PIANIST BILL ANSCHELL JOINS SALUTE TO MILES DAVIS IN SUDDEN VALLEY
The salute to jazz legendary trumpet player, Miles Davis, has added another all-star musician for the November 10th concert at the Jazz Barn in Gate 2 in Sudden Valley. Seattle pianist, Bill Anschell, will be joining a group that already includes Kevin Woods on trumpet; tenor sax man, Josh Cook; bassist Roger Yashamita and Judd Sherwood on drums.
The band will heavily feature the music that Davis played for Columbia Records in the 60’s under the direction of Gil Evans and with Davis’ own small jazz group that included John Coltrane. Woods plays the Davis parts and Josh Cook is an admirable stand-in for Coltrane. Some of the pianists who worked with Davis included Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock and Anschell ﬁts nicely in that niche.
The concert also features the Sudden Valley premiere performance of a new, 8 piece vocal group called PNWVoices that sings in the style of the Hi-Lo’s and Manhattan Transfer.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on-line at www.fswl.org, Village Books, the Sudden Valley Association Ofﬁce or by contacting K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court, Gate 2, Sudden Valley.
Tickets for next year’s series, an $80 value, will be sold for the special advance price of $60 during the concert.
Magic Circle Brings Jazz from South Africa to Sudden Valley
Since jazz was born in the miasma of the Mississippi Delta after the Civil War, it has migrated to foreign lands and transformed itself according to the preferences of the locals. The group that will be playing a concert at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn on Saturday, Oct. 6th, pays tribute to the transmutations of jazz in 3 of those foreign climes – Brazil, Cuba and, most importantly, South Africa. This music was popularized in the States by Hugh Masakela and Ibn Ahbrahim (better known as Dollar Brand). The Magic Circle Sextet has taken on a heavy load in paying tribute to the musical genres of those 3 nations but they’re more than up to the task.
The band features a killer front line, featuring Alex Dugdale on both saxophone and tap dancing,Steve Mostovoy on trumpet and Jerome Smith (who most ably backed up La Von Harrison at our last concert) on both trombone and sousaphone. They’re all anchored by a great rhythm section featuring Eric Verlinde (who was also featured with La Von Harrison) on piano, Dean Schmidt on bass and Sudden Valley veteran Jeff Busche, on drums.
Their concert at Sudden Valley takes place in the Dance Barn at 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 6th. Tickets are $20 in aid of the South Whatcom Library and can be purchased at Village Books in Fairhaven, the Sudden Valley Association Ofﬁce, on-line at www.fswl.org or by called K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709.
Pegasus Art Gallery, at the corner of Holly and Bay Streets, has two ﬁne jazz acts to round out its February calendar and then will pause until the early spring in their musical presentations. Heidi Wood, gallery owner feels that sunshine and clear weather is more conducive to the cameo-jazz performances that she’s booked.
To end the winter series, Pegasus is presenting noted local jazz pianist, Steve Rudy and Tom Anastasio on bass. They will be appearing at the gallery on Tuesday, Feb. 13th from 7-9 pm. Admission is free.
The ﬁnal act this season is an interesting duo featuring Mark Ashworth on guitar and vocals accompanied by Mark Kelly, who, in addition to his duties as leader of Bellingham’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, is also a ﬁne sax, clarinet and ﬂute player. The two Marks will be appearing at the Pegasus on Tuesday, February 20th from 7 to 9 pm.
Stay tuned for further information about the reopening of this cameo jazz series in the spring. Naturally, the Pegasus Gallery remains open at its usual hours year round.
For further information, contact Heidi Wood at 360-599-7731 or K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709.