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Welcome to the 4th Degree website.  We are a Seattle-based smooth-jazz/jazz-rock band. The 4th Degree plays an exhilarating mixture of familiar and original contemporary jazz with occasional side trips into pop, rock and funk

The 4th Degree -  Summer 2007 Gigs!!!


[New!]June 9, 2007 - Seattle Storm Game!!

Yup - we get to play at a Seattle Storm Game!!! 

It's Ladies Night Out, and we will be playing at the MGD Main Stage in the Arena before the game (private party I believe), and then we will playing during half-time.



[New!]June  16 & 17, 2007 - Edmonds Arts Festival

Double Shot!

The folks at the Edmonds Arts Festival like us so much that we are going to play Saturday and Sunday this year!

Saturday June 17 - Playing at the Bistro/Wine Bar from 7:30PM to 9:30PM


Sunday June 18 - Playing at the Main Stage from 2:00 to 3:30



[New!]July 4th , 2007 - City of Carnation

Another repeat - we get to return to the City of Carnation 4th of July concert at Tolt-McDonald Park.  

We will be playing from about 7:00PM till 8:30PM.

Other stuff happening that day as well including.... a Parade, Hot Rods and Harleys, 5K Run/Walk, Pancake breakfast Live Music, Raffles, Vendor Village featuring Food/Arts & Crafts, Kids Fun Park, Sno-Valley Senior Ctr's famous 'Strawberry Shortcake and of course.... the perfect Fireworks display at dusk.



[New!]Photos of Paul with - Alan White from Yes and Lenny Williams from Tower of Power

Taking the 5th

The 4th Degree releases it's first CD!!



Information & Track Samples - click here

To order - click here

4th Degree News Page!!

The latest news, and links to other parts of the website.

4th Degree News Page

 4th Degree live jazz - Photos

Photos from the last few performances are now up on the site! Including IKEA, KWJZ Summer Jazz Cruise, PAWS 2002/2003, and a couple of private parties....

Photo Gallery

4th Degree in the Studio!

Pictures of the 4th Degree taping songs for it's first CD - now released!

Taking the 5th Information

In the Studio

The 4th Degree

Jazz Rock.. Fusion.. Smooth Jazz ... all terms which describe a genre of music more sophisticated and soothing than rock ‘n roll but more contemporary and accessible than traditional or “straight ahead" jazz. Terms that all come close to describing “The 4th Degree". Seattle’s hottest new original sound quintet.


Founding members Leonard Jackson on guitar, Chip Erickson on keyboards and Mike Shaw on drums first formed the group in fall 1997 with members Mark Crouter on basses joining in early 1999 and Paul Fessenden on saxes joining in 2001.  


Whether playing familiar favorites by artists such as Steely Dan, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington, or jazz classics by Miles Davis, Chick Corea or Weather Report the true essence of the music is embraced and embellished by The 4th Degree’s musicianship and passion for the songs they play.


The 4th Degree also seasons their sets with a unique range of original jazz.  Songs such as the bossa nova groove “Perils in Paradise” or the haunting hues of “Shoreview Park” to the tribute to Roy Ayers, "Royal Ayers".  The 4th Degree….the perfect blend of jazz and funk; familiar and original, danceable, upbeat and laidback.


Check out the website - we have pictures, samples of our music and bios of the members.


Contact Information

We can be reached either via snail-mail or email....

Postal address
P.O.Box 147 Lynnwood,WA 98046
Electronic mail
General Information: mailto:the4thdegree@hotmail.com
Webmaster: mailto:mcrouter@concur.com

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Last modified: May 31, 2007