‘The First Voyage’ Now Available!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce “The First Voyage” featuring The Teaching on the song Apex of a Beautiful Day composed by our very own Evan Flory-Barnes. The Global/Collaborative vision of this project was conceived and produced by our good friend and local Seattle tap-dancer Jessie Sawyers. We’ve worked with Jessie on a multitude of performances and special projects over the years, but this one surely takes the cake. Before getting deep into the back-story of how this beautiful video came to life we encourage you to watch the Dance/Music video for yourself:


A little backstory…

When Jessie approached us around the Summer of 2014 regarding a world trip she was planning, she was very excited to sit down with us and talk about the prospect of having one of our most popular tunes (Apex of a Beautiful Day) as the featured song on a Music/Dance video she was wanting to create along her travels. Jessie has been a huge fan and supporter of our group since The Hang days back at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery on Eastlake Ave. & the recently closed LUCID Jazz Lounge on University Ave. There were many jam nights that we caught Jessie’s presence in the room and would call her up on stage to close out the night or set with a spontaneous and fun rendition of the Apex. Evan’s song became in a sense the perfect closing/encore piece for so many nights and concerts we’ve hosted through the years. So it seemed absolutely appropriate to consider this tune as a perfect foundational song for numerous dancers and musicians to collaborate upon during Jessie’s travels around the globe.

The recording of Apex that you hear in the video happened at Studio Nels (now Nels Motel) in Seattle on August 20th, 2014. We had a great time recording in the studio with producer Charlie Smith and engineer Robb Davidson. It was a fairly low-key and easy recording session as we remember it, but we were tasked on the top priority of getting a mix ready quickly for Jessie to take on her trip. The guys at Studio Nels worked hard to turn around a really nice mix of our performance for Jessie before she departed. Doing the group vocals that day was a real highlight for us. We could only imagine all the folks Jessie would be capturing singing, dancing, playing and experiencing the devotion within Evan’s timeless melody. It’s hard to count the times that melody has been sung live and feeling the almost palpable connection with everyone in the room in that moment. Needless-to-say, we couldn’t wait to see and hear what Jessie captured in her travels with our music as a guiding sonic bed.

Fast forward after Jessie went to 6 Continents – 11 Countries – and capturing 100+ Artists Worldwide on film…we had the pleasure of capturing our own segment of Jessie’s film at the Seattle Center on June 28th, 2015th. The shoot date happened to coincide with Seattle’s Gay Pride Parade which ended at the Seattle Center…so you can probably imagine the incredible crowds and scene that occurred all around us that day. It turned out to be an incredible experience meeting up with many longtime friends, fans and family of The Teaching & Jessie’s that day. We captured really great footage of Jessie dancing with us on the sidewalk directly in front of Space Needle and finished the shoot doing some beautiful shots with the extras singing and chanting the main melody of our song that day. It was a really special experience and everyone who was a part of that shoot walked away with huge smiles on their faces. It was exciting to imagine how Jessie was going to incorporate the “hometown” into her incredible amount of footage/content captured on her trip.

Now jumping to the recent months leading up to the launch of the video — Jessie started sharing snippets with us during her incredible editing process. Upon watching some of the early video clips we knew immediately this video would strike a chord with so many folks…it was truly stunning to behold the project before our eyes and see the worldwide collaboration and spirit at work.

Last, October 28th, 2016 we put on a special house concert and viewing party at our dear friend and music supporter Richard Rodseth’s home in Fremont. It was an intimate evening with about 40 friends and family. The music was lively and exciting as always and after Jessie debuted the video there was hardly a dry eye in the house. It was so moving to watch and experience the video with such a close bunch of people from all parts of our beloved community. Jessie sat and did some Q&A after the video and we wrapped up the night with a very fitting performance of Apex of a Beautiful Day.

Since the video’s release on December 13th it’s garnered over 10,000 views on FaceBook and has been liked and shared by many more. We’re thrilled with the early reception of this video and so proud of Jessie’s incredible work making her vision a reality. This video comes out in an important time where we can really use motivating and positive messages such as the one presented here in her First Voyage. We cannot wait to see what her next voyages will be and we hope this video uplifts and touches your spirit as much as it has done for us!

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If you’d like a download the version of Apex of a Beautiful Day used in Jessie’s ‘First Voyage’ video you can stream and get a copy of your own here:

Celebrating 10 Years as The Teaching!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly 10 years to the day that our first performance as The Teaching occurred at Seamonster Lounge. To mark this monumental occasion we decided what better way to celebrate together than at the very spot where it all started! We’re proud that the Seamonster Lounge has been at the heart of the local live music scene all these years. They recently doubled in size with their beautiful renovation and added a great new concert stage in their room. It’s amazing both the band and venue we made our debut at is still rocking 10 years down the road with everything we’ve experienced.

Without a doubt this is going to be a very special night of music for us and we’d love for you to be there to join in party. It’s been an absolute privilege to make music and bring the community together through our weekly jams at The Hang at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery & LUCID over 4+ years, receiving wonderful opportunities backing incredible talent on stage and in the studio, and playing countless memorable shows in Seattle over the years…here’s to the next 10!!!

