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Monktail Creative Music Concern – Ten Years in Seattle

SPECIAL O.P.S. Ninth Anniversary



In celebrating ten years of music and advocacy in Seattle, the Monktail Creative Music Concern will be presenting a series of concerts the weekend of 10/10/10 as well as a brief Northwest tour of their “free improvisation commando unit,” the trio SPECIAL O.P.S.


Thursday, September 23: Egan’s Ballard Jam House 1707 NW Market St, Seattle 7PM
Friday, September 24: Mississippi Pizza 3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 9PM
Saturday, September 25: The Jazz Station 68 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR 9PM
Sunday, September 26: The Matrix 434 NW Prindle St, Chehalis, WA 8PM
Tuesday, September 28: The Comet 922 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 9PM
Friday, October 1: Molly Maguires 610 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 10PM


Friday, October 8: Egans Ballard Jam House1707 NW Market St, Ballard 7PM
Sunday, October 10 (10/10/10): THE JOSEPHINE 608 NW 65th St N, Ballard 7PM


Organized by founder and director John Seman, Monktail represents a breadth and depth of musical experience unmatched in the region. Ensembles as diverse as their flagship improv big band NON GRATA, the overtone choir SEATTLE HARMONIC VOICES, the celebrated funk and jazz onslaught of REPTET, the bopcore trio FLOSS and chamber oriented DEAL’S NUMBER, Beth Fleenor’s shape-shifting FIGEATER, as well as death-jazz trio SPECIAL O.P.S. all have found their home under the umbrella of Monktail.


While in Seattle, Monktail has earned top honors as an arts organization, including a 2002 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Group and a 2002 Tablet Magazine Pretty Good Artist Award, as well as 2006 Golden Ear Awards for best Outside Group (Reptet) and Concert of the Year (The Monktail Raymond Scott Project). 


Monktail Records celebrated their ninth full-length release in 2010, the second Floss long player VITAMIN A, a bold mix of free jazz, psychedelic, and electronic sounds. Other MCMC releases include three acclaimed CDs from Reptet (2008 Independent Jazz Record Finalist), and releases from Non Grata, Seattle Harmonic Voices, Deal’s Number, and Special O.P.S. Four new releases are already in the hopper for release in 2011.



Raymond Scott Sonarchy Broadcast March 29 at MIDNIGHT

March 29th 


Sonarchy presents The Monktail Raymond Scott Project.

A set of this remarkable composer’s music delivered with the creative stamp of seven members of the Monktail Creative Music Concern. 


Download the complete Sonarchy broadcast below. Thanks to Doug Haire and Jack Straw.


Monktail Raymond Scott Project

Monktail Raymond Scott Project at Seattle Art Museum and with Scott’s cousin Michael.


Recordings by Jim Wilke.


Monktail Raymond Scott Project at SAM

2006 Concert of the Year award winner The Monktail Raymond Scott Project will perform a set of Raymond Scott compositions at the Seattle Art Museum as a part of the Earshot Art of Jazz series Nov 8 at 5 PM. Non Grata, the MCMC big band, performs the first set of the evening.



Thursday November 8, 5PM
Monktail Raymond Scott Project
Seattle Art Museum
– Free!
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2003




Special Thanks to Jim Wilke. This concert was broadcast on 88.5 KPLU-FM Sunday 18 Nov 2007, 1 PM. Podcast available below.