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Jazz And Soul In Seattle

Steve Scher
03/31/2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Grunge isn't the only music to come out of Seattle. Back in the 60s and 70s Seattle had a thriving soul and funk movement. Today there's an up–and–coming jazz scene. Today, music and stories from "The Racer Sessions" and Wheedle's Groove. It's a special jazz and soul pledge drive edition of "Weekday."


Cuong Vu is an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Washington. He has played trumpet with a number of musicians including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Cibo Matto. He has released five albums as a band leader and has received numerous awards, including two Grammy's for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group.

Andrew D'Angleo is a composer, performer, and bandleader based in Brooklyn, NY (though he is a Seattle native). He has worked with many musicians, including Kurt Rosenwinkel and the Human Feel. He is currently releasing his latest trio CD.

Luke Bergman is cocreator, organizer and artistic director of "The Racer Sessions," a weekly performance series which is devoted to the advancement of avant–garde music in Seattle. He also serves as a board member, producer, recording engineer and cofounder of Table and Chairs Music, a not–for–profit, independent record label in Seattle.

Evan Woodle is a graduate of the Roosevelt High School Jazz program. He is also a cofounder of "The Racer Sessions" and a board member of Table and Chairs Music. He is a cofounder of the Improvised Music Project at The University of Washington, a student group that promotes improvised music and presents an annual creative music festival.

John Gilbreath is the executive director of Earshott Jazz. He also hosts jazz shows on KBCS and KEXP.

Reverend Patrinell Staton Wright (vocals) went by the name Patrinell Staton back when she released a 45 in 1969. She now sings with the Total Gospel Experience Choir. She was also DJ at KYAC in Seattle after coming to Seattle in 1964, singing Gospel music and listening to Soul on the radio. She recently released her first solo CD entitled "I'm So Glad! A Spiritual Reunion of Drums & Voice."

Members of the Total Gospel Experience Choir.

Robbie Hill (drums) was an original member of Robbie Hill's Family Affair.

Herman Brown (guitar) was an original member of Cookin' Bag.

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