Summertime, and the livin’ is jazzy

July 19th, 2012

Summer in Portland is legendary (once it finally starts!). Mild temps, gorgeous sunshine, and this year, thunder and lightning storms! Mosaique’s celebrating the best of summer with our concert series, including cooling down the house at Arrivederci and burning up the Columbia Gorge at Maryhill Winery! Check out our shows page for all the details and come celebrate summer with Mosaique!

Spring is right on time this year…

March 25th, 2012

While it’s true that here in the Pacific Northwest we have had snow all the way up to the threshold of the vernal equinox, this weekend’s sunny weather confirms it: we love spring! And while one of my favorite jazz tunes may croon that Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, I am happy to say that it appears to have arrived right on time with crocuses, daffodils, and blooming trees.

Joining in the blossoming festivities is Mosaique, right on time, on April 14th at the always full-of-life Arrivederci. 7:30 till we stop, you know the drill. And yes, you can count on a new tune or two… We hope to see you there!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

November 7th, 2011

For so many, autumn is the favorite season. It’s no wonder; no matter where you are in the U.S., the fall colors warm and decorate the otherwise chilling, darkening canvas as we head toward winter. And this fall, along with the return of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, we get to enjoy the return of Mosaique!

That’s right – after months off the main grid (having done a couple private events), Mosaique is making our public re-appearance at Arrivederci in just a few short weeks on December 3rd! Our last public event was in June, and we are very excited to be back. But in addition to that, we’re still available for your holiday parties and events. Drop us a line – we’d love to be part of your celebration of the most wonderful time of the year!

And mark your calendars now to join us at Arrivederci on December 3rd!

If I have to walk, I’m goin’ just the same…

June 10th, 2011

So there I was, sitting in Jardines, Kansas City, MO’s second hottest jazz club, listening to live jazz and pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. And this music was HAWT. Like the June midwest weather, it was sultry and warm and enveloping, and I knew I was seeing something special.

And then I thought back on the musicians in Portland and I realized how good we have it. There’s no doubt about it – the jazz in KC is fantastic and everywhere!! And yet, we Portlanders don’t have to go far to find the same kind of fantastic jazz, fantastic players, and fantastic venues. Thanks to folks like you who come out and support live music, we get the privilege of playing – and hearing – amazing music right in our front and back yards!

And the good tunes continue! If you’ve heard Mosaique lately, you know that we’ve added some cool new versions of Summer in the City, Just One of Those Things, ‘Deed I Do, and Well You Needn’t (including Thea’s original lyrics!), and next on June 18 we’ll be featuring an Argentinian twist on yet another fabulous standard. And each new tune gets us closer to a new album… (did I just put that in print??) So come on down – this will be our last public performance for a few months while Thea welcomes a new life into the world. And it’s the day after her birthday! It’ll be a hot, hot night without the humidity of KCMO – we hope to see you!

Spring Is Right On Time This Year!

March 19th, 2011

One of my favorite melancholy jazz tunes is “Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year,” but not because of its climate predictions, so thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Yes, it has rained and rained, but that’s spring in the lovely northwest, isn’t it?

To celebrate the arrival of the crocuses, daffodils, and birdsong, Mosaique is excited to be together again – and with new tunes! You can catch us twice this week – first, on the radio and online in a live interview with artist/author Lynn Darroch on his jazz show, Bright Moments; then in person at Arrivederci!

As always, you can also catch us joining other fabulous musicians to make other fabulous music all around town. Check out our shows page for details on our upcoming events, and thank you for your support of live music in Portland!

Mosaique rings in 2011!

December 26th, 2010

First, let me thank all of you who continue to generously support not only Mosaique, but live music all over town! It is no exaggeration to say that we could not continue to do what we love to do without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Second, 2010 was a good year for Mosaique! We released, sold out of, and rereleased our first album, Songs We Know to dazzling acclaim from the most discerning music critics out there – you! We met dozens of jazz artists and efficienados (like you!) who inspire us to keep up the craft and never settle. We debuted several new tunes, including Time To Say Goodbye, Well You Needn’t, I Get A Kick, The Very Thought of You, and our most recent fave, Summer In The City. And we forged new musical relationships and strengthened our current ties as the Portland jazz community continues to thrive.

And now, the fellas and I are excited to announce all sorts of fantastic gigs about town in 2011! Closing out 2010 and kicking off the new year, Mosaique will be playing the hottest New Year’s Eve bash in Portland at Arrivederci, with guest drummer Larry Bard! The event is SOLD OUT, but I think they’re taking a waiting list if you’re still hoping to get in! And then 2011 comes in with a BANG as the pieces of our Mosaique create jazzy art (and artsy jazz) with other fantastic musicians, including Kelley Shannon, Kit Taylor, and the Portland Jazz Trio (George Mitchell, Dan Presley, and Dave Averre). Check out our Shows page for details on all these great events, including Thea’s debut during the Portland Jazz Festival!

