HOT JAZZ AT THE GALLERY Proudly Presents THE FRANCESCO QUARTET
Sat Jun 10 2023 at 07:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Frederick Holmes and Company | Seattle, WA
About this Event
"Hot Jazz At The Gallery: now this is how live music should be experienced: up close and personal, among friends, surrounded by great works of art!" —Dmitri Matheny
Located on Occidental Mall, in the "Heart of Historic Pioneer Square", Seattle, WA, FREDERICK HOLMES AND COMPANY - GALLERY OF MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART Is Proud To Offer Another Extraordinary Evening In Our Ongoing Monthly Series - HOT JAZZ AT THE GALLERY, Featuring The Top Musicians And Vocalists In The Pacific Northwest And Nationally. While Enjoying Premium Award-Winning Wines, And Listening To The "Best In The Northwest"!
In June 2023 , the Gallery celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Seattle! So in the Summer months of June, July, & August we will feature TWO monthly performances!
Opening June 10th, HOT JAZZ AT THE GALLERY proudly presents jazz pianist FRANCESCO CROSARA with an all-star lineup featuring saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev, bassist Farko Dosumov, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. The group will present original compositions inspired by jazz, classical and latin idioms, plus select jazz standards revisited.
Originally from Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Francesco stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians.
Since 2017, the Northwest can claim his talents, too, as he’s demonstrated an eagerness to contribute to the local scene. Francesco was selected to perform at the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and has been featured two years in a row in the trend-setting Earshot Jazz: The Second
Century series for his bold and innovative music composition and video work. In Seattle he routinely collaborates with local stalwarts like Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, Farko Dosumov, and more.
“A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” Down Beat Magazine
“The kind of sensitive swing seldom heard since Bill Evans. Crosara’s rubato meanderings are precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic daring.” Jazz Times Magazine
“Francesco Crosara proves he is a pianist with expert chops and broad interests. [...] Crosara has an awareness of world music but a firm grounding in the modern jazz vernacular. His major piano influences are unsurprising: Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Like them, he has an interest in electric as well as acoustic jazz.” All About Jazz
“Crosara’s compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a “living language” that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.” Earshot Jazz
Since 2000, Alexey lives and works in Seattle. He performs with groups, Axiom Quartet, Greg Williamson Quartet (Ponyboy Records), Jay Thomas Big Band, Emerald City Big Band, and is a member and saxophonist soloist of Doctor Funk Band (Strokeland Records).
As a recording artist, Alexey performs and records with musicians like pianists John Hansen, Mark Seals, John Sanders, Bill Anchell, Randy Halberstadt, Tony Foster; vocalists Greta Matassa, Dee Daniels, Jackie Davis, Karen Shivers, Kelley Johnson, Kelly Eisenhour, Martin Ross; trumpeters Jay Thomas, Tom Marriott, Vern Sielert, Jim Sisco Andy Omdahl, Steve Mostovoy; trombonists Dave Marriott, Dan Marcus, Gary Shutes; saxophonist Bill Ramsey, bassists Jon Hamar, Doug Miller, Clipper Anderson, Douglas Barnett, Chuck Kistler, Paul Gabrielson, Chris Symer, Jim Cliff; drummers Greg Williamson, Brad Boal, Garey Williams, Hose Martinez, Adam Kessler, Matt Jorgensen and many many more.
Farko Rustamovich Dosumov was born and raised in Uzbekistan. Farko and his identical twin brother, Feodor Dosumov, began playing the classical guitar when they were ten years old. By the time the Dosumov brothers were in high school, Farko was playing electric bass and Feodor was playing electric guitar in multiple projects throughout Tashkent.
In 1999 Farko moved to New York City to pursue a future career in music. Farko later attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and specialized in jazz bass. Since then, he has played with many talented artists and groups such as Double Impact with his twin brother Feodor Dosumov, Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Carlos Santana, Jonny Lang, Pura Fe, Flowmotion, Jazzukha, Duende Libre and many more.
Composer, bandleader, poet and drummer D’Vonne Lewis is the grandson of the “Godfather of Soul and Rock & Roll,” 1950-60s Northwest organ legend, Dave Lewis. At 34 years old, D’Vonne is already considered the most versatile jazz drummer in the Seattle area.
Known as a first-call drummer to many musicians, his gigs range from jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock to Brazilian and African - though most are quick to point out that his impeccable swing and musicality are what crystalize his connection with jazz varieties. Lewis has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; pianist Marian McPartland; guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; clarinetist Eddie Daniels; and out-sax titan Charles Gayle.
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* As Always, 100% of Ticket Proceeds Are Paid To The Performing Artists. There Are No Refunds.
* Fine Wines Available For Purchase Prior and During The Show, Courtesy of Our Good Neighbor, LOCUS WINES.
* Seating Available on The Main Floor and Mezzanine. Reserved Seating Available For Guests With Special Needs or Groups.
* Unless There's A Stadium Event, There Is Usually Free Street Parking Available On Saturday Evenings After 6:00 pm and Paid Lots or Garages Nearby.
* The Doors Open At 6:30 And We Like The Show To Start On Time At 7:00. So Out Of Consideration For The Musicians and All Our Guests, Please Allow Adequate Time Before The Performance To Park, Walk To The Gallery, Find Your Seat, And Enjoy A Glass of Wine If You'd Like.
* Masks Are Optional. If You've Been Exposed To Covid or Flu, and Experiencing Symptoms 3-5 Days Before The Performance Date, Please Respect The Health of Others and Stay Home.
The Monthly Performance Schedule For 2023: https://frederickholmesandcompany.com/events/MUSICIAN'S COMMENTS:
"Thank you so much again for providing such a beautiful space!! Love you." Greta Matassa, April 2023
"On behalf of the band I wanted to thank you for a fantastic evening last weekend! We all really enjoyed playing in your beautiful gallery for an attentive listening audience." Alex Chadsey/Duende Libre, March 2023
“What a great concert series and a fantastic venue! Fred is doing such an amazing service for the jazz community here…By the way, I felt perfectly comfortable and safe parking and attending this venue in Pioneer Square!” – Greta Matassa/ Greta Matassa Quintet, March 2022
"I had a fantastic time at our concert last Saturday night, thank you again for inviting me." - Francesco Crosara/Francesco Crosara Quartet, May 2022
"Thanks For opening your doors to music!! We really enjoyed the gallery and the fine audience. Moltes gràcies, Frederick!" - Marina Albero/ Marina Albero Quartet, June 2022
"Just wanted to say thanks a lot for the show with Jovino (Santos Neto) -- we really enjoyed it & appreciate all your support!" - Jeff Busch / JSN Trio Percussionist, August 2022
"It was a stone groove!" - Dmitri Matheny
Where is it happening?Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, United States
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