THE 2013 HIGHLINE CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL FEATURED FIFTEEN TOP AREA BANDS IN ONE BIG DAY OF MUSIC AND DANCING AT DES MOINES' LANDMARK EVENT CENTER. See some of the pictures from this year's festival!
Burien Arts’ Fifth Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival was Saturday March 9th from 2:30 pm-10pm and offered a Big Program at its new location, The Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.
There was more music with fifteen bands participating in three music venues, and more styles of music including Straight Ahead Jazz classics, early and mid -20th century jazz styles, from Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Ragtime to Big Band Swing.
Highline Classic Jazz Festival was a big hit!!!
Highline Classic Jazz Festival
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The Landmark Event Center 23660 Marine View Drive, Des Moines, WA 981
Saturday, March 9, 2013 2:30 pm – 10:00 pm
HIGHLINE CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL FEATURES FIFTEEN TOP AREA BANDS IN ONE BIG DAY OF MUSIC AND DANCING AT DES MOINES' LANDMARK EVENT CENTER
Burien Arts’ Fifth Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday March 9th from 2:30 pm-10pm will offer a Big Program at its new location, The Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.
There will be more music with fifteen bands participating in three music venues, and more styles of music including Straight Ahead Jazz classics, early and mid -20thcentury jazz styles, from Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Ragtime to Big Band Swing.
This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Food and Drink, and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians. The bands include:
· The 1st Thursday Band
· Del Rey & Matt Weiner (www.hobemianrecoreds.com)
· Casey MacGill’s Orchestra
· Gail Pettis(www.gailpettis.com
· Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators (www.syncopators.net)
· Holotradband (www.holotraband.com)
· The Rhythm Bugs (www.sylviaherold.com )
· Highline/Aviation High School Jazz Band
· Pearl Django (www.pearldjango.com)
· The Greg Ruby Quartet
· The Canote Brothers Band (www.canote.com)
· Swamp Soul (www.swampsoulband.com)
· Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” (www.rangerswings.com)
· The Alex Guilbert Trio (www.alexguilbert.com)
· Leftover Dreams (www.tuxedorecords.com/LD/index.shtml)
The three music venues allow for more concerts. There will be comfortable seating in the Auditorium and in the Banquet Hall, and the elegant Living Room will be the site of the new Acoustic Lounge, with small groups in an intimate setting.
A full dinner will be provided by EJ's Catering www.ejscustomcatering.com and there will be two no-host bars.
”This is going to be one heck of a party,” said Festival Director, Lance Haslund. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors (65), and FREE for youth 18 and under.
Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets
The 1st Thursday Band
Ray Skjelbred - Piano
Steve Wright – Horns
Dave Brown – Bass
Mike Daugherty – Drums
The 1st Thursday Jazz Band plays a surprising mix of traditional jazz, swing and blues. Ray Skjelbred, leader and piano, organized his first group, The Great Excelsior Jazz Band many years ago. He played with Turk Murphy for four years and most often now plays at festivals with the Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band and his other group, Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs. Steve Wright plays clarinet, cornet and saxes and is the band librarian. Dave Brown, bass, also works in Combo DeLuxe and the Glenn Crytzer Syncopators. Mike Daugherty, drums and vocals, is Seattle’s traditional jazz drumming mainstay.
The Alex Guilbert Trio
Alex Guilbert – Piano
Ron Peters – Guitar
Jeff Norwood – Bass
Alex Guilbert, Jeff Norwood and Ron Peters have collectively accrued several lifetimes of music making. All veterans of the Seattle Jazz scene, they all made their mark playing many different types of music before landing together in the rhythm section of Holotradband, in which they became a driving force behind a great Trad band. In this configuration, they'll stay true to the hard swinging model set forth by the great drummerless piano trios, especially those led by Nat King Cole and Tal Farlow.
The Canote Brothers Band
Greg Canote – Fiddle
Jere Canote – Guitar
Lance Haslund - Bass
Mark Drake - Drums
Musical duo Greg and Jere Canote sing in absolute perfect harmony: not only are they brothers, they’re identical twins. As they like to say, they have “genetically matched voices.” In the early ‘70’s the Canote brothers honed their banjo and fiddle skills in Bluegrass bands that played weekly at Straw Hat Pizza restaurants in the Bay Area. Moving to Seattle in 1981, the duo became sidekick’s on “Sandy Bradley’s Potluck,” an NPR show, where they performed for 14 years, expanding their repertoire to include vintage jazz and swing from the ‘30s and ‘40s. With the addition of bass and drums, the group lays down some infectious dance rhythms to accompany the brothers’ pickin’ singin’ and antics.
