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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2016

Contact: Caitlin Peterkin, Earshot Jazz, (206) 547-6763 or caitlin@earshot.org

Press photos available upon request

Earshot Jazz Announces Full Schedule for the 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival

The Earshot Jazz Festival, now in its 28th year as “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat), engages more than 15,000 audience members with 60 one-of-a-kind concerts and events over five weeks this fall. Respected for celebrating the leading edges of the art form while honoring its deep cultural heritage, Earshot brings international jazz masters and important emerging artists into direct contact with Seattle’s renowned creative community.

The 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 7, 8pm (Festival Kickoff Reception, 6pm)
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto / Frank Kohl Steve Luceno Duo
Join us for an opening reception in Columbia City, with music by guitarist Frank Kohl and bassist Steve Luceno, and then a performance by the spectacular Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, with Chuck Deardorf, Mark Ivester, Ben Thomas, and Jeff Busch.
Venue: Columbia City Theater
Tickets: Reception by donation; Concert $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Saturday, October 8, 8pm
Steve Lehman Trio
The dazzling alto saxophone vanguardist — acclaimed as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz” by The Guardian — appears with bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Damion Reid to play what the Penguin Guide to Jazz calls “music of genuinely visionary importance, a way forward for the art.” (Presented with support from Chamber Music America. Co-presented with Cornish Presents.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Saturday, October 8, 9pm
Honey Ear Trio
The versatile, much-traveled drummer Allison Miller (Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Lonnie Smith) brings exploratory saxophonist Jeff Lederer (“[as] if Ben Webster and Albert Ayler went out for drinks together,” San Diego Union-Tribune) and boundary-defying bassist Rene Hart back to Seattle for their “eclectic yet cohesive catalog of approaches” (TimeOut New York) from wistful to groovy to hard-swinging.
Venue: The Royal Room
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Sunday, October 9, 8pm
Fred Hersch
“One of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation” (DownBeat), the refined, romantic pianist — “perfection,” says his equally renowned contemporary Jason Moran — has led a musical life unlike any other. This is a rare opportunity to be in a small concert hall with a brilliant pianist and a gorgeous 9’ Steinway. (Co-presented with Cornish Presents.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
Tickets: $32 general / $30 members & seniors / $20 students & military

Monday, October 10, 7:30pm
Freddy Cole
The elegant singer/pianist, the last of a musical dynasty, has led sparkling groups in swinging renditions of deeply felt and stylish vocal jazz “blessed with warmth, timbral beauty, and grace” (Entertainment Weekly). Bassist Elias Bailey and guitarist Randy Napoleon join him in tribute to his brother, the great Nat “King” Cole.
Venue: Triple Door
Tickets: $32 general / $30 members & seniors / $20 students & military

Tuesday, October 11, 8pm
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn Duo
Two of the most thoughtful, skillful, and forward-moving piano individualists on the current New York scene combine. Sponsored by the Shifting Foundation, the two-piano duo recorded a forthcoming album that Davis calls “one of those rare moments that felt like we’ve been playing together for years.” (Co-presented with Cornish Presents.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
Tickets: $20 general /$18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Wednesday, October 12, 8pm
Georg Graewe
One of the most gifted improvisers in any kind of music, the remarkable German pianist returns to the pristine Chapel space for an unforgettable solo piano concert.
Venue: Chapel Performance Space
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm
Brian Lynch w/ Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Band
The Grammy Award-winning New York trumpeter, whose Latin-drenched sound has graced Phil Woods and Eddie Palmieri projects as well as his own bands, is guest artist with the Edmonds-Woodway band, which under the direction of Jake Bergevin is a four-time finalist at the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York. (Presented by Edmonds-Woodway High School Music Boosters.)
Venue: Edmonds-Woodway High School Little Theater
Tickets: $12 general / $8 students

Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm
Kareem Kandi Trio
An “Art of Jazz” favorite, saxophonist Kareem Kandi digs in with drummer Julian MacDonough and accomplished B-3 organist Delvon Lamarr. (Co-presented with Seattle Art Museum.)
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Brotman Forum
Tickets: Free and open to the public

Thursday, October 13, 7:30pm
STG Presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The remarkable trumpeter, possessed with astonishing technique and as high a profile as any jazz musician on the planet, returns to Seattle with his flagship all-star large ensemble, its sound perfected at the iconic New York jazz institution. (Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.)
Venue: Paramount Theatre
Tickets: $50-138

