by day (Moschetto &
Koplin), jazz denizen by night, Joe Koplin describes playing jazz
with his quintet as even more fun than my day gig. The Joe
Koplin Jazz Quintet is the realization of a dream to play jazz in the
hard-bop style of the 1950s and early 1960s pioneered by some of the great
players of that era: Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey,
Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson, and the list goes on and on.
Growing up in his hometown of Philly, Joe was exposed early and often
to jazz with an east coast edge, and his love of the music
hasnt diminished since leaving the east coast for the Pacific Northwest
over 25 years ago. After a lengthy layoff, Joe picked up the horn again
in the 1990s, studied for several years with the late, great tenor
saxophonist Don Lanphere, and honed his chops playing with Roadside Attraction,
MOJO, and other local big bands, before starting his own quintet and sextet.
The Joe Koplin Jazz Quintet is not so much a singular band as it is a
collective composed of some of Seattles first call players, including
John Hansen, Bill Anschell, Darin Clendenin (and the late Bob Nixon) on
keyboard; Carl Staaf, Dan Blunck and Dan Greenblatt (now residing in the
Big Apple but known to still pop in for the occasional gig) on tenor sax;
Steve Bentley, Phil Parisot and Mark Ivester on drums; and Chuck Kistler
and Mike Barnett on bass. This band features a deep book of rarely-heard
classic hard bop tunes, and the band is all about having fun on the gig.
For reservations, please call Tula's at 206-443-4221.