Urban Folklore

Thomas Marriott and the Orrin Evans trio at the Royal Room.

Thomas Marriott and the Orrin Evans trio at the Royal Room.

Seattle-based trumpet player Thomas Marriott introduced a new suite of music at The Royal Room that is just mind-blowing. He was accompanied at the unveiling by Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Donald Edwards on drums. The quartet recorded Marriott’s tunes the next day for a CD, “Urban Folklore,” to be released on Origin Records.

The Royal Room, in Columbia City, which is nearby for me, was as packed as I’ve ever seen it. I’d also never seen a band earn a standing ovation and cries for an encore, in a venue like the Royal Room.

Needless to say, Marriott and company really turned it out.
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The Entertainer: Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto at the keyboard in the Royal Room in Columbia City, Seattle.

Jovino Santos Neto at the keyboard in the Royal Room in Columbia City, Seattle.

I knew his son, Ariel, before I knew Jovino Santos Neto. Ariel was a student, in 1999, in a prestigious program, the Urban Newspaper Workshop, conducted by The Seattle Times, where I worked at the time. During the grueling interview session for the workshop, Ariel mentioned that his father was a jazz musician. I knew of Jovino Santos Neto, but like a lot of ethnic-ignorant people associated Neto as his last name. Ariel went by Santos. Duh.

If you’ve ever witnessed Jovino in concert, you would not have forgotten him. No way. And if you’ve heard him — on CD or radio — you can imagine him. He performs with an energy that easily matches that in his music. He works harder, and has more fun, than anyone I’ve ever seen on the keyboards. For him the bench at the piano is just a physical construct, not any sort of boundary or limitation.
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Performance Art: Jazz

Andy Clausen (left) looks on as Riley Mulherkar takes a solo on trumpet at the Royal Room.

Andy Clausen (left) looks on as Riley Mulherkar takes a solo on trumpet at the Royal Room.

I met a mother of a jazz drummer last night during the amazing performance by Thomas Marriott and Joe Locke at Tula’s and, as I was explaining my enthusiasm for photographing artists in performance, realized that a lot of my jazz work is not present on this blog. So I’m rectifying some of that.
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