Upcoming Events

1/15/2020

Jeremy Pelt Quintet In Concert

7:30pm - 9:30 pm

McNally Recital Hall, Holy Names Music Center

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1/15/2020

Jeremy Pelt Quintet In Concert

Downbeat Poll-Winning, International Trumpet Sensation Jeremy Pelt and his Quintet featuring Chien Chien Lu, Victor Gould, Richie Goods and ...

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7:30pm - 9:30 pm

McNally Recital Hall, Holy Names Music Center

2/27/2020

Drum Clinic with Carl Allen

4pm - 5pm

Hoffman Music

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2/27/2020

Drum Clinic with Carl Allen

Free Drum Clinic with Legendary Drummer Carl Allen 

4pm - 5pm

Hoffman Music

2/27/2020

Brent Edstrom Trio featuring Carl Allen

5:45pm - 7:30pm

The Monroe Room

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2/27/2020

Brent Edstrom Trio featuring Carl Allen

Launch of the SCCU Imagine Concert Series!! Sponsored by Spokane City Credit Union - Get Tickets through eventbrite

5:45pm - 7:30pm

The Monroe Room

3/6/2020

Jonathan Barber Vision Ahead In Concert

8pm - 10pm

McNally Recital Hall, Holy Names Music Center

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3/6/2020

Jonathan Barber Vision Ahead In Concert

Modern Drummer's 2018 Up and Coming Drummer Jonathan Barber and his Quintet Vision Ahead featuring Godwin Louis, Taber Gable, Andrew Renfroe...

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8pm - 10pm

McNally Recital Hall, Holy Names Music Center

3/7/2020

Legacy Jazz Workshop with Jonathan Barber Vision Ahead

11am - 2pm

Sat: Holy Names Music Center

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3/7/2020

Legacy Jazz Workshop with Jonathan Barber Vision Ahead

 Group Lessons, Instrument Specific Workshops, Combo/Band Coaching Sessions and More.  Full Schedule will be released on March 3 and schedul...

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11am - 2pm

Sat: Holy Names Music Center

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Spokane City Credit Union - series kick-off

Featuring Carl Allen

We have partnered with Spokane City Credit Union for a quarterly concert series.  Events will take place FEb 27, April 23, Sept 24, Oct 22nd.  Normally the events will be at the bank, and free.  The Kick-off will feature legendary drummer Carl Allen at The Monroe Room.  This event will likely sell out.  

Jonathan Barber - Vision Ahead Quintet

Friday March 6, 2020

 

Jonathan Barber - Drums

Godwin Louis - Alto Saxophone

Taber Gable - Piano 

Andrew Renfroe - Guitar

Matt Dwonszyk - Bass


 New York City-based Jonathan Barber was voted the #1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018 in Modern Drummer. Only 29 years old, he has already recorded and toured worldwide with such artists as Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Jeremy Pelt, Wallace Roney, Terrace Martin, Jennifer Holiday, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, Stefon Harris, and many more. Barber has also been called on for such significant performances as Jimmy Greene’s Ana Grace Project (with an all-star band comprised of Greene, Kenny Barron, John Patitucci, and Kurt Elling) and back-to-back sold-out concerts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Erykah Badu at the BAM Opera House. 


Vision Ahead blends classic jazz with gospel, rock, soul and fusion.  


 

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Ralph Alessi Quintet

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4/11/2020 at McNally Recital Hall - At Holy Names Music Center

A Melodic sculptor with soaring expression and unrivaled flexibility of tone and timbre.


Jon Iragabon

Andy Milne

Drew Gress

Mark Ferber



Bio:  Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland.

Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. He currently records for the ECM record label including his 2016 release Quiver. In 2018, he will release a new This Against That record on the label. As an educator, Ralph is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Nevada-Reno as well as the director of the School for Improvisational Music.

Concert will take place at McNally Recital Hall ...Holy Names Music Center at Mukugawa Fort George Writght Institute.  


Snacks & Light Drinks will be served before the show & at intermission.  

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Clinic/workshop details to be announced.  


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Saturday - April 11, 2020

Greta Matassa

May 8th 2020

   

Darin Clendenin- piano 

Clipper Anderson- bass 

Mark Ivester- drums 

Alexey Nikolaev- sax


At McNally Recital Hall at Holy Names Music Center, 8pm



“Matassa’s performance was a marvel of virtuosity.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim; 7 times, the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, have voted her the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest.

She was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated “Jazz After Hours” radio program, praises her versatility. “She has a fearlessness in approaching material,” Wilke says, “that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session.”

Bassist and producer John Clayton says “One of the best jazz singers we have to boast about these days.”

Her 40 year career has been a whirlwind of exciting opportunities and experiences. Over the last 20 years she has become established as one of the greatest jazz singers of her time. Working with top jazz musicians in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In 2016 She was featured with bassist John Clayton’s group in a centennial tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

She has recorded 11 CD’s. Her latest release “Portrait” on Origin Records is receiving rave reviews.

Her decision to start teaching was probably her greatest contribution to the future of the genre she loves so much. For the last 20 years Greta has become one of the most unique and respected educators in the field today. Offering individual lessons and mentorships as well as establishing loyal student bases from Seattle to Japan, From Alaska to Kauai, from Chicago to New York.

Greta travels extensively teaching and performing.xecutive profiles – A company is only as strong as its executive leadership. This is a good place to show off who’s occupying the corner offices. Write a nice bio about each executive that includes what they do, how long they’ve been at it, and what got them to where they are.

