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Art of Jazz: Gary Hammon Quintet
January 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Gary Hammon Quintet photo courtesy of artist
The Art of Jazz kicks off its 23rd year January 11 with the Gary Hammon Quintet, led by the local tenor colossus and featuring longtime collaborator trumpeter Erik Esvelt. A Garfield grad and former student at the New England Conservatory of Music, Hammon, who’s played with Ray Charles, Jaki Byard, and other legends, is the real deal. His deep, empathetic sound pairs the harmonic complexity of the post-bop era with the youthful inspiration of his many students throughout Seattle’s impressive high school jazz programs.