Schedule for the 2023 Earshot Jazz Festival

Experience the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home.

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    2023 Gold Card Festival Pass

    October 6 @ 7:00 pmNovember 5 @ 7:30 pm

    A Gold Card pass is available for access to nearly all festival events. Becoming a Gold Card holder is a fantastic way to enjoy ease of access and show your support to Earshot Jazz and the artists we serve!

  • Alex Dugdale Funk Band

    October 6 @ 7:30 pm

    Getting the 35th Earshot Jazz Festival off to a rollicking start. Not only is Dugdale a local favorite and last year's Festival Resident Festival Artist, he's a musician of endless energy and talent.

  • Johnaye Kendrick’s Heart Songs

    October 7 @ 7:30 pm

    Breathtaking technical skills and her ability to pull the listener into her world creates intimacy that very few vocalists can achieve, a talent that has nothing to do with chops or genre and everything to do with humanity, positivity, and communication.

  • Hiromi’s Sonicwonder

    October 8 @ 7:30 pm

    Hiromi Uehara has electrified audiences and critics with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights.

  • Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke

    October 11 @ 7:30 pm

    Two "musical soulmates" celebrate and contemplate the events of their 20-year journey as friends and collaborators through the tenets of their message, their enchanting sound, and rhythmic complexity laced with wit and dexterity.

  • Sheridan Riley

    October 12 @ 7:00 pm

    Not one to be limited by boundaries, Riley at a young age was inspired by the likes of Karen Carpenter, Led Zeppelin, the Jackson Five, ABBA, the Beatles, Deerhoof, Miles Davis and Elvin Jones.

  • Thomas Marriott All-Star Quartet

    October 12 @ 7:30 pm

    Trumpeter Thomas Marriott, presents his all-start quartet which includes drummer Roy McCurdy, bassist Eric Revis, and pianist George Colligan to celebrate Roy McCurdy, whose illustrious career has seen him reach legend status.

  • säje

    October 13 @ 7:30 pm

    The GRAMMY® nominated vocal supergroup, säje, is rooted in the tradition of joy, curiosity, lush harmony, heart-felt expression, and profound sisterhood.

  • Tina Raymond Trio

    October 13 @ 7:30 pm

    An accomplished drummer, composer, and bandleader. Known as a unique voice in the contemporary music scene Raymond melds jazz with African polyrhythms, and classical percussion technique.

  • The Bad Plus & Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

    October 14 @ 7:30 pm

    The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. A democratic unit with a clear vision and a refusal to conform to convention. They make their own rules and have done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent.

  • Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe

    October 14 @ 8:00 pm

    This trio consists of three highly innovative improvisers with great finesse and sensitivity in collective playing that creates adventurous jazz. Their instruments mesh in such a way that the sax and a bowed bass sound as one.

  • Sona Jobarteh

    October 15 @ 2:30 pm7:00 pm

    Preserving her musical past, Sona Jobarteh innovates to support a more humanitarian future. Her musical work stands on the mighty shoulders of The West African Griot Tradition; she is a living archive of the Gambian people.

  • Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott)

    October 15 @ 7:30 pm8:00 pm

    Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah is a two-time Edison Award-winning, six-time Grammy Award-nominated, Doris Duke Award in the Arts Award-winner. He is a sonic architect, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and more.

  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson / Here to Play

    October 16 @ 8:00 pm

    An oftentimes solo performer, Parzen-Johnson's approach to music includes both improvisation and composition that is both formidable and unique. Seattle-based bassist Kelsey Mines brings the co-led forward-thinking trio to the Earshot stage.

  • Gil Scott Heron playing the keyboard, with his head raised and eyes closed.

    Winter in America – An Homage to Gil Scott-Heron

    October 17 @ 7:30 pm

    Gil Scott-Heron exploded on the scene with works of powerful social and political commentary reflecting the African American experience and struggle for justice delivered in a style that became a major influence on the development of rap.