Friday, October 14, 8pm
Tom Rainey & Ingrid Laubrock
Laubrock, DownBeat’s 2015 soprano saxophone rising star, and Rainey, a drummer “who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility” (L.A. Times), improvise with captivating intuition.
Venue: Chapel Performance Space
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm
Brian Lynch & Thomas Marriott: “Night of the Cookers”
Two trumpeters, Grammy Award-winning Lynch and seven-time Golden Ear winner Marriott, bring two nights of double-high-octane jazz with Seattle all-stars Marc Seales on piano, Matt Jorgensen on drums, and Chuck Deardorf on bass.
Venue: Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club
Tickets: $22 general / $20 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Saturday, October 15, 8:30pm
Scott Amendola & Wil Blades / Hunter Gather
In their “lean and mean” duo, drummer Scott Amendola and Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades deliver funk, bebop, rock, and avant-garde. Opening is Hunter Gather: Levi Gillis (tenor sax), Cameron Sharif (keys), Ronan Delisle (guitar), and Evan Woodle (drums).
Venue: The Royal Room
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Sunday, October 16, 8pm
Kris Bowers + NONVisuals: Music and Art / CMD
This stunning evening of visual music features keyboardist Kris Bowers, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition (and recent bandmate of Kanye West and José James), teaming with Christian Hannon, a visual artist using technology with music to shape reality. Opening is the compelling CMD (computer, music, and dance) project of Seattle saxophonist Ivan Arteaga.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $22 general / $20 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Sunday, October 16, 8:30pm
Los Hermanos Arango / Ann Reynolds & Clave Gringa
Led by Cuban bassist Feliciano Arango and his siblings Eugenio (percussion), Ignacio (guitar), and Cristina (vocals), the driving ensemble from Guanabacoa, Cuba, has developed its own merger of Afro-Cuban folklore and funkified jazz, nourishing listeners and dancers alike. To open the evening, Ann Reynolds’ Seattle ensemble plays her Latin-jazz compositions.
Venue: Nectar Lounge
Tickets: $12 advance / $15 day of show

Sunday, October 16, 7:30pm
Itamar Borochov Quartet
This trumpeter from the integrated Israeli city of Jaffa inflects jazz tradition with Arab and pan-African sensibilities. A veteran of the group Yemen Blues, Borochov has chops in rock, classical, and tonight’s mainstream jazz. His quartet includes pianist Michael King, bassist Avri Borochov, and drummer Jay Sawyer. (Supported by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.)
Venue: Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club
Tickets: $22 general / $20 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Tuesday, October 18, 8pm
Naomi Moon Siegel
The Seattle composer, trombonist, and multi-instrumentalist presents music from her album Shoebox View, a travelogue of folk melodies, fantastical soundscapes, and lyrical, powerful, yet gentle jazz. Helping her create celebratory, cinematic space are Sean Woolstenhulme (guitar), Eric Eagle (drums), Keith Lowe (bass), Ryan Burns (piano/keyboards), Alex Guy (viola), Thione Diop (percussion), Ivan Arteaga (alto saxophone), Greg Sinibaldi (baritone saxophone), and Samantha Boshnack (trumpet).
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Thursday, October 20, 8pm
Takuya Kuroda Group
On the heels of his second Blue Note Records release, the forward-thinking trumpeter from Kobe, Japan, has staked a claim on distinctive mixes of post-bop and adventurous soul-jazz. His studies at Berklee and the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program, and his astute collaborations with José James and others, are bringing him to the vanguard of nu-jazz funk. (Co-presented with Cornish Presents.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Thursday, October 20, 8pm
Frode Gjerstad Trio
The fierce Norwegian saxophonist, much applauded in earlier Seattle appearances, performs with Chicago-based cellist and prolific avant-garde composer Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jon Rune Strøm, a first-call modernist bassist throughout Scandinavia.
Venue: Chapel Performance Space
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Friday, October 21, 8pm
Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Concert
The Romanian pianist has impressed on the New York scene with his Third Stream-oriented explorations. His brilliant collaborations with violist Mat Maneri, long a leading jazz innovator, have become legendary.
Venue: Chapel Performance Space
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Rudresh Mahanthappa Bird Calls
Friday, October 21, 8pm
The revered alto saxophonist, among the leading jazz innovators of his generation, tributes Charlie “Bird” Parker in a quintet of today’s top New York artists. By emulating the bebop master’s dexterity and drive while retaining only fractions of his original tunes, he reconfigures Parker’s melodies and harmonies into scales and harmonies distinctly his own. This music moves fast! (Presented with support from Chamber Music America.)
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $24 general / $22 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Bill Anschell CD Release Party
Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22, 7:30pm
JazzTimes wrote of the leader, who is one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge from Seattle: “No matter where Anschell plays on the keyboard, he sounds like no other pianist.” He presents his thoughtful, deeply engaging compositions for trio and quartet in celebration of his new release.
Venue: Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition / Roosevelt High School Jazz Band w/ special guest D’Vonne Lewis
Saturday, October 22, 7:30pm
Roosevelt High jazz director Scott Brown says: “We’re going to have a great band this year!” Who better than Roosevelt jazz alum, and this year’s festival Resident Artist, to do educational clinics with the band and appear in concert with them? Also on the bill: The driving D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition, featuring bassist Osama Afifi.
Venue: Roosevelt High School Auditorium
Tickets: $18 general / $10 students

