Tristano School Tribute - the music of Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh. Alto saxophonist David Valdez will be joined by Seattle alto saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman, David Goldblatt-piano, Chris Higgins-bass, Michael Raynor-drums for an evening of some of the most innovative and interesting 20th century Jazz compositions. The'Tristano School’ was developing on a parallel trajectory to the Bebop of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. This ensemble will be smokin’!

Jacob Zimmerman:

Seattle-based alto saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz.

As a bandleader the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet can be seen performing classic bebop music from the 40s and 50s on the 1st Thursday of every month at Egan’s Ballard Jam House.

As a composer Jacob’s main outlets are his large chamber-ensemble project Lawson, and the collective modern jazz trio Anteater.

As an educator Jacob teaches private lessons in jazz improvisation and saxophone, and works as an ensemble director for Garfield High School and the Seattle JazzED after-school program.

Jacob is an active board member for the Seattle-based New-Music record label Table & Chairs.

David Valdez:

Born 1976 in San Francisco, David grew up in Santa Cruz, California. David picked up the saxophone at the age of 8 years old. He attended Berklee College of music on full scholarship, where he studied with George Garzone and saxophone guru Joseph Viola (who also taught Michael Brecker, Brandford Marsalis and Charlie Mariano). While in Boston he worked with John Medeski, the Either Orchestra, Dave Holland, Clark Terry, Dominique Eade, Mick Goodrick, Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, The Four Tops, Ken Schaphorst, Jim Black, Matt Wilson. After finishing his studies David moved back to the West Coast, where for several years he led bands in the Bay Area featuring such notable players as Larry Grenadier, Eddie Marshal, Jeff Ballard, Kenny Brooks, Kenny Wollesen, Larry Scheider, Dred Scott, Charlie Hunter, Vince Wallace, Liberty Ellman, Dmitri Metheny, Mark Levine and Scott Amendola.

Eventually heading the call of New York City, Valdez moved east in the mid-nineties. There he worked with Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Fuiczynski Josh Redman, Josh Roseman, Ben Monder, Matt Otto, Art Lillard, Bob Mover, Brian Melvin, Heather Bennett, Jay Collins, Donny McCaslin, Peter Appelbaum and Ben Allison.

In 2000 David relocated to Portland, Oregon's thriving Jazz scene. Since moving to the Northwest he has worked with Nancy King, David Friesen, Alan Jones, Gary Smulyan, Rob Scheps, Glen Moore, Mel Brown, Dave Frishberg, Bert Wilson, Randy Porter and Robert Moore.

David's Casa Valdez Jazz blog is used as a source material for Jazz improvisation courses around the country, including the University of North Carolina, North Texas State University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

David has also performed and/or recorded with: Slide Hampton, Pharaoh Saunders, Kitty Margolis, Rebecca Parris, Roy Hargrove, Mal Waldron, Gorge Rossi, Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabakin, Bill Berry, The Drifters, Eddie Henderson, Victor Mendoza, Dennis Rowland, Rick Margitza, Mundell Lowe, Joseph Viola Double Quartet, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Jay Lane, Paul Anka, Little Anthony, Seamus Blake, Ronnie Burrage. 


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