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Schedule for the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival

Programming across four weeks, 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.

  • Northwest Film Forum: Ornette: Made in America, 7pm & VOD

    October 23 @ 7:00 pmNovember 7 @ 11:30 pm

    Ornette Coleman photo by J P Roche Saturday, October 23 In-person film presentation, 7:00pm* PDT Video-On-Demand, Oct 13 – Nov 7 Northwest Film Forum $7-13 Co-presentation with Earshot Jazz and Northwest Film Forum Shirley Clarke’s 1985 music documentary Ornette: Made in America explores the cultural and historical landscape of America through the eyes of Ornette

  • Dawn Clement Trio w/ Matt Wilson

    October 26 @ 7:00 pm

    Dawn Clement (pianist/vocalist) returns with charismatic drummer Matt Wilson and Seattle favorite bassist Chuck Deardorf.

  • Erika Dohi

    October 26 @ 8:00 pm

    “Virtuosic” (NY Times) and “barrier-defying” (Mix Magazine) pianist/electronicist who improvises boldly with classical skills. Seattle friend Kate Olson joins her for part of the performance.

  • Francesco Crosara Trio

    October 27 @ 7:00 pm

    The Seattle-based Italian pianist, joyful, uplifting, and adept in many settings, presents his polished acoustic trio with bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester.

  • Alex Dugdale playing saxophone

    Alex Dugdale CD Release. Early Show.

    October 28 @ 7:00 pm

    The Roosevelt High and Eastman trained saxophonist (and tap dancer!) celebrates his new CD, The Dugout, with his fine quintet, Fade: Jun Iida (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), Greg  Feingold (bass), and Max Holmberg (drums).

  • Alex Dugdale playing saxophone

    Alex Dugdale CD Release. Late Show.

    October 28 @ 9:30 pm

    The Roosevelt High and Eastman trained saxophonist (and tap dancer!) celebrates his new CD, The Dugout, with his fine quintet, Fade: Jun Iida (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), Greg  Feingold (bass), and Max Holmberg (drums).

  • Scenes

    October 29 @ 7:00 pm

    A live-recording concert by four long-cherished figures on the Seattle scene: drummer John Bishop, guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and saxophonist Rick Mandyck.

  • Darelle Holden

    October 29 @ 7:30 pm

    The soulful vocalist, granddaughter of Seattle icon Oscar Holden, with stints backing Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Tom Jones, aims to radiate “the nurturing and cleansing power of the Pacific Northwest.”

  • Rhapsody project: Mariah & Briar Perform at Juneteenth

    Community Panel — Face the Music: Confronting Racism with American Music

    October 30 @ 2:00 pm

    Community Panel -- Face the Music: Confronting Racism with American Music

  • Chava Mirel

    October 30 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

    With her lush vocals, Chava Mirel (Duende Libre) joins our Festival Resident Artist, Marina Albero, and other instrumentalists as they explore Chava Mirel's music from her latest album. The ensemble includes, Hans Teuber on reeds, Jerome Smith on trombone and sousaphone, Dean Schmidt on bass, and Jeff Busch on drums.

  • Dee Daniels: Tribute to John Lewis

    October 30 @ 7:30 pm

    The beloved vocalist with a four-octave range distinctively combines jazz, gospel, and blues, as on her most recent CD, The Promise, where her uplifting “Let Freedom Ring (The Ballad of John Lewis)” hails the late Congressman and Civil Rights leader.

  • Marina Albero, the 2018 winner of the Golden Ear Emerging Artist Award, plays the hammered dulcimer a psalterium mallet instrument

    Marina Albero: The Quarantine Sessions

    October 30 @ 9:00 pm

    Marina Albero photo by Daniel Sheehan. Saturday, October 30 9:00pm PDT The Royal Room In-person, livestream, & VOD $10-20 Reviving the energy and creativity of the Quarantine Sessions, that Marina Albero spearheaded in the early days of the pandemic, Albero brings together talented local vocalists to revisit that important project. Joining Albero in duets will

  • George Colligan Quartet

    November 3 @ 7:00 pm

    Colligan, renowned as a pianist but here on drums, draws from the pianoless bands of innovators like Ornette Coleman, Elvin Jones, and Steve Coleman. With Joe Manis (tenor saxophone), Nicole McCabe (alto saxophone), and Jon Lakey (bass).