See you Saturday, Sept. 10th for a hard-hitting soul-swinging Teaching like you’ve grown to know and love!

September 10th at 11pm
21+ / $8 Cover

Seamonster Lounge
2202 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

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What a Joy Now Available!

What A Joy Album Cover

We are so excited to announce the release of our latest live album ‘What a Joy‘. This album marks our 5th release in our discogrpahy and the 4th live album we’ve done. We had a special release party last March 30th at the Seattle Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle, WA with close friends and fans. It was a lovely concert especially after having been on hiatus from performing any public shows for nearly a year.

The album consists of newly mixed and mastered live recordings from our May 4th, 2014 ‘Birds In Flight‘ show at Triple Door. We had our close friend and mixing engineer Ian Campbell of Afterpostmodernism in Denver, CO work his magic on our music once again and the results are truly amazing. ‘What A Joy‘ features several tracks with 3 part harmonies and vocals which is something not heard on any of our previous albums. The album also features a touching original track ‘Freja’s Song‘ written by Josh Rawlings and debuted only weeks after Freja was born (she was actually at the Triple Door performance – many folks had tears of joy in their eyes to say the least).

You can listen/download the entire album via the BandCamp music player below or purchase a physical copy through Kunaki.

Seattle Seahawks Anthem by The Teaching

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The Teaching is beyond thrilled to officially release our original anthem for the Seattle Seahawks and 12th Man Fans worldwide!!! Last Tuesday we decided to light a fire and just GO FOR IT and record Seahawks Take Flight. We wanted to capture this amazing palpable spirit felt in Seattle right now as the Seahawks gear up for the Super Bowl this Sunday.

The song was recorded locally in Wallingford late Tuesday night with the help of local engineers Geoff Ott & Eric Lilavois of London Bridge Studio. Written as a true rally/spirit song for people to get hyped leading up to the big game, Seahawks Take Flight was also made to document this incredible time in Seattle sports history and stand apart from all the parody songs currently being played. The Teaching felt Seattle needed a true original anthem song to represent the city and serve as an exciting sound-track for everything happening right now.

The foundation for the anthem is based off an original theme we wrote on our album Birds in Flight (Watch the song “Birds in Flight” performed live HERE). Several of you (our fans) mentioned how the shout chorus “PUT YOUR WINGS UP” in Birds in Flight could have a very infectious energy to it if it were turned into a Seahawks anthem. So we took on the challenge and had a fantastic time recording and turning the song around in just over 48 hours.

We’re also excited to announce that a music video created by our dear friend Jessie Sawyers below.

After the success of being featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ album The Heist, we’ve all watched Seattle rise into a “Golden” period where a special unified feeling exists for Seattle Sports, Music and the Arts. We’re all proud of all the amazing accomplishments, records broken and fire Seattle is putting out into the world right. We’re equally humbled and grateful for our own blessings and the support from everyone over the past years – it’s just amazing! It’s from this same team-spirit and city pride that we’re share this anthem hoping it will continue to rally all behind our beloved Seatown city Seahawks. GO HAWKS!

Feature Article on Denver’s Hey Reverb

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We just received some fantastic press online by Sam DeLeo with ‘Hey Reverb‘ about our recent experience at the GRAMMY Awards and highlighting our upcoming show in Denver tonight at Dazzle. Thanks Sam!

Denver’s Jeremy Jones of the Teaching on Grammy nominations with Macklemore

The Teaching releases its fourth album at Dazzle Jazz on June 23.

You never know who you’re going to meet at a jam session. Since the cutting contests of stride piano players in the homes and speakeasies of 1920s Harlem, jams have been an important part of the jazz music world. They offer opportunities for the birth of new bands and combinations, and for the uninitiated to play and learn, especially if the jam is hosted by a band like The Teaching. The Teaching’s four-year, open-stage jam in Seattle was called The Hang. From beginners to seasoned stars on tour like Roy Hargrove and Robert Glasper, musicians knew The Hang was the place to be in Seattle on Thursdays.

“One of the musicians that played with us several times at The Hang was trumpeter Owuor Arunga,” said The Teaching’s drummer Jeremy Jones. “He’d been performing with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis since their inception, and when they were looking to capture a jazz trio sound for a track (“BomBom”), Owuor recommended us. We were contacted by their manager and set up a studio session.”

As proof that jam sessions can lead to much more than musical noodling, the members of The Teaching were nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for their work with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the Grammy-winning album, “The Heist”. Since forming The Teaching in 2006, Jones, keyboardist Josh Rawlings and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes have been producing hard-swinging jazz, boom-bap hip hop and soulful chord progressions. We spoke with Jones in advance of the CD release of their fourth album, “Birds In Flight”, tonight at Dazzle Jazz.

Since you were primarily jazz guys toiling in the shadows, what was your reaction to news of your Grammy nomination, and did you make musical connections there?

It was truly a “wow” moment. It became more immediate when we received individual letters from the Recording Academy inviting us to walk the red carpet and sit on the floor with the rest of the nominees at the live telecast in L.A. And meeting the other people who were on the album was great. We’re all from Seattle and all of us were happy for the recognition.

