Feature Article on Denver’s Hey Reverb

06.23.14 Hey Reverb Blog Article Screenshot

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.”

Follow our news and updates on Twitter, our relationship status on Facebook and our search history on Google +. Or send us a telegram.

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)

FaceBook EventRSVP on Facebook

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

Press Release & Official Poster

The Teaching June 20th Official Press Release The Teaching June 20th Poster Icon

‘Birds In Flight’ CD Release at Triple Door Mainstage

May 4th, 2014 Triple Door Show - Featured Image

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:

Jessie Sawyers Photo 3

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

FaceBook EventRSVP on FaceBook

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

Press Release & Official Poster

The Teaching May 4 Official Press Release The Teaching May 4th Poster

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

The Heist Nominated for 7 GRAMMY Awards!

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Photo by Michael Buckner - Feature Image

56th Grammy Awards Graphic

Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and we couldn’t be more thrilled for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with their nomination in 7 categories for their album ‘The Heist’!!! This is such a huge accomplishment for these guys and of course incredibly exciting news for us and the entire Seattle Music Community. We’re still finding out what this means for us being featured on their album. Wow’zers! This is huge!

Here’s a recent post on the GRAMMY.com News Section:

Congrats to M&RL on their nominations and we couldn’t be happier to see how their hard work and perseverance has allowed them to raise to such acclaim. Well deserved!!! The put a damn fine album together and we couldn’t be more thrilled for having been invited into the studio to work with them back in September 2010. Goes to show you just never know how things will trickle forward and resonate with people when you’re in the moment. Wow!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 26th for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards baby – Seattle is going to sweep!

The Teaching Returns!

March 21st, 2013 The Teaching at Seamonster Lounge Poster - Featured Image

March 21st, 2013 The Teaching at Seamonster Lounge Poster

The moment so many of you have been patiently, patiently waiting for…you read it correctly in the title — The Teaching (Josh Rawlings – Fender Rhodes, Evan Flory-Barnes – Bass & Jeremy Jones – Drums) will come together at the place we got our start as a band nearly 7 years ago! The beloved and amazing Seamonster Lounge.

Join us for a momentous reunion performance. Evan will be fresh back from tour, Josh will be slightly awake from his new-Dad duties for the past 20 months and Jeremy will be in deep relaxed bliss from his meditations 😉 in other words – come hear The Teaching like you’ve never heard before…after a year + hiatus the music bombs & “WHOA’S!” are sure to make many hearts overflow with joy this magical evening.

We hope to see you!

Click here  to RSVP on our FaceBook event page

BomBom Music Video Contest Announced!

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Photo by John Keatley - Featured Image

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis photo by John Keatley

The Teaching is thrilled to share the news of a music video contest for the song BomBom on Macklemore x Ryan Lewis‘ hit album ‘The Heist‘. We’re really excited to see the submissions for this song and encourage you to participate.

The announcement and details for the contest are posted on their website here: http://macklemore.com/post/44009695712/bombom-video-contest

We’re still amazed for the incredible feature they gave us by making us the ONLY instrumental track on the entire record. We’ve received a few emails from people who say this is one of their favorite songs on the album and a few pianists have even emailed us looking for sheet music. Needless to say we’re incredibly flattered and hyped for all the buzz and support from our performance on the song and we’re looking forward to hopefully working more with these guys down the road.

For anyone who’s actually interested in the piano part / score of song, we’ve contacted Macklemore x Ryan Lewis and will certainly let you know if anything is put together.  Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you well informed.

We couldn’t be more thrilled for the success Ben (Macklemore) & Ryan have received from the release of ‘The Heist’ and we feel so proud to see them representing Seattle’s rich and amazing music / art scene. Here’s to them and hoping for much more success giving Seattle a fantastic spotlight!

Now go submit a video for BomBom! WHOA!!!!!!

The Teaching feat. on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis newest album ‘The Heist’

The Heist Album Cover - Featured Image

The Heist Album Cover

Bom Bom (feat. The Teaching) available on iTunes today!

Click here to take a listen to the track and/or download the Delux Edition of ‘The Heist’ in iTunes

The Teaching is back! We couldn’t be happier to be featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ newest album and for the success that’s been pouring in for them. As of Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, their first full-length album ‘The Heist’ went on sale across the country in both physical and digital form. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis were #1 on the bestseller list of iTunes for over 4 days and the Seattle Times even did a feature article HERE.

Back in September of 2011, Ryan Lewis reached out to the three of us after our good friend and local trumpeter Owuor Arunga recommended they get us in the studio for a track Ryan was working on.  He had us record for about 2 hours at Avast Studios in Greenwood on a looped and rough draft audio sample for Bom Bom. We had a fantastic time recording in the studio together again and we played with a particular fire and passion that night after not playing regularly together for some time. Ryan and Ben were found bobbing their heads to the grooves, harmonies and notes we interlaced and stretched out from their base track. Ryan was especially fun to work with as he dug deep with each of us in the studio crafting the exact emotions, builds and texture he would need for his studio wizardry.  It was really fun to see these guys getting into our music and giving us mad props after the session was over.

The result of Ryan’s work on Bom Bom is truly stellar. You hear the essence of The Teaching all over the track, but you also hear Ryan’s incredible remix of what we do live and spun out as this tapestry of beautiful interwoven sounds. He especially seemed to enjoy my lush beds of piano trills and poly-rhythmic playing seeing how they were mixed and featured throughout the song. Amidst the layers of piano are moments where you swear you hear a Samba marching band led by Jeremy Jones and wisps of a classical bass solo and drops by Evan Flory-Barnes. It’s a magical sounding track that really takes the listener on a cinematic journey. With Ben absent from the track it is also the only instrumental song featured on the album, which for us is a huge compliment to say that song could stand on it’s own without a the full production.

So, little did we know last year that Macklemore was actually a local rapper on the WAY up with Ryan Lewis. And now…I suspect we’ll be seeing Macklemore on SNL, David Letterman, and the like. These homegrown musicians are already touring the world and selling out nearly every venue they play…this is nothing short of amazing and we’re so proud of their hard work in representing the incredible Seattle talent, the beauty of our city, featuring numerous local musicians on the album and putting out an extremely high-quality music product.

We had a fantastic time working with Ryan & Ben and applaud the success on a fantastic album, and sincerely look forward to collaborating with them in the future. These are great guys, working independently without a label, going against the odds and showing it still can be done in the music business. Bravo cat! Bra-WHOA!