  • Mark Lewis Quartet

    November 3 @ 8:30 pm

    The saxophonist/flutist, much praised for collaborations with George Cables and Victor Lewis, has an “innate lyrical bent makes one think of what Art Pepper might be sounding like if he was still with us” (Cadence); with Mark Ivester (drums), Bill Anschell (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass).

  • Benny Green

    November 4 @ 7:00 pm

    Here in solo performance, the pianist (accompanist to many icons) is a life-affirming force of tuneful virtuosity, “resonant with seriousness of purpose and jubilance of spirit” (JazzTimes).

  • Ann Reynolds smiling and clapping at the piano.

    Ann Reynolds Celebrating Women Composers

    November 4 @ 8:00 pm

    in this concert Ann Reynolds explores her jazz roots with her original compositions honoring Mary Lou Williams, Geri Allen, Carla Bley, and Christine Jensen.

  • Eric Verlinde playing piano and Elnah Jordan singing

    Elnah Jordan & Eric Verlinde

    November 4 @ 8:30 pm

    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.

  • Marina Albero Trio featuring Ganesh Rajagopalan

    November 5 @ 7:00 pm

    One of the region’s most acclaimed musicians, and this Earshot Festival’s resident artist, performs with her trio — bassist Tim Carey and drummer Xavier Lecouturier — along with special guest, Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan.

  • Floyd Standifer and a young Thomas Marriott

    Community Panel — Why Mentorship Matters

    November 6 @ 2:00 pm

    Community Panel -- Why Mentorship Matters. The cycle of mentorship has perpetuated jazz music for more than 100 years, but is in noticeable decline in Seattle.

  • Jay Clayton, singing with yellow stage lights in background.

    Jay Clayton, Gary Versace, & Ed Neumeister. Early Show.

    November 6 @ 6:30 pm

    The improvising vocalist, a former longtime Seattle scene-leader, returns from New York. Clayton (voice/electronics) bring two New York giants, keyboardist Gary Versace and trombonist Ed Neumeister.

  • Northwest Film Forum: No Ordinary Man

    November 6 @ 7:00 pm

    Photo of The Tiptons courtesy of Oscilloscope Labs and NWFF Saturday, November 6 7:00pm PDT Northwest Film Forum In-person film presentation $7-13 A co-presentation of Northwest Film Forum, Earshot Jazz Festival, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema Released earlier this summer, No Ordinary Man, directed by Chase Joynt and Aisling Chin-Yee, tells the incredible story of jazz saxophonist and

  • SRJO Plays Horace Silver, Benaroya Hall

    November 6 @ 7:30 pm

    SRJO photo by Daniel Sheehan. Saturday, November 6 7:30pm PDT Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya In-person & livestream $20-50 Presented by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The legendary pianist, composer, and bandleader Horace Silver is often under-appreciated compared to his contemporaries that emerged from bebop to create the language for the hardbop and post-bop eras

  • Jay Clayton, singing with yellow stage lights in background.

    Jay Clayton, Gary Versace, & Ed Neumeister. Late Show.

    November 6 @ 9:00 pm

    The improvising vocalist, a former longtime Seattle scene-leader, returns from New York with two New York giants, keyboardist Gary Versace and trombonist Ed Neumeister.

  • SRJO Plays Horace Silver, Kirkland

    November 7 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

    SRJO photo by Daniel Sheehan. Sunday, November 7 2:00pm PDT Kirkland Performance Center In-person & livestream $20-50 Presented by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The legendary pianist, composer, and bandleader Horace Silver is often under-appreciated compared to his contemporaries that emerged from bebop to create the language for the hardbop and post-bop eras of modern jazz.


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