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Gail Pettis photo by Steve Korn. Pettis performs at the Save KPLU Benefit Concert at Jazz Alley on April 25.

Save KPLU Benefit Concert

KPLU 88.5 and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley have partnered to present a benefit concert to Save KPLU on April 25. The event includes performances by seven Northwest jazz artists and KPLU favorites, including Gail Pettis, Anton Schwartz, Lance Buller, and Greta Matassa. The evening will be emceed by KPLU Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson, with opening remarks by KPLU’s General Manager Joey Cohn and Director of Content Matt Martinez.

North City Jazz Walk Accepting Applications

The North City Jazz Walk Committee is accepting applications for jazz musicians for the 2016 event, which will be held Tuesday, August 16, from 6:30-10pm in Shoreline. Artists should send their bio, as well as a CD or links to online work samples, to director@northcityjazz.org by April 30.

Executive Director Search on for Music Works NW

Music Works Northwest is looking for a new Executive Director with the announced retirement of Executive Director Michel Martel. Music Works is the largest non-profit music education and music therapy organization in the region serving over 600 students a year with individual, group and ensemble music lessons (21 instruments including voice), music therapy, and an extensive summer camp program.

Mr. Martel has been Executive Director for the last eight years after being on the Board of Directors from 2005-2007. Mr. Martel will rejoin the Board of Directors at the end of his current assignment. The new Executive Director will be mandated to grow programming and expand the school’s reach from both a service and a geographic perspective.

Candidates must submit application by May 1. To submit a resume and for more information regarding the Music Works Northwest Executive Director position contact, Mr. Michel Martel at mmartel@musicworksnw.org or by calling (425) 644-0988.

4th Annual Jazz Contest for Women Composers

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) is now seeking submissions for its fourth annual composition contest. The winner of the contest will receive a $400 honorarium, a live audio recording of her composition, and the winning piece will be published. The Honorable Mention composer will receive a $100 honorarium and a live audio recording of her composition. The winning compositions will be performed and recorded live by SWOJO with special guest Jenny Kellogg. Submission deadline is June 30. Visit swojo.org for contest details and online application.

On the Horizon

Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival
June 1-5
Various venues, Bellevue, WA

The 8th annual festival features Shemekia Copeland, Etienne Charles, Lee Oskar, McTuff, and more, plus over 40 free shows. More information available at bellevuedowntown.com.

Write Earshot Jazz

The Earshot Jazz magazine reflects and shares the many ways that jazz intersects with lives in the Northwest. Earshot Jazz is seeking submissions from writers: Please email story pitches, comments, news, and announcements to editor@earshot.org.

Help the Jazz Around the Sound Calendar

Please email news and announcements about jazz gigs, concerts and community events to jazzcalendar@earshot.org.