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Studio Jazz Ensemble and Modern Band

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 7:30pm
$10 all tickets. Tickets on sale soon.
  • UW Studio Jazz Ensemble: Big Band, drums (photo: Steve Korn)

The Studio Jazz Ensemble performs music by Mercer Ellington and Bill Holman, as well as other big band arrangements and repertory selections. The Modern Band performs a set of original compositions by band members EJ Brannan, Andrew Friedrich, Beau Wood, Trevor Eulau, and Jacob Linden.


Modern Band
Cuong Vu, advisor

January is over now (February too): Beau Wood
Friction: Andrew Friedrich
Storyteller: Jacob Linden
Spinning Lilies: Trevor Eulau
Crook: EJ Brannan

EJ Brannan, drums
Trevor Eulau, guitar
Andrew Friedrich, guitar
Elliot Halpern, saxophone
Jacob Lipp, saxophone
Jacob Linden, piano
Beau Wood, bass

Studio Jazz Ensemble
Marc Seales, advisor 

Blues for Poland: Tony Klatka
What’s New: Johnny Burke and Bob Haggert Arr. by Bill Holman
Us : Thad Jones
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be: Mercer Ellington Arr. by Mark Taylor 

Special Guests: Jackson Cotugno, alto sax; Paul Gabrielson, bass

Trumpet: Colton Lindstrand – Lead; Carlos Alvarez; Max Chastain; Grace Remendowski; Brandon Cain
Trombone: Alex Weber; Daniel Matsumoto – Lead; Dion Archer-Roll; Rowan Bever
Tenors: Elliott Halpern; Jacob Lipp
Altos: Jackson Cotugno; Liam Salas
Bari: Harlan Molitor
Rhythm Section: Paul Gabrielson, bass; Chase LaPlante, drums; Gavin Westland, piano 


Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing to a wide range of artists such as Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie.

As a youngster, Cuong's intense dedication and love for music led him to a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies with a distinction in performance. Transitioning from his studies in Boston, he moved to New York in 1994 and began his career actively leading various groups while touring extensively throughout the world. As a leader, Cuong has released eight recordings, each making critics’ lists of the 10 best recordings of their respective years and has received rave reviews from notable publications such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, the Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, JazzTimes and Downbeat. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory as a trumpet player, blurring all stylistic borders while developing his own compositional aesthetic and sound world.

Awards and honors that Cuong has garnered include grants from the Royalty Research Foundation, the Donald E. Petersen Professorship, ArtistTrust, 4Culture, CityArts and the Colbert Award for Excellence.  Cuong is currently associate professor and chair of Jazz Studies at the University of Washington and was awarded the University of Washington's prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award in his third year on faculty. In 2002 and 2006, Cuong was a recipient of the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. He’s been recognized as one of the top 50 Jazz Artists in an article called “The New Masters” from the British magazine, “Classic CD” and in 2006 was named the Best International Jazz Artist by the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society. Amazon listed Vu’s “Come Play With Me” on their “The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time.”

Marc Seales

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 is a professor in 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.