GUEST BLOGGER: RIK WRIGHT
If you’ve never noticed it, there’s a seldom recognized non-profit here in SeattleÂ dedicated to more avant-garde forms of free and creative music, art and danceÂ performances. Located in a non-descriptÂ building on 18th and Union, Gallery 1412 hasÂ occupied the space formerly housing the Polestar Music Gallery for several years now.Â
James DeJoie has been gracing the Pacific Northwest with his baritone and altoÂ saxophone performances for many years now. A Seattle native, DeJoie’s saxophonics,Â along with his clarinet and flute prowess, have been part of innumerable Seattle jazzÂ outfits including the Jazz Police, the Jim Cutler Orchestra, the Jim Knapp OrchestraÂ and Zen Tornado. DeJoie revels in the practice of bringing together diverse musicalÂ genres in distinctive combinations, enlisting veteran bassist Walter White, drummerÂ Randy Doak, and exceptional vibraphonist Evan Buehler together to play their originalÂ compositions. Along with our more “traditional” jazz sound, Joie Tet oftenÂ incorporates multiple wind and percussive instruments enhanced by electronic sampling,Â effect pedals and spoken word.
Chris Stover’s More Zero plays an exciting mix of modern jazz, drum-n-bass, and funkÂ all within the framework of Chris’s unique compositional style. Favorably compared toÂ the Dave Holland Quintet and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quartet,Â More ZeroÂ features anÂ eclectic mix of some truly world class improvising musicians: Stuart MacDonald onÂ saxophone, Ben Thomas on vibes, Jeff Norwood on bass, and Matt Jorgensen on drums.Â
For a mid-week taste of musical experimentation and noteworthy instrumental prowess, visitÂ Gallery 1412Â for More Zero and the James DeJoie Joie Tet and treat yourself to this fabulous combination of local inspirations.