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Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

December 30, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Cipher Goings performing with the SRJO in 2022, photo by Jim Levitt

Saturday, December 30
7:30 pm PST
Town Hall Great Hall

In-person* & livestream

Ellington’s wonderful “Sacred Music” is both serious and swinging. It is a reverent and hip body of jazz composition, written late in his career, for jazz big band, vocal and instrumental soloists, and tap dancers.

For the past 30+ years Earshot Jazz and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra have partnered to present an annual concert of Ellington’s Sacred Music. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Michael Brockman (who co-founded SRJO alongside Clarence Acox Jr.), features the 17-piece big band with trumpeters: Jay Thomas, Nathan Breedlove, Michael Van Bebber, and Andy Omdahl; trombonists: Dan Marcus, Scott Brown, Bill Anthony, and David Bentley, and saxophonists: Mark Taylor, Dan Wickham, Travis Ranney, Kate Olson, and Alex Dugdale.  Rhythm includes Randy Halbertstadt (piano), Brian Kirk (drums), and Phil Sparks (bass). This year’s vocal soloists are Robert Neal (baritone voice) and Nichol Eskridge (alto voice), the tap dancer is Cipher Goings. Also featuring a choral ensemble combining members of the Northwest Chamber Chorus (Jeremy Edelstein, director) with members of the Sound of the Northwest Choir, plus singers from Seattle’s gospel music community selected by choral director Vanessa Bruce.

Note about the livestream option:
Tickets to livestream and in-person concerts sold separately. At the time of purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with a url link to access the concert stream. A reminder email will be sent out shortly before the event begins.

The livestream concert begins at 7:30PM PST. Ticket-holders will be able to access the concert as a “video on demand” with the same link, once the initial livestream concert has aired, until January 10, 2024. Once the concert has aired live, please allow at least 24 hours for viewing as our staff needs time to set up the “video on demand” manually. Thank you for your understanding.

*Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: Earshot recommends that all ticket holders be vaccinated. Policy subject to change. Full COVID policy here.


December 30, 2023
7:30 pm
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Town Hall – Great Hall
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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