Their itinerary includes
Seattle - 13 September, Tula’s 7:30PM; North Bend – 14 September, Jazz Walk with Chuck Deardorf & Ted Brancato 8PM; Whidbey Island – 15 September, Trinity Lutheran Church 2PM; Portland – 22 September, Ivories Piano Lounge and Restaurant 6:30PM; Seattle – 23 September, Broadway Performance Hall, SCCC 7:30PM; Port Ludlow – 25 September, Bay Club 7PM; Port Angeles – 26 September, Peninsula College, Maier Hall 7PM
A native of Seattle, Brancato is returning to the Pacific Northwest after 30 years in the New York City area performing and recording with the likes of Houston Person, Ron Carter, Christian McBride and Paquito D'Rivera, among others. The concert celebrates the release of his new CD by Origin Records, The Next Step" with Ron Carter on bass.
The Quintet touring the PNW features Brancato on piano, Matt Langley on sax, Chuck Deardorf on bass, Tom Bergesen on percussion and Ben Smith/Mark Ivester/Gary Hobbs on drums.
Brancato calls himself “an unabashed fan of melody,’ and it is clearly evident in his compositions. Many of the melodies on his new CD have caught the ear of lyricists and have been recorded by a number of singers, including Nancy Wilson, Jeanie Bryson, and Les McCann.
“I also love music that moves you, either emotionally or physically, or ideally both,” Brancato says. “That is the special, mysterious power of music and why I love to express myself through it.”
Brancato played the Seattle scene from 1976 to 1983, quickly becoming one of Seattle’s most “in demand” pianists, both in the recording studio and in jazz clubs. A fateful meeting in a Seattle nightclub with Gene McDaniels led to more than 30 years of musical collaboration and a friendship that took Brancato to New York City. There, McDaniels and Brancato collaborated on writing songs that were performed at Carnegie Hall, broadcast on the A&E channel and recorded by the great jazz diva, Nancy Wilson.
Les McCann and Jeanie Bryson also recorded songs penned by McDaniels and Brancato, and Brancato went on to serve as Bryson’s musical director, touring the world with her and performing in Brazil, Japan, Greece, the Netherlands and the United States. Brancato also toured with two USIA sponsored trips to West Africa with jazz vocalist Dee Daniels.