Though you’re based in Seattle, your label Dazzle Jazz is in Denver, where (tonight) you’re also releasing your new album, “Birds In Flight”. What other Seatte-Denver connections exist for the band (and please don’t mention the Super Bowl)?

I grew up in Arvada and graduated from Pomona High School. Ever since I left for college at Duke University , I’ve been doing concerts whenever I come back to town. So, when The Teaching formed in Seattle in 2006, it wasn’t long before we started coming back together as a group to perform at Dazzle and other places in Denver. My bandmates Josh and Evan quickly fell in love with the sunshine, beautiful scenery and appreciative audiences in Colorado. We even wrote a song called “Colorado”, which appears on our album “Live at The Triple Door”, which captures the feeling of our trips here. (That recording features Arvada-based saxophonist Serafin Sanchez, who also attended Pomona High.) And I won’t mention anything about the Super Bowl except to say I was at the game in New York!

People view you as jazz players but your music spans R&B, soul, hip hop, fusion, drum n’ bass and Afro-Cuban. How was that mix forged?

When Josh, Evan, and I started playing together, we found many overlapping musical mechanisms – one (was) starting a song with a boom-bap hip-hop groove and building up to a point where the energy explodes into a high-energy swing feel, then comes back to a hip-hop feel seamlessly. Another mechanism we all liked was to take a basic two- or four-bar chord change with a simple simple melody over it, and repeating that over and over with little deviation. Rather than using sheet music with set roadmaps for our compositions, we built our songbook using simple seed ideas that sprouted in new directions each time we performed, and over time became refined into cohesive songs.

What can people expect from the new album?

One new aspect is the expanded use of lead vocals by Josh, as well as three-part harmonies by all of us.

Do you see yourselves continuing to collaborate with a variety of artists, like Macklemore & Lewis, while still producing your original music? Is that a kind of best of both worlds scenario?

Absolutely. Collaboration has been our calling card as a group. Josh was in Germany this weekend performing with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and will be fresh off that trip when we play at Dazzle (tonight). Every time we collaborate with another artist, we increase our reach and chance of uplifting fellow souls with the power of music. And we also realize now that, we didn’t sneak in to the Grammys. We got invited. It’s a natural progression of hard work. When we were posting photos from backstage at The Grammys on social media, we felt this love and appreciation from our friends and fans. I was texting friends I went to Duke with and one said, “Remember when you used to practice all night and not get home till 2 a.m. Well, now you’re at The Grammys.”

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Denver-based writer Sam DeLeo is a published poet, has seen two of his plays produced and recently completed his novel, “As We Used to Sing.” His selected work can be read at samdeleo.com.

Denver, CO ‘Birds In Flight’ CD Release

June 23rd, 2014 The Teaching CD Release at Dazzle poster

June 23rd, 2014 The Teaching CD Release at Dazzle poster

Stop the presses! The rumors are true! After over a 2 year hiatus from our beloved annual trips out to Colorado, The Teaching will return on Monday, June 23rd for a very special show at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge. We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to get back to Colorado and we’re thrilled to announce this trip! This concert is following the momentum from our recent Sold-Out show at Triple Door, Seattle, WA, celebrating our recent GRAMMY Nomination for work on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ album. We’ll be featuring music from our latest album ‘Birds in Flight’, which is available now on our website here:


This trip will consist of a single night at the fantastic Jazz staple in Denver, Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge. There will be 2 sets at 7pm and 9pm running between 75-90 minutes each.  Come for one set or reserve for both!  We will have different music in each set, so why not stay all evening!

Many of you may know our dear friend and artist, Matt Hebermehl – who is responsible for creating all the original album artwork for our group. Matt hails from the Arvada, CO area and we’re so happy to have his new artwork on our latest album.  And our album was mastered by Denver native and friend Ian Campbell.

Our newest release ‘Birds in Flight’ will be included in the Dazzle Recordings label catalog along with our existing title Live at Dazzle.

Please mark June 23rd on your calendars and join us for a memorable and exciting night of music at Dazzle. Music starts at 7pm & 9pm and tickets are available by calling (303) 839-5100 and purchasing online at www.DazzleJazz.com.

If any of you would like to help us spread the word and would like posters/fliers for the performance you can click below to get a PDF of each file for print. We sincerely appreciate your help in sharing our music and letting your community know about our show!

Details for the Show:

Monday, June 23rd at 7:00pm & 9:00pm | Dazzle

The Teaching’s Colorado CD Release for ‘Birds In Flight’ and Post-GRAMMY® Celebration

930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

$18 (adults) & $15 (students)

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Call (303) 839-5100 or reserve tickets online at www.DazzleJazz.com

Press Release & Official Poster

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Birds In Flight CD Release Recap

The Teaching at Triple Door by Shasta Bree Photography

The Teaching at Triple Door by Shasta Bree Photography

Last Sunday, May 4th The Teaching released our 4th full-length CD to a Sold-Out room of excited listeners at Triple Door in Seattle, WA. The evening was truly a memorable & heart-connecting night that we’ll never forget. We thank all of you who were able to come out and celebrate so many incredible moments including our GRAMMY Nomination in January, the release of our newest Live Album ‘Birds In Flight’, and of course the recent arrival of Josh’s daughter Freja (who was also in attendance with the Rawlings Family that evening). To say we were overflowing with joy would be an understatement – we were in total bliss giving hugs and just connecting with so many lovely people with our music that night!

