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Jovino Santos performs at the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival

Jovino Santos Neto photo by Luzia Grob dos Santos

Presented by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

BIMA & and Earshot Jazz join forces for a month long, all-ages festival celebrating jazz and the inspiring local musicians of yesterday and today, featuring live performances, lectures, art exhibitions, pop-up concerts, and other special events, all at beautiful Bainbridge Island. For ticketing information, visit biartmuseum.org.


Some of the region’s finest artists will turn the island on its head with a smattering of modern styles and sounds.
Saturday, October 7, Seattle Jazz Hall of Famer, Earshot Golden Ear Award winner, and professor at the Cornish College of the Arts Jovino Santos Neto plays with his dynamic Quarteto. His multi-textured music “explores jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music with equal zeal.” (Seattle Times).

The next generation of musicians show their chops as the Bainbridge High School jazz band sets up stage Sunday, October 8. Later, critical favorites Industrial Revelation make a joyful noise Sunday, October 22. “Taking inspiration from hip-hop, punk, funk, and indie rock” Industrial Revelation “…is not your average jazz band.” (Seattle Weekly).

A tenorman of profligate skill and educator of great renown, (also cherished for his expert tap-dancing) Alex Dugdale and his band play Friday, October 27. Finally, this year’s featured festival artist, pianist and composer Dawn Clement, teams up with first-chair Seattle bassist Chuck Deardorf for a performance featuring New York drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson on Sunday, October 29. Their unique meeting will be a not-to-miss cocktail of bouncing swing, pop, and Latin influences.


Love the music but never had time to get the whole story? BIMA will be presenting a variety of lectures, screenings, and talks, sure to enlighten even the hippest of the hip.

Seattle Central world music history professor James Cauter, an expert on American popular music, will give a crash course on the history of jazz Thursdays, Oct. 5-26. From the Kings and Queens of Basin Street, to the Dukes and Counts of the Big Apple, all the way from bebop, post-bob, fusion, free, and the birth of the 21st century, Prof. Cauter will give Ken Burns a run for his money with his comprehensive and accessible series.

Sunday, October 8, KUOW’s Amanda Wilde gives a talk “Crosby, Hendrix, & Cobain: Washington’s Musical Pioneers,” plugging the radical outputs of these disparate innovators into the historical context of Washington State’s economic and technological state in the 30’s, 60’s, and 90’s.

Seattle makes itself known Saturday, October 21, 7pm, with the film Ernestine: There Will Never Be Another You (2002) a short documentary directed by Kay Ray, followed by a 40-minute lecture by journalist, historian, and Earshot co-founder Paul de Barros. With his finger long held to pulse of Jackson Street and the heart of the Seattle scene, few if none are better qualified to speak on the life of legendary local vocalist Ernestine Anderson, a singer who could “swing you out of the country,” according to Etta James.

Kay Ray’s herself will give remarks after a screening of her feature length doc. Lady Be Good Tuesday, October 24. A labor of love comprising of interviews, rare footage, and photography, Kay’s film tells the timely story of women instrumentalists in jazz.


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September 30, 2017