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New concert space in Poulsbo

Jazz Canvas is still going strong, we’ve just been performing a variety of venues; we have done a lot of private events, festivals and schools and fundraisers. The problem is no venue has been very consistent for for our local friends of Jazz Canvas for one reason or another. Although we still plan to tour, we’re getting ready to bring it back to our home base in Poulsbo. Terry and I have been working hard to build a 2200 sq ft. barn on our own beautiful field in Poulsbo, WA. We are excited that this will be a multi-purpose music facility used for performances, rehearsals, music educating, music camps etc . . .

We’ll be posting updated pictures but for now you can check out the plans and see more at

Ecstasy In Numbers – TBD

Ecstasy In Numbers – TBD

Featured Band: “Ecstasy in Numbers.” Location: Island Music Center, Bainbridge Island WA. Time: 7pm-9pm. Finally we will be featuring local band Ecstasy in Numbers featuring masterful musicians, Mike Mattingly – guitar, Rick White – bass and Garey Williams – drums. The band will be playing original music in the jazz/fusion idiom that really ebbs and flows to the colors of sound and texture.

This show is going to happen but we are waiting until renovations at the Island Music Center are finished (which has yet to be determined.)

TOUR to Texas – March 13-17, 2013

TOUR to Texas – March 13-17, 2013

Jazz Canvas will be heading down to Dallas, Texas this year during national music festival week! We will be a featured artist at the American Choral Directors Association 2013 National Conference. Tracie Marsh will be our painter.

“Hook Me Up” Band! – March 2 in Belfair

“Hook Me Up” Band! – March 2 in Belfair

Jazz Canvas is proud to feature the “Hook Me Up” Smooth Jazz Band from Tacoma, WA. Led, by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, Tracey Hooker, this high voltage band is pro and will be playing March 2, 2013 for Belfair High School Auditorium fundraiser. Hook Me Up is comprised of 4 of the top contemporary musicians in Western Washington. The average experience level of the individual members is 25 years and that experience shines through when we take the stage. A couple hours with HMU will have you enjoying a few jazz standards, instrumental pop, a few latin tunes, vocal tunes, and some original music from our summer 2008 CD release to keep things fresh. Collectively HMU members have performed for hundreds of weddings, yacht/golf clubs, corporate functions, and nightclub/casinos. You can have us play quiet dinner music or put on a show, or both!

Some of our past performances include Multicare, H.G. Bistro, Muckleshoot Casino, Charles Wright Academy, Celebrate Shoreline Festival, Olympia Golf and Country Club, Tacoma Jazz Festival, Mt. Rainier Wine Festival, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Capital Lakefair Olympia, Jazz in the Valley. Lacey Music in the Parks, Auburn Avenue Theatre, Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Burien Strawberry Festival, Tunes for Tapps, Crossroads Mall, Proctor Arts Festival, Emerald Downs Racetrack, Obelisco Estate Winery, Franke Tobey Jones Concerts on the Lawn, Jazzbones, and more! Read what a few have said about Hook Me Up;

“Hook Me Up presents a very tight, broad-spectrum, and fast-paced program with energy and top-notch professionalism virtually no other quartets can match. Their performance at Jazz in the Valley 2011 in Ellensburg, WA was so successful and popular, in an unprecedented move we brought them back in 2012 for an afternoon main stage AND evening 3-hour club set. The Hook Me Up mix of instrumentals, vocals, audience interplay, and music in nearly any style imaginable, leaves this band completely exhausted by the end of every night, and audiences delighted.”

Norm Wallen
Central Washington University Department of Music
Jazz in the Valley Board of Directors, Ellensburg, WA

“I’m hooked! Hook Me Up quartet played Olympia’s Music in the Park last week to a crowd of 1,000 in Sylvester Park. The performance was upbeat and professional–with artist flair. Led by Tracey Hooker, the band really got the audience involved as Tracey stepped down from the gazebo and let his trumpet do the talking. Hook Me Up is very entertaining with great song selections and awesome sounds. They are definitely a sure thing and we’ll be inviting Hook Me Up to play future dates in Olympia.”