Many of The Teaching’s fans also commented on how much they enjoyed the opening set by visual musician Jessie Sawyers. She tapped, clapped, rocked out on her Ukelele, and had the audience clapping and singing along as well. Jessie truly did a remarkable job warming up the stage that night and we even had a blast getting a chance to jam with her at the very end of the night on Evan’s signature tune ‘Apex of a Beautiful Day‘ (video of that performance highlight coming soon).

With the help of dear friends and supporters the night was a complete Sell-Out with nearly 300 people there and the entire performance went off without a hitch. We’re also happy to share that we had professional video and photography documenting the entire performance that evening. We look forward to releasing high-quality video footage from the show and below is a handful of excellent photos from the night.

Triple Door Sign from The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJessie Sawyers at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseWe Believe picture of The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJosh Rawlings at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseEvan Flory-Barnes at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJeremy Jones at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseEvan Flory-Barnes & Jeremy Jones at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJosh Rawlings getting hyped singing at May 4th CD ReleaseJosh Rawlings playing Ukelel at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJosh, Jessie and Evan playing encore song at May 4th CD ReleaseJosh, Jessie, Evan and Jeremy taking a bow at May 4th CD Release

With the May 4th CD Release show behind us now, we’re very thrilled to officially announce that ‘Birds In Flight’ is now available to buy (along with the rest of our Physical & Digital Albums).

For a Physical copy of ‘Birds In Flight’ please visit: http://kunaki.com/MSales.asp?PublisherId=120517&PP=1

For a Digital copy of ‘Birds In Flight’ please visit: http://theteaching.bandcamp.com/

Note: There’s certainly other places you can pick up physical & digital copies of our album online including iTunes, CD Baby, etc., but we prefer the sites above because they provide a much better payout (in other words – more of your purchase goes to support us). Thank you for your support and to those of you who decide to share our music with your friends and family…we sincerely appreciate your help!

For a full list of merchandise we have for sale – please visit our newly updated merch page here: http://theteachingmusic.com/buy

There’s some really exciting things on the horizon that we can’t wait to share with you all soon, and looking back at our CD Release show leaves us feeling so blessed and inspired to keep this new momentum and energy going! The experience on May 4th completely blew our expectations out of the water and showed us how many of you still believe in our band, our music, our mission…to uplift the human spirit by making beautiful / healing music. Please stay in touch with us – we’d love for you to share any performance ideas, recording opportunities and connections you feel may be fun to let us know about.

Special thanks to…

~ Michael Smith for being our stage production & show assistant throughout the day.

~ Ben Rapson & Manisha Soneji for helping with merchandise sales for both Jessie Sawyers & The Teaching.

~ The Rawlings Family, Sawyers Family, Jones Family & Flory-Barnes Family for attending that evening and for all the love and support leading up to this performance.

~ Nicolas Teeuwen for capturing video, photos & audio from our performance that night.

~ Shasta Bree Photography & Hannah Lea for their beautiful photos.

~ Jason Parker for MC’ing the show and sharing such kind words about our music and history together.

~ Ian Campbell for mastering our album, and for helping with setup, merchandise, tear-down, and assisting with a variety of things on show-day.

~ Leslie Weber for the graphic design of our album, we love your work.

~ Scott Giampino (Booking), Schraepfer Harvey (Production Manager), Mike Klay (Web), Christian Heilman  (Sound), Josh (Lighting) and the entire Triple Door staff & crew – THANK YOU! You made our night a complete success and allowed us to realize our vision putting on this performance at such a stellar performance space in Seattle. We love the Triple Door!

~ Radha Mehta for her video footage of The Teaching’s experience at the GRAMMY Awards.

~ Matt Hebermehl for the Birds in Flight artwork, inspiration and Birds & Loops Animation.

~ Huge, Huge, HUGE Thanks to Jessie Sawyers and VIMM Productions for all of the incredible work done to promote, organize, produce and pretty much make this show a reality! You rock beyond words – beyond the thickest layer of Bedrock – you simply are awesome! Thank you for all you do and share with our beloved city!

~ And last, but not least — to all our Friends, Family & Fans who came out (or tried to come out – don’t worry we’ll put on more shows) and filled the Triple Door with so much love – we can’t thank you enough for your support! We were so happy to play to a full-room with such exciting and good-feeling energy – we know the Triple Door staff & crew were impressed and with that we have a stronger relationship to do another awesome show like this at the venue in the future. THANK YOU!

~ For anyone we may have forgotten – YOU MOST DEFINITELY ROCK as well 😉 Thank you!