  • Birch Pereira’s Delta Jump

    October 18 @ 7:30 pm

    Birch Pereira, known for swing, Americana, trad jazz, jump blues, and early rock brings his music to the dancehall. Prior to the concert, dance instructors will lead off the night with some dance lessons and a bit of history about the form too.

  • Preston Singletary’s Khu.éex’/ Mo’s Jamily Band feat. Estro Fiesta

    October 18 @ 8:30 pm

    Khu.éex’ is an Indigenous band full of creative members, including storytellers, activists and artists, that bring this collective energy to the stage as one powerful unit. The name Khu.éex' expresses the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music.

  • Photo of Jun Iida with trumpet.

    Jun Iida

    October 19 @ 8:30 pm

    Born in St. Louis and raised in Pittsburgh, the son of Japanese immigrants, trumpeter Jun Iida was exposed to a myriad of musical styles from a young age. Iida has been an active musician across America.

  • Todd Sickafoose’s Bear Proof

    October 20 @ 7:30 pm

    Straddling the worlds of folk, indie rock, jazz and chamber music. Todd Sickafoose is a cross-genre performer who's toured widely around the US and the world and recorded his work on countless albums.

  • Earshot Jazz Listening Session with Noel Brass Jr.

    October 21 @ 7:00 pm

    Saturday, October 21 7:00-10:00pm PDT  Hotel Crocodile In-person $15 Maiden Voyage is honored to join Earshot Jazz Festival in presenting two special listening sessions. Earshot alum and keyboard wizard Noel Brass Jr.

  • Elsa Nilsson: Band of Pulses / Jahnvi Madan

    October 21 @ 7:30 pm

    Elsa Nilsson has attained the legal rights to use Maya Angelou's voice as part of their performances. Madan's piece specifically commissioned for the Earshot Jazz Festival focuses on family and what it means to navigate culture barriers.

  • Linda May Han Oh and Fabian Almazan

    October 22 @ 7:30 pm

    Both renowned and accomplished musicians in their own right, these two have shared a musical journey for more than a decade and are considered one of today's most talented jazz couples.

  • John Escreet’s “Seismic Shift” w/ Eric Revis and Damion Reid

    October 23 @ 7:30 pm

    Pianist/composer John Escreet, hailed by Time Out London as a “transatlantic jazz genius,” continues his artistic ascent. His limitless technique, harmonic imagination and refined grasp of the improviser’s art, ranks as one of the top pianist-auteurs of our time.

  • Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

    October 24 @ 7:30 pm

    What started out nearly a decade years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene.

  • Mary Lou Williams seated at the piano, playing and smiling.

    Celebrating Mary Lou Williams, An Evening of Live Performance and Film

    October 25 @ 7:30 pm

    Seattle pianist Ann Reynolds along with producer and director Kay D. Ray present an evening of music and film devoted to the pioneering pianist. Archival film interview clips and rare performance footage of Mary Lou Williams will be used to tell the story.

  • Kassa Overall

    October 26 @ 7:30 pm

    Thursday, October 26 7:30 pm PDT Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute In-person* $12-38 Co-presented with Langston. Welcomed by KEXP. Grammy-nominated musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer Kassa Overall melds avant-garde

  • Craig Taborn Solo

    October 26 @ 8:00 pm

    Craig Taborn has been performing piano and electronic music in the jazz, improvisational, and creative music scene for over twenty five years. His mastery of the form is legendary.

  • Kassa Overall DJ Set/ Phinehas Nyang’Oro

    October 27 @ 7:30 pm

    Friday, October 27 7:30 pm PDT The Royal Room* In-person** $12-30 Co-presented with Langston. Welcomed by Rainier Avenue Radio. Don’t miss this rare solo DJ set with Kassa Overall who

  • Harriet Tubman

    October 27 @ 8:00 pm

    A compelling genre-defying sound, Harriet Tubman embraces the pioneering spirit of jazz. Re-contextualizing musical technology is an important part of the African-American tradition, and the trio sees Harriet Tubman as its contribution to that tradition.

