My fourteenth annual holiday jazz show is on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Egan's Ballard Jam House at 7:00 PM. Due to limited seating, please make reservations by emailing or by calling 206-789-1621 during business hours.

Steve Messick's Holiday Jazz Showcase - Egan's - December 20, 2019


The Endemic Ensemble's new album, Tangled, came out on October 21, 2016. It's being called groovy and contagious (Dave Rogers, WTJU), and you can purchase the CD or digital album from CD Baby, Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes.


Bassist and composer Steve Messick performs in Seattle, Washington. He is the founder and band leader of the Endemic Ensemble and the Random Access Quartet, is a member of Orchestra Seattle / Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS), and is the owner of Opus Funkus Music. Steve also performs with other Seattle orchestras, big bands, and small ensembles.

Steve Messick with the Endemic Ensemble at Tula's

Steve has produced four commercial jazz albums, two digital EPs, and one digital single:


Messick's resonant bass seals any gaps (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz)

Enter Steve Messick on his double bass, calming the moment with tonal security and his big bass sound. (Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs's Blog)

Bassist Steve Messick plays with a full-bodied, woody tone and makes every note count (Lucid Culture).

Messick, as the band leader, careens deftly from big band sweep to intimate jazz club swoon (Carol Banks Weber, AXS).

Sounding somewhat like Scott LaFaro, Messick favors a fuzzy, soft tone and straight-ahead arrangements reminiscent of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' mid-'60s recordings (Matt Collar, All Music Guide).

Sprightly and tuneful--yet never smooth--Steve Messick's compositions recall an era when jazz routinely fused the artistic explorations of bebop with the catchiness of R&B (