‘Birds In Flight’ CD Release at Triple Door Mainstage

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May 4th, 2014 The Teaching CD Release at Triple Door poster

The Teaching is absolutely thrilled to announce our upcoming show at Triple Door Mainstage this coming Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 6:30pm. This show marks not only our first show as a group in over a year, but also a sort of post-GRAMMY® Celebration / ‘Birds In Flight‘ CD Release concert all wrapped up into one mega awesome show! We’re also so glad our fellow musician, tap-dancer extraordinaire and dear friend Jessie Sawyers will be joining us as our special opener for the evening. This show is going to be something truly special and we want you there to be a part of it.

About Jessie Sawyers:

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Jessie is a visual musician, educator, leader, and force of positivity. Her life’s work involves the practice of living from a space of love, kindness, and gratitude.  Her personal struggles, including over 23 surgeries as a child, have taught her what a gift it is to be alive, and she is committed to uplifting others through her creative pursuits.  Her first love is tap dance, which she began at the age of 11 under the guidance of Ginger Roberts, Cheryl Johnson, and Anthony Peters in Seattle, as well as at festivals with the late tap greats Cholly Atkins, Harold Cromer, Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, LaVaughn Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, and Prince Spencer.

As a performer, Jessie has been working professionally for 15 years, the first seven of which were filled with commercials and appearances as the Seattle seafood chain Ivar’s tap dancing clam mascot.  While she is based out of Seattle, tap has taken her around the country and internationally to Vancouver, Toronto, Greece, London, and soon-to-be 13 new countries this fall during her Visual Music World Tour.  Jessie has had the pleasure of working with Savion Glover, Mark Mendonca, Travis Knights, Seattle-based band The Teaching, and as an assistant to Dianne Walker.  Over the years, Jessie’s pursuits have expanded to include singing, playing the ukulele, illustrating, and motivational writings.

About Bird’s In Flight:

Birds In Flight Bird Artwork by Matt HebermehlThis album will be our 4th Physical Release and our 3rd Live Album. It was recorded live at the Triple Door during our performance at the 2010 Earshot Jazz Festival and contains music inspired from our time hosting ‘The Hang’ jam session in Seattle, as well as the artwork and personal time spent with our dear friend Matt Hebermehl. The album artwork over the past 3 albums and this forthcoming CD contain the original work by artist Matt Hebermehl and this album was specifically titled with inspiration from his recent Art Installation at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA. His art is a unique blend of Street Graffiti styling’s and Tribal Art like influences. The installation of ‘Birds In Flight’ had a very beautiful youthful & joyful quality to it that resonated with us and inspired some great music and experiences during our visit to Savannah. Matt’s artwork is for sale and he may be in attendance for our performance on May 4th.Birds In Flight Circle Artwork by Matt Hebermehl

About The Performance on May 4th:

As mentioned above this performance marks a celebration of a lot of things, but most importantly this show is about bringing together the wonderful friends, family & fans that have supported us throughout our 7 years as a group, which undoubtedly set us on the course that led us to the GRAMMY® Awards this past January. Certainly, our hard work as musicians and efforts to create a powerful interconnectedness in the Seattle Artistic Community via ‘The Hang’ had a large impact as well, but it takes an army – a community – a synergy. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis wouldn’t have been able to reach the level they have if our beloved community didn’t help support. So, this night is as much a way to say THANK YOU for all the years of love and support to get us to where we’ve been and where we are now. We’re so proud to bear the “Grammy Nominee” title next to our name now and to have contributed to this multi-GRAMMY® winning album that Seattle can claim along with the Super Bowl Title. It’s been quite a start to 2014 and we’re not done yet! We look forward to seeing you on May 4th at the Triple Door!

Details for the Show:

VIMM Productions Presents:

Sunday, May 4th at 6:30pm | Triple Door

The Teaching CD Release for ‘Birds In Flight’ and Post-GRAMMY® Celebration
with Visual Musician, Jessie Sawyers

Doors open at 5:00pm
Show starts at 6:30pm

$15 adv // $18 day of
$3 off children under 18

Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Call (206) 838-4333 or reserve tickets online at www.tripledoor.com

Press Release & Official Poster

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You’re Invited!
The Teaching’s Official Video Invite to our Concert Sunday, May 4th at the Triple Door

A Recap of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Award’s

Jeremy Jones, Josh Rawlings And Evan Flory-Barnes at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Photo by Jeff Vespa - Featured Image

Highlight Video created by our good friend and fellow musician, Radha Mehta, from our experience attending the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26, 2013.

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards was nothing short of an exhilarating ride for The Teaching and M&RL Camp! We are just completely overjoyed and grateful for the incredible experience we all had over the past weekend. We also couldn’t be more proud of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ success bringing home 4 Grammy Win’s and putting on an amazingly memorable performance with Madonna while 36 couples (same-sex & opposite) got married last night! That’s just a brief overview and the video above will also take you on a ride through the unforgettable day we spent attending the GRAMMY Awards.

The trip really began when Jeremy Jones and I (fresh from the LAX Airport) rushed to the Los Angeles Convention Center to pick up our official tickets for the GRAMMY Awards. Once we turned in our official invitations and had the tickets in our hands, it felt like the lever had just been pulled for a sensational roller coaster ride.

