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Playing by the Book's: Live Music Takes Over the U-District Library

September 4th, 2014 by master

Expressions Without Limits Jazz ResidencyPresented by the Seattle Public Library and the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund, the Steve Griggs Ensemble is playing a free concert at SPL branches.

On Sunday Sep 7, at 2pm at the U-District branch Griggs’ Ensemble will be performing “A Cup of Joe Brazil,” a program of original music and narration about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil and his community organizing through music in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Fan’s of jazz and bibliophiles will come together for an afternoon and enjoy the sounds of live music in a Seattle Public Library branch. This performance is one of six free concerts that are taking place at different branches all over the city.

The ensemble features saxophonist Steve Griggs, trumpeter Jay Thomas, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Phil Sparks, and drummer Milo Petersen.

This program is part of the Steve Griggs Ensemble “Songs of Unsung Seattle” residency at the Seattle Public Library. For more information, check out the SPL Jazz Residency page.

A complete schedule of the residency is available at www.spl.org/jazz.

Steve Griggs photo by Daniel Sheehan

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Playing by the Book’s: Live Music Takes Over the U-District Library

September 4th, 2014 by master

Expressions Without Limits Jazz ResidencyPresented by the Seattle Public Library and the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund, the Steve Griggs Ensemble is playing a free concert at SPL branches.

On Sunday Sep 7, at 2pm at the U-District branch Griggs’ Ensemble will be performing “A Cup of Joe Brazil,” a program of original music and narration about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil and his community organizing through music in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Fan’s of jazz and bibliophiles will come together for an afternoon and enjoy the sounds of live music in a Seattle Public Library branch. This performance is one of six free concerts that are taking place at different branches all over the city.

The ensemble features saxophonist Steve Griggs, trumpeter Jay Thomas, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Phil Sparks, and drummer Milo Petersen.

This program is part of the Steve Griggs Ensemble “Songs of Unsung Seattle” residency at the Seattle Public Library. For more information, check out the SPL Jazz Residency page.

A complete schedule of the residency is available at www.spl.org/jazz.

Steve Griggs photo by Daniel Sheehan

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Person of the Week: Evan Woodle and his "Racer Sessions"

November 19th, 2010 by master

By Ryan Alexander Dunn

Seattle may not be particularly well known for its jazz scene, but thanks to the best efforts of Evan Woodle and company, it might not be that way for long.

Evan Woodle is a Jazz Studies student at the UW, a talented drummer and the co-creator of something called “Racer Sessions,” a weekly jazz-inspired experimental music improvisation night at Café Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

This week, he is our inaugural “Person of the Week,” a column we hope to post every Friday. Each week, we’ll take a look at someone doing something interesting in this neighborhood. If you know someone who meets these criteria, let us know at udistrict@dailyuw.com.  

Woodle’s Racer Sessions are every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Each one is unique since a different curator performs an original piece based around a particular theme. Recent themes include the “regenerative, elastic properties of melody,” “process and expectations” and “contour.” After the piece is performed, any musicians who would like to join participate in a guided-improvisation session, based around the themes in the performed work.

“There are a lot of cool sessions in town, but not a lot based around free improvisation and experimental music,” Woodle said. “It’s an underrepresented genre in this city, and we wanted to find a way to make it more sustainable and exciting.”  Continue reading at the “more” link below.

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Person of the Week: Evan Woodle and his “Racer Sessions”

November 19th, 2010 by master

By Ryan Alexander Dunn

Seattle may not be particularly well known for its jazz scene, but thanks to the best efforts of Evan Woodle and company, it might not be that way for long.

Evan Woodle is a Jazz Studies student at the UW, a talented drummer and the co-creator of something called “Racer Sessions,” a weekly jazz-inspired experimental music improvisation night at Café Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

This week, he is our inaugural “Person of the Week,” a column we hope to post every Friday. Each week, we’ll take a look at someone doing something interesting in this neighborhood. If you know someone who meets these criteria, let us know at udistrict@dailyuw.com.  

Woodle’s Racer Sessions are every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Each one is unique since a different curator performs an original piece based around a particular theme. Recent themes include the “regenerative, elastic properties of melody,” “process and expectations” and “contour.” After the piece is performed, any musicians who would like to join participate in a guided-improvisation session, based around the themes in the performed work.

“There are a lot of cool sessions in town, but not a lot based around free improvisation and experimental music,” Woodle said. “It’s an underrepresented genre in this city, and we wanted to find a way to make it more sustainable and exciting.”  Continue reading at the “more” link below.

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