Jazz you can dance to at Bumbershoot
Bumbershoot has jazz — but mostly the funky, danceable variety that's suited to mass consumption.
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Bumbershoot is primarily a pop-music festival, and the jazz programming this weekend reflects those priorities with groups like the Olympic Sound Collective and The New Mastersounds — bands that incorporate jazz elements into danceable songs that contain bluesy riff and funky grooves.
Seattle saxophonists Mark Taylor and Steve Griggs and their groups are the only straight-ahead groups performing this year at Bumbershoot.
The jazz acts will be split between two venues, the Northwest Court Stage, where in past Bumbershoot festivals jazz was played all day, every day, and the Fisher Green Stage. Most of the music will be presented Sunday, with one act Saturday afternoon and one Monday afternoon.
The five-member, Seattle-based Olympic Sound Collective has a rhythm section of drums (Charlie Workman), organ (Nathan Spicer) and guitar (Mike Saskor), with Damien Aitken on sax and Chris Littlefield on trumpet. The group is an electronic and acoustic jam band, with both jazz and rhythm-and-blues influences. The group plays at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the Fisher Green Stage.
Griggs opens on the Northwest Stage at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with his quintet of Jay Thomas (trumpet), Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass) and Milo Peterson (drums). Taylor goes on at 4 p.m. with his quartet of Los Angeles pianist and former classmate Gary Fukushima, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummerByron Vannoy. FormerSantana drummer Michael Shrieve and his jam band Spellbinder follows on the Northwest stage at 5:30.
Vibraphonist and singer Roy Ayers plays his brand of funky jazz at 7:30 Sunday night on the Fisher Green Stage. The New Mastersounds, a quartet from England, performs what it calls "vintage soul jazz" on the Fisher Green Stage at 4 p.m. Monday. The group is made up of Eddie Roberts on guitar, Simon Allen on drums, Pete Shand on bass and Joe Tatton on piano and organ.
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