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Jazz Innovations, Part 1

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 7:30pm
Jazz combo pianist
Jazz combo pianist (Photo: Mark Stone/UW Photography)

Small combos perform original music and arrangements of jazz standards, modern classics, and deep cuts from the popular music repertoire over two consecutive nights of performance. 


We Are Ensemble 
Ted Poor - advisor 

Stablemates: Benny Golson
Freedom Jazz Dance: Eddie Harris
Mr Day: John Coltrane
Equinox: John Coltrane
Nica’s Dream: Horace Silver 
Adityha, Alto sax; Yotam Snir, Tenor Sax; EJ Brannan, Drums; Jai Lasker, Guitar; Solomon Lubell, Bass 

The Subterraneans 
Andrew Friedrich - advisor

Armando's Rhumba: Chick Corea 
Ruby My Dear: Thelonious Monk 
Pent-Up House: Sonny Rollins 
Warmth: Gavin Westland
Jazz Crimes: Joshua Redman 
Martin Nguyen, Sax; Mason Palmer, Guitar; Gavin Westland, Piano; Marek Magana, Bass; Aiden Chan, Drums 

The Thirty Five 
Marc Seales – advisor 

Whisper Not: Benny Golson 
Parisian Thoroughfare: Bud Powell 
Afro Centric: Joe Henderson 
Butterfly: Herbie Hancock 
Ari Okin, Voice; Jacob Lipp, Tenor Sax; Markus Teuton, Guitar; Shai Permilovsky, Piano; Don Tran, Bass; Ethan Horn, Drum 

Biographies: Faculty Advisors

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.

Ted Poor is a New York-born, Seattle-based drummer and composer whose adventurous, soulful playing has vaulted him to the stages of some of today’s most vital artists. Modern Drummer describes his playing as “adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking.” A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ted has toured and recorded with renowned artists such as Paul Simon, Marcus Mumford, Bill Frisell, Rufus Wainwright, Pat Metheny, Blake Mills, Madison Cunningham, Chris Thile, John Scofield, Cuong Vu, My Brightest Diamond, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Gabriel Kahane. 

Having signed with Verve Records (UMG), his debut album, You Already Know, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim.  The album, which is co-produced with Blake Mills features Andrew D’Angelo, Andrew Bird, Rob Moose, Paul Kowert and Sebastian Steinberg. JazzTimes calls the album “profound and moving” and states, “intimate, involving, and lasting, You Already Know balms the senses, wakes them up, slaps them around, and offers positive affirmations.” 

Ted is a member of Los Angeles based singer/song-writer Andrew Bird’s band; appearing on and touring the albums Are You Serious and My Finest Work Yet (Loma Vista/Concord).  He also performed regularly in the house band on the live radio broadcast of Live From Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion). Ted is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and the acting Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle.