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Schedule for the 2022 Earshot Jazz Festival

In programming across four weeks, we’ve created a series that embodies the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home.

  • Overton Berry smiling broadly.

    Remembering Overton Berry feat. Diane Schuur / Garfield High School Jazz Band

    October 8 @ 7:30 pm

    Saturday, October 8 7:30 pm PDT Town Hall, Great Hall In-person* and livestream $5-35 Remembering Overton Berry feat. Diane Schuur Opening: Garfield High School Jazz Band Thanks to the Raynier Institute and Foundation for its support of this presentation. In a tribute to Seattle’s beloved pianist Overton Berry, vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur, and bassist Bruce Phares,

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    Esthesis Quartet / Seattle JazzED Messengers

    October 9 @ 7:30 pm

      Esthesis (meaning “elementary sensations of touch”) is a hard-driving, all-women quartet that includes former Seattleite pianist and vocalist, Dawn Clement, now based in Denver. Arrestingly powerful on flute is Elsa Nilsson, with bassist Emma Dayhuff and drummer Tina Raymond. Opening: The Seattle JazzED Messengers’ students and teachers burn a path to the future of

  • Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet

    October 12 @ 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, October 12 7:30pm PDT Triple Door In-person* $10-30 Tickets available only through Triple Door Much requested by Earshot audiences, Kurt Rosenwinkel, the multifaceted New York performer, composer, and record-label leader, a distinctive guitarist in jazz for three decades, heads a stellar straightahead quartet with monster pianist Taylor Eigsti, Eric Revis (bass), and Gregory Hutchinson

  • Fellowship ‘Ceptet featuring Johnaye Kendrick

    October 13 @ 7:30 pm

    Thursday, October 13 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Seattle, Forum In-person* $10-30 The advocacy and mentorship nonprofit Seattle Jazz Fellowship, founded by Thomas Marriott, presents ’Ceptet, featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Johnaye Kendrick (säje vocal ensemble), whose several awards include 2020 Earshot Northwest Vocalist of the Year, along with young, up-and-coming standouts on the Seattle scene....

  • Alex Dugdale: Deca-Dance

    October 13 @ 9:00 pm

    Thursday, October 13 9:00pm PDT Seamonster Lounge In-person* 21+ $12 In the first of his four appearances during this Earshot Festival, Resident Artist Alex Dugdale presents his new dance project, designed for clubs and parties, featuring Dugdale’s favorite covers, personal arrangements, and new originals tailored for a Ten Piece Band that’ll funk you all night long.

  • Count Basie Orchestra / Roosevelt High School Jazz Band

    October 14 @ 7:30 pm

    Friday, October 14 7:30 pm PDT Town Hall, Great Hall In-person* & livestream $10-65 Count Basie Orchestra Directed by Scotty Barnhart Opening: Roosevelt High School Jazz Band The Count Basie Orchestra, bears the distinction of being the only jazz orchestra still successfully performing 30 years after its founder’s passing. Begun by the legendary pianist and

  • Miles Okazaki & Dan Weiss

    October 14 @ 8:00 pm

    Friday, October 14 8:00pm PDT The Royal Room In-person* $10-30 Since studying together at Manhattan School of Music, the Oak Harbor-raised guitarist Miles Okazaki, a regular with Steve Coleman and Five Elements, and acclaimed drummer Dan Weiss draw on 20 years of collaborations. They explore extreme rhythmic territory and freely construct flowing improvised sets. Their

  • Meridian Odyssey

    October 15 @ 7:30 pm

    Saturday, October 15 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Seattle, Forum In-person* $10-30 During Covid, six farflung Seattleites—Ben Feldman (bass), Santosh Sharma (sax), Xavier Lecouturier (drums), Dylan Hayes (piano), Noah Halpern (trumpet), and Martin Budde (guitar)— twice gathered in an Alaskan airplane hangar to create elevating, spirited, intelligent albums, the most recent their 2021 release, Earthshi...

