Saxophonist Michael Brockman, co-artistic director of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, leads a small ensemble (the SRJO “Smalltet”) of all-stars drawn from the larger SRJO in a livestreamed concert from the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, July 30th at 8pm. The performance is a tribute to Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, two jazz titans who collaborated often and helped pioneer the Bebop jazz style. This performance is presented as part of the “KPC at Home” series, being held throughout the summer months during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Jazz fans can listen and view the SRJO concert as it takes place, by visiting www.kpcenter.org where links to the live performance are offered via Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch. We suggest viewers log in early to make certain you have gained access to the concert site. Background music will be playing before the concert begins, and “signing in” to one of the three social media services might be required.
Featured in this concert will be compositions by the great Thelonious Monk, including his famous pieces, “Misterioso,” “I Mean You,” and “Bye-Ya” plus two Monk compositions that were featured on the album Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants, “Round Midnight” and “Bemsha Swing.” Band members include SRJO’s regular drummer, D’Vonne Lewis, and SRJO saxophonist Alex Dugdale, plus two other Seattle superstars that have recently performed in the SRJO: pianist John Hansen and bassist Michael Glynn.
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Musicians in the Smalltet
Michael Brockman is the co-founder (along with drummer Clarence Acox) of SRJO, which is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season. He moved to Seattle in 1987 to join the faculty at the UW School of Music, and was recently inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. D’Vonne Lewis appears all around the Seattle region and has won numerous awards for his playing, including “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2018. Alex Dugdale is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and appears with numerous groups in Seattle including his own group, Fade. John Hansen is among the most in-demand performers in our city, and appears regularly with trumpeter (and SRJO member) Jay Thomas, singer Kelley Johnson, and many other groups in Seattle. Michael Glynn is also among the most in-demand performers in our city. He began his study with the great Buddy Catlett (former Count Basie and Louis Armstrong bassist), and has performed with numerous jazz legends that include Bud Shank, Jon Hendricks, Dave Grusin, Seamus Blake, Eric Alexander, and Benny Green.
The 17-piece SRJO is co-directed by saxophonist and arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member of the UW School of Music and an authority on the music of Duke Ellington, and drummer Clarence Acox, award-winning former conductor of the Garfield High School bands and founder of the JazzEd organization. SRJO includes many of the region’s best-loved jazz soloists and band leaders: trumpeters Jay Thomas and Michael Van Bebber; bassist Phil Sparks; saxophonists Alex Dugdale, Mark Taylor, Sidney Hauser and Travis Ranney; trombonists Dan Marcus, Scott Brown, and Bill Anthony, guitarist Milo Petersen and pianist Randy Halberstadt.
The ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards, including Golden Ear awards from Earshot Jazz for “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” and three times for “Concert of the Year,” and two “Starlight Awards” from the Kirkland Performance Center. Several members of the all-star group have been named to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, and many have won individual awards for “NW Best Instrumentalist,” “NW Emerging Talent,” “NW Best Recording” and more. SRJO’s compact disc, Kansas City Suite, released in 2014, has met with both popular and critical acclaim, and will go into its second pressing during the coming months.
SRJO’s season and COVID-Relief are generously supported in part by individual contributors, plus ArtsFund, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Kennelly Keys Music, Art Works (arts.gov), Explore Kirkland, Lucky 7 Foundation, Muckleshoot Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, The Clowes Fund, Robert Chinn Foundation, Hubbard Family Foundation, Horizons Foundation, Earshot Jazz, Seattle Sound Repair, and KNKX 88.5 FM.
SRJO 2020-21 Concert Season
SRJO is preparing to announce its 2020-21 subscription series that will include concerts with international stars Christian McBride and Joshua Redman sharing the stage with the SRJO. For more information, visit www.srjo.org
Courtesy of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra