Big Band Thing Presents- Ascension Northwest: A grateful homage celebrating 90 years since John Coltrane's birth

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 8pm

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Tickets: $10 adv/ $12 dos

WAH opens. 

WAH plays the music of John Coltrane. WAH is led by two of Seattle’s most iconic avant-garde improvisers, multi-instrumentalist Simon Henneman and percussionist Gregg Keplinger. For this show they are joined by Skerik, Ivan Arteaga, Geoff Harper, and John Seman to present the music of late period( post 1963) John Coltrane. 

Big Band Thing is an 11 piece ensemble created by Seattle drummer / composer Don Berman. The set long piece will be a group of Northwest musicians thanking John Coltrane for all the inspiration and enlightening music he gave to all of us. The performance will feature the same instrumentation that Trane used on his Ascension recording, which that group never performed live. This original Northwest rendering will use original motifs for its ensemble sections that alternate with free form solo sections by each band member. The excellent musicians featured will be tenor saxes, Dick Valentine, Kenny Mandell, and Neil Welch. The alto saxes will be Seth Alexander and Ivan Arteaga. Jim Knodle and Ray Larsen are the trumpets. On piano, Matt McCluskey. Basses Ryan Berg and Abbey Blackwell. Don Berman on drums. 

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Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.