Gordon Grdna Trio/James Falzone Trio/Nathan Breedlove Quintet @ Royal Room September 27

The Gordon Grdina Trio with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias will be coming to the Royal Room on September 27th along with the James Falzone Trio with Wayne Horvitz and Abbey Blackwell, and the Nathan Breedlove Quintet. For tickets and more information, click here.

Eleven days before the Earshot Jazz Festival hits Seattle, The Royal Room hosts a killer triple bill to help get you warmed up.

Gordon Grdina Trio with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias

Juno-winning Vancouver-based Oud/Guitarist Gordon Grdina is known for his incredible versatility and ability to bring a fresh and edgy vibe to any ensemble he joins or forms. A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, his sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. This evening is the debut concert of this trio, with Matthew Shipp on piano, and Mark Helias on Bass.

Mark Helias has performed with a wide variety of musicians, including trombonist Ray Anderson, with whom he led the 1980s avant-funk band Slickaphonics, Helias has also performed with members of Ornette Coleman’s band, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, and Ed Blackwell, and Muhal Richard Abrams.

Pianist Matthew Shipp first became well known in the David S. Ware Quartet. He soon began leading his own dates — most often including Ware bandmate and leading bassist William Parker, as well as recording a number of duets with a variety of musicians, from the legendary Roscoe Mitchell to violinist Mat Maneri.

James Falzone Trio: James Falzone- clarinet; Wayne Horvitz-piano; Abbey Blackwell- bass
The evening will also include some of the best from the Seattle improvised jazz scene. James Falzone is an important arrival to the Seattle music scene and is the new Chair of Music at Cornish College of the Arts as well as an award-winning composer. Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist and electronic musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Abbey Blackwell is a core member of the Table & Chairs scene and the Northwest music scene at-large, lending her talents to handfuls of groups of varying styles every week

Nathan Breedlove Quintet:
Featuring: Nathan Breedlove- trumpet; Booker T. Williams- sax; Gary Hammon- sax; Phil Sparks- bass; Jamael Nance- drums.
The twice Grammy Nominated musician, composer, producer, leads a quintet of Seattle longtime musicians.