This week's Jazz Northwest spotlights a pair of new releases of intimate jazz. Bassist Jeff Johnson and saxophonist Hans Teuber arrived in Seattle in 1990 from different points but soon discovered a common love of melody and lyrical music-making. They've played together in many musical situations since then and a new duo album "Deuce" displays this deft duo in a collection of music including standards and co-compositions. Another new release is pianist Bill Anschell's "Shifting Standards". Joined by Jeff Johnson on bass and D'Vonne Lewis on drums, this trio has an uncanny ability to make familiar songs sound fresh again as they spontaneously re-invent the jazz repertoire.
Also this week, our best bets for live jazz in and around Seattle including the North Bend Jazz Walk next weekend, and the Ballard Jazz Festival coming in May. Next week highlights from an Art of Jazz concert by singer Gail Pettis at The Seattle Art Museum presented by Earshot Jazz.