It was the usual cast of characters last night at the Angry Beaver – the Seattle jazz scene -- with one notable exception: Kamasi Washington was in the house. In town for Bumbershoot, he and some of his fellow musicians were on hand and joined in at the end to play the Duke Ellington favorite “Caravan”, with the house band, also bringing up on stage the vocalist from his band, Patrice Quinn and the keyboardist, Brandon Coleman. Cool to see such internationally recognized talent hanging at the local jam session on a Sunday night. As to be expected, Kamasi blew all over Caravan, as tenor saxophone players will do. The rest of the evening was also full of great moments: an accordian player, tap dancing, a drummer who slayed “Footprints”, a great vocalist take on “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, a funk session, the house band charging as always.
Been to this a couple times now and always dug it. Lotta great players, guys (and girls!) come out of the woodwork, show up with an instrument, ready to get on stage and blow. Quality of musicianship super high. Some blazing sax players, fierce. And some really talented guitarists. Different bass players each time, again, top notch. And keys were awesome too, some killer solos. Holmberg holding it down throughout, but also will give up the drums to other folks. Love hearing jazz in a hockey bar. $2 PBRs and no cover, ya can’t beat it. Sound is good too.
Seems like Max Holmberg, the host and drummer, is doing a lot around town, bring jazz to new places, like Pies & Pints, Havana, etc. Says on his website’s bio that he’s a local and just graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.