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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


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)



Susan Pascal, vibraphone – Sat. Feb 11 at Knowles Studio, Poulsbo 7pm

Susan Pascal, vibraphone – Sat. Feb 11 at Knowles Studio, Poulsbo 7pm

Jazz Canvas is proud to bring back one of our favorite musicians, Susan Pascal. Pascal’s name is as recognizable on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene as the unique tone of the instrument she plays: the vibraphone. If you mention area vibraphonists, or listen to a CD produced by a local jazz musician and the recording includes a vibraphonist, chances are pretty good that Pascal’s name appears in the conversation or on the liner notes. When I mentioned this to her last month, Pascal deflected the praise. “Well, that’s interesting, because there are some very fine vibraphonists in Seattle,” she said, during a conversation in the living room of her West Seattle home. “There’s Tom Collier, who was my teacher at the University of Washington, and who has released two CDs. He’s incredible. There’s Ben Thomas, who has his own group, produces his own CDs, and is a fabulous player. I think one of the reasons my name might be mentioned is because I’ve played on various projects that fortunately get radio airplay and gig a lot.”

Read more about Susan . . . 

To purchase ticket for Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 featuring Susan Pascal, click below:

Dave Carson, saxophone – Sat. FEB 4, at Island Music Center, Bainbridge 7pm

Dave Carson, saxophone – Sat. FEB 4, at Island Music Center, Bainbridge 7pm

Jazz Canvas is proud to feature Kitsap’s own, Dave Carson on saxophone on February 4 at a different Kitsap location, The Island Music Center on Bainbridge Island. The show will start at 7pm and go until 9pm. Tickets are $20. 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. Read more about Dave . . .

Tracie Marsh, bass/vocals – Sat. April 14 at Island Music Center, BI

Tracie Marsh, bass/vocals – Sat. April 14 at Island Music Center, BI

We will be featuring the Tracie Marsh Trio, Island Music Center, Bainbridge Island, WA, on April 14. Different from our regular shows in production, but same in the concept spirit, we will be taking our audience on a journey through “color,” and theme complete with multi-media video. This new show will be more of an exploration of the concept of “synesthesia” – when art and music collide.

Many people don’t know Tracie has a music performance degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design so this is not the beginning of her fascination with color and sound similarities. Having taken both theory and history courses in both art and music degrees simultaneously, she saw how the two worlds reflected one another. She has worked professionally for many years in both worlds as a professional musician and a professional graphic designer. This Jazz Canvas show will be an exploration that will take the concept to the next level. We will be journeying through: Blue, Yellow, Red, White and Black music with music from Tracie Marsh, Terry Marsh, Josh Mason and Dave Carson and painting from our featured artist: DEREK GUNDY

We are very excited to also be featuring Derek Gundy, as our interpretive painter. Derek has quite an expansive portfolio as a professional artist whose work has been displayed in galleries and other public artwork displays. He is an art instructor and owner of “The Artist’s Edge” in Poulsbo, WA. Read more about Derek here.

The Island Music Center’s performance theater is conducive to a new show like this, acoustically sound and truly a center for patrons of the arts. This intimate place gets you right up close with our artist and the vibrant artwork displayed all around the walls.   SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTS! We don’t want you to miss this special event. Seats are limited to 60.

THE ISLAND MUSIC CENTER CENTER IS LOCATED AT: 10598 NE Valley Road, Bainbridge Island WA 98110

Read more about Tracie . . . 

To purchase tickets for Saturday, April 14 featuring Tracie Marsh’s music book please click below:

Bill Anschell, pianist – Sat. Jan 21 has BEEN CANCELLED!

Bill Anschell, pianist – Sat. Jan 21 has BEEN CANCELLED!

Knowles Studio has decided to CANCEL the Jan. 21 show featuring Bill Anschell due to the weather conditions at the studio. For those who have already bought tickets, we can issue a refund OR use them at a future Canvas show of your choice. Please contact for refunds. Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience.

Award-winning pianist/composer, Bill Anschell, has been named “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” for 2010. Bill was previously voted “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005, and his trio was named “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year” in 2006. His playing is creative, abstract, melodic and very very artistic. Perfect for a fusion of paint and music. He has played on numerous recordings, many outside of the Northwest, and has a wonderful biography. We are excited to have him come to “little old Poulsbo.”

