Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Band by Thomas Harper.
Earshot Jazz Spring Concerts Postponed
Due to COVID-19 concerns and official health agency recommendations and limitations, Earshot Jazz spring concerts through May have been postponed or canceled. Individual ticket holders will be notified with further information and options. We look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available. For Earshot’s evolving response to COVD-19, please visit our dedicated response page at earshot.org-earshot-jazz-and-covid-19.
Edmonds-Woodway High: Jazz Success at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Congratulations to Edmonds-Woodway High School instrumental winners at the 2020 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Awards include outstanding AAAA division, outstanding combo featuring EJ Brannan, Rylan Fischer, Lauren Bui, Jai Lasker, Roni Flynn and Talli Kimani. Also celebrated were instrumental division winners Talli Kimani (piano), Nahome Yohannes (tenor sax), Jai Lasker (guitar), EJ Brannan (drums), Alex Aaby (bari sax). Overall festival sweepstakes best band went to EWHS Jazz 1 and Avista Scholarship Award winners were runner up Jai Lasker and winner Nahome Yohannes (for $1000 and $1500 college scholarship awards to University of Idaho respectively). This is the third straight year for EWHS Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Jake Bergevin to win the Festival Sweepstakes award.
Chris Swenson named Office of Film and Music Acting Director
The Office of Film & Music (OFM) recently announced that Chris Swenson will serve as OFM Acting Director until the new Inclusive Creative Industries Director is hired later this year. Having worked with the OFM since 2008, following a 17-year career in the film and music industries, Swenson is well placed to execute his position.
Save the Date for GiveBig
The tenth annual GiveBIG day is May 6. On Washington state’s largest single giving day support Earshot by participating in this community giving event. You can help with a donation at any level. Find more information at 501commons.org/services/givebig
North Bend Jazz Walk Possible Postponement and Live-streaming at Boxleys
The 2020 North Bend Jazz Walk which is scheduled for April 25, is most likely to be postponed at the time of press. Jazz Clubs NW, which organizes the walk and concerts at Boxley’s, a club in North Bend, is working hard to keep jazz performances going. From Boxley’s they offer live-streaming on both Facebook and Youtube. Visit jazzclubsnw.com for details.
Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival Postponed and Discount Ticket Offer
The 13th annual Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival originally planned for May 27—31 has been postponed. This annual festival will now take place on October 29—November 1.Their featured headliner artist, Bobby Rush, will now be performing on Friday, October 30. Earshot subscribers (email and print) will still get a 50% discount to his show using promo code EARSHOT at checkout. Tickets go on sale April1, and the 50% discount will extend till 8/31. To buy tickets for Booby Rush follow this link: brownpapertickets.com/event/4543867. For more details please check with the organizer of this festival Bellevue Downtown Association at bellevuedowntown. com.
New “Peace of Mind” policy for Seattle JazzED Summer Camp
Seattle JazzED is moving ahead with summer camp registration and is hopeful that they’ll be able to proceed with summer programming as normal. However, in light of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, they’re instituting a new policy to give you peace of mind about registering. You may cancel up to 48 hours before the first day of program for a full refund as long as the reason for cancellation is health-related. Visit seattlejazzed.org for details.