Jazz: The Second Century

Welcome to the 2016 edition of Earshot’s juried series, Jazz: The Second Century. Early in June, a listening panel of four will convene to review the artist entries and engage in the difficult but rewarding task of selecting ensembles for this year’s concert series. Earshot Jazz thanks all the unique and enterprising musicians that submitted their work for consideration.

This series – presenting Seattle artists, selected by a peer panel, performing original work, in a concert setting – is a continuation of the very first programming initiative of the Earshot Jazz organization, and embodies one of our core values. Earshot’s first concert series, New Jazz/New City, was mounted in the New City Theater, now the Richard Hugo House, on Capitol Hill in 1986. The series has continued each year since: as New Jazz/New City, the Earshot Spring Series, Voice and Vision, and now Jazz: The Second Century.

From the core of this series – a question about the expansion of conventions of jazz – one might expect a tendency to grandiose re-invention. Instead, the series is a current, subtle, perhaps refreshing, un-sentimental look at our Emerald City’s engagement with this diffuse, vibrant art form.

Thanks again to our panelists, who help curate these concerts, and to audience members who support them.

A list of past Jazz: The Second Century artists and ensembles can be viewed at 2nd Century Series archive.

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