Nathan Breedlove photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Give Big Returns May 8
Save the date for the annual day of giving, now presented by 501 Commons. GiveBIG is an important, 24-hour display of community and generosity for the region’s nonprofit organizations. On May 8, maximize your gift to Earshot Jazz by participating in this community giving event. You can help with a donation at any level. More information available at givebig2019.org.
City of Music Career Day
The City of Music Career Day is a free event for young people, ages 13- 24, to spend the day with working musicians and industry professionals to learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive and rewarding world of music. Presented by the Seattle Music Commission and the City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music in partnership with One Reel. The event takes place on April 26 at MOPOP and Vera in the Seattle Center. More information and registration available at onereel.org.
2019 Ballard Jazz Festival Announces Lineup
The 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival runs from May 29–June 1. Artists include Ernie Watts with New Stories, Lage Lund, Dawn Clement, Overton Berry, Kathy Moore, John Stowell, Johnaye Kendrick, Jay Thomas, Gail Pettis, Xavier Lecouturier, Jacqueline Tabor, 200 Trio, Nathan Breedlove, Rick Mandyck, and more. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit ballardjazzfestival.com.
Arts Northwest Conference Application Deadline April 19
Performance showcase applications for the Arts Northwest Conference, taking place in Boise, Idaho on October 14–17, are now open. The deadline to apply is April 19. The conference is a gathering of artists, their management, and presenters of the performing arts. Attendees enjoy extensive professional development opportunities through keynote presentations, workshops, block-booking sessions, networking opportunities, and more.
Voted on by all registered conference attendees, the Showcase Award Grant is presented to the artist or ensemble who best represents the excellence of performing arts in our region. Beyond the honor of being voted “best of show,” the award comes with a $5,000 tour support grant. Information and application available at artsnw.org.
Café Nordo Debuts Jitterbug Perfume and Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month
Café Nordo’s Culinarium debuts the world premier theatrical adaptation of Seattle author Tom Robbins’ cult-classic novel, Jitterbug Perfume. The production is Nordo’s first solo adaptation and features a New Orleans jazz score composed by Annastasia Workman and performed by Beth Fleenor and Matt Manges. The multi-sensory experience includes a four-course dinner from award-winning chef, Erin Brindley. The production runs now through May 12.
Café Nordo’s newest lounge space, the Knife Room, celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) with four nights of jazz happening each Thursday night in April. Featured artists include Brett Jensen, Bakbuk, Kate Voss, and D’Vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition.
Individual tickets are $12 or purchase a JAM pass and save. Tickets and information available at cafenordo.com.
Couth Buzzard Community Jazz Festival Returns
The fourth annual community jazz festival hosted by Couth Buzzard Bookstore and Café takes place May 24–27. The festival features Seattle musicians and shines a light on the valuable jazz community growing in the Greenwood neighborhood. For more information, visit buonobuzzard.com.
Opportunity for Students to Receive Instruments
Students unable to afford their own musical instruments have until April 30th to apply for string, woodwind, or brass family instruments from The Newcombe Foundation. Students must be enrolling in grades 5-11 for the following school year. The application includes an online essay form and a letter of recommendation from their music teacher. For more information and the application visit thenewcombefoundation.org.
Call for Volunteers for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Applications for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, in Vancouver B.C. are now open. The well-respected annual summer festival is one of the largest on the West coast attracting North American and International artists. Qualifying volunteers can receive a volunteer festival pass, work experience, and school credit. Information and application available at coastaljazz.ca.
Matt Jorgensen’s Music Commission for KCTS 9
Noted Northwest drummer and composer Matt Jorgensen was recently commissioned to write new themes for Seattle’s PBS station, KCTS 9. The new theme music will start airing throughout 2019. Hear previews of the themes at mattjorgensen.com.