Noel Brass Jr. photo by Daniel Sheehan
Annual Seattle Jazz Musicians Hang
After a few years off, the annual Seattle Jazz Musicians Hang is back! Hosted by Seattle Jazz Fellowship, this gathering will be held at the Owl N’ Thistle on Sunday, December 3, 2pm. DJ Tim Kennedy will spin classic vinyl for your listening pleasure. Food and drink available all afternoon. Free. RSVP at facebook.com/SeattleJazzFellowship/events.
Seattle JazzED Student Jam Session
On Thursday, December 14, 6-8pm, students participating in the fall Jazz Lab: Gigging and Mentoring will be hosting a jam session and pizza party for friends, current Connections students, and prospective students at the Seattle JazzED South Lake Union site. This event is an open jam session for any musician from middle to high school. Music will be sent ahead of the event to those who RSVP, though reading music is not required. Students are encouraged to invite their peers to join in on the jam! Visit seattlejazzed.org for more information and to RSVP.
New Music Creator Fund
New Music USA’s (NMU) 2024 cycle of the New Music Creator Fund is open now through December 14. This fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to reach the next stage of their creative practice. The program also supports costs that relate to individual music creators’ collaboration with other artists and practitioners. This year, NMU has made some minor changes to the Creator Fund to streamline its application process by splitting it into two stages, the first stage being solely an artistic review of an applicant’s music samples and the second stage review involving the full application. Applicants will be asked to identify their location by selecting either the Creator Fund New York or Creator Fund National strands of this program. To learn more & apply visit newmusicusa.org/program/new-music-creator-fund.
Blues To Do Podcast
International broadcaster and “Keeping The Blues Alive” award-winning radio personality and publisher, Marlee Walker returns to the airwaves—livestreaming every Sunday afternoon at 1pm! Walker interviews weekly guests and gives updates for your PNW live music calendar, with contests and prizes. Live recordings are held at The LAB at Seattle Drum School’s Georgetown location. Free coffee and treats for the first 10 attendees. Doors 12:30pm. All-ages. Donations welcome. You can also watch live online at YouTube.com/@BluesToDo. For guest inquiries or sponsorship, contact BluesToDoTV1@gmail.com.
KEXP’s Jazz Theater Welcomes New Co-host
In fall 2023, Seattle-based musician Noel Brass Jr. joined DJ John Gilbreath as the new co-host of KEXP’s Jazz Theater. Gilbreath has DJ-ed this late-night show since 1999 (when KEXP was still KCMU). In a recent joint interview with KEXP, Brass Jr. described his approach as “My show is like a soulful step inside a comfortable ear-opening spiritual jazz club in heaven’s waiting room.” Jazz Theater will retain its time on Mondays from 1-3am PT. Tune in at kexp.org.