When I’m not gigging myself I try to get out to support other musicians in town. I will admit that I don’t do it as often as I’d like, but last night I got to see not one but two great shows.
I started the night at Egan’s Ballard Jam House to see my friend’s band, The Jacob Stickney Quartet. Jacob is an up-and-coming tenor sax player who has been making waves for himself recently. His band plays his original compositions, which are firmly rooted in the Post-Bop, Post-Coltrane genres. Jacob’s playing is at times introspective and at times searing. Just what you want from a tenor player! And his band is top-notch, featuring Mack Grout on piano, Devin Lowe on bass and Adam Kessler on drums. I have played with Mack and Adam before and have always loved their spirit, but this was the first time I had heard Devin play. We’ve been circling around eachother for a while now (it’s a small Jazz community in Seattle), as he and I play with many of the same people. It was a treat to see such and accomplished young player. The band has been playing together regularly, which is obvious in the way they deftly navigate their way through Jacob’s compositions, and they clearly enjoy playing together. Check out the website for future dates. And Jacob has already posted audio from last night on his MySpace page. As an added bonus I ran into a bunch of friends and colleagues at the show. It was like old-home week! It’s always nice to see musicians out supporting musicians.
When Jacob’s show was over, he and I rode over to Lo-Fi for The Hang, a Thursday night tradition for the last two years. In fact, exactly two years, as tomorrow night they celebrate their 2nd Anniversary. The Hang is a not-so-standard jam session lead by my good friends The Teaching (disclaimer: I am also the band’s manager). Featuring Josh Rawlings on Fender Rhodes, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass and Jeremy Jones on drums, this band is one of the rising stars right now, and a leader in the New Seattle Music scene. If you’re in Seattle on a Thursday night you really need to check these cats out! But don’t head to Lo-Fi, as the session will be moving to it’s new home at Lucid Jazz Lounge starting next week. Since last night was the last Hang at Lo-Fi there was a big and enthusiastic crowd, and I got to sit in for a tune, along with my friend and fellow trumpet player Bob Garrett. It’s always great to blow with such a strong and telepathic rhythm section behind me! I only wish I could’ve stayed longer, but I had to get up to teach at 9am today (I’ll explain more about that in another post).
All-in-all it was a great night of music and hanging with friends. Each time I go out I vow to do it more often. Maybe now that I’ve written down that intention I’ll do a better job of living up to it!