The Triangular Jazztet has been performing weekly to appreciative Seattle audiences since 2011. This kind of consistent music making has enabled these three unique instrumental voices to organically develop a cohesive group sound.
"The Triangular Jazztet is the best jazz trio I have never heard. The Jazztet is constantly breaking new harmonic territory reinterpreting standards and modern pop tunes alike. The Jazztet is my new favorite ensemble and is pleasing audiences in West Seattle"
Guitarist Brian Flanagan has been involved with the Seattle jazz scene for years. After receiving a music degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham he has participated in a variety of bands, playing a wide range of musical genres. Influences have come from all directions including jazz, blues, Latin, and funk. Brian keeps busy as a composer, educator, and director of different musical projects. He has had the good fortune to play with, and draw inspiration from a wonderful collection of accomplished musicians. He's livin' the dream whenever he's playin'!
Michael Grimes is the trio's double bass player and tattoo enthusiast. Michael grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Baltimore School for the Arts for classical guitar and jazz bass. As a session player, Michael has appeared on many albums and soundtracks for television and film. He has toured extensively in both the United States and Europe and has had the opportunity to play with many great musicians along the way. Go to Michael's site here.
Drummer Jeff Ferguson maintained a presence on the Seattle jazz and improvised music scene a few decades ago, participating with groups such as the Al Hood Quartet, Holus Bolus, Seattle Creative Music Orchestra, One Hand Clapping and numerous ad hoc ensembles. "Not Quiet Rite", a recording by the Al Hood Quartet is considered one of Seattle's best jazz recordings. He lent support of the music through his involvement with the fledgling Earshot Jazz organization, as a curator of events at the fabled Ditto and other venues, and as the reforming music director at KBCS radio. He pulled the tubs out of the attic several years ago after a lengthy hiatus.
A broad repertoire is readily adapted to fit the performance situation as needed, be it tastefully background for dining and parties, to rambunctious displays of cooking improvisation for rapt listeners. The band applies its jazz sensibilities to standard, blues, gospel, bop, Latin, pop and original tunes. The trio often features special guests, and is easily expandable to include saxophone, trumpet, piano, organ and even vocalists. The music is accessible to the casual audience while adhering to a jazz approach that values spontaneity and subtle interaction.
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