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Jazz Innovations, Part 2

Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 7:30pm
Student jazz pianist (Mark Stone photo)
Jazz combo pianist (Photo: Mark Stone).

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. 


The Yeah Nos
Beau Wood, advisor

Windows: Chick Corea (1941 – 2021)

Keep on Trippin’: Manu Katché (b. 1958)

Dance of the Rat-Men: Gavin Westland

Lingus: Michael League (b. 1984)

Gavin Westland, piano; Mason Palmer, guitar; Marek Magana, bass; Aiden Chan, percussion; Martin Nguyen, saxophone


The Thirty Five
Marc Seales, advisor

Loretta: Ginger Root (b. 1995) arr. Ari Okin

Passionfruit: Drake (b. 1986) arr. Markus Teuton

Who Needs Forever: Astrud Gilberto (1940 – 2023) and Quincy Jones (b. 1933) arr. Don Tran 

Daytripper: The Beatles arr. Jacob Lipp

Ari Okin, voice; Jacob Lipp, tenor sax; Markus Teuton, guitar; Don Tran, bass; Ethan Horn, drums


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.

graduate student Beau Wood

Beau Wood is a string bassist based in Seattle.  Born by the Columbia river in 1995, Beau began playing double bass and bass guitar in 2005. He attends the University of Washington School of Music, where he has studied with Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Steve Rodby, Marc Seales, Jordan Anderson, and Barry Lieberman.  Beau is currently a member of Attempted Arson,  the Waddlers, the UW Symphony Orchestra, the UW Wind Ensemble, and the UW Modern Band.  When he is not playing with these groups or composing for other projects, Beau practices audio engineering and production in his studio.