Donelle DeuelMusic in the Park
Producer Olympia Downtown Association

“I enjoyed the group for several reasons; good musicianship, a great mix of classic pop/fusion/jazz material, tight sound, short tunes, trumpet/flugel oriented ensemble, and a fun feel coming off the stage.”

Keith McClelland
Artist Coordinator
North City Jazz Walk
Shoreline, Washington

We helped to raise over $2,500 for needy Kitsap families!

Many surprises at our pre-holiday fundraiser show on Nov. 16 at Abundant Life Foursquare Church in Bremerton. First off, from the performers perspective, the crowd was amazing. There was lots of energy and support right from the downbeat.  I cannot express enough how important that is when one is improvising and taking risks live on the stage. Thank you! Plus, according to Ken Templeton of ALFC, the concert raised close to $2500 for Santa’s Cause;  A nonprofit group dedicated to helping families during the holiday season. We are so happy we can give back to our own community in ways that will truly brighten many people’s lives this Christmas season!

Another big surprise was our painter Sharon Wilfong. Although Sharon is not new to the performance art painting, this was Sharon’s first appearance with Jazz Canvas. She was truly capable and up to the task! We all had a lot of fun interacting with this very talented woman! I personally heard many positive comments about her work. Thank you Sharon!  Now can you please come over and scrape the paint drops off my drumset? Thank you everyone! It was a truly moving evening of art, music, and community.  - Terry

Jackson Rice teams up with Jazz Canvas to benefit KHS Band Program

What do you get when you mix award winning producer/musician Jackson Rice with Kitsaps favorite Jazz group, popular local artist Derek Gundy, and Kingstons largest church, Bayside Community? A recipe for a seriously good concert experience.  This amazing collaboration happened on October 20th, at Bayside Community Church in Kingston.   What made this concert all the more special is that all of the proceeds went to help the Kingston High School Band program.  All of the areas local band programs have been feeling the crouch from school district cut backs but both the North Kitsap Band and Kingston Band have been hit really hard this year.  This concert raised enough money to make an impact, a total of over $2000.   Jackson brought his brand of smooth jazz smothered with effects and processing on his trumpet. playing tunes off his recent solo album ”Firefly”.  Derek Gundy, painter, continued to surprise and entertain and ended up with a fantastic painting full of emotion from the show.  Plus we had a welcome addition of a second painter, something we’ve always wanted to see. Sallie Nau, new painter, did an impressive job, bringing vision to the music. All in all, we feel good about bringing the arts to Kitsap County and contributing back to education of the arts. Thanks to all who attended and sponsored!

Sat. DEC. 8 on Bainbridge Island 7pm

Sat. DEC. 8 on Bainbridge Island 7pm

It’s a SPECIAL Christmas Canvas! We’re planning something very unique to the season for this one. We will be exploring different emotional aspects of the traditional Christmas colors, RED and GREEN. Expressed through music and art of course. We will be featuring one of Seattle’s top-call guitarists, Mark Wilson. A little about Mark:

Before the age of 24, Mark Wilson has toured over 30 countries playing in a 16 piece band. He has spent well over 10 years producing records for regional artists and 20+ years touring and recording on nationals records. He recently recorded “The Fireplace” CD in 3 days beginning with little more than 3 or 4 simple 8-bar notions —a realtime evolution of spiritually influenced sounds. More

Our evening will include incredible live music and live painting by Kitsap-based artist, Leigh Metteer, lighting effects, and collaboration with the Island Music Center team as we begin celebrating the holidays together.  We are excited to share this inspiring synthesis of art and music.

Hope you can make it! – Terry and Tracie


Our last Jazz Canvas show – a successful new format.

