on the JazzWeek National Airplay Chart.

Gail has also contributed vocals to Grammy-nominated CD “Colabs”, has song credits in major motion pictures and her voiceover and jingle work can currently be heard on radio and television.
Whether traveiing, performing closer to home or spending time in the recording studio, Gail continues to value is the freedom of personal expression she finds in music. For me, emotion is the the currency of jazz. Over the years, I have learned that wearing your heart on your sleeve is not always the best approach to every life situation, but within the context of music, vulnerability always feels right.”

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TEXAS Tour November 2013

TEXAS Tour November 2013

Jazz Canvas was featured at the Winnsboro Art Market in Winnsboro Texas for a special ticketed event called “The Patron’s Dinner.” Our guest musicians were the AMP Trio out of North Texas State and our own Tracie Marsh, was the painter. Here is a pic of one of the paintings:

Grade School Assembly

Grade School Assembly

Here is a new kind of show for Jazz Canvas, We are putting an educational yet entertaining show on for grade schoolers! We are so excited. For 45 minutes kids will see music and hear color while learning the elements of art and music at the same time. Our performance will feature Tracie Marsh on bass/vocals, Mac Grout on piano and Terry Marsh on drums. We are also featuring the interpretive painting of our newest artist, CJ Elsip.

Wilkes Elementary will host this wonderful event!

Cost: Free!


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