B’shnorkestra returns this fall with two shows featuring the Global Concertos project and more. Save the dates – October 24 in Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival and November 1st in Tacoma’s Classical Tuesdays in Old Town.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
Admission: $7 advance/ $10 at the door
The Sam Boshnack Quintet performs The Nellie Bly Project, a suite of original compositions illuminating the daredevil, feminist, journalist and iconoclast Nellie Bly (1864–1922).
“Since I was a young girl, Nellie Bly has been an inspiration. A reporter at a time when women were not welcome into journalism, she was a fiery and persistent individual who worked within extreme confines to achieve great things for both the subjects she covered (including mental health and prison facilities), and for women in her field.” —Sam Boshnack
Boshnack combines a musical exploration of Bly’s life with propulsion from her words – as spoken and sung elements within the suite.
SBQ will perform The Nellie Bly Project in its entirety, as well as new compositions. Following this special night, SBQ heads into Studio Litho to record The Nellie Bly Project, their second album. The Nellie Bly Project premiered in 2014 with support from 4Culture and Sprout.
Opening is Duende, an energetic new trio featuring longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums and percussion). Duende skillfully utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of rhythms and influences from the Americas, Europe and Africa. With catchy melodies and lush harmonies, it’s got a wholehearted commitment to groove.
Since the arrival of the 21st century, jazz has evolved into a truly cross-generational, multicultural musical art form that is assimilating an unprecedented array of musical styles and techniques. At the same time, the male-dominated paradigm that has defined the historical narrative of jazz is no more. Women are shaking up the music industry while the general public is becoming much more aware of the contributions female musicians have made to jazz. “Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz,” a collection of interviews with 37 female musicians, musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, and representing nearly every style of jazz one can imagine, provides evidence of this profound evolution. The interviewees speak about their earliest experiences playing music, the years of practice required to become a professional musician, and what jazz means in the new millennium. These interviews will inform and inspire both casual and seasoned fans of this music, as well as young musicians taking their first steps in the journey to master their craft. “At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz. As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: ‘If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.’ Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music.” — Judy Chaikin, director of “The Girls in the Band.”
The interviewees: Mindi Abair – Saxophones; Cheryl Bentyne – Voice; Jane Ira Bloom – Soprano Saxophone; Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet; Dee Dee Bridgewater – Voice; Terri Lyne Carrington – Drums; Sharel Cassity – Saxophones; Anat Cohen – Clarinet, Saxophones; Jean Cook – Violin; Connie Crothers – Piano; Eliane Elias – Piano, Voice; Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – Voice; Lenae Harris- Cello; Val Jeanty – Electronics, Percussion; Jan Leder – Flute; Jennifer Leitham – Double Bass; Carmen Lundy – Voice; Sherrie Maricle – Drums; Jane Monheit – Voice; Jacqui Naylor – Voice; Aurora Nealand – Saxophones, Clarinet; Iris Ornig – Double Bass; Alisha Pattillo – Tenor Saxophone; Roberta Piket – Piano; Cheryl Pyle – Flute; Nicole Rampersaud – Trumpet; Sofia Rei – Voice; Patrizia Scascitelli – Piano; Diane Schuur – Voice; Ellen Seeling – Trumpet; Helen Sung – Piano; Jacqui Sutton – Voice; Mazz Swift – Violin, Voice; Nioka Workman – Cello; Pamela York – Piano; Brandee Younger – Harp; Malika Zarra – Voice
The 328-page book includes 42 photographs, a 24-page history of jazz, and individual introductions to each interview. The interviews are presented in a traditional Q&A format.
[Front cover photo of Connie Crothers by Peter Gannushkin]
About the Author
Chris Becker has written about all styles of music for several print and online publications, including Culturemap Houston, Houston Press. All About Jazz, and Sequenza 21. He is also an active composer of music for dance, film, and mixed-media installations.
Presented by Counter Programming – a jazz music series occurring throughout the month of November at various locations. This evening brings Seattle-based trumpeter, Samantha Boshnack and Miami-based musician, Matthew Evan Taylor, for a night of her compositions and improvisation.
Counter Programming is curated by Matthew Evan Taylor and sponsored by Cannonball, an arts organization dedicated to supporting artists, innovative forms of cultural production, and education to advance critical discourse and understanding of contemporary art practice.
Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet
October 23 – 24 | 7:30PM October 25 | 6:30PM
Velocity Dance Center | 1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
An evening of cross-continental contemporary dance – set to high-octane original jazz and part of the UW Dance Program’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
As part of the University of Washington Dance Program’s 50th Anniversary, encore performance by KSD with the Sam Boshnack Quintet features works by celebrated UW dance artists. From Seattle to Switzerland, artists Karin Stevens (1999 Alum), Penny Hutchinson (Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Artist) and Jürg Koch (Professor 2004-2014) showcase their individual choreographic styles with 5 works set to live original jazz music.
Moved by the recent work of prolific Seattle trumpeter and composer Samantha Boshnack and a desire to build community and expand KSD’s reach, Karin brings together an artistic team of UW alumni, alumni faculty, and 10 new dancers. Back by demand, the four returning works and one new work pull inspiration from man-made and natural powerful local structures like the 99 Viaduct and Puget Sound, lively Juba music, intimate relationships and idiosyncrasies that occur inside of ensemble.
Karin’s three-movement finale work – Dormant, Exploding Syndrome, Ash Cloud – explores unexpected life eruptions with an expanded 10-dancer cast. Using the inspirations for Dormant, Karin aims to raise awareness for the Ben Towne Foundation and Seattle’s revolutionary childhood cancer research.
“Masterful artistry with precise timing, exacting movement and a sophisticated sense of flow. ” – Cyrus Khambatta, Seattle International Dance Festival
In the month of June, the Sam Boshnack Quintet is hitting the road playing shows in Montana, Seattle and Olympia. We will be collaborating with Karin Stevens Dance again as well as playing club shows.
Tuesday, June 9 – 7:30 pm
Eichardt’s Pub (Sandpoint, ID)
Wed, June 10 – 7 pm
Top Hat Lounge (Missoula, Montana)
Friday, June 12 and Saturday June 13 – 7:30 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet with Karin Stevens Dance
O’Shaugnessy Center presented by Glacier Symphony (Whitefish, Montana)
Friday, June 26 – 10 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet at The Olympia Experimental Music Festival (Olympia, WA)
Eagles Club Grand Ballroom