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CMA New Jazz Works Grant

Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists (with CMA Organization-level membership). The grants ask U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works. Funding is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Deadline is March 4. More at chamber-music.org.

4Culture Project Grants

The deadlines to apply for a 4Culture Project grant in Arts, Heritage, and Preservation have been set. Grants are available to artists and art groups, residing in King County, who are creating and presenting work in dance, theater, music, media, literature and the visual arts. The Arts Projects deadline for individuals and groups is March 9. More at 4culture.org.

BlueStreet Jazz Voices Celebrate Ken Wilson, Seek New Artistic Director

After 15 years of leading the BlueStreet Jazz Voices, Artistic Director Ken Wilson has decided to retire and pass the torch following their upcoming show at the Triple Door on June 11. Under Wilson’s direction, the group has performed at venues including Benaroya Hall, Kirkland Performing Arts Center, Tula’s, and the Triple Door, where they have headlined annually for 12 straight years. BlueStreet is well-known for their 20 voices and soloists’ interpretations of lively and lush jazz arrangements, as well as their musical versatility.

Application deadline is March 18 for the position of Artistic Director. For more information, contact bluestreetvoices2@outlook.com.

Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Auditions

The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association sends one high school-aged and one adult female jazz vocalist from Greater Seattle to Kobe, Japan, in May 2016. Finalists are selected by late February and participate in a live audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, March 28. Two winners feature as guest vocalists at the 17th Annual Kobe Shinkaichi Jazz Vocal Queen Contest held in early May, in Seattle’s sister city, Kobe, Japan. More at seattlekobe.org.

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.

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

North Bend Jazz Walk
Saturday, April 23
Various venues, North Bend, WA

Featuring more than 30 regional artists and ensembles, spread over 22 venues. Full schedule and more information available at northbendjazzwalk.com.

Esma Redzepova & Folk Masters
Tuesday, April 26
Town Hall Seattle

Earshot Jazz presents A Concert of Romani (Gypsy) and Macedonian music performed by the legendary singer Esma Redzepova & Folk Masters. With an informal participatory dance led by renowned Romani dance master Sani Rifati. Visit earshot.org for tickets and information.

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.