  • Vitamin D: Drum Orbit feat. Kassa Overall

    October 15 @ 8:30 pm

    Saturday, October 15 8:30pm PDT Chapel Performance Space In-person* $10-20 Sliding Scale Drum Orbit is a new experimental quintet led by turntable artist and producer Vitamin D, featuring Kassa Overall on drums, Darrius Willrich on keys, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, and Gerson Zaragoza on guitar. Our mission is to expose music lovers to new ways of looking at music while acknowledging ances...

  • Naomi Moon Siegel Ensemble

    October 16 @ 8:00 pm

    Sunday, October 16 8:0pm PDT The Royal Room In-person* only $10-30 New compositions for an adventurous sextet. Naomi Moon Siegel, the trombonist leader, now Missoula-based, brings “authentic expression and honest connection” to her “expansive repertoire of original folk-jazz themes” (Classical Voice). She enlists Marina Albero (piano), Kelsey Mines (bass), Christopher Icasiano (drums), Sea...

  • Jazz: The Second Century Watch Party

    October 17 @ 7:30 pm

    Monday, October 17 7:30pm PDT The Royal Room In-person* & livestream Free with RSVP Earshot’s now long-running, peer-assessed series for original works, asks: “One-hundred years into the art form, what sonic shape does jazz take in its second century?” During these times of physical distancing, musicians have been exploring innovative ways to develop and present

  • Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

    October 18 @ 7:30 pm

    Tuesday, October 18 7:30pm PDT Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute In-person* and livestream $10-30 Winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition, the Chicago trumpeter Marquis Hill, embraces all African American musical forms in a jazz that is at once deeply distinctive and a reflection of all jazz-trumpet history. In his New Gospel Revisited

  • Dan Wilson Quartet/Elnah Jordan

    October 19 @ 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, October 19 7:30pm PDT Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute In-person* and livestream $10-30 With his hard-swinging quartet, the guitarist Dan Wilson, most recent LetterOne Rising Star title winner, merges the legacies of the jazz-guitar greats with gospel, blues, hip-hop, and hard bop. Opening, beloved Seattle-based vocalist Elnah Jordan soulfully delivers gospel, jazz, blues, and

  • Jacqueline Tabor & Marina Albero: “Don’t Explain”

    October 20 @ 7:30 pm

    Thursday, October 20 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 This is a very authentic and honest production funneled through the vessels of Jacqueline Tabor and Marina Albero—a beautiful collaboration of music, love, and lived experience that blossomed during the pandemic in response to today’s modern Civil Rights movement. Both coming from activist families of their

  • Bad Luck and Kin of the Moon

    Bad Luck / Kin of the Moon

    October 20 @ 9:00 pm

    Thursday, October 20 9:00pm PDT Clock-Out Lounge In-person* only 21+ $10-20 Bad Luck performs in another cosmos from most bands. With more than 15 years of consistent collaboration, Neil Welch (saxophone + live electronics) and Christopher Icasiano (drums) “bear down on you like a cyclone of fire” (The Stranger). Based out of Seattle, Bad Luck is a genre-defying supernova of

  • Qwanqwa

    October 21 @ 7:30 pm

    Friday, October 21 7:30pm PDT Town Hall, Great Hall In-person* $15-20 Tickets on sale soon through Town Hall Seattle directly. Presented by Town Hall Global Rhythms and Earshot Jazz An evening of swirling, jangling musical transport to the North African forebears and modern-day kinfolk of jazz! Qwangwa (“language” in Amharic) boasts four of the finest

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    Miguel Zenon Quartet

    October 21 @ 7:30 pm

    Friday, October 21 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 As on his new album Música de Las Américas, the multi-award-winning saxophonist Miguel Zenón (a MacArthur Fellow) and refined pianist Luis Perdomo perform with disarming emotional immediacy. Zenón’s delight in complex mathematical systems may drive it, but its questing immediacy is almost tangible.

