The Teaching Nominated for Inside Out Jazz Awards!

Dear Friends and Fans of The Teaching,

It’s my sincere pleasure to inform you that The Teaching was nominated in 3 categories for the Inside Out Jazz Awards put on by LUCID Jazz Lounge here in Seattle, WA. We are so pleased to be nominated and a part of this amazing new awards show. We will be presenting a special Hang performance at the end of the awards show in the lobby of Benaroya Hall this coming Monday, May 31st. Tickets are still available through LUCID or Benaroya Hall.

We also warmly welcome your vote of support for us in the following categories. You can vote up until May 31st:

Band of the Year
Most Dynamic Concert of the Year (LUCID 1 Year Anniversary Show)
Composition of The Year (Beautiful Brooklyn by Josh Rawlings)

Also Evan & Josh are nominated in the other following categories if you’d like to support their other works and projects:

Evan – Outstanding Instrumentalist of the Year
Josh & Evan – Straight Ahead Album of the Year (Unreal Reality – Industrial Revelation)

DOORS OPEN 6:30pm
SHOW 8:00pm – 10:30pm
THE HANG 10:30pm – 12:00am
AFTER PARTY at the TRIPLE DOOR – MUSICQUARIUM LOUNGE 12:00am-close

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
Price range $15-$35
Lucid 5241 University Ave. Seattle,WA
In person or through Benaroya Box Office
http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony/buy/single/production.aspx?id=9922&src=t&dateid=9922

THE OFFICAL PRE AND POST PARTY will be hosted by the TripleDoor Musicquarium Lounge! Featuring Vocalist Alisha Roney. Before the show take advantage of Happy Hour from 4-6PM. After the show a food Happy Hour commences at 9 and goes until Midnight.http://www.thetripledoor.net/Calendar/Events/Musicquarium/Inside-Out-Jazz-Awards-Pre-and-Post-Party.aspx?date=2010-05-31

LOG ONTO http://www.lucidseattle.com/ to vote for your favorite Seattle Jazz Musician and for ticket information THROUGH MAY 31st!

100% of the proceeds from the evening will be going towards rebuilding in Haiti.http://www.strengththroughunity.org/

Inside Out Jazz Awards at Benaroya Hall

On Monday, May 31st, Lucid Jazz Lounge will present the first “Inside/Out Jazz Awards” at Benaroya Hall’s Mark Tapper Auditorium.

The I/O Awards night will consist of honoring musicians for being influential in the jazz community with hand-scultpted bronze awards. Award categories will range from, for example, the more common ‘Outstanding Instrumentals’, ‘Outstanding Album’, etc., and others will be more unique and personalized.

The event will also include numerous performances from Seattle musicians and performing artists. Such performances as a reprise of Evan Flory-Barnes’ Earshot Award winning “Acknowledgment of a Celebration”, a Miles Davis Tribute, LUCID Live Records’ first recording group the Reservoir Cats, Seattle jazz legends and upcoming artists alike. This eclectic, energetic night gaurantees a sold out night.

A very special ‘Hang’ jam will be hosted by The Teaching in the lobby of Benaroya after the Awards Show. The Teaching has become LUCID’s house band every Thursday night for the past year bringing the community together for The Hang. The Teaching also happens to be the rhythm section of The Reservoir Cats featured on stage that evening.

CONTACT http://www.lucidseattle.com/ FOR DETAILED LINE UP AND TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION

Tickets can also be purchased from the Benaroya Hall Box Office in person or online: http://www.seattlesymphony.org/

100% of this year’s show proceeds will be used toward the rebuilding work in Haiti supporting http://www.strengththroughunity.org/

The Formula of Influences

Here’s a really wonderful video formula of influences our bassist Evan Flory-Barnes sent to Jeremy and I yesterday and I’ve got to say – it’s spot on…what do you think?  We are all heavily influenced by these movers and shakers in the progression of music.  It’s a beautiful way to hear the continuum, the diversity, the shear beauty of music blossoming before your very ears. This is what we hope to effortlessly communicate in our group. Enjoy!
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Bill Evans Trio – Interview & performance of Emily

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Medeski, Martin & Wood – Think

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Robert Glasper – Enoch’s (Inaugural) Meditation

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Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train

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A Tribe Called Quest – Separate/Together

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Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci

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The Teaching

FLOW Recap

On Sunday, April 4th The Teaching took part in a sell-out performance of FLOW: An Evening of Music, Dance, and Visual Art at the Triple Door in Seattle, WA. For all of you who made it out that evening – Thank you so much! The night was a complete success on all parts. We had the pleasure of working with tap dancers Jessie Sawyers, Mark Mendonca, Travis Knights and theVAM Performance modern dance troop. The entire production was a thrill to be a part of and we learned a lot from working with the dancers. Seattle has an incredible artistic community and on Wednesday, April 7th we got to jam with many more talented local dancers and musicians at the Theatre Off Jackson. Special thanks to Jessie Sawyers for her tireless work in producing the entire FLOW series and bring real ‘flow’ in a fun and collaborative experience.