That first day in Los Angeles was kind of a blur as it was mainly spent running errands, getting my hair cut at Capsule Barbershop, getting my wife some fancy shoes, getting new Mophie chargers so our iPhones wouldn’t die mid-GRAMMY events, and things like that.

After a long day of running all around LA and braving the crazy traffic, we finally got time to get dressed and head to the GRAMMY Nominee Reception event held at the beautiful Wilshire Ebel Theatre. The Reception was a wonderful red-carpet event that was both glamorous and a little bit laid back as well. GRAMMY Nominee’s, musical artists, agents, press, music business people associated with certain higher-up music celebrities, and guests roamed freely throughout the many rooms wining, dining, socializing and listening to the fantastic live music provided by the GRAMMY Camp Jazz Band & Vocal Jazz Ensemble. It was truly an extravagant affair with folks beaming with excitement for the big event on Sunday. Some of the highlights that evening were getting our special 56th GRAMMY Medallions, taking some fun group photos (minus Evan unfortunately because he was in-transit flying to the LA at that time), listening to the wonderful live music provided by talented kids that were part of the GRAMMY Camp program (they really sounded quite amazing for their age group), running into local Seattle Jazz Drummer & Origin Arts Director John Bishop, running into fellow M&RL featured artist & GRAMMY Nominee Hollis Wong-Wear, and of course meeting & talking to lot’s of wonderful people throughout the night.

Jeremy Jones And Josh Rawlings at GRAMMY Nominee Reception

The following day was the BIG day we’d all been buzzing with anticipation for — the actual 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony Events. The day started by us all meeting at Jeremy’s hotel which was conveniently located near the Los Angeles Convention Center. We decided it would be fun to rent a limo service to drop us off on the red-carpet the night before, so that morning we had a Cadillac Escalade waiting for us at Jeremy’s hotel. We all loaded into the car and enjoyed a nice drive around the Convention Center looking for the red-carpet entry point. There was more security and check-points than I’d ever seen for an event before and fortunately for us we had the proper limo pass and stickers to get our entourage through. From the moment we exited the car it seems like camera’s were flashing, dozen’s of security personnel checking our credentials, and GRAMMY staff helping direct us through the gauntlet of people. We first met a woman who was going to be our escort down the red-carpet. She helped coordinate 3 interviews with various news reporters as we walked down the carpet snapping photos and just taking it all in. Just seeing my feet on the red-carpet was totally surreal.

On The Red-Carpet for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards

A few of the highlights from the red-carpet experience was seeing actual GRAMMY Statues in cases all along the red-carpet walk, seeing fellow featured M&RL artist Wanz and saying hello and giving hugs to him (we found out moments before seeing him that ‘Thrift Shop’ won a GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance of the Year – needless to say Michael was totally elated with the news), seeing Katy Perry getting mobbed by photographers (totally surreal), and going through this gauntlet of photographers at the end of the red-carpet & having a “canned” audience clap for us as we walked toward the Nokia Theater & Staples Center.

After the red-carpet experience we entered the Nokia Theater to watch some of the Pre-Telecast Awards. This portion of the GRAMMY Awards aren’t televised and actually included 3 of Macklemore’s GRAMMY Wins. Some of the highlights were listening to an actual live GRAMMY band play for each of the Nominee categories (they sounded so good), seeing Cyndi Lauper host the Pre-Telecast Awards, watching fellow Modern Jazz/Groove group Snarky Puppy win a GRAMMY for Best R&B Performance, seeing comedians Steve Martin win a GRAMMY award & comedian Tig Navaro announce some GRAMMY categories on stage, and of course being there when they announced Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (who were getting ready for their live GRAMMY Awards performance with Modana in Staples Center) winning Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance & Best Rap Song ‘Thrift Shop’ in one fell swoop. Evan, Jeremy and I were nearly jumping up and down out of our seats as they announced the wins – it was hard to contain the excitement and rush of what it all mean in that moment. It simply was an unforgettable experience being there.

