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2014 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, October 10, Town Hall Seattle, 8pm
Opening Celebration: Monk 10/10
This festival-opening Birthday Party celebrates Thelonious Sphere Monk, the “genius of modern music” who has inspired countless artists. Tonight, 10 top Seattle pianists perform one solo Monk piece each, and Wayne Horvitz leads a 10-tet through transcriptions of the landmark 1959 “Monk at Town Hall” concert recording. And, there will be cake! (Co-presented with Town Hall Seattle. Support provided by The Boeing Company.) $24 general; $22 members & seniors; $12 students & veterans; $34 preferred seating   BUY NOW

Larry FullerFriday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11, Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Larry Fuller Trio
A superb pianist and the last with the legendary Ray Brown Trio, Fuller has also been a member of Jeff Hamilton and John Pizzarelli ensembles. He wings back to his longtime hometown to perform in the hard-swinging traditions of the mainstream jazz trio. $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans   Reservations at 206-443-4221 or reservations@tulas.com

Saturday, October 11, Chapel Performance Space, 8pm
John Seman’s Lil Coop Quintet
Gregg Belisle-Chi

Bass giant John Seman’s Lil Coop Quintet – Stephen Fandrich, piano; Robbie Beasley, trumpet; Kate Olson, soprano sax; Tom Zgonc, drums – explores composition and free improvisation and musical past and future, in the moment. Guitarist Belisle-Chi and vocalist Chelsea Crabtree also mine the intersections of composition and improvisation with dark, rich guitar work and pristine vocals. $14 general; $12 members & seniors; $7 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Tri MinhSunday, October 12, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Tri Minh Quartet: Sounds from Hanoi
A masterful mentor to a new musical scene, this pianist excelled in composition at Hanoi Conservatory and has created revolutionary Vietnamese jazz and electronica. His quartet for piano, zither, and traditional and contemporary instruments is rivetingly fresh. (This Center Stage residency is an initiative of the U.S. Dept. of State, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts and regional arts organizations, with support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and Lisa Booth Management.) $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veteran   BUY NOW

Taylor McFerrinMonday, October 13, Triple Door, 7:30pm
Taylor McFerrin
The Brooklyn-based producer, pianist, DJ, and son of an iconic mentor performs “everything from soft ambient keys, moody guitar riffs and solemn choirs bellowing across shuffles, to spiraling synths arpeggiating into the unknown” (Contactmusic). $22 general; $20 members & seniors; $11 students & veterans   BUY NOW


Jay ThomasMonday, October 13, Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Oliver Groenewald Newnet
Jay Thomas leads top Northwest players performing the music of German trumpeter Oliver Groenewald, a new Northwest resident who specializes in compelling neo-Third Stream settings. $12 general; $10 members & seniors; $6 students & veterans   
Reservations at 206-443-4221 or reservations@tulas.com

Carmen LundyTuesday, October 14, Triple Door, 7:30pm
Carmen Lundy Group
Lundy has been ranked with the great vocalists though her agile vocal style is utterly distinctive. Her sextet includes pianist Patrice Rushen and rising star drummer Jamison Ross, winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. $22 general; $20 members & seniors; $11 students & veterans BUY NOW



Eric VloeimansWednesday, October 15, Chapel Performance Space, 8pm

Eric Vloeimans: Oliver’s Cinema
The breathtaking Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans has teamed with virtuosic Belgian accordionist Tuur Florizoone and German cellist Jörg Brinkmann to perform film themes like Rosemary’s Baby and Cinema Paradiso and evocative originals. (Thanks to The Netherlands-America Foundation.) $14 general; $12 members & seniors; $7 students & veterans   BUY NOW


Bassekou KouyateThursday, October 16, Triple Door, 7pm & 9:30pm
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Master of the West African ngoni, a forerunner of the guitar, Kouyate has graced the recordings of countless Malian musicians, from Ali Farka Toure to Oumou Sangare. With his band Ngoni Ba he released a power-packed masterpiece, I Speak Fula, on Seattle’s SubPop label. Expect raucous, undiluted joy. $24 general; $22 members & seniors; $12 students & veterans   BUY NOW


