Modern jazz concerts brighten up the holiday season in Seattle

The year is almost coming to an end, and for fans of modern live jazz, there are plenty of options to celebrate in the Northwest. KNKX presents Garage A Trois at Nectar Lounge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to finally celebrate their new album, and the hits keep on coming throughout 2021.

The founding members of Garage A Trois’ founding trio – Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore – are settling in for three nights at the Nectar Lounge this week. their album Calm Cologne came out this spring; it was recorded during Garage A Trois’ last three-night stay at Le Nectar in 2019.

The three men hosted a virtual coming out party for Calm Cologne in April, with Hunter in North Carolina joining Skerik and Moore in New Orleans via the Internet. As Skerik told me at the time, these three always take advantage of their rare opportunities to reunite in person, so those shows at the Nectar Lounge are definitely going to jump.

Saxophonist BrandonLee Cierley returns to the area from his new home in Portland, playing the Spanish Ballroom in Tacoma on Wednesday night and the Royal Room in Seattle on Saturday night. The young man our listeners first met with his college ensemble 322 has become one of Portland’s finest players, working in several collaborations and leading his own band in modern jazz contexts, often fused with hip sensibilities. -hop.

Album cover courtesy of Garage A Trois


Nectar Lounge organizes the IN-PERSON launch party for the new Garage A Trois album on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Elsewhere, pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz reunites Zony Mash for two nights at the Royal Room on December 26 and 27. If you haven’t received the presents you wanted for Christmas, this group will satisfy you. Named after a song by The Meters, Zony Mash mixes originals and covers, blending jazz, rock, funk and more. The band includes guitarist Timothy Young, bassist Keith Lowe and drummer Matt Cameron.

The reopening of Seamonster Lounge, Seattle’s jazz-funk clubhouse, feels like a gift to musicians and fans alike. Joe Doria’s Tuesday night organ spotlight returns, and his New Year’s Eve party will feature funk juggernaut Eldridge Gravy and the Supreme Court.

Also ending the year with funky grooves, Seattle’s jazz-funk afro-beat ensemble Polyrhythmics will headline the Neptune Theater on December 31. The man of the future album and following Fondue evening The EP is a year old now, so expect some new Polyrhythmics tracks and maybe some news of their upcoming release.

Hopes are high for more live jazz performances in 2022 — and for some sort of end to the pandemic quarantines that have so painfully affected musicians for the past two years. Stay tuned to The New Cool for news of upcoming gigs from The Robert Glasper Experience, Nate Smith’s Kinfolk with Marquis Hill and Charlie Hunter’s return in late January with vocalist Kurt Elling.

KNKX is also working on a big development for The New Cool show in the new year, thanks to the support of listeners like you. Thank you and happy new year!

Willie J. Johnson