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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.

See more at:

http://www.nativejazzquartet.com

 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chad McCullough, trumpet – Sat. March 24 at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo

Chad McCullough, trumpet – Sat. March 24 at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo

Jazz Canvas welcomes Chad McCullough again along his superstar “Spin Quartet.” These guys are awesome players. Kobie Watkins – drummer for Sonny Rollins, Clark Sommers – bassist for Kurt Elling, Geof Bradfield – Chicago’s award-winning saxophonist (out of Chicago). Seriously, it’s amazing these monster musicians are coming to little old Poulsbo. What a treat we are about to enjoy – you don’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opp! Tickets are unavailable through this website. Please call Leigh at Knowles Studio360-440-1399 to reserve your seat!

Gail Pettis, vocals – Fri. NOV 18

Gail Pettis, vocals – Fri. NOV 18

Award winning Seattle-based vocalist, Gail Pettis will be featured on Friday, Nov 18. from 7pm-9pm at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, WA. Her band will consist of Jazz Canvas, Terry Marsh – drums, Tracie Marsh – bass and Josh Mason – keyboards.

A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Gail grew up in Gary, Indiana, surrounded by healthcare professionals. Yet there was also music in the family tree: grandfather Arthur Pettis was a blues singer and guitarist who recorded for Victor Records in Memphis in 1928 and for Brunswick in Chicago in 1930 and grandmother, Ninevah played piano around Chicago. Along with her sister, Gail sang classical music and hymns at a local Presbyterian church and continued in other school and church choirs in later years. Initially drawn to follow in the family footsteps of healthcare delivery, she attended Ohio State University, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, completing an orthodontic residency program at Harvard University, after which she taught and practiced orthodontics full-time for the next 15 years, eventually moving to Seattle WA in 1996 by way of Memphis, TN. Gail spent her days chairside and her evenings with a newfound hobby of West Coast Swing dancing, having become attracted to this particular style of swing because it afforded the opportunity to respond to the music with a partner rather than only dancing through patterns. When an injury took her off the dance floor in 1996, she began looking for other creative outlets, including a jazz workshop led by Seattle saxophonist Darren Motamedy. In this class, Gail was delighted to discover within jazz similar opportunities to interact with the music and with fellow musicians. With Motamedy’s encouragement, she continued to pursue her new passion by participating in jam sessions and also through private study, eventually selling her orthodontic practice in 2006.

 

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.”

Read more on her website

Bram Weijters, piano – OCT 29

Bram Weijters, piano – OCT 29

Jazz Canvas is proud to present Bram Weijters, an amazing musician from Antwerp, Belgium. Jazz Canvas is one of his stops while he is on tour here in America. He will be performing with his regular bassist, Piet Verbist and our own Terry Marsh, drums, on October 29 at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, WA.

Here is a little background on Bram:

Bram began studying music at age eight. As a teenager he played in several rockbands. After completing secondary education, he was admitted to the Antwerp Conservatory. Amongst his teachers were Erik Vermeulen and Christoph Erbstösser. After graduating for jazz piano in Antwerp he went to the Brussels Conservatory, where he graduated in 2005 for jazz compostion and arranging.

He played in several jazz formations including “Deep,” “Bram Weijters quartet,” “Muze 5,” with Chad McCullough, and as a member of “Hampster Axis of the One-click Panther” and often branches outside of modern jazz.
He performed as well with people from the hip hopscene like “Jerboa” DJ “Lefto” and “Mc Krewcial”, as with rockgroups like “Giants of the Air” (finalist Humo rockrally 2004), and accompanied French Chansons of Aznavour in the program “Aznavoners”.

To see more on Bram Weijters, please visit www.bramweijters.com

Central Washington University – Oct 24

Central Washington University – Oct 24

Jazz Canvas will soon be leaving the Seattle area to visit Ellensburg, WA. We will be doing a lecture for CWU music department about the synthesis of music and art during the day and we will be featuring our artist, Desiree Shafman on a Jazz Canvas Show that evening from 7pm-9pm. Along with the group, we will also be featuring a wonderful latin percussionist, Malo Castro, saxophonist, Dave Carson, pianist, Josh Mason, drummer, Terry Marsh and a number of CWU staff members.

Tracie Marsh, bass/vocals – Oct 6

Tracie Marsh, bass/vocals – Oct 6

Jazz Canvas’s own Tracie Marsh, bass/vocals, will be featured at 88 Keys in Pioneer Square for Seattle’s Art Walk. The fabulous saxophonist, Dave Carson, will also be featured with Terry Marsh, drums and Josh Mason, piano. You can buy pre-sale tickets for $15 or $20 at the door.