Earshot Jazz Festival 2015

  • Seattle Jazz resident artist Anton SchwartzNovember 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm at Tula’s

    Ed Reed & Anton Schwartz play Hartman and Coltrane

    The DownBeat Editors Poll named this late-blooming vocalist a “rising star” in 2014 after his I’m a Shy Guy album debut at age 78. He salutes one of the great vocal jazz albums of all time — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman — with saxophonist Anton Schwartz.

  • Billy StrayhornNovember 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Benaroya Hall

    Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday

    Seattle’s top big band salutes Duke Ellington’s brilliant right-hand man, composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn, with performances of classics like “Lush Life,” “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing,” and, of course, “Take the ‘A’ Train.” With readings by David Hajdu, author of the seminal 1996 Strayhorn biography, Lush Life

  • Torsten Mueller and Phil MintonNovember 7, 2015 @ 8:00 pm11:00 pm at Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

    Torsten Mueller & Phil Minton

    Two giants of the improvising scene, Vancouver-based German bassist Mueller and the inimitable English vocal shaman, as compellingly idiosyncratic as any musician you’re likely to hear.

  • Resident Seattle Jazz artists Phil Sparks and Clarence AcoxNovember 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm at Kirkland Performance Center

    Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday

    Seattle’s top big band salutes Duke Ellington’s brilliant right-hand man, composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn, with performances of classics like “Lush Life,” “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing,” and, of course, “Take the ‘A’ Train.” With readings by David Hajdu, author of the seminal 1996 Strayhorn biography, Lush Life.

  • Jay Clayton performs at Seattle Jazz Earshot FestivalNovember 8, 2015 @ 8:00 pm10:30 pm at PONCHO Concert Hall, Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts

    Jay Clayton in and out

    Now a New York fixture, Clayton perennially topped vocals polls while teaching at Cornish. She returns to perform with friends like Julian Priester and Dawn Clement: originals, standards, electronics, poetry... plus a tribute to Ornette Coleman.

  • Jay Clayton performs at Seattle Jazz Earshot FestivalNovember 9, 2015 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm at PONCHO Concert Hall, Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts

    Master Class: Jay Clayton

    Open to the general public for musicians and non-musicians alike.

  • Seattle jazz resident ensemble SRJONovember 9, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm at Edmonds Center for the Arts

    Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday

    Seattle’s top big band salutes Duke Ellington’s brilliant right-hand man, composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn, with performances of classics like “Lush Life,” “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing,” and of course “Take the ‘A’ Train.” With readings by David Hajdu, author of the seminal, 1996 Strayhorn biography, Lush Life.

  • James McBrideNovember 9, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Town Hall Seattle

    James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band

    The celebrated author of The Color of Water has long been a professional saxophonist, and here presents music and song related to his National Book Award-winning novel set around abolitionist John Brown, Good Lord Bird. Joining him are Show Tyme Brooks, Keith Robinson, Trevor Exter, Adam Faulk.

  • Anat Cohen at 2015 Seattle Jazz Earshot FestivalNovember 9, 2015 @ 8:00 pm at PONCHO Concert Hall, Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts

    Anat Cohen Quartet

    ** CONCERT JUST ADDED to the SCHEDULE ** Conversant with jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, and Argentine tango, the Israeli clarinetist, a Seattle favorite most recently featured here with the SRJO, has established herself as a leading voice in the art form.

  • Anat Cohen at 2015 Seattle Jazz Earshot FestivalNovember 10, 2015 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm at PONCHO Concert Hall, Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts

    Master Class: Anat Cohen

    Master classes are open to the public and are appropriate for musicians AND non-musicians.

  • Anat CohenNovember 10, 2015 @ 8:00 pm10:30 pm at PONCHO Concert Hall, Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts

    Anat Cohen Quartet

    Tuesday, November 10 Concert is SOLD OUT. We've added another date to her visit in Seattle for Monday, November 9.

