Miguel Zenón photo by Noah Shaye.
CMA New Jazz Works
Applications are now open for Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program. Grants are provided to professional U.S-based jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. Ensembles consisting of 2–10 musicians may apply with any ensemble member eligible to create the composition. CMA is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Applications are due February 7, and are available at chamber-music.org.
Ashraf Hasham Joins the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Ashraf Hasham will join the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) as the Youth Arts Manager to provide strategic leadership for the ARTS Creative Youth team. The goals of the program are to incorporate racially equitable approaches and outcomes in public arts education and Creative Youth Development. Hasham comes to ARTS from the Vera Project where he served as executive directpr. Hasham has previously worked at TeenTix, the Henry Art Gallery, and On The Boards, as well as Urban Gateways in Chicago. Earshot Jazz congratulates Hasham on his new position.
On the Horizon
SWOJO 2020 Girls Jazz Band Program
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) presents its 2020 Girls Jazz Band program, from January 29– March 25. The program is open to girls in middle school and above and offers eight after-school workshop sessions with a special concert to cap off the course. All instruments are welcome.
Members of SWOJO will provide mentoring to help develop skills in jazz interpretation and improvisation. Online registration begins January 2 at swojo.org. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle Opera: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Feb 22–Mar 7
Seattle Opera will present an opera that celebrates legendary jazz musician and bebop innovator Charlie Parker’s life and music. With music by Daniel Schnyder and the libretto composed by Bridgette A. Wimberly, the opera explores Parker’s desire to meld the classical and jazz idioms. Performances take place at McCaw Hall. For more details and tickets visit seattleopera. org.
2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Fest
February 19–March 1
Various venues, Portland, Oregon
Archie Shepp, Branford Marsalis, Kandace Springs, David Sanborn, María Grand, Miguel Zenón, Kenny Barron, John Medeski, Kat Edmonson and Halie Loren, Antibalalas, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Wil Blades, and many more. Full schedule, information, and tickets available at pdxjazz.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, news, and announcements to email@example.com.
Help the Jazz Around the Sound Calendar
Please email news and announcements about jazz gigs, concerts, and community events to jazzcalendar@ earshot.org.
News ‘n’ Notes
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