Johnaye KendrickThursday, October 16, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Johnaye Kendrick Group
The vocalist and Cornish instructor celebrates a new CD, Here, with Dawn Clement, piano; Byron Vannoy, drums; and Chris Symer, bass. Acclaimed early by DownBeat, Kendrick studied at the Thelonious Monk Institute and frequently works with New Orleans-to-New York trumpeter Nicholas Payton. (Presented by Cornish College of the Arts.) $22 general; $17 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW

OUFriday, October 17, Royal Room, 8pm
Amy Denio & OU
Seattle’s well-traveled multi-instrumentalist has found remarkable synergy in Rome with the sextet OU. They conjure a delightful “world jazz folk anarchy.” OU is Ersilia Prosperi: flugelhorn, ukulele; Sabrina Coda: saxophones; Martina Fadda: lead vocals; Luca Venitucci: keyboards; Claudio Mosconi: bass; Cristiano de Fabritiis: percussion. Party! $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Thomas MarriottFriday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18, Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Thomas Marriott: Urban Folklore
This rich collaboration of Seattle’s premier trumpeter with New York heavyweights Orrin Evans (piano), Eric Revis (bass), and Donald Edwards (drums) generates intense, nuanced jazz as on their recent CD. $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans
Reservations at 206-443-4221 or reservations@tulas.com

Joe LovanoSaturday, October 18, Town Hall Seattle, 8pm
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet:
Sound Prints featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, & Joey Baron

This new superstar ensemble unites the master saxophonist Joe Lovano and revered trumpeter Dave Douglas with the serious firepower of Linda Oh (bass), Joey Baron (drums), and Lawrence Fields (piano) for an evening of limitless musical potential. Bring the family. This night will inspire! $26 general; $24 members & seniors; $13 students & veterans; $36 preferred seating   BUY NOW

Saturday, October 18, Chapel Performance Space, 8pm
William O. Smith: Compositions and Improvisations
William O. (Bill) Smith advanced classical clarinet technique and at the same time mastered a deliciously swinging style in his 55-year collaboration with Dave Brubeck to become one of the world’s great clarinetists. He performs his captivating compositions with longtime friends: trombone master Stuart Dempster and clarinetist Jesse Cantebury. (Presented by Nonsequitur.) $5-15 sliding scale  BUY NOW

Boban & Marko MarkovicSunday, October 19, Town Hall Seattle, 8pm
Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar
This night of Roma celebration and dancing with the world’s most revered Balkan brass band is sure to be legendary! The 13-piece “Macedonian juggernaut” injects driving beats, jazz riffs, and ballistic eastern- European pop — “fresh, fun, party-ready” (NPR). $30 general; $28 members & seniors; $15 students & veterans   BUY NOW


Lew TabackinSunday, October 19, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 7:30pm
Lew Tabackin Trio | Ben Flocks Trio
Tabackin, a monster saxophonist and flutist who transcends styles and cultures, is also respected as a master composer and arranger for the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. His trio includes Boris Kozlov on bass and Mark Taylor on drums. Tabackin once mentored the Brooklyn-based rising sax star Ben Flocks, whose trio with Martin Nevin (bass) and Evan Hughes (drums) opens the evening with “a jovial mix of American musical styles” (DownBeat). $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Northwest Film ForumSaturday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 21 – Northwest Film Forum
Jazz @ Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum and the Earshot Jazz Festival present their 13th annual film program celebrating the history, sounds, and spirit of jazz and their intersections with cinema. Scheduled this year are: Stations of the Elevated, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, The Case of the Three Sided Dream, Mingus: Charles Mingus. Visit nwfilmforum.org for tickets and information.  

