Posts tagged: Claudio Rochat-Felix

Jazz, Teaching, and Lucky Brown

By , May 15, 2013 11:20 am

A couple of really fun performances around town over the past couple of weeks:

Claudio Rochat-Felix and Michael Marcus at 418 Public House:  Drums, Bass, and Saxophone.  Really cool chance to stretch on things and mess with forms in interesting ways.

Claudio, Tim Kennedy, Ian Sheridan, and Thomas Marriott at Vito’s:  First time playing with Tom and a great time playing tunes and interacting as a quintet.

Eric Hullander, Owen Ross, and Tyler Graves at the Seamonster:  Another standards gig, for the most part, but run through the Seamonster lens.

Bill Bradburd, Geoff Harper, and Tim Kennedy at the Columbia City Gallery:  Sort of a Dexter and Hayes reunion; it had been too long since I’d played with Bill!

Jacob Zimmerman jam session:  This was just Jacob and me playing saxophone and talking; I left his house really motivated to continue getting deeper into playing music!

I was really happy to be a little busier in town with different people; Although I always feel connected to the music community in Seattle, this added something different to the connection, in a great way.


I also participated in a student recital as a teacher for the first time!  Although I still want my focus to be performance, I really enjoy teaching kids, and I was happy and proud that some of my students were able to perform in front of friends and family.  Hopefully the first of more to come.


Last but not least, this past weekend I played in the Lucky Mystery Now Orchestra, which was essentially a conglomeration of several funk groups including the Polyrhythmics, and performed original music written and arranged by Lucky Brown.  Many of the other Polyrhythmics members have known Lucky for years and years, but I’ve known him just for the last year or so, and I admire his dedication and energy that he puts toward his music.  To see him in front of the LMNO so happy to hear us play what he wrote was inspiring to me, and something I hope to remember as I continue to write and perform.



Thanks everyone! / Dexter and Hayes

By , August 13, 2009 8:43 am

Thank you for all of your support and great comments about the site!  I never really know how well it works or looks to other folks, so I’m glad it works as well as I’d hoped.

Tuesday night I headed down to the Dexter and Hayes pub to play standards and straight-ahead jazz with Gravity, a trio featuring Tim Kennedy, Ian Sheridan, and Claudio Rochat-Felix.  These guys know so much about so many different styles of music, but when it’s time to throw down and play a certain type of material, they just get into it and always sound super tight and burning.  Plus, they always have a lot of fun doing it.

The people at the D&H know all this too.  There are the regulars, young and old, that come through and get hugs from the guys, hang out with them, and throw some money in the tip jar, but there are also always at least one to two people that end up sitting in one of the booths and really digging the music.  Then there are the musicians that come through too.  There are definitely slow Tuesdays sometimes, like anywhere, but when it’s cracking it’s really cracking.  It’s too bad this session and the jam session at the Owl and Thistle are the same night, as the Owl attracts the same badass musicians, and is really the only other steady straight-ahead session in town.

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