Harold López Nussa photo courtesy of the Kurland Agency.
In Memoriam: Helen Marriott
It is with great fondness that we remember Helen Marriott who passed away recently on the evening of November 4th. Many in the community will remember Helen Marriott as a staunch supporter of the arts, along with her husband David Marriott, Sr. (who passed away in 2018). She and her husband worked tirelessly with Centrum Port Townsend, especially in bringing a gracious hospitality to the annual Jazz Pt. Townsend festival. Helen Marriott’s extraordinary work in establishing a whole new level of fundraising for the Garfield High School jazz program ultimately played an integral part in broadening opportunities for jazz in all Seattle area school programs. Her family includes two of Seattle’s favorite jazz musicians—her sons: the trombonist David Marriott Jr., and the trumpeter Thomas Marriott. Helen Marriott is also survived by her daughter Rebecca.
Tara Peters Leaves Earshot Jazz
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our colleague Tara Peters who left the employ of Earshot Jazz in early October. Serving for two and half years, Tara’s main role was Programs Manager. As is the case with many small organizations, her work extended to other areas of the organization—her talents were appreciated as co-editor of this magazine and as one of the founders of Earshot’s Community Engagement Committee along with many other contributions. We wish her well in her new position as Communications and Engagement Manager at Washington Wild.
Correction to SassyBlack Profile Article
In the November edition of Earshot Jazz in an article featuring local artist, producer SassyBlack, we misstated that she is a femme artist. We also misquoted the phrases “I grew up anti-racist” and “taking care of marginalized communities.” We regret the inaccuracies which have since been removed in the digital version of the magazine.
TeenTix Art as Activism Workshops
TeenTix’s series of free online workshops exploring how art is a powerful tool for activism and the fight for racial justice continues into December. Saturday 5, features a course titled Music as Anti-Racist Rebellion with Martin Douglas, a music critic, journalist, and essayist as well as a content producer at KEXP. On Saturday 12, is Film as Awareness with writer, filmmaker, and Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum, Vivian Hua. Each workshop is limited to 15 teens, who must be ages 13–19, and current TeenTix members. For information about registration visit teentix.org
6th Annual Snow Globe Concert Benefiting Northwest Harvest
Sunday, December 20, 7:30pm
The 6th Annual Snow Globe benefitting Northwest Harvest is going virtual and will be hosted from singer, songwriter Kristin Chambers’ home in Ballard, airing via Live Concert Stream on December 20 at 7:30pm. In recent years, The Royal Room has hosted the show but in light of new restrictions on gathering and COVID-19 safety concerns, a different plan was implemented. Over the years, Snow Globe has raised over 20,000 meals for the homeless and food insecure. This year the goal is to raise more than ever due to unprecedented hardship in our community. The show will feature some fantastic jazz artists, including The Mack Grout Trio, Sundae & Mr. Goessel, Birch Pereira & Jenny Littlefield, Kristin Chambers, and more…. all coming together to warm up your holiday homes with music in the spirit of giving. Leading up to the event, donations are being accepted directly at Kristin’s website: kristinchambers.com.
STG’s Winter 2020 Digital Season
STG is offering a new, all-digital series with both free and ticketed events for their Winter Season. Featuring national as well as international artists, the series will include a diverse lineup of music, dance, and holiday performances. Shows include The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Mames Babegenush, the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis, and Scott Silven “The Journey” among others. For details see stgpresents.org/season
City Creates New Public Development Authority
For the first time in 38 years, the City Of Seattle is creating a new public development authority (PDA), aimed at preserving the city’s cultural spaces, building community wealth, and investing in communities of color. The new PDA, known as the Cultural Space Agency has filed an application for a charter with the City’s Clerk’s office and the public has until December 8 to provide feedback. The PDA will effectively be a real estate development company that can purchase and manage property for cultural spaces. They aim to center racial equity and fight cultural and economic displacement, and plan to partner with local cultural organizations and small businesses. For details about this new initiative visit artbeat.seattle.gov
2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival—a Hybrid Series
Tickets for the 2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival will go on sale Friday December 4. Produced in Portland, Oregon, the festival will run from February 18–27. Tickets went on sale to PDX members on November 20. The festival will include both streamed performances and live performances, with venue capacity strictly limited. The Festival kicks off on February 18 with a free web stream of the Opening Night Celebration featuring Pink Martini Cabaret with China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale. Other artists included in the lineup are Cyrus Nabipoor, Judith Hill, Harold López Nussa, the Marcus Shelby Quartet, and Wayne Horvitz’ The Royal We among others. PDX members will benefit from a free virtual all access pass. Limited $5 per show tickets are available for non-members. Visit pdxjazz.com for more details.