Monday, October 20, Triple Door, 7pm
Garfield High School Jazz Band
One of the region’s finest school jazz programs has long figured at the top of the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in New York and raised the bar for the whole country. Its legacy is assured under the longtime leadership of Clarence Acox, who each year makes it a swinging, polished big band. $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans; free for 12 & under   BUY NOW

Jacky TerrassonWednesday, October 22, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Jacky Terrasson Trio
The scintillating French piano star has charmed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Another Thelonious Monk Awardee (1993), he is renowned for his carefully controlled velocity, exquisite phrasing, and affinity to everything from the French romantics like Fauré to American pop icons like Michael Jackson. (Supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Western Jazz Presenters Network.) Free Jacky Terrasson masterclass, noon, PONCHO. $24 general; $22 members & seniors $12 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Greg OsbyThursday, October 23, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Greg Osby Quartet
The alto saxophonist, a sure-fire innovator with 15 Blue Note albums to his credit, specializes in questing, adventurous jazz of extraordinary facility and imagination. Joining Osby are Simona Premazzi (piano), Martin Nevin (bass), and Adam Arruda (drums). (Supported by WJPN and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.) Free Greg Osby masterclass, noon, PONCHO. $24 general; $22 members & seniors; $12 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Jessica LurieFriday, October 24, Royal Room, 8pm
Living Daylights
Syrinx Effect

The New York saxophonist/vocalist Jessica Lurie reunites with Arne Livingston, bass, and Dale Fanning, drums, for a jazz-festival recreation of the great forward-looking power trio of the late 1990s Seattle scene. Also on the bill is Syrinx Effect, the magical duo of Kate Olson (soprano sax, electronics) and Naomi Siegel (trombone, electronics), two bright lights on the Seattle scene. Expect guest artists on the late set. $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Kareem KandiFriday, October 24, Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Kareem Kandi Organ Trio
The savvy south Sound saxophonist has shaped lessons from Seattle masters like Don Lanphere, Hadley Caliman, and Julian Priester into solid, hard-grooving jazz. Kandi’s fat tone, reminiscent of the great Dexter Gordon, is a perfect fit for Delvon Lamarr’s soulful B3 organ. $14 general; $12 members & seniors; $7 students & veterans   Reservations at 206-443-4221 or reservations@tulas.com


Barry AltschulSaturday, October 25, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Barry Altschul 3dom Factor
This legendary drummer was everywhere adventurous jazz went in the heady heyday of Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, and many others. His powerful new trio includes Hayes Greenfield (alto sax) and Joe Fonda (bass). As Jazz Inside said, “even if he had retired from music 40 years ago, he would have gone down in jazz history.” $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Daniel BarrySunday, October 26, Seattle Art Museum, 8pm
Daniel Barry’s Celestial Rhythm Orchestra
Renowned for distinctive compositions and arrangements, the fine trumpeter has used much-sought regional grants to create music for a large ensemble of Seattle’s best players that is “fresh and imaginative, and has a hip, tongue-in-cheek sort of style” (Audiophile Audition). (Thanks to 4Culture and Artist Trust.) $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Wednesday, October 29, EMP Level 3, 7:30pm
Eric Revis Quartet
Kate Olson Sextet

The New York first-call bassist heads a riveting quartet featuring two of the most spirited and innovative saxophonists in jazz today, Darius Jones and Bill McHenry. With eclectic drummer Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground), they carry the flame of free-jazz pioneers like Albert Ayler. Opening is the new sextet of soprano saxophonist Kate Olson. Interpreting her savvy compositions with measure, imagination, and great spirit are Sam Boshnack, trumpet; Chris Credit, tenor sax; Geoff Harper, bass; Tim Kennedy, keys; Eric Eagle, drums. (Presented in cooperation with EMP.) $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Dave LiebmanThursday, October 30, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Dave Liebman New Quintet
The NEA Jazz Master helped to define the 1970s Miles Davis period, and still inspires saxophonists around the world. He presents the lineup of his just-out Samsara: longtime collaborator, bassist Tony Marino and three emerging trailblazers: pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, and drummer Alex Ritz. Free Dave Liebman masterclass, noon, PONCHO. $24 general; $22 members & seniors; $12 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Royal Room Collective Music EnsembleFriday, October 31, Royal Room, 6/8/10pm
Royal Room Halloween Party
Wayne Horvitz has continually inspired new Seattle jazz. This extraordinary three-part evening starts at 6pm with the silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live incidental music conducted by Horvitz. At 8pm the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, a large improvisational ensemble conducted by Horvitz, celebrates its new CD. The party continues at 10pm with Electric Circus, Horvitz’s arrangements of the classic fusion and fission of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew and other gems of the new canon. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: $7 adults, $5 children w/ families; RRCME & Electric Circus, $18 general; full evening, $20 general   BUY NOW

