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Billy Brandt at the Triple Door photo by Christopher Clephane

The 7th Annual “Big Gig”

On Saturday, July 9, join local musicians at the Triple Door to celebrate the seventh installment of this popular variety show. Participating performers include: Billy Brandt w/ the Thing & the Stuff Band (Joe Doria, Hans Brehmer, Dean Schmidt, Brian Kirk, and Alexey Nikolaev); Ernest Pumphrey Jr.; Carrie Wicks & Aria Prame as duo “Night-n-Gale”; singer/bassist/ukulele player Marina Christopher; vocalist David Arteaga; singer-songwriter Jazmarae Beebe; and comedian Brad Upton. Tickets and more info at tripledoor.net.

STG Songwriters Lab

STG’s Songwriters Lab, which runs July 18-23, is for young musicians (ages 14-early 20s) interested in pursuing their artistic vision as songwriters and lyricists. Under the mentorship of professional musicians, students learn creative approaches to song composition and lyric writing, along with strategies for navigating the music business. STG’s Songwriters Lab encourages collaboration across music genres and instrumentation; all styles of music encouraged to apply. Sign-up deadline is July 11. More info & application at stgpresents.org/education/songwriters.

Nights at the Neptune: Women Who Swing

On Thursday, July 14, the MoodSwings Jazz Band celebrates the lives and work of women pioneers in jazz. From Lil Hardin and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, Maria Schneider, and so many more, the groundbreaking contributions of female blues and jazz composers and performers have often been overlooked.

This concert features the works of Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and others – a historic gathering of female musicians playing stunning tunes. The evening includes selections from recent films, The Girls in the Band and Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band.

The Nights at the Neptune series is Seattle Theatre Group’s juried platform for artists and voices within our community whose work reflect themes of race and social justice and celebrate important cultural art forms. Concerts are free to the public, for all ages; reservations are available online. Doors open at 6:30, music at 7:30pm.

Office of Arts & Culture Project Funding

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture is now accepting applications for its CityArtist Projects grant program, with a deadline of July 20. The program provides funding for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. More information available at seattle.gov/arts.

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.