Hey, we at Jazz Canvas are artists through and through and artists never stay the same. We are always trying to create something new, something different and explore aspects of our world from new angles to give our audiences new perspective. Since the visual aspect is so engrained in our culture we, thought, what if we try exploring music by color? Does music have literal visual color? To us who have synesthesia, yes. We can experience familiar feelings we might get when we see “blue” which match those same feelings when we hear for instance, John Coltrane’s “Love Supreme.” Some people literally “see” the color when they hear music. Not all of us see it but, it sure is fun to watch a painting develop around these color confines. It’s more proof that music and visual art have a lot more in common than face value. So for the next couple shows, we are going to stick with this new format of “A Journey Through Color” Blue-Yellow-White-Red-Black for now. We will still feature the music of individual music artists just to see how each painting will turn out absolutely unique and “one of a kind.”

Fri. NOV. 16 in Bremerton 7pm @ALFC

Fri. NOV. 16 in Bremerton 7pm @ALFC

Featured Artist: Dave Carson
Location: Abundant Life Foursquare Church (FUNDRAISER)
5610 Kitsap Way (access is off Crawford Drive) Bremerton, WA
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Tickets: $20 General

Don’t miss Jazz Canvas: Holiday Edition!  Jazz Canvas is an exploration of sound and color, featuring live music and an interpretive painter on stage.  Our evening will include incredible live music and live painting, lighting effects, and collaboration with the Abundant Life Foursquare team as we begin celebrating the holidays together.  We are excited to share this inspiring synthesis of art and music.

This is a fundraising event.  All income from ticket sales along with the proceeds from the painting raffle will go to benefit Santa’s Cause and  ALFC’s benevolence fund to help families who are facing significant life issues.  Please join us and invite your friends; it will be a night to remember supporting an awesome cause!

So What’s the Cause

The holidays, a season traditionally leading up to Christmas, is a time of celebration, of sharing good food and gifts with loved ones.  Many families in our community have barely enough to buy everyday necessities, sometimes choosing between their next meal or receiving medical attention, and very little left over for gifts or a special meal.  For some in our local Kitsap region, life presents just such difficult choices.  Santa’s Cause, a ministry of ALFC, is hoping to help 150 or more families this year.  We strive to provide each child a least one or more age-appropriate gifts, and each adult who is part of the immediate family, also receives a gift.  To the best of our ability, we also provide a $50 food card to help purchase items needed for a holiday/Christmas dinner.  Loss of reliable meals and shelter is a genuine concern with our neighbors. Please join us as we come together to help struggling families in need.


November 16th, 7pm – 9:30pm

Abundant Life Foursquare Church

5610 Kitsap Way (access is off Crawford Drive)

Bremerton, WA


Tickets can be purchased online at: (click on the Jazz Canvas banner)



Sat. OCT. 20 – in Kingston 7pm

Sat. OCT. 20 – in Kingston 7pm

Featured Artist: Jackson Rice
Location: Bayside Community Church
Time: 7pm-9pm
Tickets. $20.

We are so excited to bring amazing musician/composer Jackson Rice (and friends) to Jazz Canvas! Working for nearly 20 years behind the scenes he has recorded, mastered, produced or performed on over 2000 recordings. Now a major artist in his own right, performing worldwide, selling his first solo CD release “The Firefly”, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in contemporary jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With “The Firefly” he has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative trumpet players of the contemporary music world. says this:

This is an outstanding album of trumpet-driven Smooth Jazz from an amazingly talented and creative composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer from the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Jackson Rice. The best way to describe Jackson Rice’s music is, “Fourplay meets Chris Botti,” - Scott O’Brien

The Smooth Jazz Ride 2012 says this:

It has a sweet, refined feel to it combined with just enough thump and bump for the moderate funk rhythms we jazzers so love in our music. This album has balance and integrity as a contemporary jazz undertaking. Rice is clear on where he wanted to take this work, and the journey is truly a very pleasant one. – Ronald Jackson

Jackson also brings some heavyweights in from the jazz/contemporary music world. On keyboards, Mr. Kelly Carpenter, an amazing solo jazz/contemporary artist in his own right (he has also been known for his original song, “Draw Me Close”). On Guitar, Mark Wilson, first call Seattle musician well-versed in jazz, smooth jazz and contemporary music.

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