Read more about Bill
Bill’s Jazz Canvas has been postponed for a later date.

Mark Taylor, sax – SEPT 24 in Seattle

Mark Taylor, sax – SEPT 24 in Seattle

Mark Taylor is one of the most in demand saxophonists in the Pacific Northwest. A Seattle native and resident, Mark’s personal sound and style are a fixture on the local jazz scene and have given him opportunities to perform for audiences all over the United States and Japan. Widely respected as a unique and creative improviser, an impeccable ensemble player, and for his stylistic versatility, Mark was honored as “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of 2008? by Earshot Jazz Magazine. Mark performs and records extensively with such diverse and award winning groups as Matt Jorgensen +451, Jim Knapp Orchestra, Frieze of Life, Victor Noriega Trio + 2, Tom Varner’s Tentet and Quintet, Thomas Marriott, Wayne Horvitz, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the Randy Halberstadt Quintet. Outside of these ongoing projects, he has also appeared locally with legends such as Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and Ernestine Anderson, current headliners in jazz such as Sam Yahel and Maria Schneider, appearances with the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many more.

As a leader, Mark has released two critically acclaimed CDs on Origin Records: “After Hours” (2002), and “Spectre” (2009) which was named “NW Jazz Recording of 2009? (Earshot Jazz).

As an educator, Mark has a full studio of private students and is a highly sought after guest artist and clinician for festivals, workshops, and clinics throughout the region. He holds a BM from the University of Washington (1994), and MM from the Manhattan School of Music (2000) in New York City where his performance credentials include appearances with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Mark will be featured at Jazz Canvas:

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Location: Urban Enoteca (Seattle’s Sodo District)
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets are now available:


Greta Matassa, vocals – SEPT 23 @BPA

Greta Matassa, vocals – SEPT 23 @BPA

In 2009, Greta Matassa was voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz. This marks the sixth time she has received this award in 15 years. Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today.

Greta’s latest cd “I Wanna be Loved” Resonance Records remained on the national jazz charts for radio airplay for 3 months.

This new release features arrangements by Tamir Hendelman.She is surrounded by a host of top LA musicians and string orchestrations.

“Matassa’s performance was a marvel of virtuosity.” —Los Angeles Times

Boppish, Snappy and conversational”- Downbeat
“One of the best jazz vocalists we have to boast about these days.” —John Clayton
“Worldly, gentle, bold, dynamic, Favorites From a Long Walk is a gift for the heart. Greta Matassa is one of America’s finest singers, and stands firmly among the best in today’s jazz.” —Jazz Review
“Greta Matassa moves from triumph to triumph.” —Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

 She can give Ms. Streisand a run for it!  Seattle times

“Matassa is a Seattle treasure.” Seattle Times

Her scatting is as confident, nimble an energetic as Ella’s and her phrasing is hip like Nancy Wilson’s” -Earshot Jazz

Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle’s Jazz stages for many years and with her recent tours of Russia, Singapore and Hawaii and Japan, Greta’s sound is now reaching new audiences. Greta has released seven CD’s on the respected jazz label Origin Records and a DVD live concert with Mimi Fox.

More information and reviews can be found on her web site,

Greta will be featured at Jazz Canvas:

Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
Location: Bainbridge Performing Arts (Bainbridge Island, WA)
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets are now available:


Jazz Canvas Illinois Tour – AUG 16-23

Jazz Canvas Illinois Tour – AUG 16-23

We are so excited to share our love of music and art with Illinois in Chicago, Springfield and Champaign Urbana. We will be featuring our new painter, Desiree Shafman and performing with the Chicago’s greatest musicians; saxophone player, Geof Bradfield and pianist, Ryan Cohen.

Here is our TOUR schedule:

Thursday AUG 18 – Our first show will be in Chicago at Studio 914. Show starts at 8pm. If interested in attending, please come to 914 North California Ave. Chicago, IL. Tickets are $10.

Friday AUG 19 – Secondly, Springfield Arts Association will be featuring Jazz Canvas at 700 N 4th Street at the SAA Gallery in Springfield, IL. Tickets are $20. Click for more info

Saturday AUG 20 – Our last show will be for the Downtown Festival of the Arts in Champaign Urbana, IL. We play at noon. The downtown streets will be closed for the festival.