And join Mosaique in making one more resolution for 2011 – to keep supporting live music in Portland and keep the community thriving! We wish you all a prosperous, healthy, happy, and jazzy new year!

The Way It Works…

November 11th, 2010

On my way home a couple of weeks ago I heard a song on the radio that I’d heard a zillion times before, but this time it struck me in a new way and I thought, what if we slowed it down into a bit of a groove, a little more r&b…?

The next night I took it to the fellas at rehearsal and we played around with it for a while.  The following week, Stevie B says, “I woke up with this bass line in my head for that song,” and suddenly the tune came alive.

In the same way that our arrangements of “All or Nothing at All” and “Sway” came about, it starts with an idea for something different, someone says, “What if we …?” then we play, play, play until it’s right – when it grooves, melts, gives me goose bumps…

So what’s our new tune that I’m so excited about?  You’ll have to come to our gig this Saturday to hear it – we think you’ll love it!

I love Portland in the springtime, I love Portland in the fall…

September 12th, 2010

Portland, Paris; potato, potahto…  I love living in the northwest where the seasons are so evident in the leaves and blooms, the night air and morning sun.  As we’re drifting into fall, I’m reminded of the songs that mark the seasons – Summertime; Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year; Autumn Leaves…  Reply below – what’s your favorite season song?  Bonus question: I need a winter tune that isn’t for the holidays – any recommendations?

Speaking of holidays, Mosaique is already taking requests for holiday parties.  Does your office or home party need some swinging jazz or hot rocknroll?  Send us an email at – we’d love to be a part of your celebrations!  We can add or subtract as needed – we come as a duo, trio, or can add drums, horns, etc.  Let us know!

We’ve already got some great events on our calendar, so come on out and hear us!  Thank you for continuing to support live music in Portland – you’re the reason we can keep playing, and we love you!

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine…

July 5th, 2010

Ahhhh, finally summer in Portland. We all knew we had to wait until after July 4 – it’s simply understood – yet everyone I know was chomping at the bit for some warm sun, BBQ, lemonade, neighbors out on their porches and front lawns… and now it’s here!

Of course, summer heats up even more with live music, and in this town, we are never in short supply. Even in this band we have live music going weekly, sometimes as Mosaique, sometimes lending our “pieces” to other groups and grooves.

This Saturday, see Mosaique together at Arrivederci, our happy haunt, 7:30-10:30. Unlike other places in town, there’s no cover on this gig, so come on down and enjoy great food and wine and sultry summer jazz (and maybe some pop and funk, you never know)…

Earlier that day, catch the Steves playing with Carol Rossio, la chanteuse locale qui va chanter au Jour de la Bastille in the Pearl at Jameson Park, high noon!

Each Monday, catch Steve Squared at Rocco’s Bar downtown with the occasional femme fatale, 7:30-10:00p – grab a slice of their amazing vegan pizza (or the pepperoni, I suppose) and a brew and settle in – also no cover! They’ll also be backing local recording artist Kelley Shannon at Arrivederci during Happy Hour on July 23 and at Indish on the 29th.

First Thursdays, head south for the artistic stylings of Frankie D and Malski (aka Frank DiGiovanni, pianist and Steve Maliszewski, bassist) at Arrivederci playing 7-10p.

And on Saturday, July 17, Thea will be joining Tall Jazz (Mike Horsfall – vibes, Dan Presley – bass, Dave Averre -drums) and friends (George Mitchell – piano, Bryant Allard – trumpet, Lee Wuthenow – tenor sax) for Jazz in the City at Pioneer Square, smack in the midst of the Sand in the City celebration. This is a fundraiser for Impact Northwest and is $35 per ticket. For more info see the official website.

Need we say more? There’s fabulous music happening all over town, basking in the sun and rolling through the jasmine – come join us!

Missing Mosaique…

May 31st, 2010

June is going to be a busy month for the band, just not together!  Missing Mosaique?  Me too!  Mark your calendars for our reunion on July 10 at Arrivederci, when summer finally hits Portland!  Until then, here’s where you can catch up with Mosaique’s “fragments”~

Thursday, June 3 – Duopolis (Frankie and Malski) at Arrivederci, 7-10p
Friday, June 4 – Thea with After Six (Graham Covington-piano, Dennis Caiazza-bass) and Ron Steen-drums at Arrivederci, 8-11p
Saturday, June 5 – Stevie B with Susan LeMaster at Poshines
Mondays all month – Steve Squared (Blackman and Maliszewski) at Rocco’s Bar in downtown PDX with various other femmes fatales (we call it “the harem”)
Friday, July 2 – Thea with Portland Jazz Trio at Arrivederci, 8-11p

Check out our “shows” page for addresses and such.  Thanks for coming out and continuing to support fantastic live music in Portland!