Washington 2022: Immanuel Presbyterian Church – Special Guest Gail…

September 17th, 2022

FRANCESCO CROSARA TRIO WITH GUEST GAIL PETTIS

Francesco Crosara, piano
Gail Pettis, vocals
Clipper Anderson, bass
Mark Ivester, drums

Immanuel Presbyterian Church: Francesco Crosara Trio with Guest Gail Pettis – Art Direction: Julia Crosara

Pianist composer Francesco Crosara will appear in trio accompanied by bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester. Special guest appearance by vocalist Gail Pettis promises to make this a very special night of music. Crosara will present original compositions and choice standards rearranged in his own lyrical and exuberant style.

Concert presented by B Sharp Music Society as part of the Jazz on J Street series in collaboration with Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Every third Saturday from 7-9 pm. All ages event in beautiful surroundings. No cover – musicians are paid by passing the hat – please give generously.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

FRANCESCO CROSARA: Originally from Milan, Italy, Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Crosara stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, Von Freeman, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians. He has performed at festivals and venues across the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy.

Since 2017, the Pacific Northwest can claim Crosara’s talents, too, as he’s demonstrated an eagerness to contribute to the local scene. Francesco was selected to perform at the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and has been featured two years in a row in the trend-setting Earshot Jazz: The Second Century series for his bold and innovative music composition and video editing work. Equally adept with acoustic and electric jazz concepts, Crosara routinely headlines trios and quartets with the area top musicians.

GAIL PETTIS: Named ” 2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine.

Gail’s live performances have been described by Earshot jazz as going “…from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz.”. As artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2006, she was featured artist with the New Manhattan Big Band, also Eddie Conard and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and smaller combs in venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at KAVC Hall as First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. She has also performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise, Idaho, Jazz at the River Festival in Eagle, ID. Most recently, Gail completed Russian tours in the spring of 2015, performing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Ivanova and Perm and returning in the summer for a tour anchored by the White Nights Jazz Festival.

CLIPPER ANDERSON is a bassist, composer, studio musician, performer, vocalist and educator. He plays at jazz festivals throughout the Unites States and Canada and has appeared on numerous recordings. Clipper has worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval and Buddy De Franco. Clipper is an annual guest artist at the Buddy DeFranco / University of Montana Jazz Festival and the Blaine Jazz Festival. He is currently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.

MARK IVESTER is a versatile drummer and percussionist who is currently on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University. Mark has performed with numerous jazz artists of international stature including Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd and Eartha Kitt. He has also performed with the Honolulu, Spokane and Walla Walla symphony orchestras. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Washington University and did undergraduate and graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii that included field study in gamelan music on the island of Java.

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See the video: My One And Only Love, vocals & piano duet, Gail Pettis and Francesco Crosara.

Photos by julia Crosara and Joe Grojean.

Washington 2022: WEAVE Presents at Rolling Bay Hall –…

June 25th, 2022

FRANCESCO CROSARA QUARTET

Francesco Crosara, piano
Nathan Breedlove, trumpet
Phil Sparks, bass
Max Holmberg, drums

WEAVE Presents: Francesco Crosara Quartet – Art Direction: Liza Pascal

Jazz pianist & composer Francesco Crosara will appear at Rolling Bay Hall as part of the Weave Presents series for a special performance on June 25th with an all-star quartet featuring trumpeter Nathan Breedlove, bassist Phil Sparks, and drummer Max Holmberg.

The group will present original material, jazz standards revisited, and extemporaneous improvisations in a combination of formats that leverage the cultural heritage of the individual musicians and provide a unique experience for the public. Ranging from solo, to duets, to trios, and to the full quartet, the varied program promises eclectic, lyrical, and exuberant music.

A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” Down Beat Magazine

Crosara’s compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a “living language” that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.” Earshot Jazz

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

FRANCESCO CROSARA

Originally from Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Francesco stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians.

NATHAN BREEDLOVE

Nathan Breedlove is a twice Grammy-nominated trumpeter from Memphis. He spent over 15 years on the road performing, recording and touring with major artists from Lionel Hampton to the Skatalites.

PHIL SPARKS

Phil Sparks is one of Seattle’s premiere bassists and has recorded and performed with numerous artists including Elvin Jones and many others. Phil is also a founding member of SRJO.

