SRJO launched the current season, it’s 15th, in November of 2009 with a tribute to the collaboration between Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, both of whom launched their music careers as teenagers in Seattle. The sold-out main stage concerts added an octet performance at the Seattle Art Museum’s “Art of Jazz” series, all part of the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival.
The main concerts featured guest artists, Seattle-based organist Joe Doria (McTuff, Joe Doria Trio) on B3, and NYC-based singer Dean Bowman (Vox Populi). The Art of Jazz octet performance at SAM featured vocalist and instrumentalist Bernie Jacobs, also of Seattle.
Jim Wilke, professional recording engineer, writer, and producer/host of Jazz After Hours and Jazz NW, recorded the Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) and SAM performances for a delayed and edited broadcast on his 11/29/09 Jazz NW show. The broadcast is available for listening or download, in its entirety, as a free podcast on the iTunes Music Store (Podcast 16). It can also be streamed from the KPLU archives.
Here’s a rundown of the songs in the podcast: One Mint Julep (KPC) featuring Joe Doria; Birth of the Blues (KPC) arranged by David Marriott featuring Joe Doria; Hard Times (SAM) Octet; Moanin’ (SAM) Octet plays the great Bobby Timmons tune; Stompin’ Room Only (KPC) featuring Joe Doria; I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (KPC) featuring Dean Bowman; Them That Got (KPC) featuring Dean Bowman; Alabama Bound (SAM) Octet featuring Bernie Jacobs; Georgia (KPC) featuring Dean Bowman; and I Can’t Stop Loving You (KPC) featuring Dean Bowman.
Thanks to Jim Wilke and engineers Howard Mostrom (KPC) and Jamie Andrews (SAM) for capturing the performances, and Jazz NW for making the podcasts available on the iTunes Music Store. These concerts were presented in partnership with Earshot Jazz, and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
View more pictures from the Seattle Art Museum “Art of Jazz” performance on ‘Round About Seattle.