Casey MacGill’s Orchestra
Casey MacGill Leader, uke, piano, vocals
Drums - Jose Martinez Alto sax- Saul Cline
Bass - Matt Weiner Alto sax - Paul Woltz
Piano - Dr. David Deacon Joyner Tenor sax - Herb Gardener
Guitar – Ron Peters Baritone sax - Galen Green
Trumpet 1 - Steve Mostovoy Trombone 1 - David Loomis
Trumpet 2 - Lance Buller Trombone 2 – Steve Moore
Trumpet 3 - Terry Thompson
The featured and final performance of the 2013 Festival presents this 13-piece band made up of the top Swing and Jump players in the area. Casey, “America’s Swinger Songwriter,” is well known from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films “Francis” and “Swing Shift”) to Spokane (The Spirits of Rhythm and neo-swing classic CD “Jump”) to Broadway (The musical “Swing”) and finally to Seattle (Blue 4 Trio). Casey MacGill performs music that swings. The Nat King Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless beautiful whole.
Del Rey and Matt Weiner
Del Rey - guitar, ukulele
Matt Weiner - bass
Del Rey started playing classical guitar when she was four. As a teenager, she met bluesman Sam Chatmon who inspired her to become a blues queen. Her playing combines country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie. Her show is full of complex guitar and ukulele grooves, soulful vocals and sly humor.
Matt Weiner is a bassist who credits span the country from Boston to Austin and a variety of styles from Classical to Rockabilly. He’s a master of the stand-up bass slap technique, using it to enhance rhythm sections in all kinds of traditional jazz bands. His CD of ukulele and bass duets with Del Rey “At the Uke Shack #1” is a tour de force of writing and arranging.
Glenn Crytzer and His Syncopators
Glenn Crytzer - guitar
Steve Mostovoy - trumpet
Craig Flory - reeds
Solomon Douglas - piano
Matt Weiner - bass
Mike Daugherty – drums
Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators is a jazz band dedicated to performing the music of the swing and jazz eras. The band's musical influences range from the late 1920s through the mid 1940s and include jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, John Kirby, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and more. The musicians in the band live and breathe vintage swing; having learned from studying the records of the great bands of the swing era, but you'll never hear the band give a note for note performance of an old recording. The band performs vintage arrangements, as well as new songs and arrangements composed in the vintage style -allowing the musicians to solo freely in their own voices.
Gail Pettis – vocals
Bill Anschell– piano
Jeff Johnson – bass
Named “2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. Born into a musical family, singing has always a part of her life, even while she earned a degree in dentistry and completed an orthodontic residency program at Harvard University, after which she taught and practiced orthodontics full-time for the next 15 years. No longer practicing orthodontics, Gail is winning fans and accolades around the country for her performances and recordings.
The Greg Ruby Quartet
Greg Ruby – Guitar
Julian Smedley – Violin
Neil Andersson – Guitar
Spencer Hoveskeland – Bass
“Greg Ruby charted a course years ago into the world of gypsy Django Reinhardt’s musing, made it his own and has assembled a great musical force to assist with his collection of original tunes.” - Victory Review
With new compositions hot off the press anticipating a 2013 recording, Greg is excited to bring his group to the Highline Jazz Festival. Joining Greg will be Pearl Django co-founder Neil Andersson on guitar, Hot Club of San Francisco co-founder Julian Smedley on violin and virtuoso bassist of the Bottom Line Duo, Spencer Hoveskeland. Greg’s 2010 CD Look Both Ways received critical acclaim reaching #1 on the Roots Music Review Jazz charts.