  • Tim Berne Oceans And

    October 28 @ 7:30 pm

    Experimental and boundary-pushing describe the sometimes difficult to encapsulate, enigmatic artist and alto saxophonist Tim Berne. He readily embraces artistry that is compellingly different and questions itself as well as the world we inhabit.

  • Georgia Anne Muldrow

    October 28 @ 8:00 pm

    Compelled to push the boundaries of jazz, Muldrow's artistry is known for its adventurous approach—she mixes elements of R&B, jazz, funk, and rap to create music that is often cited as being otherworldly.

  • Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra featuring Marina Albero

    October 29 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

    Sunday, October 29 2:00 pm PDT  IKEA Performing Arts Center In-person Tickets: General $20 Advance /$25 Door Earshot $18 advance /$23 door One student under 18yo free with adult Tickets

  • Omara Portuondo

    October 29 @ 7:30 pm

    One of Cuba's greatest and most celebrated vocalists. Omara Portuondo's music transcends borders and speaks of her love for the enduring power of music to heal and spread immense joy.

  • Mat Maneri’s Ash Quartet

    October 30 @ 7:30 pm

    Violist and composer Mat Maneri is a master of improvisation. He follows in the footsteps of stellar improvisers Paul Bley and Paul Motian with a sound that is distinctly his own and developed over years of discovery and practice.

  • High Pulp

    November 1 @ 8:30 pm

    Born out of a loose, weekly jam session hosted at Seattle’s historic Royal Room, High Pulp draws on jazz, bebop, punk rock, shoegaze, hip-hop, and electronic music to create a sound that is both vintage and futuristic.

  • Johnaye Kendrick’s Grounded

    November 2 @ 7:30 pm

    This performance will be a extraordinary treat—the premiere of Kendrick's Chamber Music America & Jack Straw supported original suite "Grounded"—a multi-movement work for string quartet, jazz quartet, harmonium and other healing instruments.

  • Ted Poor Quartet feat. Josh Johnson, Cuong Vu & Anna Butterss

    November 2 @ 8:00 pm

    Drummer Ted Poor brings his innovative, boundary stretching jazz to the stage in quartet format. Get ready for the exciting debut of a new quartet and expect adventurous, intense, and soulful music.

  • Michael Bisio & Timothy Hill

    November 3 @ 7:30 pm

    Paul de Barros enthusiastically notes that Bisio's "distinctive approach features an enormous sound, warm and woody; impeccable classical bowing technique; a soulful, moody feel for the blues and swing; and a bevy of extended techniques," (Seattle Times).

  • Roman Norfleet and Be Present Art Group

    November 3 @ 8:00 pm

    Portland-based ensemble Be Present Art Group (BPAG) is a multidimensional revolving artists collective who specialized in improvisational creative collaborations. BPAG strives to empower through collaboration, creativity, and education.

  • Battle of the Bands: Garfield and Roosevelt High School Jazz Bands

    November 4 @ 7:00 pm

    The concert follows in the tradition of the Battle of the Bands popularized by an early 20th century concert staple where two popular orchestras would try to outperform one another in front of a live audience.

  • Earshot Jazz Listening Session with Ted Poor

    November 4 @ 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 4 7:00-10:00pm PDT  Hotel Crocodile In-person  $15 Maiden Voyage is honored to join Earshot Jazz Festival in presenting two special listening sessions. Festival performer and Impulse Records artist Ted

  • SRJO w/ Anat Cohen

    November 4 @ 7:30 pm

    Celebrating its 29th season, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere big band jazz orchestra. Cohen’s performances are characterized by their infectious energy and captivating stage presence.

  • SRJO w/ Anat Cohen

    November 5 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

    Celebrating its 29th season, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere big band jazz orchestra. Cohen’s performances are characterized by their infectious energy and captivating stage presence.

  • La Dame Blanche / Carlos Snaider

    November 5 @ 7:30 pm

    With her explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, La Dame Blanche delivers a powerful and compelling sound. Snaider will create an avant-Latin fusion ensemble that includes electronic instruments and open forms.

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