The Pre-Telecast GRAMMY Awards ended up running a bit long and we needed to make it into the Staples Center by a certain time before the doors closed, so we left before the rest of the categories we’re announced. At the entrance of the Staples Center was more security and a huge mass of people making their way to their seats for the Live Telecast. It’s funny because in the sea of people you’d imagine there would be at least a handful of recognizable famous musicians/artists that you’d see, but honestly, I don’t think I recognized a single person out of the crowd – just 100’s of unrecognizable people who you knew had some connection/status in the Music Industry – it was totally surreal seeing that many music folk. It wasn’t until we sat in our awesome floor seats that I actually started seeing artists I recognized. Surprisingly, we ended up sitting one seat away from GRAMMY Award Winner & Incredible Jazz Bassist, Christian McBride. A good friend of ours is very close friends with Christian and needless-to-say when the photos of us got onto FaceBook she was freaking out with joy that we were seated next to each other – Worlds colliding! Evan considers Christian as one of his top influences on the Upright Bass and I certainly was inspired by his playing as well from being exposed to his playing early on through Bob James’ album ‘Straight Up’ with Brian Blade (an amazing album by the way). So, as you can imagine we were pretty stoked to be sitting next to Christian and getting a chance to chop it up with him throughout the GRAMMY Awards. In front of us, behind us and to either side of us seemed to be all folks that were part of an album. Either featured artists or on the engineering side of things for a CD that was likely up for a major award such as ‘Album of the Year’. Directly behind me was a female vocalist named Anna Wise, who much like us, was a credited artist who just ended up being in the right place at the right time (which for her was being found online by Kenrick Lamar leading to doing all the background vocals on his GRAMMY Nominated album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (which Macklmore & Ryan Lewis beat out for ‘Rap Album of the Year’ early that day)). Throughout the evening we saw numerous famous artists & bands trickling out from the side entrances into the arena. People like Cee Lo Green, Kacey Musgraves, Pink, John Legend, Lorde, etc. would traipse back and forth by our row – many of which were going by with production people with props & music equipment because they were performing on a smaller stage only 25-50 feet from where we were sitting. It was like being in the front row and seeing amazing intimate performances by so many of these musicians/bands that we’ve grown up with and respect a great deal. So, needless to say, even though we weren’t in the “main” section where the BIG musical celebrities are seated up front and often get seen on live television, we still had an amazing view of the entire show.

The actual GRAMMY Awards were essentially like seeing every major legendary & popular musical artist / band perform their hit song in an arena setting. Imagine paying a ticket just to see these artists playing that “Apex” song you wait all evening for and then multiply that by all the artists you’d want to see all year long doing that all night long!? Some of the highlights from the show were certainly seeing Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar’s passionate performance with Imagine Dragons, and of course the most emotional and moving performance by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert & the Legendary Madonna…which nearly had us all in tears seeing 36 couples getting married to a song I played piano on! It was incredibly touching! Some of the more interesting experiences were certainly having “staging people” fill in empty seats in our row anytime someone got up to leave, hearing an ominous “God” like voice come on and off over the Staple Center loud speakers anytime we were coming back from a commercial break (“Clap for LL Cool J – back in 10, 9, 8…”), seeing the “behind the scenes” stuff that no one else in America really gets to see during the commercial breaks, and of course — sitting in semi-comfortable folding chairs (we were pretty cramped on the floor actually) for nearly 2.5-3 hours…definitely not a great situation if you drank a lot of water prior to the GRAMMY Ceremony.

All in all, the Award Show was simply amazing to experience live in person, and of course once they got to the categories M&RL were nominated for, we were all on the edge of our seats, hearts pounding…waiting for the results. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won ‘Best New Artist’ during the live show and lost to Lorde’s ‘Royals’ for Song of the Year and then Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ for Album of the Year (which if they won that category would have meant we would have officially been GRAMMY Winners – can’t tell you what a trip that is to be SO close in that moment). Once we got to the ‘Album of the Year’ we were almost 99.9999999% sure M&RL were going to scoop the win with how things were feeling that night. It was such a nail bitter because we also knew that meant we would be going up on stage with the entire M&RL camp — so our hearts were pounding through our chests as they read the nominee’s in the ‘Album of the Year’ category. Unfortunately they did now win as much as we prayed and hoped, however, 4 GRAMMY wins for their first major self-produced DIY album ‘The Heist’ is still an unbelievable accomplishment and an uproar for new independent artists at the GRAMMY Awards. It truly is an unprecedented feat that has been done by so few in the Music Industry. Amazing! Despite not getting the official GRAMMY win status or statue, everyone is The Teaching is still shocked that we’re able to even call ourselves GRAMMY Nominee’s featured on M&RL’s multi-GRAMMY Winning Album.

After the Live Telecast of the GRAMMY Awards, everyone exited the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Official After Party. Needless-to-say, we were all feeling famished and ready to stretch our legs after being seated in the Staples Center for the past 3 hours. We were part of a giant herd of GRAMMY attendee’s, nominee’s, winner’s and guests making our way very slowly to the after party – it was pretty funny being in such a large mass of some of the Music Industry’s biggest names just shuffling our feet wanting to get some eats and use the restroom as fast as possible! Upon entering the Convention Center, it felt like we were stepping into a giant scene straight out of the ‘Great Gatsby’ – models dressed up in Roaring 20’s Type Outfits, Staging & Props that seriously looked like they were from the movie, and then bars & buffets everywhere you looked. It was an extravagant and fantastic display – I’ve never scene a party like it before – quite possibly a several million dollar production put on by the Recording Academy. There was also a giant stage with live music going on and an entirely different “Jazz Lounge” room where we found out Seattle Jazz Pianist Aaron Parks was supposedly playing with the GRAMMY Camp Jazz Orchestra. After grabbing some great food and drink and enjoying the incredible scene in the main room, we decided to check out the Jazz Lounge room and see what was going on. By the time we got there Aaron Parks and the GRAMMY Jazz Orchestra had already finished and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were just starting to tear up the stage. The room looked like a scene straight out a Casino in Ocean’s 11. We ran back into Christian McBride who we talked to and took some more pictures with, and later we caught Aaron Parks and had a nice conversation catching up with him (Evan used to play in Aaron’s group when he lived in Seattle). Soon we were wrapping things up at the After Party and trying to figure out how and where to meet the M&RL camp. I texted Ryan Lewis one more time hopping he’d respond and sure enough he did. I figured all my earlier text’s got lost in the shuffle of communication he was probably managing leading up to their big live show for the GRAMMY Awards Ceremony. So, we were elated to get a response and opportunity to go visit those guys and congratulate them in person.