  • November 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Northwest Film Forum

    NW Film Forum Presents “Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life”

    From the 1940s to the 1960s, Billy Strayhorn was one of the forces behind the sound of the renowned Duke Ellington Orchestra. Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life tells the story of this pioneering African American composer, arranger and pianist. Strayhorn helped produce a body of work that has no rival in originality and range – from

  • Billy StrayhornNovember 12, 2015 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm at Seattle Art Museum – Brotman Forum (Downtown)

    Art of Jazz: Billy Strayhorn Project

    Vocalist Tyrone Brown hails the music of William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn, the composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger who is celebrated for his almost-30-year collaboration with Duke Ellington. Brown, Nate Omdal (director/bass), Michael Owcharuk (piano), and Jacques Willis (drums) play arrangements of classics like “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Lush Life.”

  • Seattle jazz resident artist Wayne HorvitzNovember 12, 2015 @ 8:00 pm11:00 pm at The Royal Room

    Wayne Horvitz @ 60

    In a fascinating triple bill, the renowned keyboardist/composer plays in three settings: solo piano with electronics; his Snowghost trio, where drummer Eric Eagle and bassist Geoff Harper complement Horvitz’s processed piano and synthesizer; and his new Seattle sextet.

  • Larry FullerNovember 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Tula’s

    Larry Fuller Trio

    The always-in-demand New York pianist who “swings like a beast” returns to Seattle, where from 1988 to 1993 he was Ernestine Anderson’s music director. He excels in the hard-driving traditions of mainstream jazz, as he demonstrated with legendary bassist Ray Brown’s Trio, and John Pizzarelli.

  • Larry Grenadier, Brad Mehldau, and Jeff BallardNovember 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm10:30 pm at Town Hall Seattle

    Brad Mehldau Trio

    One of the greatest of modern jazz pianists, prodigiously inventive, equally riveting whether exploring formal structures or improvising with abandon, has for more than two decades excelled in trio performance, since 2005 with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.

  • Larry FullerNovember 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Tula’s

    Larry Fuller Trio

    The always-in-demand New York pianist who “swings like a beast” returns to Seattle, where from 1988 to 1993 he was Ernestine Anderson’s music director. He excels in the hard-driving traditions of mainstream jazz, as he demonstrated with legendary bassist Ray Brown’s Trio, and John Pizzarelli.

  • November 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Triple Door

    Scott Amendola Band w/ Nels Cline & Jenny Scheinman

    Powerhouse drummer Scott Amendola, a jewel of the San Francisco progressive scene (Nels Cline Singers, TJ Kirk) with a top-deck combo: guitar icon Nels Cline (Wilco), violinist Jenny Scheinman (Bill Frisell band), Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise), and versatile bassist John Shifflett.

  • Chris PotterNovember 15, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Triple Door

    Chris Potter Trio

    “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” (DownBeat) and “one of the best musicians around” (Dave Liebman) is technically astonishing and artistically brilliant, whether in the bands of Dave Holland or other greats, or heading his own driving, burning trio with Drew Gress on bass and Adam Cruz on drums.

  • Seattle Jazz resident artist Sara GazarekNovember 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Triple Door

    Sara Gazarek & New West Guitar Group

    Equally engaged with the jazz tradition and the music of her own generation, this Seattle-reared rising vocal star appears with the “sharp and refined” (Seattle Times) New West Guitar Trio: Perry Smith, John Storie, and Will Brahm.

  • Hugh MasekelaNovember 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Triple Door

    Hugh Masekela

    The legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, bandleader, composer, and singer has enjoyed world renown for almost 50 years after rising to prominence as a voice of opposition to apartheid rule in his homeland.

  • Hugh MasekelaNovember 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm at Triple Door

    Hugh Masekela

    The legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, bandleader, composer, and singer has enjoyed world renown for almost 50 years after rising to prominence as a voice of opposition to apartheid rule in his homeland.

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