Neil Welch playing a saxophone looking at Chris Icasiano playing drums

Neil Welch and Chris Icasiano of Bad Luck by Daniel Sheehan

Seattle JazzED Girls Ellington Project Headed to Swing Central Jazz

The all-girls, all-city jazz band has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2019 Swing Central Jazz competition, happening April 3–5 as part of the Savannah Music Festival, running March 28–April 13 in Savannah, Georgia. This marks the first time the ensemble—comprised of female-identified students grades 9-12 under the direction of Kelly Clingan—has been named a finalist. The prestigious three-day workshop and competition is led by pianist and educator Marcus Roberts and features an eclectic range of jazz educators. Along with receiving instruction from the nation’s top educators, the ensemble will have a chance to win the Jean Elizabeth Faircloth award and $5,000 to support their program.

SWOJO 2019 Girls Jazz Band Program

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) presents its 2019 Girls Jazz Band program, from January 23– March 27. 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 robin@swojo.org.

Featured Community Event

One of Seattle’s favorite drummers, Tarik Abouzied, brings together Northwest jazz heavyweights Andy Coe (guitar), Tim Kennedy (keys), and Damian Erskine (bass) for a night of grooves on January 10 at Tula’s at 7:30pm.

Digitization Intern Wanted

Earshot Jazz is seeking an intern to assist with a magazine digitization project. Internships are unpaid and part-time, but can be for course credit where necessary. Tasks include sorting magazines, data entry, and data verification. Strong attention to detail and organization required and experience with excel spreadsheets helpful. Please send a letter of interest and résumé to info@earshot.org.

On the Horizon

The 34th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival
February 6-10
Various venues

Seattle First organized by the late Paul Hoskin (see In Memoriam, p. 5), the Seattle Improvised Music Festival (SIMF) brings together the most innovative improvisers from the diverse scene. Now in its 34th year, SIMF is the longest-running festival in the United States dedicated solely to music that is completely improvised. Curious audiences can get a preview of the festival this month on Thursday, January 17, 7pm at Neumos where SIMF presents Bad Luck + Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band.

Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
February 20-March 3
Various venues, Portland, OR

Christian Scott, the Aaron Diehl Trio, Pharoah Sanders, Freddy Cole, Patrice Rushen with special guest Ernie Watts, Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, The Bad Plus, Kendra Shank, Veronica Swift ft. the Benny Green Trio, and more. More information at pdxjazz.com.

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
February 22-23
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival features over 400 student performances, a dozen world-class jazz artists, and nearly 100 workshops, clinics, and special exhibits. Lineup details to be announced soon. Visit uidaho.edu for information.

Earshot Jazz 2019 Series

Earshot Jazz presents a series of world-renowned artists beginning in early 2019. Upcoming concerts include: Kahil El’Zabar:  Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Itamar Borochov, Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water, Sullivan Fortner Trio, Maxine Gordon, Maria Grand: Persephone, Tim Berne’s Sun of Goldfinger, Satoko Fujii Trio, Robert Dick & Thomas Buckner, Miles Okazaki’s  Trickster, Paal NilssenLove’s Large Unit, and many more. Tickets and more information will be available soon at earshot.org.

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 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. News’n’Notes Email news about Seattle-area jazz artists and events for Earshot Jazz Notes to editor@earshot.org.


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December 27, 2018