Monthly archive - November 2011

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.

Zino Society Cool Yule – Thurs. Dec 1

Zino Society Cool Yule – Thurs. Dec 1

We will be featuring our own power trio, Tracie Marsh bass/vocals, Terry Marsh – drums and Josh Mason – keys at The Zino Society Holiday Party in Bellevue, WA THIS Thursday, December 1, 2011. Open to the Public. If you are interested in coming, The address is: Barrier Motors Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue - 11950 Bellevue-Redmond Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005.

Guests: $50
Children under 18: $10

Release your inner Vixen and Blitzen to the sights and sounds of shiny cars and cool jazz at ZINO Society’s Cool Yule Holiday Party.

Glasses clinking, saxophones swaying and bold brush strokes of an artist at work are the sounds of this not-to-be missed Cool Yule Holiday Party.

ZINO Society welcomes Jazz Canvas to the coolest of Yule parties.  Jazz Canvas blends live jazz musicians with  live unrehearsed art in motion.  The artist literally paints to the feeling of the music on a huge canvas that will be raffled off at the end of the party.

Wine Professional Members will be generously pouring their wines while hors d’oeuvres are ‘served throughout the beautiful Barrier Motors Mercedes Benz showroom or as we like to call it the “Garage Mahal”.  Savor the Mercedes Benz eye candy that all who are naughty and nice can appreciate.

If you do release your inner Vixen and or Blitzen, and driving is not a preferred mode of transportation home Pinpoint Pickup has generously offered a complimentary ride home for ZINO Society Members only.

Wear a little sparkle as the evening will be effervescent.

Complimentary for all ZINO Society Members; please email Christine Gilbert to register.

Complimentary Valet Parking

Jazz Canvas featured at CWU

Central Washington University Music Department welcomed Jazz Canvas on October 24, 2011 as featured artists for their evening convocation. We performed in CWU’s main auditorium to a packed house. Artist, Desiree Shafman responded beautiful in color and composition to a fabulous group of musicians. The band included, Malo Castro, auxillary percussion, Dave Carson, saxophone, Josh Mason, piano and keyboard, Terry Marsh, drumset, and Tracie Marsh, bass vocals (featured artist.) The concert was comprised of an eclectic mix of jazz and “hard to categorize” music. Tracie introduced a newly composed song, entitled “Gray.” View the video on youtube.

Looking for a Seattle side venue

We are looking to expand Jazz Canvas to a consistent (monthly) venue on the Seattle side. Many of the musicians we feature are based in Seattle and there have been a lot of requests from friends and family of Jazz Canvas to bring it to their home area. We prefer an intimate environment like an art gallery or a small stage performance venue so our audience can still be part of the “experience.” If you have any ideas where you think Jazz Canvas could prosper, we would love to bring our love of synthesizing the arts to the east side of the Puget Sound.

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