MAX HOLMBERG

Berklee School of Music educated, Max Holmberg is a renowned drummer, bandleader, educator who has performed internationally and with notables like Wynton Marsalis, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez.

Based out of Rolling Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island, WEAVE Presents is a nonprofit performing arts and education organization that hosts international musicians, showcases our local independent arts community, and invites audiences to celebrate the multi-racial, multi-ethnic roots of American culture.

Washington 2022: Frederick Holmes & Co. Art Gallery –…

HOT JAZZ AT THE GALLERY Featuring The Francesco Crosara Quartet
May 7th, 2022

Francesco Crosara, piano
Milo Petersen, guitar
Farko Dosumov, bass
Mark Ivester, drums

Francesco Crosara Quartet at Frederick Holmes & Co. Art Gallery – Graphic design by Julia Crosara

Indulge In An Evening of Fantastic Jazz By World-Class Musicians, Phenomenal Contemporary & 20th Century Modern Artwork, and Premium Award-Winning Wines!

HOT JAZZ AT THE GALLERY is on a roll with top jazz performers from the region and throughout the country! Jazz pianist FRANCESCO CROSARA will appear with an all-star lineup featuring Guitarist, Milo Petersen; Bassist, Farko Dosumov; and Drummer, Mark Ivester. The group will present original compositions inspired by jazz, classical and latin idioms, plus select jazz standards revisited.

FRANCESCO CROSARA

Originally from Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Francesco stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians.

Since 2017, the Northwest can claim his talents, too, as he’s demonstrated an eagerness to contribute to the local scene. Francesco was selected to perform at the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and has been featured two years in a row in the trend-setting Earshot Jazz: The Second Century series for his bold and innovative music composition and video work. In Seattle he routinely collaborates with local stalwarts like Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, Farko Dosumov, and more.

MILO PETERSEN

Making his home in Seattle, guitarist /drummer /composer /educator Milo Petersen has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70’s. He has performed with Elvin Jones, Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton, Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz.

Milo has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guy’s Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension. More recently, as guitarist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Milo has shared stages with Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Ignacio Berroa, Anat Cohen, Carmen Bradford, and Dee Daniels.

FARKO DOSUMOV

Farko Rustamovich Dosumov was born and raised in Uzbekistan. Farko and his identical twin brother, Feodor Dosumov, began playing the classical guitar when they were ten years old. By the time the Dosumov brothers were in high school, Farko was playing electric bass and Feodor was playing electric guitar in multiple projects throughout Tashkent.

In 1999 Farko moved to New York City to pursue a future career in music. Farko later attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and specialized in jazz bass. Since then, he has played with many talented artists and groups such as Double Impact with his twin brother Feodor Dosumov, Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Carlos Santana, Jonny Lang, Pura Fe, Flowmotion, Jazzukha, Duende Libre and many more.

MARK IVESTER

Mark Ivester is a consummate drummer, widely respected for his sensitive musicianship and sincere dedication to his craft. He is experienced in many different idioms from pop-rock to big band to jazz, latin jazz and orchestral settings. Ivester’s live performance credits are extensive, having worked with such jazz luminaries as John Patitucci, Larry Coryell, Freddy Hubbard, Mal Waldron, Diane Schuur, Eliane Elias, Bud Shank, Howard Roberts, Jack Sheldon, Michael Brecker, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Frank Foster, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Tierney Sutton, Ann Hampton-Calloway, Karyn Allison and Mose Allison.

Mark’s versatility is demonstrated on a wide range of recordings such as film scores, jingles and album projects including those of R&B artist Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, Grammy award winning new-age duo Tingstad and Rumbel, Brazilian keyboardist Jovino Santos Neto and vocalist Greta Matassa. Mark is currently on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

FREDERICK HOLMES & CO. ART GALLERY

The Gallery’s Featured Exhibition In May And Our Guest of Honor For The Evening: Nationally Renowned, Master Encaustic Painter, ELISE WAGNER.

“What a great concert series and a fantastic venue! Fred is doing such an amazing service for the jazz community here…By the way, I felt perfectly comfortable and safe parking and attending this venue in Pioneer Square!” – Greta Matassa

“A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” – Down Beat Magazine

“Crosaras compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a living language that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.” – Earshot Jazz


DETAILS:
Tickets: $23. 100% Of Ticket Proceeds Paid To The Performing Artists. No Refunds.
Seating On Ground Floor And Second Floor Mezzanine. When Given Advance Notice, Guests With Special Needs Will Be Accommodated To The Best Of Our Ability.

