Richie Aldente and Happy Orchestra at Tiborfest 2014

Tibor, the mad dervish of the Seattle Scene. Short shorts, blissed out dancing, and the oddest, most wonderful gifts. Last night’s celebration of all things Tibor was off the hook. I was able to capture the Richie Aldente and Happy Orchestra sets. So much talent on stage last night. Happy Orchestra’s debut presents a strong case for many more gigs from these guys. So much fun. And have I mentioned Mr. Joe Doria on Rhodes and ARP? What a treat.

Richie Aldente is
Daniel Nash-Drums
Trevor Larkin- guitar
Ian Sheridan -Bass
Daniel Rainard – guitar
Tim Kennedy -vocals, keys

Happy Orchestra is
Joe Doria – Fender Rhodes and ARP Solo
Andy Coe – Guitar
Tarik Abouzeid – Drums
Mark Mattrey – Bass
Art Brown – Sax
Scott Morning – Trumpet

Tibor is

Crystal Beth and The Boom Boom Band – Liberation Ritual 1

Beth brought a whole new set of music to her Earshot Jazz show at Barboza. BOOM!

Words fail me at the moment, so take a listen.

Crystal Beth is
Beth Fleenor – Voice, Clarinets
Paul “PK” Kemmish – Bass
Tristan Gianola – Guitar
Michael Owcharuk – Keys
Adam Kozie – Drums

Sound Dialog @ Seamonster Lounge – 2014-11-01

When I heard that not only were all four of the Sound Dialog members playing, but that Olli was going to drum again, I knew last night was going to be special. We weren’t disappointed.

I’ll let my mics speak for me. Check it out.

Mesa – Vocals, Percussion
Kent Halvorsen – Keys
Alex Mortland – Guitar
Saburo Miyata – Bass

Olli Klomp – Drums

Ava Chakravarti – Vocals

Star Funk at Seamonster Lounge

Tuesday night warriors, McTuff is on tour with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. So what did Andrew do? Call in a talented bunch who had history, but hadn’t played as a quartet. It worked pretty damn well and they are going to do it again next week. Kathy Moore and Grace Love’s sit-ins were pretty damn cool too.

Take a listen

Paul “PK” Kemmish – Bass
D’Vonne Lewis – Drums
Tim Kennedy – Keys
Thaddeus Turner – Guitar, Vocal

Grace Love – Vocals
Kathy Moore – Guitar

PK & What Army @ Seamonster Lounge

PK sure can pick an Army. These guys are the real deal. Not just a pickup jam session, but a real Band with a capital B. Your next chance to see them is 10/26 at the Blue Moon. I’ll see you there.

PK & What Army is
Paul “PK” Kemmish – Bass
Greg Campbell – Drums
Thione Diop – Percussion
Jason Goessl – Guitar
Eric Barber – Sax and Pocket Piano

McTuff @ Jaam Rek – African Mothers’ Health Initiative Benefit

McTuff played a benefit fundraiser for the African Mothers’ Health Initiative a non-profit working for infant and mother health in Malawi. ( The evening was quite the success, both in terms of the fundraiser, and in the performance.

McTuff was joined by Thione Diopp on percussion for much of the show. Check it out.

McTuff is
Joe Doria – Organ
Andy Coe – Guitar
Tarik Abouzeid – Drums
w/ Thione Diop – Percussion

James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation

Last night at town hall, we were treated to a special night. For the price of a $5.00 ticket, we saw Jim Woodring do a live Photoshop sketch while Bill Frisell and James McNew played an exquisite set of music. 57 minutes, two songs.

Dark Star > Comes A Time

Bill graciously gave me permission to share the evening with you. link is here, or stream the show below. Oh, and he just released a new album, go get it here.

Photo by Miles Abrams

Photo by Miles Abrams

Setlist Schematic by Michael Hamad

Setlist Schematic by Michael Hamad

Bill Frisell – Guitar
James McNew – Guitar, Voice
Jim Woodring – Pixels and Photons

Ask The Ages & Fundamental Forces – Synergistic Thursdays at Lucid Lounge

Two of my favorite Seattle bands played Thursday night. Fundamental Forces focused on material off their new record, Red (available on CD Baby now, iTunes in a few weeks), loved it. Great stuff.
Ask The Ages had guest Eric Barber filling in for the touring Kate Olson. Fill-ins are a mixed bag, while the songs and arrangements may suffer, the creative force that arises to compensate leads to some spectacular moments. Take a listen and tell me what you think.

Ask The Ages is
Brian Heaney – Guitar
John Seman – Bass
Greg Campbell – Drums
Steven Bell – Vibes
with Eric Barber – Sax

Fundamental Forces is
Rik Wright – Guitar
Jim DeJoie – Winds
Geoff Harper – Bass
Greg Campbell – Drums

PK & What Army – 2014-09-28 @ The Blue Moon

This did not suck. Take a rhythm sections with this much history, and mix in talented people up front. Result? Another great PK and What Army gig. Always different. Always good.

Paul “PK” Kemmish – Bass
Olli Klomp – Drums
Thione Diop – Percussion
Jason Goessl – Guitar
Eric Barber -Sax and Electronics