Thursday, October 19
8:30 pm PDT
Clock-Out Lounge 21+
$12-30 | Tickets sold by Clock-Out Lounge
Sponsored by BECU.
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 sites Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and Robert Glasper as influences of his art. Since studying both classical and jazz music at college, Iida has been an active musician across America, both in the recording studio and on the stage. Eventually his focus moved in the direction of jazz. Iida says, “Jazz has always been a passion of mine, and with age has also become the musical language with which I am most comfortable expressing myself. I have always been a student of the art, and am inspired and intrigued by the evolution of jazz as a direct reflection of the history of America.” After working the Los Angeles scene for some time, Iida moved to Seattle in 2020 where he has quickly established a reputation as a dynamic, talented and respected musician. He has performed with Marina Albero, Jay Thomas, Josh Hou, Kelsey Mines, Bill Anschell, Skerik, Ray Larsen, and Chris Symer among others. Much in demand, Iida feels comfortable as a sideman and as a a band leader. Iida appreciates reworking the jazz standards as well as presenting his own compositions and improvising. A new album on Origin Records is in the works with a release slated for sometime in January 2024. While Iida performed in last year’s Earshot Jazz Festival under other bandleaders, this is his first time leading his own ensemble. For this performance Iida will present his quintet—ensemble members include Marina Albero (keys), Xavier Lecouturier (drums) Masami Kuroki (guitar), and Kelsey Mines (bass).
This is a 21+event
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Jun Iida photo by Steve Korn