Jazz Alley has booked Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch, Anthony Strong and Joshua Redman’s quartet, all during the week of June 13.
Have you been to Jazz Alley lately?
The club has booked an extraordinary seven-day run.
It starts Monday (June 13), with finger-popping young British vocalist Anthony Strong, continues Tuesday and Wednesday (June 14-15) with an all-star duo of reed player Anat Cohen and pianist Fred Hersch and winds up with a four-day stint (June 16-19) by saxophonist Joshua Redman’s quartet.
7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $10 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch
7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-15, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley; $31.50.
The Joshua Redman Quartet
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19, with 9 p.m. sets Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, at Jazz Alley; $33.50.
Now that’s a solid-gold week of jazz.
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Strong, 31, who has some of Harry Connick Jr.’s pizazz and swagger, swings like mad and plays fleet, crisp jazz piano, which early on netted him a slot as house pianist at London’s fabled club, Ronnie Scott’s.
Strong is already well-known in Europe, especially Paris, where Le Figaro featured him in a story about the new generation of male jazz singers that includes Jamie Cullum, Peter Cincotti and Gregory Porter (also coming to Seattle — Friday, June 17). Strong has played at the Marciac jazz festival in southern France, where Wynton Marsalis is a regular, and did an acclaimed stint at the Paris club Duc des Lombards.
Trained in classical and jazz piano at both the Royal Academy of Music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Strong started out as a session player, working with B.B. King, among others. In 2011, he landed a nine-month gig as the understudy for rock ’n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis in the London production of “Million Dollar Quartet.” The experience reportedly influenced Strong’s dapper look and snappy stage manner, manifest in his vivacious videos.
Strong is now signed to the prestigious French label Naive and his album “Stepping Out” hit No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart.
After his gig at the Alley, Strong is booked at the Hollywood Bowl. You might want to catch him at a club while you can. With a special summer rate of $10, you can’t go wrong.
Seattle jazz lovers are already familiar with the superb Israeli reed player Anat Cohen, who delivered one of 2015’s best concerts with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. At the Alley, she shares the stage with Fred Hersch, whose string of creative, romantic, sometimes meditative piano trio albums, including the extraordinary “Floating,” have elevated him from onetime sideman for Clark Terry to the highest echelons of jazz piano. Cohen and Hersch are playing without a rhythm section, so this should be a feast of stripped-down, spontaneous improvisation.
Joshua Redman’s collaborative group, James Farm, featuring ex-Seattle pianist Aaron Parks, recently won a German ECHO award, and Redman has been touring behind another collaborative effort with The Bad Plus. Redman formed the well-honed quartet he’s bringing here 15 years ago and it features pianist Aaron Goldberg — who did some quality time with Wynton Marsalis’ orchestra — as well as bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.