Thursday, March 29, 2012

At the Checkmate with Rufus Reid

Photo from the Seattle Times 10/5/67. Joe Brazil - saxophone, Lee Anderson - piano, Rufus Reid - bass, Bobby Tuttle - drums. The Checkmate was located at 1431 23rd Avenue.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Wikipedia Entry

I summarized all the mentions of Joe Brazil in books on a Wikipedia page at I will add more as I discover more information.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Photo at the Mardi Gras

Flugelhorn player Ed Kelley and saxophonist Joe Brazil perform as part of a four-man group at the Mardi Gras Grill, a cocktail lounge located at 2047 E. Madison Street. The group also included drummer Ken McDougall and a Seattle resident, Jim Koser, on electric piano. These photos ran in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s special New Year’s Eve live music section.

Photographer: Tom Brownell

Image Date: 1961

Image Number: 1986.5.5881.2.1

The Site of Legendary Jams

Joe bought the house at 17846 Fleming Street, Detroit, MI 48212 with his brother for his mother. When she passed in 1951, he put a bar and grand piano in the basement. About 20 people could fit.

Black and white photo from the Frances Brazil Collection.

Listen to what transpired Thursday, September 25, 1958. According to The Coltrane Reference the soloists are John Coltrane followed by an alto solo by either Joe Brazil or Sonny Kyner, then Joe Henderson. The rhythm section is Hugh Lawson on piano, Ernie Farrow on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums.

Coltrane was in Detroit that week with the Miles Davis sextet playing at Clarence's Blue Bird Inn.

Article in April Earshot Jazz

The April 2012 issue of Earshot Jazz will include a story about the life and impact of saxophonist Joe Brazil. If you have any stories or information you would like to share, please contact me at