Thanks for sending your input along. It is greatly appreciated.
+David Marriott, Jr.
and I started Jazz Now! Seattle for that very reason - to spread the word about the amazing talent we have right here in Seattle and to hip people to all the great shows and happenings around town. We have always tried to be careful to represent the whole scene as best we can, and we regularly play straight ahead, avant garde, big band, vocalists, solos, duos, trios, young, old, known, up and coming, etc. In just the past few weeks alone we have spotlighted many of the lesser-known musicians you speak of, such as Jacob Zimmerman, Dan Marcus, Whitey James, Ask The Ages, Bill Horist, Any Clausen, Evan Shay, Tracy Knoop, Michael Owcharuk, Samantha Boshnack...and that's just the last month! I believe we've already "take[n] on the task of reporting on musicians other than the ones everybody already knows about" and we will certainly continue to do so.
One thing that hinders our ability to cover all the shows in town is lack of music from the artists. We've tried hard to get the word out and make it as easy as possible for folks to get us their music, but every week we see some great shows happening that we can't feature because the artist hasn't sent us music. Sometimes we email and ask, but we just can't do that every time...it's just me and Dave and we don't have the time each week to reach out to 10 different musicians and manage their replies. We rely on the musicians like you and our fans to help us get to the musicians, because we can only play your music if we have your music!
We did an entire episode dedicated to some of the recurring weekly gigs that go on around town (Episode 60), but I don't think we've ever done one dedicated to the jam sessions. That's a great idea! We'll try to make that into one of our Special Episodes in the near future.
Please let us know what else you'd like to see from Jazz Now! Seattle. We always welcome comments and suggestions.