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/

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:

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

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
Website: http://www.VisualMusicProductions.com/

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. http://www.starlight-washington.org/ 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: http://www.VisualMusicProductions.com/

Call the Triple Door @ 206.838.4333 or visit their website at: http://www.thetripledoor.net/

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:

3429 Fremont Place, #309
Seattle, WA 98103

Please mail ballot in before January 22nd

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!