Highline/Aviation High School Jazz Band
Director Scott Babcock
Alto Sax Grace Cieszkiewicz, Erin Ronald, Loc Le, Mericio Madril Cabral
Tenor Sax Paula Cieszkiewicz, Katy Bruce, Miranda Blazak, Corvalli Wammer
Baritone Sax Olivia Beckham
Trumpet Stephanie Anderson, Corey Ndifon, Brinston Fader,
Garrett Eykel, Trent Moury, Eleanor Shull, Natalie Cullinan, Aaron Mau
Trombone Emily Morris, Kaitlin Pitz, Gabrielle Stahnke, Aaron Hoang, Jessica Mau
Piano Gina O’Kelley
Bass Jonathon Mantello
Drums Devin Tegelberg, Kyle Pitz
Dave Holo - cornet
David Loomis - Trombone
Bruce Hall - clarinet & saxophone
Alex Guilbert - piano
Jeff Norwood - bass
Ron Peters - guitar
Mike Daugherty – Drums
Holotradband is what Traditional, Dixieland and vintage Swing Jazz is all about. For over eight years the band held the Tuesday night slot at Seattle’s #1 spot for classic jazz, The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle. They will take you on a musical journey through the world of speakeasies and gin joints…Condon’s…The Cotton Club…the French Quarter or the streets of New Orleans. Experience the sound – the songs – of the Golden Age of Jazz. The group is a brash, hot, swinging seven-piece improvisational jazz band that’s a delight to the auditory senses. If you like music, dancing or just having a great time, get your self to wherever Holotradband is playing and enjoy some of the best hot jazz anywhere
Patrice Haan – Vocals
Tony Marcus – Guitar, Vocals
Leftover Dreams is Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus singing gems of the great American songbook with stunning harmonies and burnished accompaniment. Tony Marcus is a veteran of such groups as Cats & Jammers and the Cheap Suit Serenaders and plays guitar with style and wit while singing in a voice that has been called "The definition of mellifluous" (Derk Richardson in The Express). Patrice Haan’s voice has been described as a "velvety alto/tenor" (Kerry Parker in the Folknik), and her intimate delivery of lyrics never fails to reach audiences. The duo presents a sampling of the best of the classic songs of Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen and such mixed with lesser known delights that haven’t seen the light of day for decades.
Michale Gray - Violin
Troy Chapman - Guitar
Ryan Hoffman - Guitar
David Lange - Accordion
Rick Leppanen - Bass
With a performing history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and the continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Ranger & the Re-Arrangers
Ranger Sciacca – Violin
Micahel Sciacca – Guitar
Todd Houghton - Bass
Seattle Gypsy Jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a gypsy campsite with their unique twist on gypsy jazz. At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca’s spirited violin playing. Their tight rhythm section gives the music a bouncy swing that accentuates the work of the soloist. The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django and Grappelli, Brazilian choros, and Ranger’s originals. “Ranger never loses sight of the melody…yet there is enough flare and dare in his improvisations to keep the enthusiast interested and the casual listener comes away with pleasure and not confusion.”
The Rhythm Bugs
Sylvia Herold – Vocals, Guitar
Jennifer Scott – Vocals, Keyboards
Ed Johnson – Vocals, Guitar
Cary Black – Bass, Vocals
Lively and lush three-part vocal arrangements of vintage jazz and pop songs from the 1930s to 1960s, backed by superb jazz musicians. Sylvia Herold of Wake the Dead and Cats & Jammers has been collecting uncommon songs for more than three decades. With The Rhythm Bugs, she presents a selection of swing and early pop tunes that take full advantage of the vocal and instrumental strengths of all the band members. From high-society jazz to low-down Basin Street ballads, the focus is on the elegant vocal arrangements, reminiscent of the Pied Pipers and the Boswell Sisters. Combining jazz and entomology, Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs concoct a honey of a musical cocktail that will give listeners a buzz.
Karen Kaser – Fiddle, Vocals
John Morris – Accordian, Guitar, Vocals
David Grixoni – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Kilmartin – Lead Guitar
Grant Steele - Drums
The sound of a Cajun fiddle in a cypress grove at the edge of the great swamp. The chank-a-chank of an accordion and the shuffle of feet on a dance floor on a warm night. Swamp Soul brings that feel alive, where a city-dweller can experience the community of dance, where listeners can transport to the farm and bayou area roadhouse. Swamp Soul performs dance music from Southwest Louisiana, a mixture of French, blues, and zydeco music. The core musicians have traveled extensively in Louisiana, learning tunes and style from Louisiana musicians. The accordionist and fiddler have performed this music for 20 years in this area, and are backed up by experienced guitarists and percussionists to create a dance groove that excites the feet and invites friendship.