The Zen of Ten: an all-star dectet

Phil Sparks, Jay Thomas, Clarence Acox, Dan Marcus, Michael Brockman, Zen of Ten

Harris, Thomas, Acox, Marcus, Brockman (l-r)

Last year’s “chamber jazz” concert, a rare performance of Miles Davis’ classic 1949 release “Birth of the Cool” featuring a nonet SRJO soloists, was a highlight of our concert season.

Audiences enjoyed the intimacy of hearing their favorite SRJO soloists in a small group setting. So this year we’re upping the stakes by one and presenting a special dectet performance, Zen of Ten.

Travis Ranney


The Saturday and Sunday evening shows will feature tight ensemble arrangements and compositions by Jimmy Heath (Mona’s Mood and Old Fashioned Fun), Gerry Mulligan (Bweebida Bobbida) and Marty Paich (Bernie’s Tune), plus pieces by Seattle composer Bob Hammer, and the premiere of SRJO co-director Michael Brockman’s composition Triad Again.

Randy Halberstadt


SRJO players featured in the dectet for the Zen of Ten are Jay Thomas and Andy Omdahl on trumpets, Phil Sparks on bass, Randy Halberstadt on piano, Bill Ramsay on baritone sax, Dan Marcus on tuba and trombone, Bill Anthony on trombone, Travis Ranney on tenor sax and clarinet, and artistic co-directors Clarence Acox on drums and Michael Brockman on soprano & alto sax.

Bill Anthony


Regular ticket prices range from $21 to $39, and can be purchased from the SRJO offices (206-523-6159) and online at Eleven of the past thirteen SRJO main stage concerts have sold out, some with overflow seating on the stage. Tickets can also be purchase directly from the box office for the Saturday evening Benaroya Hall/Nordstrom Recital Hall performance and the Sunday evening Kirkland Performance Center performance.

Saturday 4/30/2011 – 7:30 PM – Benaroya/Nordstrom Recital Hall 

Sunday 5/1/2011 – 7:00 PM – Kirkland Performance Center (evening show)

We encourage attendance by young people at Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra series concerts by offering tickets for all jazz fans ages 25 and below at $15 for all seats in the house.

All photos Bruce C Moore

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