This month's Art of Jazz concert presented by Earshot Jazz at The Seattle Art Museum featured the duo of pianist Marina Albero and bassist Jeff Johnson. Both contributed original music and shared improvisations on jazz classics by Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. In addition to the piano-bass duo, Albero also performed a solo on hammered dulcimer.
Albero was born in Barcelona, into a musical family, and studied classical piano and percussion in Spain and later in Cuba. She moved to the Seattle area about five years ago and has been part of the house band at Teatro ZinZanni, in addition to leading her own groups. Bassist Jeff Johnson is a well-known figure on the Seattle jazz scene, appearing frequently as a valued sideman and adventuresome soloist with several groups. He has recorded five albums under his own leadership and appeared on dozens more.
The Art of Jazz is a series of free monthly concerts curated by John Gilbreath for Earshot and presented on the second Thursday of each month at The Seattle Art Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.