  • Louis Cole Big Band/Genevieve Artadi

    October 22 @ 8:00 pm

    Saturday, October 22 8:00 pm PDT Town Hall, Great Hall In-person* only $5-35 Louis Cole is a Los Angeles based singer songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Celebrated as one of the world’s most future-sonic-funk drummers and co-founder of KNOWER, his mission is “to create deep feelings through music.” Cole has proudly been DIY to date, amassing

  • The Holden Legacy: Darrelle Holden Group / Dave Holden Jr’s Grownfoux

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm

    Sunday, October 23 6:00pm PDT Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute In-person* and livestream $10-25 Earshot and descendants of pianist/clarinetist Oscar Holden, bandmate of Jelly Roll Morton and “Patriarch of Seattle Jazz,” honor the musical heritage of Jackson Street and the Central District. His son, Dave Holden senior, another icon of Seattle jazz and blues, hopes

  • Majid Bekkas Gnaoua Blues Band

    October 23 @ 8:00 pm

    Sunday, October 23 8:00pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 Majid Bekkas, the Moroccan master of guitar, guembri, and oud merges tradition and the future, as he has done with jazz innovators like Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn. The result is the most soulful fusion of swirling, entrancing Gnaoua playing and blues-drenched African

  • Makaya McCraven / Theon Cross

    October 25 @ 8:30 pm

    Tuesday, October 25 8:30pm PDT Nectar Lounge In-person*  $25 Tickets available through Nectar Lounge “Beat scientist.” “Bleeding-edge drummer.” “Sonic collagist” of “organic beat music.” Those are some attempts at capturing the intuitive, cinematic styles of the longtime Chicago resident Makaya McCraven. After studies with the likes of Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef, McCraven launc...

  • Ben Wendel Quartet (Early Show)

    October 26 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm

    Wednesday, October 26 6:30 pm and 9:00pm PDT (TWO SHOWS-tickets sold separately) The Royal Room In-person* and livestream $10-30 The popular saxophonist Ben Wendel, a founder member of Kneebody, also has been called on by leaders as varied as Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton… and Snoop Dogg and Prince! “With an unassuming breadth of

  • Ben Wendel Quartet (Late Show)

    October 26 @ 9:00 pm

    Wednesday, October 26 6:30 pm and 9:00pm PDT (TWO SHOWS-tickets sold separately) The Royal Room In-person* and livestream $10-30 The popular saxophonist Ben Wendel, a founder member of Kneebody, also has been called on by leaders as varied as Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton… and Snoop Dogg and Prince! “With an unassuming breadth of

  • Darrell Grant “M J New” Quartet

    October 27 @ 7:30 pm

    Thursday, October 27 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 The popular Portland pianist Darrell Grant has taken inspiration from the Modern Jazz Quartet, which for 40 years embodied jazz coolness. It deftly melded Bach fugues, American song, mid-century modernism, and the blues. Since 2013, MJ New has paid homage to MJQ, and

  • Christian Pincock’s Scrambler

    October 27 @ 8:00 pm

    Thursday, October 27 8:00pm PDT Chapel Performance Space In-person* only $10-20 Sliding Scale The inspired trombonist Christian Pincock spins jazz, classical music, folk music, and sound effects through a conducted improv sign language called Soundpainting. His ensemble of fine Seattle improvisers helps him to create distinctive works which have included reinterpretations of The Nutcracker Suite

  • Alex Dugdale: What We Have On Tap

    October 28 @ 7:30 pm

    Friday, October 28 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 The history and evolution of jazz music and tap dancing go hand in hand one foot with the other, cheek to cheek, etc. Tap dancing is how Alex Dugdale became introduced to and subsequently fell in love with music. Explore his relationship and

  • Anat Cohen Quartetinho

    October 29 @ 7:30 pm

    Saturday, October 29 7:30 pm PDT Town Hall, Great Hall In-person* & livestream $10-45 Ever charismatic, prolific and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. As JazzTimes notes, “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad

  • Joachim Mencel Quartet / M.O.M.