Manuel Valera Trio
Saturday, October 22, 8pm
The New York-based Cuban pianist advances the jazz momentum of his homeland, playing with precision, grace, and savvy, which has won him commissions from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works. He has ideal trio mates in E.J. Strickland, a “technically brilliant and forward-thinking” (All About Jazz) drummer, and Hans Glawischnig, long a first-call New York bassist.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $24 general / $22 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Conference Call / Bad Luck
Sunday, October 23, 8pm
For 17 years, German woodwind virtuoso Gebhard Ullmann (bass clarinet, bass flute, saxes), pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer George Schuller have been among the finest improvising units around, interpreting original compositions with startling flair and drive. The ever-evolving Seattle sax and drum duo of Neil Welch and Chris Icasiano opens.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Marina Albero Quartet
Monday, October 24, 8pm
Whether on piano, psalterium (hammered dulcimer), or vibes, this dynamic, wide-ranging musician from Barcelona merges influences from jazz, flamenco, tumbao, and the Middle East in a transporting, seamless, personal style. She leads a quartet of top-flight Northwest players: bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, drummer D’Vonne Lewis, and saxophonist Hans Teuber.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

B’shnorkestra: Global Concertos
Monday, October 24, 8pm
Trumpeter/composer Samantha Boshnack leads her 14-person band in compositions she has created with funding from NewMusic USA, 4Culture, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. This evening features selections from her Global Concertos project, featuring solos ranging from West African talking drum to American jazz trumpet, plus previously recorded and new works. (Co-presented with Cornish Presents.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke Duo / Paul Rucker & Hans Teuber
Tuesday, October 25, 8pm
Bassist Michael Bisio is a fixture in Matthew Shipp’s ground-breaking NYC group. His just-released second album with the astounding cornetist Kirk Knuffke, Row for William O., tributes clarinetist, composer, and Seattle mentor William O. (Bill) Smith. Also on the bill: a reunion of bassist Paul Rucker and saxophonist Hans Teuber, whose duo work bears witness to a communication borne of mutual respect.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Derek Gripper
Wednesday, October 26, 8pm
The stunningly gifted South African solo acoustic guitarist performs such works as his adaptations of the classical Malian kora (harp) repertoire, “a staggering achievement,” says Songlines. (Co-presented with Cornish Presents.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College
Tickets: $16 general / $14 members & seniors / $8 students & military

SOULSpace: Tiffany Gouché / SassyBlack / DJ Riz
Thursday, October 27, 8pm
Two of the most distinctive emerging vocalists in jazz soul: L.A. artist Tiffany Gouché performs sinewy, rich extensions of the art form, citing D’Angelo and R. Kelly as influences; Seattle’s creative force SassyBlack (Catherine Harris-White) spreads positive vibrations worldwide through her own “electronic pyschedelic soul.” DJ Riz opens the night. (Co-produced with Space.Theory.)
Venue: V2
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Rez Abbasi Quartet
Thursday, October 27, 8pm
Now a fixture in best-jazz-guitarist polls, Abbasi “sounds like no one who has gone before him” as he performs with “sheer genius,” his music “so vivid…that it can almost be tasted” (All About Jazz). His riveting quartet has Mark Shim (tenor saxophone), Ben Stivers (keyboardist), and Kenny Grohowski (drums).
Venue: The Royal Room
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

SOULSpace: Jaimeo Brown Transcendence / Paul Rucker: Stories From the Trees
Friday, October 28, 8pm
The powerfully compelling Transcendence recordings of drummer/composer Brown, such as the recent Work Songs, draw riveting jazz from the African-American experience: the Black churches, field recordings, and much else. With Chris Sholar’s screaming blues guitar and Jaleel Shaw’s blazing saxophone. Also on the bill: award- and commission-winning Seattle musician and visual artist Paul Rucker brings his latest darkly compelling, interactive performance installation – based on vintage lynching postcards – to the new Capitol Hill space, V2. (Stories From the Trees presented with support from MAP Fund.)
Venue: V2
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Renee Baker
Friday, October 28, 8pm
This principal violinist of the Chicago Sinfonietta and leader of AACM-inspired collective-improvisation ensembles appears with 10 top-flight Seattle improvisers. She is renowned for her “plethora of string techniques, from ghostly glissandos and crystallizing harmonics to sinewy double stops and pneumatic pizzicato” (All About Jazz). (Presented by Nonsequitur.)
Venue: Chapel Performance Space
Tickets: $5-15