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Additional Information

Thanks to our Sponsors and Members who helped make 2019 a great success.  We could not do this without you! Specific thanks to Spokane Arts, Empowering People, Hoffman Music, Access Unlimited, The Community Building Foundation, the Jazz Education Network via the Herb Alpert Foundation and each or our Members and Concert Attendees.  

Our Past Events

New York Jazz in Autumn


Mike LeDonne's Groover Quartet proved to be one of our most popular shows to date, with a power-house super-group including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein and Joe Farnsworth.  The House of Soul was filled with students & adults appreciative of the Bluesy, Funky, Groovin' Jazz.  




Aaron Parks Little Big wowed an audience of 70 with an alluring and emotive set of beautiful compositions and fresh perspective.  Parks' spirit shines hope in a dark questionable political and social environment.  We were so happy to present his music 


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Joe Magnarelli Quintet & The Legacy Jazz Workshop June 26, 2019

Students ranging from school aged to adult professional worked with Ralph Moore, Anthony Wonsey, Dezron Douglas, Joe Magnarelli and George Fludas in a workshop at Holy Names Music Center on June 26th receiving workshops and group lessons from each member of the quintet.  The concert, sponsored by Hoffman Music, Holy Names Music Center, Spokane Art Grant Award and The Herb Alpert Foundation via the Jazz Education Network (JEN) took place at Spokane Falls Community College. 

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The Black Art Jazz Collective

January 23, 2019

 

The Black Art Jazz Collective performed a concert on Jan 23rd at SFCC auditorium for an audience of 95.  

They also performed an afternoon clinic in which students from Deer Park High School, Washington State University, and members of the community learned from the group.  


On January 24th, We drove BAJC to Missoula where they gave clinics at University of Montana and performed to a sold out audience of 130 at the Downtown Dance Collective.  


 

Wayne Escoffery

Jeremy Pelt

Xavier Davis

Corcoran Holt

Johnathan Blake

BLUES PEOPLE

The Logan Richardson Quartet

October 2nd & 3rd 2018

An Inter-dimensional portal was opened and for a short time we all existed on the same plane. Logan Richardson's beautiful alto sound soared above Igor Osypov's intricate guitar lines that weaved and danced above the powerful duo of Dominique Sanders's Bass and Ryan Lee's drums.   Epic Rock beats were fused with elements of Jazz, Blues, Metal and Modern Freedom....... Filled with heavy guitar effects, samples and lyrical solos.  It was victory music;  beautiful and inspiring.  It referenced the battle, represented the struggle and was everything we knew we always needed but couldn't quite define.  It was simply grand. 


Local students from WSU, SFCC and EWU were in attendance in the SFCC band room on Oct 2nd where the workshop began with an interview with Logan Richardson.  Richardson spoke about his hometown Kansas City, creative culture in New York, the history of slavery and it's affect on society, current social struggles, the concepts of stretch music and SHIFT.

  

During the interactive portion of the workshop, students from the WSU combo "Jazz Wires" performed for Logan and the quartet.  The students were encouraged to "play like it was the very last time".  Drummer Ryan Lee coached

the students on beats, technique and more.  The Imagine Collective also performed for the 

Quartet.  


On Wednesday Oct 3rd, BLUES PEOPLE stepped out to Cheney and talked with students on aspects of the music business and then performed a short set for the entire school of music at Convocation.  


The BLUES PEOPLE concert was the first Imagine Jazz collaboration with Terrain at the Washington Cracker Co Building.  Around 90 people were in attendance at the concert including many college students.  


-Rachel Bade-McMurphy

Logan Richardson at Terrain Oct 3, 2018

Logan Richardson at Terrain Oct 3, 2018

Vincent Herring Quartet June 2018

Vincent Herring Quartet Clinic

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June 18 2018 we had the great pleasure of receiving a clinic from The Vincent Herring Quartet with Carl Allen, David Kikoski and Yasushi Nakamura.  Around 30 students and community members were able to receive advice from the Quartet at Holy Names Music Center. The clinic was made possible in part by Yamaha. 

Vincent Herring Quartet

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The show was well attended, with around 90 attendants at The House of Soul.  The quartet with Carl Allen, Yasushi Nakamura and David Kikoski played 2 sets to a very appreciative audience.  

2018 Imagine Jazz Festival

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The 2018 Festival came to a close on April 25th

We were so pleased with the first ever Imagine Jazz Festival!  

Local Bands performed at House of Soul Thurs-Sun and we finished out the festival with a performance by The WIllie Jones III Quintet.  We rented a grand piano - so Spokane could experience a real dinner-club atomosphere.  The Willie Jones III quintet was off the hook - bringing a great mix of intensity, and soul and brought the New York Vibe to Spokane.  It was the such a treat for Spokane listeners at The House of Soul who varied from College students to local professional musicians and other jazz loving community members.  

Student Clinics

We had 3 fantastic clinics for this years fesstival - giving the local studnets many opportunities to work with the guest artitsts - The Willie Jones III Quintet.

The Tuesday night clinic featured small group combos from WSU, EWU, Whitworth and SAJE who performed and received feedback by the artists. It was a treat for the students to be able to watch each other perform, and for all the students to be able to hear the various comments.  In the middle of the clinic, the students were able to watch a small performance by members of the Willie Jones III Quintet - allowing them to hear the model.  

There were 2 clinics on Wednesday - one at Mead High School where Jeremy Pelt worked with some students on soloing, and a clinic in the afternoon at The House of Soul where Ralph Moore, Gerald Cannon and Willie Jones III worked in trio format performing for students of SAJE and answering various questions.    



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