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Marc Seales Quartet with Special Guest Ernie Watts

Tue, Jun 11 -
Wed, Jun 12, 2024




$31.50 ($9.00 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents post-bop jazz pianist and UW professor Marc Seales for two nights! Band members are: Marc Seales (keys), Ernie Watts (tenor sax), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Moyes Lucas Jr (drums) and Steve Rodby (bass). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night. This show is supported by KNKX.

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A noted pianist, composer and leading figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Marc Seales has shared stages with many of the great players of the last two decades. He has played with nearly every visiting jazz celebrity from Joe Henderson and Art Pepper to Benny Carter, Mark Murphy, and Bobby Hutcherson. With the late Don Lanphere he performed in such places as London, England; Kobe, Japan; The Hague in the Netherlands; and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

The musicians he admires most are Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Wynton Kelly, though he is quick to acknowledge that he owes the basically be-bop/post be-bop sound of his playing to his mentors, Don Lanphere and Floyd Standifer.

Critics have praised Seales variously for his "meaty piano solos," and "blues inflected, Hancock-inspired modernism." Winner of numerous Earshot awards (Instrumentalist of the Year in 1999 and Acoustic Jazz Group in 2000 and 2001; Jazz Hall of Fame, 2009), Seales is today promoting jazz awareness and molding young talents as a Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where he serves as Chair of the Jazz Studies Program. He teaches an array of courses, including History of Jazz, Jazz Piano, and Beginning and Advanced Improvisation, as well as leading various workshops and ensembles.

Two-time Grammy award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than 50 years, since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age 16 on, he has been playing professionally, initially while attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderly to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. In 2014, Watts received the prestigious Frankfurt music prize, given by the city of Frankfurt, Germany. It is presented to both classical and non-classical musicians. Of the 32 current winners, only six have been jazz musicians. Per the Frankfurt music prize foundation, Watts was “selected for his strikingly, melodic, saxophone style, and his original tone language,” with which he has already enriched several generations of musicians. Previous jazz honorees include Chick Corea, Paquito de Rivera, and John McLaughlin. In 2015, Watts was selected as guest of honor at the Telluride, jazz festival in Colorado, and played on the Ernie Watts main stage with his own quartet.

“He is one of the greatest, living, tenor, saxophonist, at the top of his game.” - Ian Patterson/All About Jazz

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