The Westerlies

Artscape
5:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Meet A Young New York-Based Brass Ensemble With Some Serious Seattle Roots

The Westerlies recorded their debut album in a family friend's house on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands.
Andrew Swanson

The Westerlies are a new young brass ensemble based out of New York City. They’re an all-over-the-musical-map group whose first album is already garnering critical praise.

And this first bit of success could have something to do with their Seattle roots. All four musicians, all in their 20s, grew up in Seattle where they absorbed much of the local music scene. They’re the product of two of the best high school jazz programs in the country: Garfield and Roosevelt high schools. And their debut album, recorded in a family friend’s cabin on Lopez Island, is a reinterpretation of an eclectic mix of compositions by Seattlelite Wayne Horvitz.

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