We took a taxi cab to a private Art Gallery where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were holding there own modest GRAMMY After Party. It dawned on me that really none of the celebrity Artists or Bands probably went to the main GRAMMY After Party (or none that I really noticed), and instead probably held there own away from the hustle and bustle of the GRAMMY crowds. So needless-to-say, it felt really special to be invited to their gathering after the GRAMMY Awards Ceremony. When we arrived at the gallery there were all the familiar faces (with the exception of Mary Lambert who I believe was attending her Record Label’s After Party) – Michael Wansley (Wanz – ‘Thrift Shop’), Hollis Wong-Wear (‘White Walls’), Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore’s Violinist), Ray Dalton (‘Can’t Hold Us’), Owuor Arunga (Macklemore’s Trumpet Player and our fellow Seattle Jazz Scene cat/friend) and a lot of other friends, family and people that were part of the Macklemore / Ryan Lewis “Family”. It was a wonderful relaxed gathering without a bunch of pretense and glamor like the  Official GRAMMY After Party – it felt like a real NW / Seattle Music Community hang. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis welcomed us with big hugs and smiles as we talked about the whole surreal experience we all just had that evening. I suppose we hung out there for a couple hours just catching up with members of the M&RL camp, having lot’s of laughs and sharing in a truly amazing celebration of M&RL’s GRAMMY Wins. We can say with confidence that Macklemore & Ryan were extremely humbled by the whole experience and made us feel that we “all” won that evening.

The Teaching with Macklemore at GRAMMY After Party

Going to the GRAMMY Awards whether you’re a Guest, Recording Academy Member, Nominee, or anyone for that mater, is a truly life changing experience. Evan, Jeremy and I will have memories from our time attending this weekend that will last a lifetime — and continue to inspire & motivate us on figuring out how to get back! It is incredibly unique to be dressed to the 9’s with handsome looking suits, ties and shiny shoes on the red-carpet and to have camera’s flashing from every-which angle, and it’s another experience waking up the next morning realizing there are 364 days of work ahead of you if you want to get back to that moment and place. And, at the end of the day, the GRAMMY Awards is just a big fun event that recognizes Artists and Bands who have worked hard and have become very popular in the Music Industry. Although, despite some of the politics and perspective you may have experiencing it on TV, the Tabloids, News, etc. this event creates a certain type of energy that allows the Music Industry at large feel accomplished and appreciated by the world. A moment in the “Grand” spotlight to take a bow and say “Thank You” back to all the supporters and fans who got us there. This goes way beyond the “Celebrity Ego/Status”, Limelight/Spot Light, Glitz & Glamor and the rest – if there were no listeners to support our music this event simply would not exist.

The Teaching feels incredibly blessed to have had the honor to attend the GRAMMY Awards in support of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ album ‘The Heist’, and to represent the wonderful collaborative work that is being done here in the Northwest. We’re incredibly proud of their accomplishments and perseverance to share their music with the world and we truly look forward to working with them again in the future. There’s something absolutely special about the fact that they made our featured track ‘BomBom’ the only instrumental song on the entire album and supposedly opened all their World Tour performances with the song as well. Just think about that the next time someone tries to say “Jazz” is dead – an Instrumental Trio from Seattle made it onto a multi-GRAMMY winning album and in turn became GRAMMY Nominee’s ourselves. I don’t know why or how all this came to be, but I can say that our love for music, being good to people, and having a willingness to show up and make great music (whatever the situation) has a powerful, powerful effect – and dreams can come true!

Thank you one and all!

-Josh Rawlings


Here’s an official recap of the 56th Annual Award’s Ceremony on GRAMMY.com:

The Teaching, Nominated for GRAMMY Award

Grammy Statue Photo - Featured Image

Grammy Statue Photo

We are elated to share that we were recently contacted by the Recording Academy and invited to the 56th GRAMMY Awards Ceremony on January 26th as Official Nominees! This is an absolute dream come true for us and we’re still in shock that we’re actually getting the chance to attend and witness the GRAMMY Awards Ceremony.

This is such a dream come true for so many musicians and we’re so proud to accept this opportunity and go in support of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ fine work on ‘The Heist’. Our official nomination & invitation to the Awards Show is due to the fact that their album is nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ – the most prestigious and recognized GRAMMY Award Category there is!

We’re organizing the details and still figuring out what this all means, but we wanted to share this incredible news with you first and thank you all for the years of support and love. This nomination is incredibly flattering and will undoubtedly have a huge impact on our individual music careers as well as further the reach of our music!

Official 56th GRAMMY Invite