Enjoy the video clip below of us playing ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ by Average White Band with 22 tap dancers! (special guests Jason Parker on Trumpet & George Bullock on Guitar):

And here’s another video of us playing ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by the Beatles with Jessie, Mark & Travis:

And another video of us playing Evan’s tunes ‘Apex of A Beautiful Day’ with the tap dancers:

Jacob Stickney’s Senior Recital


Last Sunday The Teaching joined local Tenor Saxophonist and Hang regular Jacob Stickney for his Senior Recital performance at PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish. The concert went incredibly well and Jacob even featured a couple of our originals in his recital set:

Here’s a live recording of The Teaching’s composition ‘Sea Town’ from his recital:

Jacob played with such heart that evening and his instructors, friends and family seemed very pleased by his performance and our music. We’ve had the pleasure of hearing him mature into a well-rounded musician over the past 2 and half years both at Lo-Fi and LUCID. We had almost forgotten that we had all come full circle together until Jacob reminded us that evening that we also played his entrance performance. It seemed very fitting that he invited us to close this chapter of his music education at Cornish.

The Teaching would once again like to congratulate him on a successful recital and being an all-round COLD CAT!

For more info about Jacob Stickney and his music please visit his MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/jacobstickneymusic

Feel free to listen to more clips from Jacob’s Senior Recital below:

The Teaching Wins Golden Ear Award

We’re elated to announce that we won 2 awards at the Earshot Golden Ear Awards last February 15th! The Teaching was awarded NW Acoustic Jazz Group of 2009 and Evan Flory-Barnes was awarded the Jazz Performance of 2009. It was so wonderful to experience being awarded by our peers and jazz community that evening and we know it will help as we continue to grow as a band and bring our music to more audiences. A BIG BIG Thank You to all of you who voted for us and continue to show your love and support – it means so much to us!

Also, we’re happy to say LUCID (the club we host The Hang at each Thursday) received it’s own special Golden Ear award for it’s incredible fundraising for relief and aid efforts in Haiti. Congratulations LUCID! For more info about what LUCID is doing to help Haiti please visit: http://www.strengththroughunity.org/

Read more about the awards ceremony by viewing a PDF of Earshot’s Publication online here: http://www.earshot.org/Publication/pub/10march.pdf

More info about the fine concerts, festivals Earshot puts on and much more on their website at http://www.earshot.org/

It’s All About The Hang

This article was featured in the August 2009 edition of the Earshot magazine in Seattle, WA.

It’s All About the Hang
By Peter Walton

“It’s a way of living your life – living with teamwork, cooperation, and integration. And we’re so excited about it now because this has been new for all of us.” Jeremy Jones continues: “It’s been a gift that tells me the universe is friendly.” Quickly it becomes clear, this isn’t an ordinary jam session.

As much a community gathering as an opportunity to workshop ideas, the Hang has grown into an almost unstoppable force – a weekly event as warm, joyful, and true to Seattle as it’s founding members. By tapping into the creative energy of their community, Keyboardist Josh Rawlings, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and percussionist Jeremy Jones, otherwise known as the ensemble the Teaching, have given the Hang a power of its own, one which its participants believe can touch and heal any person willing to give him or herself over to it.

Josh, Jeremy, and Evan first convened at the Seamonster Lounge in August of 2006. With no preconceived notions of what their trio ought to sound like, the Teaching grew purely out of the unique chemistry of its three members. The band recalls one particularly magical early moment in which, building off a calypso, Jeremy Jones climaxed into a boisterous swing feel, completely shifting the direction of the performance. Unsure of how this maneuver might be received, Jones was pleased to watch the band explode with enthusiasm and add further fire.  And so the ensemble began to grasp the potential of what they could create together while working together as one.

