The Teaching at D Note NYE

The Teaching is very excited to return for our 3rd annual holiday trip to Colorado. That’s right! This year we’ll be bringing in the 2011 New Year at D-Note in Arvada with a very special performance. Joining us this evening will be our trusted friend and local saxophonist Serafin Sanchez and local KS 107.5 DJ Chonz. The D-Note is known for their fantastic homemade pizzas, delicious food and ales, along with their great live music and artwork. Join The Teaching for our ONLY show this year in Colorado and grab a copy of our brand new Live at Triple Door CD. It’ll be an incredible night at the D-Note and a very memorable New Year’s celebration you won’t forget.

Make your NYE reservations by calling (303) 463-6683

The Teaching at 2010 Earshot Jazz Festival

Friends, family and fans of The Teaching! We’re so, so excited to announce our Triple Door show as part of the 2010 Earshot Jazz Festival this coming Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00pm. Please see the event details by clicking on the link below and share this post and poster with anyone and everyone you know. We want to show Earshot and Triple Door  we can fill the venue with our incredible, loving and supportive fans for this special performance. We’d love for you to be in attendance and welcome any of you who wish to spread the word on the street! Let’s GET ‘EM CATS!

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)

SHOW 8:00pm – 10:30pm
THE HANG 10:30pm – 12:00am

Price range $15-$35
Lucid 5241 University Ave. Seattle,WA
In person or through Benaroya Box Office

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.

LOG ONTO 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.

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.


Tickets can also be purchased from the Benaroya Hall Box Office in person or online:

100% of this year’s show proceeds will be used toward the rebuilding work in Haiti supporting

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:

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

FLOW: Artist Jam

The Teaching is also happy to announce the FLOW: Artist Jam on Wednesday, April 7th at The Theatre off Jackson. If you’ve stopped by The Hang recently and caught the tap dancers sitting in, you know you’re in for a treat this evening. If you haven’t caught The Teaching playing with dancers and you won’t be able to make the Triple Door performance on April 4th, this is your chance to see some very talented artists and fun collaboration. Mark your calendars, tell your friends and bring your tap shoes or instrument – because it’s definitely going to be a Hang — dance style Hang!

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Theatre off Jackson
Street: 409 7th Avenue South
City/Town: Seattle, WA 98104

Here’s more info about the event:

Calling all tap dancers, modern dancers, hip hop dancers, musicians, vocalists, visual artists…
On Wednesday, April 7th @ 8pm, following the presentation of “FLOW: An Evening of Music, Dance, and Visual Art” at the Triple Door on Sunday, April 4th, we will keep the party going in the cool, intimate performance space @ Theatre off Jackson.

The Teaching, including Josh Rawlings on keys, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, and Jeremy Jones on drums, will be our band for the evening.

Other FLOW artists in attendance will include: World-renowned tap dancer Mark Mendonca; Toronto-based, International tap dancer Travis Knights; Seattle’s own Jessie Sawyers; VAM performance, and more!

This jam is about strengthening our connection as artists in the community. Let’s come together to support each other, inspire one another, and have a great time!

Come create with us!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Purchase tickets in advance! (Our last Tap Jam sold out!!)

Tickets: $10

Purchase Tix through Brown Paper Tickets:

FLOW: An Evening of Music, Dance, and Visual Art

FLOW: An Evening of Music, Dance, and Visual Art
Benefitting the Starlight Children’s Foundation

On Sunday, April 4th The Teaching will share the stage with some amazing tap & modern dancers for the first time ever! Tap dancer Jessie Sawyers, who is a local artist and dancer, approached The Teaching early in February about putting on this collaborative performance together at The Triple Door and to also benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation. We happily accepted and are so excited to work with such talented and innovative artists. They were attracted to The Teaching’s sound after hearing us at The Hang at Lo-Fi nearly a year ago and it will be really incredible to see how our music “flows” with their dancing.  We’ll also have the fun challenge of stretching from our normal music approach and accompanying them on a selection of tunes outside our repertoire with song selections from Robert Glasper, Average White Band and Nina Simone. Also, we’ll be having our good friend and local trumpeter Jason Parker joining us on stage for a few selections as well.

Join us on Sunday, April 4th for a Teaching performance unlike any you’ve seen before. It’s going to be a real treat to work with Jessie and her crew and we hope you’ll be there to witness a beautiful new work.

Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 838-4333

Flow is an uplifting, soulful blend of music, dance, and visual art that aims to bring light to the beauty of living a creative life and acknowledging the interconnectedness of all things.

Seattle-based artist Jessie Sawyers is a self-proclaimed “visual musician,” a tap dancer at heart whose creative expression flows across multiple mediums – dance, music, art – all of which are unified by her observations of life’s rhythm and patterns. Joining her in this collaborative evening is a supreme collection of multidisciplinary artists:

-Seattle’s own jazz fusion group, The Teaching, with pianist Josh Rawlings, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and drummer Jeremy Jones
-World renowned tap dancer, Mark Mendonca, whose phenomenal artistic expression has led him to dance on Broadway, in Feature Film, and for the last three U.S. Presidents
-VAM Performance, a new-to-Seattle dance company masterful at storytelling through movement
-Canadian tap dancer, Travis Knights, coming to Seattle fresh from his performance in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics!

Intermission will feature a silent auction of hand-painted ceramic artwork by Flow’s creator, Jessie Sawyers. A portion of each sale will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Washington. Please come show your support!

To take a look at some of the pieces that will be up for auction, and to read more about Flow, please visit:

Call the Triple Door @ 206.838.4333 or visit their website at:

The Hang at LUCID

The Teaching plays every Thursday with The Teaching at LUCID in the University District (on 52nd St. & University Ave.) for a night we host called ‘The Hang’.  It’s a wonderful night filled with lots of groove, fun and serious collaborative jamming from all corners of the music world. We get all kinds of people coming in and sharing their music with us. If you’ve never made it out – consider stopping by this coming Thursday at 9:30pm for an a live experience like no other in Seattle.

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 9:30pm-1:00am
Location: LUCID Jazz Lounge
Street: 5241 University Way NE
City/State: Seattle, WA
Cost: FREE!
Age: 21+

Ps. If you’re a musician – don’t forget to bring your axe!