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Jazz: The Second Century Watch Party

Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Musicians have been exploring innovative ways to develop and present their art. Witness the future jazz at this in-person viewing party of this year’s video-streamed performers, then stay for Thomas Marriott’s weekly Royal Room jam session.

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition, the Chicago trumpeter Marquis Hill, embraces all African American musical forms in a jazz that is at once deeply distinctive and a reflection of all jazz-trumpet history.

Dan Wilson Quartet / Elnah Jordan Experience

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA

With his hard-swinging quartet, the guitarist Dan Wilson, most recent LetterOne Rising Star title winner, merges the legacies of the jazz-guitar greats with gospel, blues, hip-hop, and hard bop. Opening, beloved Seattle-based vocalist Elnah Jordan soulfully delivers gospel, jazz, blues, and R&B songs.

Jacqueline Tabor & Marina Albero: “Don’t Explain”

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

This is a very authentic and honest production funneled through the vessels of Jacqueline Tabor and Marina Albero—a beautiful collaboration of music, love, and lived experience that blossomed during the pandemic in response to today’s modern Civil Rights movement.

Bad Luck / Kin of the Moon

Clock-Out Lounge 4864 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA

Bad Luck performs in another cosmos from most bands and Kin of the Moon perform multi-disciplinary work with sound installations and visual elements to create “improvisation-centric and technology-friendly sound experiences.”

Miguel Zenon Quartet

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Multi-award-winning saxophonist Miguel Zenón, a MacArthur Fellow, and refined pianist Luis Perdomo perform with disarming emotional immediacy. Zenón’s delight in complex mathematical systems may drive it, but its questing immediacy is almost tangible.

Louis Cole Big Band / Genevieve Artadi

Town Hall - Great Hall 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Louis Cole is a Los Angeles based singer songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Genevieve Artadi, co-creator of electronic duo KNOWER with Louis Cole melds influences from jazz, psychedelia, bossa nova, and avant-garde electronics.

The Holden Legacy: Darelle Holden Group / Dave Holden Jr’s Grownfoux

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Earshot and descendants of pianist/clarinetist Oscar Holden, bandmate of Jelly Roll Morton and “Patriarch of Seattle Jazz,” honor the musical heritage of Jackson Street and the Central District.

Majid Bekkas Gnaoua Blues Band

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Majid Bekkas, the Moroccan master of guitar, guembri, and oud merges tradition and the future, as he has done with jazz innovators like Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn. The result is the most soulful fusion of swirling, entrancing Gnaoua playing and blues-drenched African American styles.

Makaya McCraven / Theon Cross

Nectar Lounge 412 N 36th St, Seattle, WA

“Beat scientist.” “Bleeding-edge drummer.” “Sonic collagist” of “organic beat music.” Those are some attempts at capturing the intuitive, cinematic styles of the longtime Chicago resident Makaya McCraven. Also on the bill, Theon Cross, the tuba player "bringing tuba back to jazz’s center,” Rolling Stone proclaimed.

Ben Wendel Quartet (Early Show)

Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

The popular saxophonist Ben Wendel has been called on by leaders as varied as Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton… and Snoop Dogg and Prince! “With an unassuming breadth of style," Ben is a “naturally inquisitive musician whose credentials branch out beyond jazz,” said Nate Chinen, NYT. Tickets sold separately to early and late shows.

Ben Wendel Quartet (Late Show)

Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

The popular saxophonist Ben Wendel has been called on by leaders as varied as Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton… and Snoop Dogg and Prince! “With an unassuming breadth of style," Ben is a “naturally inquisitive musician whose credentials branch out beyond jazz,” said Nate Chinen, NYT. Tickets sold separately to early and late shows.

Darrell Grant “MJ New” Quartet

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

The popular Portland pianist Darrell Grant has taken inspiration from the Modern Jazz Quartet, which for 40 years embodied jazz coolness. It deftly melded Bach fugues, American song, mid-century modernism, and the blues.

