Seattle Reprertory Jazz Orchestra Tentet @ Seasons
May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A ten-person jazz ensemble of Seattle’s best plays the music of the great Thelonious Monk
Seattle Reprertory Jazz Orchestra Tentet
Featuring Jay Thomas, Bill Ramsay, Phil Sparks, Michael Brockman & Clarence Acox
The elders of the Seattle Jazz Scene play the quirky works of Thelonious Monk
Doors open at: 6:00 PM
This performance is part of the International Jazz Stars 3-Concert Series, including
A rare performance of works by one of Jazz’s most inventive composers.
SRJO is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece big band is made up of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area. Ten of those incredible players will make the trip to Yakima to highlight the gorgeous and quirky works of one of the greatest of American composers, Thelonious Monk.
The SRJO is co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.
Recovering jazz classics for performance by the ensemble is accomplished by co-director Michael Brockman, our region’s outstanding practitioner of the art of transcribing lost-to-print composition and arrangement, note for note, from vintage recordings.
Performers include Seattle’s finest professional jazz artists comprising a diverse group of young and veteran performers. Trumpeter Jay Thomas has been named Earshot’s Best Instrumentalist and has recorded with Cedar Walton, Herb Ellis, and others. Saxophonist Bill Ramsay is a touring veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra. Phil Sparks is the most in-demand bassist in Seattle, named Earshot’s Musician of the Year in 1996. Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has burst onto the national scene with acclaimed CD recording that have consistently topped the radio airplay charts. The list of local jazz luminaries who regularly perform with the SRJO continues to expand.