LaVon Hardison photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn.
Each Friday evening our livestream concert series continues, airing directly from the Royal Room and celebrating some of Seattle’s most talented musicians. Free on the Earshot Jazz YouTube channel. Check earshot.org for details.
Friday, April 2, 7:30PM PDT
The extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Hunter joins us tonight in a solo performance. Adept as a violinist, mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter, Hunter seamlessly brings together many musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk, West African, and Caribbean. Hunter’s keen interest in history and storytelling, combined with his dedication to creating a more inclusive, vibrant, and compassionate community, informs and enriches his musical artistry.
Friday, April 9, 7:30PM PDT
Xavier Lecouturier Quartet
The rising-star drummer, bandleader, and composer, Xavier Lecouturier has forged a solid reputation for himself on the Seattle scene. As well as performing in many local collectives, Lecouturier co-leads an octet, DX-Tet, and is part of the ensemble Meridian Odyssey who just released their debut album, Second Wave. Joining Lecouturier are talented creatives—vibist Matt Williams, pianist Dylan Hayes, and guitarist Martin Budde.
Friday, April 16, 7:30PM PDT
LaVon Hardison Group
Vocalist and songwriter LaVon Hardison infuses jazz and pop standards, and her own original pieces with an irresistible warmth and power to draw her audience in. “She’s a multi-talented entertainer who simply lights up a room, raising the roof and bringing down the house,” wrote Andrew Luthringer in Earshot Jazz (December 2017). Joining Hardison are local stalwarts: pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Osama Afifi, and percussionist Jeff Busch.
Friday, April 23, 7:30PM PDT
Duende Libre Trio
“Duende Libre” translates roughly as “free spirit,” and the dynamic Seattle trio’s music expresses that notion well. Golden Ear Award-winner for their brilliant new recording, the free spirit of pianist Alex Chadsey’s Duende Libre includes adventurous Farko Dosumov on bass and the uber-versatile Jeff Busch on drums and percussion. It’s SO good to be back!
Friday, April 30, 7:30PM PDT
Ahamefule J. Oluo: Music From Susan
Help us celebrate International Jazz Day, with two events steered by the highly acclaimed musician, composer, and writer Ahamefule J.Oluo. First up is a live set featuring the Ahamefule J. Oluo Quartet (ensemble TBA). Following the live set enjoy the reprise of the “Music From Susan,” concert which aired as part of our 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival and recently won the Golden Ear Award for NW Concert of the Year. This recording showcases the up-close footage and immersive jazz excellence while performing the musical Susan at On the Boards in Seattle. Conceived and composed by Ahamefule J. Oluo, it features the unparalleled vocalists okanomodé and Tiffany Wilson, saxophonist Skerik, and pianist Marina Albero.