Christian Pincock’s Scrambler

Chapel Perfomance Space 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle, WA

The inspired trombonist Christian Pincock spins jazz, classical music, folk music, and sound effects through a conducted improv sign language called Soundpainting. His relatable collages are imbued with unexpected juxtapositions.

Alex Dugdale: What We Have On Tap

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

The history and evolution of jazz music and tap dancing go hand in hand one foot with the other, cheek to cheek, etc. Tap dancing is how Alex Dugdale became introduced to and subsequently fell in love with music.

Anat Cohen Quartetinho

Town Hall - Great Hall 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen is ever charismatic, prolific and inspired. She has won hearts and minds from all over the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence.

M.O.M/Moutin-Omicil-Moutin

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Tonight we present  the M.O.M/Moutin-Omicil-Moutin trio, featuring bassist and drummer/identical twins François and Louis Moutin as well as Haitian-Canadian multi-genre, multi-horn player Jowee Omicil.

Alex Dugdale Big Band

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

A favorite son of the Roosevelt jazz band program, Alex Dugdale presents a thrilling night of classic big band sounds. He guarantees a “big night of sonic delight with a large ensemble that’s outta sight.”

Kat Edmonson

Triple Door 216 Union St, Seattle, WA

Kat Edmonson, a celebrated songwriter and singer "with an equal foothold in jazz, cabaret and vintage cosmopolitanism pop" (NYT) makes an appearance at Triple Door.

Habib Koité (Early Show)

Triple Door 216 Union St, Seattle, WA

One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité’s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone.

Owen Broder Quintet

Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Marking the release of the album Hodges: Front & Center, the saxophonist Owen Broder, pays tribute to Johnny Hodges, the lead alto saxophonist of the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra and band leader in his own right.

Habib Koité (Late Show)

Triple Door 216 Union St, Seattle, WA

One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité’s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone.

Robin Holcomb/Kelsey Mines: Compost:People

Town Hall - Forum 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

The treasured, mesmerizing pianist Robin Holcomb, performs solo to celebrate her new CD and book of poetry and lyrics alongside Kelsey Mines' music which reflects a dreamed, collective transition from petroleum products and fossil fuels, towards the organic, compostable and renewable.

Battle Trance

Chapel Perfomance Space 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle, WA

The genre-defying ensemble of four tenor saxophonists performs the music of Travis Laplante who is joined by Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner, all pushing their instrument to the limit, circular breathing hypnotic waves of sound and blistering runs to create intricate textures

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra: Duke Ellington’s “Reminiscing in Tempo”

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall 200 University St, Seattle, WA

The all-star big band performs a 1935 work that Duke Ellington composed in honor or his mother, who had just died. To recreate Ellington’s highly ambitious piece, SRJO co-artistic director Michael Brockman draws on an unpublished score from the original 1935 recording.

Logan Richardson Blues People Solo—CANCELLED

Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Describing themselves as “a modern day version of the Kansas City Blues, Black American Music, and Rock & Roll tradition,” this adventurous, genre-bending band is led by Logan Richardson.

Charles Lloyd Ocean Trio

Town Hall - Great Hall 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Charles Lloyd continues to be a master of his domain. For the Charles Lloyd Ocean Trio, Lloyd will be joined by the remarkable and lyrically evocative guitarist Anthony Wilson and explosively creative bassist, Harish Raghavan.  

Alex Dugdale Sextet Festival Wrap Party

Sea Monster Lounge 2202 N 45TH ST, Seattle, WA

Resident Artist for 2022, Alex Dugdale, wraps up the Earshot Festival at the popular Wallingford venue with a hard-driving sextet packing a classic-jazz punch.

Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love

Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Saturday, November 268:00 pm PST (two sets)The Royal RoomIn-person* $10-30 Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ken Vandermark (reeds), one of the most prolific duos in improvised music today, join us once again on Earshot's stage. The Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love pair promise to create an exhilarating listening experience. Paal Nilssen-Love's intensity on drums is matched by Vandermark’s on […]

Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

Town Hall - Great Hall 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Friday, December 307:30pm PSTTown Hall Seattle, Great HallIn-person* & livestream$10-50 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 […]