For Immediate Release

May 31, 2017

Contact: John Gilbreath, Earshot Jazz, 206-547-6763 or jazz@earshot.org

Press Photos available.


Seattle’s eagerly anticipated Earshot Jazz Festival swings into its 29th year this fall with more than 50 events in venues all around the city. Known for adventurous programing that brings jazz greats from around the globe into creative contact with Seattle artists and audiences, the Earshot Jazz Festival engages all manner of jazz listeners and shines an international light on the jazz culture of this vibrant city. Earshot works to cultivate and grow the jazz ecology in its home community, creating one of the most inclusive and boundary-defying music festivals in America.

This year’s marquee of modern masters and important emerging artists includes the super-group Hudson, featuring Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, and John Medeski, and the multimedia project “In My Mind” with pianist Jason Moran’s Bandwagon + Horns, both presented in collaboration with Seattle Theatre Group, which also brings the dynamic soul-jazz vocalist Gregory Porter to the lineup.

Earshot Jazz presents a sublime solo concert by pianist Brad Mehldau; a landmark concert by The Bad Plus; the AfroCubano quartet of Omar Sosa; exciting new groups including Mostly Other People Do The Killing and Marquis Hill’s Blacktet; special projects from drummers Matt Wilson and Mark Guiliana; and concerts by artists from Africa, Japan, Spain, Poland, and Romania. Helping us celebrate the 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk are pianist Danilo Pérez’s Panamonk, “downtown” guitarist Elliott Sharp, and Monk’s own son, drummer T. S. Monk, with Monk on Monk.

Earshot’s commitment to Seattle’s resident artists is abundantly clear throughout. The festival kicks off with a homegrown celebration at local radio station KEXP and moves to Jazz Alley for a community tribute to the beloved pianist Overton Berry. This year’s Resident Artist is pianist Dawn Clement, appearing in a variety of settings. Other projects include Ivan Arteaga’s CMD, uniting Computers, Music, and Dance; the Syrinx Effect of Naomi Moon Siegel and Kate Olson; and new trio work by Robin Holcomb, among many others. Seattle celebrates the centenary of the “genius of modern music” with Monk 10/10, honoring Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday with 10 piano soloists and an all-star tentet performance of ensemble works.

The festival also includes educational programs, panel discussions, a film series, and special community engagement events.

The complete schedule for the Earshot Jazz Festival will be available in July. Tickets for Seattle Theatre Group events go on sale soon; all other tickets go on sale September 1. Additional festival information will be forthcoming on www.earshot.org or 206-547-6763.

Support for the 29th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture of King County, The Raynier Institute and Foundation, AHS Foundation, The Boeing Company, and many community partners.

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 premier 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.