SOULSpace: Industrial Revelation / D’Vonne Lewis Triplifried / DJ Riz
Saturday, October 29, 8pm
This year’s Earshot Jazz Festival Resident Artist, featured on many projects, is D’Vonne Lewis. On tonight’s bill, he debuts a version of Triplifried, with bassist Evan Flory-Barnes and vibist Jacques Willis, and then joins the big-hearted and beloved Industrial Revelation: D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), Ahamefule J. Oluo (trumpet), and Josh Rawlings (piano & Fender Rhodes). The Stranger said they “launch jazz to some heady, rocky, and soulful places.” The incomparable DJ Riz spins a late set.
Venue: V2
Tickets: $18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Dave Douglas w/ The Westerlies
Saturday, October 29, 8pm
One of the great Earshot festival moments saw The Westerlies and the Dave Douglas Quintet on the Cornish stage a few years ago. Inevitably, the stellar trumpeter and the vibrant quartet (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) are touring together, re-imagining jazz-meets-chamber-music.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $24 general / $22 members & seniors / $10 students & military

STG Presents Maceo Parker / The Jones Family Singers
Saturday, October 29, 8pm
The funk and soul saxophone titan, a James Brown mainstay in the 1960s and a pillar of Parliament-Funkadelic’s power in the 1970s, continues to amaze with his flawlessly tight band. Opening the night is the high-energy gospel collective that has electrified churches and festivals for two decades with joyful, soulful praise songs. (Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.)
Venue: The Moore Theatre
Tickets: $41-52

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence
Sunday, October 30, 8pm
A full multimedia presentation of Friday’s concert. (See Friday, October 28, above.)
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Sofia Rei Sextet / Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia
Sunday, October 30, 8pm
The passionate Argentinian vocalist, whose music threads traditions of South American folklore, jazz, and electronic innovation, recently completed a week at John Zorn’s performance space, The Stone. Tonight, the accomplished former Seattleite, trumpeter Josh Deutsch, a regular in Sofia Rei’s touring group, showcases his own Pannonia, with violinist Zach Brock, trombonist Ryan Keberle, bassist Gary Wang, and percussionist Ronen Itzik. (Co-presented with Stroum Jewish Community Center.)
Venue: Stroum Jewish Community Center
Tickets: $25 general / $20 members & senior

Matt Savage / Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor
Thursday, November 3, 8pm
“Possessed of a remarkable talent” (Jazziz) and diagnosed with autism at a young age, this inspiring 20-something piano master has recorded many albums as a leader and accompanied jazz greats including Jimmy Heath, who calls Savage “the future of jazz.” He has “command of the music and, most importantly, he’s got swing” (Boston Globe). Legends-in-the-making Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor parse their celebrated LineUp! down to piano-sax duo.
Venue: The Royal Room
Tickets: $16 general / $14 members & seniors / $8 students & military

Matt Stevens Trio
Friday, November 4, 7 & 9:30pm
This guitarist is “a singular talent brimming with a strong identity” (DownBeat) who “navigates with ease among jazz, indie-rock, and soul” (NY Times). With his stellar trio of bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Eric Doob, his debut recording as a leader, Woodwork, showcases his diverse stylistic mastery, at times warm, robust, fluid, and emotive.
Venue: The Royal Room
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Denise Donatelli & Anton Schwartz Quintet
Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm
The jazz and adult contemporary vocalist’s “intonation combines accuracy with ease in a way most singers can only imagine,” said critic Neil Tesser. Joining her are some of the West Coast’s finest: Randy Porter (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Matt Jorgensen (drums), and the “virtually impossible to resist” (Buffalo News) saxophonist Anton Schwartz.
Venue: Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club
Tickets: $24 general / $22 members & seniors / $10 students & military

STG Presents Bill Frisell “When You Wish Upon a Star”
Saturday, November 5, 8pm
On his new release, the beguiling guitarist pays tribute to “the countless, anonymous, uncredited, unsung, extraordinary musicians” of the films and TV shows that are “embedded so deeply into the fabric of what fires up my musical imagination.” With Petra Haden (vocals), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Matt Chamberlain (drums), Frisell performs film and TV gems, some well-known, some obscure. (Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.)
Venue: The Moore Theatre
Tickets: $28-39