    October 30 @ 7:30 pm

    Sunday, October 30 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 In his quartet, the Polish piano titan Joachim Mencel also performs on hurdy gurdy, a cranked fiddle of the Middle Ages. He and Pete McCann (guitars), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), and Allan Mednard (drums) create distinctive jazz. This performance will become a live-recorded CD

  • Alex Dugdale Big Band

    November 1 @ 7:30 pm

    Tuesday, November 1 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 A favorite son of the Roosevelt jazz band program, Alex Dugdale presents a thrilling night of classic big band sounds. He guarantees a “big night of sonic delight with a large ensemble that’s outta sight.” It features his favorite players as they perform

  • Kat Edmonson

    November 2 @ 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, November 2 7:30pm PDT Triple Door In-person*  $22-25 Tickets sold by Triple Door Kat Edmonson, a celebrated songwriter and singer “with an equal foothold in jazz, cabaret and vintage cosmopolitanism pop” (NYT) and who is equally at home on Austin City Limits, Tiny Desk Concerts, A Prairie Home Companion, and The Late Show, Edmonson’s

  • Habib Koité (Early Show)

    November 3 @ 6:00 pm

      Presented by Triple Door One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité’s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region

  • Owen Broder Quintet

    November 3 @ 7:30 pm

    Tuesday, October 18 7:30pm PDT Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute In-person* and livestream $10-30 Marking the release of the album Hodges: Front & Center, the saxophonist Owen Broder, pays tribute to Johnny Hodges, the lead alto saxophonist of the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra and band leader in his own right. Broder, along with Alphonso Horne

  • Habib Koité (Late Show)

    November 3 @ 8:30 pm

    Presented by Triple Door  One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité’s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by

  • Kelsey Mines: Compost:People/Robin Holcomb

    November 4 @ 7:30 pm

    Friday, November 4 7:30pm PDT Town Hall Forum In-person* and livestream $10-30 The treasured, mesmerizing pianist Robin Holcomb, performs solo to celebrate her new CD and book of poetry and lyrics. Born in Savannah Georgia, Holcomb made her name in music in New York alongside Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, and Butch Morris among others.

  • Battle Trance

    November 4 @ 8:00 pm

    Friday, November 4 8:00pm PDT Chapel Performance Space In-person* only $10-25 The genre-defying ensemble of four tenor saxophonists performs the music of Travis Laplante who is joined by Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner, all pushing their instrument to the limit, circular breathing hypnotic waves of sound and blistering runs to create intricate textures. With unorthodox artic...

  • Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra: Duke Ellington’s “Reminiscing in Tempo”

    November 5 @ 7:30 pm

    Saturday, November 5 7:30pm PDT Nordstrom Recital Hall Benaroya Hall In-person* and livestream $15-55 The all-star big band performs a 1935 work that Duke Ellington composed in honor or his mother, who had just died. To recreate Ellington’s highly ambitious piece, SRJO co-artistic director Michael Brockman draws on an unpublished score from the original 1935

  • Logan Richardson + Blues People

    November 5 @ 8:00 pm

    Saturday, November 5 8:00pm PDT The Royal Room In-person* only $10-30 Describing themselves as “a modern day version of the Kansas City Blues, Black American Music, and Rock & Roll tradition,” this adventurous, genre-bending band is led by Logan Richardson a driving alto sax player who says the band frees him “to be uninhibited about the past,

  • Charles Lloyd Ocean Trio

    November 6 @ 7:30 pm

    Sunday, November 6 7:30 pm PDT Town Hall, Great Hall In-person*  $10-65 Charles Lloyd, virtuoso saxophonist, flutist, and NEA Jazz Master has dominated the music scene for over 60 years and he continues to push boundaries and impress audiences and fellow-masters alike with his brilliance. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lloyd came up through the jazz

  • Alex Dugdale Sextet Festival Wrap Party

    November 6 @ 9:00 pm

    Sunday, November 6 9:00pm PDT Seamonster Lounge In-person* only 21+ $10-30 Resident Artist for 2022, Alex Dugdale, wraps up the Earshot Festival at the popular Wallingford venue with a hard-driving sextet packing a classic-jazz punch. 21+ *Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: Earshot recommends that all ticket holders be vaccinated. Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking.


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