Friday, October 31, Downstairs @ Town Hall Seattle, 8pm
Chad McCullough: Spin Quartet
The Seattle-reared trumpeter, now based in Chicago, is “a thoughtful improvisor with technique to spare” (Allaboutjazz.com). His intense quartet of Geof Bradfield (sax), Clark Sommers (bass), and Kobie Watkins (drums) creates “some truly different things in modern jazz” (Examiner.com). $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Frank CatalanoFriday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1, Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Frank Catalano Quartet
The brawny Chicago saxophonist ranges from tempered swing to the rapid-fire energy that has won him gigs with both Santana and Ministry. On the heels of two new recordings, the rock-solid quartet lights up two evenings at Seattle’s classic jazz club. $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans     Reservations at 206-443-4221 or reservations@tulas.com

Jacob FredSaturday, November 1, Royal Room, 8pm
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey & McTuff
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is the acclaimed, road-sharpened trio of Brian Haas (piano/Fender Rhodes/bass Moog/synth), Chris Combs (electric guitar/lap steel guitar/synth), and Josh Raymer (drums). “It swings, it sways, but the jazz trio form in their hands has an almost primitive, inside-your-head, idiosyncratic quality” (DownBeat). McTuff, Joe Doria’s full-bore organ trio with the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the dazzling Tarik Abouzied on drums, is becoming a Seattle legend. $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Battle TranceSaturday, November 1, Chapel Performance Space, 8pm
Battle Trance
In a “battle trance” this genre-defying tenor saxophone quartet of Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner reveals, as on their Palace of Wind debut album, a kinship with Evan Parker’s whirling soundscapes “with the ephemeral and unquestionable logic of a dream” (AdHoc). $14 general; $12 members & seniors; $7 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Saturday, November 1, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 2, Kirkland Performance Center, 2pm

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Celebrating its 20th anniversary season, the region’s all-star big band salutes Seattle’s jazz innovators with “Quincy and Ray on Jackson Street.” Directed by Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox, SRJO has become a Seattle institution featuring many of the region’s jazz standouts and, for this weekend, vocalist Reggie Goings. (Presented by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.) $47 general; $44 seniors; $15 under 25   BUY NOW

Industrial RevelationSunday, November 2, EMP Level 3, 7:30pm
Industrial Revelation
Cuong Vu & Ted Poor

With its soaring amalgam of jazz, hiphop, indie rock, punk, and soul, the rock-solid Industrial Revelation demonstrates why it was nominated for The Stranger’s 2014 Genius Awards. The Seattle Weekly calls D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), Josh Rawlings (keyboards), and Ahamefule J. Oluo (trumpet) “effortlessly, constantly inventive.” They share the bill with a new project from the monster trumpeter Cuong Vu and New York-to-Seattle transplant Ted Poor, a drummer capable of both refinement and torrential power. This concert to be filmed as a continuation of the polished Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense documentary. (In cooperation with EMP and Argus Fund.) $18 general; $16 members & seniors; $9 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood HartSunday, November 2, Triple Door, 7pm & 9:30pm
True Blues: Corey Harris & Alvin Youngblood Hart
Harris, a MacArthur Award-winning Delta blues guitarist and vocalist with one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, teams with Hart, a Grammy-winning self-styled “cosmic love child of Howlin’ Wolf and Link Wray,” to seek out the DNA of the vast blues tradition. $22 general; $20 members & seniors; $11 students & veterans   BUY NOW


Beth FleenorMonday, November 3, Barboza, 8pm
Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band
Beth Fleenor (clarinet/bass clarinet/voice) has emerged as one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city and in this new combo — Tristan Gianola (guitar), Michael Owcharuk (keyboard), Paul “PK” Kemmish (bass), and Adam Kozie (drums) — she unleashes her psychoactive, euphoric, libidinous Liberation Ritual 1. $12 (restricted: 21+)   CONTACT VENUE for tickets

