Journal of the San Juan Islands


Seattle saxophonist leads band benefit

March 25, 2013 · Updated 6:32 PM

Seattle saxophonist Steve Treseler / Contributed photo

The name of the show seems traditional enough. Yet the lineup that’s set to take the stage at San Juan Community Theatre is anything but.

Standout saxophonist Steve Treseler of Seattle will no doubt be the marquee performer at a benefit performance for Friday Harbor’s Band Families and Friends, entitled “Jazzin’ it up in Friday Harbor”, Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. But Treseler will have plenty of help in banging out those ‘ol jazz standards from some of the island’s finest, and freshest, musicians.

Joining Treseler on stage for the evening’s jazzy fundraiser will be Friday Harbor’s own One More Time Band, and the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Matt Frost.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for student reserved. The Community Theatre box office is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.sjctheatre.org.

The leader of the Steve Treseler Group, Treseler, who jazz.review.com calls “a bona fide player in the arena of straight-ahead jazz”, is also a member of the Jim Knapp Orchestra, the Wayne Horvit’s Washington Composers Orchestra, and the Seattle Minimalist Ensemble.

In addition to being a noted rising star in the world of modern jazz, Treseler is a music teacher, and both the University of Idaho and Central Washington University are using his new textbook, The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony, in their respective courses and classrooms. For more info, 378-3211, or www.sjctheatre.org.


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