J&J Music is proud to present the release of The Jason Parker Quartetâ€™s second album, â€œNo More, No Lessâ€. The JPQ will celebrate with a CD Release Party at Lucid Jazz Lounge on October 24, 2009 at 9:30pm. The JPQ is: Jason Parker (trumpet), Josh Rawlings (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and Dâ€™Vonne Lewis (drums). They are joined on three tracks by special guest Cynthia Mullis on tenor sax.
â€œNo More, No Lessâ€ is the follow-up to the JPQâ€™s self-titled debut album from 2007. The new CD documents the growth the band has gone through during the past two years and illustrates the cohesive, passionate playing that prompted Earshot Jazz to call them â€œThe next generation of Seattle Jazz.â€ Songs include one original by Parker and fresh takes on compositions by a diverse group of songwriters, including Wayne Shorter, Cole Porter, Sam Rivers, Nick Drake, George Gershwin, Duke Pearson and Tatum Greenblatt. The addition of Mullis on three tracks adds fire and depth to the band, and she fits in perfectly with the exploratory nature of the core quartet.
The JPQ prides itself on compelling original compositions and fresh interpretations of jazz standards. With the inclusion of Nick Drakeâ€™s â€œThree Hoursâ€ they have signaled a commitment to playing songs from outside the traditional jazz canon. And with Tatum Greenblattâ€™s â€œManceâ€™s Danceâ€ they have shown a desire to play songs written by their peers. Greenblatt is a Seattle-born, NYC-based trumpet player currently studying for a Mastersâ€™ Degree at Juilliard School of Music.
The CD Release Party at Lucid Jazz Lounge will feature songs from the new CD and other goodies as well, featuring Mullis joining the band for the evening. The CD will be available at the show for a suggested donation of $15, but will be available to all attendees on a pay-what-you-can basis. Everyone paying $15 or more will also receive a free download of â€œJason Parker and Friends â€“ Live at Lucidâ€, which was recorded earlier this summer.
You can stream the album for free here, or just click the “play” button in the right-hand column to listen while you continue to surf this page.
Show time for the Release Party is 9:30pm. Lucid Jazz Lounge is located at 5241 University Way NE, Seattle. There is no cover charge and the show is 21+.
Josh Rawlings – Pianist and Composer Josh Rawlings is a renaissance jazz pianist that exhibits awesome ability on his instrument and ease playing genre-to-genre â€“ setting-to-setting. Since moving to Seattle, Rawlings has seen wide successes as a performer and musician, and has been featured on the Northwestâ€™ most prestigious stages. Josh graduated from Seattleâ€™s renowned Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, and has twice since been honored by Earshot Magazineâ€™s Golden Ear Award Nominations. Having studied and performed with renowned groups & musicians Denney Goodhew and the Qhromatics, Randy Halberstadt, Jovino Santos Neto and Hadley Caliman while at Cornish, Josh developed a voice that was literally bursting out of his school doors.
Evan Flory-Barnes – Bassist Evan Flory-Barnes has distinguished himself as the first-call bassist in the Seattle area in any number of genres. He envisions and lives the creation of a community of musicians and other artists brought together by excitement, collaboration, and a spirit of well-being, known as New Seattle. The original groups Threat of Beauty, Industrial Revelation, Ciendo and The Teaching have each been born of the New Seattle spirit. Evanâ€™s buoyant swing, cold grooves, blistering solos and inventive bow playing are fully exposed through performances with his own groups and with groups in all genres, including the Marc Seales Quintet, Jovino Santos-Neto, Correo Aereo, Choklate, and Scandalmonger. He was recently awarded the prestigious Meet the Composer grant to produce a 9-movement orchestral work with dance that will be featured in the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival. In 2007 he was a featured artist on the Seattle Channelâ€™s Verve Series of artist documentaries.
D’Vonne Lewis – D’Vonne Lewis is a self-taught drummer with a background in gospel, funk, and rhythm and blues. Lewis graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School where he has received numerous high school jazz band awards, including outstanding soloist at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival for the years of 2000, 2001, and 2002. In early 2007, he was awarded the Seattle Jazz, Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of 2006. Lewis has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Marian McPartland, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, vocalist Dee Daniels, jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels, Larry Fuller, and out-sax titan Charles Gayle. Lewis plays in several bands around the puget sound exploring a broad range of music styles including jazz, funk, African, Brazilian, hip-hop, and r&b. In the fall of 2004, the D’Vonne Lewis Quintet was featured at the Earshot Jazz Festival. He now leads his own quartet, Industrial Revelation and his own trio Triplication. D’Vonne is a regular member of Marc Seales’ Quintet, McTuff, Seattle’s soul queen Choklate, Seattle’s Blue Scholars. and The Hadley Caliman Quartet.
Cynthia Mullis – Cynthia Mullis is a versatile, accomplished saxophonist and jazz artist. Since moving to Seattle in 2000, she has become an active member of the Pacific Northwest music scene after many years in New York and San Francisco. Cynthia leads the jazz group New York Confidential which combines the finest jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest with musical style inspired by the Big Apple. The chemistry of the band is organic, creative and exciting, and performs classic jazz and original jazz compositions. The band features top-notch northwest jazz musicians in concert, club and festival settings. New York Confidential also provides professional musical services for various events in the Seattle area. In addition to performing with other notable Northwest groups, Cynthia is a regular member of the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra. She is featured on tenor and alto saxophone on their 2007 OA2 Records release, Meeting of the Waters. Cynthia also performed with SWOJO at the Lima Jazz Festival in 2007. Cynthia lived and worked in New York City from 1993 through 2000. She moved to the Big Apple at the encouragement of Jimmy Heath, and studied saxophone, composition and jazz improvisation with the legendary saxophonist at Queens College. While completing her studies with Mr. Heath, she immersed herself in the jazz scene of New York City, hitting late night jam sessions, practicing hours a day, and meeting and performing with world-class musicians. From 1994 to 2000 she was a member of the all-women big band Diva, based in New York City. With Diva, she performed extensively across the United States, backing such artists as Diane Schuur, Joe Williams and Dave Brubeck. While with Diva, Cynthia performed at numerous prestigious venues, including the Blue Note, Birdland, and Tavern on the Green in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the SS Norway and QE2 Floating Jazz Festivals, and jazz festivals in Berlin, Montreal, Austria and Switzerland. Cynthia can be heard on two of Diva’s CDs, Leave It to Diva and I Believe in You. Cynthia Mullis earned a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Queens College in NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition she has an AAAS Degree in Graphic Design from Shoreline Community College and a Certificate in Arts Management from the UW. Cynthia is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also a graphic designer and writer who enjoys discovering the parallels between visual art and music.