Lee Redfield

July 29, 2020

Lee Redfield enjoys creating a personal and meaningful artistic statement that expresses beauty and humanity through sound. His unique approach to jazz saxophone has its roots in rock and the blues but his arrangements and compositions are a fusion that reflect all he has absorbed in his musical studies and travels through Asia and South […]

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Benjamin Hunter

July 13, 2020

Benjamin Hunter is an award winning multi-instrumentalist—violin, mandolin, guitar, percussion, voice—whose interests lie in roots music from around the world.  Born in Lesotho, raised predominantly in Phoenix, with stints in Seattle and Zimbabwe, Ben was raised classically on violin, but now plays a variety of styles—roots, folk, jazz, blues, gospel, world.  Ben plays in the […]

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William O. Smith (aka Bill Smith)

March 31, 2020

Clarinetist and composer William O. Smith died in 2020 after a long and fruitful career, ranging from playing – as Bill Smith – with Dave Brubeck to performing and composing his own pioneering modern classical work. Bill was a longtime friend of Jack Straw and produced a number of projects here, including his 2001 album […]

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Wayne Horvitz

October 8, 2019

Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist and electronic musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He is the leader of the Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The Four plus One Ensemble and co-founder of the New York Composers Orchestra. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, […]

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David Marriott, Jr.

August 8, 2019

Award-winning musician and educator David Marriott, Jr. is the premier jazz trombonist in the greater Seattle area. His playing is a cornerstone of such groups as Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz’s Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO), Zubatto Syndicate, and The Right Wolf, as well as his own groups, Septology, Pop Culture, […]

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Briggan Krauss

July 30, 2019

Saxophonist Briggan Krauss has been an internationally recognized key player in New York City’s downtown and creative music scene for more than twenty years. He connects the extreme edges of technique with the unexplored tonal possibilities of the instrument while making his work as much about shape as it is about his unique signature sound. […]

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Gregg Miller

July 29, 2019

Gregg Daniel Miller received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2005. His research focus is on the philosophy of language, power, and aesthetics within the traditions of critical theory and liberalism (see: Mimesis and Reason, SUNY Press, 2011). He is also an improvising saxophone player. For his Jack Straw project, […]

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Dylan Hayes

July 29, 2019

Dylan Hayes is originally from San Francisco, and began playing piano at the age of seven. He attended an arts school in Novato, California, Marin School of the Arts, where he started playing in a rock, R&B, motown and funk bands. As time progressed, he joined the school’s top jazz band and realized that jazz […]

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James Falzone

July 29, 2019

Clarinetist, composer, and improviser James Falzone is an acclaimed member of the international jazz and creative music scenes, a veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, and an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber ensembles, dance companies, choirs, and symphony orchestras around the globe. James performs throughout North America and Europe, appears regularly on […]

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Andrew Weathers

July 29, 2019

Andrew Weathers (b.1988) is a composer and improviser originally from Chapel Hill, NC, currently based in Littlefield, TX. His music engages with notions of place, tradition, repetition, and spirit. He studied composition at UNC-Greensboro and electronic music at Mills College in Oakland, CA. A consistent presence in the underground music scene over the past decade, […]

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