With only the loose guide of composed forms as launching pads, the music can, and does, take off in any number of directions. Exploring beyond the limits of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, rock, and Afro-Cuban forms, the music at the Hang is bound together by its ability to accept whatever an individual musician might contribute, and turn it to gold for the ensemble. “Some people might prefer the structure,” Josh Rawlings explains, “but this is freedom. And it is just so exciting to play music that has no limits.” Far from an emotionless crossing of genres, however, the band plays with an invigorating immediacy, the kind of energy that breathes life into the cynic in you. “We’re talking about bombs that make people scream and shout and music that makes people cry,” Rawlings continues, “And we’re making it in the moment with the community.”

But what was the impetus to essentially open up the Teaching to the community in the Hang forum? As Evan Flory-Barnes relays a lesson from another generation: “Bird told us, it’s all about the hang.” More than ever, the band argues, Seattle needs a place where not just musicians, but audiences, fans, and any person off the street, can come to listen, learn, network, and play. “What was unfolding early on,” Flory-Barnes comments, “was a very natural and organic style of creating music of a particular moment, and basically a welcoming of all people with a creative or expressive voice to contribute their authenticity as a person.” Clearly they weren’t alone in their perspective, as the Hang grew in both the size and scope of its mission, spreading this collaborative energy to all who might listen.

After about two years of weekly gatherings at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, however, the Hang moved this past June to the Lucid Jazz Lounge in the University District. In addition to simply wanting to try something new, the band was attracted to Lucid for owner David Pierre-Louis’ work in serving and supporting local jazz artists and audiences. Refreshed by a venue owner who was so ready to fight for the artists, the band found in Lucid a partner willing to invest in The Hang as completely as they had.

Now about six-weeks into the move to Lucid, the Hang has thrived in its new environment.  The Teaching’s joyful spirit, communicative ability, and infectious energy continue to draw increasingly large and diverse crowds to the U-Districts intimate club. The attitude of “hang first, create later,” has instilled in the club a spirit of true community, while the sheer breadth of the music being performed has opened up the event to audiences and performers who might not otherwise feel comfortable at a jazz jam.

Indeed, this impassioned spirit of openness, both artistically and personally, directly influences the musical energy that flows through the performance. As Rawlings notes, “When you embody this warmth, kindness, and beauty that you find in the community, the musical possibilities are limitless.”

Here, the Teaching view themselves as ambassadors for what Evan Flory-Barnes has called the New Seattle movement. “It’s about inclusion, integration, celebration,” states Flory-Barnes, “it’s about giving people permission to look within themselves and know who they truly are, and about expressing their highest joy with others.” Musically, Josh Rawlings adds, “the key is collaboration. To get hip hop artists working at the Hang, who might later work with a jazz vocalist – new things are born out of that.  And people here are becoming more and more aware of how this process is taking place.”

To Flory-Barnes, “Seattle doesn’t have to look outside itself for approval. It’s its own space. I’ve often seen people comment about a composer here saying it’s good for Seattle – but no!  It’s good for the world. There has to be a confidence and an attitude… a swagger that we can bring forth and encourage others to have.”

Certainly, though, the Teaching’s plans include bringing this spirit to others. The band has already found enormously receptive audiences in such locations as Savannah, Georgia and Portland. The Teaching believes with complete confidence in the music’s ability to break down cultural barriers and bring joy to individual lives. And with pride, the band can now put forth their energy and say, “this is Seattle.”

The Teaching performs in the Hang Thursday, August 13, 20, and 27 at 9:30 PM at the Lucid Jazz Lounge, 5241 University Way NE, free of charge.  The Teaching will also perform on the Triple Door Mainstage on August 24 at 7:30 PM.

For a PDF of the article click HERE
For a PDF of the August 2009 edition of the Earshot Magazine click HERE

The Teaching Receives Earshot Golden Ear Nomination


The Teaching was nominated in two categories for the 2009 Golden Ear Jazz Awards (2009 NW Acoustic Jazz Group & Emerging Artist of 2009). The ballots are here online if you’d like to vote for us or any of the other excellent choices! http://www.earshot.org/events/golden.html

This award could significantly help my group The Teaching in our efforts booking a large East Coast for the group next Fall.

If you’d rather mail in your ballot you can print a copy of the ballot by printing this image and mailing it to the following address:

Earshot
3429 Fremont Place, #309
Seattle, WA 98103

Please mail ballot in before January 22nd