Schedule for the 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival

Programming across four weekends, we’ve created a series that reflects the history, progression, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world and, especially, here in our home community.

  • Eric Verlinde playing piano and Elnah Jordan singing

    Elnah Jordan & Eric Verlinde

    October 29 @ 7:00 pm

    The Seattle-based vocalist Elnah Jordan soulfully delivers gospel, jazz, blues, and R&B songs with keyboardist Eric Verlinde. Jordan’s experience includes a long stint portraying Bessie Smith in Jon Hendricks’s theater production Evolution of the Blues.

  • Ahamefule J. Oluo playing a trumpet on stage

    Ahamefule J. Oluo Jazz Quartet

    October 29 @ 8:30 pm

    The Resident Artist of this year’s festival presents his driving new quartet from the jazz-friendly vibe of the Royal Room. Tim Kennedy (piano), Geoff Harper (bass), and D’Vonne Lewis (drums) accompany the outstanding trumpeter.

  • Charles Lloyd playing the saxophone

    Charles Lloyd: Red Waters, Black Sky

    October 30 @ 7:00 pm

    A concert film of the sax titan’s remarkable multimedia work about his great-grandmother Sallie Sunflower Whitecloud’s refusal to walk the “Trail of Tears.” Performed with strings, chorus, and an ensemble that includes guitarist Bill Frisell.

  • Bill Frisell sitting in a living room playing a guitar

    Bill Frisell

    October 30 @ 8:30 pm

    From Brooklyn, the cherished jazz guitarist, arguably the key exponent of the last 30 years, performs solo, highlighting his boundlessly expressive innovations.

  • Gerald Clayton & John Clayton

    November 1 @ 7:00 pm

    Embodying the jazz continuum, the son-and-father duo of ever-expansive pianist Gerald and renowned bassist John, longtime director of Jazz Port Townsend.

  • Reggie Goings singing on stage in a white tuxedo

    Reggie Goings Quartet

    November 1 @ 8:30 pm

    Vocalist Reggie Goings, a beloved fixture of the Seattle jazz and blues continuum for years, performs standards, blues, bebop, and originals with home-town heroes Randy Halberstadt (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), and Jamael Nance (drums).

  • Thomas Marriott playing the piano wearing a hat and red tinted glasses

    Thomas Marriott’s Trumpet Ship

    November 5 @ 7:00 pm

    From poignant balladry to propulsive post post-bop expansion, the acclaimed trumpeter Thomas Marriott leads a polished quartet of some of the city’s best: Marc Seales (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass), and John Bishop (drums).

  • Ab Baars playing a saxophone in front of a green curtain

    Ab Baars

    November 5 @ 8:30 pm

    Dutch master Ab Baars performs solo on tenor saxophone, clarinet, and shakuhachi. Baars’ music is characterized as joyfully obstinate and is as colorful as it is astonishing.

  • Benjamin Hunter playing a violin

    Benjamin Hunter Quintet

    November 6 @ 7:00 pm

    The much-loved Hillman City violinist — and guitarist, mandolinist, singer, and teller of tales of slavery, reconstruction, reconciliation, and still-broken promises — blends musical disciplines to stirring, compassionate effect. Hunter, with Camilo Estrada on bass, Darrius Willrich on keys, Ricardo Guity on percussion, and Chris Patin on drums, will play original music exploring the Black dia...

  • Fred Hersch playing a piano

    Fred Hersch

    November 6 @ 8:30 pm

    With this solo performance, the brilliant pianist, a master improviser with more than 30 albums and 14 Grammy nominations, celebrates his new album, released this very day! “A living legend” - New Yorker.

  • Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performing on stage

    SRJO Nonet: Birth of the Cool

    November 7 @ 7:30 pm

    Streaming live from Nordstrom Recital Hall, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s Nonet performs Miles Davis’s classic 1949 Birth of the Cool, a landmark in post-bebop jazz.

  • Ravi Coltrane sitting on a couch with a saxophone resting on a table in front of him.

    Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    November 8 @ 7:00 pm

    From Birdland in New York City, and in the spirit of John and Alice Coltrane, their celebrated saxophonist son leads a riveting quartet that features Brandee Younger, a harpist inspired by Alice Coltrane, bassist Rashaan Carter, and drummer Allan Mednard.

  • Industrial Revelation performinng in a darkly lit room

    Ahamefule J. Oluo House Party

    November 8 @ 8:30 pm

    The last of three performances featuring the festival’s Resident Artist. Oluo’s virtual reality house party includes the raucous and renowned Industrial Revelation quaking the living room of a house jam-packed with music lovers, cognoscenti, friends, and an abundance of Nigerian food.

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