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents Miles Ahead: Miles Davis & Gil Evans
Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm, Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Sunday, November 6, 2pm, Kirkland Performance Center
The large ensemble of Seattle-area stars celebrates the music of trumpeter Miles Davis’s seminal, transitional, 1957 album — his first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans following the Birth of the Cool sessions — whose title Don Cheadle borrowed for his recent biographical motion picture about the mighty innovator. (Presented by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.)
Tickets: $15-49

Dee Daniels Trio
Sunday, November 6, 8pm
Justly famed for her four-octave range, the brilliant, stylish Daniels has collaborated with many of the greats of jazz, and graced stages around the world. Tonight, the accomplished and graceful singer presents a program of her favorite pieces in a focused, concert-hall environment.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $24 general / $22 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Rokia Traoré
Monday, November 7, 7:30pm
With her unmistakable vocals, stunning stage presence, and deep West African well of music, the Malian singer provides a dazzling concert experience. A Seattle favorite, she returns with the testimonies to the soul and endurance of her homeland on her new Nonesuch Records release, Né So. (Presented by Triple Door.)
Venue: Triple Door
Tickets: $30-40

Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith Duo
Wednesday, November 9, 8pm
Vaunted pianist, MacArthur Fellow, and new Harvard professor Vijay Iyer describes the veteran trumpet innovator Wadada Leo Smith as his “hero, friend, and teacher.” Their duo release on ECM, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke, is “charismatic and subtle” (The Guardian). (Co-presented with Seattle Symphony Orchestra.)
Venue: Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general / $26 members & seniors / $12 students & military

Eugenie Jones: Tribute to Ernestine Anderson
Thursday, November 10, 5:30pm
Vocalist Eugenie Jones was inspired when she accepted her Golden Ear Award on a night that was dedicated to the late Ernestine Anderson. In tonight’s “Art of Jazz” concert, she pays tribute to Ernestine. (Co-presented with Seattle Art Museum.)
Venue: Seattle Art Museum, Brotman Forum
Tickets: Free and open to the public

Tarik Abouzied, Joe Doria, Dan Balmer, Damian Erskine
Friday, November 11, 7:30pm
Renowned for his taut, tough backbeats, drummer Tarik Abouzied is a veteran of such celebrated Seattle jazz-funk outfits as McTuff and Happy Orchestra. Here, he calls on old friends Joe Doria on Hammond B-3, veteran Portland guitarist Dan Balmer, and badass bassist Damian Erskine for a rocking close to this year’s festival.
Venue: Tula’s Restaurant & Jazz Club
Tickets: $20 general / $18 members & seniors / $10 students & military

Seattle Symphony: Sonic Evolution
Friday, November 11, 8pm
The Seattle Symphony presents the perfect collaboration to close out Seattle’s jazz festival. This evening of orchestral and ensemble works celebrates Seattle’s jazz legacy with an homage to iconic producer Quincy Jones, who began his stellar career in jazz and popular music at Garfield High School and appeared as a trumpeter and band leader on Seattle’s fabled Jackson Street. Appropriately, the award-winning Garfield Jazz Band, under Clarence Acox, joins the orchestra for tunes from the Jones “book.” The phenomenal Seattle-resident trumpeter Cuong Vu plays a new composition with the symphony. And, because November 11 is the birthday of Jones’s contemporary, the much-loved and recently departed treasure Ernestine Anderson, vocalist Grace Love sings some of “Stine’s” favorites. (Presented by the Seattle Symphony.)
Venue: Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Tickets: $21-30

Tickets for the festival go on sale September 1. In addition to concert performances, the festival includes educational programs and panels, a film series, and several other outreach events. Schedule subject to change.

Ongoing festival information is available at www.earshot.org and (206) 547-6763.

Major support for the 28th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, ArtsFund, 4Culture: King County Lodging Tax, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, MAP Fund, Chamber Music America, and individual donors. Special thanks to our community sponsors 88.5 FM KNKX, The Stranger, Mayflower Park Hotel, KEXP 90.3 FM, MarQueen Hotel, Lamar Advertising, and 91.3 KBCS.

About Earshot Jazz
Founded in 1984, Earshot Jazz is Seattle’s non-profit, jazz-support and presentation organization. In addition to concert presentation, which includes Seattle’s premiere annual jazz festival, Earshot provides jazz education programs and publishes the monthly Earshot Jazz magazine. More information is available at www.earshot.org or by calling (206) 547-6763.

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