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Susan Pascal photo by Kevin Clark

Mark Your Calendars for GiveBIG!

The Seattle Foundation’s eighth annual GiveBIG day is May 9. On this day of giving, maximize your gift to Earshot by participating in this community giving event. You can help with a donation at any level. Each donation made between midnight and midnight PDT will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds. Find more information at givebigseattle.org.

2019 CMA National Conference Opportunities

Applications are now open for session presentations and ensemble showcases at the 2019 Chamber Music America conference in New York City, January 17–20.

CMA invites speakers to propose 75-minute sessions and workshops on a range of topics. Applications are due by midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 13.

Ensembles may apply to perform a 20-minute showcase at the conference, which are an opportunity to market their work to an audience of presenters, artist managers, educators, and other colleagues. Professional ensembles that perform early, classical/contemporary, jazz, or world music are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 3.

Applications and details for both sessions and showcases are available at chamber-music.org.

Volunteer at the Ballard Jazz Festival

The Ballard Jazz Festival (May 16–19) is seeking volunteers for the annual event. Interested volunteers should fill out the online form at ballardjazzfestival.com, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Paul Rauch at volunteer@ballardjazzfestival.com.

Eastside Jazz Club Celebrates 16 Years of Presenting

The Eastside Jazz Club, founded by Cooksie and Lionel Kramer, celebrated 16 years of presenting in Bellevue this past April. Now operating out of the Resonance Theater, Eastside Jazz Club presents monthly concerts featuring top-tier musicians.

On Thursday, May 17, the Susan Pascal Quintet with special guest, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, performs their program “Remembering Stan Getz,” revisiting the music of Getz and highlighting his work with vibraphonists Cal Tjader and Gary Burton. The all-star group features tenor titan Pete Christlieb, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Mark Ivester. Tickets are $20 and are available at resonance.events/event/susan-pascal/. For more information about Eastside Jazz Club, visit eastsidejazzclub.com.

Instrumental Ladies of Jazz

Instrumental Ladies of Jazz, a showcase of Seattle jazz women, continues at the Caffe Musica in Greenwood. Upcoming performances are Leah Pogwizd (bass) on May 18 and Kate Olson (soprano sax) on June 15.

Presented by Caffe Musica, Instrumental Ladies of Jazz is a series dedicated to showcasing women instrumentalists who play jazz in Seattle. Performances are the third Friday of each month, from 7 to 9pm, at Caffe Musica (14300 Greenwood Ave N).

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) is now accepting scores for its sixth annual jazz composition contest. The winning and honorable mention composers will receive an honorarium and their compositions will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with a special guest during the 2018 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Submission deadline is June 30. See swojo.org for details and online application.

The contest was created to encourage the composition and performance of the highest quality jazz ensemble literature playable by high school, college, and professional bands. This project supported in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4 Culture, and The Seattle Foundation.

On the Horizon

Upstream Music Fest
June 1–3
Pioneer Square, Seattle

Miguel, Valerie June, The True Loves, High Pulp, Lori Goldston, Noel Brass, Jr., Skerik Band, SassyBlack, and more. upstreammusicfest.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.