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Vaccine Verification Required. Masks Will Be Optional. If Driving Yourself, Please Allow Enough Time To Find Parking, Purchase A Glass Of Wine, And Be Seated. Paid Parking: https://downtownseattle.org/parking/

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Washington 2022: KNKX 88.5FM, Jazz Northwest by Jim Wilke…

April 24th, 2022

Photography: Lisa Hagen-Glynn
Graphics: Julia Crosara

Listen – KNKX 88.5FM, Jazz Northwest by Jim Wilke:

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We were happy to have had the opportunity to record a duo piano concert by two great resident pianists on two great Steinway Grands at Stage 7 Pianos in Kirkland. We’ll present the first part of highlights from this concert on today on Jazz Northwest.

Bill Anschell and Francesco Crosara play two restored Steinways from the 1920s from the collection at Stage 7 Pianos. in this show, they’re playing music by Chick Corea, Francesco Crosara and Duke Ellington. Music from the second part of this concert will air next Sunday, May 1.

Also included on this week’s show is music by Kiki Valera, the Ben Thomas Tango Project, Barry Deister’s Quintet from Portland and Tall and Small.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also subscribe to the podcast at KNKX, NPR, Apple, or Google.

Jim Wilke

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.

Washington 2022: Stage 7 Pianos – Piano Duets with…

$20 cash cover. Refreshments Available.

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Stage 7 Pianos in Kirkland is proud to announce a special duet performance by jazz pianists Francesco Crosara and Bill Anschell.  The duo will present an eclectic program based on jazz improvisation reminiscent of the legendary piano duets by Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.  Expect both lyrical and exuberant music.

About the musicians

Originally from Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Crosara who has performed with jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Bruce Forman, Don Menza, Barbara Morrison, and many others, is now based in the Northwest since 2017, where he has collaborated with local stalwarts like Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, D’Vonne Lewis, Bruce Phares, Nathan Breedlove, Phil Sparks, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, Farko Dosumov, Cliff Colòn, Xavier Lecouturier and more.

After being featured for 2 years in a row in the trend-setting series Earshot Jazz: The Second Century for his bold and innovative music composition and video work, Crosara was also invited to participate in the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival taking place in October at Town Hall in Seattle, and other venues around town.

Crosara has produced 6 jazz albums internationally, most notably, Colors (through the Chicago-based Southport Records label) featuring the late great Von Freeman, and Emotions (through the TCB Montreux Swiss Jazz label) featuring Lilian Terry on vocals, Von Freeman on tenor sax, and a multi-cultural group of musicians from around the world.  An upcoming new CD release featuring 3 Seattle-based rhythm sections is currently in the production phase.  Downbeat Jazz Magazine described Crosara as “A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.

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 Pianist Bill Anschell has performed in premiere venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, both leading his trio and as pianist/musical director for vocalist Nnenna Freelon.  His concert credits include eight European tours with Freelon and seven South American tours with his trio, including concerts in many of the leading international jazz festivals.

Anschell was the creator, producer and theme music composer for JazzSouth, a syndicated radio program broadcast from 1990 – 2002 on more than 200 stations around the world.  In 1998 his CD, a different note all together, was selected by UPI (United Press International) as one of the year’s “10 Best” jazz releases.  That CD and his two follow-up releases When Cooler Heads Prevail (2001) and More to the Ear than Meets the Eye (2006) both enjoyed critical acclaim and extensive stays on the national jazz radio charts.  His 2009 duo CD of spontaneous improvisations with saxophonist Brent Jensen was described by Cadence as “startlingly beautiful, surprising, and powerful…a transforming experience.” Anschell is also highly regarded as a composer; his original pieces have been placed more than 70 times in network and cable programs including NBC’s The West Wing, HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire, and the the Paramount Plus show Yellowstone.

Anschell, a Seattle native, returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after a long residency in Atlanta, Georgia.  He received Earshot’s Golden Ear Award as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005, 2010 and 2011; his trio was named “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year” in 2006; his Figments CD was named “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2011, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.