Category Archives: Jazz

Robin Hilt ~ Jazz Vocalist

Photographer Mark Gladding took some pictures of my band at a charity event last weekend. I’ve seen maybe ten of the hundreds of photos he shot. This one is my favorite so far: Robin Hilt is one very special and … Continue reading

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Squirrel Nut Zippers

I accidently found a recording of this band and just loved the bari sax line. So I thought I’d drop this here so that I can find it later, especially if I ever do a small jazz ensemble again. The … Continue reading

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MJJO Guest Vocalist, Tae Phoenix

“I’ve often cringed when I heard myself described as a jazz singer. I’ve always thought of myself as a jazz vocalist.” ~ Cassandra Wilson After a gig at Winterfest 2013 a young lady walked up to the band and said, … Continue reading

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Free Stuff

“The best things in life are free.” ~ American Proverb It’s a foggy, northwest winter morning and I am on vacation from work. I have been meaning to capture some of the cool free stuff (or near free) I’ve discovered … Continue reading

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Birdland Big Band on Section (Ensemble) Playing

The Rico Reed folks recently shared some time with the sax section from the Birdland Big Band. The conversation was so good I wanted to capture some of it here for future reference. Bret Pimentel · Assistant Professor of Woodwinds … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra ~ 2012

Last night was picture taking time with my all-time favorite band, the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra 2012. This band is directed by Ray Guyll and consists of mostly Microsoft employees and alumni. The lead tenor and I (retired Microsoftie) are … Continue reading

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Gordon Goodwin ~ Too Close for Comfort

The Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra luv’s this chart sung by our own Shaz. We don’t play a lot of Gordon Goodwin’s stuff because it is so fricken’ hard to do well. This one took a lot of practice, but we … Continue reading

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Killer Sax Section

This is one of my favorite sax sections to date. The Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra played at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in Bellevue for 3000+ Microsoft MVPs from all over the world. This section is tight and really swings. I’m … Continue reading

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Overjoyed

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible, is music.” ~ Aldous Huxley Esperanza Spalding is an American multi-instrumentalist best known as a jazz bassist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. In 2011, … Continue reading

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From my Bucket List: Small Ensemble Musings

“As good as I am, I’m nothing without my band.” ~ Steven Tyler I was thinking about some of the things on my bucket list, most of them job, family and music related. I am not brave enough to share … Continue reading

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