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

April 24th, 2022

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Graphics: Julia Crosara

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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: Piano Duets with Bill Anschell

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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.

Washington 2022: Calluna Seattle

FRANCESCO CROSARA TRIO
March 16th, April 13th, May 18th, June 16th, July 27th
Calluna Seattle

Francesco Crosara Trio at Calluna – Photography by Lisa Hagen Glynn, Graphic design by Julia Crosara

Reservations recommended: callunaseattle.com

Pianist composer Francesco Crosara will appear in trio at Calluna Seattle, accompanied by bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester for an all-acoustic trio performance.  Crosara will present original compositions and choice standards rearranged in his own lyrical and exuberant style.

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 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, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, Farko Dosumov, Cliff Colòn, 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 recently participated in the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival, and appears at select venues around town in a variety of jazz styles, ranging from all acoustic with classical and Blues influences, to electric fusion melded with world music and a Latin imprint.

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.

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.

Washington 2021: Stage 7 Pianos

Francesco Crosara Trio
Saturday November 20, 7:00pm PDT
Stage 7 Pianos – Kirkland

Francesco Crosara photo by Julia Crosara.

Pianist composer Francesco Crosara will appear in trio at Stage 7 Pianos, accompanied by bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester for an all-acoustic trio performance. Crosara will present original compositions and choice standards rearranged in his own style. Expect both lyrical and exuberant music.

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 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, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, Farko Dosumov, Cliff Colòn, 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.

“Francesco, your music is wonderful – always has been. Play what you love and saturate the world with it.” Chick Corea

“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

“Francesco Crosara […] has been in the Seattle area for about four years now and he really has a growing building exploding reputation in town working with some of our area’s finest musicians.” KNKX 88.5 FM

Photo credits: Julia Crosara

Washington 2021: First Sunday Concerts Series

Francesco Crosara Trio
Sunday November 7, 4:00pm PDT
Bainbridge Waterfront Community Center

Francesco Crosara photo by Julia Crosara.

Francesco Crosara – piano
Farko Dosumov – bass
Mark Ivester – drums

Jazz pianist & composer Francesco Crosara returns to the First Sunday Concert series on November 7th with a dynamic new trio.

Originally from Milan, Italy, Crosaras 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, Roy Hargrove, and Ira Sullivan, is now based in the Northwest, and has collaborated with local stalwarts like Clipper Anderson, DVonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, and many others.

For his upcoming performance at the First Sunday Concerts series, Crosara’s ensemble will include two exceptional musicians: bassist Farko Dosumov, and drummer Mark Ivester. The trio will present a blend of original compositions by Crosara and jazz standards revisited. Expect both lyrical and exuberant music.

Photo credits: Julia Crosara