Monthly archive - August 2011

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.

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