Hal GalperTuesday, November 4, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Hal Galper Trio w/ Jeff Johnson and John Bishop
Veteran bebop pianist Hal Galper, renowned since his collaborations with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods, joins the seasoned bass-and-drums pairing of Jeff Johnson and John Bishop for a night of what their 2006 Origin Records release of time-shifting originals and standards aptly called Furious Rubato. $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Grace KellyTuesday, November 4, Triple Door, 7:30pm
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra featuring Grace Kelly
SWOJO has been showcasing our region’s talented female jazz artists for 14 years. This evening, the ensemble welcomes special guest Grace Kelly, already a master saxophonist at 22. The concert also includes two world premiere performances from the orchestra’s second annual competition for women jazz composers. (Presented in partnership w/ SWOJO. Supported by 4Culture.) $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Thursday, November 6 – Various times, locations, artists
Sax in the City
To celebrate the 200th birthday of the idiosyncratic Adolphe Sax, the Earshot Festival dispatches players of his extraordinarily weird and wonderful instrument, now near ubiquitous in jazz, throughout the city, throughout the day and evening. Find pop-up sax concerts all over town. FREE

Pharoah SandersFriday, November 7, Town Hall Seattle, 8pm
Pharoah Sanders Quartet
With his unmistakable questing, yearning tone, this legendary saxophonist has pursued a master plan through the major turns in jazz history of the last 50 years. His early classic recordings with John Coltrane, and then under his own leadership, explosively liberated jazz form and expectations, yet also embraced timeless melody and sonorities — and his intensity has never waned. His quartet includes pianist William Henderson, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. $26 general; $24 members & seniors; $13 students & veterans. $36 preferred seating   BUY NOW

Anton SchwartzFriday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8, Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club, 7:30pm
Anton Schwartz Quintet
Anton Schwartz creates brainy jazz that also thrills with “upbeat vibe, strong melodies, and unflagging sense of swing” (Jazziz). No less a master than Illinois Jacquet has said of Schwartz: “You play the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.” He performs the music of his much radio-played Flashmob with George Colligan (piano), Lorca Hart (drums), and Thomas Marriott (trumpet). $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans
Reservations at 206-443-4221 or reservations@tulas.com

Saturday, November 8, Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 7:30pm
Roosevelt High School Jazz Band
Every year under the direction of Scott Brown, the Roosevelt students turn out impressively stylish and assured performances. Often finishing at or near the top of the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in New York, Roosevelt Jazz has helped to define the excellence of Seattle jazz education and set a standard for high-school jazz orchestras nationwide. $16 general; $14 members & seniors; $8 students & veterans; free for 12 & under   BUY NOW

Neil WelchSaturday, November 8, Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, 8pm
Bad Luck
Scott Cutshall / John Gross Duo

In Bad Luck, Chris Icasiano (drums) and Neil Welch (sax) play “virtuosic, cutting-edge music” (AllAboutJazz). They share the bill with Portland’s Scott Cutshall (drums) and John Gross, “one of the most meaningful players” on the American scene (Saxophone Journal). $5-15 sliding scale   BUY NOW

Sunday, November 9, CafÉ Racer, 8pm
Racer Sessions +
For several years, weekly curated sessions at this celebrated U District location have challenged and nurtured Seattle improvising musicians. To mark the mighty contribution of the gatherings, organizer and drummer Chris Icasiano produces this expanded jazz-festival edition. FREE

Miguel ZenonMonday, November 10, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 8pm
Miguel Zenón Quartet
The Puerto Rican alto-sax phenom, whose brilliant playing and cultural integration won him a MacArthur Fellowship, performs with his explosive quartet of Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; and Eric Doob, drums. Expect intricate, soulful, intense, and locked-in playing that resonates with strains from throughout the Latin and forward-moving jazz worlds. $22 general; $20 members & seniors; $11 students & veterans   BUY NOW

Tuesday, November 11, Musicquarium @ Triple Door, 7:30pm
Earshot Jazz Festival Wrap-up Party
Join everyone who put on the Earshot Jazz festival, as well as musicians and your fellow fans, at this closing party and celebration. With lots of gratitude and live jazz accompaniment. Free


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