August 5, 2021

Contact: John Gilbreath, Earshot Jazz
Phone: (206) 547-6763
Email: jazz@earshot.org
Photos available on request

The Earshot Jazz Festival Returns October 13 to November 7, 2021

The annual Earshot Jazz Festival swings into its 33rd edition on October 13, returning with a schedule of live, in-person concerts through November 7th which will also be available on live-streamed home video. Headlining this year’s festival is the revered Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés, performing duets with the jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist, Joe Lovano at Town Hall Seattle.

Opening weekend centers on the multi-award-winning NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington+Social Science*, a multi-expressive seven-piece group that includes former Seattle prodigies Aaron Parks on piano and Kassa Overall on electronics and rap. Also on that weekend, the renowned flutist and composer Jamie Baum brings her New York-based Septet+1 in for a rare Seattle appearance. 

Known for celebrating Seattle’s place in the world of jazz through adventurous programming that reflects the zeitgeist of the times, this festival kicks off with the young trumpeter Theo Croker’s BLK2LIFE in performance at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Other rising-star New York artists appearing at Langston are the saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, trumpeter Giveton Gelin, and the young vocalist Samara Joy, alongside pianist Sullivan Fortner. Vocalist Dee Daniels will perform her Tribute to John Lewis at Langston. 

Other former-Seattle resident artists who return for the festival include the beloved improvising vocalist Jay Clayton, in her new trio with keyboardist Gary Versace and trombonist Ed Neumeister. Pianist Dawn Clement also returns for a main stage concert with a trio that includes the charismatic drummer Matt Wilson. The Tiptons will stage a multi-media residency at the Chapel Performance Space. 

This year’s Featured Resident Artist is the pianist Marina Albero, who will perform in several settings throughout the festival schedule, from solo to big-band, and including the premiere performance of a festival commission. Other Seattle artists slated to appear include Alex Dugdale, Ann Reynolds, Francesco Crosara, Darelle Holden, Chava Mirel, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and more. 

Other artists and events are being added. A full schedule will be posted and tickets will go on sale in early September through Earshot Jazz. Concert and ticket information available at www.earshot.org. 

Support for the 33rd annual Earshot Jazz Festival is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture of King County, Washington State Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Raynier Institute and Foundation, New Music USA, Chamber Music America, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

About Earshot Jazz

Founded in 1984, Earshot Jazz is Seattle’s non-profit, jazz-support organization. Earshot Jazz cultivates a vibrant jazz community by presenting concerts, publishing the monthly Earshot Jazz magazine, supporting jazz education, and celebrating artists. More information is available at www.earshot.org or by calling (206) 547-6763.


* Update: 8/13/21 Terri Lyne Carrington+Social Science tour cancelled