Monthly Archives: April 2011

Reserve Your Table Now

I happened by Egan’s and they mentioned they had a “good number of reservations” for tomorrow night’s show. So if you’re planning on attending, please call ahead to reserve your table (206-789-1621 or We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

RIK WRIGHT QUINTET featuring Jim Knodle, James DeJoie, Walter White and Jim Parsons Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 – 7PM, $7 Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 Northwest Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-1621

Sleazy Jazz Cat Assaults Guitar


This next weekend I’ll be playing a lovely show at Egan’s with a rare reunion of my quintet featuring trumpeter Jim Knodle and James DeJoie on alto sax, backed by myself, Walter White & Jim Parsons.

The last performance of the Rik Wright Quintet was in August 2008. I then took a year off and have since been concentrating on my groups Zen Tornado and Fundamental Forces. But recently I’ve been writing some compositions that are really best realized in a quintet setting, and so I put this show together. Our set for the evening contains four originals written with unique harmonies between the trumpet, sax and guitar. We’ll also be playing tunes by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Ornette Coleman.

For those of you who have been waiting for a quintet show to roll around (I know who you are), this is the only one I have planned for this year, as well as the most “traditional” jazz show I’ve done in recent memory. So come on out to Egan’s Saturday and have a cocktail, or dinner, and see the show.

RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – my last show we at Egan’s was a full house.

Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 7pm
1707 Northwest Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-1621

For reservations, call 206-789-1621(after 6pm Tue-Sat) or email We usually reserve approximately 40 seats in the room prior to the show, with the remaining seats available on a “first come, first served” basis at show time.


In other news, I’ve recently recruited like-minded guitarists Dennis Rea and Jason Goessl to curate a new concert series with me at Seattle’s venerable Mars Bar. It’s called Zero-G and it’s happening on the third Thursday of each month. Each performance will feature avant jazz, prog rock, and other weird sonic species. For more information check out the Zero-G blog at

This month’s line-up features Tempered Steel, Vance Galloway, NoisePoetNobody and Special O.P.S. Next month, Zen tornado will be performing with the Tom Baker Quartet and The Luna Moth.

Anything else? Oh yeah, I shaved that scraggly thing off my face!

So I’ll see you Saturday to celebrate Spring, right? Right? Spring… in Seattle? That’s still happening, right?



Photos from Days Gone By

Some photos from recent shows:

Fundamental Forces, March 2011 @ The Chapel

Zen Tornado, February 2011, The Josephine

Fundamental Forces, January 2011 @ Mars Bar

Zen Tornado, November 2010 @ Mars Bar