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Sam Boshnack Quintet on KNKX


On April 11, 2017 Sam Boshnack Quintet had the privilege of performing live at KNKX studios for radio broadcast.

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“Growing up in upstate New York, you might expect a young jazz talent to head for the Big Apple, the legendary “jazz center of the world,” but trumpeter Samantha Boshnack came to Seattle. She’ll tell you it was a great decision.

Sam is a dedicated composer as well as player, and she told us about working with her large ensemble, the B’shnorchestra, that working with those she admires as players and people is what she loves about jazz.

Live in the KNKX studios, it was obvious that her band loves playing her music with her.

Complex, multi-faceted movements are her specialty, and after three extended tunes our studio audience felt like we’d been on an epic journey. One word that kept coming up was “cinematic,” and one piece – “Seventy-Two Days” from her soon-to-be-released Nellie Bly Project album – sounded like a short film about the dynamic journalist, inventor and daredevil feminist from a century ago.”

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Sam Boshnack Quintet Happenings


Sam Boshnack Quintet will be making our Tula’s debut – I hope you can join us.
     April 14 – 7:30 pm
     2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
     For reservations please call 206-443-4221 or email with the following info: reservation date, time, number in party, last name for reservation, and your phone number.

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B’shnorkestra Global Concertos CD Release

B’shnorkestra is thrilled to announce the release of it’s second album – Global Concertos.

This recording was recorded live on May 9, 2015 by Tom Fallat and Paurl Walsh, mixed by Evan Schiller and mastered by Ed Brooks.

You can now purchase the CD on cdbabyAmazon iTunes and Bandcamp

B’shnorkestra was nominated for both Album of the Year (for Global Concertos) and Acoustic Jazz Ensemble in Earshot’s Golden Ear Awards.  These awards recognize the accomplishments of Seattle jazz artists over the previous year.

“Under the direction of Joshua Kohl, B’shnorkestra provides both compositional brilliance, and improvisational latitude… notions of freedom and spiritual unity are beautifully expressed by Boshnack’s modal transitions providing a musical landscape not “fragmented” by cultural bias.” – Paul Rauch/All of About Jazz.  Read More

“A sense of boundless – and borderless – creative improvisation infuses Boshnack’s cinematic compositions; her musical feat cannot be overlooked or overplayed.” – Halynn Blanchard/Earshot Jazz – Read More

“What you will find and hear in these five extended original compositions (from live performances, by the way) is a well-formed and well-thought out set of modern “chamber music”… but, it’s not boring, or plodding, or any of those terms that are often associated with the genre…. It was the wonderfully upbeat “Concerto for Talking Drum” that got my vote for personal favorite… you will hear Gypsy caravans, Hollywood horns and some of the most energetic up-front percussion that’s ever been recorded.  I give Samantha and her “B’shnorkestra” a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.”  – Dick Metcalf/Improvijazzation – Read More

Composer / band leader / trumpeter Samantha Boshnack gained *my* attention for her first release with this 14 piece big band, entitled “Go To Orange”, which came out of nowhere and hugely impressed me with its maturity. This is the somewhat different (more world music influences) but equally poised follow up and it is another excellent unclassifiable-but-still-jazz release. Highly recommended! – Wayside Music – Read More

Global Concertos Live, is a sprawling map of World musics cohered to meld into nearly avant-garde expositions rooted in firm historical roots. I say “nearly” as it’s evident avant-gardery wasn’t her full intent, but the result of the global transcosmopolitan blended with folk refrains and divers other elements puts the five long offerings here somewhere between what the Zoho label has been so prodigious in emitting and a neoclassical wrinkle no one has yet coined a genre term for. – Mark Tucker/VERITA VAMPIRUS CD REVIEW

Global Concertos is five Boshnack compositions, each showcasing a guest soloist’s instrument and tradition: Thione Diop – West African talking drum, Christos Govetas – Greek clarinet, Srivani Jade – North Indian vocals, Julio Jauregui – Latin American piano and Thomas Marriott – American jazz trumpet. In Global Concertos each artist brings their individual voice to the B’shnorkestra to create a new “all world” sound.

B’shnorkestra:  Samantha Boshnack (trumpet/composer),  Chris Credit & Kevin Nortness (woodwinds), Alex Guy & Paris Hurley (violin), Brianna Atwell (viola), Maria Scherer Wilson & Daniel Mullikin (cello), Tim Carey & Carmen Rothwell (bass), Adam Kozie & Greg Campbell (drums/percussion), Ivan Galvez (congas/percussion), Joshua Kohl (conductor)

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Alchemy Sound Project’s Debut CD “Further Explorations,” has been named by DownBeat Magazine as one of the top records of 2016.


Alchemy Sound Project’s 2016 release Further Explorations presents innovative compositions and virtuoso performances by five jazz composer-performers, each a highly advanced improviser in their own right. The synergy of this collective, enhanced by two guest performers, produces music that is fascinating, raw and honest.

While the group’s configuration and roots serve as a continuation of the jazz tradition, the members also compose orchestral works, film scores, chamber music and solo pieces for various ensembles and projects across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Music education, support for the arts and expansion of cultural self-awareness and empowerment are important themes for this group.

Alchemy Project composers are Sumi Tonooka (piano), Erica Lindsay (tenor saxophone) Salim Washington (tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, bass clarinet & oboe), David Arend (acoustic bass) and Samantha Boshnack (trumpet & flugelhorn). In addition to these composers the band features Max Wood (drums) and Willem De Koch (trombone).

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B’shnorkestra Global Concertos Concerts

B’shnorkestra returns this fall with two shows featuring the Global Concertos project and more.

Monday, October 24, 8pm
Part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, co-presented with Cornish Presents
PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
710 E Roy St, Seattle
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Tuesday November 1, 7 pm
Presented by Classical Tuesdays in Old Town
Slavonian Hall
2306 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma
Featuring soloists – Diop and Marriott.

Read Boshnack Interview about Global Concertos on Second Inversion

B’shnorkestra line-up for fall shows will be:
 Joshua Kohl conductor
Samantha Boshnack trumpets
Chris Credit & Kevin Nortness woodwinds
Alex Guy & Alina To violins
Brianna Atwell viola
Maria Scherer Wilson & Daniel Mullikin cellos
Tim Carey & Scott Teske upright basses
Adam Kozie & Greg Campbell drums/percussion
Lalo Bello congas

Concerto for Talking Drum featuring Thione Diop

Concerto for Jazz Trumpet featuring Thomas Marriott

Concerto for Christos featuring Christos Govetas

Prarthona featuring Srivani Jade

Concerto for Julio featuring Julio Jauregui

Video by Ian Lucero –
Global Concertos was made possible with funding from New Music USA, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

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Sam Boshnack Quintet with Duende at The Royal Room

Sam Boshnack Quintet and Duende at Royal Room

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.

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Boshnack Interview Included in Book About Women in Jazz


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.

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Boshnack is featured in concert at Perez Art Museum Miami

Counter Programming_Samantha Boshnack

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.​

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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet

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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

Read review of this collaboration from 2014 in Seattle Star